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Kolkata, 5th October 2016, World Teachers' Day

Dr. PRIYA RANJAN TRIVEDI ADVOCATES FOR CREATING WORLD CLASS UNIVERSITIES

Presenting Dr. Syama Prasad Mukherjee Memorial Lecture during the 12th Anniversary of the Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU), Dr. Priya Ranjan Trivedi, President of CIU and the State Chancellor of UN Affiliated IAEWP for the NCT of Delhi / South Asian Vice President of IAEWP thanked the Prime Minister Hon'ble Shri Narendra Modi who reiterated his Government's intention to set up 20 world-class universities this year. The idea is to bring about qualitative improvement in the standards of education -- currently India has virtually no representation in international rankings of educational institutions, Dr. Trivedi ridiculed.

The Chancellors and Vice Chancellors being felicitated for their outstanding contribution

Dr. Trivedi added that the Central Government will identify 10 Government and 10 Private Universities and help them achieve "WORLD-CLASS STANDARDS". According to the HRD Ministry's concept note submitted to the Prime Minister's Office, these universities will have

* A corpus of at least Rs 1,000 crore
* A place in the top 500 in any renowned ranking system
* Accreditation by a reputed international agency
* Faculty-student ratio not less than 1:10 over 3 years of establishment
* Excellent laboratory facilities and cutting edge research
* A good mix of domestic and foreign students
* A good proportion of foreign or foreign-qualified faculty
* Teaching and research collaborations with reputed international universities
* At least two publications in each discipline in a reputed peer-reviewed journal every year
 

Dr. Priya Ranjan Trivedi further added that this proposal is similar to Universities for Research and Innovation Bill 2012, which too sought to create a separate category of universities with autonomy to determine their own standards and decide on matters like faculty hiring and salaries, curriculum, fees, etc.

The Chancellors and Vice Chancellors having a group photograph with the Chief Guest
Hon’ble Shri Tathagata Roy, Governor of Tripura, Hon'ble Mr. Olaf Iversen, Consul General
of Germany in Kolkata and CIU President IAEWP State Chancellor for Delhi Dr. P R Trivedi

Discussing and explaining the modalities of the selection of these Universities out of the existing inventory of more than 875 university level institution including the Central, State, Deemed and Privately Funded Universities besides the Institutions of National Importance, Dr. Trivedi said that the aspirant institutions will submit a detailed 15-year plan of how they would meet laid-down requirements of world-class universities. A Committee of experts set up by the UGC will evaluate the plans and pick the universities for upgradation. Applicants in the Government category should figure in the top 25 of the National Institution Ranking Framework. Those in the private category can be both greenfield and brownfield institutions. Brownfields must be deemed universities with an 'A' from NAAC; greenfields must have a corpus of Rs. 750 crore.
Elaborating the cooperation and support from the Government, Dr. Trivedi said that the institutions will be able to:
* Charge fees from foreign students without restriction, and determine fee for domestic students, provided no meritorious candidate is turned away for want of money. There should be adequate scholarships.
* Offer courses and degrees in new areas without consulting regulatory institutions.
* Initiate academic collaborations with foreign educational institutions without need for Government approvals.
* Hire foreign faculty with relaxed salary restrictions.
* Hire industry experts even if they don't have requisite academic qualification.
* Spend resources with full financial autonomy.
* Government world-class universities will get additional assistance of Rs. 500 crore over 5 years.

The Chancellors and Vice Chancellors having a group photograph with the Chief Guest
Hon'ble Shri Tathagata Roy, Governor of Tripura, Hon'ble Mr. Olaf Iversen, Consul General
of Germany in Kolkata, the CIU President IAEWP State Chancellor for Delhi Dr. P R Trivedi and the Organizing Committee Heads for the 12th Anniversary Celebrations on 5th October 2016.

