‘Existing institutions unable to cope with growing demand'
Member of the University Grants Commission (UGC) K. Ramamurthy Naidu on Saturday said that the country would require 1,000 more universities to meet the growing demand for higher education. He said that the government was keen on adding 300 universities immediately to the existing 500, which were unable to cope up with the existing demand. While addressing the faculty of Gurajada Educational Society in Pedapadu near Srikakulam, Prof. Ramamurthy said the Centre had allocated Rs. 45 crore thousands for improvement of higher education with the establishment of new universities and professional colleges. He, however, expressed serious concern over commercialisation of education in the country, as many unqualified persons were eager to start own colleges to make money within no time.
“The UGC always gives top priority for highest standards and quality in higher education. Well trained faculty is the need of the hour. Otherwise, there is no use in establishing more colleges in the country,” Prof. Ramamurthy Naidu said. “I always favour autonomy to faculty in framing the syllabus, which should suit the existing needs of society. Orientation and refresher courses have to be conducted for the teaching staff so that they can upgrade their knowledge and train the students in a perfect manner,” he added.
He recalled his attachment with the Gurajada Educational Society founder-chairman G.V. Swamy Naidu and hailed his service to the field of education. Mr. Swamy Naidu said he had always given top priority to reach highest standards in colleges. Degree and PG Colleges principal P. Srinivasa Rao, B.Ed. College principal A. Ranga Rao and DIET college principal D. Appa Rao also participated in the programme.