Only 25 to 30% graduates passing out from all universities in the state are employable. This shocking revelation was made by principal secretary of higher education, government of Maharashtra, J S Saharia. He presented the figures, obtained from a survey conducted by NASSCOM, to governor SC Jamir at a meeting convened at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai on Saturday to review the higher, technical and vocational education in the state.
Chief minister Ashok Chavan, minister for higher and technical education Rajesh Tope, minister of state Varsha Gaikwad, chairman of the Shikshan Shulka Samiti Justice (retd) P S Patankar were also present in the meeting. Seemingly taking a cue from Union HRD minister Kapil Sibal on education reforms, Saharia stressed on the need to take effective measures to enhance quality of education across all spheres. Sibal had talked and even initiated such reforms to overhaul entire school education to bring it at par with global standards. “The figures are disturbing. There is an urgent need to improve quality of education. We have already directed the universities to revamp their curricula across all faculties,” Saharia told TOI adding that improving quality was the only way to make students from state become globally competitive. Read More>>
Led by India, America’s universities and colleges have defied the economic meltdown by posting the biggest increase in the number of international students admitted since 1980.
India, which has led the student inflow to US campuses for the past eight years, has for the first time crossed the one lakh mark in a single academic year. It has sent 1,03,200 students of a total 6,71,616 foreign students admitted during 2008-09 academic year, said the Institute of International Education (IIE) in its annual report, released on Monday.
India accounts for as much as 15.4 per cent of the year’s flow of international students into the US. With China following closely (98,235 students), the two Asian giants together account for 30 per cent America’s newly-enrolled foreign students.
Neither the US’s recession with unemployment currently running at 10.2 per cent nor the escalating costs of American higher education appear to have applied the brakes on the “Chalo America” trend. Read More>>
Why Yale won’t come to India, why the sector can’t depend on for-profits and how the UID system will be used to track drop-out rates.
HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal kick started the panel, emphasizing that India’s biggest issue is to scale up the number of children who enter, and pass through, the educational system. “We need to develop a critical mass moving from higher secondary to undergraduate institutions. Of the 220 million who go to school in India, only 12.4% reach college. We need 30% to get there.”
Richard Levin, President of Yale University, talked about the importance of choosing a handful of institutions to nurture and propel towards becoming world class institutions. He also highlighted the importance of attracting and nurturing faculty that are research pioneers in the fields: “India must fund research on a strictly meritocratic basis and integrate researchers into universities.” He also added that universities should be willing to “break egalitarianism in salaries” in order to be able offer competitive salaries to lure back faculty that have chosen to work abroad.
Another theme that dominated the panel included the separation of the deliverer (government) from the regulator, and the possibility of for-profit investments in education. Sibal categorically stated that the for-profit model is unacceptable to him at this point, as it is far too risky to allow educational institutions to be tied to a volatile stock market, and unrealistic to expect private institutions to invest in India’s rural areas. “While the private sector should be allowed to make surpluses that they invest back into this sector, if the stock market goes bust we cannot afford for educational institutions to go bust,” he said. Read More>>
It is difficult to describe the global economic downturn as a sudden gift of fate. But that is exactly what it proved to be for the Indian education sector. As the world economy went into a tailspin, big-ticket salaries for B-school graduates became a thing of the past, and fewer people were willing to pay huge “donations” for a seat in a medical or engineering college. It provided the much-required opportunity to clean the Augean stables.
It also provided an opportunity to ensure systemic changes that would help bring the Indian education sector at par with the best in the world. Minister for human resource development Kapil Sibal made “change” and “reform” his mantras. “Nothing is static. We have to change if we are to compete with global standards and meet global challenges. We have to march forward to be able to compete at the international level,” he said.
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Ragging has always been a problem on college campuses. But the Central Board of Secondary Education feels that ragging in schools is just as rampant and immediate steps need to be taken to address the problem.
A circular to this effect has been sent to schools across the country, asking them to strictly follow certain guidelines that would help address the problem. When city schools re-open later this week, a series of activities will start to ensure that all the pointers in the circular are met.
From detailing punishment for an offender or group of offenders, quantifying the number of counselling sessions that every child has to go through in a year, setting up wellness clubs, bringing out anti-ragging manuals and training peer mentors/educators to mentioning ragging as a crime in school diaries, the circular clearly mentions anti-ragging measures that schools need to take immediately.
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University of Madras vice chancellor G Thiruvasagam on Wednesday unveiled a slew of proposed social initiatives aimed at expanding access to higher education to the underprivileged and those living in rural areas.
“All physically challenged students will be exempted from paying fees including examination fee in all courses. The modalities for assessing the minimum disability levels will be worked out in consultation with experts,” said Thiruvasagam. Taking into account that many rural students dropped out of higher education since they were unable to afford hostel fees in the city, the university has decided to encourage setting up of arts and science colleges in Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram districts by exempting them from paying the affiliation fee, inspection fee and other attendant charges.
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Despite recession blues, the Salem region consisting of Namakkal and other districts of Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri, is emerging as the hub of professional education in Tamil Nadu with a host of new engineering and arts and science colleges being added to the existing list.
A couple of years ago, Salem district had 39 higher education institutions such as engineering colleges, arts and science and polytechnic colleges, besides Government Medical College, Government Engineering College, private-managed Vinayaka Mission University and Salem Periyar University.
The State’s higher education department also runs four Government Arts Colleges.
But for the last two years, the list has grown to 55 with the opening of 10 new engineering colleges, two arts and science colleges, three management institutes and a polytechnic college, besides a constituent college of Periyar University in Mettur.
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