HYDERABAD: Key issues pertaining to higher education, including introduction of 5-year Integrated Degree Programme, starting of 21st Century Gurukulams and amendments to the Universities Act figured on the agenda of Vice-Chancellors' meeting called by the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE) here on Saturday.
Minister for Higher and Technical Education P. Venkateswara Rao inaugurated the meeting. Setting the tone for deliberations, APSCHE Chairman K.C. Reddy said though a 4-year programme was initially thought of, it was decided to consider the 5-year Integrated Degree Programme. A brief on this was prepared and circulated to the universities and the exercise elicited varying opinions.
Some universities suggested starting it with autonomous colleges, some felt it could be introduced at campus while a few others saw the proposed programme as not being desirable on campus, Prof. Reddy said. Today's meet would deliberate on the proposal and try to gain different perspectives.
The gathered Vice-Chancellors also exchanged ideas on the proposal to amend the Universities Act and work towards formulating a common law for all universities in the State. The council decided to constitute a committee and wanted the views of Vice-Chancellors on the issue, Prof. Reddy said.
The proposal on starting 21st Century Gurukulams to train rural children in emerging areas of knowledge, too, figured high on the agenda, apart from identification of performance indicators.
The conference was attended by Vice-Chancellors of universities in the State, including V. Gopal Reddy, Kakatiya University, A. Rama Rao, Sri Krishnadevaraya University, K. Rajagopal, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Mohd. Suleman Siddiqui, Osmania University, and A. Manjulatha, Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University.
Director of Technical Education Rajendra Narendra Nimje and others also participated in the meeting.