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Choice Based Credit System to be implemented in central universities

New Delhi: A two-day Conference of Vice Chancellors (VCs) of Central Universities (CUs) was held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The VCs adopted a detailed set of recommendations on the five agenda items of the conference, namely (1) steps to create an eco-system for research and innovation; (2) capacity development of faculty, alumni participation and use of technology; (3) deepening engagement of Central Universities with community; (4) creating international and national networks for quality education and (5) adoption of Choice Based Credit System. The recommendation included: 1. Choice Based Credit System must be implemented from the academic year 2015-16 in all CUs. 2. Each CU will set up a Community Development Cell which will identify at least 5 villages in its vicinity for adoption as model villages by the university. 3. A blended Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) strategy must be adopted. 4. CUs must recommend amendment of statutes, to enable induction of alumni in governing bodies, to the Ministry of HRD within next 60 days. 5. Selection of teaching staff must be completed within six months of appointment of Visitor’s nominees. Ministry of HRD must take immediate action to fill up vacancies of Vice Chancellors. 6. All activities towards NAAC accreditation must be completed within 6 months. 7. Database of alumni must be established by CUs within the next 3 months. 8. Each CU must nominate a nodal officer to feed the university’s needs and activities and share good practices and experiences on to the CU VC’s Discussion Page on the University of Hyderabad website. 9. Nodal officers for international rankings must be appointed within next 30 days in each CU. 10. Proposals to UGC for creation of centres of excellence must be sent within next 60 days. 11. CUs who are yet to establish Innovation clubs must do so within 60 days. 12. CUs who are yet to set up Inspired Teachers’ Network, must do so within next 30 days. 13. Industry-interface cells in CUs must be completed within next 3 months. Addressing the concluding session, the President told Vice Chancellors that they must act as “gurus” and guide scholars and students to achieve the highest standards of academic brilliance. They should feel empowered and use the administrative and moral authority vested in them to make these universities “islands” radiating excellence in their spheres of influence. The President invited one Inspired Teacher from each Central University to experience and be part of the Rashtrapati Bhavan community for a week under a new programme on the model of the Artists In-Residence and Innovation Scholars In-Residence programme. He also requested Central Universities to send representatives to participate in the one week long “Festival of Innovation” (FOIN) proposed to be held in Rashtrapati Bhavan in March, 2015. The President called on MHRD, UGC and the VCs to implement the recommendations of the conference in a time bound manner and said the Minister of HRD will take a meeting in June, 2015 to review achievement of deliverables. The concluding session was attended by Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani. Visitor’s Awards for ‘Best University’, ‘Innovation’ and ‘Research’ presented The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented Visitor’s Awards for Central Universities in the categories of ‘Best University’, ‘Innovation’ and ‘Research’ for the year 2015 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The University of Hyderabad received ‘Best University’ Award for academic excellence & overall outstanding work. ‘Innovation’ Award was presented to Prof. Vijay K. Chaudhary and Dr. Amita Gupta of University of Delhi for their invention of ‘TB Confirm’, a rapid diagnostic test for Tuberculosis. The ‘Research’ Award was received by Cosmology and Astrophysics Research Group, Centre for Theoretical Physics, Jamia Millia Islamia for path breaking research carried out in the field of Astrophysics and Cosmology. The Research Group comprises of Jamia Millia Islamia faculty - Prof. M. Sami, Prof. Sushant G. Ghosh, Prof. Sanjay Jhingan & Prof. Anjan Ananda Sen. The ‘Best University’ received a Citation and Trophy while winners of Visitor’s Award for ‘Innovation’ and ‘Research’ received a Citation and cash award of Rs. one lakh. The President had announced institution of these awards at the Vice Chancellors’ Conference last year with the aim of promoting healthy competition amongst Central Universities and motivating them to adopt best practices from across the world.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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