Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, September 16

A national-level seminar ‘Greater Education in Modern Context-Challenges and options’ was organised at SCD Federal government College here by the Akhil Bharatiya Rashtriya Shikshak Mahasangh.
It was stressed that the federal government should not avoid its obligation of providing funds for infrastructure, intellectual capital in terms of employment of faculty, proper payments to faculty according to the UGC standards and creating environment for skill advancement in highercollege in the state.
The seminar saw involvement of around 150 partner teachers, assistant teachers, professors and principals of different institution of higher learnings.
Dr Ashwani Bhalla, basic secretary of Punjab Government College Professors’ Association along with organising secretary of Panjab University Shikshak Sangh said there was a crisis of quality faculty in colleges of Punjab and collaborations on the part of the government and institutions were needed to attract, recruit and retain incredibly qualified professors for colleges and university teaching departments.
He stated quality instructors were not offered according to the UGC standards or trained youth was not brought in to teaching occupations because of absence of financial incentives towards this occupation.
Dr Rishi Raj Sharma, head of the commerce and management department of the Master Nanak Dev University local centre, Gurdaspur, concentrated on the treatment of faculty appointment in colleges and stressed on the requirement of a third celebrationa 3rd party like students as appraiser. The move would ensure transparency in consultations. He likewise focused on establishing soft abilities amongst students to boost their employability.
Dr Gurpal Singh, senior professor of modern-day Punjabi language at Panjab University, Chandigarh, said there was a need for developing Indian system of higher education instead of affecting western model of higher education. He said greatercollege was stagnating ahead and there was total stagnation which needshas to be attended to by offering administrative and monetary autonomy to colleges and universities.