Friday, May 19, 2006

Bizarre


That's the only word that comes to my mind when I read some of the reasons given for restricting the entry of foreign universities into India. Of course, there's nothing official about them!

Indian universities are inadequately equipped to handle foreign competition and so they should only be allowed in areas where we have no expertise.

The move to allow foreign universities is likely to create a further crunch on the already fund starved universities, if they lose the best of their human resource pool. “There is some very good quality teaching and teachers to be found in Indian universities,” the expert said.

I can't believe our 'experts' and 'senior members of the Planning Commission' actually entertain such utterly loser-type notions.

3 Comments:

  1. yogesh upadhyaya said...

    Abi:

    Since India signed GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) two years ago, it is supposed to allow foreign universities to set up shops in our country. Several US colleges applied about 3 years ago to establish campus or programs, such as Georgia Tech University for a full campus near Hyderabad, Stanford University for some selected post-graduate courses and harvard for some exchange programs. Sensing indifferent attitude by our govt. all except Georgia Tech have withdrawn their applications. Last year, about 400,000 students left India to pursue undegraduate and post-graduate studies in countries such as USA, UK, Australia and Canada. With the coming up of foreign universities in India, it will benefit our students and faculties alike.

    Some leading institutions (IITs, IIMs, etc.) expressed their concerns to the govt. that foreign colleges in India will take away their faculty members by offering several times salary to underpaid (average of $10,000/yr) faculty of Indian universities, as well as bright students, who will prefer western style creative way of learning. However, the same institutes do not faculty crunch when they rush to set up a campus outside India such as at Singapore.

    Indian govt. uses Knowledge Commission as a scapegoat to shrug off responsibilites. The Commission, which was formed last year with much fanfare, and which has mostly political appointees, has yet to come out with any bright idea. The present govt. has very poor track record in education, except for establishing IIM at Shillong.

    Thanks,

    Yogesh K. Upadhyaya
    Chemical 1977 IT-BHU
    New Jersey, USA

  2. Abi said...

    Yogesh: Thanks for your comment. Are you sure about 400,000 being the number of Indian students who left India to pursue their studies abroad?

    As for the Knowledge Commission, it's a pity that they chose to get mired in the ongoing controversy over quotas. This move has already led to two victims: Pratap Bhanu Mehta and another commisioner resigned from NKC today.

  3. yogesh upadhyaya said...

    Abi:

    Sorry for the typo:

    http://ia.rediff.com/money/2006/mar/30edu.htm

    400,000 are the total students currently outside India. As per Daily Telegraph, 80,000 students left last year for undergraduate study.

    Thanks for pointing out.

    Regards,

    Yogesh