September 27, 2014 3:15:04 am
Union Human Resource and Development Minister Smriti Irani attended the state vice-chancellors’ conference called by chancellor of government universities and Governor O P Kohli, said that she would replicate some of the unique universities in other states.
“The HRD Minister shared that she would like to take innovations in higher education done in Gujarat, including universities like Children’s University, Teachers University, Sanskrit University and Yoga University. Also, Know Your College (KYC), the online portal where any student or parent can check details of any college was one such project that the minister expressed her willingness to replicate at the central level,” said a senior education department official.
“There were suggestions on placing faculty through exchange programmes among universities. Also, the central government schemes like Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) were discussed at length,” said one of the V-Cs.
The conference was divided into two parts — the morning session which was attended by all V-Cs, including government and private at the Forest Research Institute, Gandhinagar while the post-lunch session held at Raj Bhavan was attended by only thirteen state universities fully funded by the state government.
There was also a brief discussion on the Choice-Based Credit System and the ongoing debate on turning BEd course from one year to two-year degree course with a provision of six-month training for students.
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