XVIII Conference of Higher & Technical Education concludes

XVIII Conference of Higher & Technical Education concludes

ITANAGAR, Feb 7: The 2-day XVIII Conference of Higher & Technical Education concluded here today after threadbare discussion on matters related to UGC, RGU, private universities, Govt colleges and polytechnics, academic and students, AISHE (All India Survey on Higher Education), RUSA, NSS, etc.

It is worth-mentioning here that Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig (Retd) Dr B D Mishra had participated not only in inaugural session but also in the technical session for the first time in the history of 18 years of conduct of the Conference wherein the issues related to private universities in the State were discussed.

The panelists were of the view that Arunachal Pradesh should move cautiously and put in place all relevant regulatory mechanisms to check the authenticity of approval and accreditation process of private universities to avoid embarrassing situations prevailing elsewhere in the country.

It’s believed that with proper regulation, these universities and institutes could surely supplement and complement the efforts of the Govt-run institutions and hence should be supported.

Education Minister Honchun Ngandam while calling upon the intellectuals to engage in a meaningful deliberation to come out with new ideas and strategies to bring in improvement in all spheres of higher education in the State, allayed the fear among the people about apparent mushrooming of private universities and colleges and apprised that the Govt was watchful.

While Secretary Education Dr Madhu Rani Teotia urged the academicians present to strive their best to use this forum to devise ways and means to make higher education in the State meaningful for the globalised world, RGU Vice Chancellor Prof T Mibang echoed the idea that higher education has the potential to facilitate socio-economic advancement especially in a State like Arunachal Pradesh. Prof M M Shome, Director i/c of NIT-AP reiterated the ideas that higher education being integral to socio-economic advancement. Dr Tayek Talom, Director of Higher & Technical Education also spoke on the occasion.

The conference also witnessed presentation of two academic oriented papers by Prof E Bijoy Kumar Singh of Economics Department of Manipur University on “Challenges of Higher Education in North Eastern India”, and Prof S Borbora of IIT, Guwahati on “Governance and Institutional Reforms”.

In subsequent technical sessions deliberations were made on issues related to day to day functioning of the colleges and polytechnics along with other pertinent issues like infrastructure development, faculty and staff recruitment, implementation of CSS, etc.

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