Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu releases book by BIMTECH Director Harivansh Chaturvedi

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu releases book by BIMTECH Director Harivansh Chaturvedi
Sreetama Datta | Feb 15, 2019 - 6:07 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 15: The Hon'ble Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu released a book titled ‘Quality, Accreditation and Ranking – A Silent Revolution in the Offing in Indian Higher Education’, on February 14, 2019, in New Delhi. Written by Dr. Harivansh Chaturvedi, Director, Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH) Greater Noida, and his fellow authors, the book launch was organised by the Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI), BIMTECH and Bloomsbury Pvt Ltd. UGC Chairman, Dr. DP Singh and Management Guru Padma Shri Dr. Pritam Singh were present as the Guest-of-Honour.

Speaking on this occasion, Vice President Naidu exhorted Indian business houses and prominent entrepreneurs to come forward and set up quality institutions in higher education so as to ensure a paradigm shift in promoting research and innovation in Indian universities and colleges.

Naidu said the focus of successive governments for the past many years has been to achieve “access, equity and excellence”. Although substantial progress has been made over the years, a lot more needs to be done, particularly on the excellence front, he added.

The Vice President also pointed out that quality assurance was important to improve the higher education sector. According to him, the root cause of the problem in private and government-funded institutions was commercialisation and poor governance respectively. The true quality of education should be assessed by its ability to foster responsible citizenship and social cohesiveness and inculcate moral and ethical values in students. This important aspect of quality education goes beyond the contours of the course curriculum and the actual teaching-learning processes that take place inside the classroom.

In this address, Naidu said that higher education transforms an individual into a responsible human being with social, moral and ethical values embedded in him or her apart from making the person more productive. Thus, quality assurance and accreditation mechanism should acknowledge the transformative role of education in a broader sense. He also stated that the quality assurance mechanism helps the students to choose courses and institutions on the basis of grades or ranks. It would enable them to make an informed choice. From the perspective of the institutions, accreditation and ranking would help them to identify gaps in their delivery mechanism, the Vice President said.

Quoting the UNESCO Institute of Statistics data, the Vice President said that there were only 215 researchers per million inhabitants in India as on 2015 and women researchers’ participation was minimal. “We cannot continue with business as usual approach and there should be a paradigm shift in promoting research in higher educational institutions”, he added.

The Vice President urged the higher education institutes to grant more importance to research and innovation and promote an eco-system for creativity to thrive. He said that having a research facility at Post Graduate College level should become a criterion for obtaining accreditation by bodies such as UGC (University Grants Commission) or NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council).

The book released by the Vice President contains articles, essays and research papers authored by some of the prominent educationists, policy makers, researchers and a media person, presents an analysis of the past and present scenario in the Indian Higher Education. The book also focuses on how to raise the quality of our colleges and universities to enable them to compete globally.

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