N R Narayana Murthy has suggested to make educational institutes in India autonomous to allow students to think “independently”.
While speaking at the first Professor MGK Menon Memorial Lecture, the Infosys co-founder said that to discover scientific solutions to the country’s problems at hand, children should be enabled and encouraged to think and contribute towards it. He also highlighted that Indian citizens face more problems than any other country in the world.
According to him, its a challenge for a large population base in the country to provide their children with basic amenities like education, healthcare, nutrition, and shelter. Citing an example to prove his point, he said, that on the Human Development Index (HDI), India has been ranked (around 130 among 193 nations) lower than the most South Asian and African countries in public health for the last five years.
“I believe that we can find appropriate solutions to our problems if we educate our children and youth to think independently to find scientific and technological solutions to our problems,” Murthy said.
He also said that to materialise this the bureaucracy will need to be more responsive and school and college systems too need to be made completely autonomous.
Explaining about the necessity of a precise assessment system, Murthy said that the current education system does not have the tendency to assess if a student passing out has attained the necessary skills and an independent thought process to identify problems and solve them on a “proactive basis”.
Murthy emphasises that the role of teachers is very important to implement these steps effectively and they also need to be trained on various subjects.