The demand for quality education is intense and students and parents are going to great lengths to access it. The problems are on the supply side. With Kapil Sibal as the new human resources development minister, perhaps winds of change will blow.
I need to free education from the licence-permit raj. Let colleges set their own fees and salaries, curriculum and exams and expansion plans. The current system obstructs the ethical and promotes the unethical through over-regulation. We also need to substantially increase vocational training. Industry has to step forward to create a market for the vocationally trained. However, the government’s rigid labour policy is hindering this by discouraging employment-creation in the organised sector.
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