VCs’ meet: Guv stresses on teaching, research for quality education

Bhubaneswar, Nov 24: “Teaching and research
constitute the centrality of learning and primacy of knowledge in a university.
Almost all rankings use both these as benchmarks for assessing the quality of
universities,” said Governor and Chancellor of universities Dr SC Jamir on
Presiding over the Conference of
Vice-Chancellors here at the Raj Bhavan Dr Jamir said the weightage given to
research tends to be more in the rankings of universities recognising the
importance of research. Our universities ought to become fertile avenues for
innovation and generation of ideas through research and publications.
Odisha now has fifteen State
Universities including four newly formed universities and one Unitary
University in IIIT.
Stating rising expectations and
pressures that universities are confronting he said, “This is a call for
action, to think seriously about what we are doing, to value research and
quality education and to ensure that our institutional policies and practices
are well aligned with our priorities”.
Emphasizing on the need to recognise
the role of faculties for fostering excellence he asked universities to support
teaching development to create motivated teachers. He insisted upon them to
take immediate steps for filling up vacant teaching posts on priority basis and
to ensure that best minds and talents are recruited for teaching profession.
Expressing serious concern over campus
indiscipline and violence and echoing with concerns of parents and students, he
said university is an open and safe place for learning and intellectual growth
and not a battle ground or safety hazard. Stating that sanctity of education
and the campus along with safety and peace of mind of students, faculty and
staff matter a lot he asked university authorities to be strict and see that
all persons on the campus, whether administrators, faculty, students or
employees, are subject to the law and the regulations of the university.
Citing the challenge faced by
universities in preparing students to face challenges in a real world Governor
urged upon establishing collaboration with the industry and business sector to
bring in new ideas and thinking, developing skill and allowing students to
learn about the practical side of things to enhance re-employability prospects
To build world class universities the Governor
said an inspiring vision and a mission is important. He further said leadership
is central for providing an institutional vision and galvanizing academic
consciousness among faculty and students. He expected dynamic leadership from
vice-chancellors and taking responsibility and being accountable for one’s
Dr Jamir urged upon the academic
community to think globally and gain strength from the power of collective
endeavour. He further sought more engagements in the future amongst all the
stakeholders of university system to meet the challenges.
As Chancellor he reiterated his
commitment on raising the standard of universities in the state by addressing
the vital needs of curbing campus indiscipline, ensuring a study atmosphere,
promoting quality education and fostering research in the universities.
Governor said findings at the Conference of Vice-Chancellors would be vital in
furthering the cause of higher learning in the State and meeting the goals and
Finance Minister Pradeep Kumar Amat highlighted
the need of quality education and research in higher education and Government’s
commitment to fill up teaching and non teaching posts soon.
Higher Education Minister Dr Pradeep
Kumar Panigrahy hinted several proactive measures taken to make higher
education meet emerging challenges and stressed upon activating grievance
redressal system in universities to address student grievances and
Principal Secretary to Governor CJ
Venugopal, all the Vice-Chancellors, Registrars, Secretaries and senior most
officials of different departments attended the event. 

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