THE FIRST Executive Committee (EC) meeting today under the chairmanship of acting Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya (DAVV) Vice-Chancellor Dr Rajkamal despite having a long agenda was completely dominated by his hi-tech plans and proposals.
Even though the tenure of Dr Rajkamal is till the period of appointment of a regular V-C, unfazed and undaunted by this prospect he presented long-term plans and proposals having far reaching benefits. Belonging to the computer science and electronics field, he has dreamt up such proposals as would benefit the university and the most important step in this direction is towards making the working in the university paperless.
The EC has agreed to the idea forwarded by Dr Rajkamal about reducing paperwork thereby translating it into savings for the university in the form of stationery expenses but more importantly save number of man hours wasted by students in queues for getting or submitting several kinds of forms required to be filled in the course of their academic career.
The forms would now be made available over the internet and students can submit their challans and other paper work using their Personal Computer (PC) or from cyber café through the e-submission system.
The university plans to implement this system within four months by awarding the contract to a capable firm and wishes to rope in major companies like TCS or Satyam. Funds for the project envisaged to cost Rs 1 crore would be generated by grants from the Union Grants Commission (UGC) and Department of Science and Technology (DST).
The UGC chairman who fortuitously is coming on a visit of the DAVV would be shown the project and it is believed that if approved such a system might be started in other universities of the State also.
Another project to be started with the above grants and funds with the university under self-financing courses is providing international standard teaching facilities by providing LCD projectors and internet points to improve classroom teaching.
The EC has given its nod for holding a first of its kind meet of Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar awardees sometime in February 2007.
The presence of 100 or so awardee scientists along with the President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, who also is a scientist and would be invited as chief guest, would not only help the students, professor and research community but also raise the name of the City as the venue having hosted such an event.
The University has also decided to award honorary doctorate degrees to businessmen and entrepreneurs from the field of Information Technology (IT). Seven degrees would be awarded initially to persons who have risen from scratch and whose companies generate the largest employment. Names of companies like Satyam, Infosys, Nirma, Hero Honda, Amul, Tata, Biocon, Bajaj and others are being considered.
The university would be sending more than 30 teachers and five officials to various reputed institutes and universities of the country on a study tour for making recommendations on improving DAVV on their pattern.
The tours would be held during September to October 2006. Six important functionaries of the University would be given Tata Indicom Personal digital Assistants (PDA) with mobile and these would be shown to the UGC chairman during his visit.
It has also been decided to institute gold medals in every subject of study for which public participation is being sought.
The committee formed on hostels and student feed back including Dr PN Mishra Dr PK Chandwani and Kshama Sisodia submitted its recommendations on some issues and the hostels one was taken on a priority basis while the complete report on student feed back would be presented in the next EC meeting and then sanctioned.
A team headed by Dr Mishra would check University Teaching Departments (UTDs) and private colleges affiliated to the University to ensure quality teaching.
Abhay Chhajalani has been unanimously appointed as the University representative on the Committee for selecting the new vice Chancellor. Government Dental College, Head of Department Prosthodentics Dr Deshraj Jain has been selected as the new EC member replacing Dr Shobha Vaidya whose term has ended.