From infrastructure creation and a focus on research to promoting the use of technology, the new vice-chancellor of SNDT Women’s University, Vasudha Kamat, hopes to make the 95-year-old varsity a world-class institution.
On her first day at the university, armed with her experience at the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and a background in educational technology, Kamat outlined her plan for the next five years.
“My vision is to advance knowledge through high-quality teaching, research and development in partnership with industry and the NGO sector. Women have to play the role of a scientist as well as a person caring for the society,” said Kamat, who has worked with the university for 24 years before moving to NCERT in Delhi.
Established in 1916, SNDT was the first women’s university in South East Asia. Currently the university has 44 postgraduate departments and more than 230 affiliated colleges across the country.
Kamat hopes to tackle the biggest issue ailing all universities: the burden of conducting examinations that makes a university an administrative giant rather than a knowledge-imparting body. “Examinations are seen from an administrative point of view and not students’ point of view. For example, if a student misses the March exam, he will have to wait for the October session to take the exam. Why can’t we have an on-demand examination and evaluation system to benefit students?” said Kamat.
Kamat stressed on the use of technology to better education. “To begin with, I will ensure that soon SNDT will have larger web presence so that our departments and their projects are just a click away,” added Kamat.