Guwahati, May 6: Dispur will initiate various innovative measures, including a voting system by students, to do away with various problems like teachers’ involvement in non-academic activities and agitation mindset of students, which have plagued colleges in the state.
The education department has constituted different committees comprising principals of various colleges to suggest recommendations to the government within three months. Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said the government will engage principals in the task to bring about reforms in higher education from within, after a recent convention of the college heads.
“After submission of reports and recommendations by the committees of principals, the department will once again organise another convention on the ways to implement the reform initiatives. Since the principals are completely aware of the happenings in colleges and know the causes of various problems, the government will definitely look to implement their suggestions,” Sarma said.
One of the committees headed by Budhin Gogoi, principal of Margherita College, will look into the issue of internal management of colleges.
The minister said the committee would focus on teachers’ absenteeism from classes and their involvement in non-academic activities.
“Reluctance of a section of teachers to attend classes is adversely affecting students. So, we are thinking of introducing various measures, including a voting system to do away with such attitude of teachers. Under the system, students will have the opportunity to cast their votes through ballot to select good and bad teachers,” Sarma said.
Another committee headed by Indira Bardoloi, the principal of Handique Girl’s College, will look into various problems and dilemmas faced by students. “The committee will focus on indiscipline and agitation mindset of students. It will suggest measures as to how students can be involved in creative and innovative works through counselling, educational excursions, seminars and youth festivals. The committee will also study how teachers can be involved in solving various problems of students, including health and poor economic condition to pursue higher education,” Sarma said.
The minister said a committee of principals would be formed to work out uniform fee structure for all colleges across the state. He said some colleges are charging fees from students at different rates, keeping students, parents as well the government in the dark.
“We want to stop the practice of charging hidden fees and thus the committee will work out a formula to ensure uniform fees for students of all colleges in the state,” Sarma said. He said the government has also constituted committees to set up digital libraries in all colleges, to keep students updated about developments across the globe and assess the actual fund requisition of colleges.