Need of the hour: Implementations not just mere budget allocations
Privatising of higher education sector will not only lead to commercialisation of education system wherein more focus will automatically be towards courses which yield profits but ignore the interests of students and the whole Nation said University of Mysore UGC-Human Resource Development Centre Director Professor Lingaraja Gandhi.
He was delivering a technical lecture on ‘Understanding Indian Higher Education: Issues and Challenges; Privatization of Higher Education’ during 109th orientation programme conducted for UG and PG lectures by UGC-HRD Centre in university campus.
He recalled the impact the British made education, in English—a high priority hoping it would speed modernisation and reduce the administrative charges. And how Universities in Calcutta, Bombay, and Madras were established in 1857, just before the Rebellion. In 1890 some 60,000 Indians had matriculated, chiefly in the liberal arts or law. About a third entered public administration, and another third became lawyers. The result was a very well educated professional state bureaucracy.
The objective of education should be to create better human values in the society than to employ graduates and increase the GDP rates. “Unless we ensure quality academics in higher education system, the society cannot develop socially, economically and politically to compete with the global market. Adding that the privatisation of higher education lead by politico business class can be termed as neo-colonial which is nowhere going to be helpful to the society.
Further adding, he said, Indian Higher Education System is the third largest after USA and China; it’s a pride to have been in the elite “established most ancient University in the world”. The concept of ‘University’ first originated in India, 1500 years ago with the establishment of Nalanda University, a Centre of Universal Knowledge and excellence. Indian Education System has grown exponentially since independence from 30 Higher Education Institutions to more than 700 Universities, and about 39000 colleges.
He concluded his lecture by stressing on the necessity to convert the vast reservoir of the youth force into creative, productive ‘human resource’ which is by far the biggest challenge to our country. Which will not be solved just by budget allocation but serious implementations will.