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Discussion on Indian Higher Education Challenges & Opportunities 7 Aug, 2013

Prof. Mrs. Chandra Krishnamurthy, Vice-Chancellor, Pondicherry University led the weekly discussion on 7th August 2013 with her talk “Discussion on Indian Higher Education Challenges & Opportunities”

Prof Chandra started her talk with Swami Vivekananda quote “The education which doesn’t help the common mass of people to equip themselves for the struggle for life, which does not bring out strength of character, a spirit of philanthropy and the courage of a lion. Is it worth name? “. She also briefly explained about the history of Indian higher education by refereeing Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru.

Challenges in Higher Education:

  • Quality improvement
  • Curriculum
  • Code of professional ethics for teachers
  • Globalization
  • Administration
  • Management.

Opportunities in Higher education

1. Participate in high-level masters/doctoral courses 2. Receive double/multiple/Joint degree from consortium of excellent universities 3. Improve linguistic skills and intercultural experience 4. Improve employability of students through recognition of qualifications and study periods abroad 5. Academic Exchange of knowledge, Ideas, contacts. 6. Revision of Textbooks and Representation of courses which correspond to the content of global community knowledge and international problems. 7. Development of Humanistic Resources for the realization of social, economic, cultural consequences of universities internationalization. 8. Scientific and Cultural cooperation by the students and scientific board of universities 9. Use of the comparative studies to present the content of existing educational programs 10. Emphasis on inter-cultural skills for planning in Higher Education. 11. Acquaint students with abilities and skills in the international arena 12. Planning of special textbooks for foreign students 13. Exchange experiences among universities. 14. Cause effective and more international scientific cooperation among the universities. 15. Enrichment of university environments for educational and research activities according to the global standards. 16. Planning of educational programs according to the time needed through regional and international cooperation among universities. 17. Acceptance of more number of scientific boards and foreigron students in universities. 18. Protection of researchers, scientific boards and young mangers in HE. 19. Effective cooperation in planning, executing, accessing of the international research projects. 20. Preparation of facilities for scientific boards to use new technologies.

Key to better universities

  • Effective spending
  • Re-working
  • Breaking academic bureaucracy
  • Prepare the syllabus based on what the industry wants

Discussion points

  • Education should be accessible for all equally
  • Simplify the process of Student Bank Loan
  • Women participation in Higher Education
  • Global Standard teachers
  • Change in age old teacher training methods
  • Comprehensive Student health policy in educational institutions to handle the stress
  • Student exchange programs within India and Abroad.