Examining the prospects and the constraints, Dr. Trivedi commented that the details of the proposal are not public, and have not been analyzed threadbare. Allowing private players to set up entirely new institutions as world-class universities could be seen as an attempt to give big private interests easy passage into the education sector with little monitoring, and without the obligation of adhering to Government regulations. The proposal is silent on whether foreign education providers can use this route to enter India and set up campuses here.

Gassing the future scope and possibilities, Dr. Trivedi said that a law can be brought by Parliament, or such institutions can be declared Deemed Universities. Should the HRD Ministry choose the Deemed University route, the University Grants Commission will have to amend its Deemed University Regulations.

Dr. Trivedi congratulated the Central Government for recently announcing the desire to have 20 Universities that are ranked among the world's great universities. Although that goal is praiseworthy, the ability to make the dream a reality seems far-fetched based on my experiences over the past year doing research on higher education in India.

Dr. Trivedi also observed that regardless of which rankings one considers, a glut of universities in the United States always appear in the top 200. By one measure, eight of the top 10 and 50 of the top 100 universities in the world are from the US. The result is that other countries try to mimic what they think the Americans are doing, but they learn the wrong lessons.

The Chancellors and Vice Chancellors being felicitated for their outstanding contribution in the specialized areas related to educational planning, administration, research and development.

India's plan is to have half of the 20 world-class universities come from the private sector. The assumption seems to be that private universities are among America's best institutions and that the small number of new privates in India might be better situated to vault into the elite 200 than the many older central and State Universities.

The US Government also does not fully fund all of its public universities; that is music to the ears of Indian politicians who want to use public monies for other public services.

Such an interpretation of America's dominance in world-class rankings is a misreading of why American universities continue to dominate league tables. Here are five ways to think about American higher education that may be useful for helping India achieve its goals :


* World-class universities are old: Of the top 200 universities in the world only one is less than 50 years old. A handful of US universities are just over 50 years old, but most have been around for much longer. However admirable some of India's new private universities are, there is almost no chance that any will leap into the top 200 in the next decade -- and certainly 10 private universities won’t. If India wants to break into the upper echelon within 10 years it will be done by public universities or not at all.


* World-class universities have strong vice-chancellors without term limits: Public and private universities in the US have vice-chancellors who are largely chosen because of their fundraising and intellectual prowess. They generally do not serve with term limits and are not political appointees. At my own University of Southern California, I have had two presidents in 22 years. The Board of Trustees, with faculty input, hired them. My current president is raising US$7 billion over 10 years to strengthen our endowment. India's vice-chancellors serve very short terms, are often political appointees, and almost never raise significant amounts of capital from donors and philanthropists.


* World-class universities have institutional autonomy: Strategic plans, hiring and tenure determinations and budgeting decisions are made by the faculty and administrators of America's best institutions. Deans and faculty researchers have a significant amount of authority over their budgets. In India the ministry and the University Grants Commission exert enormous oversight that disables any sense of institutional or individual autonomy.


* World-class universities have significant discussions about academic quality: The standards for tenure and promotion at premier American universities continue to rise. The determination of the standards is set, and quality control is carried out, by the faculty. Tenure is a process that ensures faculty rights, but also requires faculty responsibilities. In India, discussions about quality, if they occur, take place on national commissions, not within a university, and faculty appointments are seen as government sinecures for life.


* World-class universities see academic freedom as the central value of academic life: Academic freedom is always debated and arguments about the limits of academic freedom have swirled on American campuses for a century. The general precept is that faculty, through the protection of tenure, has an obligation to ensure that a university's faculty and students are able to speak what they desire, however controversial those statements may be. In India, academic freedom is questioned by individuals inside and outside the university and a chill on free speech on campus is evident.


Dr. Trivedi suggested that if India wishes to have a handful of world-class universities created within the next decade then we will have to ensure that public funding and philanthropic support increase. We can't say we want academic excellence and hamstring vice-chancellors or micro-manage from ministry offices or overlook issues of quality control or create a climate where academics are unable to speak truth to power.

