SILCHAR, Aug 28 - Assam University Vice Chancellor Prof Somnath Dasgupta said the varsity is adapting the changes in information technology for ensuring better management. �We are largely benefitted by the varied technological sources regarding our admission procedure, financial management and examination paper works. Soon other branches of university administration will also be technologically upgraded,� Prof Dasgupta said, adding that admissions for the 2015 session were done online.
Speaking at the valedictory session of the three-day national seminar-cum-workshop on �Emerging Trends in Information Technology in University Management�, organised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and partnered by the National Institute of Technology Silchar, Prof Dasgupta said that role of information technology has been significant from admission procedure to examinations. However, there is great reluctance in adapting the IT-based operations, which he believes is because of the fear of being caught. He added to say that the government is playing a proactive role in disseminating the benefits of technology by promoting programmes like the Digital India Week.
The workshop aimed to sensitise the administrators of the university management system about the recent developments in the domain of information technology and to train the administrators in the use of computers and applications of information technology for improving the quality and efficiency of decision making at the university level saw 27 participants from 21 universities across the country and even from neighbouring country Bhutan.
Dr Amarendra Pani, director in-charge of research division of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), New Delhi, said that in the present day context, there has been a metamorphic change in higher education. IT has enabled a significant change where students are making the schedule and the institutes are complying with it, unlike the earlier concept of institutes preparing the examination programmes for the students. He underscored the fact that even as technology provides a huge room for development, the pitfalls of the process must also be addressed carefully.
Prof NB Biswas, Dean, Ashutosh Mukhopadhyay School of Educational Science at Assam University Silchar, opined that machines and technology will help us if there is a strong will to solve the problems. The machines and managers operating the machines at the universities must keep a close vigil to stop activities like in-campus ragging, etc., he maintained.
Earlier, Prof AK Sinha, Dean, Academics delivered the welcome address. Some of the participants also shared their experiences of learning the ways of better management applying the IT-based options.