Quality education related to performance of faculty members: Prof. A. S. Brar
Srinagar, Sept 10: Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. A. S. Brar today emphasized that the performance of the faculty members working in higher educational institutions, particularly the Universities, across the country, should be evaluated thoroughly every year.
“Those who have performed excellent should be rewarded suitably while the poor performers should be served the memo, asking them to improve or suffer,” Prof. A. S. Brar said while delivering the presidential address during the inaugural day of the two day seminar on “Quality Concerns in Higher Education,” organised by the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) and School of Education, of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK), in collaboration with National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Bangalore at Nowgam academic block.
Central University of Jammu, Head and Dean Department of Educational Studies, Prof. Lokesh Verma, Dean and Head School of Education, CUK, Prof. N A Nadeem, Registrar, Prof. M Afzal Zargar, Controller of Examinations/ I/c Finance Officer, Dr. Nazir Ahmad Gilkar, Deans of other Schools, Heads/Coordinators of other departments, faculty members of the University and other educational institutions were also present on the occasion.
Prof. Brar said that creativity was missing in the present teaching practices and the faculty members were more concerned about completing the syllabi. “The faculty should use innovative methods for teaching and learning and should be creative in their approach,” he said, adding that the performance of the faculty members should also be assessed by the quality of their research papers published in any journal. “The faculty should also be evaluated on regular feedback from the students.”
“In the Universities of West, the assessment of papers published in different journals by the faculty members plays a pivotal role in the overall ranking of the varsity,” he added.
GNDU Vice-Chancellor said the educational institutions should not come under the purview of any regulatory body. “The academic councils of universities and other higher educational institutions should be given leverage to take decision regarding the academic matters,” he said, adding, that the premier institutions of higher learning in the country like IIMs were without the regulatory body.
Prof. Brar said the students admitted in educational institutions were more obsessed with percentage rather than gaining knowledge. “These students are interested in getting a government job and earning only money,” he said.
He said the Universities should adopt the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) immediately and the faculty members should play a key role in facilitating its implementation.
Prof. Brar asked the University administrators to adopt a definite rationale while taking decisions vis-à-vis academics and other administrative affairs.
Central University of Jammu, Head and Dean Department of Educational Studies, Prof. Lokesh Verma, while addressing the gathering said that qualitatively, much more had to be done in higher education sector. “Improving the quality in higher education is a continuous process and it can’t be done in one-day,” Prof. Lokesh Verma said. He said the mushrooming of educational institutions across the country has adversely affected the quality of higher education. “The number of colleges across the country has significantly increased. However, majority of the colleges lack proper infrastructure and faculty,” he added. Prof. Verma said that higher education and research were vital components for the growth of the nation and deserves much more attention and budget. Prof. Verma said that none of the Indian universities figure among the top notch varsities across the world, adding that the faculty of these varsities have to put in strenuous efforts and dedication to be in the prestigious group.
He also discussed several measures and steps to increase the Gross Enrolment Ration (GRE) in the country.
Registrar, Prof Muhammad Afzal Zargar during his speech said that education plays a vital role in overall growth and development of a nation. “The primary education provides a base, while as higher education gives cutting edge to the students,” he said, adding that there is huge dearth of educated youth in the market. He said the higher education sector in the country is plagued with the problems and difficulties which include: in the country, including a poor GER, lack of information facility, poor research, lot of vacancies in faculty positions, lack of industry academia, rigidity of examinations reform and politicisation of the higher education.
“The seminar will provide a good platform to the academicians and experts to discuss and deliberate the issue regarding quality in higher education and come up with suitable solutions,” he added.
Dean and Head School of Education, CUK, Prof. N A Nadeem, in his detailed power point presentation informed the participants about the functioning of Central University of Kashmir and its achievements on academic and infrastructure front. He also highlighted the programmes offered by the University and informed the gathering about the newly launched courses.
Giving details about the topic, he said, that there are 719 Universities and 37204 colleges functioning across India. In which 16.50 million boys and 13.12 million girls are receiving education. He said that there would be nine technical sessions in the seminar wherein 72 papers would be presented.
Controller of Examinations/ I/c Finance Officer, Dr. Nazir Ahmad Gilkar, presented the vote of thanks while as Assistant Prof. Department of Education, Dr. Mohammed Sayid Bhat conducted the programme proceedings.
Abstract of the papers in the form of a souvenir and IQAC newsletter were also released on the occasion.