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Undergraduate education contributes significantly for the development of the nations’ human resources. In India, 79.4 percent of students are enrolled in Undergraduate programs, out of which only 11.3 percent of these aspiring minds move on to pursue Post Graduate Programs (AISHE 2016-17). Undergraduate Education in the country suffers from many challenges like inadequate GER, unevenpenetration, poor infrastructure, outdated courses, irrelevantand rigid structure, one size fits all design, archaicpedagogy, commercialization, absence of student orientation, unresponsive to societal expectations, low morale among and poor leadership of institutions etc. These have declined the value of undergraduate education in general and courses like BA, B.Sc. and B. Com etc. in particular. At the same time, these general courses and institutions have many intrinsic advantages like good enrolments, willingness of parents and society to impart education, availability of institutions, affordable education and reasonable investmenton institutions/ teachers. Hence, the need of the hour is to rejuvenate Under Graduate Education based on its intrinsic strengths in order to minimize the impact of challenges.

The approach for rejuvenation of undergraduate education in India needs to be: Rejuvenate, not regret; Leverage strengths, not highlight weaknesses; Contribute, not criticize; Shoulder responsibility, not blame. With this approach and agenda in mind, Centre for Educational and Social Studies (CESS), in collaboration with NAAC, AIU and KSHEC announces a two- day national seminar on “Rejuvenation of Undergraduate Education in India”.

The program of seminar focusing rejuvenation of undergraduate education includes Plenary and Paper presentation on major themes; Panel discussions; Group discussions and Idea conclave.

The proposed seminar aims
• To rekindle the enthusiasm among all concerned for rejuvenating education in India,
• To discuss and deliberate on the ways and means for rejuvenation,
• To influence action for rejuvenation at the levels of individuals, colleges, Universities and policy making bodies; and
• To build the roadmap as well as the blueprint for rejuvenation of UG courses.
The program includes plenary and paper presentations on major themes, panel discussion, group discussions and Idea conclave

Themes of the Seminar
1. Course Structure, Curriculum Development and Assessment
a. Duration, Nomenclature, Architecture, Entry, Exit, Credit Framework, Minor/Major courses and mode of delivery
b. Liberal Arts Education
c. Graduate Attributes and Learning Outcomes
d. Continuous and Comprehensive Assessment

2. Pedagogical Practices and Innovation
a. Innovative Practices in Pedagogy
b. Experiments and Experiences of Teachers, Students and Institutions
c. Professional Development of Teachers
d. Best Practices in UG Education

3. Skill Development and Employability
a. Integration of Skills
b. EntrepreneurshipDevelopment
c. Internship, Projects, Field Work and Social Orientation
d. Industry/User System Interaction

4. Governance, Institutional Management and Leadership
a. Structure and mechanism
b. Role of Technology
c. Participation of Students and other Stakeholders
d. Institutional Development Plans

Call for Papers

Original, unpublished, thematic and research papers from teachers, researchers and other stakeholders of education are invited for presentation. Papers should focus on themes and sub-themes of the seminar. They must be practical and operational. Case Studies and innovative ideas could also be presented. Theme wise best papers will be awarded.
1. Abstract should not be more than 300 words (excluding keywords)
2. Length of full papershould not exceed 4000 words (excluding reference) with APA reference style
3. Font style: Times New Roman, Double line spacing, Font size 12
4. Abstract & full paper should be sent in word format and not in pdf.
5. Authors should provide a declaration that the paperis original, not published anywhere else and not under review with any other publication
6. Abstracts submitted will undergo blind review. The authors will be notified on selection
7. Both Abstract and Full papers have to be uploaded on our website:

The abstract of papers will be brought out as proceedings. There will be a subsequent ISBN publication of select papers.


Invites you to Innovate at RejuvIDEA CONCLAVE

What is RejuvIdea Conclave?

“The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas”- Linus Pauling

Instead of merely analyzing the challenges, the conclave aims to bring out solutions at a micro level for Undergraduate education. This is an exciting opportunity for the delegates to think, explore and identify ideas for providing solutions. These solutions would make the stakeholders take initiatives and try out new ideas. True passion to improvise undergraduate educationwill remove the obstacles that frustrate individuals regarding implementation of concrete solutions.

“The entire spirit of idea conclave is to make the delegates to think, explore, brainstorm and innovate ideas for solutions at the level of individuals or colleges without waiting for anybody or any body”.

