'Private sector inclusion in higher edu can improve gross enrolment ratio'

Central University of Kashmir (CUK) organised a three-day workshop on “quality control in higher education: opportunities and challenges.” The event was organised in collaboration with the consortium conducting the central universities common entrance test (CUCET-2018).

The vice chancellors of six central universities and nodal officers from eight central universities and executive officer, BA School of Economics, besides the faculty of the CUK participated in the workshop.

The workshop discussed the strategies and best practices in higher education planning, policymaking, execution and control, a CUK handout said. 

Registrar CUK Prof Muhammad Afzal Zargar dwelt on the need for introduction of academic audit, use of ICT, NKN and other networks alongside development of forward linkages with the industries and research institutions and backward linkages with the institutions of senior and secondary schools. 

He stressed the need for reforms in examination patterns and focus on meaningful research to establish higher quality standards. 

“The inclusion of private organizations in higher education amid controlled mechanism can play a key role in improving the gross enrolment ratio (GER) of the country,” he said.

Addressing the gathering, CUK, vice-chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir expressed optimism that CUCET is providing a wider canvass to the aspirants to seek admission in different universities of the country. 

He underscored the need for sharing of common resources, common curriculum and exchange of faculty and students. GKNN