Bhubaneswar , 24/2 ( Odisha Samachar Bureau ) – The Association of Indian Universities (AIU), an apex body of Higher Education in the Country is organizing its 88th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on February 25-27, 2014 at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar (Odisha). A National Seminar on Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) will be held on the occasion. The Meet will be a conglomeration of about 500 Vice Chancellors, Academic Administrators, Senior Functionaries of various apex higher education agencies in India including MHRD and Foreign Dignitaries from different countries. His Excellency the Governor of Odisha, Dr S C Jamir has kindly consented to inaugurate the Meet on 25th February, 2014 at 4.30 PM. Most Reverend Prof. R B Lal, President, AIU & Vice Chancellor Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences, Allahabad will preside over the Meet The Founder of the KIIT University, Dr Achyuta Samanta will address the gathering on the Occasion. Prof N L Mitra, Chancellor, Kiit University and Prof. H M Desai, Vice President AIU & Vice Chancellor, Dharmsinh Desai University, Nadiad will be present on the Occasion.
Some of the Important Dignitaries gracing the Occasion are Dr H Devaraj, Vice Chairman UGC, Prof A. Gnanam, Former Chairman, NAAC; Sh Rajiv Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; Prof M M Ansari, Member UGC; Dr Jayanti Ravi, Commissioner Higher Education, Gujarat; Dr Santosh Panda, Chairman, National Council for Teacher Education etc.
Dr P P Mathur, Vice Chancellor, KIIT University will present the Welcome Address. Vote of thanks will be proposed by Prof. D S Chauhan, Secretary General (Addl Charge), AIU. The Special Issue of the University News on Higher Education Policies in India with Prof P P Mathur as Guest Editor and Dr. S.Rama Devi Pani as Editor will be released by His Excellency the Governor. Prof. Venkatesh Kumar B from Tata Institute of Social Science will present the Excerpts of the RUSA Scheme Document in National Seminar.
The Meet will also comprise an Interaction Session with the Heads of Apex Bodies including the Heads of Governmental and non Governmental agencies, National and International. Dignitaries from MHRD, Planning Commission, Government of Gujarat and various other places will be gracing the occasion.
KIIT University which is organising this Meet after a gap of long 67 years has made all the arrangements to make it a grand success. Earlier it was organised by erstwhile Ravenshaw College.
Expressing his happiness, Dr. A. Samanta, Founder of KIIT and KISS said, after organizing prestigious Indian Science Congress, Eurasian Silk Road Consortium and many more national and international conferences and seminars successfully, KIIT is going to organize this Vice Chancellors’ meet. Such events bring pride to Odisha nationally and internationally, he stated. The meet will contribute towards a positive image of the State in the field of quality education among academicians and education administrators from different parts of the country and abroad, opined intellectuals.
AIU Officials Coordinating the Meet are Dr. Shyam Narayan, Additional Secretary, AIU, Mr Sampson David, Joint Secretary, AIU, Dr. Veena Bhalla, Joint Secretary, AIU; Dr Mamta Agrawal, Joint Secretary, AIU Dr S Rama Devi Pani, Editor, University News, AIU; Sh Pradip Kumar, Under Secretary, AIU and Sh Kamaeswar Sharma, PS, AIU.
The responsibility of organising this Mega event is assigned to KIIT University in view of its commendable accomplishments in the higher education of the country, its world class infrastructure and the dynamism and dedication of its Founder, Dr Achyuta Samanta and the Vice Chancellor Prof. P P . Mathur.
Significance of the Seminar on RUSA to be held on the occasion
The most crucial issues for higher education in the country now are Quality and Funding. Is funding really a factor for Quality? The Biggest chunk our universities are State Universities. Unless they are not brought into purview of developmental measures, higher education system of the country cannot be improved. Keeping this in view the MHRD has come out with a Scheme called Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan( RUSA). Main theme for deliberation in the Meet is on Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA): Is It a Laudable Scheme? Through the brain storming sessions the Vice Chancellors will discuss whether the scheme is viable or not. If implemented whether it will bring out desired results in elevating our higher education system to world class standards.
In addition to its customary function, the AIU AGM is highly significant in view of its contribution to the Higher Education system of the country. The Resolutions of the Seminar will be sent to MHRD for incorporating in the Scheme and making necessary amendments before its launch. This will culminate into important policy decision and it set the tone for development of Higher Education in the Country.
Association of Indian Universities is one of the premier institutions of the Country working for the cause of Higher Education. Since its inception in 1925, the AIU has been playing a vital role in shaping Indian higher education by being an integral part of all major decision making committees and commissions. Since its inception, it is acting as a valued source of research-based policy advice institution to Government of India in the field of higher education. It has carved an inevitable niche for itself by playing an upbeat role in the areas of Equivalence of Degrees/Qualifications of Indian and Foreign Universities, Research and Training, Sports, Promotion of youth affairs etc apart from cooperating and coordinating among universities and national and International bodies in matters of common interest. The AIU acts as flagship for Indian Higher Education.
Whereas, all the universities benefit out of its contribution, at present it has membership of about 461 Indian universities and 8 universities from other countries viz. Nepal, Bhutan, Mauritius, Dubai Kazakhstan and Malaysia as Associate Members.
One of the annual features of the AIU is to organize the Zonal and National Vice Chancellors’ Meets. These Meetings are important platform not only to discuss the significant issues of higher education and the problems facing different universities but they also play a catalytic role in carrying the voice of the leaders of higher education to appropriate authorities. In addition to general issues, some significant themes of topical importance are also discussed in these Vice Chancellors’ Meets.
Association of Indian Universities (AIU), anticipates a fruitful and meaningful interaction towards resolution and realization of a common agenda for academic excellence. This Annual Meet is but a significant stepping stone in for future High.