Fee rollback fine but what about loss?
UP GOVERNOR TV Rajeswar expressed concern over the financial crunch that confronted State universities. He said that while the government had rolled back fee it did not increase the grants to make for the loss incurred due to fee rollback. Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala also shared his views.Both governors were speaking at a seminar on ?Higher education: Challenges in 21st century? held at the Lucknow University on Tuesday.Updated: Feb 15, 2006 01:35 IST
UP GOVERNOR TV Rajeswar expressed concern over the financial crunch that confronted State universities. He said that while the government had rolled back fee it did not increase the grants to make for the loss incurred due to fee rollback. Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala also shared his views.
Both governors were speaking at a seminar on ‘Higher education: Challenges in 21st century’ held at the Lucknow University on Tuesday. Rajeswar said: “While students benefited from the fee rollback but it caused great losses to university exchequer as the government did not gave extra grant to meet for the losses.
The government must take some step to bridge the loss.”
The UP Governor called for the modification of the State University Act to meet the challenges, which the 21st century poses. He also laid stress on the reorganisation of University Grants Commission (UGC). Speaking about the mode of distance education, he said: “The prime goal should be imparting quality education and not to mint money.”
He also appealed to students to aim because along with degree specialisation that too is required. He further said that the Indian Constitution has given right to free education but it is subject to limits of economic capacity and development of the State.
Barnala said: “The resources for higher education are limited. We cannot burden the government too much. Though higher education in our country is subsidized, yet there are few challenges that have to be met.”
“The challenges that confront higher education include maximisation of resources, private entrepreneurships, how to tackle escalating costs of providing higher education,” he said. Barnala described universities as centers of learning and termed them as homes of intellectuals.
According to him, the cost of higher education is increasing. Hence, universities all over the world are under greater scrutiny. Also, the need was to develop a performance indicator and undertake periodic self-appraisals. Another concern in higher education is the quality.
An alumnus of LU, Barnala recalled the good old days that he spent in this university. It was while studying at LU he participated in the Quit India Movement in 1942. Later, he took a round of the Tagore library.
First Published: Feb 15, 2006 01:35 IST