Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: There is tremendous growth in access to professional education in the last 60 years of Independence. The number of engineering and medical colleges in the country, particularly in the South, has grown by leaps and bounds, creating a host of opportunities to youth. Sharing of resources and use of modern technology can bridge the gap further.

While all speakers at a seminar on ‘Study of professional courses’, organised by the Centre for Policy Studies as part of its lecture series programme on ‘India at Sixty’ at the Visakhapatnam Public Library on Thursday evening, were unanimous on these aspects, the entry and proliferation of private players came in for divergent views.

AMC Principal C.V. Rao set the tone for the debate by giving an elaborate picture of the trends in medical education in the country and in AP starting from 1947 through a PowerPoint presentation. Dr. Rao deplored the decline in values and the commercialisation of medical education. He predicted that private colleges would rule the roost in future and it could lead to unethical practices. Principal of AU College of Engineering Allam Appa Rao suggested the use of software and IT to reduce the gap in demand and supply of health care professionals. Principal of Gitam Engineering College V.V. Kutumba Rao felt that private sector made a significant contribution to the growth of engineering education. Secretary and correspondent of GVP P. Somaraju presided. Principal of GVP College of Engineering N.S.V.V.S.J. Gandhi spoke. Director of Centre for Policy Studies A. Prasanna Kumar introduced the speakers.