TN Governor stresses on Quality in Higher Education

The Tamil Nadu Governor, Surjit Singh Barnala, distributed degree certificates to graduates and research scholars during the 20th convocation of Mother Teresa University, Kodikkanal on Wednesday.

Quality education is essential to achieve excellence in higher education. Academic and physical infrastructure should be improved for quality improvement that would ultimately generate excellence of creativity and innovation, said R.K. Chauhan, former Secretary, University Grants Commission.

If college education is neglected, it would limit the potential growth for excellence.

Of the 573 universities, 140 universities have been accredited so far.

Similarly, 3,492 colleges out of 20,676 colleges have been assessed because the accreditation was not made mandatory.

Accreditation should be made mandatory for all State and Central universities and all colleges.

If only nine universities, 100 colleges and 520 centres or departments have potential for excellence, it showed that several universities and colleges suffer from lack of adequate academic and physical infrastructure.

Already, a UGC analysis had brought out deficiencies in physical infrastructure and lack of quality teachers.

At present, gross enrolment ratio was 10 per cent, lower than the average of 23 per cent or more in developed countries.

We have plans to raise it to 15 per cent in 2012 and 23 per cent in 12th Plan.

Increase in enrolment will have to come from groups, which have low gross enrolment ratio, including, scheduled tribes, scheduled castes, semi-nomadic, de-notified tribes, women, religious minorities like Muslims, neo-Buddhists, Sikh, Dalit Christian and poor in general, particularly from rural areas, Dr. Chauhan added.

Honoris Causa Degree was presented to Siddha Doctor V. Jamuna. M. Vijayalakshmi, V.B. Devi Bala, H. Sangeetha, M. Mary Sheeba and R. Babitha and N. Anbarasi clinched gold medals and G. Mahalakshmi cash award.

Besides, 25 silver medals were given to other meritorious graduates. R. Padmasani did her Ph.D in Thirukkural Madhura Kirthanagal by composing swaras for Thirukural to promote pure Tamil music.

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