Saturday, 10 October 2015

“Why is there not a Single Indian University within the World's Top 100 Index List?” ―Professor M.S.Rao

"Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not." ― Thomas Huxley

When you look at the ranking of Indian universities globally, we stand nowhere near to the top 100 universities. There are a number of reasons for not listing Indian universities at the top level. Let us address some of the reasons for this present scenario.  We don’t have quality infrastructure. There are no adequate research facilities. In India, teaching means only classroom teaching as it doesn’t include research and consultancy which are indeed the pillars of teaching.  The best talent doesn’t join teaching profession due to lack of career opportunities, ambience and facilities. The present Indian education system doesn’t believe in creativity and innovation. It believes more in 3 Rs – read, write and reproduce which encourages memory. Students cram content and reproduce during exams without understanding the essence.

The private educational institutions collect a huge fee from students like leeches and believe more brand building than providing quality education to students. The regulating bodies including All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) are not equipped with adequate powers to check irregularities and corruption in private colleges especially medical and engineering institutions. Some of the private medical and engineering colleges don’t provide the salary to their employees when the latter leave the educational institutions.  Worse, the teachers are not paid salary for a period of three months when they leave these private educational institutions. The managements of these private medical and engineering colleges file fictitious cases and fire them.  Here are some steps to check irregularities and corruption to ensure conducive academic ambience in private educational institutions in India:
  • Close down unethical private educational institutions that don’t comply with the guidelines and violate the rules and regulations.
  • Conduct sudden inspections to find out whether faculty is working physically in the colleges.  
  • Update and upgrade teaching pedagogy regularly.  
  • Make the selection process of faculty stringent.
  • Offer pay and perks to the faculty as per the industry standards.  
  • Encourage students who are seriously interested in acquiring education.
  • Strengthen of the hands of AICTE and other regulating bodies. Ensure that they are well protected. Also keep them free from corruption.
  • Ensure funding by government to the professionally run educational institutions.

It is time to professionalize Indian education system to impart quality education to students and add sanctity to educators. Then, we can think of topping globally.

"Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants." ― John Gardner


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  1. A highly thought provoking article! It is an introspection and feedback to improve the standards of Indian education to bring it up to global standards.
    Hats off to you Sir!

  2. It is time to clear colleges from culprits and criminals to build a healthy education system in India.