A 35-POINT agenda having sanctioning of crores of rupees for modernising infrastructure and working of the university was discussed at the Executive Committee meeting of the Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya (DAVV) held on Tuesday.
The meeting was all the more significant, as it was perceived by many to be the last to be held under acting vice chancellor Dr Rajkamal.
The university has presented two schemes both entailing expenditure upwards of Rs 1 crore. The first was on renovating, reconstructing and refurbishing the students’ hostels. At present the university has four boys hostels - Jawaharlal Nehru, Bapna, IIPS, and IMS - and three girls hostels - CV Raman, Kamla Nehru and New Girls.
The other plan is of computerisation of as many spheres of working as possible and particularly in regards of degrees and records as soon as possible.
The issue of granting affiliation to 23 B Ed colleges also formed a major point on the agenda. Greater emphasis was given and stricter guidelines issued while adhering on this agenda, as the Chancellor and Governor Balram Jakhar had taken cognizance of the increasing number of complaints against B Ed colleges in the State and asked the vice chancellors present at the meeting of the Universities’ Coordination Committee (UCC) to be vigilant on this count and check irregularities and work in the interest of students.
The issue of B Ed colleges has turned into a vexatious one for DAVV as the college owners (mostly politicians and powerful businessmen) have formed a cartel of their own and have been able to influence policy decisions, making the four-star university change its stance thrice. The college owners who had sought intervention on behalf of the Chief Minister and Education Minister had turned down the proposal given by the university officials for depositing affidavits in a peace brokering meet held under the mediation of the District Collector recently.
Nevertheless, the EC members have decided to make presentation of affidavits compulsory for those who had been granted conditional affiliation last year. The colleges would also be stringently judged on the parameters laid down by National Council for Training and Education (NCTE) before granting affiliation.
Another major point to be discussed at the meeting was of appointing a regular Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the university, which had long been felt in an organisation this large and demanded time and again by the media. The pinch of not having a PRO was immediately felt from the fact that university officials from the Registrar’s office reduced the 35-point agenda to 10 points.