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P T Chande elected AIU President

PUNE :  Prof P T Chande has taken over as the new President of the Association of Indian Universities with effect from January 1, 2011.

Dr Chande was the Vice-President of the AIU and was chosen to be the new President at the AIU annual meeting in  here on November 12-14.

Dr Chande took over from Dr M D Tewari whose term expired on December 31, 2010.

Dr Chande will be the AIU president till December 31, 2011.

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By Rajiv Shukla
: In an oblique and a subtle way the University Grants Commission chief Sukhdeo Thorat indicated here on November 12 that the basic structure of the higher education system in the country would stay intact and that “the changes, if any, would just be add-ons.”

Addressing vice-chancellors at the inaugural session of the 84th annual meeting of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) at Guru Nanak Dev University on November 12 Thorat quoted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh having said in Chandigarh on November 3 that the changes in the higherDAY 2 : Symposium on evaluation systems at the second day of the AIU meet at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar. education would be mere “add-ons” and therefore “planners and vice-chancellors can continue to dream of the prospective plans”.

Thorat explained in detail how the country was passing though a massive higher education expansion phase, never witnessed  before. “The country has never made such huge allocations” or drawn up such massive wish-list as it has been done in the current 11th plan, he said.

Over 160 Vice-Chancellors from various parts of the country are participating in the three day AIU annual conference which is being hosted by GNDU.

Thorat was all praise for the sports activities of the university and informed the house that the university has been adjudged “centre of excellence” in sports.

Earlier Dr MD Tiwari, Director, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, in his presidential address stressed to evaluate educational institutions which, he said, was of paramount importance in the current context of the globalised world.

The Vice-Chancellor of the host university, Prof A S Brar, in his welcome address said that despite various initiatives and policy decisions by the government and apex academic bodies like the UGC and the National Knowledge Commission, higher education remained in a state of crisis. He also enumerated the activities and projects of the university.

Private universities :

Addressing a press conference on the eve of AIU meet, Dr M D Tewari, the President of AIU said that “steps will be initiated to bring private universities and educational institutes under the purview of accreditation in order to impart uniform quality education to students.”

He said private universities and institutes were allowed by government with a view to provide higher education to students because there were inadequate government-run institutions.

“It was observed that these private institutes, after obtaining recognition from the government, had started business tactics there by defeating the basic cause of providing education to students, that is why the accreditation policy was conceptualised”, opined Dr Tiwari.

He added that important resolutions emanating from the zonal meetings of vice-chancellors already held earlier on the themes of Expansion of Higher Education: Challenges of Maintaining Quality (East Zone), Environmental Education: Issues and Challenges before Higher Education (North Zone), Globalisation and Impact on Higher Education (South Zone) and Quality Assessment and Accreditation in Higher Education (West Zone) would be presented for consideration for further action in the annual general body meeting of the AIU.

The AIU background

Historically, an Inter-University Board (IUB) was born in 1924 following the deliberations of a conference of the Vice-Chancellors of Universities convened at Shimla by Lord Reading, the then Viceroy of India. The idea was to provide a common forum to Vice-Chancellors and top academic and administrative heads of Universities and other centers of higher learning to regularly deliberate on key issues facing the higher education in the country.

The Inter-University Board (IUB) acquired a legal status with its registration in 1967 as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. In 1973, it assumed its present name -- the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

Traditional Universities open universities, professional universities, institutes of national importance and deemed-to-be Universities are members of AIU. In addition, there is a provision of granting of Associate Membership to Universities of neighboring countries. Currently, the AIU has about 300 members and 40 associate members. 


The gathering at the farewell of the outgoing Secretary General Dr Dayanand Dongaonkar on July 13, 2009. (From L to R) Dr Allam Appa Rao, Vice-Chancellor Jawaharlal Nehru

The gathering at the farewell of the outgoing Secretary General Dr Dayanand Dongaonkar on July 13, 2009. (From L to R) Dr Allam Appa Rao, Vice-Chancellor Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada; Dr Beena Shah, the new Secretary-General of AIU, Vice-President Prof P T Chande; Dr Dhiman; Dr M D Tewari, AIU President and lastly Dr Dayanand Dongaonkar the outgoing Secretary General.

The term of the outgoing Secretary General Dr Dayanand Dongaonkar expired on July 13. The AIU organised a farewell function which was attended by the AIU chief Dr M D Tewari, the AIU standing committee members and the staff of the AIU.


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