The Context, Complexity and Concerns of Higher Education in India: Search Areas for Reform
A review of philosophy of education, its expected role, its importance in creating a learning society for socio-economic transformation and empirical evidences on its importance suggests three important inferences. First, to Dr. S. Radhakrishan, a great teacher-cum-philosopher of last century, the two foundations of human civilization are: Ideas and Ideals which are expected to emanate mainly from educational institutions, especially from colleges and universities. Second, the normative standards set for higher education system by Dr. Radhakrishan are: The intellectual pioneers of our civilization are to be found and trained in our universities and colleges. These institutions of higher education are the sanctuaries of the inner life of a nation. The question that should bother us is: How far our higher education institutions are closer to or far away from the normative standards set by Dr. Radhakrishan. Related to this is the dream of Dr. Abdul Kalam for India to become a developed nation by 2020. A major prerequisite for this is to have a large pool of high quality teachers, engineers, doctors, The Context, Complexity and Concerns of Higher Education in India: Search Areas for Reform** S. Bisaliah* Internati onal Journal of Business from Bharati ya Vidya Bhava n's M. P. Birla Institute of Management, Bengaluru Vol.10, #2 (2016) pp 34-41 ISSN 0974-0082 managers and so on. How prepared (or unprepared) is our higher education system to produce this high quality manpower: Perhaps more unprepared than prepared. Third, in fact, knowledge gap is the one that differentiates less developed countries from that of more developed counterparts. Therefore, creating a learning society for knowledge acquisition and application should be one of the major objectives of government policy.
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