Centre to fund state universities in 12th Plan, says AIU President

Create: 12/16/2011 - 18:05

The central government will give financial support to the state universities, as envisaged in the 12th Five-Year Plan as a protective measure, said Association of Indian Universities (AIU) president Prakash T Chande.

The move will enable Indian universities to withstand the competitions from foreign universities. It would also allay the apprehensions of AIU over the Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill 2010, which was before the parliamentary standing committee on human resources development at present. 

Chande said this while attending 86th annual general body meeting of the AIU hosted by Cochin University of Science and Technology.

"We don't oppose the bill but the foreign institutions will come with a lot of funding while we are facing difficulties related to fund mobilization. We will be like vernacular schools which lost out in the race with English medium schools," he said.

Chande said that AIU was the core body which took decisions on the validity of foreign university degrees. He also said credit system would be in place in all universities in the next two years, following which any student could change universities or study multidisciplinary subjects without any hassle.

"This will be on a par with the system in the West where a student of arts can study science at the next level by scoring certain required credits. We have to improve the faculty position, numerically and quality-wise. There is proposal to implement strict accreditation structure from KG to PG level as strengthening higher education alone in isolation will not help," he said.

AIU was also planning to introduce several soft skill courses to make students ready for the industry. Dr Chande said creation of national and international data banks on all aspects of higher education would help create world-class standards.

[Source: Times of India]


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AIU is a mere registered society having no statutory status. Being funded by HRD , youth affairs and other ministries, its responsibities are unknown. So AIU is empowered to issue such statements without any statutory status.

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With the advent of foreign universities, We really donot know what will happen to the native universities. So, let us open doors to a very few foreign universities on experimental basis, lets us observe pros and cons, then decide what needs to be done.

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Let all of us focus our attention on TEACHER TRAINING. Major component of these funds should go to develop a worthy teacher, a healthy teacher and a competitive teacher. We lack in quality teaching. We lack in motivation, inspiration and innovativeness at all stages of Education. ---Dr. S. M. Kulkarni

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I am in full agreement with Prof. Chande that Central Government must protect the State Universities and bail out them to overcome their difficulties by granting liberal financial support for rejuvenation and renovation of many existing facilities and to create good infrastructure to attract faculty and students. However, I have some reservation to his plea that unless we improve the governance structure of most of the state universities where the mindset of the administrators is very narrow, the finances can not be utilised. Moreover, the outlooks of most of our University administrators including the Vice Chancellor’s must be forward looking in terms of utilisation of funds and to undertake new integrated and interdisciplinary programmes.
Hence, the AIU should concentrate on how to improve the work as well as academic environment of the University campuses and how to inculcate a feeling of belongingness among the faculty, staff and students. The role of the Alumni and other stakeholders should be strengthened in supporting the causes of the Universities and they should be involved in creating a competitive environment for improving the academic and co-curricular activities among the students and faculty.
But by taking into account the modus operandi adopted in the present process of accreditation system, which is replete with many leakages and weaknesses, starting from selection of members of the team of supervisors to report submission, I must say the idea of granting accreditation from KG to PG will herald another Inspector Raj in the education system. Hence, this proposition of strict accreditation will not help our system. In stead of improving our quality of education, it will spoil our present system. Thus, let us not fall prey of the western capitalist concept of accreditation.

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