Institutional Management in Higher Education

The proceedings of the two-day seminar-cum-workshop on Management Development in Higher Education for college principals and senior academic administrators organized by the UGC-Academic Staff College, University of Kashmir

ACADEMICS

DR GEER MUHAMMAD ISHAQ

In Jammu and Kashmir state higher education is passing through a phase of radical expansion, marked by an explosion in the volume of students, a substantial expansion in the number of educational institutions and a quantum jump in the level of government funding. Even though higher education in J&K state has grown both in size and diversity in respect of infrastructure, enrollment, courses, management and geographical coverage, a recent report by State Finance Commission has observed that the education system in J&K is more oriented towards generation of educated unemployed youth rather than skill formation and professional manpower augmentation. It has called for total revamp of the education sector in Jammu and Kashmir to make it more professional and skill based in nature. Concurrent with the attention towards expansion in higher education for ensuring its access and equity across all segments of the society, it is also necessary to ensure that quality and relevance are sustained and upgraded in all the institutions of higher education. For any meaningful advancement to be made in our education system there must be conscious, deliberate, purposeful, directional policy formulation and implementation besides professional development of institutional management at all levels.
With its ever-growing issues and challenges, leaders and managers at all levels of HE are now confronted with the need to face these challenges, prioritize issues, ensure day-to-day management and develop long-term strategies. Two-day seminar organized by the UGC-Academic Staff College of the University of Kashmir on Management Development in Higher Education for College Principals and senior academic administrators of the University of Kashmir was just another step towards fulfilling these objectives in our institutes of higher learning besides capacity building of our academic administrators vis-à-vis human resource management, financial management, total quality management, assessment and accreditation, e-governance and information technology management.
At the inaugural session of the seminar Minister for Higher Education J&K State, Muhammad Akbar Lone was the chief guest whereas the session was presided over by Prof. Talat Ahmed, Vice-Chancellor, University of Kashmir. Besides Deans of various faculties, heads of departments and senior academic administrators of the Kashmir University were also present on the occasion. In his powerpoint presentation, Vice Chancellor, University of Kashmir, Prof Talat Ahmad briefed the Minister and other participants of the seminar about the functioning of the University and its recent activities besides apprising them about various problems that the university is facing at present in various areas. He also complimented Director Academic Staff College for organizing such programmes which he termed as a need of the hour. During his maiden visit to the University of Kashmir after taking over as the Minister for Higher Education, Mohammad Akbar Lone urged that the universities and colleges should strictly follow the UGC guidelines while ensuring quality standards in education and pledged all kinds of support on behalf of the government needed in this endeavour. He added that providing quality education should be the topmost priority and therefore we need to identify loopholes in the education sector so that they can be plugged in a timely manner. Emphasizing upon the need for introducing job-oriented courses in the colleges and universities to increase employability of our human resource in the corporate and other sectors, he called upon the administrators of higher educational institutions to enter into meaningful MoUs and tie-ups with national and foreign universities and research institutions.
Keynote address was delivered by Dean, Academic Affairs, Prof. AM Shah in which he deliberated upon ‘Strategic Planning in Higher Education” and said that there must be a three-pronged strategy based on internal quality assurance, interface quality assurance and future quality assurance to evaluate the contemporary relevance of various existing paradigms of our higher education system. In his powerpoint presentation, Registrar University of Kashmir, Prof Zaffar Ahmed Reshi gave an overview of the higher education system in India and its progress over years in comparison to the international scenario. Earlier welcoming the guests Director, Academic Staff College and Seminar Director, Prof Farooq Fayaz briefed the participants about the aim and objectives of the two-day seminar and said that the recommendations emerging out of the seminar would be forwarded to the relevant quarters in higher education which will assist them in careful planning and policy making for education sector in the state. During the two-day seminar, eminent speakers including Prof. S. Fayyaz Ahmed, Prof. N. A. Gilkar, Prof. Khursheed Ahmad Bhat, Prof. Mohi-ud-din Sangmi, Prof. N. A. Nadeem, Prof. Z. A. Chatt, Prof. Yaseen Ahmad Shah, Prof. H. G. Mustafa, Dr Salima Jan, Dr A. M. Baba, Er. Maroof Qadri, Er. Majid Zaman and Dr Hina Basharat made paper presentations on various theme areas of the seminar including Strategic Planning, Quality Management Systems, Academic Leadership, Functioning of satellite campuses, emerging challenges in HE, effective educational administration, Legal perspectives in HE, Virtual mode of teaching, Community Colleges, Accreditation, e-governance and IT initiatives. Presentations made in each session were followed by feedback from a designated Discussant and open question-answer sessions.
Prof. Z. A. Chatt, Nodal Officer, Colleges/Principal, Amar Singh College, Srinagar, Prof. Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Dean, College Development Council, University of Kashmir and Prof. Tariq Ahmad Kawoosa, Principal, Islamia College of Science and Commerce, Srinagar and Prof. Irshad Ahmad Wani, Principal, Govt. Degree College, Baramulla chaired and gracefully conducted three technical sessions of the two-day seminar, whereas Prof. Irshad Ahmad Wani, Principal, Govt. Degree College, Baramulla, Prof. M. Y. Peerzada, Principal, Govt. Degree College, Kulgam and Prof. Parveen Pandith, Principal, Govt. College of Education, M.A. Road Srinagar dispensed their duties as Discussants and reviewed the paper presentations in a very elegant manner. Dr Geer Muhammad Ishaq, Senior Assistant Professor, Prof. Nissar Ahmed, Principal, Govt. Degree College, Magam and Prof. Fayaz Ahmad Mir, Principal, Govt. Degree College, Tangmarg served as Rapporteurs. At the end of the two-day seminar a group of eminent educationists from amongst the participants prepared a cogent and comprehensive list of seminar recommendations for onward submission and consideration of policy makers.
At the culmination of the two-day seminar-cum-workshop, Prof. A. R. Trag, Vice-Chancellor, Islamic University of Science and Technology was the Chief Guest at the valedictory function held on January 30th, 2013. Prof A R Trag while addressing the college principals and academic administrators during the valedictory session of the two-day seminar stressed upon the need for imparting moral and ethical education to students. Prof Trag said that a teacher has to be the role model and only by dint of his sincere efforts we can build a strong future of our student community. He appreciated the efforts of the Director, Academic Staff College for organizing such significant programmes. Vice chancellor IUST also distributed certificates of participation among participants of the two day seminar. At this occasion Registrar Kashmir University, Prof Zaffar Ahmad Reshi in his address said that the institutions of higher learning are known by the people working in them and he looked forward to what he termed as a consistent, regular and meaningful engagement with colleges in future.
While proposing vote of thanks at the valedictory session of the seminar, Prof. Farooq Fayaz, Director, UGC-Academic Staff College, University of Kashmir thanked and assured all the participants of the seminar that the academic discourse on Management Development in Higher Education triggered by this seminar shall be carried forward in future too.

(Author is a senior faculty at the University of Kashmir)

Lastupdate on : Sat, 2 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 2 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 3 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST




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