Guv adviser puts focus on 6-Es to improve higher edu in state

  • | Friday | 1st December, 2023

Ranchi: E Balagurusamy, adviser to the governor C P Radhakrishnan on education, emphasised on six points — expansion, excellence, equity, employability, e-governance and eco-friendly campus — to improve quality of higher education in the state.Speaking on the status of higher education in Jharkhand, Balagurusamy said, I would be forwarding the suggestions based on the six principles to the governor who is the Chancellor of universities so that he may take up the matter with the state government for implementation.Detailing on his ideas, Balagurusamy said that there is need for massive expansion in terms of number of universities, colleges and admissions.He said that gross enrolment ratio (GER) of the state is far below the national average, adding much needs to be done to achieve the National Education Policy target of 50% GER by 2035.It may be stated here that according to the state governments last budget report, GER in higher education institutions (HEIs) of the state was 17%, while the national average was 27%.On excellence, Balagurusamy said that lack of adequate number of high-quality faculty is a major issue in higher education institutions in Jharkhand. He said that the existing proficient teachers are overburdened, and they are unable to focus on research works. He added that fully equipped laboratories are required in the colleges and the universities in this regard.He further said that employability is essential in education right from the Plus 2 level, adding it would be an incentive for youths to study. He added that skill development activities should be part of all subjects. He said that it is due to lack of expertise that many youths find no jobs and are forced to migrate to other states.Balagurusamy said that equity is also important in view of large number of poor and tribal population in the state, adding all should get a fair opportunity for education. He said that equity also means improving education among the girls. He said that in this age of digital technology, e-governance is essential right from the admission to the conduct of examinations. Balagurusamy said that he would also stress on having eco-friendly campuses in higher education institutions with sports facilities, co-curriculum activities and water harvesting and solar power facilities.We also published the following articles recentlyUP higher education director not fit to hold post: High courtThe Allahabad High Court rebuked the Director of Higher Education, Brahmdeo, for sitting on a file related to gratuity and death benefits of a deceased professor. Justice Rohit Ranjan Agarwal stated that Brahmdeo is not fit for his position and criticized him for forwarding the request for payment to the state government only when the date for contempt proceedings was nearing. The court had previously ordered the payment of benefits to petitioner Ajay Kumar Mudgal, the husband of deceased professor Nupur Sisodia Mudgal, within 90 days. This failure to comply led to the contempt notice to Brahmdeo.Coimbatore educational institutions urged to appoint qualified, experienced driversCoimbatore city police have appealed to the managements of educational institutions to appoint experienced and qualified drivers to operate buses and vans in the wake of road accidents. The accidents involved vehicles of these institutions and were caused by young drivers with minimum experience who violated traffic rules and operated vehicles in a rash and negligent manner. The police commissioner, V Balakrishnan, urged the management to take steps in making Coimbatore an accident-free city.IITs, IIMs advised to become multi-disciplinary: Union Education MinisterUnion Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan advises IITs and IIMs to become multi-disciplinary. The National Education Policy, 2020 prioritizes multi-disciplinary education. The Odisha Research Centre, inaugurated by Pradhan, will conduct research on various fields including art, culture, archaeology, and technology. The centre aims to develop innovative frameworks to explore Odishas history, culture, economy, and society. The centre was established in collaboration with ICSSR, IIM Sambalpur, IIT Kharagpur, and IIT Bhubaneswar.

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