Staff, fund paucity crippling universities

ACUTE FUND shortage, severe staff paucity, cramping statutes and ordinances, lack of research facility and motivation, un-updated curricula, red tape and several other factors are crippling the functioning of universities in the State in a major way.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2006 14:16 IST

ACUTE FUND shortage, severe staff paucity, cramping statutes and ordinances, lack of research facility and motivation, un-updated curricula, red tape and several other factors are crippling the functioning of universities in the State in a major way.

These factors came up as the common causes of worries for all 13 universities during presentations on strengths and weaknesses made by respective Vice-Chancellors/Directors during the first convention of the Association of MP Universities held today at the Gyan Vigyan Bhavan of the Barkatullah University.

The Vice-Chancellors/Directors unanimously decried shortage of funds and staff crunch in their respective institutions and mentioned that unless these problems were solved along with other related problems, upgrading of quality of higher education was not possible in the State.

Vice-chancellors and directors of the 13 universities – the Avadesh Pratap Singh University, Rewa, Barkatullah University, Bhopal, Dr Hari Singh Gour University, Sagar, Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya, Indore, MP Bhoj Open University, Bhopal, Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Jabalpur, Jiwaji University, Gwalior, Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur, Rajiv

Gandhi Technical University, Bhopal, National Law Institute University, Bhopal, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism, Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramodaya University, Chitrakoot and Vikram Vishwavidyalaya, Ujjain made presentations on the occasion.

Senior academicians mentioned the fund crunch was such that grants received were not adequate for salary let alone for maintenance or new development. Most of the sanctioned posts in most of universities were lying vacant and in the case of DAVV, Indore, even posts approved for the self-financing courses by the Chancellor in the meeting of the coordination committee were not being cleared by the State Government.

Research was badly hit due to fund crunch and lack of motivation and career or employment counselling was almost nil. Although some of the universities had excellent libraries, special departments, sports facilities and other special projects, their maintenance was a problem.

Prof Hoshiyar Singh of Jiwaji University mentioned unless statues and ordinances were amended in a drastic manner and more autonomy was provided to universities, problems could not be solved.

Prof R S Sirohi of BU also advocated autonomy. C S Chadha of DAVV said politics by students or teachers should be totally banned. Diarchal system – wherein the Vice-Chancellors are appointed by the Chancellor and the Registrars by the State Government – was also decried.

Later, seven study groups formed to look into various aspects of the proposed objectives of the AMPU made their presentations.

Following presentations, the Vice-Chancellors agreed that exchange of research ideas, upgrading of quality of education through faculty and course content exchange, uniformity in curricula, coordination for placement and career guidance and efforts to bring about uniformity in ordinances were some of the areas in which immediate joint efforts are needed. Vice-chancellor of the APS University, Rewa was unanimously elected as chairman of the association.

First Published: Mar 05, 2006 14:16 IST