BANGALORE: Delivering a speech at the sixth National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Award ceremony Ved Prakash, chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) emphasised on the need to focus on inclusive, quality education to contribute to the nation’s economy.
Prakash said that no single discipline can create new knowledge and therefore adoption of multi and inter-disciplinary approach is important.
The need to encourage talent and include sections like the Muslim minority into the system is a burning need of the hour. Also, maintaining the quality of the education that is being imparted in higher education institutions is extremely essential.
Prakash also mentioned that the higher education institutions should invest more on classroom processes rather than just infrastructure. Additional importance should be given towards improvement of physical fitness.
Facilities of research and innovation should be created and malpractices in the system should be brought in control. Importance should be given to building partnerships between the industry and the institutes to create skilled manpower.
Faculty shortage in different institutions should be addressed and efforts to bring in more and more institutions should strive to come under the tag of “knowledge systems.”
He also acknowledged the contribution of private sector towards higher education. However, he did not support the concept of commercialisation of higher education through private sector orgnisations.