Roller coaster ride for Rani Durgavati University

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Dec 2017 11:11:12





By Shivanjali Verma,


Year 2017 was a roller-coaster ride for Rani Durgavati University (RDU), Jabalpur. Established on June 12, 1956, RDU entered its 62 years of foundation but is still facing challenges to impart higher education among students arriving from eight tribal dominated districts including Mandla, Seoni, Balaghat, Narsinghpur, Katni, Dindori, Chhindwara and Jabalpur itself.

Still the university has set many milestones in the economic field. The university’s academic session, which was constantly lagging behind, came back on track under effective guidance of Vice-Chancellor Professor Kapil Dev Mishra.

Under dynamic leadership of the Vice-Chancellor, Rani Durgavati University became the first university in the State where all examinations were conducted prior to other universities and on June 6, 2017, even the results of last semester of graduation-level were declared. For the first time, online evaluation of BCA was conducted using digitalisation of examination process.

Including CCE, all other works were done online following which internal, external and project marks were received online. As a result of ‘Vishwavidyalaya Chalo Abhiyan’ and ‘Career Mela’, strength of students enrolled for different courses in the university increased unexpectedly.

After the court’s direction, direct election for Students’ Union was conducted almost after a decade. Elections were conducted in two phases. The first phase belonged to the Government and aided private colleges, while students studying in non-granted private colleges used their rights in the second phase.

Sincere involvement and interest shown by Vice-Chancellor Professor Mishra in various fields including academics, sports and cultural, paved way for students to live their dreams by sharpening their skills. The university constituted an admission committee in January followed by a portal opened in April for admission purpose.

‘Vishwavidyalaya Chalo Abhiyan’ was organised to establish direct contact between colleges and university. Student Ambassador Scheme was initiated to convey information of admission process and different courses in far-flung areas.

The university administration called regular meetings of college principals and teachers to ensure quality in academics, employment and transparency in examinations.
RDU has initiated many new courses including Bachelor in Vocation (BVoc) in Building Construction Technology (6 semester), BVoc in Medical Laboratory Technology (6 semester), Diploma in Design Innovation Technology (6 months), Certificate Course in Design Innovation Technology (3 month), Diploma in Renewal Energy (2 semester), MSc in Cyber Security (four semester) and PG Diploma in Cyber Security (two semester) in 2016-17. To ensure best placements for students, Career and Placement Fair were organised with involvement of many multi-national companies.

A large number of students were selected for employment in fields of Pharmaceuticals, Insurance, Investment, Hospital and Communication. The Vice-Chancellor always worked to fill the gap between the university campus and villages. Works of computer centre and e-library finished under RUSA.

MP Online was established in the university premises for students’ convenience. No hike was registered in fee structure applied in academic 2016-17.
Free pre-placement training and mega job fair was organised thrice for students, which registered involvement of more than thousand students and 15 companies. New web link ‘job seeker’ was established in the university’s website for placement of students.

Marking the occasion of birth centenary year of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay and Rashtra Rishi Nanaji Deshmukh on January 27 and 28, 2017 respectively, Rani Durgavati University organised a national-level lecture series. Madhya Pradesh’s Governor and Chancellor of RDU Professor Omprakash Kohli, Cabinet Minister, Government of MP, Women and Child Development, Archana Chitnis, Haryana Governor, Professor Kaptaan Singh Solanki, Jaibhan Singh Pavaiya, Cabinet Minister, Government of MP, Higher Education made the occasion memorable with their presence. Students’ team of Rani Durgavati University received Overall Champion Award in Theatre category in Central Zone Youth Festival.

The university team is going to participate under five categories including western group song, skit, quiz, poster and theatre in National Youth Festival to be conducted at Ranchi University between February 16 and 20, 2018. The university’s handball team defeated players of Punjab University, Chandigarh in All India Inter-Zonal University Handball (Male) Tournament. Ajay Narayan Patel, a volunteer of the University’s National Service Scheme (NSS) received Indira Gandhi NSS National Award.