The standard of higher education in the country has always been a point of debate for the educationists, with many of them advocating for some major reforms. Now the University Grants Commission (UGC) to has decided to make significant changes in the curriculum along with some major reforms in faculty and students training, exam evaluation.
UGC chairman DP Singh during his visit to Nagpur hinted at making major reforms to lift the standard of higher education and said that UGC’s focus is on assessing cognitive abilities of students and groom new teachers to let them know what is expected from them in nation building.
He was here to take part in a talk on ‘Quality in Higher Education: Reflections and Actions’ organized under the aegis of International Center For Indological Studies, Kavilkulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University (KKSU), Wardha Road.
“The present evaluation method is not up to the mark and therefore needs to be changed. UGC is planning to launch many new initiatives like Paramarsh which will ensure that non-accredited institutes get full support and motivation from the A graded institutions to become eligible for grants. The new scheme would bring revolution in higher education in India,” he added.
Initiatives like Learning Outcome Based Curriculum Framework, Student Induction Programme, Development of Teachers and Regular Curriculum Revision are some of the measures the UGC has been planning to roll out in a phased manner in top institutions, he added.
“The performance of students would be assessed on the basis of expected values inculcated, skills acquired and attitudinal change in them. It would be performance-oriented rather than the repetitive questions asked from the same syllabus over the years,” he said.
For teachers, one-month compulsory Faculty Induction Program is planned for institutions of higher learning. Before recruitment teachers now would have to undergo this induction programme.
He said students too would receive an induction programme to help them bond with the new institute. Maharashtra National Law University Nagpur (MNLU-N) Vice-Chancellor Vijender Kumar, Nagpur Univesity Pro vice-chancellor Pramod Yeole, VNIT director Pramod Padole, Sant Gagde Baba Amravati University vice-chancellor Murlidhar Chandekar, former vice-chancellor of Kavilkulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University Pankaj Chande and other educationists, teachers and students were present on the occasion.
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