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A slew of measures planned, including improving teaching methodologies

MYSORE: The University of Mysore (UoM) aims to break into the top 150 universities of the world by 2025 by adopting a multifaceted action plan that involves improved teaching and learning methodologies, research, publications and extension activities in order to change the mindset of the teaching and administrative departments. The university is counted among the country’s oldest universities, and was founded during the reign of Maharaja Krishnaraja Wadiyar IV in 1916.

The university was in the spotlight when the State Government recognised it as model university in 2009, based on the recommendation of the State Knowledge Commission. Before that, in 2008, the Union Government, in recognition of the university’s heritage, contributions and standing in higher education named it an Institution of Excellence, and sanctioned a Rs. 100-crore special grant for research and development (R&D) activities.

Perhaps, in response to the recognition by the Centre and the State Government, the university has set in motion academic and administrative restructuring. The University of Mysore Vision 2025 has been prepared to realise these goals.

The university, now ranked 19th in the country, has many challenges to overcome. The foremost will be to ensure quality-oriented higher education that matches standards the world over. “Our goal is very clear —to become a world-class university by the quality of education imparted here,” Vice-Cancellor V.G. Talawar told The Hindu.

He said that the vision document had been prepared by a committee of experts headed by the former Mangalore University Vice-Chancellor and Karnataka State Council for Higher Education vice-chairman I.M. Savadatti.

“If we start working on the recommendations from this year, we hope to achieve our goal even before 2025,” Prof. Talawar added.

Redefining

The idea was to redefine higher education with a slew of measures, including according top priority to research, introducing new academic programmes, nourishing young talent and promoting accountability and transparent governance.

The vision would be to develop innovative programmes in a phased manner and revise them periodically, the draft document states.

Renewed vision

The document further states, “Despite deficiencies, the university has the willpower to move ahead with hope on action. Its hope hinges on the teaching faculty and its preparedness to embrace a renewed vision.” Other measures include rejuvenation of curriculum, interactive networking with other institutions, strengthening of affiliated colleges, proficiency development, placement liaisons, improving access to knowledge resources, community participation, university-industry collaboration and administrative reforms.

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