Accompanied by Registrar, the Vice-Chancellor (VC) toured the Institutes from 21st May 2015 to 3rd June 2015. At each stop, the VC saw the infrastructure and then organized a seminar with presentations on the following topics:
Integrated practical programme by the VC;
Examinations and academic records by the Registrar;
Admission drive for 2015/2016 academic year – discussions moderated by the VC;
Strategic plan – discussions moderated by the VC.
Integrated practical training programmes: The VC’s presentation was focused on explaining the reason for the introduction of integrated practical training programme in CCU as from the next academic year. He thrilled his participants in all the Institutes visited with his wealth of experience in higher education management with presentations which traced the history of higher education syllabi from the classic syllabus that produced philosophers through the liberal arts syllabus of enlightenment that produced what laete Professor Bernard Fonlon called the “Genuine Intellectual” (GI) to the new syllabus that is expected to produce the “Citizen Intellectual”. He explained that the 21st century approach in higher education requires that university training should meet the needs of the job market. Consequently, in addition to verbal skills, numeracy and specialized knowledge acquired through the liberal arts syllabus, citizen skills and professional/vocational competence should be acquired in the new syllabus to produce the citizen intellectual (CI). The CI is expected to be a more pragmatic offspring of the GI with a lot of professional education. Our new integrated training programme is expected to make a major contribution to the production of the CI as it is a coordinated activity that encourages the students to use the knowledge from different courses to solve practical problems. This approach is within the frame work of the New University Governance Policy of 2007 which lays emphasis on professionalization of the curricula, diversification of professional and technical education and improvement of teaching quality.
Examinations and academic records: In his presentation on this subject, the Registrar highlighted a number of pertinent issues concerning teaching and evaluation and student records. He emphasized the application and use of Bloom’s Taxonomy in student evaluation and how to prepare examination files for vetting.