Jalandhar, November 22, 2012: In order to discuss critical issues affecting the higher education in India, Association of Indian Universities’ North Zone Vice Chancellors annual Meet would be held at LPU for two days, from November 23, 2012.
Near 40 Vice- Chancellors, from the Universities of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, UT Chandigarh, New Delhi and Punjab, have consented so far to participate.
Some of the important issues have been identified for discussion in the Meet, under a broader theme, like ‘Shortage of quality faculty at Indian Universities and how to overcome this’; ‘Inter-University collaboration/partnerships for mutual success’; and, ‘Academia-Industry Interface’. These issues will be discussed to come out with possible solutions using the collective wisdom of all the Vice Chancellors of the Zone.
The Meet will be inaugurated by the Chief Guest Prof S N Puri, President AIU and Vice Chancellor of Central Agricultural University Imphal, Manipur. The Guest of Honour of the day will be LPU Chancellor Ashok Mittal. Chief Guest for the valedictory Session will be AIU’s Secretary General Dr. R Krishnakumar, Vice Chancellor, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharastra Open University, Nashik. Prof Mohammad Abdus Sattar, Vice Chancellor North South University Dhaka (Bangladesh), will also address the intellectual assembly on significant role of AIU in Higher Education.
In this regard Press Conference was held where LPU Chancellor Ashok Mittal, Vice Chancellor Dr. Ramesh Kanwar and AIU President Dr. S N Puri were present. Talking to media, LPU Chancellor Ashok Mittal said: “This Meet has remarkable implication as the Vice Chancellors who are expected to participate in the deliberation are the renowned leaders of higher education in India. Now-a-days, education is to be designed in such a way that ultimately it proves to be a forerunner of social and economic transformation of the society. Knowledge capital has become the major shipper of the society. As such, meetings of the think-tanks, like this, are of utmost importance.
Dr. Ramesh Kanwar, VC LPU stated- through these meets knowledge base is regularly strengthened by having updated & excellent education system. Through this ‘Conference’, we anticipate to come out with solid resolutions containing measures to be adopted by different stakeholders, namely Government, Chancellors, Vice Chancellors and other university functionaries.” Dr. S N Puri, President AIU mentioned that AIU has hold of 441 Government and Private Universities as its members. This annual event is at the core of the objective of AIU which is to bring reform in higher education.
AIU has been working as a coordinating body to protect the interest of the students and universities. One of the annual features of AIU is to organize Vice Chancellors' Zonal and National Meets. Such a meet is an important event in the AIU Calendar, which provides important platform to discuss the significant issues of higher education and the problems faced. Last years’ meetings have brought solutions to many problems. This year, too, much fruitful is expected to come out for the field of education. Moreover, these meetings also play accelerating role in letting the voice of intelligentsia heard before government and other national and international stakeholders of higher education.