JAMMU, Aug 31: The two day UGC sponsored international conference on “Building World Class Educational Institutions: Issues and Challenges” concluded today at MIER College of Education.
About 50 papers were presented by the participants during the sessions on various themes namely, Issues and Challenges for Creating World Class Institutions, Learning Outcomes as Indicator of Quality in Higher Education, Present Status of Higher Education in India, Higher Education System in India: Issues, Challenges & Suggestions, Challenges of Creating World Class Institutions in India, etc.
The second day of conference started with keynote address by Prof Amit Kauts, Dean and Head, Deptt of Education, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. He elaborated on ‘Issues and challenges for creating world class institution’. He said that the obsession with internationalization had resulted in priority being given to overseas scholars and graduates and this has diminished graduates of many top domestic universities to second or third-class status.
The second keynote address was delivered by Prof Rajni Kant, Director, Distance Education, University of Jammu on the theme ‘What goes in the making of a world class institution?’ He said that high salaries are very important to get the best faculty in the world which is the pre-requisite for creating world class institutions. He highlighted the role of research and globally relevant curriculum in building high quality institutions.
Prof Vijay Kumar, Director, International Academic programme, University of Missouri-Kansas, USA, delivered a keynote on the ‘Role of Technology and Research in building World Class Institutions’. He addressed the gathering through video conferencing.
Prof R G Kothari, former Vice-Chancellor, Veer Narmad South Gujrat University, Prof Amit Kauts, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar and Prof N R Sharma, Dean Academics MIER College of Education, chaired the different sessions as per the themes.
A panel discussion session was also organized on the topic “Building World Class Educational Institutions”. The eminent panelists were Prof Ashok Aima, Vice-Chancellor, Central university of Jammu, Ranjeet Kalra, Assistant Director, Academic Staff College, University of Jammu; Prof Ankur Gupta, Director and Principal, MIET Jammu; Prof Rekha B Koul, Dean International Curtin University Australia and Gautam Mahajan, President Customer Value Foundation, Delhi.