“Higher education in India has many threats”
Bhushan Patwardhan, vice chancellor, Symbiosis International University, discusses the current education system. Q. What is your take on the present Indian education scenario? A. Today, higher education in India has many threats, scarce finances, inadequate faculty, lack of innovation, absence of autonomy, poor content, intense commercialisation and global competition. India needs holistic, flexible and vibrant universities where research and innovative teaching becomes an integral part of every curriculum. Q. Indian universities don’t feature well on the global platform. Where exactly do you feel, we are lacking? A. India today does not have truly world class universities. We are new in the process of university building. We do have outstanding institutions but none of the typical university figures out in the list of top 300 Universities in the global ranking. India can certainly create a world class university system faster where public and private universities can develop meaningful intranational collaborations. Subsequently, through sharing of best practices, each of the collaborating universities would gradually emerge as independent world class universities also.