`No study carried out to get feedback on the effectiveness of CET'
BAGALORE: The former Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University M.S. Thimmappa on Monday said the academics need to be involved while deciding on educational policies, including those related to professional education.
He said dealing with professional education was more than a question of seat adjustment and fee structure. "It's the quality of professional education we are dealing with," Mr. Thimmappa said and added that education should make the student a thorough professional.
Mr. Thimmappa was speaking at the one-day seminar on "Excellence in teacher education," organised on the occasion of silver jubilee celebrations of Dr. Ambedkar College of Education.
Mr. Thimmappa said the Supreme Court, while deciding on Common Entrance Test (CET) for professional courses, did not discuss the issue from an academic perspective.
No study had been carried out to get a feedback about the effectiveness of the CET from students and their parents.
"You will find some of beneficiaries now in higher echelons of government administration. You will find engineers and doctors, who are not satisfied with their profession," he said. Such a study about this 10-year-old process should have been made available to the Supreme Court, he said.
Mr. Thimmappa lamented the non-implementation of Bangalore University's recommendation for integral degree courses in physical and life sciences. He said the recommendation was made in 1999 to address the shortfall of students for the postgraduate courses in basic sciences.
"The course was the first of its kind. But still no statute had been passed to implement the recommendation," he said. Studies of teachers should be taken as the final word.
Academic consideration should supersede all other considerations, he said.
Minister for Higher Education D.H. Shankaramurthy said teachers need to address lack of self-confidence and patriotism among the graduates. The present education system focussed on academics rather than personality development.
"A newspaper recently found an young software professional being unaware about the significance of Independence Day," he said.