All India Vice Chancellors’ meet concludes 

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jan 2019 12:32:41


Staff Reporter,

Two-day all India Vice Chancellors’ meeting concluded on Friday after several discussions on ranking and ratings of universities.

On the occasion, Professor Sandeep Sancheti, Chairman of Indian Universities Association, said, ranking and rating is important and it is a global status. It represents the quality and standards of the institute. Vice Chancellor of Rabindranath Tagore University said that the two-day meet will be resulting into important recommendations and valuable thoughts for setting up excellence in higher educational institutes. General Secretary of the association Professor Furkan Kamar said that universities should participate in capacity development programme.

In the two-day meeting, Vice Chancellors recommended to evaluate the higher educational institutes based on academics and research quality, universities should be multidisciplinary, all universities should not be judge on same parameter during accreditation, best practice of universities should be shared, teachers calendar should be released, universities-industry interface, maximum industries should associate with universities and process of research grant to the private universities should be easy.

The programme was inaugurated by State Higher Education Minister Jeetu Patwari on Thursday. He stressed over the changes of education system and said our education should be join oriented and skill based. He also explained full form of VC as visionary chair and defined education as energy, discipline, unity, confidence, aim, talent, intellectual, opportunity and nationality.”

The programme was organised with main theme of benchmarking excellence in higher education: ranking, rating and research wherein it’s various facets. The meeting was hosted by Rabindranath Tagore University (RNUT) in their campus.

Association of Indian Universities (AIU), an apex body of higher education in India, organised the zonal and national Vice Chancellors’ meets every year. The recommendations of zonal meets are taken up for discussion at the annual general meeting of the association.

These meets provide a platform to member Vice Chancellors not only for discussing the various issues pertaining to higher education and the problems being faced by the universities, but also play a pivotal role in carrying the voice of the leaders of higher education to appropriate authorities.

About 80 Vice Chancellors of universities in the Central Zone comprising of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Telangana participated the meet. Officials from UGC, MHRD, State Government and other apex bodies of higher education attended the meet.

Talking about the significance of these meet, RNTU officials said that Indian universities are the nerve centers of the nation. MHRD has been mandated with the goal of building higher education institutions in India that are truly world-class. The Government reaffirms in its role as a ‘facilitator’ that once such institutions of potential are identified, adequate funding support will be given to them so as to enable them to compete to international standards.

They further stated that however, at the ground level, we are definitely not in an enviable position as far as the ratings of top ranked “world class universities” are concerned. Indian universities significantly lag behind on parameters which are globally acknowledged and recognised such as academic and employer reputations, student-faculty ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty etc.

Meanwhile, universities in race of rising up to globally valued benchmarks have to keep their inherent focus on nurturing young talent that can solve India economy’s mega challenges of excess poverty, shortage of energy sources, shortage of water and food and lack of health and
education facilities to the masses. This equally demanding and challenging goal cannot be compromised and hold high relevance. Universities thus have to lead by example in the balancing act by cultivating a meritocratic culture, backed by resources and free from bureaucratic hiring constraints so that the multiplier effect can then spread to the rest of the society.

The meet aims to deliberate on a plethora of issues keeping in view the global trends, national preparedness and regional requirements. This meet has stupendous significance as a large number of Vice Chancellors from the Universities in Central Zone are participating in the deliberations.