How school-college gap can be bridged
TALKING HEADS: Participants at The Times of India Vice Chancellor Conclave on Monday called for making the school system dynamic to prevent the need of coaching for higher education New Delhi: Manish Sisodia made a strong pitch for tackling the educational coaching industry and asked the stakeholders in higher education to work on bridging the gap between what schools teach and what colleges expect. Delhi’s deputy chief minister added that there was a need to make the school system dynamic to prevent the need of coaching.
Delivering the key note address at The Times of India Vice Chancellor Conclave on Monday, Sisodia said: “Our school education system is very static and its outcome is not in sync with the expectation of the colleges. The difference is being sought to be filled through coaching, which has grown over the years. It is a burden on the students because as well as attending school they also have to go for coaching.”
Sisodia asked the participating vice-chancellors, college principals and teachers to deliberate on the matter and find means to bridge the gap between the school and college systems. “There is a need to make the school system dynamic so that there is no requirement for coa
ching institutes,” he said.
The first session of the conclave was on the New Education Policy (NEP). The panellists highlighted the need to focus on skill creation and to make apprenticeship a mandatory part of education at the undergraduate level. Professor S K Mehrotra, economics teacher at Jawaharlal Nehru University, pointed out how less than 5% of the student opted for vocational education after secondary school in India. “In China, more than 50% are streamed into vocational education,” he said.
Jayant Krishna, senior fellow, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC, noted app
reciatively that NEP made the study of one vocational subject compulsory for classes XI and XII. “The policy, however, does not mention apprenticeships for the students. A six-month apprenticeship at the undergraduate level should be incorporated in NEP,” Krishna suggested.
With consensus on the importance of inculcating research at all levels of education, Raghunath Shevgaonkar, vice-chancellor, Bennett University, observed, “NEP has brought research back into the education system, but the affiliation system is a problem. This constricts research to a few university departments and leaves the undergraduate system unexposed to research.”
Anna Roy, senior advisor at Niti Aayog talked about the need to provide commute infrastructure.
Other themes discussed at the conclave included the need for digitalisation, internationalisation of education and up-skilling aligned to industry. M P Poonia, vice-chairman, All India Council for Technical Education, said hackathons were being organised to provide exposure to students.
Sisodia asked the participating vice-chancellors, college principals and teachers to deliberate on the matter and find means to bridge the gap between the school and college systems