Published On: Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010

Central government to do Higher Education Survey

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The government will conduct a survey to gather the statistics on higher education in the country. While there are authentic figures available on school education, there is lack of clarity on numbers as far as higher education is concerned.

A survey will bring forth the real scenario and also highlight the fallacies propagated by various agencies which work with vested interests in mind, said Additional Secretary, Higher Education, Sunil Kumar, at a national higher education summit organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Inaugurating the two-day summit, which revolved around a draft white paper which KPMG is working on in partnership with CII on Discovering New Models of Increasing Private Participation in higher education, Secretary, Higher Education, Vibha Puri Das said that allowing for-profit education was not possible in the country as the interests of students could not be thrown to the vagaries of market forces.

She lauded the efforts of the industry in providing a platform where discussion on the various kinds of integrative models between the government and industry could be discussed. She also said that she is looking forward to the white paper and its outcome. Industry, she said, could collaborate with the government, especially on vocational education as far as devising and creating curriculum was concerned.

“The government is already working on a vocational education curriculum framework in partnership with industry and talks with automobile companies have already been held on that. A meeting with the information technology sector is scheduled to take place on Thursday in that context,” she added.

The chairman of CII Education Council, Arun Bharat Ram, who is also the chairman of SRF Limited, said at the summit that industry will have to keep the quality aspect of teaching in mind while setting up institutes. “Cutting corners in spending on faculty is going to be detrimental in the long run,” he added.

That education is an area of concern not just for policy makers in India, but also among leaders and experts abroad, who can be gauged by the fact that every visiting head of the state in recent times has brought a significant education team to India during bilateral visits—whether it is visiting Russian President, Vladimir Medvedev, or Chinese premier, Wen Jiabao, who came to India last week. All of them have been looking at India not as a market for tapping students but also for forging exchange programmes for faculty development and research.