A Brief History of Association of Indian College Principals
The Association of Indian College Principals (AICP) was established in 1998, as a result of the deliberations among likeminded educationists like Prin. V. R. Shirgurkar, Prin. Dr. Palsodkar, Prin. Dr. G. Ramachandram, Principal Kalita, Prin. Subhash Brahmbhatt, Prin. Dr. Sengodan, Prin. Jeevan Desai, Prin. Dr. Shirish Chindhade and a few other likeminded Principals. The AICP is a registered National Organisation of College Principals in the country and has a written Constitution. It is a transparent, democratic, creative and academically oriented body with a well-structured Board of Trustees and an elected EC. The AICP clearly focuses on developing a dynamic, confident, enlightened and innovative educational leadership among the members. The Vision of the AICP being strongly academic, it has set before itself three activities as a regular feature. They are
- Publication of the quarterly journal, College News as a forum for Principals to discuss educational issues, college activities on their campuses.
- Annual National Conference, is held regularly in different states of India to exchange and debate views and news in the academic world of higher Education. The AICP also encourages Principals to organise conferences, seminars in their regions, in their colleges by advancing some seed money, if initiative is shown by any Principal.
- Executive Development Programme (EDP): An awareness creation weeklong contact programme for Principals, Vice-Principals, Directors, Members of College Managements, and all those who have interest in knowing about the new developments, challenges, thinking going on in higher education worldwide as well as at home, including preparation for Assessment and Accreditation.
Founder President Message
Principal V. R Shirgurkar
Founder President and
Chairman, Board of Trustees, Association of Indian College Principals
I am very happy to know that the newly designed web-site of the Association of Indian College Principals is being launched very soon. I am sure it will help the academia to know various facets and the functioning of the Association of Indian College Principals.
Founded in 1998, the AICP has given a platform for the college principals to express their views on the problems faced by the higher education system today. The system today has to address numerous problems such as the ineffective affiliating system of education blocking changes in the curricula to accommodate the fast changing economic and business environment outside, the large numbers of colleges- (up to even 7 to 8 hundred in some cases)-under the umbrella of one university making it practically impossible for the concerned university administration either to exercise control or give guidance to them, very large size of the classes where learning is lost under the pressure of completing the syllabi, low attendance for classes in the affiliated colleges, lack of adequate numbers of teachers, state governments not willing to allow colleges to appoint additional teachers, inefficient and inadequate administrative support in almost all the universities, the examination sections which have lost credibility in many large universities, corrupt practices, fake degrees, political appointments of the vice chancellors, delays in the decision making processes at almost every level from the UGC to the affiliated colleges and Directorates of Education in the country, large numbers of students passing the examinations with average grades, low enrolment- only 13 percent enrolment in higher education at the national level depriving 87% eligible students of the higher education opportunities, inadequate funding provided by the central and the state governments for education and research resulting in poor infrastructure conditions in many Government funded institutions,outdated syllabi followed in most of the universities leaving our students much behind the global advances, commercialization of education at the hands of the deemed universities and the colleges running self financing courses making education very expensive and taking it beyond the reach of middle and lower class students, dictation in the classrooms replacing effective learner centered teaching processes, lack of quality research and consultancy in the universities, lack of facilities for research in many universities, meager patentsfiled by research institutes, and so on. The list of problems faced by the higher education system is unending.
The AICP has taken some steps in opening discussion on some such problems. We have to work harder to make an impact at the national level. I am sure, the newly designed website will of great help to our members to participate in a nationwide dialogue/debate and thereby contribute to further the cause of higher education in the country.
The Association looks forward to the likeminded academia from colleges and universities across the country to come forward and collaborate with the Association for promising a better education tomorrow for our next generation. Let us leave behind us a system that will take due care of our children in future.
The Aims and Objectives of AICP are:
- To serve as an apex organization of College Principals at the national level.
- To exert positive influence on decision making and policy formulation in the field of higher education and to take up common financial, administrative and academic issues and problems with appropriate authorities.
- To assist the appropriate authorities in implementation of educational policies and programmes
- To promote academic and administrative excellence in the field of higher education
- To act as a liaison between colleges and various authorities of Universities, State Governments, the UGC, other bodies and the Central Government.
- To organize conferences of College Principals
- To organize seminars, workshops, orientation and training programmers.
- To endeavor for the betterment and social welfare of Principals
- To publish reports, periodicals, journals, books, souvenirs etc.
- To undertake such activities conducive to the attainment of the above objectives.