Perspective Plan for the period 2015-2025
The Perspective plan of Dibrugarh University has been prepared in the context of the Vision, Mission and the Goals of the University for the next ten years
Teaching, Learning and Research
Knowledge imparted at the tertiary level requires a broad objective of providing the multiple perspectives to the students. This not only enables teaching learning within a large holistic framework with space for the learners' own efforts to develop deeper and wider insights into the subject. Such a perspective also inspires critical thinking and enables the students for creative problem solving. In this broad context, which is also embedded in the Vision and Mission of the University, the University has plans for developing courses with multi and cross disciplinary approaches in a systematic manner over the next ten years. This is also in line with the recommended policy of offering choices from a range of subjects in the CBCS. The University is already offering the following courses with involvement of multiple academic Departments and Centre for Studies.
- Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)
- Human Rights
- Wildlife Photography
- North East Studies
The University has recently introduced a few language programmes being offered by the Centre for Language Studies, viz,.
Besides these, the University has plans to introduce programmes in Bodo at the Masters level and Karbi.
The following courses shall be launched with multidisciplinary participation some of which are with an objective to promote Skill and Entrepreneurship Development
- Petro Economics
- Petro Enterprises
- Natural Resource Management
- Brahmaputra Studies
- Gender Studies (the existing programme shall be upgraded)
- Hospitality Management
- Tourism Management
The components of Field Study, Case Study, and Action Research are being gradually emphasized upon as an effective way of course delivery. In the next few years, further attention shall be given to 'out of the class room teaching’ in real life situations.
Special focus shall be there on developing Pedagogic Skill in various subjects. A major thrust that is being planned for the next ten years is to develop a mechanism for Teacher Training for the young faculty members.
The University is already covered under the National Knowledge Net work. The application of ICT in teaching and learning shall be further expanded and consolidated in harmony with the national mission of Digital India. The Skill component in every syllabus is to be reviewed for greater incorporation. The academic programmes being offered under the Directorate of Distance Education of the University shall also be expanded within the framework of the UGC guidelines with special focus on introducing courses that are more employment oriented.
Infusing Values and Social Responsibility
The core spirit of the University in instilling values to our students through all its activities -Curricular, Co-curricular and Extra- curricular is sustained and nourished at all times. It is in this spirit that the University has partnered with the State Government and the UNICEF for extending the activities under the national mission of Swacch Bharat. Already Health and Sanitation Clubs have been established in 29 Colleges of the Dibrugarh District. Five Gram Panchayats encompassing an odd 35 villages have been adopted by the University. The University shall extend this ambitious programme to all the 175 colleges affiliated to it. The NSS activities shall be continued with greater emphasis. The process of Cultural Exchange through NSS volunteers with various other states has been made a part of the University's policy initiative towards instilling respect for our great cultural heritage and to strengthen the patriotic values amongst the young generation.
Research and Innovation
Research and innovation is accorded highest priority at Dibrugarh University. While structured research in the respective subjects leading to M.Phil and Ph.D is encouraged in almost every academic Departments and Centres, there is a planned move to promote research with interdisciplinary approaches. Already such trends are being effected in the School of Science and Engineering and this shall be accorded more emphasis in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Collaborative research is another aspect of importance with which the faculty members are encouraged to undertake research. More international collaboration for multidisciplinary research shall be endeavored in the coming years.
Action research shall be promoted in the Social Sciences at every level from Masters to the PhD programmes.
Innovation through creative thinking at every level -from the Under Graduate level to the doctoral level shall continue to be promoted in the coming years. The Centre for technology Innovation and Incubation shall be strengthened. The synergy amongst the Centre for Technology Innovation and Incubation, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Skill Development and the IPR Cell shall be increased.
We have also taken a small step towards a bigger future in Enterprise Start-Ups by promoting Entrepreneurship with limited Start – Ups.
International Students and International Collaboration
The University emphasizes on attracting international students. As a result of its strategic move in this direction the University today has a good number of international students at every level of study -from the UG to the PhD. A separate Directorate for International Affairs has been created to manage the affairs of the international students and to promote and coordinate international academic collaborations. The University plans to increase its academic collaboration with more number of institutes and Universities from abroad in the coming years.
Dibrugarh University has a mandate to forge strong industry-academia interface. A Chair Professor has already been instituted by the Oil India Limited (OIL) way back in 1994 in the Department of Applied Geology. The University has been interacting with the Oil and the Coal industries in the first phase for consolidating industry -academia collaboration with the following approaches-
- induction of experts from the industries on the Board of Studies of the relevant Departments
- invite experts from the industries as Visiting/Guest Faculties
- sending students to the industries for Summer/Winter projects
- to explore for consultancy for the industries
- to undertake proactive role for collaborative industrial research
In the next phase the University has plans to take similar steps with respect to the Tea and Pharmaceutical industries.
The University has a policy guideline for promoting the faculty members for undertaking Consultancy Services and thereby to generate revenue for the University. The Faculty members from the Departments of Applied Geology, Petroleum Technology, Economics, the Dibrugarh University Engineering and Technology Institute, Centre for studies in Social Work, Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Centre for Performing Arts, Centre for Tea and Agro Studies and some others are already engaged in extending Consultancy Service to various industries. Consultancy services to the industries have been mandated in the Industry-Academia interfacing strategy of the University.
Academic Management in the Collegial System
Dibrugarh University is an affiliating University with 175 colleges spread across 7 districts. Improvement of the academic standards of the colleges is of paramount importance to the University. This aspect of the academic governance has assumed much greater significance in the context of the necessity to implement the academic reforms for the higher education sector. In a move towards, strengthening the academic governance of the Colleges, the College Development Council of the University has been consolidated with induction of twenty four members with allocation of specific portfolios to the members through formation of various committees on Implementation of Academic Reforms, Infrastructure Development with the UGC and RUSA fund, Sports facilities, etc. The mechanism of Sudden Visits by University appointed senior faculty members to the colleges to monitor the conduct of the Examinations shall continue. The plan for Micromanagement of the Colleges through consultative processes involving the College Principals, faculty members, students and the University officials shall be further strengthened in the coming years.