‘Everything that is there in the west need not be the best’ says CUG VC
In ranking of Indian universities we are talking of two aspects; one is international ranking and the other is Indian ranking. International ranking is fine; you are one among so many universities but, there are issues. The issue of ranking within the nation has certain difficulties because we have all sorts of institutions.
We have 100-year-old institutions; at the same time we also have five-year-old institutions. Ranking can create certain issues when you are recruiting people and you are ranked down somewhere 300 or 400, the teacher who is coming to teach in this university might think why is he going there? So, is the case with students as well, and students would like to opt for universities within top 50 or 100, not for a university which is at 300 or 400 or beyond that.
Then we have universities located in rural areas and urban areas with all their constraints, in particular the problem is with old universities and new universities being put on the same parameters and ranked saying that a five-year-old university will fulfill all the parameters like that of infrastructure, faculty, labs, etc. You cannot expect five-year-old universities to have all these things in place.
Similarly, you have state universities, central, private, deemed, deemed private and deemed universities. And private universities can pump in a lot of resources, which is not the case with state universities. They have that freedom, liberty to operate depending on the requirements of the society, industry; they can change the syllabi, it’s not that we cannot change, but there are certain constraints.
The private and deemed universities also pick and choose faculty and students irrespective of the nature of the faculty or student coming in. We are more of a university that accommodates all sections of society, we need to cater to them and we do that. We may have our own difficulties. In a private university a student who has studied in a private medium school may go but in a public university students from every walk of life, be it rural or urban, or from socially or economically backward section may go and they may not be as exposed as students coming from rich and urban areas and we have to cater to these students as well.
Yes, it is true as western universities and Indian universities are very much different and everything that is there in the West need not be the best. We need not just close our eyes and copy whatever western countries have to offer, we need to evolve our own system because our problems are very different from the West.
When we talk about the National education Policy, we would like to see total paradigm shift, the education scenario and the system that we follow is still in the 19th century format that McCauley had planned. We are still following the 10+2+3 format that hinders any kind of change or development. There has to be a paradigm shift in how we look at it, the Ministry is looking at it like coming up with new programmes, community colleges, transfer of credit. When we talk about new changes we have to talk about new courses, which are more relevant to the present rather than just teaching History, Sociology and Political Science.
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