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Assam Governor discusses higher education scenario with VCs

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Guwahati | Friday, Aug 10 2018 IST
Assam Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi today emphasized that universities should strive to become an enabling environment to be epicenter of creation, transmission and dissemination of knowledge. He said this while chairing a day-long meeting held with all the Vice-Chancellors(VCs) of the state and Central Universities of Assam in the conference hall of Raj Bhavan. Addressing the Vice-Chancellors, the governor said, "A country is as good as the quality of education it imparts to its citizens. In its evolution through many stages, education acts as the pivot around which the progress of a country moves."He called upon the vice-chancellors to take a lead role in creating framework for raising the standard of higher education. "I take this opportunity to request you all to bring in a paradigm shift in the delivery of not only the means but ends of education by the universities. If the universities take the initiatives and become the role model in creating and executing innovative ideas, they can proudly claim the honor of nurturing pool of human resources responsible for the growth of the country", the Governor added. Stating that the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) of Assam is now 17/18 as against the country average of 25, he requested the VCs to take significant role to address this mismatch. Harping on the need of quality education, Prof.Mukhi said that he believed that higher the quality of university education in a state, more prosperous and competitive the people are. He moreover, asked the VCs to use their knowledge and expertise to help the students fraternity to face the challenge of concentrating their research on the rich natural and human resources of the state and create knowledge base that serves humanity. The Governor also said adequate emphasis should be laid on periodic assessment carried out by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) to ensure quality assurance certificates as a testimony to the adherence of the standards set by the UGC. Every institution of Assam should participate in the NIRF (National Institutional Ranking Framework). The Governor also requested the VCs that under Social responsibility, every university should adopt at least 5 villages and contribute to the welfare of its people. Further, the universities should also direct the colleges to take up similar kind of activities to adopt at least one village each. Prof. Mukhi also urged upon the the universities to be instrumental to develop strategy to train a 'stock' of highly trained human resources to become ambassadors an promote and popularize Yoga. Advisor to Govt. of Assam Education Department Dr.Mihir Kanti Choudhury, Secretary UGC Rajnish Jain, Principal Secretary Higher Education Department Maninder Singh, Secretary Higher Education Department Krishna Gohain, Secretary of Agriculture Juri Phukan, Vice-Chancellors of all the State and Central Universities of Assam and officials of Raj Bhavan were also present in the day-long meeting. UNI SG AND

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