Strategies for a Confederative
Higher and Tertiary Education
1. To encourage links between institutions of higher education
throughout the country.
2. To base the mission of the Confederation on the fundamental
principles for which every university should stand, namely the right
to pursue knowledge for its own sake, to follow wherever the search
for truth may lead, the tolerance of divergent opinion and freedom
from political interference.
3. To aim to give expression to the obligation of universities to
promote, through teaching and research, the principles of freedom
and justice, of human dignity and solidarity, and to contribute
through regional, national and international cooperation to the
development of national and moral assistance for the strengthening
of higher education generally.
4. To link up its members, offer them quality services and provide a
forum for the universities from all over the country to work
together and to speak on behalf of universities, and of higher
education in general, and to represent their concerns and interests
in public debate and to outside parties.
5. To pursue its goals through future oriented collective action
including information services, informed policy discussion, research
6. To facilitate the exchange of experience and learning.
7. To restate and defend the values that underlie and determine the
proper functioning of universities in the Indian subcontinent.
8. To uphold and contribute to the development of a long term vision
of universities' role and responsibility in society.
9. To voice the concerns for higher education with regard to
policies of national and international bodies.
10. To contribute to a better understanding of current trends and
developments through analysis, research and debate.
11. To provide comprehensive and authoritative information on higher
education systems, institutions and qualifications worldwide.
12. To act as a cooperation and service-oriented organisation to
promote the exchange of information, experience and ideas to
facilitate academic mobility and mutual, technical, national and
international collaboration among universities, and to contribute
through research and meetings to informed higher education policy
13. To organise congress, conferences, seminars, round tables and
14. To conduct comparative studies and higher education policy
15. To strengthen cooperation and clearing-house activities.
16. To establish national information networks.
17. To provide consultancy, credential evaluation and advice.
18. To invite university level degree granting institutions whose
main objective is higher education and research, irrespective of
whether or not they carry the name of university.
19. To maintain and preserve university autonomy, academic freedom
and mutual understanding.
20. To stand for the right to pursue knowledge for its own sake.
21. To remain free from political and economic interference, and
give, room for divergent opinion.
22. To work for the advancement of ethical values in the work of the
Confederation and its members as well as in society and respect for
23. To remember the responsibility of universities and academies as
guardians of free intellectual activity.
24. To stand for the universities' obligation as social institutions
to deliver education, research and service to the community, and, in
connection with this, to advance the principles of freedom and of
justice, of sustainable development, human dignity and of
25. To conserve the obligation of universities to foster
constructive criticism and intellectual independence in the research
26. To contribute to the development of the long term vision of the
university's role and responsibilities in society.
27. To strengthen solidarity and to contribute to reducing
inequalities amongst universities, while keeping alive their
28. To promote access to higher education and equal opportunities
29. To encourage quality and excellence worldwide, through sharing,
knowledge, know-how and experience, through collaboration and
30. To help universities to become better learning organisations
(for students, for teachers, for administrators).
31. To contribute to a better understanding of developments in
higher education, through analysis, research and debate, as well as
through the provision of information services on higher education.
32. To design and implement programmes for its members in
partnership with other organisations working in the same field.
33. To pledge itself to be an open, inclusive and transparent
organisation, the common voice of the university level institutions.
34. To provide a centre of cooperation among the universities and
similar institutions of higher education, as well as organisations
in the field of higher education generally, and to be an advocate
for their concerns.
35. To facilitate the interchange of students and academic staff,
and develop means for the better distribution and exchange of
laboratory material, books and other equipment for university study
36. To formulate the basic principles and higher education values
for which the CIU will stand for.
37. To establish a strong structural relationship with the national
as well as regional associations of universities and seek their
direct involvement in the life and work of CIU.
38. To focus its activities on institutional examples regarding the
use of new information and communication technologies in teaching
39. To encourage sustainability to be considered as being central to
teaching, research, outreach and operations at universities and to
identified exemplary practices and strategies.
40. To prepare comprehensive assessments periodically on how the
principles of sustainable development can best be pursued and
promoted by higher education institutions.
41. To identify the key issues of a future-oriented higher education
policy debate, as well as concrete needs for support in academic
exchange, knowledge transfer, and capacity building through
42. To assess our respective capacities to respond to such needs,
the complementarity and uniqueness of our respective possibilities
and responsibilities, as compared with what can be better done by
others, bilaterally or multi-laterally, on the institutional,
national, regional or international level.
43. To establish appropriate networking structures and facilities
that will allow to serve better, through shared efforts, the needs
and interests of our common higher education constituency.
44. To translate into action the services set out by CIU more
clearly in terms of support to concrete cooperation needs, both of
individual universities and of partner organisations, and to
identify new services as best corresponding to the Confederation's
vocation and possibilities; and to give expression to its internal
and external missions through a strengthened confederative life,
including a broader interaction with other university organisations.
