Rashtrapati Bhawan has urged all Governors to call a meeting of the vice-chancellors (VCs) of their respective state universities to expedite recruitment against vacant faculty positions, encourage research, review outdated curriculum and ensure compulsory participation in national rankings and timely announcement of examination results.The above points of action were laid down in the presentation made by the HRD Ministry on the first day of the two-day conference of all state governors organized by the President Ramnath Kovind’s office. Ninety four per cent of the students enrolled in higher education are in state public and state private universities. A state Governor act as the Visitor of the public university in his or her respective state. In addition to the above, the Governors were also requested to help implement University Grants Commission’s (UGC) quality mandate, connect the industry with state universities, promote vocational programmes and apprenticeship-based education and encourage use of SWAYAM courses in state universities. SWAYAM is a digital platform that offers free online courses by faculty members of some of the best institutions of higher learning.The UGC had passed a new quality mandate in a full Commission meeting held on May 24. The quality mandate carries a list of objectives to be achieved by 2022. This includes improving graduate outcomes to ensure employability of at least 50 per cent of the students, initiating examination reforms.
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