Dr. Trivedi emphasized that India certainly has the intellectual capacity to have dominant universities, but significant structural reforms are necessary if that promise is to become a reality. In an increasingly globalized world, the picture of the tranquil university steeped in quaint intellectual pursuits and buffered from real-world concerns appears to be rapidly fading. Institutes of higher learning seem to be shedding the "ivory tower" image and embracing a vision of well-oiled engines of research that promote economic growth, Dr. Trivedi felt.


Dr. Trivedi also observed that the proposed World Class Universities are now commonly viewed as vital to advance a nation's development, there is an urgent need for conventional wisdom to be scrutinized. Too many countries believe that if they don't expand in this regard, they won't be taken seriously on the world stage. The notion of the world-class university has taken on a life of its own.


Explaining the scope of world class, Dr. Trivedi wanted to ask as to what does "world class" really mean? He observed that for some it means being a superpower in terms of science and technology research. It is connected to the idea that universities are going to produce technological innovations.


Dr. Trivedi also stressed the need for research assessing the extent to which professional development currently taking place in universities in fact leads to greater empowerment for students and faculty. The trend to produce world-class universities, to my mind, represents neither pure progress nor pure wickedness, with the 'bad guys' taking over. The bottom line is that countries and universities need to think carefully and pay attention to what they're doing, rather than just automatically following the pack.


Assuring the 50+ Vice Chancellors present in the 12th Anniversary Celebrations of the Confederation of Indian Universities held at the Science City Auditorium, Kolkata on 5th October 2016 on the occasion of the World Teachers' Day where the Chief Guest was the Hon'ble Governor of Tripura Prof. Tathagata Roy who also assured of his fullest cooperation for strengthening the cause of CIU for enabling the university level institutions to become world class. While inaugurating the 12th Anniversary Celebrations of CIU and releasing "The Indian Universities Directory 2016", the Governor Prof. Tathagata Roy recalled the outstanding contribution of CIU in uniting all the Universities of India and by implementing action oriented programmes not presently covered by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).


While reciprocating the plan envisaged by CIU, Chancellor Dr. P R Trivedi announced that Tripura will be the priority State for implementing cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation education for making Tripura as a model State.


It may be mentioned that the Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU) under the dynamic leadership of the great institution builder, philanthropist, thinker and environmental scientist Chancellor Dr. Priya Ranjan Trivedi has designed a masterplan paradigm for helping all the 875+ university level institutions to optimize their available resources and for greening and cleaning their ivory tower and for ensuring proper skill development with a view to producing more number of job givers rather than job seekers for ultimately solving the burning problems relating to peacelessness, poverty, unemployment, greed, pollution, faulty educational system and population explosion.


Dr. Priya Ranjan Trivedi has also invited all the educational planners, thinkers and administrators to keep on contacting him and the CIU Team through his Email ID : ciu@ecology.edu

 


Kolkata, 5th October 2016, United Nations World Teachers’ Day

Dr. PRIYA RANJAN TRIVEDI ANNOUNCES CIU’S TECHNICAL COOPERATION TO 860+ UNIVERSITIES OF INDIA

Announcing the technical and mutual cooperation to all the 860+ University level Institutions in the country through the resources of the Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU), its President Dr. Priya Ranjan Trivedi said in the presence of the Governor of Tripura Prof. Tathagata Roy that the Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU) will provide fullest support for the organization and implementation of programmes in all the universities having social, cultural, environmental, scientific, technological, medical, economic and positive contents for the optimum development of these universities for ensuring ready solution of the burning problems like peacelessness, poverty, greed, unemployment, pollution, faulty educational system and population explosion.

 

The Governor of Tripura Prof. Tathagata Roy releasing the Book “World Religions” authored by the CIU President Dr. Priya Ranjan Trivedi at Kolkata on 5th October 2016.

