Develop Gondwana University as Tribal university, suggests ORF

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Sep 2017 11:40:19

Principal Correspondent,

Pointing out that Gondwana University can not be flourished if it follows the new Maharashtra Public University Act, Observer Research Foundation (ORF), has recommended that the University should be developed as tribal university. ORF has submitted the interim report on vision and roadmap for Gondwana university to Maharashtra Forest Minister and Guardian Minister of Chandrapur.

Instumental in creating Gondwana University, Mungantiwar had expressed its displeasure over the snail’s pace of development of the university. Accordingly he had appointed ORF asking it to suggest the ways for developing the university. The President of ORF Sudhindra Kulkarni which has Mangesh Indapawar, journalist from Nagpur as member prepared a detail report on the vision and roadmap for Gondwana University.

According to ORF for the last 6 years university did not take off. It did not show any progress in terms of utilising the land, failed to start any Post Graduate department, could not fill up the vacant posts. Nobody focussed on its tribal angle. ORF in its report said that the new University act has some constraints because of which Gondwana can not flourish. In other universities there are  professors, affiliated colleges have PG departments but on this count Gondwana showed zero progress. Gondwana university has no professor. Nobody can do PhD because as per UGC
guidelines the guide should be recognised one.

The ORF recommended that to run Gondwana university, special act should be made. It should be developed as tribal university. It also gave example of one institute in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa which is in tribal area where students get the education from KG to PG. The teachers too are tribal. There are 25,000 students are taking education. That link is missing in Gondwana, pointed out the report. In Gondwana the traditional education is imparted while the cultural link is not taken into consideration. The courses based on the existing resources never started. No research is done on tribal subjects in Gondwana. Forget about the feasible infrastructure but the vision and mission too was not thought. The ORF clearly told Mungantiwar that Gondwana has less revenue and budgetary provision of at least Rs 15 crore need to be made. Mungantiwar immediately agreed to it.

The Vice-Chancellor Dr N V Kalyankar had already submitted the proposals to Government for the start of PG courses which according to Mungantiwar will be streamlined. Mungantiwar suggested that initially the facility at State Government social work college, Chandrapur Government Engineering college can be used to start classes for PG courses. The courses on Mining, Micro-Biology, Bio-Tech, Zoology etc can be started.

Mungantiwar suggested that can Gondwana University be developed as inter-state one for the tribals. ORF also appreciated the views of Mungantiwar and recommended that separate Agriculture and Medical colleges can be started only for tribals in this area. Along with Dr N V Kalyankar, Principal Secretary of Higher and Technical Education Dr Sitaram Kunte attended the meeting.