The Five Year Action Plan of the Saurashtra University is listed here below for its execution after the due approval for various authorities and necessary concern bodies:
1: Automization of Administration
The paperless administration is envisaged by the nodal authority in higher education i.e. University Grants Commission since 2007-2008. The University has implemented automization in some of its administration partly. However, complete automization of administration at Saurashtra University is yet to do. It is proposed to undertake a massive drive to automise the administration of Saurashtra University in the next five years.
2: Promoting Quality Research
Educational institutional ranking and accreditation are largely done on the basis of the quality of research outcomes of the institute under the assessment or ranking process. It is apt to concentrate on the quality of researches being carried out by the teachers of research scholars of the University. It is indeed inevitable to promote our researchers and faculty members to publish their research articles in a globally renowned high impact factor journal. It is proposed to train and guide our faculty members and researcher to reach the ultimate target of the University to excel in research quality. Down the line five years, the Saurashtra University shall grant research funds to its faculty members and research scholars after adequate training for the same. Such funding will be of high amount associated with their publications and high-quality outcomes.
3: Active Consultancy
The Saurashtra University has published its Intellectual Property Rights Policy (IPR Policy) way back in the year 2007. But the activities of active consultancy were limited to only a few departments. The University is having faculty members of attracting high value of active consultancy. We need to create an ecosystem for the purpose. It is put under the Five Year Action Plan to promote active consultancy by the faculty members and generate a corpus fund for the University’s growth and development.
4. Inter-University Research Centre
The Saurashtra University is planning to send a proposal to the Government of Gujarat to make it an important of the government named as ‘Inter-University Research Centre’. The proposed center shall have a common instrumentation centre will ultra-modern sophisticated instruments in the laboratory. The Saurashtra region is significantly important to conduct researches in plants, marine life, minerals, animals, chemicals, etc. The state of the art Inter-University Research Centre will certainly inculcate tremendous research culture in the region.
5. Presence of Global Students
We as a university are determined to spread knowledge across the world by inviting foreign students on our campus. As per the norms of the Government of India through it off-shoot Indian Council for Cultural Relations, foreign students should be given admission on 15% supernumerary seats. The University has started taking a keen interest in offering admissions to foreign students especially form 2004-15. However, this dimension needs to be addressed well in the near future. Saurashtra University proposes to entertain more number of foreign students in all its programs by undertaking a drive for foreign students’ admission in the next five years.
6. Ranking and Accreditation
So far as the NAAC accreditation is a concern, the Saurashtra University is the first Grade ‘A’ university by NAAC in the State of Gujarat. Further, we have done fairly well by occupying a position in NIRF Rank Band 101-150 for the last three consecutive years. Nevertheless, the Saurashtra University proposes to perform better both in NAAC accreditation as well as in NIRF ranking in coming future.
7. Human Resource Development
The state conventional universities in Gujarat manage their staff requirements through a traditional method by the so-called Establishment Section. There is a dire need to establish a well designed and efficient set-up of the Human Resource Management Department in every university to tackle future needs in the light of globalized challenges and complications. The Saurashtra University proposes to establish a set up of the Human Resource Management Department for grooming its teaching and non-teaching staff to be compatible with the advanced challenges and needs. This is a prime objective of the University for its Five Year Action Plan.