Experts deliberated on the present scenario and the eco-system that will ensure that higher education in India is at par with the world standards in the nouveau tech realities. Ensuring effective regulation is the key for the growth of Higher Education sector in India, emphasised Manish Kumar Jindal, CEO, National Accreditation Board for Education & Training (NABET), while speaking at the CII Higher Education Summit 2018 organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on 29 June 2018 in New Delhi. The summit was attended by over 150 delegates including stakeholders from government, academia and industry.
In his address, Jindal mentioned that in today’s knowledge era, we need to ensure that our higher education system is aligned in terms of design and delivery with not only the technologies that exist but also with the technological advancements that will be taking place in the future.
Here, Manju Singh, Joint Secretary, University Grants Commission (UGC) highlighted the significance of promoting research in the universities with a view to produce talent acceptable by the industry worldwide. She mentioned that some of the key expectations from Universities are to provide a good learning experience with emphasis on interactive learning, starting industry driven courses, providing quality placements, and increasing student capacity amongst others.
P B Sharma, Summit Chairman & Vice Chancellor, Amity University (Gurugram) & President, Association of Indian Universities in his address, emphasised that our Higher Education should be such that prepares students to be able to cope with the technological advancements. He mentioned that as technological innovations are inevitable, we have to shift our focus from increasing Gross Enrolment Ratio in universities to increasing the quality of education being imparted.
Kartik Bharat Ram, Chairman, CII Regional Committee on Higher Education & Deputy Managing Director, SRF highlighted that the Indian higher education system has undergone rapid expansion. In less than 20 years, the country has created additional capacity for a mammoth 40 million students. He emphasised that while the scale of this expansion is remarkable in itself, what sets it apart from earlier decades of equally aggressive expansion is a deliberate strategy and an organised design.
Sudhir Kapur, Chairman, CII Regional Committee on Skills & MD & CEO, Country Strategy Business Consultants in his address mentioned that delivering quality education is critical for holistic development of a nation and is a key enabler for ensuring inclusive and sustainable development.
Speaking on the occasion, Aditya Berlia, Co-Founder & Pro Chancellor, ApeeJay Stya University mentioned that looking at the ground realities that exist today, in addition to the long term goals, we need to also devise our strategy for higher education sector for short term like 2 to 3 years. The reason for the same as mentioned by Mr Berlia was that in today’s world, the shelf life of technology is 3 to 6 months and our students should be apprised of the changes that are taking place and should also be industry ready for the same.
Dhiraj Mathur, Partner, Leader National Education & A&D Practice PricewaterhouseCoopers highlighted the issues that exist in the higher education system in India and suggested to have a collective strategy to tackle them.