As a result of the Summer Fellows internship programme conducted by the Department of Higher Education, quite a many suggestions are flowing in from the 18 highly-qualified youngsters from various reputed universities in India and around the world to better the universities. They spent six weeks at the state universities under the programme to conduct a reality check and suggest steps that can elevate the status of the universities.
Keeping in mind the suggestions, the Padmavathi Mahila University in Tirupati and Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur have already decided to set up Corporate Social Responsibility desks to attract more funds from the corporate units. Another university, Sri Venkateswara in Tirupati would begin an R&D cell to streamline and track the research projects of the university. Andhra University in Visakhapatnam would launch an e-learning platform in order to record and provide e-content to the students.
At a day-long seminar organized at the Higher Secondary Education office, the Principal Secretary Sumita Dwara reviewed all the presentations and implementable strategies and projects submitted by the young students. They have decided on a follow-up action plan for the universities after this as well.
According to Ms. Dawra, “Summer Fellows is a game changer for universities. We have a clear picture now on how to plan our strategies. Some universities clearly showed a proactive approach and are already processing detailed project reports. It’s a demand-driven approach so the onus is on the university heads’ decision.”
According to Akshay Jain, a consultant, “We are planning to retain at least five of the interns for four months and attach them to universities to take the projects forward.”