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Vision for higher studies

The education department would organise a two-day conference on higher education roadmap starting from February 21.

During the two days, officials of the department and newly appointed vice-chancellors (VCs), pro-vice-chancellors of all universities and registrars would meet.

The focus of the conference would be to share the vision of varsity heads about their plans to take the institutes forward in a rapidly changing environment and their ideas about state government’s expectations in higher education. H.R. Srinivasa, the special secretary of the education department, said: “The state government, for the first time, would hold such a seminar after the new VCs and pro-VCs of different universities were appointed. We would seek the feedback from varsity heads as to what is their vision to develop the universities.”

Even during the selection process of VCs and pro-VCs, the search committee interviewing the applicants had asked candidates to submit their vision document about the university. The vision documents of respective candidates were to seek an overview of what the candidates thought about developing the university, academically as well as administratively.

During the two-day conference, there would be different sessions on financial management, a proposed uniform act for all universities, Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan, teachers’ recruitment process, Naac accreditation and others. The conference will have different sessions and would be addressed by new VCs and pro-VCs. The conference would be addressed by education minister P.K. Shahi and the department’s principal secretary, Amarjeet Sinha.

The conference would also be attended by N.R. Madhava Menon, a legal educator and founder member of National Law School of India University in Bangalore. Sources said the Patna University (PU) administration, too, has prepared a vision document and if required they would submit their vision document.

A senior official of PU said: “The vision documents of the varsity includes recruitment of technical employees and upgrade of lab, filling of vacant post of teachers, renovation of college buildings and help from district administration in maintaining law and order.”

The official said they would seek administrative help to conduct free and fair examinations. The examination session at PU would start from the third week of February with the third-year graduation examination from February 25. The conference would also discuss ways for successful implementation of higher education. The state government last month constituted the higher education council so that funds released from University Grants Commission reach different colleges via the council.