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Higher Education in India

Higher Education in India

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Published by: Krishnamurthy Prabhakar on Aug 13, 2011
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8/13/2011Should we miss Einsteins in Higher Education in India- Do We Have SomeLessons to Learn? _____________________________________________________________________ Dr.K.Prabhakar,Professor,Velammal Engineering College,Velammal Nagar, Ambattur-Redhills Road,Chennai-600066, Tamilnaduprofkprabhakar@gmail.com _____________________________________________________________________ Context
I will not be discussing the varied issues faced by the Indian higher educationscenario here. However, I assure you that you will not regret reading this as it addresssome of the issues keeping future in view.
Introduction
Dr.Jamil Salmi while discussing on future of education he described future in theflowing prophecy. I have added my own ideas at appropriate places to indianize thereport. I warn my readers of my disability of being a bipolar and is may be one of themaniac depressive states I write this.
Circa 2020 ( not too far in future)
In the future, it will be compulsory to go to university. Universities willrecruit their new students on Myspace and Facebook, and in countries where it’sdifficult to attract engineering students to study Engineering, they will go straight tokindergarten to start motivating them.When they enter university, newstudents will get a free laptop, a Blackberry, an iPad and a Kindle with all their text books. If you need financial aid, you will participate in an auction on eBay to get your scholarship.In the future students will commonly be enrolled in two or threeuniversities at the same time studying towards a common degree. No more emails inthe future they are slow. We will be commonly using only social networking.Students will take open internet exams and the validity of their degree will be onlyfive years.And bad news for those of you who are teachers redoing courses everyyear is a must. But no anxiety it will be much easier in the future because lectureswill be for five minute lectures. Most courses will be online and if a student needssome help, he or she will call number to Bangalore for online tutoring.
 
Infrastructure
In the future it will be cheaper to build universities because we will have no more physical libraries or labs; it will be all i•labs and e•libraries. Universities will recruitany professor who has studied overseas as they will be available at a cheaper cost.Bad news on the financial front, of course. Government universities will receive only10% of their income from governments. They will be so bankrupt that corruption willerode the budgets and politicians will ensure that government institutions will notflourish. Thanks to the policy of the Government of private entry the post graduatemedical seat is costing 3 crores and a MBBS medical seat is 60 lakhs with five yearsadvance booking. The concept of advance booking of cine theaters in India duringgood old days has been back marked ( an antonym of next marking) in education inIndia. The private sector will help government with hefty bribes so that governmentwill honor them to be the either holy men or benevolent givers of knowledge. Theylater contest elections to win people mandate to get legitimacy to marketing of education. Vice Chancellors will be earning large sums a year. Salary will beindexed to ranking, going up and down with your ranking of results obtained bystudents.
Knowledge of English
In countries where English is not a native language, parents will have surgery performed on their young children to cut the little skin that links the tongue to themouth to improve their English language pronunciation. They may use even cruder method to make children to make them learn English so that it becomes theicommercial voice as will as inner voice.MBA will disappear because in the futurethe degree will be the MFA, the Master in Fine Arts, because creativity will be soimportant. I have been telling Kahanis; a common word in India who bluffs . Let usexamine some of the examples that are likely to lead to these conclusions. For this purpose I have borrowed totally and shamelessly as it is true reflection. Great artistssteal, I remember Bill Gates.Let us compare South Korea and Brazil. But look at the difference today. SouthKorea is doing so well and Brazil is so behind. They tried to do some adjustments tocompensate for differences in investment in both physical and human capital and thatmakes it slightly better for Brazil. But still we have this huge gap which theyattribute to the way South Korea, much more than Brazil, has harnessedknowledge for its development.
 
While many of us use Korean products we rarely use products of Brazil. How do youexplain the phenomena? The major difference is the number of people with tertiaryeducation have gone up many fold in Korea compared that of Brazil from 1960 to2010. A few weeks back, the Prime Minister of Ontario travelled to the US and hegave a speech and, at the end of the speech he had the following words
: If you think about the world we live in today, it is a world where you can borrow your capital,copy your technology and buy your natural resources. There is only one thing left onwhich to build your advantage, build a strong economy and society, and that istalent.” That is the only competitive advantage nowadays.
A few years back there was a commission on the future of skills in the US andit looked at the very generous distribution of labor that they proposed. The US willfocus on creative work, R&D, design, marketing and sales, managing the globalsupplies chain and, for the rest of the world, all of them will be confined to routinework, whether we do it ourselves or whether we use machines to do that. Do you likethat vision of the world? It has not worked for United states. The number of peopleemployed in computer hardware industry has come down to the levels of what was thenumber in 1980’s. Andy Groove lamented that the jobs are shifted to Foxconn aChinese company with least transparency. United states lost large number of ecosystem of workers who were responsible for creating a social system that used to produce one of the finest workforce in the world. The loss to United States is a loss tothe world.(http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/10_28/b4186048412143.htm)

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