Narendra Modi govt should hike spending on higher education; make it graft-free: Experts

Jun 14 2014, 21:14 IST
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Narendra Modi government should spend eight per cent of GDP on expansion of higher education believes education experts. (PTI) Narendra Modi government should spend eight per cent of GDP on expansion of higher education believes education experts. (PTI)
SummaryNarendra Modi government should spend eight per cent of GDP on expansion of higher education believes education experts.

have completed ten years," Vishwanathan stated.

This would enable these institutions to revise their syllabi and update knowledge to the global level, he added.

Referring to the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER), Vishwanathan said it too stood at 18 to 19 per cent in India as compared to the world average of 27 per cent. This applied to even educationally advanced states such as Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

"We have 14 crore youths aged between 18 and 23, out of which, less than three crore are enrolled in 700 universities," he noted.

The government should also discuss the miserable ranking of India in a global report on Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA) in Parliament to seek remedial measures, Vishwanathan observed.

He said the issue of fixing the fees should be left to the educational institutions and not to state governments, with an emphasis on transparency in the fee structure as only competition in the sector would bring down the cost of education.

Vishwanathan, joined by EPSI chairman Arun Nigvekar, strongly advocated a "single window approach" at the government level to facilitate easy clearances on matters concerning educational approvals and institutional recognitions.

"In professional education we need to convince the present government to adopt a single window coordination system for all educational councils," Nigvekar who chaired the session attended by various institutional representatives said.

Vishwanathan expressed confidence that it would be possible to unshackle the educational sector from the menace of capitation and corruption if central and state governments as well as private institutions made a coordinated effort to achieve that goal to make India a world leader in education.

The EPSI's current exercise of interacting with the stakeholders in various parts of the country to elicit their views for incorporating them into the proposed memorandum to the central government concluded with the last meeting in western region held today.

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