Improved Access to Quality Education

Educational and training facilities have been increasing rapidly. However, access, affordability, and quality remain serious concerns. Employability is also an issue. How can we improve the quality and the utility of our education, while ensuring equity and affordability?

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Should vocational streams have the same access to higher education as academic streams? If so, how?

Indian higher educational institutions rarely figure in the lists of world class institutions, published every year by renowned international fora. What definitive steps need to be taken to ensure that some of our best institutions, both in state and central sector, could attain the world class standards by the end of the XII Plan?

Postby chanana.ak@nic.in » Mon Mar 14, 2011 1:43 pm

Indian higher educational institutions rarely figure in the lists of world class institutions, published every year by renowned international fora. What definitive steps need to be taken to ensure that some of our best institutions, both in state and central sector, could attain the world class standards by the end of the XII Plan?

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Re: Indian higher educational institutions rarely figure in the lists of world class institutions, published every year by renowned international fora. What definitive steps need to be taken to ensure that some of our best institutions, both in state and central sector, could attain the world class standards by the end of the XII Plan?

Postby rakesh.agarwal@dmsiitd.org » Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:54 pm

Isolate the teaching and research activities in educational institutions. Professors devote very less time for quality teaching and are more interested in publishing useless research. This has to stop.

The human capital use of major universities is very low. Professors only produce one or two research paper (which give them promotions) in whole year. Govt. is spending lots of money on them, their potential should benefit in giving quality education to students.

Fresh ideas has to enter Indian university system. Administrators, Professors and Nobel Laureates from major universities around the world should be consulted on on how to make our universities world class.

Please act now or else, we will keep adding to the increasing pool of literate unemployed. Please act!!!!!

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Re: Indian higher educational institutions rarely figure in the lists of world class institutions, published every year by renowned international fora. What definitive steps need to be taken to ensure that some of our best institutions, both in state and central sector, could attain the world class standards by the end of the XII Plan?

Postby rahil.ahmar@gmail.com » Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:18 am

This area needs immediate attention. The problem is acute and will affect the country's growth policy in a later stages.
1. All recognized universities / colleges/ schools to have their own ( quarterly / half yearly) magazine systems where all students need to contribute for it as per their subject of interest. This magazine to consists all the area that are being taught in there respective institutions and should be mandatory. This will boost the capability of students to cope with changing world.

2. Seminars to be mandatory for all schools/colleges.
3. All the schools to have one technical/non technical short research paper to be a part of curriculum, and recognition system for the same.
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Postby rakesh.agarwal@dmsiitd.org » Fri Apr 29, 2011 2:24 am

Many university professors engage in personal consultancy assignments, which are paid for in cash. This leads to addition of black money, with university getting no penny out of his/her expertise. The government keeps on pumping huge amount of money in form of grants for running these universities, in the hope that it can provide better teaching facility for the students, but what happens is the lack of proper oversight leads to serious undermining of the education. There is an urgent need to curb this malice.

Thanks. I hope PC, will take it seriously.....
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Postby nandan.malu@bizminder.co.in » Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:10 am

Dear Sir,

Mechanism that can be adopted -
Teaching quality -

Skill training may be different for different kind of jobs. I don't say that specialized training is required, but a specialized approach toward problem solving needs to be generated. For e.g.

In India, generally, training start with explanation of theory followed with case studies of developing solutions or handling jobs requirements is given. Practical projects are given with a defined timeline to achieve results from the trainee. A solution or development of new products/approach requires years of research. In US, students are given cases/research subjects with no defined timeline, they have to research and document their finding, in case they dont come up with solution within their degree period, the same is handed over to next batch from the point it was done by previous batch. The previous researchers/students are still the part of the project even after their college/training and even after they get the job. This assures that in a span of time, the college comes up with certain solution of the topic. This helps college grow its knowledge network and also help alumni keep relation with new students thereby updating the whole education system. This is popularly called "The Knowledge Network". This ensures that past and present students keep in touch and input their common skills to achieve desired results.

