Call for universities to modernize in response to the changing educational scenario
“ Higher education is no longer a luxury, it is essential for survival. Higher education is no more elitist; it has become more accessible. However, the universities which at one time used to be incubation centers for entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity, have no become centres of preparing unemployable graduate”. This was stated by Prof. H. A. Ranganath, Chairman, IIIT, Kurnool and Former Director of NAAC and Former Vice Chancellor, Bangalore University. He was delivering the key note address on the occasion of the Faculty Orientation and Induction Program at Presidency University, Bengaluru, on Thursday, 20th June 2019. Giving his observations on how several higher education institutions have become anarchies and their lack of will to change the conservative outlook, Prof. Ranganath said that we are living in a time when the value of higher education is being questioned by students and parents alike. Referring to the affiliation function of state universities, Prof. Ranganath said that it worked well for several decades. But, now it has to be changed from a ritual redundant process to a facilitative event. Quoting Charles Darwin, Prof. Ranganath said, “ It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change”. He called upon the faculty to enhance the quality of teaching, learning and evaluative methods, using modern technology. Prof. Ranganath dealt at length on the features of the draft New Education Policy which has been released recently.
The program was presided over by Sri Nissar Ahmed, Hon’ble Chancellor of the University. The Hon. Chancellor welcomed all the new faculty members and conveyed his best wishes. Vice President, Mr Salman Ahmed who was present on the occasion, conveyed his best wishes to the new faculty who joined.
Pro Chancellor, Prof. Vijayan Immanuel introduced the Hon’ble Chancellor and the Vice President. Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr Ishwara Bhat introduced the Chief Guest.
In the beginning, Dean, Academics, Prof. Venkataramu welcomed the gathering. He said that the training program starting on 20th June will go on till July 27, 2019. It will be attended by 66 newly recruited faculty members and 42 other faculty members.
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