J.S. Patil, former Vice-Chancellor of Karnataka State Law University, Hubballi, has said that the Indian education system is still under colonial influence and emphasised the need of radical reforms.
He was here on Monday to deliver the keynote address at a function organised to mark the 10th anniversary of Government First grade Degree College and Postgraduate Centre.
Copying the West
“Even six decades after India freed herself from the colonial rule, the education system continues to be suffering from the influence of the colonial system introduced to serve the British rule in India. Detached from the socio-cultural traditions of our land, it teaches us simply to copycat everything from the West. Only radical reforms in the entire education system, right from the primary level to higher education, so as to restructure and reorient it to reflect the local dynamics and address the issues of the land, could put the nation on the fast track of development,” he said.
Pointing at the need of trifurcating Gulbarga University, Mr. Patil said that educational institutions in Bidar and Raichur need to be carved out to form a Bidar University and Raichur University, respectively, so that it would not only reduce the burden of Gulbarga University, but also help educationally develop the Hyderabad Karnataka region.
“With 480 colleges under its fold, Gulbarga University is struggling hard to manage itself. It is time we had two more universities, one in Bidar and other in Raichur. Raichur postgraduate centre at Yeragera has sufficient land for establishing a university campus. Colleges in Yadgir and Raichur districts could be carved out to for Raichur University,” he said.
“Gulbarga University Vice-Chancellor S.R. Niranjana and members of the University Academic Council requested the Deputy Commissioner to allocate funds for the development of the postgraduate centre. The officer visited the spot, took stock of the ground realities and released huge funds within a short time.
“He is very keen on changing the poor educational scenario of the region and we must make use of his fervour,” Mr. Patil said.
Shivaraj Patil, MLA; B.V. Naik, MP; S. Sasikanth Senthil, Deputy Commissioner; Hemalatha Budeppa, City Municipal Council president; Razak Ustaad, Gulbarga University Academic Council member; Patil Mahipal Reddy, college principal; and Dastagirsab Dinni, cultural convenor of the college, were present.