Monday, 18 July 2011

India needs 1,750 more universities, says MOS

Written by Anil Singh

Call it the problem emanating from huge population, but even after having a dismal state of primary and elementary education in the country, India still manages ‘to make eligible that number of kids for college’, which current universities are unable to absorb.

Which is a sad thing -- As anyone who successfully passes out of school, should have the opportunity to enroll to the subject of his/her liking at university.

Speaking at the convocation of the SMOT School of Business, V Narayanasamy, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, expressed the similar sentiment, when he said, “India needs close to 1,750 universities to provide trained manpower”. Adding further, “We need foreign universities to establish facilities in India, but with certain restrictions to improve our quality and quantity of educational facilities”.

Stressing on the need to develop the country as a hardware hub, he minister said, “I have noticed that India lacks in hardware technology. In the next five years, it will need hardware technology worth $90 billion, most of which will be sourced from other countries. ”

Speaking at the same convocation, Mannar Jawahar, Vice-Chancellor, Anna University, said India should accommodate people moving out of agriculture into manufacturing and services sectors while preventing them from migrating to cities. “By 2020, people from the agricultural sector will drop from 54 per cent to 44 per cent, while those employed in manufacturing will increase from 19 per cent to 21 per cent and those in services sector will increase from 27 per cent to 35 per cent,” he said.

Setting up 1750 more universities is not a simple task, this shows how the university education in the country failed to keep pace with the growing population. It’s a big wastage of valuable man power, if a country doesn’t accommodate those who have the desire and eligibility to take university education. The country should, make up for this demand and supply gap fast; unless the country will soon become a hub of countless dissatisfied youths.

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