Bangalore International Centre had arranged a talk on“Higher Education in India: Crises and Challenges” by Prof. Ram Ramaswamy onMonday, 5th December, 2016 at 6.30 PM. Dr. Mathew J Manimala chaired and moderated the discussion.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Mathew J Manimala talked in an anecdotal manner about how there has been a general deterioration in the quality of education which has ceased to grow beyond the obsolete, and sometimes rigid, text books. The world in the meanwhilehas changed and the contexts have changed too. He stressed that the aim of education is to fire the in-born knowledge which is inside everyone.
His views were echoed by Prof. Ram Ramaswamy who felt that the value of current pattern of education has become so erodedin recent years that a majority of the pass-outs from colleges and Universities are unemployable. He blamed the bureaucrats for taking only a quantitative approach to expand the base of education without paying any attention to the qualitative aspect.
The Q & A session clearly brought out the fact that nobody had a clear idea about how changes in this could bebrought about.