From the Desk of Vice-Chancellor
Central University of South Bihar (Erstwhile Central University of Bihar), has been established in 2009 through the act of Parliament under the Central Universities Act, 2009 (section 25 of 2009) and renamed by the Central University Amendment act 2014. The University is progressive to carve a niche with its policies, programmes and pedagogical innovations for quality teaching and research. In its academic endeavor it has significantly achieved a landmark in terms of infrastructure, laboratory, research apparatus, faculty recruitment procedural tasks, along with incorporation of innovative courses being offered presently in rented buildings in two campuses at Patna and Gaya.
I took charge of my duties as Vice-Chancellor on 6th August, 2015 and started my journey with identification of emerging priorities along with regular interaction with faculty, students and support staff regarding academic activities to win over constrains like issues of infrastructure, rented buildings and construction of building at its permanent site at Panchanpur, Gaya. I realized that there is utmost need of own permanent campus. Faculty and research scholars need access to good laboratories and class rooms to research and explore all the time regardless of weekends and holidays. The Late Rabindranath Tagore’s dreams of a University “having mind without fear and striving tirelessly towards perfection” cannot be possible without having its own house. I opted to expedite the construction work with all possible resources and consultations.
I am happy to put on record my gratitude to the Hon’ble Minister MHRD, Mrs. Smriti Irani who graciously laid the foundations of seven prime buildings of the university in the presence of the Secretary and Joint Secretary, Higher Education on 31st August, 2015. Hon’ble Minister assured to extend all-round support for construction work, quality enhancement and extension work (such as, adoption of villages, sensitizing neighboring citizens towards cleanliness and environment etc.) of the university.
The Hon’ble Minister kindly echoed her concern regarding the expansion of CUSB in terms of appreciable number of teachers, students and infrastructure. In order to ensure the recruitment and retention of good faculty and staff in the university, the Hon’ble Minister was generous in announcing the establishment of a Kendriya Vidyalaya on the campus of the education of the children of the employee of the university.
I am confident of the consistent support of the Government as well as my colleagues and staff for prudent expansion in terms of available resources to meet the needs of a vibrant University campus soon.
The University is facing certain number of challenges which need to be addressed, such as, since the inception of CUSB, has the growth kept pace with time and space, both in terms of disciplines and the pedagogical innovations? Are the support services at par? Are the students of CUSB making the optimum benefit of its resources? Do faculty involve themselves in pedagogical inventions, through research and quality publications? At this juncture it is relevant to inspect and introspect about all these issues.
The CUSB has been steady towards its progressive goal since 2009, but is shortly behind to meet the contemporary challenges of academia. Where do the CUSB stand amongst other cohort Central Universities? The vision of the University must be focused on building institutional capacity to instill educational ethics to achieve its mission as follows:
- Building national capabilities in Science and Technology, Medicine, Agriculture, Social Science, Humanities, Open learning and Quality research.
- Creating and sustaining community based learning wherein students acquire knowledge with due consideration for ethical, ecological, and social issues.
- Pursuing research in upcoming areas of science to fulfil the needs of society through disseminating research findings.
- Providing opportunities for the inclusive growth and development of all stakeholders who were earlier deprived of certain facilities, and to make them accessible through CUSB.
Indeed, the six years of active exploration and experimentation of CUSB in academia, prompts me to adopt a newer and vigorous quality policy which includes the processes of continuous internal evaluation, choice based credit system and comprehensive, interactive and participative pedagogy. This sets the goal for CUSB in pursuance with global standards of excellence in all endeavours including teaching/learning, research and quality education to make it accountable for public at large. The University is established with the aims and purposes such as promoting advanced learning and research; building the capabilities to reasoning; imparting employment skills; promoting culture of high integrity in various aspects of life in the society; and, serving local and regional communities as well as national interests at home and abroad.
After culmination of 6 years it is very imperative to find its place in the academic atlas of the country. Essentially, a large university can come into being by adding, brick by brick, the multidimensional ideas of a far-sighted, sensitive and creative genius. We need to think for holistic education, by limiting the partitions amongst disciplines. For all round development we need learn philosophy, spirituality, history on one hand, and geography, science, technology, medicine, agriculture and environment-studies on the other. I am hopeful CUSB will achieve this goal soon within next five years gradually along with its upcoming campus.
Even without having its own permanent campus the CUSB has expanded in volume and scale. Having realized that CUSB has to add knowledge to the nation and its citizens, it has good number of teachers and students and currently offering 20 Master programmes, 4 integrated undergraduate, one UG programme in Arts and Crafts and PhD programmes in a dozen of disciplines. Since 2011 five batches have already got degree. One of the most important challenges for the newly founded Universities is to achieve and maintain standards in order to uphold academic excellence. Even at the neonatal stage CUSB has responded well by adopting the CBCS and interdisciplinary approach in all its programmes from the very inception.
As a comprehensive learning cosmos, CUSB is dedicated to deliver socially liable academic and research outcomes. I, as a Vice-chancellor take up these challenges to improve the existing condition and endeavor to establish a healthy atmosphere for academic excellence. of course, there are no readily available solutions. We should strive for innovative ideas, scientific approaches that would address the multiple thespians of higher education. At this stage, there are certain questions, which need to be addressed: Has the expansion since its inception kept pace with the times, both in terms of the subjects and the practices in pedagogy? Are the support services up to par? Are the students of CUSB making the best use of its resources? Does the faculty engage in state of the art research and teaching? Where do the CUSB stand among its other cohort Central Universities?
It is very important to introspect and evaluate ourselves for further development in right direction. There is no yardstick to measure quality in higher education, fortunately, The National Accreditation and Assessment Council (NAAC) helps us, by evaluating institutions in an independent and rigorous manner.
The assessment and accreditation is broadly understood to be the “Quality Status” of an institution and particularly in the context of Higher Education. The accreditation status indicates the quality in terms of its performance, related to the academic activities and its outcomes, which covers the curriculum, teaching-learning, evaluation, faculty and staff, research, infrastructure, learning resources, organization, governance, financial well-being, student services and other welfare services.
We at CUSB intend to ensure implementation of healthy practices and continuously improve the standards as needed, consistent with the efforts of NAAC to focus on the goals established for the accreditation process.
I look forward to get ourselves evaluated and accredited. We remain earnest to deliver an honest and transparent report that lists attainments and constraints. CUSB is open for suggestion and sincerely wish to have suggestions from all corners; we believe in Rigvedic hymn “आ नो भद्राः क्रतवो यन्तु विश्वतः” (Let noble thoughts come to us from every side)
I am sure suggestion from NAAC members will guide CUSB family in the pursuance of global standards of excellence in endeavours including teaching, research, and quality education and to remain accountable in our core and support.
Referring the motto of the university i.e. “Collective Reasoning” on which a healthy society can be developed through mutual interactions. I express my feelings as
सह नाववतु । सह नौ भुनक्तु ।
सह वीर्यं करवावहै ।
तेजस्वि नावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै ॥
“Let us together protect us,
Let us together nourish us,
Let us together work with energy and vigour,
Let us enlighten ourselves, and let us not have malice to each other.”
Let us be guided and driven by these words of Vince Lombardi:
“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence”
Prof. Harish Chandra Singh Rathore
Central University of South Bihar