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Longer academic year in UP: Teaching days to go up to 220 from 180

From longer academic sessions to use of technology in classes - a slew of decisions were taken at the vice chancellors of Uttar Pradesh universities on Thursday

education Updated: Jul 13, 2017 12:53 IST
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Deputy chief minster Dinesh Sharma (left) and UP governor Ram Naik (second from left) at the vice chancellor’s conference in Lucknow on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Universities and colleges in Uttar Pradesh will now make good use of technology in their teaching pedagogy. They will also get a lot of time to do so because the number of teaching days will be increased from 180 days at present to 220 days.

These decisions were taken at a conference of vice chancellors of a number of universities at a conference convened on Thursday before the start of the academic session in Lucknow.

Like in the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), the university and college teachers will be asked to upload their lectures on websites ahead of classes. This will help students to come better prepared for classes and teaching will be more interactive. .

The number of teaching days will also be increased from the present 180 days to 220 days and from next year and the academic session in higher educational institutions will begin from July 10, 2018 instead of the usual July 16, deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma said while briefing the media about the decisions taken at the conference.

Other issues that came up for discussions included increasing the tenure of VCs of state universities from the present three years to five years.No final decisions were taken.

Restoring of student union elections in state universities was also discussed but there was no consensus on the matter.

Some of the vice chancellors had issues with student union polls because they feared that it would derail academic sessions and disrupt peace on campus as student politics were usually followed by law and order problems.

More than 30 heads of universities participated in the first of its kind after the BJP government came to power in March this year.

First Published: Jul 06, 2017 18:54 IST