UGC Vice-Chairman, Professor Bhushan Patwardhan pointed out that lack of private institutes in the field of agriculture, affordable education and overlapping of the jurisdiction of various regulatory bodies are the major issues that have been obstructing the country’s growth. Professor Bhushan highlighted these issues during the ‘Plenary of Academic Regulator Bodies’ session at 106th Indian Science Congress (ISC).
According to Professor Bhushan, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are not enough for India’s growth. Emphasis should be given on setting up private institutes in the field of Agriculture. The country needs private and private institutes in STEAM (Science. Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics). It is time to break the barrier between agriculture, mainstream sciences and agriculture, he explained.
Professor Bhushan revealed that UGC is concerned with affordability and quality of education in India. Therefore, UGC is working to mitigate the gap between private and public universities.
AICTE Chairperson, Professor Anil Sahasrabuddhe indicated that various regulatory bodies, ranking agencies, and accreditation agencies must work towards the shaping of future education in India. As far as regulatory bodies are concerned, there should be a constant improvement in policies and law along with the support of government to avoid and rectify the existing overlap, he added.
In order to strengthen the student-teacher relationship in the higher learning institutes, non-teaching sessions should be conducted in the first three weeks of the semester. Such an induction programme in higher learning institutes will begin soon. During the session, reforms that should be brought in the examination system were also discussed.
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