Haryana Government plans to set up a committee to consider the income and expenditure aspects of all state universities.
Chandigarh, Dec 5– The Haryana Government plans to set up a committee to consider the income and expenditure aspects of all state universities.
This was decided at a meeting of vice-chancellors of all state universities and officers of the Higher and Technical Education Departments held under the chairmanship of Haryana Governor, Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki, here today. The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, was also present at the meeting.
Addressing the VCs, the Governor said the primary goal of universities should be to ensure quality of education for which there will be no shortage of funds. He asked the universities to make their vision and decide what they planned to do in the coming years.
Describing human resource building as the best profession, the Governor said this work was precious, but the teacher should also get adequate salary to lead a respectable life. Presently, 5.11 lakh youths who are getting higher education, are great assets of the state. But they could converted into real assets of the nation if shown the right direction.
Youth can be made a true asset to the nation by inculcating in him the spirit of nationalism, responsibility and discipline. This responsibility could only be shouldered by our educational institutions. Therefore, there is a huge responsibility on universities and colleges, he added.
Prof Solanki said teachers should introspect what they are giving to the youth. Are we teaching our youth to prepare them only for jobs? But our Prime Minister says we require job-providing youths rather than job seekers. For this, we must identify the potential of every young person like Thakur Ramakrishna Paramhansa had recognized the potential of Narendra and then he made him Swami Vivekananda.
Earlier, the Chief Minister said students getting higher education whether technical, arts, science, commerce, are intellectual property of universities. The universities should prepare a database of all alumni along with current students, and utilize them as resource for society and the university.
Quoting an example, he said the state government had recently formed a Pond Management Authority for the protection, conservation, development and rejuvenation of more than 14,000 ponds in the state. But the water condition in these ponds is not good. A survey is being conducted to utilize water of these ponds for irrigation and other purposes. The services of students could be made use of for such kinds of work. In addition, their services can also be taken for projects in different fields.
The Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Mrs Jyoti Arora, highlighted the progress and achievements made in the field of higher education. She said there was adequate arrangement for higher education for every youth in the state and the number of colleges and universities had increased manifold. There were six state universities in 2006 but their number has now increased to 13.
Similarly, the number of government colleges has increased from 69 to 133. There were 2.34 lakh students in higher education in 2006 which has now reached 5.11 lakh.
She directed the Vice Chancellors to prepare vision plan of universities for the next two years to improve the quality of teaching and learning with the monitor able outcomes. She also emphasised on the use of modern technology through MOOCs and curriculum improvement and making it contemporary and more relevant.
The Chief Secretary, Mr D.S. Dhesi, Additional Chief Secretary Finance, Mr P. Raghvendra Rao, Secretary to Governor, Dr. Amit Kumar Aggarwal, Director, Technical Education, Dr. R.S Dhillon, vice-chancellors and registrars of state universities were also present at the meeting.