Unprecedented rise in number of students, interconnected network of knowledge, integration of world economy, social cultural and economic plurality of students and emergence of new problems like energy, environment and sustainable growth are the new challenges in the university system.
Professor Srikumar Banerjee, an Indian nuclear scientist and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) Homi Bhabha Chair Professor at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, said this during session on innovations in university environments held at the Panjab University law auditorium on Wednesday.
Prof Banerjee, who is also chancellor of Central University of Kashmir, was the chief guest at the third PU Foundation Day public lecture.
He stressed for innovation in teaching and research programmes in Indian Universities to counter the challenges.
He said, “Innovation in research programmes should include interdisciplinary research, collaborations and research network across institutes, sharing of facilities, creation of interuniversity consortiums, connecting academic knowledge with practical knowledge and connecting universities with their neighbouring communities.”
Prof Banerjee added that innovation in teaching programmes should include novel curricula and evaluation, pedagogic innovation, new kind of teaching learning methods and industrialisation of teaching programmes.
Meanwhile, Adeshpreet Singh and Gurdeep Singh of Khalsa College Anandpur Sahib won gold and silver in the 100 metre men’s race, while Jaskaran Singh of Khalsa College Patiala won bronze.
In the women's event, Amandeep Kaur of Guru Nanak Khalsa College Daroli Kalan bagged the first position followed by Kiranjot Kaur and Virpal Kaur of Khalsa College.
Those who bagged first position in their respective events on the second day of the games were Davinder Singh (long jump), Sher Singh of Khalsa College Ghardiwala (5000 metre race), Gurleen Kaur (ball throwing), Adeshpreet Singh (400 metre race) and Gurjeet Kaur of Karhali Sahib as well as Davinder Singh (hammer throw).