Centre urged to grant varsity status for AIISH

Former director of National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans), Bengaluru, Dr P Satish Chandra on Sunday urged the Union government to grant university status to All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), Mysuru.

Participating at the launch of golden jubilee celebrations of the institute at its Panchavati campus near Manasagangotri here, Dr Chandra said, “The institute is entitled for a university status considering its yeoman service with remarkable development in the last five decades.”

Elaborating on its contributions, he said, “The institute has been adapting changes in the realm and has been catering to the needy, carving a niche in the same. It is hightime the Centre thinks over according university status to the institute.”

AIISH has been popular across the globe and most of the foreign countries too have contributed in the endeavours achieved by the institute, by granting necessary funds for research. It is also equipped with basic infrastructure facilities for higher education.

Considering the achievements, it has been granted National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) recognition and tag of ‘Institute of Excellence’, he noted.

‘Emphasise on research’
Dr Chandra advised AIISH authorities to focus on the development of area of genetics that has catapulted into top slot in the area of modern technology. It can be achieved with more emphasis on research and related activities, he added.

He also advocated introduction of human values in the curriculum and award marks to the students who show social concern and humanitarian approach that inculcates service mindedness among them. Such  marks can be included in internals, he suggested.

Former director of NAAC H A Ranganath said the institute is capable for global ranking in the realm of higher education.

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