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Hyderabad: GSHS Hosts Invited Talk on the Future of Universities by Prof. Jandhyala B. G. Tilak

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The Department of Sociology at GITAM School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSHS) on Thursday organized an insightful invited talk on the topic of ‘Universities: An Endangered Species?’ by Prof. Jandhyala B. G. Tilak, Former Professor and Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Educational Planning and Administration, India.

During his talk, Prof. Tilak emphasized the importance of recognizing universities as knowledge houses rather than factories, quoting the National Education Policy of 2020. He stressed the need for universities to maintain autonomy in order to foster the growth of knowledge and provide an intellectually stimulating environment for both faculty and students.

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Prof. Tilak also highlighted the significance of strong financial support, competitive salaries for faculty, and comprehensive student support in rejuvenating universities. He emphasized the need for diversity in faculty recruitment and fair access to students, as well as the importance of investing in higher education as a public good that yields high returns for both individuals and society.

The event was introduced by Prof. Sunny Gosman Jose, Director of GSHS, and coordinated by Dr. Dipsikha Sahoo. The talk was well-received by faculty and students, with Prof. Tilak addressing their queries and providing valuable insights into the future of universities.

The Department of Sociology at GITAM School of Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to organizing events that stimulate critical thinking and promote meaningful discussions on important societal issues. The school is proud to have hosted Prof. Jandhyala B. G. Tilak and looks forward to continuing to provide a platform for thought-provoking conversations in the future.

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