Chennai: Tamilnadu has now one of the world’s largest higher education system and there are many higher educational institutions in the State which have the potential to become one of the best in the world and academicians, Vice-Chancellors and Registrars should work towards this goal, said Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
Inaugurating the ‘Capacity Building Workshop on Institutional Ranking for Vice Chancellors and Registrars of State Universities in Tamilnadu’ organised by Tamilnadu State Council for Higher Education in partnership with the Indian Centre for Academic Rankings & Excellence here on Tuesday, the Governor, who is the Chancellor of Sate Universities appealed to the universities to put in extra effort to improve their ranking by undergoing self-evaluation and evaluation of affiliated colleges and undertaking detailed audit and gap-analysis, creating processes and by designing a road-map for improvement in the global rankings.
The Governor congratulated the 24 universities of Tamilnadu, which includes 11 State universities which secured positions in the top 100 ranks in the NIRF-2017 (National Institutional Ranking Framework) Rankings.
He also urged the Vice Chancellors and Registrars to continuously monitor the working of all the departments and institutions under their control and to adopt transparency in the appointment of teaching and non-teaching staff; transparency in managing and spending funds by rigidly following proper accounting procedure.
Speaking on the occasion, State Higher Education Minister K P Anbalagan said that this year 11 new colleges were started and in six years so far 72 new colleges have been started by the State Government.
The Minister said that Tamilnadu’s gross enrolment ratio is double than that of the national gross enrolment ratio and the State’s mission is to provide Higher Education access to all.
Higher Education Principal Secretary Sunil Paliwal stated that with the higher commitment of the Vice-Chancellors and Registrars and academicians, ‘we can take higher education to greater heights and Tamilnadu government ensures access and equity in higher education’.
Tamilnadu State Council for Higher Education Member Secretary M A Siddique, Vice Chancellors and Registrars of the State Universities, academicians, officers and members of ICARE and other dignitaries participated in the workshop.