 

He further added that the support will be in the areas of curriculum design, publications, production of audio-video instructional materials besides conducting joint seminars, symposia, congresses, conventions, conferences, workshops, summits etc.

He also stressed on the need for employment generation among the students coming out from these universities both in the job seeking as well as job giving areas for also doing the needful for creating more number of job givers rather than job seekers.

Recalling the birth of the university system he said that a university is an institution of higher or tertiary education and research which grants academic degrees in various subjects and typically provides undergraduate education and postgraduate education. The word "university" is derived from the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium, which roughly means "community of teachers and scholars."

 

The Governor of Tripura Prof. Tathagata Roy and the CIU President Dr. Priya Ranjan Trivedi reciprocating the ovation accorded to them by the delegates of the CIU’s 12th Annual Day Celebrations at the Science City Auditorium, Kolkata on 5th October 2016.

 

Feeling proud to be an Indian he said that the first university of the world is Nalanda University established during the 5th Century. The establishment of the ancient Nalanda as an undisputed seat of learning was a natural consequence of the time and place in which it was situated. Ancient Magadha was characterized by an intellectual ferment unlike any known to mankind. This heritage was divided into two parts – both Buddhist and non-Buddhist. This ability to meld multiple discourses and to embrace knowledge in its entirety is what made Nalanda uniquely attractive for all seekers of pure knowledge.

Historical sources indicate that the Nalanda University had a long and illustrious life which lasted almost continually for 800 years from the Fifth to the Twelfth Century CE. It was a completely residential university with over 2,000 teachers and 10,000 students. The Nalanda ruins reveal through their architectural components the holistic nature of knowledge that was sought and imparted at this University. It suggests a seamless co-existence between nature and man and between living and learning, Dr. Trivedi explained.

 

The Governor of Tripura Prof. Tathagata Roy, the CIU President Dr. Priya Ranjan Trivedi and IBRF President Dr. Tanmoy Rudra discussing the Master Plan for Cleanliness, Hygiene and Sanitation Education (CHASE) in Schools, Colleges and Universities.

 

The profound knowledge of the Nalanda teachers attracted scholars from places as distant as China, Korea, Japan, Tibet, Mongolia, Turkey, Sri Lanka and South East Asia. These scholars have left records about the ambience, architecture and learning of this unique university. The most detailed accounts have come from Chinese scholars and the best known of these is Xuan Zang who carried back many hundred scriptures which were later translated into Chinese. Close to the end of the twelfth century Nalanda was destroyed by invaders. The period from which Nalanda ceased to exist was a time that the great universities of the western world came into being, marking the shift in knowledge production and dissemination from the East to the West. Only Al Azhar in Cairo (972 CE), Bologna in Italy (1088 CE) and Oxford in the United Kingdom (1167 CE )had been founded before the destruction of Nalanda.

Locating the definition and origins of universities in different parts of the world, Dr. Trivedi further explained that the original Latin word "universitas" refers in general to "a number of persons associated into one body, a society, company, community, guild, corporation, etc." At the time of the emergence of urban town life and medieval guilds, specialised "associations of students and teachers with collective legal rights usually guaranteed by charters issued by princes, prelates, or the towns in which they were located" came to be denominated by this general term. Like other guilds, they were self-regulating and determined the qualifications of their members.

In modern usage the word has come to mean "An institution of higher education offering tuition in mainly non-vocational subjects and typically having the power to confer degrees," with the earlier emphasis on its corporate organization considered as applying historically to Medieval universities.

 

The Governor of Tripura Prof. Tathagata Roy, with Dr. Priya Ranjan Trivedi, Dr. Tanmoy Rudra and Dr. Utkarsh Sharma at the Science City Auditorium, Kolkata during the 12th Anniversary of CIU on 5th October 2016.

 

The original Latin word referred to degree-granting institutions of learning in Western and Central Europe, where this form of legal organisation was prevalent, and from where the institution spread around the world.

