While the ‘Make in India’ initiative of Government of India is inviting global participation in the manufacturing space, adding another dimension to the initiative is ‘Educate in India’ that will shape the future of the Indian education sector.
Reviving and changing focus on the Foreign Education Institutions Bill, Modi Government is now showing keen interest on the setting up of the foreign universities in the country. According to a proposal shared with the ministries of external affairs and human resource development, and NITI Aayog, foreign universities along with good quality Indian institutions will attract students and promote India as a hub in Asia for quality higher education and thus increase India’s export of education services.
While the biggest push for the ‘Educate in India’ campaign is the passage to the Foreign Education Institutions Bill, what is also required is the much-needed improvement in digital infra to offer online courses. With the development of this infrastructure, delivery of distance education will also get the much-needed push and support. India’s geographical location makes it an ideal and viable education location for Asian students.
As stalwarts deliberate and discuss the pros and cons of the move, another burning issue in the education segment that we have tried to capture in the current issue has been the Choice-Based Credit System, or CBCS in shorthand. University Grants Commission’s (UGC) plan to introduce CBCS across every Indian university from the coming academic session has met with a lot of resistance from all quarters. Varsities across the country may not be able to defy the directive owing to their funding needs that are fulfilled by the UGC. In a recent move Delhi University approved the implementation of the CBCS from the upcoming session, ending the confusion among the students seeking admission to undergraduate courses.
CBCS claims to provide students with various choices on the courses they want to pursue, skills they want to pick up, and the pace at which they want to learn these and are divided into core, elective or foundation.
While the intentions are noble, the implementation of these policies is often the tripping point. The abrupt ending to the much-debated Four-Year Undergraduate Programme piloted by Delhi University, not much different from CBCS, highlights the lack of effective planning before implementation, which is the need of the hour for the Indian education segment.
This issue tries to bring together a cross-section of stakeholders in the education sector, sharing their ideas, vision and initiatives that are driving a change and shaping the future.
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