Private Sector Participation in Education Has to be Encouraged

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Amit Gupta
S Chand Group

An enormous amount of work has been done by private sector and the government sector in the field of education, but we are missing the common ground from where the achievements of one sector can be used by the other for further improving educational outcomes.

The government is trying to provide the infrastructure, but how to use that infrastructure is a problem. It is possible that we can make a much better use of the educational infrastructure once there is private sector participation. The Kendriya Vidyalaya and Navodaya Vidyalaya are great model schools, but the government cannot replicate these schools beyond a particular number. This is where private sector participation is necessary.

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The other area where we face problems is when a university wants to connect all its colleges through e-learning and want  to have a good faculty development program. This cannot be achieved because they have to use content developed by national mission on ICT. The best faculty makes this content, but still the content might not be useful to students in other colleges. The fact is that any programme for creation of good educational content can only give  successful results if it has active participation from private sector.

Companies like Microsoft and Intel have done excellent work for bringing ICT into schools.

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