Discussing the autonomy and independence in the university system, Dr. Trivedi went on explaining that an important idea in the definition of a university is the notion of academic freedom. The first documentary evidence of this comes from early in the life of the first university. The University of Bologna adopted an academic charter, the Constitutio Habita, in 1158 or 1155, which guaranteed the right of a traveling scholar to unhindered passage in the interests of education. Today this is claimed as the origin of "academic freedom". This is now widely recognised internationally - on 18 September 1988 430 university rectors signed the Magna Charta Universitatum, marking the 900th anniversary of Bologna's foundation. The number of universities signing the Magna Charta Universitatum continues to grow, drawing from all parts of the world.

 

The Governor of Tripura Prof. Tathagata Roy releasing “The Indian Universities Directory 2016” at 4 pm on 5th October 2016 at the Science City Auditorium, Kolkata.

 

Critically examining the support given by the UGC and the AIU, Dr. Trivedi said that CIU has collected the details of all the 860+ University level Institutions in the country having degree granting status while the UGC has listed only 759 Universities on their website and the AIU has the details of only member universities which are half the number of statutory universities.

 

Hon’ble Mr. Olaf Iversen, Consul General of Germany in Kolkata with CIU President/ IAEWP State Chancellor for Delhi Dr. P R Trivedi and IBRF President Dr. Tanmoy Rudra at the Science City Auditorium, Kolkata on 5th October 2016 where Mr. Olaf Iversen was felicitated with the Green Diplomatist Award.

 

Dr. Trivedi finally opined that the basic idea to provide the umbrella support to all the 860+ Universities under the aegis of the Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU) is to really long for a day when these Universities will not be leaning on the shoulders of the Central or the State Governments or the Sponsoring / Funding Agencies. Rather they should be able to generate their own funds by utilizing their campuses all the 24 hours.


New Delhi, October 1, 2016

CIU to celebrate its 12th anniversary on 5th October 2016 at kolkata on the occasion of united nations world teachers day

Press Release

 

New Delhi, October 1, 2016 (United Nations International Day of the Elderly Persons)

The Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU) established and inaugurated on the occasion of the Higher Education and Development (HEAD) Day on 15th April 2004 at New Delhi will have its 12th Anniversary Celebrations at the Science City Auditorium, Kolkata where the Governor of Tripura Hon'ble Prof. Tathagata Roy will be the Chief Guest. He will also release the Indian Universities Directory 2016 containing the list and details of more than 835 Universities of our country duly recognized by the Government of India and the University Grants Commission (UGC). Addressing the Representatives of the print and the electronic media, the President of Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU) Dr. Priya Ranjan Trivedi said that many packages and state of art technologies will be discussed for the benefit of all the university level bodies. Main stress will be given on employment centric cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation education with a view to strengthening the cause of Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan announced by the Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, he further added.

 


