The Union government must give more autonomy to higher educational institutions for them to attain a higher quality, like it happens in the West, Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy said here on Thursday.
The role of government bodies like AICTE must be reduced and it should be left to consumers to rate the quality of colleges in the country, he added, while announcing the winners of sixth Infosys Prize for 2014.
“People should decide the quality and government must take a back seat. We should give more freedom to our higher educational institutions like done in Western countries. Funding will not be an issue if the role of government bodies like AICTE is reduced,” Murthy said.
Infosys Prize, instituted by Infosys Science Foundation (ISF) trust of the IT major, is given across six categories: Engineering and Computer Science, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences. The prize consists of a purse of Rs 55 lakh, a 22-karat gold medallion and a citation certificate for each category, making it one of the most lucrative awards in the country.
Jayant Haritsa, Professor, Supercomputer Education and Research Centre and Chair of Department of Computer Science and Automation, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, was awarded the Engineering and Computer Science prize. In the Humanities category, Shamnad Basheer, founder and managing trustee of Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access, Bangalore won the prize.