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Book brings higher education under the scanner

BALANCED ASSESSMENT: Former Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court P.R. Gokulakrishnan handing over the book ‘Higher Education in India: Issues and Imperatives’ to M.A.M. Ramaswamy, Pro-Chancellor, Annamalai University, on Tuesday. The author S.V. Chittibabu, former Vice-Chancellor of Annamalai University, and N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu, are in the picture.

BALANCED ASSESSMENT: Former Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court P.R. Gokulakrishnan handing over the book ‘Higher Education in India: Issues and Imperatives’ to M.A.M. Ramaswamy, Pro-Chancellor, Annamalai University, on Tuesday. The author S.V. Chittibabu, former Vice-Chancellor of Annamalai University, and N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu, are in the picture.  

A book that critically examines higher education in India was launched here on Tuesday.

‘Higher Education in India: Issues and Imperatives,’ authored by S.V. Chittibabu, former Vice-Chancellor, Annamalai and Madurai Kamaraj Universities, is a collection of the educationist’s speeches at various convocations.

A Tamil version of the book was simultaneously launched.

Launching the book, former Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court P.R. Gokulakrishnan said though the right to education was enshrined in the Directive Principles of Article 41 of the Constitution, disparities in access to higher education existed. The number of higher learning centres was not proportionate to the need of the population.

Mr. Gokulakrishnan pointed out that the author had stressed the need for education to inculcate a global ethic, promote values, excellence and an integration of personality. He had also emphasised the importance of women’s education, which was liberating not only for women but for society as a whole.

M.A.M. Ramaswamy, Pro-Chancellor, Annamalai University, said the Centre and the State government should consider raising the retirement age limit for teachers in the context of great difficulty in finding quality teachers.

N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu, said the author had made a balanced assessment of higher education in India and recorded his profound dissatisfaction with the state of affairs while not forgetting to point out the strengths and potential.

Describing the work as a “constructive book,” Mr. Ram noted that while the diagnosis was very clear, there were also prescriptions on what needed to be done.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Chittibabu said education had to go beyond imparting knowledge and information to establish ethical and moral moorings.

The three key aspects of education were expansion, inclusion and excellence.

M. Chellappan of the publishers Palaniappa Brothers spoke.

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