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B.S.Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute, Chennai – 48.

THE TOWN HALL TALK

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Prof. Ir. Dr. Sahol Hamid Bin Abubakar started his first of the “Town Hall Talk” series with select students of the university from all the branches. This programme is initiated by him to get closer to the students, in order to listen to their problems and to find suitable solutions. In his introductory speech, he told the students that he wanted to stay closer to the students. He told them to be honest and straight forward in what they say. The problems will be listened to and necessary actions will be taken. Rational decisions and not emotional decisions will be taken at any time.

This initiative is taken to make our University better. The discussions need not be about problems and complaints; it could be suggestions to enhance the value of the University. The brand “Crescent Institute” carries its own value. Whatever we do is for the benefit of Crescent. These discussions should lead to a better atmosphere in the University, which in turn would make the students to excel in studies.

The Vice Chancellor also instructed the students to be properly groomed. They should wear shoes and be neatly dressed. They should respect the teachers. They should come to class on time. If they come late, they will not be allowed inside the class. Teachers may scold the students to guide them in the right path. But they are not supposed to use abusive language. If students are ill-treated, they can meet VC and talk or can send email to vc.connect@crescent.education.

To conclude, the Vice Chancellor informed the students the following:

  • Bringing Crescent Institute to the top ranking is my priority.
  • Quality teaching – learning is to be ensured in all means.
  • Infrastructure is to be bettered.
  • Quality teachers will be brought in.
  • In-take of the students will be increased.
  • Everything should be quality oriented.

To achieve all these goals, all of us should come together and act together.

26 August 2017

Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Prof. Ir. Dr. Sahol Hamid Bin Abu Bakar, the Vice Chancellor of the University convened the second in the series of the Town Hall Talk on 24th August 2017 at 11 a.m. at Seminar Hall – II, Convention Centre. Around 100 students from the School of Electrical & Communication Sciences and the School of Computer, Information & Mathematical Sciences participated in this Town Hall Talk.

The Vice Chancellor explained the objective of this activity, that is, to encourage transparent and open discussions for the development of the University as well as for the well being of the students. He motivated the students to talk about any issues openly and honestly. He informed the students that he personally reads the emails sent to him on vc.connect@crescent.education and responds to it.

The Vice Chancellor advised the students on various factors:

  • Students must dress neatly to the University as it sets the tone to the ambience of the University. He said that our proper behavior and grooming reflects our culture and that we need to demonstrate our culture to the others (students who come to our university from abroad on exchange programme) only through our actions.
  • Plans are underway to send students on exchange programme and to promote higher studies in countries abroad. Students should cooperate to make this happen. Unless students are disciplined and well-behaved such plans would not materialize.
  • A lot of incidents have been taking place in the men’s hostel. Hence strict actions are taken to maintain discipline among students. Fine is levied and stringent measures like expulsion are also taken against students who vandalize University properties.
  • Formation of gangs is prohibited as this leads to rivalry and quarrels. Students who are called for disciplinary actions will not be given any scholarships or concessions.
  • Stealing is also another crime that students should refrain from. This kind of activities will lead to involvement of police inside the campus, which no one wishes to happen.
  • Success depends on the time spent in libraries, taking down notes when the lecture is going on and explaining concepts to the friends. It is also important to sleep well.
  • Any grievances brought up by the students must be true. There should not be any exaggeration. Excuses and exaggerations are a branch of lie.

11 October 2017

The third in the series of the Town Hall Talk was convened by the honorable Vice Chancellor of the University Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Prof. Ir. Dr. Sahol Hamid Bin Abu Bakar on 10th October 2017 at 11 a.m. at Seminar Hall – II, Convention Centre. This was different from the previous Town Hall Talk as the participants were select faculty members from all the departments and schools.

The Vice Chancellor explained the objective of this activity, that is, to encourage transparent and open discussions for the development of the University as well as for the well being of the students. He expressed his concern about the behavior, attitude and discipline of the students and he encouraged the faculty members to suggest measures to improve the quality of teaching, standard of the students and ranking of the University.

The Vice Chancellor said that he would like the faculty members also to feel free to talk to him and share ideas for the improvement of the University. He was appreciative of the majority of the faculty members who are dedicated to the University and was apprehensive of the 20% of faculty members who are lethargic and have lackadaisical attitude towards teaching and other responsibilities given to them. He pointed out a few issues:

  • Faculty members must come to class on time and insist the students to follow the same.
  • The faculty members in the quarters must also adhere to the working hours.
  • All faculty members must have at least one publication in scopus indexed journal to be considered for increment.
  • Teachers must have integrity.
  • Teaching in Tamil is not accepted as we have students from other states studying in our University.
  • Taking leave during the semester is not permitted except for emergency issues.
  • Faculty members have to bring students for admission, as less admission directly affects our interests.
  • All measures are taken to take Crescent Institute to global level, but lot of work is to be done.
  • International personalities are invited for functions such as Convocation, so that signing of MoUs with renowned universities in Malaysia has become easy. This can lead to tie up with universities in UK, USA and Germany.
  • Teachers should work with students to get patents and publish research papers.