Open forum: VCs of Indian Universities
Team Careers360, 27 Mar 2014

Prof Mahendra Reddy

Vice Chancellor,
IFHE, Hyderabad


A world-class university essentially refers to quality research by the faculty. It should also have adequate number of faculties producing good quality PhD degrees and also facilitating interdisciplinary research, which is closer to the real world. To sum up, it is the quality of the faculty and students which will determine the status of a world-class university


Surajit MitraSurajit Mitra
Director, IIFT-D

UGC has played its role in a very efficient way and there is some kind of standardization among the government universities. But we do not have that kind of control over the private ones. I am not in favour of any kind of strict regime. We need many such institutions, which can play a vital role in bringing quality of education. There should be less control and more facilitating environment


Dr Madhukar AnkurDr Madhukar Ankur

Chancellor, Alliance University

We will attract right kind of faculty and provide them the right kind of resources so that they can produce the right kind of research, scholarly work which will make them famous and make the university famous as well



Dr Amir Ullah KhanDr Amir Ullah Khan
President, Glocal University

A great deal of work needs to be done in India and each school must generate work that contributes to building a robust set of international quality papers and volumes on different aspects and sectors in India


Dr. Sunil PandeyDr. Sunil Pandey,

Director, SantLongowal
Institute of Engineering & Technology

Indian education should be liberated from bureaucratic clutches. The policies are framed mostly by the bureaucrats in the MHRD. In many universities, the recruitments for higher posts are rigged. How will India develop if there is rampant corruption in the educational system? External political interference is killing the performance. This is the root cause of not being able to produce a single World Class University in the country



Prof. K L SarmaProf. K L Sarma

Vice Chancellor, Jaipur National University

India’s higher education system, barring some universities, is not in a good state. The only way to ensure a robust higher education system is to emphasise the study of basics, classics and advanced theoretical formulations


Prof. Kalyan Kumar BanerjeeProf. Kalyan Kumar Banerjee,

Pro Vice Chancellor, Centurion University

As a nation, we need to have the courage to set our own goals and our own path. Harvard and MIT serve one end of the spectrum well, we need not copy them. When it’s education, we need to have clarity on what is good for the India of 2030 or 2050


Dr R K KohliDr R K Kohli,
Vice Chancellor, DAV University, Jalandhar

The University would like to stress interdisciplinary degree programmes, international exchanges, internship of students in India and abroad. The University will also start doctoral and post-doctoral fellowship programmes in all streams of higher learning


S.N. PuriS.N. Puri, Vice Chancellor,
Central Agricultural University, Iroisemba, Imphal


Nobody wants to come to northeast to teach. All senior- level faculties, heads of the department criticize coming down to this part of the country. The northeastern students are very brilliant. It’s just that they need proper support and guidance


Akshay MunjalAkshay Munjal

Director, BN Munjal University

In India a lot of institutions are incentivising their faculty to do research. Here there are a lots of problems and we need to find solutions and apply them. Indian universities have not been very inward looking and we have been following a set pattern. We have not reached a stage where we think we are going to look at it afresh


Prof V K VermaProf V K Verma,
Vice Chancellor, AISECT

We wanted to start the process right away but as per the UGC policy, it prohibits a university from going global in the first five years. We are now just three years old, but we are moving in that direction


Prof JAK TareenProf JAK Tareen,

Vice Chancellor,
BSAR University

The system is the most rigid and centralised with the highest red tape in the world. Education is totally disintegrated between colleges and universities. India suffers from non-participatory decision-making in policies. The bureaucracy and ministry, the UGC and the universities are all disconnected. The wisdom of a few in seats of power is imposed on the nation. The academia is also equally indifferent


Prof B N JainProf B N Jain

Vice Chancellor,

BITS Pilani

We want to grow, excel with a focus on research and innovation and to have a deep connect with the industry, for these alumni have a major role to play. Few years back alumni were not very actively engaged with the institution, either it was just a lecture or helping set up a facility. Recently BITS leadership had a meeting with the alumni and we have also set up an Alumni Advisory Council. It discusses how BITS Pilani takes its agenda forward.


So, in the last three-four years we had two meetings where around 1500 alumni came together and met with the BITS leadership. Another way to engage alumni is that whenever we visit any city of the world we try to engage the alumni in some way or the other. 


We now have an Office for Alumni Affairs and a senior professor has been made responsible for it. In the last one year alumni and BITS Pilani together have pooled in money to create facility which is around tele-presence-based video conferencing, it has reduced the amount of travel on my part and my colleagues 

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