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Give colleges autonomy, invite foreign universities

Question asked by Mahesh Dahale in #Coffee Room on Nov 8, 2009
Mahesh Dahale
Mahesh Dahale · Nov 8, 2009
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Give colleges autonomy, invite foreign universities

A more effective university and college system, with focus on ways to make higher education more accessible, is the need of the hour, academicians said. The new government should revise the Maharashtra universities' Act, 1994, and make it more progressive. A policy change was needed to encourage colleges to come forward for autonomy, they said.
Experts stressed the need to frame policies for facilitating the entry of foreign universities, as it will make education more competitive. "The state must respond to the initiatives the Centre is taking to throw open the gates to foreign universities. It must take steps the situation demands.Or else, it will lose out in the race," Vijay Khole, former vice-chancellor of Mumbai University, said.
Rupa Shah, former vice-chancellor of SNDT University, too, seconded the thought. However, she felt that government institutions should not be given the monopoly to deal with foreign universities. "Why can't we allow both private and public partnerships in setting up centres of excellence? At the same time, fly-by-night operators have to be kept at bay. Otherwise, the students would bear the brunt of it," she said.
"Enhancement of teachers' research motivation is a must. The concept of publish or perish must be brought into activation," Shah added.
Ruia College principal Suhas Pednekar said that the state must look at ways to raise the gross enrolment ratio. Lack of infrastructure, appointment of teachers and provision for teachers' training also have to be addressed immediately.

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Source :- DNA E-Paper India
Posted in: #Coffee Room

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