"I suppose students today want education to be more meaningful and relevant"
Prof Dinesh Singh,
Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi
Q. What according to you is a ‘World Class University’?
A. Rankings are done based on certain methods and parameters and I do not know much about them, one needs to understand them. They look upon what sort of research you do, what sort of contribution you make to the society. What direction your students take, how they get employed and so on are the criteria.
Q. What are the best academic practices that are followed in your university?
A. We get students to work on practical projects for which they get credit, for innovation projects, for trans-disciplinarity. We include NCC, sports as relevant as Mathematics, Physics or History and allow students to have all kinds of combinations of subjects.
Q. How can education system become more robust?
A. Institutions of higher learning should be constantly churning and be connected with the needs of the society that creates the churning.
Q. What are the problem areas that are most daunting for students?
A. I suppose students today want education to be more meaningful and relevant so that through their own discovery they get a good place in society, where they give expression to their own urges, this is a major challenge.
Q. What’s you message to students?
A. Keep the interest of the country in mind and through that you will discover your own true self and use your education for that discovery and for improving the nation.
“If India has to lead the world we will have to change our education system and adopt inter-disciplinary approach"
Dr Rajan Welukar
Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai
A. Universities should not only focus on teaching so that students get a job, they must give education for life. To make the student a better person, their passion should be nurtured. Students should be allowed to choose disciplines as per their passion and choice of doing what they like.
Q. What is your view on the current regulatory regime?
A. There is need for immediate reform in the regulatory mechanism because education should be looked from openness and the moment you bring too much of regulatory mechanism then it becomes harmful.
Q. What are the problems faced by the system?
A. There is a huge number of colleges affiliated to universities and a large number of students. The other problem is that some of the systems we follow are traditional and outdated. If India has to lead the world we will have to change our education system and adopt inter-disciplinary approach.
Q. How can we improve our research capabilities?
A. Research can be improved by creating a platform at the UG level for the students so that after graduation they will have an idea on how to do research.
Q. Which are the problem areas in higher education?
A. Only two percent of students are able to decide what exactly they want to do in life but 98 percent are not, particularly those from rural and tribal areas. So, they need to be given motivational training and information.
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