Vellore: We need universities that are illustrious – the ones that can create talented workforce and scietific advancements – and that can be taken to society, said UGC chairman Ved Prakash.
Speaking at the university day and sports day celebration of VIT University in Vellore yesterday, he said universities should become centres of excellence on the academic front for all these ideals to materialise, he said. “Academic excellence must be sustained by good teaching faculty and a student base willing to learn more and excel in life,” the chairman added. He advised students to be learners forever.
“Development in life depends on constant learning. Build your own libraries to enhance your know-how levels. Have inspiring dreams, they will keep you on track,” he said. VIT University Chancellor G Viswanathan said, “While currently restrictions are being imposed in the United States on immigrants, we should rise to the occasion and turn the situation into an opportunity to attract foreign students to India. While the strength of international students across the world is about five million, the share of India is about 1 per cent and it can go up to 10 per cent. There are all the resources, infrastructure in India and by using them, we can attract foreign students.”
He also stressed the need to introduce single window system for obtaining clearances for starting educational institutions. “This system is available for industries and it could be brought for educational sector also: this will help faster establishment of educational institutions. Currently, to start an educational institutions in Chennai one needs to obtain clearances from village panchayat department to airport authority departments which not only takes time but also costs a lot of money,” he said.
During the event, TCS Best Student Award was given to Kushwanth Bhagnan, CTS Best Student Award went to Anil Ganguly and CTS Best Faculty Award went to Amitav Mukherjee. Educational scholarships worth Rs 11.69 crore were also distributed. About 2,870 students got scholarship during university day and sports day celebration of VIT University.
Ved Prakash gave away the scholarships and prizes to winners in sports events. Rank-holders from catering and Hotel Management Department, School of AdvancedSsciences, School of Biosciences and Technology received awards from VIT University ViceChancellor S Narayanan, while rankholders from the Computer Science Department, School of Social Sciences and VIT Business School got awards from Vice-Chancellor V Raju.
Head of accreditation process for South India Academic Interface Function (Tamilnadu and Puducherry) A K Pattabiraman was among others present.