A short term course on academic administration was inaugurated at the UGC-Human Resource Development Centre of Guru Nanak Dev University here on Thursday.
As many as 38 principals and heads of various departments of the university are participating in the course.
GNDU vice-chancellor Prof AS Brar, and Sudhanshu Bhushan of National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi, graced the occasion as the chief guest and the guest of honour, respectively.
In his inaugural address, Prof Brar highlighted the onerous responsibility of the principals as well as HoDs for the smooth functioning of any institute of higher education.
Expressing his grave concern over non-inclusion of any Indian university among the top 200 universities of the world, he urged the academic administrators to introspect and do the needful in this regard.
“After distressing performance of the government schools in comparison with the public schools, soon it’s going to be the turn of the state universities to lag behind in comparison with their private counterparts,” he remarked.
Holding the policy of not detaining the students up to middle standard responsible to a great extent for the dismal performance of the government schools, he emphasised on revising the policy as soon as possible.
Asking the teaching community to utilise the modern innovative, creative, inquisitive modes of teaching, he emphasised that it was the dire need of the hour in order to bring our institutes of higher education on par with that of the advanced countries.
In her welcome address, director Prof Avinash Kaur Nagpal expressed the hope that the meet would deliberate on various issues pertaining to higher education in India.
Earlier, the chief guest and the guest of honour were accorded a floral welcome by Prof Avinash Kaur Nagpal, Prof Paramjit Singh and Mohan Kumar.
In the end, Prof Paramjit Singh, dean, academic affairs and Coordinator of the course, proposed the vote of thanks.