Dharamsala, April 29, 2013: Ashok Thakur, Secretary Higher Education, HRD New Delhi, emphasised the improvement in quality of higher education and said that in 12th Five Year Plan stress has been laid on highly trained faculty, use of ICTs and software in addition to monetary and infrastructural development.
Addressing the faculty of the Central University in Shahpur at Dharamsala on Monday, Thakur said, “Faculty is the source or the kernel for providing higher education.” He said interconnectivity needs to be provided among various universities and institutions. “ICT is a very important tool to facilitate exchange and access of academic content across the institutions in the country”, he said.
Interacting with the faculties and research scholars in the campus about the ways to improve quality of higher education, he said, “Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) as part of the 12th Five Year Plan will tackle the issue of contractual labour in the universities in the state and elsewhere through the RUSA programme.
“Presently the funding of the state universities from the respective states are either stagnant or are coming down, which in turn force them to stick to practices like contractual employment and affiliation programmes. However, with RUSA, we are planning to address these issues which are affecting the quality of education in the country so much,” he said.
While discussing with the faculty and research scholars about how to improve higher education in the country, he said, “Basic education should be improved to enhance higher education system”.
Addressing the gathering, Prof. Furqan Qamar said that finding quality candidates for teaching jobs in higher education is very difficult. “For recruitment, we found that most of the candidates who are technically eligible for the posts were extremely poor in their communication skills and conceptualisation abilities”, he said. He also suggested that the Department of Higher Education may conduct mass training programme for improving the skills of the qualified candidates as part of raising the quality of higher education in the country.
During this occasion Secretary Ashok Thakur released the prospectus of the University for the academic year 2013-14.
Sarojini Ganju Thakur, Chairman of HP-Private Education Regulatory Committee and Pema Chonjor, Minister for Religion and Culture of Tibetan Government in Exile were present among the dignitaries in the function.
Pro Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Yoginder Singh Verma, Registrar, B. R. Dhiman, Dean of School of Social Sciences Prof Arvind K. Agrawal, and other Deans and Heads of the departments, faculty members and research scholars of the university were also present in the function.