Excellence makes the difference: Prof. VS Prasad

By TCN News,

Hyderabad: – The role of Higher education in development needs to be examined from the perspectives of excellence, said Prof. V.S. Prasad, eminent educationist, while delivering 5th Teacher’s Day Lecture on “The Challenges of Universities Aiming at Excellence” at Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU).

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Prof. Prasad who is Ex-Director of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), told the audience that, it is excellence which makes the difference. Access to higher education is of fundamental importance for national development. However, access itself through a necessary requirement, is not a sufficient condition for enabling the education sector to play a critical role in social transformation, he added.

Prof. Prasad delivering Teacher’s Day Lecture at MANUU

The Universities with excellence only can contribute in the construction of knowledge based economy. So, aiming at excellence becomes a social imperative of every university. The global competitiveness and the local relevance are increasingly driven by the excellence.

According to Prof. Prasad, the excellence is mostly determined by four clusters of factors which may be characterized as four pillars of university excellence which includes, competent staff and motivated students; relevant programmes and appropriate teaching, learning, and evaluation systems; good Infrastructure; effective governance system.

Prof. Mohd. Miyan present a memento to Prof. V.S. Prasad

The Challenge is to ensure these elements and align them appropriately. Building a university of excellence is a matter of faith in our beliefs, vision and values, He said. It is a result of collective efforts of external and internal stakeholders in education.


In his presidential remarks Mohammad Miyan, the vice-chancellor, MANUU, assured all support to teachers and students in their endeavor to achieve excellence. He also complimented Prof. Prasad for delivering a comprehensive lecture.