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msai, May 5: The higher education scerio in Aruchal Pradesh is poised for a giant leap with the formal iuguration of the Aruchal University of Studies (AUS) at its new campus in msai today.
Formally iugurating the Academic Block and laying the stones of the Agriculture and Science Blocks besides Laboratory Block, Deputy Chief Minister Chow Mein flanked parliamentary secretaries C T Mein (Environment and Forest) and Zingnu mchoom (Tax & Excise) exuded hope that the private varsity with quality education as its hallmark would continue to strive for excellence.
Advocating that sense of competition should prevail among the students, Mein urged the authorities to take ii as a campaign to instil the sense among the students.
Lamenting over the dismal education scerio in the schools established under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the deputy chief minister called for checking poor quality of such schools saying that it would have a cascading affect in the future.
“The state government should take stern action against such schools,” he emphatically said adding, the present government led by Chief Minister Kalikho Pul had adopted zero tolerance in education and health sectors.
While stressing on nurturing youths for future development, Mein said AUS would prove to be a trend setter in this direction.
He also called the university authorities to conduct research on indigenous agri-horti species for their promotion. “As per common adage, teachers are first parents while parents are second teachers,” the deputy chief minister said and advised the students to adopt to excel in life to became worthy citizens of the country.
Advocating equal treatment to educatiol institutions without any distinction, vice chancellor G N Pandey informed that out of top ten world universities, nine were private.
He also stressed on the need for proper coordition between expansion, excellence and equity, the motto of the varsity. The varsity was established in 2012 at msai adjacent to the NH 52 by the World Education Mission (WEM) after it was legislated by the Aruchal Pradesh State Legislative Assembly vide ‘Aruchal University of Studies Act 2012 (Act No. 9 of 2012)’.
The university has 30 acres of land at its new campus and has its own state of the art beautiful building made with the pre-engineered steel building technology, most suited for the earthquake prone region.
AUS chairman Dr A L Agarwal speaking on the occasion said that the university would change the higher education scerio not only in the north east region but in the entire country with new concepts and ideas for creating a link between industry and education programme.
While chancellor Kamal Lochan assured to fulfil the goal of meeting educatiol aspirations of the students of the region with interactive learning, state director of higher and technical education Tejum Padu disclosed that out of 18 private universities evincing interest in the state, the state assembly had approved seven varsities and AUS is the front runner.
He hoped that the university would prove its global presence soon. Parliamentary Secretary C T Mein hoped that the university would immensely help in developing human resources of the state, while parliamentary secretary Zingnu mchoom, one of the land donors said that the AUS would provide the required thrust to meet the much needed educatiol requirements of the region.
msai deputy commissioner R K Sharma stressed on quality education and employment opportunities saying that the university would produce the skilled manpower and the state government should take care of the employment part.
The private varsity has already commenced faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Magement & Commerce, Computer Science, Agriculture Sciences, Education and Special Education, Skill Development & Vocatiol Studies, Library and Information Sciences, and Legal Studies. The University is following the syllabus prescribed by the UGC and adopted the latest Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) method for evaluation.
It is the only private University in the state to have NCTE approved BEd, BA and BSc integrated 4 years course. It has also BEd special education program in Hearing Impairment and Visual Impairment approved by the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI). The vision of the University is to create educatiol facilities in the remote region, primarily to uplift the quality of education in the state and create wide spread awareness about the importance of education and skill development among the communities.