National Seminar at Bodhachandra College

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IMPHAL, April 18: A Two Days national seminar on “Excellence in Higher Education: Challenges & Remedies” organized by the Maharaja Bodhchandra College, Imphal and sponsored by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore started at the college premises on April 18, 2013, said a press release of the college.

Dr. Ganesh A Hegde, Assistant Adviser, NAAC. Bangalore attended as the chief guest and Dr Th Manihar Singh, Principal, M B College, Imphal presided the function, it said.

In his Keynote Address, K. Monoranjan Singh said that Higher education in India is undergoing a paradigm shift especially after India undertook structural adjustment programme in the early part of the 1990s. “The catch word has been excellence. At the policy level, what largely impinges upon the education sector is the need to produce human resources with expanded capacity. Policy shift is witnessed in India’s overt declaration and emphasis on knowledge economy”,Manoranjan said as per the statement.

It also said that Dr Ganesh A Hegde said that both the Central and State Governments has to take initiatives for improving higher education.

Further according to the statement, he expressed that reformation of our society is needed, which is possible only with proper and quality education. At the same time, improvements of the students are required. UGC and NAAC are providing financial assistance to colleges and Universities in India for their improvement. In addition to imparting education to students, teachers need to undertake research and have publications. These are signs of good teachers. Government is ready to extend support including information technology for quality education.

Dr. Th. Manihar Singh said that since its inception in 1969, the M.B. College has been rendering yeomen service to the development of higher education in the country and Manipur in particular. This seminar adds another feather in the cap of MB College in its quest of becoming a centre of academic excellence, the statement said.

It also said that in the First Panel of the Seminar, “Excellence in Higher Education: The Challenges”, five resource persons presented papers. Dr. RK Ranjan Singh, CDC, Manipur University, spoke on “Reflection on Higher Education: Are We in the Proper Tune?” Dr. Chinglen Maisnam, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Manipur University spoke on “Financial Crisis in Higher Education”. Dr. Dhanabir Laishram, social activist, spoke on “Conflict & Higher Education: Study and Struggle.” Dr W Jyotirmoy Singh, Assistant Professor (Sr), DM. College of Teacher Education, Imphal spoke on “95% of Graduates are Unemployable” and Dr S Gyaneshwor Singh, retd. Principal, DM College of Teachers Education, Imphal spoke on “Promoting Autonomous Learning in Higher Education: An Alternative Paradigm.” Dr. Ganesh A. Hegde was the Moderator of the panel.

In the afternoon, eight scholars from different colleges and universities presented papers on the sub-theme, “Higher Education in Manipur: Historical Evolution, Constraint & Pedagogy”. The Session was chaired by Dr. Chinglen Maisnam, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Manipur University, it said.

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