There is too much of political interference’ says Gujarat University VC

Careers360 interviews Dr. M. N. Patel, the Vice Chancellor of Gujarat University who speaks on what ails India’s higher education system. In this interview, the Gujarat University VC shares his insights on challenges for India’s higher education and National Ranking Framework.

Read this interview to know the expert views on bringing transparency in Universities.

Careers360: What are the challenges for India’s higher education system?
Dr. M.N. Patel: There is lot of political interference in the functioning of state universities, which does not allow it to grow and move in the right path. The appointment of Vice Chancellors is also to some extent a political decision. The UGC guidelines are not mandatory that also sometimes leads to wrong results.

 

Presently the students are only focused on examination, and they are preparing themselves to address future challenges in life. The present exam system which was given long back by Macaulay should be discarded and we should follow the system being followed in the institutes of national importance like the IITs and IIMs where they have the system of continues assessment, dialogues then only the quality of education and students will improve. If we are not going to solve this problem then we will continue to produce junk for the society; neither useful for the industry, and neither have any use for themselves.    

 

Careers360: What should universities do to bring in transparency?
Dr. M.N. Patel:
There is need for digitalization of processes as it makes things transparent; we can make admission process online. Similarly the assignments or students’ answers and the assessment should be displayed on the website so that everyone can see. There should be non-exploitive fee structure. In some of the institutions the fee structure is too high, considering the quality of education being imparted there. So I feel there should be some stabilization.

Dr-M-N-PatelDr. M. N. Patel,
Vice Chancellor,
Gujarat University

There is lot of political interference in the functioning of state universities, which does not allow it to grow and move in the right path. The appointment of Vice Chancellors is also to some extent a political decision. The UGC guidelines are not mandatory that also sometimes leads to wrong results.

Careers360: How can Indian universities make a mark in the area of research publication?
Dr. M.N. Patel: The research that is being done at present is not useful for the society, the research that is being done is for the person who is creating his own data or just making his CV stronger, or it may be required to get API for promotions. There should be a scheme, which the government can bring for research on its impact on the society then only it will be justified and we will be able to make mark at the international level.  If we look at the new education policy the government has tried to take opinion from the all the stakeholders from bottom to top and we are hoping that something may come out.

Careers360: How do you look at the regulatory regime for higher education?
Dr. M.N. Patel: It is very suspicious. I do not want to blame any particular body directly but wherever there is a council there is corruption, it should be removed. So a good idea will be that only good institutions should be allowed to function in the education sector otherwise if an industry is running an education institutions just for the CSR then it will be not be good for the whole system.   

 

Careers360: How prepared are you for national ranking framework?
Dr. M.N. Patel: This is no doubt a good exercise but when the data submitted by authority concerned, if it is an honest data then only would it serve the purpose because it is going to be a tough task to verify all the data submitted by the universities. We have seen the case with AICTE where institutions are submitting wrong data to get permission. I think physically the data submitted by the universities should be verified and some mechanism should be planned for that, then only this will be successful.

 

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