IFCAI University Chancellor Dr C Ranga Rajan has asked the students to be bold and innovative and apply the knowledge they had gained to solve the problems that confront the Nation.
Speaking at the sixth Convocation ceremony of the ICFAI University, held at Shilpakala Vedika, Madhapur here today, Dr Rangarajan said the students have the opportunity to shape the future of the country.
Calling for radical changes in higher education, he said, "The agricultural, industrial and scientific growth of this country depends upon creating a corps of well trained professionals in these areas and this can happen only with good quality higher education. We need not belittle what we have achieved. However, there is an inescapable need to strengthen higher education in terms of quality and effectiveness."
The former RBI Governor said the three dimensions of the reform of higher education are access, equity and quality. Broadening the access is extremely important when we see the gross enrolment ratio well below that of the developed countries. Equity is vital in order to ensure that under-privileged communities share the benefits of education. Equality important is the promotion of quality and for ensuring quality we need to focus the following four areas, he added
First, modernization of the syllabus/curriculum of courses is imperative in a world in which knowledge is expanding at a rapid pace. This exponential growth is true not only of the physical and natural sciences but also of the social sciences like economics and management. Second, along with the modernization of courses, we need to reform the examination system. It is very often said that the Indian education system is geared more towards preparing students to answer examinations than to acquire knowledge. But this accusation arises partly because of the nature of our examinations. Most often, they are a test of memory rather than of critical abilities.
The present evaluation system needs to be revamped to facilitate a meaningful assessment of the students' competence. Third, efficient teaching is the key to the promotion of the quality of education. The role of the teacher and his or her motivation are extremely important, if we have to achieve a substantial improvement in the quality of education that is being imparted. Finally, equality important is the attitude of students. They must regard learning as an exciting experience. Student should show a genuine desire to learn and they should agitate for improved standards, Dr Rangarajan added.MORE UNI VV CS 2035
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