‘Role of university far larger than what happens in classrooms’

Universities are socio-cultural organisations, not bureaucratic structures or commercial organisations, Ahmedabad University vice-chancellor Pankaj Chandra.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:March 9, 2017 5:33 am
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Ahmedabad University vice-chancellor Pankaj Chandra Wednesday said the role of a university or academics was “much larger than what happens in a classroom”. Speaking at the discussion of the book, Navigating the Labyrinth: Perspectives on India’s Higher Education, published by Orient Blackswan, at the India Habitat Centre, he said, “Universities are socio-cultural organisations. They are not bureaucratic structures or commercial organisations, and managing them is all about managing people… When education started to expand in the 1960s and 1970s, we expanded so rapidly, that with a larger number of people you had to standardise everything, from the learning processes to the certification processes…”

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The book, edited by President of Centre for Policy Research Pratap Bhanu Mehta, and Professor at University of Pennsylvania Devesh Kapur, is a collection of nine articles written on higher education by various academics and intellectuals. ENS

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    Onkar Singh
    Mar 9, 2017 at 2:12 pm
    A sick mind bred on hatred and profound selfish and inflated ego not willing to respect another's view point and not in a capacity to logically counter another's argument.
  2. P
    Mar 9, 2017 at 5:30 am
    Achcha. .. .. Abey dakkhan logon..university is educational eny and education is primarily for job and economy... For socio cultural interaction there are too many things nut for jobs and skills education is the only thing... ..can't even reason basic things.. Du-mbus
  3. P
    Mar 9, 2017 at 7:42 am
    Check with those people who get agrees I a hope to get job and then do it find job... Tell them that your university was focusing more on social and cultural stuff and coin abuses then....lt;br/gt;Focus on job skills when you are competing witk likes of china.... Or surrender.... Du-mb-us..
  4. P
    Mar 9, 2017 at 7:44 am
    Count abuses then... lt;br/gt;.and do not find job then..
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    Pradeepta Mishra
    Mar 9, 2017 at 4:03 pm
    Words sound ideal if they are vehicles of their hindsight. But if words are empty rhetoric those may consute good oratory than any output. Truly, some one has commented about the vocational aspect of education. In India people drain vital chunk of their treasury on university level education. If at the end of that, no job is offered to the p-out, he or she as much is snubbed by the cronies as sneered by the family men. Thus, education at the university level not being academic, gregarious, bureaucratic, co-curricular or organisational only and interactional or intellectual it loses all its appeal if not efficient of employment except which the ideologies imparted and inculcated are euphemistic, the objactivity opaque and the indoctrination effete.lt;br/gt;Pradeepta Mishra
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