Mumbai, 7th April :
The Governor of Maharashtra and Chancellor of Universities CH Vidyasagar Rao today expressed serious concern over the poor ranking of universities from Maharashtra in the National Institute Ranking Framework and asked Vice Chancellors to prepare a detailed strategy for improving their ranking.
Referring to the ‘serious negligence’ in the evaluation of examination papers and declaration of results in the University of Mumbai, the Governor asked Vice Chancellors to accord top priority to declaration of results of all examinations in a time bound manner. He called for according examination reforms, including end-to-end computerization, top priority.
The Governor, accompanied by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, was addressing a meeting of Vice Chancellors and Pro Vice Chancellors of non-agricultural universities in Maharashtra at Sahyadri State Guest House in Mumbai on Saturday (7th).
Minister of Finance Sudhir Mungantiwar, Minister of Higher Education Vinod Tawde, Ministers of State Deepak Kesarkar and Ravindra Waikar, Director of AICTE Prof Anil Sahasrabuddhe and senior government officials were present.
Asking universities to form a task force for conducting academic audit, the Governor urged universities to take appropriate action against those institutions which were having substandard infrastructure and large deficiencies in teaching and non-teaching staff.
Performance Appraisal of VCs
Referring to the issue of performance appraisal of vice chancellors, the Governor said, “We need to put in place a mechanism for performance appraisal of Vice Chancellors so as to bring better accountability in the system”.
Making a reference to the tours of Vice Chancellors, the Governor advised Vice Chancellors to keep their tours outside the jurisdiction of their university ‘to the minimum’.
He regretted that at times Vice Chancellors were leaving the headquarters of the University without the prior permission of the Chancellor. He asked all vice chancellors to take firm and resolute action on the decisions taken at the meeting of Vice Chancellors.
Chief Minister asks universities to adopt ‘mission mode’ to improve ranking
Expressing strong displeasure over the fact that all universities in Maharashtra, – except Pune, which is ranked 9th, – were ranked above 150 in the National Institute Ranking Framework declared by MHRD, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis asked Vice Chancellors to go on a ‘mission mode’ to improve their rankings by next year.
He said universities in Maharashtra should become ‘creators of knowledge’ and not remain content being ‘disseminators of knowledge’.
He appealed to vice chancellors to make university campuses across Maharashtra ‘clean and green’ by achieving zero-garbage and zero discharge status and by increasing the use of renewable energy.
Observing that some of the universities in Maharashtra have 700 to 800 colleges affiliated to them, he called for creating an IT based management system to manage large number of colleges. The Chief Minister further called for encouraging more colleges to become autonomous.
The meeting discussed the Action Taken Report based on the decisions taken at the previous meeting of the Vice Chancellors. Adoption of Choice Based Credit System, National Skill Qualification Framework Certification Level, Implementation of recommendations of the Exam Reform Committee were among the topics discussed at the meeting.
The meeting also discussed agenda points such as introduction of Integrated University Management System, Student Start-up Movement, Introduction of Skill Development Courses in Universities / Colleges across Maharashtra, Implementation of Maharashtra Public University Act 2016, Curriculum Reforms, etc.