7.3.1. Institutional Distinctiveness

SWAMI RAMANAND TEERTH MARATHWADA UNIVERSITY, NANDED

CRITERION 7: INSTITUTIONAL VALUES AND BEST PRACTICES

7.3.1 INSTITUTIONAL DISTINCTIVENESS

 

SOCIAL OBLIGATION AND OUTREACH

‘TO REACH THOSE, SO FAR, UNREACHED’

Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University is committed to social welfare and understands the importance of social participation in the success of any venture. The region under the university’s jurisdiction is socially and economically heterogeneous with a large tribal, agrarian and financially distressed population. The institution strives to involve all stakeholders in its activities and become a key player in improving the socio-economic condition of the region. Towards this end, it has decided to ‘to reach those, so far, unreached’ as a distinctive feature of the university. The university has, in its administrative and academic activities, implemented inclusive policies and practices to facilitate access to education and help the livelihood of the people of this region.

Schools and Centres:

Through its DrBabasahebAmbedkar Chair and Study Centre established in 2009, the university involves the society at large in bringing social reforms. This centre runs Certificate Course in Phule-Ambedkar studies. Public participation is the unique feature of this centre which has so far 10000 books through public donation. Well-furnished hall, library and reading room facility are fully availed by students.

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The university has established the Shri Uttamrao Rathod Tribal Development and Research Centre at Kinwat which, in addition to running P.G. Diploma in Social Work and P.G. Diploma in Tribal Studies, also offers six-month long MPSC/UPSC Examination Preparation for Tribal Students, sponsored by Tribal Research and Training Institute (TRTI), Pune.

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The RUSA Centre organizes Instrumentation Workshop in collaboration with the Western Regional Instrumentation Centre (WRIC) on annual basis, where equipments are repaired free of cost and training on maintenance of equipment is provided for local technicians and interested people. More than 300 students have been benefited and around 250 participants have trained on sophisticated equipments so far in these Instrumentation Workshops.

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The Seismic Observatory of the University shares data related to earthquakes with District Collector’s Office and Municipal Corporation Disaster management cell.

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The university has hosted the 10-day state level disaster management camp (AVHAN) at University Campus which has been conducted twice in past six years.

The university also has an astronomical observatory (telescope) in the School of Physical Sciences which is of use to students and researchers of this region. A Laser Interferometry based gravitational wave observatory (LIGO- India) is under development by Government of India at Aundha (within the University jurisdiction) with the active involvement of the University.

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The university in collaboration with Maharashtra Rajya Marathi VishwakoshNirmitti Mandal, Mumbai has contributed to the Nanotechnology segment titled ‘AbjauanshTantradnyan’ as part of the efforts of the state government to make Marathi a knowledge-based language, to facilitate access to knowledge in non-metropolitan areas. The School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies organized a workshop on Marathi Wikipedia for posting local and regional information on the Marathi Wikipedia which would be available to the Marathi users world-wide. The students of the school have contributed significantly in this venture.

Student diversity and aid:

International Students’ Centre established in 2009 takes efforts to make the stay of international students comfortable and an enriching experience for them. Against the backdrop of war in the middle-East, the university has waived/provided concession in fees for the needy international students in dire situation on demand. The centre also provides counseling for these students.

Student Welfare Assistance Scheme (SWAS) was initiated in 2015 to provide support to target students for tuition fees, living expenses and essential stationary. So far, more than 500 students have availed the benefits of this scheme amounting to Rs 14,08,075/-. This amount has been raised through voluntary contributions made by university staff and public at large. This scheme helps in retaining students in higher education.

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Students from Andaman and Kashmir join the Sports department of the university every year. This trend has been constant over a span of years which reflects the inclusive attitude of the university.

The university has created a Transgender Policy to draw the transgender community in the field of higher education. The members of this community face many difficulties in pursuing higher education. The university is committed to the wellbeing of each and every segment of the society and ensures equity, accessibility and inclusivity in the true sense.

Academic activities:

Academic programs of campus schools include courses relevant to the economic and cultural life of the region and soft skills. The university also offers foreign language courses to students and residents of the area to enhance their professional prospects and give them greater exposure.

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The School of Earth Sciences conducts regularly all India Earth Science Olympiad examination every year for class XI and XII students of the region. The main aim of the IESO is to promote students’ interest and public awareness of earth sciences and to enhance teaching-learning of earth sciences at school level.

The activities of the staff and students:

The faculty as well as support staff is involved in social work and are actively contributing to social causes. Some of them occupy key posts in these social organizations. The university administration encourages its staff towards social commitments and cherishes their contribution.

Students are engaged in extension activities through the NSS wing. The university has hosted the 10-day state level disaster management camp (AVHAN) at University Campus twice in the past six years in which all students from all major universities of Maharashtra participated.

As part of our social obligation, the university has undertaken the testing of swab samples of COVID-19. This is the first laboratory established by any university in the state for COVID-19.

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Thus, the University makes constant efforts to ‘to reach those, so far, unreached’ through its academic and co-curricular activities, its outreach towards other institutions and society at large in the region and through its support of students and staff in carrying out activities having social relevance.

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