Sunday, March 13, 2011



There is a ray of hope in the stake holders of higher education in the state of Punjab that the Punjab Budget which is scheduled to be presented on Monday will stress on the revamping of Higher education in the state in tune with the changing needs of the global world. Punjab commerce and Management Association (PCMA) in a meeting held at Ludhiana expressed the concern that Punjab need a separate higher education policy which must stress on the development of quality infrastructure with state of art modern facilities with Information technology equipped laboratories for research and development. President of the PCMA Dr. Dharminder Singh Ubha who is a Principal of the Khalsa College Patiala said that separate funds should be earmarked for curriculum and content development for the various courses to encourage teachers to prepare an intellectual capital for the universities and colleges. There is a need to give autonomy to the big colleges of the state to increase the pace of development in the state. Dr. Ashwani Bhalla , Executive Vice President of the PCMA said that there is only one autonomous college in the state (Mata Gujri College Fatehgarh Sahib) but there are certain other colleges of the state which has ample track record and good infrastructure, these institutions must also be given autonomy in terms of finance, curriculum development , examination reforms , opening of new courses and development of infrastructure . There is a need to open more colleges in the rural segment of the Punjab with the facilities of running job oriented courses emphasising on the skill development of the young generation said Dr. Prem Kumar President Emeritus of the PCMA. He expressed that there is a need to increase the Gross Enrolment ratio in Higher education in the state to sustain rapid growth and harness the innovation potential of young generation to get them out from the menace of drugs and other disastrous activities. He also expressed the need to create equity in the budget to ensure collaboration between Research and development entities, Industries, Universities and colleges, non governmental organisations and global networks to better meet the needs of the rural population of Punjab to ensure employment opportunities for the youth. Creation of more posts in the government colleges of the state in the subject of computer sciences, management and commerce is also needed with respect to the demands of the courses of B.Com/M.Com, M.B.A/B.B.A/B.C.A and M.C.A programmes. Government should also work to convert some of Large government colleges into deemed Universities which will open gateway for the modernisation of infrastructure, seeking grants from the national and international higher education bodies and seeking collaboration from the industry organisations for developing quality and skill focused courses for our young generation said Dr. Ashwani Bhalla, Executive Vice President of PCMA.

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