Published On: Sun, Dec 4th, 2011

Experts discuss ways to make higher education better in CUB workshop

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The Central University of Bihar (CUB) organized a two day workshop on improving higher education in Patna where participants opined that the universities would have to change their work culture as per the changing times.

Academics and administrators of different universities from the state and outside discussed in detail the ways of bringing in qualitative improvement in higher education through continuous internal assessment and semester system as per UGC guidelines and suggested steps for making higher education meaningful and socially responsive.

The workshop was presided over by CUB vice-chancellor Janak Pandey.

Inaugurating the workshop, Himachal Central University VC Furkan Qamar observed that since higher education is dependent on socio-economic condition, ground realities must be well understood before thinking of any change in the system and for achieving excellence.

Earlier, higher education used to be knowledge-oriented, but now it has turned job-oriented. A large number of our youths are deprived of higher education owing to their poor socio-economic conditions. Steps must be initiated to provide them easy access to higher education, he said.

Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University VC Arvind Pandey pleaded for developing higher education keeping in view the basic tenets of Indian society and culture. He also pleaded for better infrastructural facilities in colleges and universities for any qualitative change.

A N Sinha Institute of Social Studies’s former director M N Karna regretted that the universities were being run today by bureaucrats, eroding the much-needed autonomy. He pleaded for effective implementation of the semester system.

Veer Kunwar Singh University VC Tapan Kumar Sandilya, Pondicherry University’s former VC A K Bhatnagar, Delhi University’s Hindi teacher Apoorvanand and CUB registrar M Nehal also addressed the workshop.

CUB VC Janak Pandey observed that qualitative improvement in higher education was essential for all-round development of the country. He said that our policymakers and planners should take a lesson from China for bringing in qualitative improvement in high education.