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Expert calls for national policy on higher education

Staff Reporter

ELURU: Jandhyala B.G. Tilak, Head of the Department of Educational Finance of National University of Educational Planning and Administration, on Thursday called for a national policy on higher education.

Speaking at a national seminar on ‘future of social sciences-new perspectives’ held here under the aegis of Sir. C.R. Reddy College, he said the government had formulated a policy on elementary education as a constitutional obligation while ignoring higher education.

Mr. Tilak observed that the disciplines of social sciences and humanities were subjected to apathy for want of adequate focus from the government.

A number of universities and colleges across the country were compelled to wind up several disciplines such as sociology, philosophy, anthropology and linguistics falling under social sciences and humanities as a result of the ‘lopsided’ public priorities.

Saying that engineering education and management studies were ruling the roost, he observed: “Skill inculcation takes precedence over critical thinking.”

Globalisation

The globalisation of Indian economy had contributed to two important developments vis-À-vis education and research -- flow of international aid for educational development and the emergence of private entrepreneurship in education and research which had serious implications on both quality and quantity, Mr. Murali added.

R.V.R. Chandrasekahar Rao, former Vice-Chancellor of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University, expressed his serious concern over deteriorating standards in engineering education.

Of over 600 engineering colleges in the State, hardly 50 of them could meet the required standards. An international survey concluded that 75 per cent of India’s engineering graduates fell short of international standards for employment, he said.

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