`Reform higher education to meet global challenges'

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V.S. Mallimath delivers convocation address at Gulbarga University

  • Students urged to help develop a national character
  • Economy depends on excellence in higher education

    GULBARGA: Former Chief Justice of the Karnataka and Kerala High Courts and member of the National Human Rights Commission V.S. Mallimath on Thursday stressed the need for Indian universities to develop better programmes to meet global trends in higher education.

    Delivering the convocation address at the 25th convocation of Gulbarga University, Mr. Mallimath said there was a time when the population growth in the country and the problem of educated unemployed youth was a major concern. However, now developed countries were envious of the large population of educated and talented youth in India and credit for this must go to universities.

    He said but if Indian universities failed to bring in changes in the higher education system, foreign universities were likely to monopolise higher education in the country.

    "Globalisation has contributed to the demand for a competent workforce, resulting in tremendous increase in the demand for quality education," he added.

    He said the changing global economy, the emergence of new technologies, competition among technical institutions and distance and online education had given a new dimension to the domain of higher education. Mr. Mallimath said the global economy would depend on the ability to sustain excellence, innovation and wise leadership in higher education.

    He called for reform in education to meet the challenges posed by the rapid global, social and political revolutions that were taking place in the world.

    Mr. Mallimath said centres of higher education should pay special attention to adopt the latest technology and communication with students should be increased via the Internet. "Conventional teaching and reading materials should be supplemented by electronic books and journals."

    Mr. Mallimath advised the new graduates to help develop a national character. Pointing out that the efforts to build national character were successful in other countries, Mr. Mallimath called for emulating these countries.

    He said it was unfortunate that the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi to follow truth and non-violence had been given a pass by and added that it was time to restore these values.

    "Universities must take this as a challenge in inculcate social and moral values among students," he added.


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