Careers360 interviews Prof. Nageswara Rao, Vice Chancellor of Andhra University. The VC speaks on how the bifurcation of the State of Andhra Pradesh has affected the 90-year-old institution and the importance of accreditation for a university. Read the interview by Prof. Nageswara Rao below to know more about the changes post bifurcation.
Careers360: How has the role of the University changed after bifurcation of the State?
Prof. Rao: Prior to bifurcation Andhra University was the second oldest university in the State after Osmania University but now ours is the oldest one in the new State with 90 years of legacy. All the universities in the state now look up to us as a leader because whatever measures we take, whatever progress we have had is followed by the other universities. That is the reason Andhra University has a very important role to play and the State government and the minister for HRD are paying special attention to Andhra University.
Careers360: Has the funding pattern changed after the bifurcation?
Prof. Rao: Yes, it has changed and funding is an important factor because unless we have money we can’t think of doing new things. Two years ago we had Rs. 120 crores, but once the new government came, it increased this amount to Rs. 298 crores and this year we have proposed Rs.540 crores.
Careers360: Is this funding good enough for the University?
Prof. Rao: If there is funding we can do two things: first thing is we need to recruit faculties as there is dearth of faculties and the government of Andhra Pradesh has also issued a government order on recruitment of faculty members. The second aspect is that the infrastructure of the university is very old. So, unless we make world-class laboratories and classrooms, we cannot compete with other universities around the world and in India. Government support is essential because institutions like the IITs or NITs, get huge funding from the central government, whereas the State governments are starving for funds. Therefore, this initiative of the government will definitely boost the ranking and also the quality of education.
Careers360: What are the new initiatives?
Prof. Rao: Two months ago we signed an MoU with ISRO. We are going for similar tie-up with National University of Singapore and other important institutions across the globe.
Careers360: How important is accreditation for a university?
Prof. Rao: The government stopped all funding to Andhra University after our accreditation got delayed by one year. So, we went for accreditation. Accreditation and rating are equally important whether you are getting ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade. As they have made slots, universities with different grades get different levels of funding. Accreditation is very important not only for funding but also for public perception. People look at the accreditation of a university before applying for programmes.
Careers360: The Five Year Plan funding has been replaced with RUSA. Has RUSA delivered up to expectations?
Prof. Rao: Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Earlier we knew that we will be getting a certain amount of money during the course of five years but now we are not sure what we will be getting next year. RUSA is need-based and also activity-based and if you work more pro-actively, definitely you will get more funding.
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