Silchar, Nov 21: The New Education Policy (NEP) 2020 has received rich appreciation in the academic arena across North East as academicians of the region believe that this policy will usher in a paradigm shift enabling the Indian Education system to become a global knowledge hub.
In this backdrop, Prof Dilip Chandra Nath, vice-chancellor of Assam University Silchar has shared his views with The Assam Tribune on how the central varsity in southern Assam is approaching to implement the policy.
"We have formed a high-level committee which will work to foster the Institutional Development Plan (IDP) concerning the New Education Policy 2020. Five task force units are also formed under the IDP. The Academic Council of the varsity has discussed the ways to implement the policy as well. However, some areas of the NEP 2020, especially in the aspects of infrastructure and teaching personnel need intervention from the Government. We are approaching to implement aspects of the NEP in 2022," Prof Nath said.
He was quick to inform that vice-chancellors of universities in the North East had a meeting earlier this month on the issues of the common syllabus and multiple entries and multiple exits of the students in the curriculum. Further, the Academic Bank Credit (ABC), as per Government instructions, needs to be implemented as well, the vice-chancellor added.
On the other hand, the outgoing vice-chancellor of the varsity, while recollecting some of the highs and lows of the institution during his tenure shared his views on how the university is forging ahead in its journey towards 'excelsior.' In his views, while the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) rankings were not as per their expectation due to certain issues related to the submission of the reports, the rankings by the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2021 in which the university is ranked 93rd is a matter of inspiration. Also, he informed that the institution has taken a big leap in transforming the examination as well migration issues on the online mode with its new portal which was launched recently. "We have resorted to technological assistance in making the admission, examinations, and even migration issues smoother and student-friendly. Also, the offices of the Registrar and Finance Officer have been ISO certified and recruitment in the institution are being done maintaining a great deal of transparency and zero-tolerance against corruption," the vice-chancellor claimed to add the varsity has undertaken steps to register patents, consultancy facilities for the faculties and efforts are being made to boost the research and innovation and admission of students from other countries and across different parts of the country besides emphasising on the local students to encourage competitive aspects as well.
Asked what would be his message to the students, the vice-chancellor said that even as some problems erupted in the past, the causes of which need proper introspection. "success in any educational institution is indicated by the success of the students. I feel that we have a great pool of students who are pursuing their studies with great determination and focus. The research scholars are coming up with impressive publications in reputed journals. Our varsity is only 25 years old and has tremendous potential in its journey towards academic excellence. The students, faculty members, and administrative staff must work hard. The issues affecting the progress of the institution should be solved through discussions which will foster the overall development of the varsity to reach its goal in the coming years," the vice-chancellor maintained.