Rotary Club of Nagpur Fort is launching a public awareness project called ‘Pragati 2014-15’ aimed at rebuilding the declining image of Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur university (RTMNU) and make it student-friendly.
Nagpur University, in recent times, unfortunately has earned a tainted image and stands disorderly today. In spite of so many feathers in the cap, it has failed to create a positive impression in the minds of parents and students as the Choice University. This stigmatic image even led to cancellation of the 100th Convocation Ceremony when the President of India Pranab Mukherjee refused to be the Chief Guest for the ceremony in November last year. There are many factors that attribute to this failure, where in academic interests appear to have been relegated to the back seat. This does lead to the brain drain and the students rush to Universities of other regions and states particularly Western Maharashtra. Commercial interest and personality clashes are making no headway towards rebuilding the image of the University, felt the Rotary Club of Nagpur Fort.
Speaking with Nagpur Today, Convenor of the Project ‘Pragati’, Dr. Sreehari Chava explained about the goal behind this initiative. Project ‘Pragati’ is conceived by Rotary Club of Nagpur Fort with the objective of “Unleashing and Advocating the Emulative Potential of Nagpur University in a True and Fair Perspective”. During the Rotary Year 2014-15, the project envisages publication of four researched articles highlighting the strengths of the university; organising four lectures at the club level to understand the current scenario; and conducting two workshops at the institute level to visualise and channelize the future perspective. This will involve all the stake holders.
The project also intends to propagate Rotary’s Four-Way Test amongst at least 20 academic institutions during the Rotary Year 2014-15. To start with, the club has drafted SWOT of Nagpur University to initiate interaction with the Citizens, Academicians and the Media.