Compete or perish.
That’s the message Governor S.C. Jamir sent out to 100-odd college principals on Saturday as he spoke about reforms in higher education.
“The landscape of higher education is witnessing a paradigm shift and we can’t remain insulated or traditional in our approach,” said Jamir.
At the first annual convention by the University of Mumbai College Principals’ Association (UMCPA), Jamir said with the growing demand for international experience from students and employers, individual colleges must initiate change.
“Whether or not colleges get autonomy, they have an important role to play. They need to contribute to value-addition modules, introduce flexible curriculum, develop course modules as per market needs,” he said. The outcome of the day-long convention will be submitted to Jamir.
Stating the need for a principal academy at the university’s Kalina campus for principal training and promoting research, UMCPA president Naresh Chandra said: “The post of a director for Physical Education must be made mandatory and that of vice-principal be statutory.”
Jamir said colleges must harness technology with innovative ways of attracting students. “Colleges must start offshore campuses and bargain our courses to the international community,” he said.