"The national education policy in the past has been out of step with the times" he added. This issue took off at the two-day higher education summit. Read further to know what Mr.Tharoor had to explain about the issue.
He said "The major problem remains that our national education policy in the past has remained out of step with the time. Whereas countries in the Middle-east and China are going out of their way to woo foreign universities to set up campuses in their countries, India turned away many academic suitors who have come calling in recent years".
"Companies are entering the higher education space in the guise of training. Our University system simply is not producing well educated graduates to meet the needs of Indian companies today. The HRD Minister said there will be no need for many Indian students to go abroad to study if Good Higher education institutes were set up in the country. We will also work towards putting our reform agenda back on track", he added.
He further explained that there is a proposal to establish 50 more centres for research in frontier areas of Science, Design innovation centres, Innovation centres in different universities and also research parts of the IIT's and other technical institutions.
Mr Tharoor also said, with the ranks of educated unemployed in the country swelling in the absence of adequate employment opportunities, there is possibility of their falling prey to the activities of terrorists and Maoists. "We must give them a better chance of employment through more and improved educational possibilities. My message is it is time to let a thousand educational flowers bloom", he added.
Despite India with 621 universities and 33,500 colleges has one of the largest network of higher education institutes across the world and second in terms of student enrollment, our gross enrollment ratio of 18.8% in 2011 is still less than the world average of 26%.
India aims to grow at 8.2% GDP, the country needs to invest in education and help improve the quality of education. On referring to a few world class institutes like IIT's and IIM's and some colleges, the Minister said "These are still islands in a sea of Mediocrity". Including the UGC survey of 1,471 colleges and 111 universities he said 73% GDP, the country needs to invest in education and help improve the quality of education.
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