Vice Chancellors ask Centre to set up independent council for Central Universities

pranab-manmohanNew Delhi, Feb 7 : Vice Chancellors (VCs) of all the Central Universities in the country have requested the government to set up an independent council to look after the functioning of these universities and take proper steps to improve the quality of education and faculty to bring it on par with the top universities in the world.

About 40 VCs exchanged their views along with President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Ministers of Human Resource Development and Chairman of University Grants Commission during a day-long conference here at Rashtrapati Bhavan on January 5.

Following are the key recommendations made by the Vice Chancellors during the conference: -

a) Freedom to recruit short-term faculty and young faculty from India and abroad at various levels as well as institution of post-doctoral positions.

b) Relaxation, in terms of experience, in the case of outstanding scholars for recruitment purposes.

c) Set up an independent Council for Central Universities

d) Each University to connect itself with the community- identify a cluster of affiliates - create a consortium of stakeholders

e) Universities will nurture and develop `Lok-Vidya', traditional knowledge and skills

f) Universities to reach out to discover and prepare a Directory of innovators, project and facilitate grass root innovators, help them with production, protection of property rights

g) Establish Innovation Centres/ research parks in Central Universities where possible

h) Tap the local cultural reservoir and institutionalise the University's support to local arts, establish specific programmes with help of private sector

i) Creating greater awareness about the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) programmes of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the National Knowledge Network (NKN).

j) Establish education technology cells in each Central University to devise programmes for the maximum use of the education technology tools and to focus on content development

k) Utilize video conferencing facilities; set up e-class rooms; hold workshops on the use of ICT; use e-content in regular curriculum transactions; and host class room teaching videos on the university website for access by other institutions

l) Creation of an `Inspired Teachers' Network' and an `Innovators Club' within each Central University

m) Exceptional students from each Central University to have an opportunity to interact with the Visitor at Rashtrapati Bhavan on a periodic basis.

Mukherjee has accepted the recommendation that VCs conference would be an annual exercise and suggested the setting up of a committee of VCs to follow up on the recommendations.

He also said that the Vice Chancellors should identify inspired teachers to interact with each other as well as students

The President called upon the VCs and MHRD to try and fill up vacancies to faculty positions within six months to the best extent possible and assured that vacancies of Visitor's nominees would also be filled up in three to six months. (ANI)

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