A two-day national conference on ‘25 years of autonomy: Experiences, reality and vision’, being organised by St. Joseph’s College for Women (Autonomous) in association with AP Productivity Council, got under way at the college premises here on Friday.

The objective of the conference is to provide a platform for free exchange of ideas between the various stakeholders so that higher education would receive the thrust it deserves.

Inaugurating the conference, Vice-Chancellor in charge of Andhra University P. George Victor commended the initiatives of Catholic institutions to stand for principles, punctuality and quality. Head of the Department of Higher and Professional Education of the National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi, Sudhanshu Bhushan described autonomous colleges as ‘strength of higher education’ and felt that it should emerge as a structural feature of higher education.

Senior Deputy Director of AP Productivity Council, Visakhapatnam, G. Ramabhadra Rao, college principal N.D. Veronica, and

conference coordinator P. Aruna Devi spoke.