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Each state should have one central university, let state univs compete: Montek

Source : India Education Review
March 18, 2013

“Our education system is not designed keeping employability in mind. So the match between what we produce and what we need has to be kept in mind,” said, Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission at India Education Summit.

 

“Looking at the size of this country the number of central universities is very less. I would suggest that each state should have one central university and let state universities compete with central universities,” he added.

 

Discussing about the funding pattern of universities by central government and state government, he said, “The central government should spend more money as education is in the concurrent list and the state governments do not have enough money. Though states need to spend more money then what they are spending at this point of time.”

 

Dr Ahluwalia talking about the research being conducted in separate institutions instead of universities, he said, “Our universities are just teaching factories, we should integrate research with teaching in our universities.”

 

“Education game is a permanent game; we need to ask ourselves now what we need to do, how to generate funding for universities. I am not of the view that fee of universities should be raised to cover the cost; in US the cost of universities is mostly covered by donations, philanthropies and direct government research. In our country the research is done by separate research institutions,” said Dr Ahluwalia.

 

Talking about the need to expand public sector resources for education sector, he opined, “We must expand the resources that the government spends in education, we should not leave it only to the private sector.”


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