The Educational Brouhaha


The recent budget announcement by Karnataka Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar, has allocated Rs 18,666 Crore for the education sector, the highest across all departments. The budget's major focus lies on improving the quality of education and teaching quality in the state which is a noteworthy move to be appreciated and watched over.

The Prime Minister, at a conference of Vice Chancellors of central universities organized by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan expressed concern that the unprecedented growth in higher education could be happening without corresponding improvement in quality. He is of the opinion that the education has not kept abreast with the changing world. It is still confined in the old school way and is teaching courses which are not relevant in today’s job market.

It is disheartening to know that India does not even come among the top 200 universities in the world according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) list-the most reputed global rankings of institutes for higher education. In fact its performance was no different in the World University Rankings published by Times Higher Education. India is the only BRICS nation not to have its name in the list. The Indian tradition of comparing a child’s performance in studies can be applied in this issue also. Both India and China had 5500 doctorates in 1996. Within 10 years China has produced 16000 PhDs while India produced only 6000.

One of the key solutions to this would be a thorough revision of the faculty recruitment process and method. Candidates who have high standards in academics and also possess international exposure can be selected. Apart from this, the practical and the theoretical knowledge must be fused together in order to make a student aware about the democratic values.

The IDFC report suggests vocational training at the secondary school level since studies have shown that Indian students don’t have the sufficient job oriented skills.

Unless the quality of government schools improves substantially, the gap between children who attend them and the others will create a big divide in every aspect of life and opportunity.

It must be understood that providing excellent infrastructure and other facilities does not necessarily ensure quality education.

As a student, one must not see education as an ‘investment’ which will give back monetary benefits. Rather they must expect ‘knowledge’ and ‘intellectual values’ in return.

According to Sanjay Dhande, former director of IIT-Kanpur, introducing a system of accountability is the only way things could change for the better.

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