CIU President Dr. Priya Ranjan Trivedi addressing the Press and Media

Out of the existing inventory of more than 1000 Chancellors, Vice Chancellors and Heads of Institutions of National importance, important personalities to be felicitated during the 12th Anniversary at the Science City Auditorium, Kolkata on 5th October 2016 at 4 pm include Prof. Gurdeep Singh, Vice Chancellor, Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribagh, Jharkhand; Prof. P K Mishra, Vice Chancellor, North Orissa University, Odisha; Prof. Saket Kushwaha, Vice Chancellor, Lalit Narayan Mithila University, Darbhanga, Bihar; Dr. Anwar Shaikh, Director, International Affairs, Commonwealth, Vocational University, Tonga; Prof. Basab Chaudhuri, Vice Chancellor, West Bengal State University, West Bengal; Prof. Ranjan Chakrabarti, Vice Chancellor, Vidyasagar University, West Bengal; Prof. Gopal Chandra Misra, Vice Chancellor, University of Gourbanga, West Bengal; Prof. Smritikumar Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, University of Burdwan, West Bengal; Prof. Dipak Ranjan Mandal, Vice Chancellor, Sidho- Kanho-Birsa University, West Bengal; Prof. Anuradha Mukhopadhyay, Vice Chancellor, Diamond Harbour Women's University, West Bengal; Prof. Mita Banerjee, Vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Teachers' Training, Education Planning and Administration, West Bengal ; Prof. Chirantan Chattopadhyay, Vice Chancellor, Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, West Bengal; Prof. Anil Bhumali, Vice Chancellor, Raiganj University, West Bengal; Prof. Purnendu Biswas, Vice Chancellor, West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, West Bengal; Prof. Dhrubojyoti Chattopadhyay, Vice Chancellor, Amity University, West Bengal; Prof. A. S Kolaskar, Vice Chancellor, The Neotia University, West Bengal; Prof. H N Datta, Vice Chancellor, The Global Open University, Nagaland; Prof. Sunil Rai, Vice Chancellor, Assam Kaziranga University, Assam; Prof. J D S Panwar, Vice Chancellor, Venkateshwra Open University, Arunachal Pradesh; Prof. Fr. S. J Paul Fernandes, Vice Chancellor, Xavier University, Odisha; Prof. Shyam Sundar Pattnaik, Vice Chancellor, Biju Panaik University of Technology, Odisha; Prof. Siba Prasad Adhikary, Vice Chancellor, Fakir Mohan University, Odisha; Prof. E Saibaba Reddy, Vice Chancellor, Veer Surendra Sai  University of Technology, Odisha; Prof. Rash Bihari Prasad Singh, Vice Chancellor, Nalanda Open University, Bihar; Prof. Babu Sebastian, Vice Chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala; Prof. R P Singh, Vice Chancellor, Kolhan University, Jharkhand; Prof Leela Chand Saha, Vice Chancellor, Veer Kunwar Singh University, Bihar; Prof R. C Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, Rajendrar Agricultural University, Bihar; Prof. P Pasupalak, Vice Chancellor, Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology, Odisha; Prof. Anil Kumar Singh, Vice Chancellor, Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia Agricultural University, Madhya Pradesh; Prof Ajoy Kumar Singh, Vice Chancellor, Bihar Agricultural University, Bihar; Prof. P Rajendran, Vice Chancellor, Kerala Agricultural University, Kerala; Prof. Amit Banerjee, Vice Chancellor, Siksha O Anusandhan University, Odisha; Prof A. Lakshminath, Vice Chancellor, Chanakya National Law University, Patna.

Other salient feature of the 12th Anniversary Celebrations is that "The G-51 (Group of 51 Universities) will be formed and announced for ensuring the successful operations and implementation of the Centrally Sponsored projects like Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan, Skill India Mission, Make-in-India Mission, Clean Ganga Project, Beti Bachao Abhiyan, Elderly Care Programme, Start Up India Programme, Clean Up India Project, Digital India etc., Dr. Trivedi opined.


New Delhi, 25th November 2014

Book on prime minister narendra modi released by goa governor

New Delhi, 26 November 2014 : The Book titled "Narendra Modi : The Man India Needs," authored by Chancellor Dr. P R Trivedi, President, Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU) was released by the Goa Governor Mridula Sinha in a glittering function attended by many foreign dignitaries including the Ambassador of Czech Republic H.E. Miloslav Stasek, the High Commissioner of Pakistan H.E. Abdul Basit and the Ambassador of Guatemala H.E. George de La Roche besides selected 200+ scholars of repute from all over the country. Releasing the book besides launching the "Cleanliness, Hygiene and Sanitation Education (CHASE) Project, Governor Mridula Sinha stressed the need for being cleaner, greener and hygienic with a view to making our country one of the models in the world.


The Governor of Goa Hon'ble Mridula Sinha releasing the book "Narendra Modi : The Man India Needs" in the poresence of the author Dr. P R Trivedi, Ambassador of Czech Republic H.E. Miloslav Stasek, the High Commissioner of Pakistan H.E. Abdul Basit and the Ambassador of Guatemala H.E. George de La Roche.

