GUWAHATI, Sept 15 - Gauhati University is on the cusp of becoming paperless in its official work and has been looking at sustainability aspects despite being a state university.
Dr Mridul Hazarika, who is currently Vice Chancellor �in continuation� till his successor is appointed, said around 75 per cent work of automation has been completed. �We hope to complete the remaining 25 per cent by this year-end. From next year, the university will become paperless,� he said.
Recently, the university also put in place an Integrated University Management System (IUMS) through which all communications with affiliated colleges, including filling up of applications, examination related works, etc, are being done online.
Hazarika said the university, which is basking in the glory of being graded �A� by the NAAC for the first time, desires to set up a consultancy policy which could be a relevant source of revenue.
�I am very happy with the NAAC report. However, I feel that we are yet to achieve academic excellence. We have a long way to go and I feel that we should not divert from the larger objective i.e., the greater good of the university,� Dr Hazarika said.
Dr Hazarika, however, attributed this grade of the university to the academic staff as well as non-academic staff of the university. �The teaching fraternity as well as the non-teaching staff who were working round the clock to get all the work done in time are the real heroes of the university. They are the actual pillar of strength and have been the backbone of the varsity, bringing this institution where it is today,� he said.
Dr Hazarika further stated how the university has been extending its dimensions in many ways possible and trying to make its presence felt globally. �The university has found itself in the NIRF ranking, as well as established its International Alumni Association in a number of countries abroad, who have not just extended support but have also helped establish a computer lab, offered fellowship to meritorious students and provided schemes for poor students, besides offering academic support.�
With newly-built academic complexes, as well as securing a closed campus, the university recently acquired a scanning electronic microscope for providing support to researchers.
�In all this pursuit the regional interest needs to be fulfilled and the gap between academics and regional interest needs to be bridged. In all this the current trend of diverting from the progress of the university could be distracting and a unified stability in its progress should be the common goal of the people,� he said.
The largest university of the region, GU is now bracing for challenges that come with greater academic expectations from the region. Of late, a number of controversies have cropped up concerning the appointment of a new vice chancellor that attempt to take the university away from its academic objectives and at the same time become an impediment to its steady growth.