The flavour of the snacks party hosted by Y.C. Simhadri — the new Patna University (PU) vice-chancellor who hails from Andhra Pradesh — on Friday was predominantly south Indian.
A week into his appointment, Simhadri, threw the party for teachers of the university at his official residence. Though the purpose of the meeting was an unofficial get-together, Simhadri expressed his intention, the roadmap that could help the varsity regain its lost glory.
Simhadri began his speech by mentioning that for this achievement (becoming VC), he had received the blessings of Governor D.Y. Patil, chief minister Nitish Kumar and education minister P.K. Shahi.
Reading out his plans for the varsity, Simhadri said the incomplete work he had left midway during his earlier stint as VC would be finished this time. Simhadri was PU VC from November 20, 2006 to January 21, 2008.
Stressing on regularisation of the academic calendar, he said: “I have put the academic calendar committee, all faculty deans, postgraduation department heads, principals of colleges and controller of examinations into motion to bring full regularity into the session by June-July, 2014.”
On maintaining discipline at the varsity, the VC appealed to all teachers, students, non-teaching staff to practise self-discipline.
The VC added that the practice of blaming the teachers vis-à-vis students should be stopped and discouraged, though there are more responsibilities on the teaching community, students and teachers are complementary to each other. The VC said: “Teachers must make it point to be available to the students, scholars, colleagues, teachers and public from at least 9am to 6pm everyday for consultation.”
The moment the VC talked about the presence of teachers from 9am to 6pm, some faculty present at the event started murmuring as if they did not like the new directive.
A senior teacher said: “We don’t have any problem with the new directive about being available 9am to 6pm but definitely there would be problems for some teachers who have the habit of skipping their classes more often by reaching late.”
To include the maximum participation of students in the varsity’s day-to-day affairs, the VC said the mechanism of the university’s functioning should be transparent and also ensure the involvement of students in various processes, especially related to the teaching and learning process. Students could be involved in preparing the syllabus-wise routine by the deans, heads and principals.
“Every month, deans and principals would make an appraise the extent of syllabus covered within a month. They would also get to know how many students are regular in attending classes.”
Simhadri also talked about the students’ union elections but refused to divulge when he would hold the next elections. He urged the university heads and principals to work hard in getting the National Assessment and Accreditation Council tag to improve quality and get more central funds.
Simhadri spoke of clearing pending promotion issues.
Highlighting the contributions of Patna University glittering alumnus such as Dr Rajendra Prasad, Jayaprakash Narayan and others, Simhadri sought the help of all in making PU a central university. The VC ended his speech raising the slogan Jai Hind, Jai Bihar, Jai Patna University.