G. Viswanathan, founder and Chancellor of VIT University, Vellore, warned that efforts are on to incite communal sentiments in the field of higher education.

He was here on Sunday to participate in the 82nd birthday celebration of M.N. Channabasappa, Director of the Siddaganga Institute of Technology. “We are supposed to address the issue of communalism through education. However, communal ideas are now being propagated through education,” he said.

Mr. Viswanathan said that the Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education in the country was 16 per cent while it was over 60 per cent in developed countries.

“India is lagging behind in having quality research publications. Twenty-five years ago, India had 10,000 research publications and China 1,000, but now we have 25,000 and China 72,000,” he said.

“Universities in India have confined their activities to conducting examinations and announcing results. They do not take up research activities. The higher education system in India is not conducive for research and internalisation and its quality has decreased.”

He said that commercialisation in higher education could not be stopped without putting an end to corruption.

Ashok Kheny, Managing Director, NICE Ltd.; and Shivaraj.V. Patil, former judge, Supreme Court, were present.

  • ‘India does not have enough research publications’

  • ‘Put an end to corruption in higher education’