There are several imbalances in the higher education system in India and these continue to plague the system, coming in the way of the nation’s progress, M. Anandakrishnan, Chairman, Board of Governors, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, said on Monday.
“Though the education system is moving closer to the core of development thinking, there are ridiculous imbalances all over India,” the former Anna University Vice-Chancellor said. He was speaking during the inauguration of a three-day national conference on Indian Higher Education – Contemporary Challenges and Perspectives, at Madras Christian College.
Somehow the whole country was brainwashed into believing that sending young people to study engineering and medicine alone was enough and in the process, ignoring history, fine arts and literature among many other disciplines, he added.
Mike Nithavrianakis, British Deputy High Commissioner to Southern India, said foreign educational institutions should not look at India as a “pipeline for student recruitment” and that they should engage in long-term relationships based on trust and values. .
William Sweet, Director of the Centre for Philosophy, Theology and Cultural Traditions at St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada, Kulbir Singh, Postmaster General, Business Development, Technology and Marketing, Tamil Nadu Circle, and others also participated.
Keywords: higher education system