"The committee took a very positive view of our suggestions and made it clear that the government was quite open to consider such changes as may be necessary to promote higher education in the state," said Mehta, who along with Dholakia met the three member committee led by Dr A U Patel.
Syed Shakeeb ur Rahman, Principal of the college said that the 12 undergraduate engineering courses and 16 postgraduate courses, including M Phil, MBA and MCA, will function under the university from August.
SJCE was established in 1963 with three engineering branches; now, it has got 12 branches.
After conversion into a university, authorities have planned programmes, including signing of MoUs with more foreign universities.
The Minister said, "We have received suggestions from people living in 1.10 lakh villages and over 1,500 municipal bodies ... we have prepared a document with the help of experts, including advice by education councils, to improve our education system. It will be unveiled in 15-20 days."
Irani said it is for the first time that a National Education Policy was being prepared after consulting people living in villages and far-flung areas.
Irani said her government is taking the Right to Education (RTE) passed by the earlier UPA government towards its real objective.
The institute, which has eight branches all over India, has been embroiled in controversy ever since its MoU with Mewar University was declared invalid by the UGC last year. The move left over 3,000 students in a lurch.
In the last month, students have held protests and demonstrations at different places in the capital to draw attention to their issue, and to “create some kind of pressure on the management and government to find a solution quickly”.
Murmu also asked all universities to upload data of teaching and non-teaching staff on their respective websites at the meeting.
It was also decided that a boundary wall should be erected and trees should be planted at Nilambar Pitamber University and Ranchi University.
While releasing the India Rankings 2016 she said that history has been made as National Institutional Ranking framework (NIRF) is the first of its kind. She said that one of the biggest challenges in the higher education sector have been that citizens who engage with these institutions feel that there is no level playing field in terms of transparency and the data that they need from these institutions with regard to the choices they, specially the students, need to make.
The state government has a three-fold approach towards education: first, providing adequate facilities and infrastructure; second, ensuring adequate number of capable and dynamic teachers and finally, improving curriculum and teaching practices to ensure that the students are not merely excellent professionals, but become responsible citizens and good human beings.
The Budget plans 8,000 new class rooms are under construction which is equivalent to 200 new school buildings in single shift and 400 schools in double shift.
President of India, Pranab Mukherjee will present Visitor’s Awards for the year 2016 at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 14, 2016, as part of the ‘Festival of Innovations’. President Pranab Mukherjee had announced institution of these awards at the Vice Chancellors’ Conference, 2014 with the aim of promoting healthy competition amongst Central Universities and motivating them to adopt best practices from across the world.
However, he added that such freedom should be exercised with “responsibility and “dignity”.
“It is the responsibility of the university to give strength to different thoughts, and debate but at the same time dignity and duty should also be taken care of,” Naik said.
The UGC notification said, “This is applicable to beneficiaries who are not covered under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode of payment and are entitled for the payment, out of the grant already released by UGC or from their own resources which will be reimbursed by UGC.”