Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Satyapal Singh said that the education system needs to be changed to make it India-centric and to minimise the influence of western education practices in the country.
He asked how many research papers have resulted in tangible benefits for the society and said that research done should be relevant and result in innovation.
The minister was addressing a gathering at the 23rd Prof Ram Reddy Memorial Lecture at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). He said, “The process for the new Higher Education Commission has been initiated and the suggestions are being sought from all the stakeholders.”
During his address, Singh emphasised on developing the new education policy with focus on holistic-development and with an approach to inculcate the right value-system among the learners. Singh also suggested IGNOU to have course content which helps imbibe those values in learners for society building.
He also instructed the educational administrators that autonomy for institutions comes with accountability and it must be used to develop institutions of quality.
According to an official statement, Singh also took dig at those who would pursue doctorate for earning just another degree, the statement said.