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Prime Minister asks UGC to look into faculty crunch

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Recently, UGC (University Grants Commission) celebrated its diamond jubilee. During the function, the chief guest of the event Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh says "UGC has done very well so far but the regulators was told the tasks that lie ahead require fresh thinking and innovative ways of doing things."

The PM also suggested the regulators to play the role of national think tank. He also asked them to organise a professional and purposeful discourse about issues that have a close bearing on the sound management of higher education system.

Diamond jubilee celebration of UGC

Speaking further he says "the shortage of faculty in higher education institutes is also a serious problem that is likely to become even more acute with the expansion and is likely to take place in the coming years. There is a need to add E of Employability to the triad of Expansion, Excellence and Equity. The Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) will help in strengthening the state universities. It aims to create 278 new universities and 388 new colleges and to convert 266 colleges to model degree colleges by the end of the 13th Five Year Plan, besides providing infrastructure grants to 286 state universities and 8,500 state colleges."

"It is more important to note the that inter-disciplinary perspectives are the cornerstone of present day research. We must therefore ensure that inter-disciplinary research takes firm roots in the culture of our universities. We must reverse today's situation where individual departments largely operate as islands, and there should be greater focus on problems that engage the faculty in inter-disciplinary research," he added.

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