Savitribai Phule Pune University organises the first PEN International Congress in India

New Delhi, September 13, 2018: Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) is organising the first PEN International Congress in India from September 25 to 29. PEN is a forum of writers, editors and litterateurs coming together to discuss the future of language and literature.

Internationally acclaimed linguist, Ganesh Devi, will be present at the congress as convenor, along with several other prominent writers and linguists. A total of 25 universities and institutes specialising in linguistics will be participating. The university has also decided to create an ecosystem of language whereby linguists will plant trees near the SPPU’s international centre according to reports published in hindustantimes.com

PEN International is a worldwide association of writers founded in London in 1921 with the mission to promote intellectual co-operation among writers across the world

The university sends a 5-year-plan to state government for approval

A five-year-plan from 2019 to 2024, has been sent for approval to the state government’s higher education council by the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) on Thursday. The plan, which records all future infrastructural and academic developments in the university, was sent to the government for final approval after the management and academic councils gave it their approval on Thursday.

“The draft of the plan has been prepared keeping in view the criteria, expansion, inclusiveness, skill development, job creation, innovation, entrepreneurship development, social utility, industrial research, and quality. And, so the views of different stakeholders at the university – students, teachers, principals, institutionalists, industrialists, businessmen and social activists, was taken into consideration while drafting it,” said NS Umraani, SPPU’s pro-vice chancellor.

Some of the major changes mentioned in the plan include improving theNational institutional ranking framework (NIRF) ranking from ninth to fifth, enabling 200 affiliated colleges under it to get an ‘A’ grade NAAC accreditation; and the opening of 58 new colleges in Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik districts.

The university which presently has a gross enrollment ratio of 30 per cent also plans to increase it by 5 per cent in the coming years. Also, a special college for differently-abled students has also been proposed in the plan.

In linewith the national agenda of the government to enable educational institutions to become independent, the university has also targeted making at least 60 colleges autonomous in the next 5 years. In addition to this, varsity authorities wish to expand the outreach of the ‘earn and learn’ scheme from 14,000 current beneficiaries to 50,000 beneficiaries. It also plans to introduce almost 100 new skill development courses in the next five years.

In order to make the placement procedure robust, authorities also want to expand the number of placement cells from 439 (which benefits around 35,000 students) to 850 centres, which can benefit at least 1,10,000 students.

Setting up of 10 centres as ‘innovation and incubation’ hubs and increasing the number of PhD students from 685 to 900 per year, is also on the agenda.

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