‘Education means much more than a good job and a comfortable lifestyle'

Teachers should be paid sufficient remuneration for their hard work and the measure, if implemented effectively, could result in quality teachers in educational institutions, according to M.V.N. Sharma, Registrar of Acharya Nagarjuna University.

Addressing the valedictory session of a two-day national seminar on “Innovative Techniques Towards Quality Enhancement in Higher Education –The Role of Stakeholders” organised by Maris Stella College in the city, he spoke about the several lacunae in the present educational set-up and the existing paradoxical situation that paralysed the sector. He said the only way to enhance quality of education was to appoint quality teachers. Prof. Sharma said it was unfortunate that the Government was gradually shifting the burden of teachers' payment to the college managements. V.V. N. Rajendra Prasad of Sri Krishnadevaraya University in Anantapur asked the students to spell out their intention of going to a college. Pointing to the pressing needs of youngsters in a market-driven economy, he said the goal of a major chunk of the students was to look for a plum post and ‘settle well' in life after leaving college.

He reiterated that education meant much more than a good job and a comfortable lifestyle. “Acquiring knowledge through education will not only make us a good human being but it will also improve our lifestyle. Education also means community service,” he added.

In a power-point presentation, he highlighted about the three key issues related to education – access, quality and relevance.

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