By A Staff Reporter
IMPHAL | Nov 17
Vice chancellors play an important role in shaping universities said president Association of Indian Universities, Prof. P.B. Sharma while giving his inaugural speech as the chief guest at the east zone vice chancellors’ meet.
The two day meet was organised by the Association of Indian Universities and was held at the court hall, Vice Chancellor’s secretariat Manipur University.
Prof. Sharma while giving his chief guest speech said that Indian universities have made a major breakthrough in science and technology and other countries want to see India rise again in various field of education and researches.
In his first visit to the state, Sharma said he is struck by the beauty of the state and its heritage.
He encouraged the Manipur University to push for higher education standards in the state so as to be ahead of other parts of the country. He also said that universities should work for the betterment of the society and humanity.
Prof. Sharma also urged the vice chancellors to serve the needs of the locals.
“We need to compete with universities in other countries and to compete with them we need to be courageous and have the strength to empower ourselves and to prepare ourselves for the future. Indian universities should have collaboration and cooperation with the government to bring more development in the field of education” he said.
Giving the presidential speech Vice Chancellor Manipur University Prof. Adya Prasad Pandey said that the sun rises earlier in the state than any other states in the country so Mnipur should have the potential to do something great. He mentioned that the famous Raas Leela dance is evidence of this potential for greatness gifted to the state.
General secretary AIU Prof. Furqan Qamar while giving the overview speech said that the Association of Indian Universities is one of the premier institutions of the country working for the cause of higher education.
He explained that since its inception in 1925, AIU has been playing a vital role in shaping Indian higher education by being an integral part of all major decision making committees and commissions he said.
“AIU has been playing as a unique role in bringing about an equivalence of degrees of Indian and foreign universities research and training. AIU acts as flagship for Indian higher education,” he explained.
He mentioned that all the universities benefit out of the AIU’s contribution and at present it has a membership of about 700 universities and 11 universities from other countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Malaysia, Nepal, UAE and UK as its associate members.
The meet was attended by vice chancellors from different parts of Northeast.
During the function AIU newsletter was also released by the chief guest of the function.