From the Desk of Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor
With the advent of technology and its invasion in all spheres of life, the conventional structure and process of higher education system are undergoing major transformations throughout the world. Life-long learning is essential irrespective of the nature of occupation. Global competitiveness requires not merely acquisition of knowledge but its proper application. Higher education system should also accommodate effectively the social and economic realities. Currently the higher education system has several disconnects. This forces a mismatch between the student's developmental needs and the economic requirement of the employment. In our country, at present the higher education system does not offer flexible entry and exit options with formal and informal choices. The bottom of the pyramid of higher education system is the under-graduate education. The under-graduate education has been faced with an obsolete system of curriculum, teaching and evaluation. Under-graduate education requires major changes - from a rigid to flexible form, a choice based structure, and from being an exclusive summative evaluation to continuous assessment, from teacher-centred to student-centred approach, from year system to semester system, from talk-and-chalk to activity based education. The above are indeed ambitious, exciting, and challenging transformations. However, limitations of resources, infrastructure, permanent teachers, finance, and appropriate regulatory frame work, etc., are realities which cannot be wished away. The change has to begin by overcoming the constraints, as it is the need of the society and the need of the hour. Education must reflect the needs of the society. All the three dimensions of education - Teaching, Research and Extension should reflect the need of the society and focus on improving the quality of life. Therefore, under-graduate education should delicately balance between imparting intellectual skills, contemporary vocational skills of the student's choice and a compulsory set of social skills. The under-graduate system must provide for general liberal education and specialisation at the same time. Every under-graduate, irrespective of his/her subjects of specialisation, should undergo a minimum common core of general education. We are committed to build up our University upon the ideal of the spiritual unity of all people, beyond the bounds of caste, creed or ethnicity.