Vice Chancellors' meet hints at hike in fees in Rajasthan
The issue of exploring scope for hike/revision in fees of courses and need of constitution of a State Higher Education Advisory Council figured at the State Universities Vice Chancellors Coordination Committee meeting here today.
While Vice Chancellors of some universities urged for hike in the fee in order to rationalise it in respect of the fee structure of most of the private universities, institutions and even government run higher education institutions in the country.
There has been a big difference in fee structure of private and state run universities in the state the Vice Chancellors felt even as Chancellor Ms Alva and government representatives, including Chief Secretary CK Mathew and Principal Secretary Higher Education Rajiv Swaroop appeared to be sympathetic to the demand.
Presiding over the meeting Governor Ms Alva said that in order to update/improve universities' curricula, academic standards and general atmosphere there should be a Advisory Council headed by the Chancellor and comprising Vice Chancellors and members from other concerned spheres.
Issue of vacant posts was also raised by Vice Chancellors that was responded well by the Chancellor and the state government officials with due assurance of needful action.
The meeting also deliberated on ways and means for creating an environment for quality education in the State.
Governor Ms Alva urged the Vice Chancellors to make coordinated efforts to improve teaching standards and share their experiences with each other for finding solutions to their problems.
She stated state run universities have greater responsibility for creating an atmosphere for quality education in the State. Chief Secretary Mr Mathew said that the universities should come forward with effective plans for excellence and effective administrative and financial management.
Vice Chancellors elaborated on their achievements and problems in running of their universities especially with regard to funding and pensions.
Vice Chancellor of as many as 14 universities including the Rajasthan University Vice Chancellor Prof. B.L. Sharma, Rajasthan University of Health Sciences Jaipur, Vice Chancellor Dr Raja Babu Panwar,Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Rajasthan Ayurved University, Jodhpur, Vice Chancellor Prof Radhey Shyam Sharma, Harideo Joshi University of Journalism and Mass Communication,Jaipur, Vice Chancellor Sunny Sebastian, Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University Kota Vice Chancellor Prof Naresh Dadhich and Swami Keshwanand Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner Dr A K Dahama, were present at the meeting.