JAMMU, Sept 26: In collaboration with Central University of Jammu and University of Jammu, the Startfirst India organized ‘Think Ist Convention on the theme “Global Ranking in Higher Education: Issues and Challenges”, here today.
The focus of the convention was to outline strategies and improve world rankings of Indian institutions and develop the Indian Ranking Index that will become a benchmark in itself. The Vice Chancellors of Universities in northern India participated in the event.
Prof V S Chauhan, Chairman, National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore, who was chief guest on the occasion, deliberated upon different issues faced by Higher Education in India. He discussed at length why Indian Universities are not figuring among top 100 Universities of the world which is primarily on account of low gross enrolment ratio as compared to top 100 Universities of the world where gross enrolment ratio is above 50 percent.
Prof Amitabh Mattoo, former Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu, while participating in the discussion, presented the Vision 2030 Document that provides a roadmap to get 50 Indian institutions rank among the Global Best 500. He informed that the meet will be followed by hand-holding of select institutions to enable them to earn a place in the global ranking system.
Prof Mehraj-ud-din, Vice Chancellor, Central University of Kashmir, emphasized on Digital learning while Prof Manoj Dhar, Vice Chancellor, Jammu University, discussed at length about flipped learning. Prof. Talat Ahmed, Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir, briefed about role of leadership in transforming higher education landscape in India. He further discussed about resource mobilization challenges which are seriously impeding the growth of State HEIs.
Earlier, Prof Ashok Aima, VC, CUJ, briefed about idea behind the Think 1st Convention. The outcome of the Convention will be shared with policy makers
In the daylong event, Vice Chancellors and representatives of various Universities, including Prof Kuldeep Chand Agnihotri (VC, CUHP), Mamta Rani Agarwal, (Joint Secretary, UGC), Prof Anju Bhasin (VC CLUJ), Prof. J Massarat, (VC BGSBU), Prof Javed Ahmed, (VC CLUK), Prof Sanjay Srivastva, (VC Manav Rachan University), Prof Sanjay Modi ( Executive Dean, Lovely Professional University), Sanjay Kachroo ( Stratfirst India), representatives from EPSI (Education Promotion Society of India), QS Ranking, Boston Consulting, Microsoft, E&Y and PWC were among those who participated in the convention.
The programme was coordinated by Prof Alka Sharma, Dr Bacha Babu, Dr Shahid Mushtaq, Ginni Dogra and others under the overall supervision of Prof Minakshi Kilam, Registrar, JU.