Expert: Bihar needs regulatory body for higher education

Former Magadh University vice-chancellor B N Pandey has said the state government should consider setting up a regulatory commission for higher education on the pattern of Madhya Pradesh (MP) to improve academic ambience in colleges.

 THE NEED FOR REGULATORY BODY

Pandey is also the secretary-general of All India Association of Vice Chancellors and Academicians (AIAVCA). He made the statement following in the footsteps of MP, the Rajasthan government is also likely to set up a regulatory commission to give an impetus to higher education. “Bihar should do the same at the earliest,” he added.

Pandey said the new plan envisaged setting up a regulatory commission in each state under the proposed ‘Ek Bharat, Shresth Bharat’ scheme.

 Expressing serious concern over inordinate delay and gross anomalies in publication of the results in a few universities of Bihar, Pandey said the regulatory commission would ensure timely conduct of examinations, publication of results and maintenance of transparency in the examination system.

 WHY THE NEED

Pandey said the mass exodus of students from Bihar was due to non-publication of results in time as well as tainted image of a few universities. “The regulatory commission, which would be headed by academics of repute, would keep an eye on the higher education scenario in the state. It would also suggest and recommend various measures to the Raj Bhavan and state government from time to time to maintain quality teaching and better academic atmosphere on the college campuses,” he said.

 The AIAVCA secretary-general said universities in the state are facing acute crunch of teachers. “The teacher-student ratio is poor in Bihar universities. There are colleges in Magadh University where subject teachers are not available. Overall scenario in PG teaching in universities and under graduate teaching in the colleges has become dismal,” he added.

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