Distinctive Features of the University
—A University with a Difference
Although Belur Math is the headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, under whose guidance and overall administrative control all the branch-centres function, the actual implementation of the policies adopted by the headquarters at Belur Math as well as the activities flowing therefrom are, for the most part, monitored by these centres, under the supervision of the heads of these respective centres, who, in turn, are appointed by the Belur Math headquarters. Consistent with this given administrative structure, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute, with its head office at Belur Math, will be administered through the following tiers carefully matched and juxtaposed with the Ramakrishna Mission's own administrative set up: Chancellor, being the General Secretary of Ramakrishna Mission ex-officio, is at the helm of affairs of the University as the President of the Institute deemed to be University, Chancellor's Representative, who is an Assistant Secretary at the Headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission, is be the second-in-command to assist the Chancellor in the administration of the University, Vice Chancellor, who will usually be a qualified and competent monk of Ramakrishna Order, appointed according to University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines, will be in charge of the day-to-day administration of the University and all its academic programmes and activities
Administrative Heads of the various Faculty Centres of the University, who will be ex-officio Heads of the branch-centres in which the Faculty Centres are located, will be in charge of the day-to-day administration of the respective Faculty Centres.
Academic Aspects—Courses, Teaching and Evaluation
The academic system of the university would be semester system with provision for summer courses.
Types of Courses
The University may run two types of courses: first, long-term courses leading to diploma, postgraduate diploma, graduation, post-graduation and research; and second, short-term programmes like orientation/refresher courses and 6-month certificate courses. While the long term courses aim at preparing specialists in the above major thrust areas, the short-term programmes will aim at orientating and building the capacity of existing teachers, community members and other persons holding responsible positions in society by exposing them to ideas they have not learnt in their school, college or university curricula. We would also devise measures for exposing them to contemporary ideas in emerging areas, so that they could make significant contributions in these disciplines, given their already well-developed expertise in their own respective fields of specialization.
Though short-term in-service programmes and certificate courses normally do not come under the purview of universities as such, the present deemed university is proposing to bring these programmes too under the university system by offering credits which can be accumulated over a period of time by the learner. These credits will be transferable to long-term programmes when needed.
System of Credit Accumulation
The University will offer courses through a credit accumulation system thereby enabling the students to learn the courses at their own pace. The courses in all the thrust areas mentioned above will be categorized as core courses, practical oriented courses and stand-alone independent courses. The award of credits for theory and practical hours will be decided by the academic council and the boards of studies to be constituted by the university.
General Evaluation Strategies
Separate Boards of Studies will be constituted for the various disciplines. These boards will look into the overall curriculum for each course, question paper patterns, practical activities, etc. In fact, considering the variety of areas, their nature and the physical distance between the different Faculty Centres in which these courses are offered, the University may go in for separate Academic Councils for the various thrust areas in order to make the deliberations and recommendations of the experts in various areas meaningful. This would be in line with a similar recommendation by the National Knowledge Commission constituted by the Government of India.