Union human resource development minister Smriti Irani on Saturday said the Centre has allowed pension portability benefits for senior academicians joining central universities.
On the second and concluding day of her meeting with nearly 39 vice-chancellors (V-Cs) of central universities from across the country, Irani is learnt to have said that senior academicians joining central universities from other institutes would henceforth be given all pension benefits which they had enjoyed in their previous jobs.
Central universities have been raising this issue for long, claiming that they are unable to attract talent in the absence of universities not extending pension benefits to faculty membersShe is also learnt to have told V-Cs that she had signed a file in this regard before coming to the meet.
During the meeting, the minister is learnt to have announced that centres would be set up in central universities to impart skill development training to the youth. She batted for the modernisation of education system in the country. She urged varsities to make their portals more interactive and highlight the work undertaken by the universities on their websites.
The minister is also learnt to have advocated for increased industry-academia interaction and involvement of all stakeholders in solving the major problems faced by the comman man with regard to education.
Sources said she had asked all the V-Cs to fill up the vacant posts in their varsities on a priority basis and complete the pending infrastructure projects on time.Central universities have also been asked by the minister to submit a list of top researchers in their respective institutions so that their services could be availed in different institutions.
During the meeting, it was announced that a committee would look into the common admission system for all central universities based on the system followed by Indian Institutes of Management and Indian Institutes of Technology.
Sources said the Centre had sought a report from the committee in this regard within a month.Central universities were also asked to establish effective placement cells and consult their alumni for academic activities.
In his address during the meeting, University Grants Commission chairman Ved Prakash said the Centre would grant an additional 25% funds to universities on the amount generated from consultancies provided to private firms and government agencies by universities and donations from alumni to universities.
V-Cs of all 39 central universities gave their presentations on Saturday. They were also given five minutes each to talk about their respective varsities and their future endeavours.
During the meeting, most of the V-Cs are learnt to have complained about the delay in release of grants from the Centre.