LAST WEEK WE ASKED: Do you think there should be stricter norms governing private universities in India?
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The norms regulating Indian universities are flawed and can easily be altered by finding loopholes. All universities should be governed by a single statutory body such as the ICAI, so that uniformity of norms can be established.
Of course, private universities in India need to be governed by a regulatory body to avoid unethical and fraudulent practices. But, imposing stricter rules might interfere with their technique and procedure to a great extent and make them feel suffocated.
The norms governing private universities in India must be moderate. If the norms are stricter, that might increase the restrictions imposed on private universities. The norms must be such that the quality of education provided by private universities is always good.
Considering the recent QS world rankings of institutes around the world, the IITs do not even feature in the top 200 list. Just accreditating a college or appointing an external peer reviewer will not improve the performance per se, but they can go for the best in-class benchmarking practices and try to adopt a holistic approach in teaching in order to stay competitive. They should leverage the full potential of their students who are intelligent and capable enough to deliver results and enhance performance with less government interference.
Any norm in universities should not intimidate and stifle academic progress. But the flouting of rules openly by universities, charging higher capitation and tuition fees than proposed by the government and politicians' direct involvement in this business call for rules that can ensure a fair, socially just and balanced field for all stakeholders. Stricter norms based on transparency and pro-active measures can pave the way for quality education to the biggest resource that India has, i.e, "human resources".
There is no need to frame stricter norms to govern private universities in India. In fact, they should be encouraged. Establishment of private universities has been a major milestone in the field of higher education in India. It is important to attract, encourage and promote the private sector investment in the realm of higher education. It is the right time to develop and implement a progressive framework that provides for opportunities to deserving private institutions and educational promoters, with relevant and sufficient experience and exposure in the field of higher education, so as to contribute towards the expansion of higher education and research.
The number of private universities in our country is increasing, which is necessary for the growth of India. Private universities are formed with recognition from the UGC. But the quality and the norms of most of the universities are questionable. The private universities except the IITs and the IIMs have not been ranked anywhere in the top 100 globally, till date. Many universities violate UGC norms and run for profit. Competition prevails in attracting more students than looking on the quality of education. Stricter norms can help to raise the standard of every university, in all aspects.
Private entities in the education sector seem to play havoc with students and their parents. Private universities churn out graduates en masse, with absolutely no practical knowledge. Such institutes run by for profit organisations show least concern for students and society at large. This is evident from the fact that the majority of graduates, except from premium institutes, are of poor quality. To recover from the prevailing situation, it is necessary to develop intolerance to laxity. Thus, to keep watch on private universities, stricter rules need to be implemented.
Yes, in the current situation, stricter norms to govern private universities are a must. Private universities are using the education sector as a money-making oppurtunity in which parents and students are exploited. To bring transparency and improvement in the quality of education, the University Grants Commission must impose tougher norms/guidelines to follow.
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