45. To disseminate relevant information on the world of higher
education in an international perspective, on missions, policies and
strategies, in the form of concise briefs and overviews, easily
accessible and usable for higher education policy and
46. To have a similar approach in relation to issues of research and
debate, comparison of experiences, publications or conjointly
organised special meetings and seminars for university leaders and
47. To provide a link to consultancy, second opinions and referee
networks for universities, particularly in developing countries, who
wish to have access to independent advice, for example on directives
from governments and different agencies or on institutional
48. To maintain a pool of independent advisors to be made available
for special tasks, third party assessments, legal advice, management
advice, helping with analysis, formulation of strategic plans,
governance strategies, and codes related to academic freedom, etc.
49. To offer consultancy to agencies related to university
50. To evaluate the institutional impact of university links and
collaborative programmes, independent from the usual evaluation by
sponsors to be pointed to practical and ethical guidelines for
collaboration and codes of good practice, which could serve
universities in their interaction.
51. To benefit from academic freedom and institutional autonomy with
regard to the central mission of research and teaching.
52. To assume, in carrying out the tasks, its responsibility to
society and to promote the principles of freedom, justice, human
dignity and solidarity.
53. To reduce the tensions arising within the universities between
the requirements of technological and economic globalisation and the
specificities of cultural and national roots.
54. To contribute to the production and dissemination of information
and knowledge concerning facts, trends and developments in higher
55. To help contribute to the production and dissemination of
reflection, research and debate concerning the universities.
56. To help clarify, disseminate and refine a vision of the
university and of its value base.
57. To pay particular attention to strengthening solidarity and
reducing inequalities between universities of different backgrounds,
resources and capacities.
58. To express a common voice of the universities, on national as
well as global level, vis-a-vis partners like national and
international statutory bodies and UN agencies as well as the public
59. To catalyse the cooperation of universities and university
organisations amongst themselves and with other partners, with
regard to major questions of society, which are national as well as
international in nature and to which universities must make an
important contribution, such as: the construction of peace and
democracy; sustainable development; the challenges and stakes of
globalisation and accelerated change in society; the commitment to
ethical standards in the conduct of science and technology.
60. To offer to other national and international university and
higher education organisations a preferential platform for
information, contacts and networking, and to participate itself in
such international networks.
61. To stipulate the indissociable principles for which every
university should stand, including the right to pursue knowledge for
its own sake and to follow wherever the search for truth may lead;
the tolerance of divergent opinion and freedom from political
interference; the obligation as social institutions to promote,
through teaching and research, the principles of freedom and
justice, of human dignity and to develop mutually material and moral
aid on both national as well as international levels.
62. To collect data regarding the new forms of higher education over
the ensuing half century with special reference to the number of
universities, of academic staff, of students, of the emergence of a
world economy, of its benefits and its dangers with a view to
locating the required practical nature of the university's historic
and abiding commitment to universalism, pluralism and humanism.
63. To evaluate whether in the course of the twentieth century,
which has seen an unparalleled growth in knowledge, in research and
their diffusion, the universities have shouldered the
responsibilities in the common endeavour of human development,
social, economic, technical and cultural advancement, and in
responding to the major planetary problems such as environmental
protection and poverty eradication, violence and social exclusion.
64. To promote the philosophy that human development and the
continued extension of knowledge depend upon the freedom to examine,
to enquire, and that academic freedom and university autonomy are
essential to that end.
65. To urge universities to seek, establish and disseminate a
clearer understanding of Sustainable development - "development
which meets the needs of the present without compromising the needs
of future generations" - and encourage more appropriate sustainable
development principles and practices at the local, national and
global levels, in ways consistent with their missions.
66. To utilise resources of the university to encourage a better
understanding on the part of the Central and the State Governments
and the public at large of the inter-related physical, biological
and social dangers facing the planet Earth, and to recognise the
significant interdependence and international dimensions of
67. To emphasise the ethical obligation of the present generation to
overcome those practices of resource utilisation and those
widespread disparities which lie at the root of environmental
68. To enhance the capacity of the university to teach and undertake
research and action in society on sustainable development
principles, to increase environmental literacy, and to enhance the
understanding of environmental ethics within the university and with
the public at large.
69. To cooperate with one another and with all segments of society
in the pursuit of practical and policy measures to achieve
sustainable development and thereby safeguard the interests of
70. To encourage universities to review their own operations to
reflect best sustainable development practices.
71. To make an institutional commitment to the principle and
practice of sustainable development within the academic milieu and
to communicate that commitment to its students, its employees and to
the public at large.
72. To promote sustainable consumption practices in its own
73. To develop the capacities of its academic staff to teach
74. To encourage among both staff and students an environmental
perspective, whatever the field of study.
75. To utilise the intellectual resources of the university to build
strong environmental education programmes.
