GUWAHATI, Aug 16 - The tenure of incumbent Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University Dr Mridul Hazarika will come to an end tomorrow.
During his tenure of five years, Dr Hazarika could bring about positive changes in many aspects of GU, ushering in vibrancy, transparency and discipline as well as improved campus facilities. Academic, administrative, examination and financial reforms and technology intervention through the GU Integrated University Management System automation platform, have shown tangible results. This can be seen from the streamlined enrolment process during the last two years. For the first time, admission test was introduced successfully for all the Post Graduate (PG) courses taking all stakeholders into confidence. There has also been significant improvement in the faculty-student ratio (FSR) over the years since Dr Hazarika took over as Vice Chancellor in August, 2013.
As part of the Vice Chancellor�s vision to develop the brand �Gauhati University� and leverage the geostrategic location of the university in the context of India�s Act East Policy, contact was made with a few South and South East Asian countries. The increased visibility has paid off with students from Bhutan and Laos visiting the university through exchange programmes and a few students from different countries taking admission also in the PG courses of the university this year.
His efforts to bring in an environment of focused research through dedicated �centres� have resulted in setting up of the Centre for Brahmaputra Studies with funding from the Union Ministry of DoNER. This centre is mandated to be �the destination for all to get policy guidelines and relevant knowledge on the Brahmaputra basin.�
Many more such �centres� are proposed in its strategic vision plan by GU for the next few years. Upgrading the present startup cell into a full-fledged �Technology Incubation Centre� facilitating innovation and enterprise and institution of a �Chair� with funding from Oil India Ltd are in advanced stages of implementation after two rounds of successful dialogue between Oil India Ltd and GU.
All these efforts are expected to bring in rich dividends in the next few years when the university gets ready for the 4th cycle of NAAC accreditation and also apply for the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranking this year, said sources, adding, this ranking helps in getting better funding from the government and other agencies which give national recognition and visibility to the institute concerned.