Deemed universities should maintain standards
‘A university should fulfil its commitments in providing high quality education'
Whether a deemed university or an IIT, it should have necessary infrastructure and resources to match world class standards if it is
to live up to its name.
To meet the stated objectives, a university should fulfil its commitments in providing high quality education, says Dr. G.L. Datta, vice-chancellor of the Koneru Laxmaiah University. Dr. Datta has got 48 years of long learning and teaching experience at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Kharagpur) before joining the KL University.
As one having strong roots in the IIT system, he welcomes any new restrictions or rules by the Central Government with regard to the functioning of deemed universities.
He says that at the KL University, they have got the requisite strengths to meet the standards, even as they aim at becoming a totally research-oriented university on the model of premier institutes like an IIT.
According to Dr. Datta, any effort aimed at ensuring better standards in higher technical education should be a welcome step and this will go a long way in encouraging such institutions to meet the necessary requirements.
If a deemed university is to prove its real worth, it should have to meet competition in teaching and research at national and international levels.
When asked about “lack of standards” at deemed universities, Dr. Datta asserted that it is the duty of such universities to maintain standards.
It is a welcome step to impose restrictions in the interests of ensuring high quality education.
There should be some echanism to ensure the provision of required facilities.
“I have come from the IIT system. More emphasis is placed on innovation, research and high quality teaching. When we have to compete at this level, we should have the required resources,” he added.
In Dr. Datta's view, the ingredients of a high quality university are qualified teachers, modern labs and classrooms fitted with latest audio visual equipment, centres of excellence and research, flexible curriculum and strong industry linkages.
Dr. Datta asserted that on their part, high standards are maintained in all aspects at the KL University, saying that they have got 15 per
cent of faculty having Ph.Ds even as they have set a goal of reaching 100 per cent over a period of time. They have made M.Tech as the minimum requirement for the faculty and those with B.Tech qualification will have to be content with being teaching assistants.
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