Citing the examples from from the holy books for cleaning oneself before any worship, she called upon the world citizenry  to learn lessons from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is an ideal example of a complete and dedicated leader who has thrown himself for the welfare of the humans living on this mother earth. She asked the schools, colleges and universities to implement "Swachchh Bharat Abhiyan : Clean India Movement" at the earliest. Cleaning the atmosphere, rural and the urban areas besides the human mind should be the topmost priority.

The book titled "End of Coalition Politics in Modi Era" authored by Dr. Imotemsu Ao, Registrar, The Global Open University Nagaland was also presented to the Governor on this occasion coinciding with the United Nations International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women. The CIU President Dr. P R Trivedi announced on this occasion that his book "Goa : Past, Present and Future" will be released by the Goa Governor next year in January in Goa.

 


New Delhi, 5th October 2014

Books on Kerala and Uttar Pradesh released by the respective governors on the occasion of the 10 anniversary of CIU

 

The Books titled "Kerala : Past, Present and Future"  and "Uttar Pradesh : Past, Present and Future" were released by the Governor of Kerala, Justice P. Sathasivam and the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Ram Naik respectively on the occasion of the World Teachers' Day in a glittering function organized by the Confederation of Indian Universities during its 10th Anniversary in the presence of the Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Representatives from Spain, Bolivia, Guinea, Malawi, Indonesia, and Denmark besides the National Awardees including the Wrestler Ramphal and the Devotional Singer Narendra Chanchal. These Books authored by the Great Institution Builder and Philanthropist Dr. Priya Ranjan Trivedi contain all the relevant information regarding these States like the history, prehistory, culture, economy, education, industry, demography, tourism and infrastructure. 

The Kerala Governor Justice P. Sathasivam releasing the Book "Kerala : Past, Present and Future" authored by Chancellor, Dr. Priya Ranjan Trivedi, President, Confederation of Indian Universities on the occasion of the World Teachers' Day at New Delhi on 5th October 2014.

The Governor Justice P. Sathasivam informed the learned audience that Kerala was the only State with the lowest positive population growth rate (3.44%) and having the highest human development index (0.79%) in the country. He further added that Kerala held the highest literacy rate (93.19%) besides the highest life expectancy (77 years) and the highest sex ratio (1000 men : 1084 women). He also congratulated the Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU) for uniting all the 738 Universities of India for optimizing its available resources. He wanted everybody to remember what Dr. Sarvepally Radhakrishnan said about the university "A University is not a mere information shop. It is a praised where a man's intellect, will and emotions are discipline. In it, experience and adventure are combined to create a better man".

On this auspicious occasion, another Book titled "Uttar Pradesh : Past, Present and Future" getting released by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Ram Naik had many observers to know more about the most populous State of India. While releasing this Book, the Governor Ram Naik said that there are only five countries namely China, India, USA, Indonesia and Brazil have the credit of being more populous then Uttar Pradesh. In his all comprehensive comments made in Hindi language, he also said that Uttar Pradesh has the credit of being the birth place of the national language : Hindi and that the ancient culture emerged from Uttar Pradesh besides the creation of mythological literature like Ramayana and Bhagwad Gita. He also congratulated the author Dr. Priya Ranjan Trivedi for taking great pains in compiling information regarding all the Districts of Uttar Pradesh besides the relevant data regarding the educational facilities, industrial relations, culture, sports, economy and demographic details of Uttar Pradesh.

The Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Ram Naik releasing the Book "Uttar Pradesh : Past, Present and Future" authored by Dr. Priya Ranjan Trivedi in the presence of the Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam,  the Ambassadors and High Commissioners from Indonesia, Bolivia, Guinea, Spain, Malawi on the occasion of the World Teachers' Day at New Delhi on 5th October 2014.

