Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University of Agra: Citadel of learning once, centre of inefficiency, lapses now

Established on July 1, 1927, Agra University was renamed as Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Agra in 1996 by the then Chief Minister and BSP leader Mayawati. The university has been running without a full-time vice chancellor for the past one year. The paper leaks during the ongoing exams and the long wait for scores and degrees are some of the challenges before the new Minister of Higher Education, Yogendra Upadhyay, himself an alumnus of the university and a three-time MLA from Agra South.

The University of Agra boasts two Prime Ministers including the current President of India Ram Nath Kovind, former Vice President Shankar Dayal Sharma and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, along with the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee and the late Chaudhary Charan Singh. Some famous alumni of the university.

The University which once spread to Agra and Oudh, Central India and the Rajputana Union Territory is now confined to the Agra Division. Previously, all Aligarh colleges were affiliated to it. Aligarh now has its own King Mahendra Pratap Singh University, as well as the prestigious Central University Aligarh Muslim University. Naturally, Aligarh Colleges are now affiliated to Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh University.

The university caters to nearly 5 lakh students enrolled in 15 faculties and has conducted 87 events in 64 Home Courses in 10 Homeopathic Colleges, 17 State Colleges, 39 Aided Colleges, 940 Self-Financing Colleges, 20 Medical and Dental Colleges. Prestigious dignitaries were present.

Wait for a full-time VC

The university has been waiting for a full-time resident vice chancellor since July 5, 2021, when Uttar Pradesh Governor and Chancellor Anandiben Patel removed the then Vice-Chancellor Ashok Kumar Mittal and asked a three-member panel headed by a retired judge to investigate Mittal’s allegations, including corruption.

Prof. Alok Kumar Rai, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lucknow was given the additional position as Vice Chancellor of the University in Agra and was replaced by Professor Vinay Kumar Pathak as the Vice Chancellor in January this year.

An advertisement calling for applications for the appointment of full-time vice chancellors was published in March and March 31, 2022, the last date for sending applications. The process is yet to be completed.

“When I was Vice-Chancellor, it was less work a full day a week. In such a situation, it is very difficult to manage affairs when official vice chancellors visit the university in a different city, ”said GC Saxena, an alumnus of Agra University and a professor at RBS College. In Agra, and former vice chancellors of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University stressed the need for full time resident vice chancellors for the university.

Slope

Things have not been more exciting in the last few decades and Agra students also want the Dayalbagh Educational Institute (DEI) Deemed University, which is better known for its discipline and academic excellence than Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University of Agra. The decline of the university has given Delhi a brain drain for colleges in the NCR (National Capital Territory) with the provision of excellent education.

“The student wants to pursue regular classes, regular sessions, timely exams and timely results with a proper scoreboard and degree. For comparison, the Dealbag Institute of Education (DEI) in Agra provides all these and unfortunately, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar University has failed in these areas. In addition, instances of fake scorecards have worsened the university’s reputation, ”Prof. Saxena said.

“Now with the implementation of the new education policy, students are required to attend semester exams but as they are preparing for the second semester, the results for the first semester have not yet been announced. The university needs to be upgraded and there is an opportunity because about 400 colleges in the Aligarh sector will be affiliated to Raja Mahendra Pratap Singh University, which will reduce the burden on the University of Agra by half but the resources available are the same, ”he advised. Senior Academician of the area.

Students at a loss

“On any given day, on the campus of the university’s Paliwal Park campus, hundreds of students may find themselves faced with the heat of the year in order to earn a bill and graduate. Many of them are there for correction in scoring and graduation because their name or father’s name or other details are misspelled and misspelled due to the stubborn behavior of university staff, ”said Prof. Saxena.

“Mark sheets show either RD (result withheld) or MW (marks weighted) because colleges or centers fail to provide marks or attendance for a student’s theory or practical tests. Mistakes have been made for the wrong purposes in marksheets and degrees, ”complained a student at the university’s Paliwal Park campus.

“It is unfortunate that a university with such a rich past has lost all its name and reputation in just a few decades. Amit Singh, a former NSUI leader and current state secretary of the Congress, said rampant corruption, delays in the issuance of graduates and scorecards, shortage of appointments, shortage of teachers, and especially in the housing sector with guest teachers continue to remain unresolved. Party. The university’s residential department consists of various departments and courses under the direct control of the university.

Fake scams involving one of the BED courses reached the Allahabad High Court. The incidents of fake scorecards have devalued the degree of Agra University and pushed the students to a loss.

A ray of hope

A ray of hope erupted after Yogendra Upadhyaya, a university alumnus and three-time BJP MLA from Agra South, was appointed Cabinet Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Electronics and Information Technology in the present state government.

However, it will not be a cake walk for faculty who are now facing an uphill task to correct the mistakes of the past few decades that have done no good to the university.

Students who appeared in the exams before 2015 are still waiting for their scoring and graduation. Recently, four ongoing university exams have been rescheduled after two lecture papers in Zoology and Mathematics leaked earlier this month.

The university claims

The officials of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University of Agra have their own rights because the university is ready to bounce back after losing everything during the epidemic. Prof. Pradeep Sridhar, a spokesman for Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Agra, said, “Various measures have been taken to reduce the problems students face in obtaining their degree and scoring.

“From 2015 to 2020, we have distributed 7,35,000 degrees and uploaded 11,85,672 scripts to DigiLocker. All of the 2015 – 2020 scorers have reached the respective colleges. Help centers have been created to help students, Sridhar said.

“We are planning to introduce 135 professional courses. Meanwhile, the first semester exams are under new education policy and we are in the process of releasing the results as we prepare for the second semester. The placement cell has been activated and 900 students have benefited from it, he said.

“We have operational and modernized libraries in all the four campuses of the university in Agra. Effective measures are being taken to check for incidents of paper leakage and the Radio Frequency Identification Device (RIFD) is being placed in stringent rooms where question papers are placed at university-controlled centers. Prof. Sridhar said that the appointment of full-time teachers is underway to address the shortage of teachers.


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