In this era of unprecedented progress in science and technology, it is imperative that we look towards the growth and sustenance of the position and reach of India’s higher education in the global perspective to strive towards excellence in research and related fields for the welfare of mankind and uplifting our social well being Higher education today, is more of a necessity than an option and this calls for a thorough analysis on the aspects of higher education in order to deliver and share knowledge among the masses and also to attract students from a global ambiance. However it is bound to the shackles of financing and management, including access, equity, assessment of institutions and their accreditation.
The most lethal virus that leads to a descent in the output characteristics of Indian Higher education is the reduced hype from the masses towards scientific temperament by aligning their goals towards fat sums of money awaiting them. This leads to a stagnation that lowers the scientific zeal of an institution. While foreign universities make their stand in the global rankings, India struggles to remain in par with them due to budget cuts and lowered research sponsors and scientific developments. The lack of high quality resources hinders the process too. Not to forget the existing disparities among the different social levels of the country. While a needy person from the rural area could be instilled with great scientific affiliations, he could still not step forth with the idea due to financial, ethical and social obstacles that trip would trip him down along the way. As a developing country, we also face budget cuts and reduced support from the government that has its hand tied to other national problems like corruption, poverty, unemployment to look after.
However one cannot put circumstances to blame. Considering countries like China and Singapore, that at the time of India’s independence were more or less equally undernourished in terms of development but now have reached the zenith of progress put ourselves to thinking that something has gone wrong. The quality and deliverance of education has to be checked at the grass-root level so that students are instilled with a sense of knowledge sharing and scientific outreach. For this, we need guidance from teachers who inspire them with the achievements of the foreign universities and create a feeling of competitiveness among the students. Higher education must emphasize not on a good record of placements alone but also on the quantity of research that must simultaneously carry on. Curriculum has to be framed in such a way that it encourages students to develop projects and provide them platforms to exhibit their ideas and innovations. We could also invite eminent personalities for guest lectures as in the IITs and IIMs, provide a healthy environment for foreign applicants and stress on state-of-the-art equipment and lab facilities that could act as a powerful magnet in attracting foreign minds to work with us and help in the mutual knowledge sharing phenomenon.
Reservation, a national stigma on the face of Indian subcontinent in many ways deters a student’s moral mind-set. Reservation policies must be stringent that only those deserving it benefit while the current scenario presents those living in cities having faced not an instance of social/economic oppression/crisis receiving the benefits of this vile policy. The Government must ensure better committees regulating academic performances rating colleges on the basis of research as well check upon the quality and infrastructure. We could invite foreign educationists to guide us along the way learning from their criticisms. National level competitions that aim at bringing out a sense of research among students, inspiring them for higher studies and scholarships to motivate them are all some suggestions. International level collaboration with recognized universities is an asset for the country’s educational globalization. A reminiscence of India’s glorious past in the field of sciences, our responsibility towards knowledge sharing and a zeal for achieving commendable results would help India’s higher education to be more productive and reach out for more.
The public and private sector initiatives can also be a major booster to India’s higher education. Organizing national level workshops, encouraging collective field trips, plant visits, online events, fests, guest lectures, mega events, exhibitions and providing placements not only on the basis of good academic record but also on scientific initiatives/patents/research projects undertaken by the student are some steps that are practical to implement.
Therefore it’s high time India wakes up to the needs, advantages and importance of Higher education and contribute to science and technology and make a strong stand in the global platform.