Four-day workshop on Academic Leadership at CUSB
The School of Education, Central University of South Bihar conducted a four-day second National level Academic Leadership Training Programme (Type-I) for top most leaders in higher education in the country from 13th to 16th December 2018 under Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT) Scheme of Ministry of Human Resource Development. The programme was inaugurated by Professor Ved Prakash, the Former Chairman of UGC and Chaired by Professor H. C. S. Rathore, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of South Bihar and Coordinated by Prof. Rekha Agrawal, Nodal Officer, PMMMNMTT Scheme and Head & Dean, School of Education, Central University of South Bihar. Prof. Rekha Agrawal welcomed the participants and guests of the programme, and presented the mission and vision of the programme as well as the mission and vision of the PMMMNMTT Scheme.
In the inaugural session Prof. Ved Prakash highlighted different eras of Indian Education System in context of socio-political fabric. He subsequently discussed the quantitative and qualitative changes occurred in modern education. He said that Indian education system is suffering with some crisis, these are namely ‘Identity crisis’ ‘Resource crisis’, ‘crisis of leadership’ ‘crisis of Governance’ and the ‘crisis of quality Academic publications’. He also emphasized that our system is also suffering with over politicization of educational institutions, over bureaucratization of Indian higher education, lack of pluralism in terms of teachers’ and students’ recruitment. To cope up with these problems he suggested that our system needs serious reforms, reforms in teaching-learning & assessment and curriculum implementation. After the inaugural speech, Prof. Harish Chandra Singh Rathore, the Chairperson of the session delivered his presidential address. Prof. Rathore shared his experiences of working with various Vice Chancellors in Banaras Hindu University and mentioned that he learnt a lot with them. He also gave brief detail of his own university in front of all the guest and participants, and explained the features of true university and he said that democratization of higher education is the main problem of Indian higher education system and higher education is not meant for all, it should be accessible for deserving people only. At last, Prof. Rathore thanked to all the guests and participants coming from different parts of the country for the programme.
The first two sessions were taken by Prof. N. K. Yadav ‘Indu’ V. C. Central University of Jharkhand and Prof. A. N. Rai , Former Director, NAAC Bengaluru, and discussed that education is the most powerful weapon, which can be used to change the world. now a days higher education is facing various challenges i.e. Escalating market pressures ,Increasing unfunded mandates, Declining public support, Intensifying legislative oversight, Accelerating pace of change and Global competition. In the present time, Indian Universities are facing many challenges as growth of population and participation, drop-out rates, confidence crisis in public institutions, private Sector, NGO’s Initiatives, internationalization, Economic Growth, Urbanization & Social Mobility, Linguistic Diversity & English, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Governance and Accountability, Educating Educators and Administrators and Balancing quality and excellence with social justice.
On the second day of programme, first session was taken by Prof. A. N. Rai , Former Director, NAAC Bengaluru, he deliberated on ‘Issues of Quality assurance in higher Education’. In his deliberation, he highlighted 3E of higher education. He said in present time Indian higher education system is facing the challenge of its expansion with maintaining the excellence and equity. In second session of the programme participants shared their vision on higher education, administrative experiences and discussed about challenges of higher education i.e. financing of higher education, leadership strategies for better performance and governance etc. the session was chaired by Prof. O. P. Rai, Pro Vice-Chancellor, CUSB, Gaya.
Last two sessions were taken by Prof. J. B. G. Tilak Former V. C. NUEPA New Delhi in, his address he said that education is a public good so it needs not only the special attention of government but also the public. He also discussed about various committees’ recommendations and main programmes which were implemented for various levels of education and their effects. He said that this is the time when we need a very long term visionary & cohesive policy on general and higher education, liberal public funding for education and government should think about some different taxes like brain drain tax, graduate tax, donations etc. this session was followed by discussions. At last vote of thanks was presented by Prof. P. K. Jha, Purnea University
On the fourth day of the Academic Leadership Training Programme, first session was taken by Prof. P. R. Agrawal, Former Vice Chancellor Purvanchal University Jaunpur, in his deliberation he shared his experiences and discussed how an academic leader should take the decisions to keeping in mind the interest of students and how a leader can facilitate the best teaching-learning environment out of the limited resources and several constraints.
He also discussed that to complete routine work i.e. conduction of exams and admission, declaration of result is not only the VC’s role but he should work for achieving the long term and short term goals for university’s progress.
The valedictory session of the four-day ‘second Academic Leadership Training Programme (Type I)’ was started at 12:00 noon, Prof. Vinita Sahay Director IIM Bodhgaya as Chief Guest and Prof H. C. S. Rathore Vice-Chancellor CUSB, Gaya as Chairperson honoured the session. The four-day journey of the programme was presented by Programme Coordinator Prof. Rekha Agrawal. The feedback of the programme was presented by Dr. Dev Vrat from Central University of Jharkhand. Prof. Vinita Sahay addressed the participants and pointed out that today in our country we have the population dividend as 67% of our population is youth but if we will not be able to channelize their energy and make them employed then this boon will convert as bane. So, being academic leaders our duty is to create more and more seats for the youth to groom them in our institutions for their better future.
In the presidential address, Prof. Rathore said that for achieving the academic excellence we have to create that culture where knowledge can be flourish and students will be the knowledge creators not the knowledge seekers. This responsibility is on the shoulders of teachers and the academic leaders of the higher education. This is only the way to establish Indian pride as ‘Vishwa Guru’.
During the valedictory session, Prof. R.S. Rathore, Prof. Kaushal Kishore, Dr. Tapan Kumar Basantia, Dr. Pragya, Dr. Kishore, Dr. Kavita, Dr. Ravindra, Mr. Ram Awadh, Dr. Arti Mishra, Dr. Nidhi Nainam, Dr. Ritesh, Dr. Anshu Bhardowj, Dr. N. V. Singh and Mr. Jitendra, Mr. Naulesh, Ritesh, Sushank were present.