Central status for Ravenshaw still a distant dream

Cuttack: The long cherished dream of Ravenshaw college to get Central  University tag after it was granted university status in 2006, seemed to diminish on Tuesday following Union HRD minister MM Pallam Raju's suggestion that universities focusing on quality education must seek greater grants under the Centre’s new schemes meant for these institutions.
 
“We would certainly like to encourage and strengthen the higher education aspect especially from quality angle. We have come out with a new scheme called Rashtriya Ucchatar Sikshya Abhiyaan (RUSA), which tends to greater grants to universities which are doing positive regulatory changes, and moving up in terms of the quality aspect in a lot of spheres.”
 
“So we hope that Ravenshaw University will be able to do that and access more grants by the changes it does towards strengthening the quality aspect in education,” stated Raju.
 
The minister was here as the chief guest of the sixth convocation ceremony of Ravenshaw University. 
 
Raju gently set aside the query of reporters on the central tag to Ravenshaw saying, “It is true that none of our universities are in the top 200 universities in the world. But the parametres on which the universities are ranked worldwide, are quite different to what we follow.”   
 
 “We need to have more faculty of international standard, and also it is important that we come out with publications. Our researchers and faculty should come out with publications, which find place in qualitative journals worldwide, which is one of the yardsticks,” continued the Union minister.
 
“So I think it is important that our universities and institutions cultivate this culture of coming out qualitative research papers, there by strengthening the academic potential of our universities and there by moving up the ranks in the rankings,” he said.