Distinction Btwn Public, Private Higher Edu Sector Must Go: VS Chauhan

Manesar: Underlining the importance of private education sector in higher education, University Grants Commission (UGC) incumbent chairman Prof VS Chauhan recently said that the distinction between public sector and private sector should be eliminated.

“The fundamental change that we need to bring is to dismantle the difference between public sector and private sector, as soon as possible”, Prof Chauhan said.

Inaugurating a meeting of North zone Vice Chancellors of Association of Indian Universities (AIU), organised by Amity University Haryana, he said 60 to 70 percent of all education today was in private sector and the country had to be one large education system.

Giving the example of excellence in US Universities, he said American universities picked the system from Germany, where the government is funding them.

Echoing the sentiments, many Vice Chancellors demanded that the government should fund to private universities.

The meet was presided over by Prof PB Sharma, President, AIU and Vice Chancellor of Amity University, Haryana.

More than 50 Vice Chancellors of the North zone comprising the states of Delhi, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab attended the two day meet.

The meet released the special issue of the University News, a weekly journal brought out by the Association of Indian universities.

According to organisers, the theme of the Vice Chancellors meet aimed to deliberate on a plethora of issues, from technological advancement to the ‘age old methods’ such as pedagogy, curriculum, teacher preparation, employability of the products, concerning the ‘leadership excellence in higher education and research’.

On this occasion, Prof Sharma said that the enterprising and creative minds in universities will transform them as the factories of innovation, technology incubation and enterprise development.
“It will produce industry ready-professionals for the new knowledge age which is rapidly descending in our industry, trade, business and governance.”

The meet deliberated on the issues of internationalization, accreditation, ranking and benchmarking in higher education.

(Source: UNI)

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