The three day UGC-AIU All India Vice Chancellors' Conference and the 85th
Annual Meeting of the Association of Indian Universities that began at Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University on 12th
November concluded today on a promising note. Vice Chancellors representing universities from 28 states of the country and 30 delegates from Australia, Bhutan, Canada, France, Taiwan and UK attended the meet.
"Governance of Higher Education" was the main theme of this conference. Eminent educationists and experts from different fields from India and abroad spoke and exchanged views on
topics that varied from different models of governance of higher education to the role of regulatory authorities, public private partnership in education, avenues for cross country collaboration in higher education, autonomy
and accountability of the university system and addressed the concerns faced by universities. Delegations from foreign universities made presentations about governance of higher education in their respective countries and
reinforced the possibility of foreign collaboration in student and teachers exchange, research and development, conducting study tours and joint program delivery with their Indian counterparts. They also offered skill development
programs for young scholars/ Phds' from India who can later pursue careers in academics for Indian institutions.
Prof Dr Shivajirao Kadam, Vice Chancellor, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University
delivering the valedictory address termed this conference as an academic pilgrimage which created a tantalizing atmosphere by the presence of so many academic intellectuals from India and abroad. He further said that in this era of knowledge economy, Indian universities have to gear to meet the challenges that will be posed due to the advent of the foreign universities. The thrust has to be on improving quality of education and pedagogy by innovation and academic advancement. Finally he thanked University Grants Commission, Association of Indian University for giving Bharati Vidyapeeth an opportunity to host this mega event.
Prof Dr M D Tiwari, President Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi
thanked Bharati Vidyapeeth for hosting this event in a grand and efficient manner. He said that the suggestions and inputs provided by the participating Vice Chancellors have been taken into consideration and will be deliberated with the relevant authorities to ensure proper implementation.
Hon Dr A R Lakshmanan, Former Judge, Supreme Court of India was the Chief Guest of the function. In his speech he strongly recommended complete autonomy for Indian Universities to function effectively, provide
wholesome development, improve productivity and get rid of the slavish approach in Indian education system. He appealed to look upon education as an unending pursuit and asserted that the whole education system needs revamping and
higher education should be made available and accessible to all. He felt that politicizing of campus and ragging are serious concern that needs to be addressed and there is a need to make the administrative sub system within the
university more students responsive and free of red tape. He strongly advocated that education in its different forms and at different levels is the only single potential mean for social, economic, political and cultural
Also present on the dias were Mr S M Chande, Vice President, Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, Dr Beena Shah, Secretary, Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, Prof. Uttam B Bhoite,
Executive Director, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, His Excellency Mr.Gudmundur Eriksson, Ambassador of Iceland in India and Mr G Jayakumar, Registrar, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University.
Prof. Dr Uttam B Bhoite proposed the vote of thanks.
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