The quality of higher education in India has to improve to meet the high expectations of present day employers, Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor has said.

Addressing an interactive session organised by the Malabar Chamber of Commerce at Paramount Tower here, on Sunday, Mr. Tharoor stressed on pro-active measures to address the crisis.

Leading employers were conducting year-long special training programmes for fresh recruits to mould them for the industry’s requirements.

Top employers such as Infosys and TCS had extensive academic infrastructure for internal training, which actually pointed a finger at the quality of our present educational system.

He lamented that the country was yet to offer better facilities to students in tune with the changing industrial demands.

According to him, occasional refresher courses are a must to update the knowledge level of the youth aspiring for better career.

Courses for this era

The Minister also stressed on the need for an industry-education interface which would help the perfect designing of courses in the modern era. “Such a method will hopefully help meet the requirements of employers and train the employees,” he said.

He affirmed that measures would be taken to sanction one more central school for Kozhikode, which would be opened on the NIT-C campus.