76. To encourage interdisciplinary and collaborative research
programmes related to sustainable development as part of the
institution's central mission and to overcome traditional barriers
between disciplines and departments.
77. To emphasise the ethical obligations of the university community
- current students, faculty and staff - to understand and defeat the
forces that lead to environmental degradation, and the
inter-generational inequities; to work at ways that will help its
academic community, and the graduates, and the governments that
support it, to accept these ethical obligations.
78. To promote interdisciplinary networks of environmental experts
at the local, national and international levels in order to
disseminate knowledge and to collaborate on common environmental
projects in both research and education.
79. To promote the mobility of staff and students as essential to
the free trade of knowledge;
80. To forge partnerships with other sectors of society in
transferring innovative and appropriate technologies that can
benefit and enhance sustainable development practices.
81. To devote its activities to the study of systems, institutions
and processes in higher education to specially focus on the
historical role of higher education in society, contemporary policy
problems, and how universities and colleges can change to meet the
growing educational, research, and public service needs of a
82. To promote public confidence that quality of provision and
standards of awards in higher education are being safeguarded and
83. To help other confederal bodies of universities and higher
education institutions in other countries aimed at providing quality
education and at supporting synergistic ventures in teaching,
examination, research and community service programmes.
84. To seek to make a significant contribution to the understanding
of policy-making, governance and management of universities and
other higher education institutions.
85. To emphasise equity and access and the improvement of
educational experiences of people of all age levels and backgrounds.
86. To include partnerships with other like minded organisations to
address a wide array of problems, drawing upon the insights of
academic disciplines and professional perspectives.
87. To meet the widely felt need in the Indian subcontinent for a
centre for policy research and cooperation in education in the
Indian perspective, with the sole purpose to contribute to policy
analysis in education and training, to carry out evaluation of
systems, reforms, programmes and institutions, and to provide
technical assistance and support to all interested actors in this
88. To help the member universities in designing new information and
communications technologies for heralding as a revolution for the
world of learning and to fulfil the promise of better and cheaper
higher education for more students.
89. To review the open and distance learning in the context of
present challenges and opportunities, describe relevant concepts and
contribution, outline significant current global and regional
trends, suggest policy and strategy considerations and identify
CIU's role in capacity building, national as well international
89. To maintain an inventory of successful strategies to increase
the participation of women in higher education and promote the
principle of gender equity, and to increase access and retention as
well as to improve the quality of education for all women in
90. To serve as a clearing house of information for providing
regular opportunities for the discussion on university development
in general and on academic development in particular with a view to
assisting the member universities in the recruitment and placement
of faculty and staff, exchange of teachers and students and in the
development of cooperative arrangements.
91. To establish relations with significant players and opinion
makers from education, business, culture, law, and government
sectors in order to facilitate strategic alliances with other
92. To support preparation, production and widespread distribution
of educational materials on higher education with a view to
strengthen the employment generation movement.
92. To help promote such new Central and State legislation or
amendments as may be deemed necessary for the development of higher
93. To encourage the students of all universities to be active, to
emphasize the personal nature of learning, to accept that difference
is desirable, to recognise student's right to make mistakes, to
tolerate imperfection, encourage openness of mind, to make feel
respected and accepted, to facilitate discovery, to put emphasis on
self evaluation in cooperation, and to permit confrontation of
94. To promote the hypothesis that learning is primarily controlled
by the learner, is unique and individual, is affected by the total
state of the learner, is cooperative and collaborative, is a
consequence of experience, is not directly observable, is both an
emotional and intellectual process, is evolutionary process, is
development oriented, and, is quite sustainable.
95. To collaborate, affiliate and federate with the Central and the
State Governments, agencies and bodies for implementing the projects
on higher education.
96. To raise and borrow money for the purpose of the Confederation
in such a manner as may be decided from time to time and to
prescribe the membership fees, charges, grants in aid etc.
97. To purchase, take on lease or exchange, hire or otherwise
acquire properties, movable or immovable and rights and privileges
all over the world, which may be deemed necessary or convenient for
the benefit of the Confederation and to sell, lease, mortgage,
dispose or otherwise deal with all or any part of the property of
98. To open branches, chapters and constitutent centres in different
parts of the country and get them registered with appropriate
authorities if needed and felt conducive for the attainment of the
aims and objects of the Confederation.
99. To invest the money of the Confederation not immediately
required in such securities and in such manner as may be decided
from time to time, the money especially collected through
subscriptions, advertisements, sponsorship, sale of publications,
fees, gifts, endowments, donations, grants etc.
100. To finally provide information, knowledge, wisdom, and
education that prepares every body for educational leadership and
social responsibility enabling to think and communicate effectively
and to develop a global awareness and sensitivity for a better
global understanding, world peace and unity.
101. And to generally do all that is incidental and conducive to the
attainment of the aims and objects mentioned above.