To recognise the efforts of college deans or principals, who facilitate changes in their respective colleges amidst challenges of modern and vocational education, the state government has mooted the idea of instituting the award of “best heads of institutions”.
Due to the old curriculum and lack of infrastructure, which fails to cater to the present day’s employment skills, students of some 82 government degree colleges in Haryana have struggled to join the bandwagon of industrial growth.
“Such an award will motivate college deans to bring overall institutional development,” said SS Prasad, state principal secretary, higher education.
The awards will be given on the basis of exemplary administrative abilities, promotion of sports and culture, organising placements, curb ragging etc.
Even as students of private professional colleges, which have mushroomed in the state, have benefited from employment opportunities, their counterparts in government colleges have not been so lucky.
“As the heads of institutions, we (principals) can make a lot of difference,” said Ashok Diwakar, principal at a Sector 15 girls’ college.
Along with additional director in the state education department Mahavir Singh and some other principals, Diwakar also figures on the panel to short-list the best principals every year.