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US tour & tips beckon senior varsity officials

Five vice-chancellors and three pro-vice-chancellors will visit Pennsylvania State University, US, as part of a teaching-learning process.

With an aim to bring educational reforms in state universities and ways to introduce best education pattern of US here, the group of eight will visit US from June 22 to June 26. The educational tour has been organised by World Bank and s upported by the state education department.

The team will comprise Patna University VC Y.C. Simhadri, Magadh University VC Mohammed Ishtiyaque, Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University VC Rama Shanker Dubey, LN Mithila University VC S. Kushwaha and Maulana Mazharul Haque Arabic, Persian University VC Ejaz Ali Arshad, Veer Kunwar Singh University pro-VC Leela Chand Saha, BRA Bihar University pro-VC Neelima Sinha and Nalanda Open University pro-VC Ram Prakash Upadhyaya.

The delegation will also include Anup Kumar Sinha, deputy director, education department.

Sivesh Ranjan, officer- on-special duty, education department, said: “This is for the first time that any delegation comprising VCs and pro-VCs will be on an education tour to Pennsylvania State University.”

The official said the delegation would learn the education system in Pennsylvania State University, admission process of students, examination pattern and teaching-learning process.

A workshop was organised by the education department at a city hotel where Central University of Bihar (CUB) former VC Janak Pandey and Kurt Larsen, senior education specialist in growth and crisis practice (World Bank), briefed the delegation.

Apart from state university VCs, their counterparts from Madhya Pradesh will also visit US.

Sources said the delegation would also look for such courses, which the Indian universities can run with high employability factor in mind.