Mahesh Verma, the newly appointed vice-chancellor of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, has set up new programs to follow, such as setting up a community radio station, launching new undergraduate courses, improving the perception and resolution of disputes.
Mahesh Verma said, âThe university has been twice accredited to grade A by the NAAC and Verma has said getting accreditation again is a priority for him. âWe are trying to meet all the parameters of the NAAC to get the ‘A’ rating again. Over the past four or five years, public perception and visibility of the university has declined. We strive to regain his glory and grace. We obtained four scores out of 30 on the perception parameter in the National classification framework for establishments (NIRF) and our ranking suffered as well.
Verma noticed the disputes and said, âI noticed that the university was facing hundreds of disputes, some by students and affiliated colleges. Some are genuine and some are fragile. I spoke to the administration and we need to resolve it. Conflict brings negativity. This will be another area that I will be working on.
Just a few months ago in June this year, students protested after being asked to pay back fees.
The issue had sparked a dispute between colleges affiliated with the university and the Delhi government.
The colleges then approached the Delhi High Court, which confirmed the hike. The Delhi government had filed a petition for special permission against the order with the highest court, but it was rejected.
The vice-chancellor said the university mainly offers postgraduate courses, but more undergraduate courses will be introduced. The university plans to introduce popular UG courses such as BA (Honors) English, B. Com (Honors), BJMC, BA (Economics), BEd, etc. in campus schools.
âWe plan to introduce more integrated, MTech courses in environmental engineering, nanoscience courses and a doctorate in emerging fields like pharmaceutical sciences,â he said.
âWe are also planning to start a community radio station at the University on the model of other universities, but there is already a community radio service within 10 kilometers of our campus, so we are working on processes. We plan to launch more courses focused on skills and employment, especially in the media department, âhe added.