Chandigarh, December 06, 2018: “With changing times and advancements in technology the academic model being adopted by universities across India needs to be revamped accordingly” said Prof Sandeep Sancheti, President, Association of Indian Universities (AIU). He was speaking during the press conference at Chandigarh to brief the media persons about the upcoming annual AIU North Zone Vice chancellor’s meet-2018. Professor Sancheti said that the annual meeting of the vice chancellors would be held at Chandigarh University, Gharuan on 7th and 8th December in which Vice Chancellors of more than 100 states, central, deemed and private Universities would be taking part. The theme of the annual vice chancellors meet is ‘Higher education in India: Opportunities and Challenges”. Prof. Furqan Qamar, Secretary General, AIU and Dr. R.S Bawa, Vice Chancellors, Chandigarh University was also present during the Press conference.
While giving details Prof Sancheti said, “The aspirations of today’s Youth and Industry have changed significantly which has resulted in bringing the academic institutions and universities together on one platform so that a decision can be made to bring reforms in the current education system especially in higher education. He further added, “Universities are no longer considered to be just a degree imparting institutions but they should be recognized as centre of skill development where employability, inter-personal or entrepreneurial skills can be incubated amongst the youth so that they can match up to the expectations of today’s changing global scenario.”
Prof. Furqan Qamar said, “The funding from Indian Government for supporting Higher Education is continuously on a decline, the challenges before Universities towards realizing Research Dimension of Universities is immense. Similarly attracting International students is an inevitable need for better global positioning of Indian Universities”. He further added, “This meet aims to deliberate on a plethora of issues concerning the ‘Higher Education in India: Opportunities and Challenges’ with specific reference to global trends, national preparedness and regional requirements in Higher Education. The meet has stupendous significance as a large number of Vice Chancellors from various Universities in North Zone are expected to participate in the deliberations.”
While interacting with the media persons Dr. R.S Bawa said, “The significance of AIU in today’s’ scenario is extremely important as it is one of the premier representative body of Indian Universities where we can discuss the important issues that are concerning higher education. It is important and significant to bring reforms in higher education with changing times so that universities in India are globally competent and hence attractive for students all over the world.”