Change mindset for real change

Professor Ashok S Kolaskar, Former Vice Chancellor, KIIT University, on what he feels the 12th Five Year Plan should focus on

Unless mindsets change and we bring about some radical transformations in our perception of higher education no amount of budgeting and planning is going to work for the country.

The 12th Five Year Plan must focus on state universities to really serve the cause of higher education. Outcome-based education is important. This will help in producing quality fellows missing from most of the state and private universities today. Just increasing the number of universities and institutions is not going to serve the purpose.
In order to improve quality, autonomy is important. All state universities must be brought together. Changing the system of governance in universities and choosing right leaders to head them is important.
Accreditation is important to improve the quality of education. But it should be based on the output quality of the institution and not merely on infrastructure. You have a good infrastructure but if the product coming out of that is bad then one must review the accreditation process.
Community colleges may not work in a country where society is hierarchical. The only hope is industrial houses that have started investing in higher education.

Unless mindsets change and we bring about some radical transformations in our perception of higher education no amount of budgeting and planning is going to work for the country.

The 12th Five Year Plan must focus on state universities to really serve the cause of higher education. Outcome-based education is important. This will help in producing quality fellows missing from most of the state and private universities today. Just increasing the number of universities and institutions is not going to serve the purpose.

In order to improve quality, autonomy is important. All state universities must be brought together. Changing the system of governance in universities and choosing right leaders to head them is important.

Accreditation is important to improve the quality of education. But it should be based on the output quality of the institution and not merely on infrastructure. You have a good infrastructure but if the product coming out of that is bad then one must review the accreditation process.

Community colleges may not work in a country where society is hierarchical. The only hope is industrial houses that have started investing in higher education.


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