 Steps to participate in the conclave

• Only registered delegates of the seminar can participate
• Delegates should submit their ideas / responses by 4th August 2018 (5:00 PM)
• Paper Presenters could also participate
• Your Ideas should not exceed 150 words.
• Ideas must be innovative, implementable and must contribute to rejuvenation of Undergraduate education in colleges/ Universities
• You can participate either as an individual or in group up to three
• The best ideas will be shortlisted and presented in the RejuvIdea Conclave
• Best ideas will be awarded through audience poll
• Your Ideas/ responses should be provided in the form uploaded below

Shortlisted Ideas can be presented in a flexible and creative mode!

For further details contact Mr. Ajay Chandra 9916161322/

Important Dates:

• Last date for abstract submission: 2nd July 2018
• Intimation of selected abstracts: 5th July 2018
• Last date for full paper submission: 4th August 2018
• Last date for registration as delegate: 4th August 2018


Registration/ Abstract Submission is Closed

Registration Fee for Delegates:
• Students/ Research Scholars: Rs. 250
• Academicians, Industry, NGOs and Others: Rs. 500

Mode of Payment:
• Demand draft is to be sent in favor of CESS and payable at Canara Bank, Nagarabhavi II Stage Branch, Bengaluru. Mention your name and mobile no. on the back of DD
• NEFT: SB Ac. No. 0794101027551, IFSC: CNRB0003194, Canara Bank, Nagarabhavi II Stage branch, Bengaluru
Scanned copy of the DD/transaction receipt in case of NEFT should be mailed to
• Visit our website for online payment


About AIU:
Association of Indian Universities (AIU) was established in 1925 as Inter University Board of India and Ceylone, it was rechristened as Association of Indian Universities in 1973. As a representative body of Universities of India, it liaises with the universities and the government (central as well as state) and coordinates among the universities and other apex higher education organizations of the world. The main objective of the AIU is to protect and promote the interest of universities and facilitate their activities especially by way of sharing information and increasing cooperation in the field of culture, sports, and allied areas, and help universities in mutual recognition of degrees.

About NAAC:
National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is an autonomous body established by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India to assess and accredit institutions of higher education in the country. To address the issues of quality, the National Policy on Education (1986) and the Plan of Action (POA-1992) advocated the establishment of an independent national accreditation body. Consequently, the NAAC was established in 1994. NAAC primarily assesses the quality of institutions of higher education that volunteer for the process, through an internationally accepted methodology.

In accordance with the National Education Policy and as per the recommendations of the task force the State Government established Karnataka State Council Higher Education in 2009. As a collective of the Government, Universities, Academics and experts the council forge a synergic relationship among them by occupying an operational space between the Government and the Universities on one hand and between the Universities and apex level regulatory bodies on the other. KSHEC focuses to create an enabling environment for promoting academic excellence and social justice by obtaining academic input for policy formulation and perspective planning.


• Dr. S. C. Sharma, Director, NAAC
• Prof. Furqan Qamar, Secretary General, Association of Indian Universities
• Prof. H. A. Ranganath, Former Director, NAAC
• Prof. B. Thimme Gowda, Vice Chancellor, Karnataka State Rural Development and Panchayat Raj University, Gadag
• Prof. M. S. Subhas, Vice Chancellor,Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Bellary
• Dr. M. G. Chandrakanth, Director,Institute for Social and Economic Change
• Prof. T. D. Kemparaju, Vice Chancellor, Bengaluru North University
• Dr. B. L. Bhagyalakshmi, Former Director of Collegiate Education, Government of Karnataka
• Prof. H. S. Nagaraj, Founder, BASE Educational Services
• Sri. K. S. Vishvanathan, Vice President, Industry Initiatives, NASSCOM
• Smt. Ashwini Nachappa, Accomplished Indian Athlete


• Prof. Jayappa, President, Bangalore University Principals’ Association
• Dr. Parvathi, Principal, VET Frist Grade College
• Sri Chetan B. Singai., Deputy Director, Ramaiah Public Policy Centre
• Dr. Raghu Kumar N., Assistant Professor, BMS College for Women
• Smt. Shobha Rani, N. Assistant Professor, Government First Grade College, Bidadi
• Prof. Chandranath R. K., Formerly Professor, Vijaya College
• Gowrisha, Assistant Professor, R V Institute of Management
• Dr. Shyam Prasad Bhat T. S., Chief Co-ordinator, Centre for Culture, Policy and Research Studies
• Venkatesh B. B., Assistant Professor, IFIM College
• Anil Kumar M., Senior Research Associate, CESS
• Ajay Chandra C., Senior Research Associate, CESS

Convener of the Seminar

Dr. Govindraju
Head, Project & Programs, CESS
Prajnanam, #6/6, Beside Telephone Exchange,
10th Block, 2nd Stage, Nagarabhavi, Bengaluru: 560 072
Phone: 08023182946, +919448324465, +919901845961