Updated on 17 Apr, 2013
A University has two important components: The student and the teacher, in that order. The intellectual interaction between these two makes an academic institution. And to make this interaction possible, a third component is required. And that component is administrative support. The role of administration, thus, has to be understood in the above perspective.
The University is an academic institution; the primary function of Administration in a University system is to provide support to the academic activities of the University. The University combines within it the legislative, executive and to some extent quasi-judicial functions. The processes involved in the legislation and decision making are carried out through the following statutory authorities:
a. The Board of Management: The principal executive body of the University
b. The Academic Council: The principal academic body responsible for academic policies of the University c. The Planning Board: The principal planning body of the University which is also responsible for monitoring the developments of the University on the lines indicated in the objects of the University
d. Schools of Studies: The basic academic units responsible for formulation of academic programmes
e. The Finance Committee: Advises the Board of Management on all matters concerning financial management of the University
A unique feature of the University is that it also functions as an apex body for the Distance Education System in the country. To perform this function a separate statutory body has been created, namely, the Distance Education Council (DEC). It is responsible for the promotion and coordination of the Open University and Distance Education System and for determination of its standards.
The processes involved in formulating proposals for consideration of these bodies, organising their legislation and implementing the decisions taken by these bodies form the core responsibility of Administration. The other major responsibility is to provide support to all functional and operational Divisions, including Schools of Studies, by providing the required manpower as also other necessary infrastructure facilities. In effect, Administration functions as a facilitating mechanism so that the University can adequately meet the objects as set out in the Act and Statutes.