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Varsity banks on its alumni

Patna, July 5: Patna University is planning to urge its alumni to come forward and bail out colleges from their many problems.

The move comes soon after eight vice-chancellors and pro-vice-chancellors of different universities returned from a training workshop held at the Pennsylvania State University.

Patna University (PU) vice-chancellor Y.C. Simahadri, who was in the group, said the university was looking forward to receiving help from its alumni, spread across the country and abroad.

“The training programme was enlightening and we learnt a lot about education and research there. Patna University is trying to develop and we plan to get projects from the Pennsylvania State University and implement those at PU. A majority of our alumni holds very good positions in India and abroad. They are welcome to come forward and help the university they studied in, in whatever way their like,” Simahadri said.

He also invited help to improve the infrastructure at colleges. Beautification work of colleges under Patna University has begun.

“The work is going on. We are also open to corporate bodies or industrialists, who, very well, can be our alumni, to come forward and help us in this connection,” he said.

Nalanda Open University pro-vice-chancellor R.P. Upadhyaya, who was also part of the group that returned from US, said the experts there talked to them about several subjects like motivating faculty and students, managing conflicts, online teaching and level of expectation and communication issues between faculty and administration among others.

“This was a World Bank initiative and 50 people from different countries were part of the workshop. With many things learnt and understood, Nalanda Open University will now focus on institutional research. We are open to the idea of getting outsourced help to help us create infrastructure required for institutional research programme in the university,” Upadhyaya said.

The officials added that based on their trip, they will prepare a proposal for the development of their respective organisations and send it to the education department for approval.

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