Call for competition to reduce cost of education in country

Starting of more technical institutes, allocation of more funds for research activities in university and change in affiliating system would help in improving the quality of higher education in India, Dr. G. Viswanathan, Founder – Chancellor, VIT University, Vellore said here on Tuesday.

Speaking at the Educationists’ Summit organised as part of Swami Vivekananda’s 150{+t}{+h}year birth anniversary celebrations, he said that enrolment ratio in school education has improved after Independence, but the quality is very poor.

“Access to higher education is only 15 per cent in the country when compared to 80 to 90 per cent in developed countries. The rigid education system, imbalance in demand and supply of seats in premier institutes, affiliated college system when compared to university-style system in developed countries and poor investment in the sector is hampering the growth of the sector,” he added.

The Chancellor said that only through competition, quality education can be provided which will in turn reduce the cost of education.

“Instead of more regulations and control mechanisms, the government should start more institutes and also allow private players,” he added.

Vice Chancellor of Salem Periyar University Dr. K. Muthuchelian said that to disseminate the principles and message of Swami Vivekananda among students and scholars, a Centre for Vivekananda Studies would be started at the university soon apart from an endowment fund.

“Display of Vivekananda’s messages in college website, notice board, weekly special lectures and competitions would help to pass on the message among the youth,” he added.

Dr. R. Vanniya Rajan, Former Principal, Vivekananda College, Madurai, said in his address that education institutions play a vital role in shaping the future of the youth and hence Swami’s philosophies should be taught to them regularly.

College Principals and other speakers said that the message of Swami would make a man perfect and hence his philosophies should be included in academic curriculum.

Secretary of the celebration committee N. Rajan, zone member of the committee K. Arthanari of Gokulam Hospitals and others spoke.