Universities should reach out with more skill based courses: Governor Acharya

By :Pradeep Pareek
Dimapur (Nagaland): Nagaland governor, PB Acharya stated that Universities should not only be the centre for academics but should also work for the development of the society as well.
Acharya was addressing a meeting with Vice Chancellors of Gauhati University, Nagaland University and Principals of Colleges at Raj Bhavan, Kohima on Wednesday to discuss about the Universities’ role in reaching out to the people and introduction of skill based courses in all Colleges.
Governor stated that Universities should reach out to the people and more skill based courses should be introduced according to the need of the society. He suggested the Universities to indentify social activist, recognise them and confer them with Honoris Causa Degree for their contribution. 
Governor also instructed the Vice-Chancellor of Nagaland University to identify the skill based courses under SWAYAM and SWAYAM PRABHA programme for Nagaland University which would be beneficial to Nagaland and as per the requirement of the society. He further suggested that all 66 colleges under NU may be entrusted to identify the courses and intimate the Governor’s Office by January 15, 2018. Also asked the 66 affiliated colleges to Identify at least two entrepreneurs especially women for availing MUDRA Loan.
Vice-Chancellor, Gauhati University, Dr Mridul Hazarika informed the meeting that Gauhati University had taken initiatives particularly in social aspects of North East India.  He said that Universities play a key role in promoting national and emotional integration through students’ in participating and motivating the people at village level for Central & State Welfare Projects. He also opined that Universities should recognise people who do exemplary work in the society and said that Gauhati University was the first University in North East to recognise social activists with Honoris Causa for their contribution to society.
Prof. Pardeshi Lal, Vice Chancellor, Nagaland University, informed that with the introduction of SWAYAM and SWAYAM PRABHA programmes, learner can choose more skill based courses. He explained that SWAYAM was a programme initiated by Government of India and designed to achieve the three cardinal principles of Education Policy viz., access, equity and quality with an objective to take the best teaching learning resources to all, including the most disadvantaged. Prof Lal said that SWAYAM seeks to bridge the digital divide for students who have remained untouched by the digital revolution and have not been able to join the mainstream of the knowledge economy.
VC further explained that SWAYAM PRABHA was a group of 32 DTH channels devoted to telecasting of high-quality educational programmes on 24X7 basis using the GSAT-15 satellite covering diverse disciplines such as arts, science, commerce, performing arts, social sciences and humanities, engineering, technology, law, medicine, agriculture, etc. 


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