University syllabus must have expiry date: Dr Kane

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Apr 2018 10:08:00


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New act increased students’ participation in decision-making as well as responsibility

University administration should establish communication with students’ organisations, says Vishnu Changde

Dr S P Kane, Vice-Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) during the installation of RTMNU Students’ Council on Sunday at Convocation Hall, has come up with an idea to mention expiry date with the syllabus. “Years together the courses, examinations are held on old syllabi and nobody bothers. If expiry date is put on the syllabus then everybody including students organisation can question its validity,” commented Dr Kane.
Registrar of the Univesity Puran Meshram was Guest of Honour. Vishnu Changde who recently got elected as Senate Member was a special guest.

He represented Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) as being a senior functionary that swept Students’ Council elections. Dr Dilip Kawadkar, Director of Students Welfare; Ashish Mohite, President of Students Council; Akash Thantharate, Secretary and the executive body members were seated on the dais.
It was Puran Meshram who first raised the issue of unchanged syllabus. He expressed fear that if outdated syllabus was not changed then the whole generation would be spoiled.

Taking up this issue Dr Kane said, “The syllabus of any course should have tag line as ‘Use before......’ After that particular date if still teachers continue to teach on the basis of that syllabus then students would be able to raise the issue. I am ready to implement it in this university.”
Another issue too discussed at large was regarding relationship of students organisations and administration.
Vishnu Changde, Senate Member suggested university to establish communication with students’ organisations. He appealed the university not to term students’ organisations as agitating ones but consider them as a symbol of constructive power. He further suggested that the university administration should establish good communication with the students organisations.

Changde recalled, “It was because of ABVP’s agitation that university started issuing photocopies of answersheets to students. This is constructive agitation that helped crores of students till now.”

Puran Meshram brought to the notice of audience that the new University Act had increased the participation of students in decision-making. He said, “Now the responsibility of students too has increased since they would be part of the system.
They will be participating in the process of Management Council, the highest decision-making body. So they need to be alert and they can avail opportunity to mould the system in proper way. Even if university administration don’t invite them for any discussion they can use their powers.”

Puran Meshram recalled his old days when he was a part of ABVP-Republican Party alliance in 1982 that won Students Council elections of Nagpur University.
The students who were installed include Purva Gaidhane, Nidhi Ingole, Leena Bhoge, Kajal Ahake, Nihal Moon, Akshay Nikhade, Kanchan Wasule, Prasanna Goswami, Ravina Singh, Neeraj Kalambe, Prashant Mahalle.
Ashish Mohite gave introductory speech, Deepali Tekam compered the programme, while Akash Thantharate proposed a vote of thanks.