In a bid to ensure that innovative ideas proposed by students see fruition through industry-academia support, a new platform by the name of “Kanad” has been approved to be set up at the Savitribai Phule Pune University under the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) scheme of Ministry of Human Resource Development. The work for setting up this platform is being done at a fast pace and soon it will be available to students, said Vice-Chancellor Wasudeo Gade at the university’s Senate meeting which took place on Saturday.
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While presenting his speech on the varsity’s progress in the last few months and future plans, Gade said that an important decision was to track the vehicles ferrying answer sheets of students through a GPS tracking system. “Additionally each bundle of answer sheets would be marked by a BLP tracker. The signals from the truck’s GPS system would be communicated to the exam department, eliminating possibility of any misdoing,” he said.
Speaking about new courses, he said that for the upcoming academic year, SPPU shall start Masters in Technology (M Tech) with the help of Indian Railways Institute of Civil Engineering, an M Tech (Information Security) will be started with the help of Quick Heal Technologies and M Tech (Automotive Technology) with the help of KPIT Technologies Ltd.
An important development in the thermal power plant project at Shive village is that the varsity has now taken over complete control of it. Gade noted that the land for the “Technology Development in Solar Thermal Power Plant and its demonstration for rural electrification and energy need” project under Solar Energy Research Initiative (SERI) has been handed over to the varsity.
The vice-chancellor also spoke of various collaborations with the industry and international universities including MoU’s signed with Google Inc., National Institute of Virology, National Institute of Oriental Languages and Culture, Paris, University of Central Florida, Korea Water Resource Corporation, Republic of Korea, and University of Central Florida, USA amongst others.
Meanwhile in the Senate, amongst the decisions unanimously passed was the approval to establish a School of Education under which four departments, Department of Adult Education, Department of Physical Education and Department for Advanced Technology will be included.
Senate members proposed including a department of yoga studies in the same school. Besides, a decision to clear the hurdles by making necessary changes in the rules to establish Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Studies Centre and offer a Post Graduate diploma course titled ‘Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s thoughts on India’s National Security’ was approved.
*V-C quells rumours
On Saturday, the university was abuzz with rumours that the current director of Board of Student’s Welfare, Sanjaykumar Dalvi, was shunted out of the varsity, based on the complaints of a certain political party’s student wing organisation.
However, Vice Chancellor Wasudeo Gade put these rumours to rest confirming that Dalvi, who was on deputation from his college in Sangamner, had been asked by the parent college to resume his teaching duties. “It is not true that he was shunted out. In fact he was given a second term,” said Gade.
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