Patna,(BiharTimes): Founder vice-chancellor of National Law School of India University, Bangalore, Padma Shri N R Madhava Menon on Sunday said that if there are 38 districts in the state, there should be at least 38 universities.
Speaking at a daylong workshop on “Excellence in Higher Education”, organized by the state education department here on Sunday, Menon said for achieving excellence in higher education Bihar must have smaller universities.
He said that in the changing scenario Governor should not be the Chancellor of the University and added that the role of Governor as Chancellor was not mentioned in the Constitution. Any reputed academic could be appointed as Chancellor by amending the state universities Acts.
Calling for autonomy of universities he said varsities should have their own governing bodies on the pattern of IITs and IIMs and there should be foolproof mechanism for appointment of VCs.
Backing his view Education Minister P K Shahi also expressed his dissatisfaction over the present mode of appointment of VCs in the state and pleaded for proper selection for ensuring efficient functioning of the universities. He elaborated the recent steps initiated by the state government for improving the quality of higher education and improving the infrastructural facilities in universities and colleges of the state.
The HRD minister said the government was trying to ensure payment of salaries to teachers and non-teaching staff on the first day of every month and to redress the genuine problems of university staff within a fortnight of the receipt of the complaint through grievance redressal cell. The pay verification and auditing of accounts of university employees would be started through a cell from March 1.
Experts from the World Bank, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bangalore, and other premier academic institutions of the country also spoke on the occasion.
Principal Secretary, Education, Amarjeet Sinha presented the road map of higher education and said steps were being taken to get all the constituent colleges of the state accreditated by NAAC.
Principals of Patna Women’s College, Sister Mary Jessie, and Magadh Mahila College Dolly Sinha shared their experiences of NAAC accreditation through PowerPoint presentations. Both these colleges have been accredited with ‘A’ grade by NAAC.