VCs Meet To Reform Higher Education

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New Delhi, Oct 9 (UNI) Shortage of good quality teachers and other problems besetting Indian higher education will figure when more than 400 vice chancellors from across the country meet in New Delhi starting tomorrow.

The October 10-11 conference to be inaugurated by Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh will have participation of all central, state, deemed and private universities.

The National Conference on Development of Higher Education being organised by the University Grants Commission follows four regional meets held at Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and New Delhi.

Singh will also open an exhibit depicting the journey of higher education from the early 18th century onwards to commemorate ''150 glorious years of Modern University System,'' an HRD Ministry statement said.

It will serve as a prism to view the vision and horizon of higher education, the statement said.

Among other things, participants will deliberate on issues and ideas thrown up by the regional meets attended by 218 VCs, college development council directors and state higher education secretaries took part.

Half a dozen technical sessions chaired by experts long associated with Indian education, such as former UGC Chairman Yashpal, will focus on as many themes.

The themes include Expansion of Higher Education, Equity and Inclusion, Quality and Excellence, Academic and Administrative Reforms, Private Participation in Higher Education and Internationalisation and Financing of Higher Education.

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