Emerging models of governance in larger education, administrative and monetary management, autonomy and accountability of the university technique and the function of regulatory authorities, which includes the University Grants Commission (UGC), will be amongst the key subjects to be discussed for the duration of the three-day all-Indiavice-chancellors’ conference to be hosted by the city from November 12.
The conference, which is to be held at the Bharati Vidyapeeth University’s (BVU) integrated academic campus at Katraj here, coincides with the 85th annual meeting of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), the apex body of universities in the country. It has been jointly organised by the AIU and the UGC.
Speaking to reporters right here on Tuesday, BVU vice-chancellorShivajiraoKadam stated, “The greater education situation in the nation has gone through significant alter in the last decade and this has led to the emergence of several critical problems relating to governance of larger education institutions (HEIs). For instance, affiliation of colleges and the want to address the acute shortage of top quality teachers in greater education. Governance was, as such, preferred as the main theme for the impending conference and the AIU meet.”
Uttamrao Bhoite, a former V-C of the BVU, said, “Conventional systems of administration of the university system have fallen way behind in the wake of the post-1991 open economy in India, globalisation and the advent of new info and communication technology (ICT), net and so on. This has additional necessitated the want for HEIs to discover new models of governance that are in tune with the modifications.”
“The anticipated entry of foreign education in india providers and the resultant requirement for Indian HEIs to be prepared to take on the competition gradual withdrawal of the government from the greater education method and growing emphasis on private initiatives makes it imperative for the HEIs to opt for structural and functional changes,” said Bhoite. The 3-day conclave will take an overview about these developments, he added.
Other problems to be deliberated are: human resource development (HRD) ministry vis-a-vis regulatory authorities central regulatory authorities and autonomy of university, public private partnership in greater education, cross-nation collaboration and addressing the faculty shortage.
According to Kadam, at least 250 vice chancellors of different central and state universities, deemed as well as private universities and autonomous institutions have confirmed their presence for the conference. Similarly, senior officials from the HRD ministry, UGC and other regulatory bodies like the AICTE, Healthcare and Dental Councils of India, Bar Council of India, among other individuals, will be present.
Union minister for science and technology Prithviraj Chavan will inaugurate the occasion, although Maharashtra governor K Shankaranarayanan will preside over the inaugural session. Founder chancellor of BVU Patangrao Kadam, secretaryVishwajeet Kadam, larger and technical education ministerRajesh Tope, UGC chairmanSukhdeo Thorat, secretaryNiloufer Kazmi, AIU president and IIIT, Allahabad director M D Tiwari and secretary general Beena Shah will be among the prominent figures to attend the conference.