Governor expresses serious concern over poor ranking of Mah varsities

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Apr 2018 07:21:55


Staff Reporter,

Emphasises on skill development, curricular reforms

Asks varsities to improve rankings by next year

Stresses on periodical academic audit and appraisal of V-Cs’ performance


Maharashtra Governor and Chancellor of universities in the state Ch Vidyasagar Rao has expressed deep concern over poor ranking of universities in the state. Except Savitribai Phule Pune University none could find place among top 100 universities in National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) survey.

Rao, while addressing a meeting of Vice-Chancellors (V-Cs) of non-agriculture universities in the state in Mumbai, asked the V-Cs to plan strategy to improve the ranking of their respective universities.
Referring to serious negligence in evaluation of papers and declaration of results in Mumbai University, Rao directed the V-Cs to accord top priority to declaration of results within the schedule. End-to-end computerisation should be given preference in carrying out reforms in the examination system, he said.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungatiwar, Minister for Higher Education Vinod Tawde, Minister of State for Finance Deepak Kesarkar and Minister of State for Higher and Technical Education Ravindra Waykar, Director of AICTE Prof Anil Sahasrabuddhe and senior government officers were present.

Performance Appraisal of V-Cs
The Chancellor, Ch Vidyasagar Rao has emphasised that a mechanism for performance appraisal of Vice-Chancellors should be developed, so as to bring better accountability in the higher education system.
Rao asked the V-Cs to form a task force for conducting academic audit and initiate stern action against the institution lagging behind in infrastructural facilities and large deficiencies in teaching and non-teaching staff.
Referring to the Vice-Chancellors leaving headquarters without prior permission, Rao directed them to restrict their tours outside the jurisdiction of the university to the minimum.

Adopt Mission Mode: CM
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also expressed displeasure over poor ranking of the universities in Maharashtra and asked V-Cs to go on ‘Mission Mode’ to improve the ranking by next year.

The universities should become creators of knowledge and not remain content with dissemination of information.
Fadnavis also appealed to ensure that the university campuses should be clean and green by formulating system to achieve zero garbage and zero discharge status. The universities should also plan for increasing use of renewable energy.

With reference to a large number of colleges affiliated to one university, Fadnavis emphasised the need for creating IT based management system for effective control and management. The colleges should be encouraged to adopt autonomy.

Discussion on Action Taken Reports based on decisions taken in the previous meeting was also held. Adoption of Choice Based Credit System, National Skill Qualification Framework Certification Level, Implementation of recommendations of Exam Reforms Committee were the other issues discussed during the meeting.
Introduction of Integrated University Management System, Student Start-Up Movement, Skill Development Courses, Curriculum Reforms and effective implementation of the Maharashtra Public Universities Act 2016 were also discussed.