CU VCs must guide scholars and students achieve highest standards of academic brilliance, says President

CU VCs must guide scholars and students achieve highest standards of academic brilliance, says President

A two-day Conference of Vice Chancellors (VCs) of Central Universities (CUs) concluded on February 5, 2015 at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The VCs adopted a detailed set of recommendations on the five agenda items of the conference, namely (1) steps to create an eco-system for research and innovation; (2) capacity development of faculty, alumni participation and use of technology; (3) deepening engagement of Central Universities with community; (4) creating international and national networks for quality education and (5) adoption of Choice Based Credit System. The recommendation included:

1. Choice Based Credit System must be implemented from the academic year 2015-16 in all CUs.

2. Each CU will set up a Community Development Cell which will identify at least 5 villages in its vicinity for adoption as model villages by the university.

3. A blended Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) strategy must be adopted.

4. CUs must recommend amendment of statutes, to enable induction of alumni in governing bodies, to the Ministry of HRD within next 60 days.

5. Selection of teaching staff must be completed within six months of appointment of Visitor’s nominees. Ministry of HRD must take immediate action to fill up vacancies of Vice Chancellors.

6. All activities towards NAAC accreditation must be completed within 6 months.

7. Database of alumni must be established by CUs within the next 3 months.

8. Each CU must nominate a nodal officer to feed the university’s needs and activities and share good practices and experiences on to the CU VC’s Discussion Page on the University of Hyderabad website.

9. Nodal officers for international rankings must be appointed within next 30 days in each CU.

10. Proposals to UGC for creation of centres of excellence must be sent within next 60 days.

11. CUs who are yet to establish Innovation clubs must do so within 60 days.

12. CUs who are yet to set up Inspired Teachers’ Network, must do so within next 30 days.

13. Industry-interface cells in CUs must be completed within next 3 months.

Addressing the concluding session, the President told Vice Chancellors that they must act as “gurus” and guide scholars and students to achieve the highest standards of academic brilliance. They should feel empowered and use the administrative and moral authority vested in them to make these universities “islands” radiating excellence in their spheres of influence.

The President invited one Inspired Teacher from each Central University to experience and be part of the Rashtrapati Bhavan community for a week under a new programme on the model of the Artists In-Residence and Innovation Scholars In-Residence programme. He also requested Central Universities to send representatives to participate in the one week long “Festival of Innovation” (FOIN) proposed to be held in Rashtrapati Bhavan in March, 2015.

The President called on MHRD, UGC and the VCs to implement the recommendations of the conference in a time bound manner and said the Minister of HRD will take a meeting in June, 2015 to review achievement of deliverables.

The concluding session was attended by Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani.


Visitor’s Awards for ‘Best University’, ‘Innovation’ and ‘Research’ presented by the President of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presented Visitor’s Awards for Central Universities in the categories of ‘Best University’, ‘Innovation’ and ‘Research’ for the year 2015 at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday (February 4, 2015).

The University of Hyderabad received ‘Best University’ Award for academic excellence & overall outstanding work. ‘Innovation’ Award was presented to Prof. Vijay K. Chaudhary and Dr. Amita Gupta of University of Delhi for their invention of ‘TB Confirm’, a rapid diagnostic test for Tuberculosis. The ‘Research’ Award was received by Cosmology and Astrophysics Research Group, Centre for Theoretical Physics, Jamia Millia Islamia for path breaking research carried out in the field of Astrophysics and Cosmology. The Research Group comprises of Jamia Millia Islamia faculty - Prof. M. Sami, Prof. Sushant G. Ghosh, Prof. Sanjay Jhingan & Prof. Anjan Ananda Sen.

The ‘Best University’ received a Citation and Trophy while winners of Visitor’s Award for ‘Innovation’ and ‘Research’ received a Citation and cash award of Rs. one lakh.

The President had announced institution of these awards at the Vice Chancellors’ Conference last year with the aim of promoting healthy competition amongst Central Universities and motivating them to adopt best practices from across the world.


Delegation of All India Federation of the Deaf Pins Flag on the Self of Vice President

A delegation of the ‘All India Federation of the Deaf’ led by its President Kum. Surrender Saini called on the Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari here today on the occasion of the 57th Flag Week of the Deaf. The President Kum. Saini pinned a Flag on the self of the Vice President.

Two Deaf students Shri Toshiq Aalam (Turner & Fitter student) from Jharkhand and Ms. Jyoti (Computer student) from Uttaranchal were part of the delegation. The Vice President wished the students and other delegation members good success in their life.


Mr Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, former President of Maldives and the Leader of the Progressive Party of Maldives, calls on PM

Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today received Mr Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, former President of Maldives and the Leader of the Progressive Party of Maldives, who is visiting India to attend the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2015.

The Prime Minister conveyed that India attached high importance to its relations with Maldives. He emphasised that the two countries not only shared history, but also shared destinies; and had commonalities of interest in ensuring peace and security in the region. He reiterated India’s willingness to continue to assist the Government and people of Maldives in their endeavours of building a stable, peaceful and prosperous country.

Mr Gayoom thanked the Prime Minister for India`s consistent support to Maldives in its all-round development. He conveyed that, for Maldives, its relations with India were of utmost priority not only in the region, but also in the world. Both exchanged views on the challenges facing developing countries, especially small island States, from climate change.

The Prime Minister said that he looked forward to an early visit to Maldives that would provide an opportunity to further enhance the close and multifaceted relations between India and the Maldives, including in areas of trade, tourism, youth and people-to-people exchanges.


President, Asian Development Bank, calls on PM

The President of Asian Development Bank, Mr. Takehiko Nakao, called on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today.

The Prime Minister urged Mr. Nakao that the Asian Development Bank should take up the Railways sector in India as a priority, and complete one transformational project which will create a visible impact. He suggested that the ADB could take up one railway station and make it world class. The Railways can then follow this up with other similar projects. The Prime Minister said ADB should foster more regional connectivity projects.

The Prime Minister complimented Mr. Nakao on achieving a disbursement of US$ 1.4 billion in 2014, which is 40 percent more than the 2013 achievement for projects in India.

The Prime Minister also mentioned the various initiatives that have been taken by the Government, since his last meeting with Mr. Nakao in August 2014. These include the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, cash transfers in LPG subsidy, and the launch of initiatives such as Make in India, Digital India, and Swachh Bharat. The President of the ADB complimented the Prime Minister on these initiatives.


Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France, calls on PM

Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France called on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today.

Prime Minister Modi conveyed condolences to the victims of recent terror attacks in France, and expressed India’s solidarity with the people of France.

Recalling his meeting with President Hollande on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Brisbane last year, Prime Minister Modi said that he is looking forward to his visit to France in April.

Prime Minister Modi invited French companies to take advantage of India’s “Make in India” programme in various sectors, especially in view of the liberalized FDI regime in India.

Prime Minister Modi and Mr. Fabius discussed key areas of bilateral cooperation, including Space, Defence, Railways, Smart Cities, Tourism, Sustainable Development, Energy and Climate Change.


PM expresses joy over registration of 10 crore citizens, as a part of the PAHAL Yojana

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has expressed joy over registration of 10 crore citizens, as a part of the PAHAL Yojana.

 “Gives me great joy to know that over 10 crore citizens have been registered as a part of the PAHAL Yojana. A momentous accomplishment. This makes PAHAL Yojana among the largest cash transfer schemes in the world. Congrats to beneficiaries and officials.

PAHAL Yojana will bring an end to black-marketeering and subsidy will reach people more effectively. Its role in nation-building is important,” the Prime Minister said.
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