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“India does not have a credible and sustainable public policy on higher education (HE) even after 64 years of independence," said Prof M. Ananda krishnan, chairman, IIT Kanpur. He was delivering the keynote address at a symposium on 'Public Policy and Governance' organized by the School of International Relations and Politics (SIRP), MG University on Thursday, 29th March 2012. He said some of the persisting problems of HE include lack of competent institutional academic leadership, lack of transparency in decision-making and domination by government representatives in policy making.
“Neoliberal policies since 1990 are stressed on privatization in many spheres of social life, but it has also generated a lot of repercussions," he added. Mushrooming of private universities through state legislations is a trend that is going to affect the credibility of the system. Though there are apprehensions about the entry of foreign universities in the country, the system has not come under scrutiny. The proposed bill might curb the unhealthy practices underway in the country, he said. Prof Ananda krishnan said state universities had a high level of bureaucratization and corruption compared to Central universities. However, in terms of budgetary support, state universities get little, unlike their counterparts in Central institutions. This imbalance in allocation of funds has already resulted in discriminatory practices. The Yashpal Committee had recommended that there should be no discrimination between the Centre and the states on the question of funds, he said. Referring to distance education and open learning in the country, the IIT chairman said it was started with good intentions, but over years had been vandalized. The number of such institutions and stakeholders is mind-boggling, he added.
Courtesy: Times of India
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