The Governor Ram Naik also desired that this publication be widely circulated in the State of Uttar Pradesh besides the tourists coming from all over the world for enabling everybody to know more about the salient features and the cultural heritage of Uttar Pradesh. He also invited the international dignitaries to visit Uttar Pradesh.

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain Gustavo de Aristegui while detailing the tertiary education scenario in Spain invited the Confederation of Indian Universities (CIU) to visit the different Universities in Spain for ensuring mutual and technical cooperation.

The Ambassador of the Plurinational State of Bolivia Prof. Jorge Cardenas Robes announced academic tie-ups between India and Bolivia for international education projects with a view to implementing action oriented programmes in both the countries.

The Ambassador of Guinea Alexandre CeCe Loua wanted educational cooperation between India and Guinea for reducing the wastage in education and for solving the burning problems of the educated youth of India and Guinea.

The High Commissioner of Malawi Dr. Perks Ligoya wanted Indian educational experts to go to Malawi for heading different Universities for bringing efficiency and productivity in the tertiary educational systems as there is a lack of trained educational man power in Malawi.

The Deputy Ambassador of Indonesia Tito Dos Santos Baptista wanted India and Indonesia to further strengthened the educational protocols for benefitting both the countries and the present number of students studying from India and Indonesia by leaving their countries for better specializations.

The Innovation and Research Counsellor in the Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark Kristoffer Brix Bertelsen expressed hope that India and Denmark will work together for quality higher education by exchanging information between the two countries.

The project "Cleanliness, Hygiene and Sanitation Education (CHASE)" was also launched besides the release of the "2014 Indian Universities Directory" running into 800 pages jointly by the Kerala and the Uttar Pradesh Governors.

The CIU endorsed the charitable work of "Sarbat Da Bhala" and felicitated its Founder Sdr. S.P.S. Oberoi. Many individuals, organizations, principals, professors and activists were praised for their outstanding contribution and accolades were presented to them.

Presently the keynote address the CIU President Chancellor Dr. P R Trivedi said that to his mind, the main problems in almost all States and Union Territories of the country was relating to peacelessness, poverty, unemployment, pollution and population explosion. In order to solve these problems, the solution could be in creating more and more jobs by also preparing a competent cadre of young professionals equipped with vocational and skill based knowledge. He further explain that India will be needing more than 550 million trained persons by the year 2024. That means, one third of every State's population will be required to become fully skilful. Accordingly Uttar Pradesh will have to produce 85 million skilled persons by the year 2024 and accordingly 8.5 million skilled persons every year. He hoped that the 2100 types of programmes designed by CIU in different areas related to hospitality, health care, environmental science, disaster management, tourism, geriatric care, remote sensing, bioinformatics, journalism, mass communication, information technology, e-governance, good governance will help the implementing agencies in providing training and research facilities to the young boys and girls.

Dr. Trivedi was of the view that while our country with 1250 million population has many problems but there are many excellent possibilities for helping the entire world. In order to achieve the appropriate targets, the urgent need is of providing value based education at the School, College and the University levels Institutions so that the movement for character building is speeded up fastly. There has to be a mass movement by bringing attitudinal and behavioural change among the minds of the educators, teachers, trainers and didactics.

While criticizing regarding the existence of more than required number of regulations to control tertiary education, Dr. P R Trivedi thanked the Government of India as it has decided to withdraw many of the old and obsolete laws, rules, regulations and statutes as these are making our developmental process very slow. Same is the case with education and training. There are more number of Statutory Bodies dealing with education which are not required in the present context. The Universities in India are responsible as well as autonomous organisations. They should be given full freedom to design their curriculum, conduct classes, prepare instructional materials and provide necessary support to the students to either seek jobs or to provide jobs by throwing themselves into the entrepreneurial fields, Dr. Trivedi opined.

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Released by the President of CIU, Dr. P R Trivedi

 

 

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