Bhopal:Monday, March 24, Governor Dr Balram Jakhar has said that the quality of higher education in the state should be high and future of meritorious
students bright. These efforts should be undertaken by rising above political affiliations and partisan attitude. He was presiding over the state-level coordination committee of state’s universities at the Raj Bhawan today.
The meeting decided that the academic calendar of the next academic session 2008-09 should be of at least 200 days and there must be parity in fee structure. It was also decided that from the next academic session, semester system should also be introduced at graduation level like post-graduate courses. The Government gave instructions that vacant posts of teachers in colleges as well as universities should be filled at the earliest with a view to improving quality of higher education and necessary administrative reforms should be made in universities.
Principal Secretary, Higher Education, Shrimati Snehlata Shrivastava, who was conducting the meeting, told all the universities that utilisation certificates of University Grants Commission grants and maximum number of proposals of schemes like construction of girls hostel and laboratory buildings should be forwarded. The Principal Secretary told the meeting efforts for increasing number of admissions in colleges are also necessary. In the years to come, efforts should be made to increase the number of admissions by 15 percent. He said that a proposal has been sent to Public Service Commission for fillings 800 vacant posts in the colleges.
The vice-chancellors underlined the need of hike in fees for improving educational standard at various levels. Decision was also taken to present a proposal with vice-chancellors consent in connection with various perks and allowances, pension and gratuity payable to universities staff and employees. On this occasion, necessary amendments were approved in the instructions issued for improvement in educational standard in universities and new rules were approved.Those who attended the meeting included Governor’s Secretary Shri K.K. Singh, Higher Education Commissioner Shri Ashish Upadhyay, Finance Secretary Shrimati Sudha Choudhary and vice-chancellor of universities in Madhya Pradesh.