MHRD should run ‘centrally run colleges’ in every district: MPs

Create: 09/30/2011 - 10:14

Minister of Human Resource and Development Kapil Sibal has been suggested by several
MPs to set up 'centrally run colleges' in every district on the lines of Kendriya
Vidyalaya or Navodaya Vidyalaya. 

The suggestion came as the lawmakers attending a
Consultative Committee of Parliament of the HRD Ministry voiced concern over
the "declining standard of college education and poor teacher-student
ratio", said Ministry officials.

The meeting that took place on September, 29, 2011 was attended by HRD
Minister Kapil Sibal and senior officials of the HRD Ministry. 

"Concerns were also raised about a number of
engineering seats being left vacant as it was felt that some states could have
more engineering colleges than required," the officials said. 

Sibal informed that his ministry has asked AICTE to
elicit views of state governments where there is a surplus as to whether
recognition should be given to more engineering colleges to these states.

Some of the MPs expressed their
displeasure over the fact that Bangalore-based National Assessment and
Accreditation Council has no branches, which they said was a cause of an

Along with members of Lok Sabha, and the Rajya
Sabha, the meeting was also attended by Secretary, Department of Higher
Education, Vibha Puri Das and Secretary Department of School Education and Literacy
Anshu Vaish, besides other senior officials of the HRD Ministry.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Good idea. However, such colleges should be given sufficient academic autonomy and must not be set up merely as teaching centres of some large University that takes all important academic decisions regarding curriculum and examination etc.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Good proposition but difficult to implement.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Good idea. At the same time it is very essential to set up a kendriya vidyalaya in every taluka to cater to the quality of primary education.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Private Engineering Colleges do not give proper salary to the teachers and so they do not get qualified teachers. Opening of New colleges either as central or state govt run institution will not solve India's problem though it will help politicians to get power again. The existing Institutions should have qualified teachers with innovation and dedication and for this there should be compettitive salary structure on basis of research and innovation and the position of teachers should be higher than other jobs. Medical college teachers should enjoy higher salary structure and facilities in research that practitioners. Engineering teachers should be allowed to work in collaboration with Industrial Sector.In India in most of the cases young minds as students are being cheated by the society and students once come out from India do not want to return there after getting a Ph D in USA or in Europe. This causes backwardness of Indian Education system. Our Minister of HRD should think seriously about the the brain-drain. If thses young Ph Ds are honoured in India and be allowed to work with dignity without political interference I think they will be able to contribute a lot for future development of the country. Our ministers should be able to dream, to think reflectively.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Long ago, there were government schools, government colleges and government universities; and they all got spoiled only because of the controlling interference from the government for the gains of the bureaucracy et al. to get petty gains from library, laboratory, building construction and appointments of willing people. Leave education to private sector and sooner or later they will improve their standards to retain the clientele. If these people had been interested in education they would not have been doing their kind of netagiri.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Its nice to listen that politicians care about the quality and standard of education (beyond numbers and classifications).
I do not understand the meaning of Good Idea but difficult to implement....!!! Do we have lack of managerial capability in country?Do we have lack of funds that too for education?If it is, it should not be.Please put right persons on the job so that highest possible standard can be achieved in education.

I hope rest of the things will automatically fall in line.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Instead of adding more and more institutes to suit a particular pattern ( per district/pre taluka etc), the existing systems should be strengthen. There is shortage of well trained faculty in higher education. A system to train junior faculty should be devised by HRD ministry as early as possible. It is painful to note the vacancy situation in higher education (Technical ). The policy to sanction new engineering colleges should be reviewed. Thousands of vacant seats means non utilisation of infrastructure worth thousands of crore Rs. --Dr. S.M. Kulkarni

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