Amity University, Noida, hosted a two day
program on the topic ‘Celebrating Success in Higher Education – Best
Practices’, organised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). It was attended
by 90 Vice chancellors from North India to discuss about attaining greater
autonomy from government regulatory bodies.
All vice chancellors opined that
institutions should be allowed to act independently. The strict regulations prevailing
in the education system have restricted colleges from becoming world class
universities, apart from other challenges like expansion, equity and
inclusiveness. Prof Furqan Qamar, Secretary General of the AIU, accepted that such
restrictions have always stood as barriers for creating world class
universities. He also said that the purpose of imposing regulations on students
is to bring order and discipline and maintain the quality and standard of the
institutions. But nowadays the efficacy of regulations has become a big question
and hence is becoming a barrier in making world class universities. He said it’s
high time we need to regulate the rules and give the students some confidence
and give them the space to understand their responsibility and act accordingly.
Another important thing in making world
class universities is the faculty, who are the backbone of any institution.
They should act as role models and guide the students. Another important factor
is abundance of funds available and the freedom that the faculty and the students
are given. Prof DS Chauhan, President, Association of Indian Universities and VC,
GLA University, Mathura, felt that the universities in India are crippled. The
congregation was inaugurated by Dr.G. Satheesh Reddy, who is the scientific
advisor to Manohar Parrikar, our Union Defence Minister, and other dignitaries
like Prof Qamar, Prof Chauhan, Dr.Ashok,
K Chauhan who is the Founder President of Amity Education Group and Dr
Balvinder Shukla, VC, Amity University.