“Higher ed­u­ca­tion in In­dia has many threats”

India Today - - PUNE -

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.

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