Hyderabad: The Conference of Vice-Chancellors of Telangana State Universities was held today under the chairmanship of Dr. (Smt.) Tamilisai Soundararajan, Chancellor and Governor of Telangana at Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Open University. The Conference was attended by all the Vice-Chancellors and Registrars of the Universities.
The TSCHE gave a detailed presentation about the activities of the TSCHE and the various initiatives being undertaken to improve quality access and innovation in the universities such as curriculum upgradation, increasing internship opportunities to students and setting up incubators in Universities.
All the Vice-Chancellors attended and gave detailed presentations about the various activities, programs and important research and academic initiatives.
All the Vice-Chancellors actively interacted with the Governor about campus development, women education, extension and social work activities and villages adopted. She hoped that State of Telangana would emerge as a “Leader” in the field of Higher Education.
The Governor stressed the need to fill up all the vacancies including Vice-Chancellors and faculty members immediately, to develop job oriented courses and also undertake improvements in making the teaching-learning process more interesting and stress free for the students.
The growing role of technology and professional courses in the Universities must be tapped to encourage more women to take up the courses and also contribute to the economic growth.
She also exhorted the Universities to expedite the opportunities of providing study opportunities to NRI students so as to tap the large potential which can be tapped by the Universities and also generate source of revenue to meet growth plans.
She also advised Universities to involve alumni to participate in the University academic and developmental activities. She wanted to achieve accelerated progress in Higher Education similar to the way the statehood was achieved.
Soundararajan also mentioned that the need for inculcating amongst the students a concern for nature and encourage tree plantation and engage with the community regularly rather than intermittently including adoption of villages.
She reminded that the faculty in the Universities should provide the concept of “Academic Social Responsibility” (ASR) so that the schemes of the Government at Central and State level can be effectively implemented and monitored by the educated persons in the society.
She also outlined the need to provide guidance, counselling and mentoring to the students to reduce stress and also give them guidance to undertake studies.
The Governor also gave the following suggestions to the TSCHE for implementation: To promote the concept of “love and learn” and “enjoy and educate”; Strengthen libraries and encourage use of digital resources; The Universities must also concentrate on health of the students by preparing “Health Profile” of students and also develop nutritional index of the students in Telangana and also include Yoga in the curriculum and the Universities must encourage “research and development” activities and prepare a “data bank” of research papers and activities being undertaken by each University.
Soundararajan assured the Vice-Chancellors that the issues discussed in the meeting should be taken up positively and constantly monitored for the progress achieved. (INN)