Introduce new courses, provide protection to girls: Governor to VCs

Hyderabad: Appreciating the performance of universities in the State, Governor and Chancellor ESL Narasimhan today exhorted the vice-chancellors and principals and officials of various colleges to focus on providing better security to women and girls in universities and colleges.

Chairing a review meeting of Vice Chancellors of 14 Universities and colleges at Dr. BR Ambedkar Open University along with Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari, Education Principal Secretary Ranjiv Acharya, TSCHE Chairman Papi Reddy, said the Governor expressed content at the varsities’ performance and introducing a biometric system for improving quality of education. He gave a pat to Srihari for focusing on quality education at a higher level and also common academic calendar being implemented.

The Governor, while expressing concern at atrocities on women and girls at some educational institutions in recent times, directed the VCs to implement common calendar and uniform process in Ph.D. admissions, introduce new courses helpful for the students and scrap the waste courses.

Later Srihari told media persons that the Governor was happy at the varsities for adopting some positive changes for quality in education. Though some varsities have adopted bio-metric system a few more have to follow suit he said. The Governor has gave them a deadline of setting up the bio-metric systems in their campuses in three months. The meeting was to review the recommendations of the previous conference and giving directions for a better academic plan, he said. Narasimhan was happy at the speed of digitalizing the details in the varsities.

Since last year all the colleges in the state take up admissions, conduct examinations and announce results by implementing a common calendar Srihari said. The Governor expressed concern at some of the incidents of attacks on girls. He also asked the vice chancellors to take immediate measures to avoid repeat of such a single incident in future. Admitting that there was a sort of confusion in Ph.D. Admissions, the deputy chief minister instructed to take up the process as per merit followed by UGC guidelines. The Governor also sought the guides to be efficient to roll out the limited number of scholars he said.

There was no need of giving more Ph Ds and instead focus on quality, the Governor said and sought a report on six months of work and future plan, he added. The Governor appreciated Agriculture University for clinching the second position at the national level and IIIT Basara for rolling out rural students as engineers and employees. (NSS)