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?

Financing higher education is a crucial issue. How to develop a robust framework to encourage large scale infusion of private capital to this sector? Should not financing in the education sector be treated as priority sector lending by the banks? How to ensure that loans are provided at affordable rates of interest to deserving students pursuing higher and professional education, on a scale much larger than at present?

Postby chanana.ak@nic.in » Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:38 am

Financing higher education is a crucial issue. How to develop a robust framework to encourage large scale infusion of private capital to this sector? Should not financing in the education sector be treated as priority sector lending by the banks? How to ensure that loans are provided at affordable rates of interest to deserving students pursuing higher and professional education, on a scale much larger than at present?
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Postby pradeep115@gmail.com » Sat Apr 23, 2011 7:07 am

Education sector should not be exploited as a business. However we need private participation to increase the scope. But we should discourage pure profit objective by private institutions.
80% of net income from the Educational institutes should be re-invested in same sector and at least half of it should go in rural education. and Income tax rebate can be given on double of as much is invested in education infrastructure, specially in villages.
Teachers should be given better pay and they should also be given INCOME TAX REBATE . This will attract talented individuals to join as teachers. The rad tapism should also be reduced and clear, simplified and transparent process for opening and running educational institutes should be there.
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Postby kulkarni.ankur@gmail.com » Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:02 am

Education can be made a business, but with the following rider.

The fees charged by institutions should be in the same proportion as the salary that is offered to students in the placements. So if an institution can land students jobs average salary of 12 lakhs p.a., there is in principle nothing wrong with them charging fees of 6 lakhs for the course.

The problem in India has been two fold.

1. Fees as well as faculty to student ratios are controlled by many states. This is a stupid policy, since cost of education keeps increasing with increases in salaries and student intake cannot be increased without jeopardising the faculty-student ratio. Therefore colleges have to resort to illegal ways of recovering costs. Or they are compelled to provide low quality education.

2. The other problem is that there are colleges some colleges whose fees are very high, but they are only a money making business. Colleges that charge high fees must also produce good enough jobs for students.
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