Any student of university/college can raise his query to the knowledge network for possible solution. This increase the knowledge depth of everyone in the knowledge network to know new problems and mitigate them with desired solutions. This is how genuine skills will be developed.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure needs to be installed at university/trainer location and a common server for inter connectivity need to be made. This will be base of the knowledge network. Students/Qualified/Alumni of same university should remain connected to students/professors of the university to get back to them for any solution/technology. This can be a web based connectivity solution.

Global reach

Government should take efforts in increasing an integrated approach between various technical, non technical and K-12 institutions in India & Abroad. In case a query/clarification raised by a student of X University is not able to be solved by knowledge network of that university, the same can be referred by the X University to domestic peers or international university/institutions. This way the skills of Indian manpower will not only limit to getting solutions but will also enhance a global way of approaching to solutions with highest level of global information update.

I hope this solution may interest you.

Regards
Nandan Malu
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Postby hemrajb@gmail.com » Sat Apr 30, 2011 2:27 pm

Higher Education in India is still neglected. Few points can be listed:
1. As per UNESCO India spends very low percentage of annual expenditure for higher education.
2. There are inordinate delays in release of research grants
3. Ministries are busy in fighting on who would govern what(NCHER and NCHRH)
4. Indian society in larger context still do not give much value to research.
As a result, even interested people prefer to choose other careers in place of research.
Though there are many steps being taken by the Government like cooperation with US, Germany and many other countries for scholarships in field of higher education.
Some Suggestions can be:
1. Making grant procedure very simple so that there is no delay in money disbursement
2. Change in education methodology from just classroom teaching to purposeful and more practical approach
3. Providing greater autonomy to research institutions in their functions
4. Increasing share for higher education in GDP
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Postby ave_2910@yahoo.co.in » Tue May 03, 2011 7:34 am

Indian higher educational institutions and universities do not give emphasis on rational thinking and R&D. We are more inclined towards rot learning. This could be confirmed by looking at the question papers of most of the universities.
More and more emphasize should be given to developing rationale thinking of the students. Examination pattern should be changed.
Moreover, emphasis should be given at primary level too.
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Postby prabhatdalmia@hotmail.com » Wed May 04, 2011 5:09 pm

One of the issue that I had heard consistently when I attended IIT in India was that if a foreign university needs any research equipment/part, they can order the same day and get it delivered next day. In India, these equipments can sit in customs for weeks/months before they get delivered to the university. A fast customs clearance for equipments related to academic purposes would be a nice step.

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Postby myfriendtheend@gmail.com » Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:16 pm

The single biggest problem facing Indian institutions of higher learning is a lack of research coming out of our universities. The number of patents per capita is one of the lowest for India. This may be somewhat justified given the size of the population and the lack of basic primary level education. However, an effort needs to be made to promote quality research coming out of our institutions. Throughout the world, the quality of the university is defined by the research it churns out.

The level of students is a derivative of this. Students will automatically be attracted to universities which produce quality research. They will be motivated by working with the best minds and producing research of their own. An IIM producing a huge batch of students with great jobs is a decent achievement, however, if no research comes out of the institution, it is a complete waste.

Research has to be given impetus by making grants more easily available and by making students understand at a younger age about the importance of quality research. This will lead not only to better universities, but a betterment of societies as a whole through inspired innovation. Innovation is the single way for an economy to develop. If one views the growth of global GDP post the industrial revolution, this point is easy to see. Innovation can only be fuelled by quality researchers. We are far behind other major economies in even acknowledging this fact.

The purpose of a university is not solely teaching. It is just a by-product when we talk about higher levels of education. Teaching is extra ordinarily important at primary levels during the formative years of a student, but after that a student does not require to be taught a subject so much as he needs to be taught how to think. This can be facilitated if students work alongside people who produce world class research.

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Postby krishankantjaiman@gmail.com » Tue Aug 23, 2011 8:19 am

In higher educational institutes experienced teaching OR research staff is not present. These professors are the guides who can make students think in a way not to get the job only but to implement their learning in a way so that it would be helpful for others as well.
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