Greater Noida 9th Nov: The Association of Indian Universities (AIU), an apex body of Higher Education in the Country is organizing its ‘North Zone Vice Chancellors’ Meet’ on November 10-11, 2022.
The theme of the Meet is ‘Internationalisation for Transformative Higher Education’.
It is being hosted by Galgotias University, Greater Noida. Lt Governor of Delhi, Sh Vinai Kumar Saxena will be Chief Guest at the Inaugural Function of the Meet which will be held at 10.00 AM on 10th November 2022.
Vinai Prabhakar Sahsrabuddhe, President ICCR and Former MP Rajyasabha will be the Special Guest in the Inaugural Session. The Meet will be presided over by Prof. Suranjan Das, President AIU and Vice Chancellor, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Suneel Galgotia, Chancellor, Galgotias University, and Dhruv Galgotia, CEO, Galgotias University will grace the session and felicitate the guests. Dr. (Mrs) Pankaj Mittal, Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi will convene the meet. Prof Preeti Bajaj, Vice Chancellor Galgotias University will welcome the gathering. The Special Issue of the University News Edited by Dr. S Rama Devi Pani will be released in the Inaugural Session of the Meet.
Dr Alok Mishra, Joint Secretary AIU, Dr. S Rama Devi Pani, Editor, University News AIU, Dr Shikha Srivastava, Galgotias University, and Mr Vijendra are the Nodal Officers of the Meet.
Vice Chancellors of Indian Universities, Officers from Ministries in the Government of India, Officers from Apex Bodies like UGC, AICTE, NAAC, ICAR, etc., and prominent figures of academia will be speakers and Session Chairs in the Meet. The Meet/ Sessions will be through blended mode. About 60 Vice Chancellors of the North Zone comprising Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi are attending the Meet physically. About 100 Vice Chancellors of the North Zone will attend the Meet virtually.
Significance of the Meet
The present Meet is the North Zone Vice Chancellors’ Meet. The theme for this Meet is Internationalization for Transformative Higher Education.
The theme is a subtheme of the theme Transformative Higher Education for Atmanirbhar Bharat which is the overarching theme of all Zonal VC Meets, on which the National Vice Chancellors’ Meet will be held.
The discussions in the Meet will primarily address the strategies to be adopted by HEIs for the effective internationalization of Higher Education. Besides, there will be a stocktaking of the progress of the HEIs towards internationalization; sharing knowledge, success stories, and good practices; identifying particular areas of concern and main challenges; exploring the scope for collaboration; suggesting ways forward in terms of action points for HEIs, government, and other stakeholders. Action points for HEIs will be for all three dimensions of HEIs i.e., Teaching, Research, and Community Development. The two-day event will include the following 3 technical sessions to discuss the theme.
Technical Session–1: International Student and Faculty Mobility
Technical Session-2: International Collaborations in Research and Teaching
Technical Session-3: Promoting Indian Higher Education Abroad
Internationalization of higher education has become an inevitable trend in higher education. It is no longer regarded as a goal in itself but is being seen as a means to improve the quality of education. It not only promotes international relations among universities but also has the benefits of knowledge translation and acquisition, mobilization of talent in support of global research, and alignment of the curriculum with international content, etc. Though internationalization holds many positives to higher education, there are grave risks associated with this multifaceted and growing phenomenon including commercial profit, academic colonization, and difficulty in ensuring quality education. The North Zone Meet Internationalization for Transformative Higher Education has implications for educational leaders, managers, practitioners, policymakers, etc., to ensure positive benefits to the Indian higher education institutions and the country as a whole.