*VCs got determined to shape maximum of zonal universities to have coveted place among top 200 universities of the world
Jalandhar: On the valedictory day of AIU’s North Zone Vice chancellors Meet at Lovely Professional University, all the Vice Chancellors, Directors & Delegates, resolved to work together to make Northern India a hub of Higher Education. Making many other related resolutions, they got strong-minded to shape maximum of zonal universities to have coveted place among top 200 universities of the world. Commencing the second & final day of the conference with third technical session for Academia Industry Interface, VCs shared their thoughts unanimously to have more and more engagement of educational institutes with industries. They held that it is strongly needed so that renowned companies might visit and interact with the students to let them become globally competent professionals. VCs also discussed about the key role of industry in curricula development, consultancy and research. In the last and the fourth session detailed discussion was held among VCs for globalization of education.
Speaking on the conclusive day, Prof R Krishnakumar, AIU Secretary General & VC of Yashwant Rao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nasik, maintained: “It is imperative that universities would have to work with industry more closely to fulfill responsibility of producing right human resource for country.” He also mentioned: “If some major steps are taken right now, by 2020 we would be able to realize to make India as one of the most prominent contributor to the global man-power across the globe. This will certainly help universities to strive to get included in the top list of 200 universities of the world.”
Bidding adieu to the top educationists of AIU member universities, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal said: “This annual conference had mind-catching significance as the Vice Chancellors who participated in the deliberation are the distinguished leaders of the Indian higher education and at prominent position to bring change. I am sure, meaningful dialogues and deliberations among the galaxy of intellectuals carve out a niche to bring substantial reform in the arena of Higher Education.”
While discussing about Academia Industry Interface, Prof Satish Chandra Jain, Vice Chancellor Mangalayatan University Aligarh, held: “The pressing need of the hour is to re-design curriculum. 50 % of the course ought to be in relation to Industry requirements.” LPU Vice-Chancellor, Dr Ramesh Kanwar suggested: “Curriculum should be devised in such a way that it should shape students to be ever industry ready.”
The two-day conference of AIUs North Zone VCs was organized at LPU on 23 -24 Nov 2012, which provided a platform to Vice-Chancellors to discuss significant issues of higher education and problems being faced by them. The conference was attended by 36 VCs belonging to the varsities located in the zone. LPU was specially chosen for this conference, looking at the fast growth of the university, which has been regularly scaling on international parameters requisite in the realms of education.
Illustrative, Prof Abdus Sattar Mohammad, Vice Chancellor North South University Dhaka (Bangla Desh) and Dr Suresh Kumar from IOWA State University, US also participated in the ‘Meet’. Apart from Indian universities, six foreign varsities, including Kathmandu University, Nepal; Royal University of Bhutan, Thimpu; Middle East University, UAE; Open University Malayasia, Malaysia; University of Technology, Mauritius and the Mauritius University are also the associate members of the AIU.