Formulation of a New Policy on Education Vital
Formulation of a new policy on education is essential to improve quality of higher education and attract young people to careers in science and retain them, according to R. Murugesan, Vice-Chancellor, Anna University of Technology, Madurai.
Now, our education system is not fulfilling the role of building a pool of skilled and job-oriented manpower that results in mismatch between the skill requirements of market and skilled base of the job seekers.
Policies of skill development should be linked to policies in the economic, employment and social development.
He was delivering the 22nd Graduation Day address at the P.S.N.A. College of Engineering and Technology here on Friday.
Reforms in higher education should reduce bureaucratic controls, attract better talent, provide more operational freedom, improve transparency, increase accountability, remove corruption, encourage self-financing, reward productivity and punish laxity in order to ensure quality in educational institutions, he added.
Skill development for persons in unorganised sector was a key strategy in creating skilled force. This will inculcate dignity of labour and create greater awareness towards environment, safety and health concerns.
Eighty per cent of population aged between 15 and 35 years in the world learns a vocation, a skill or a trade with a choice of 3,000 vocational educational programs in the world.
But India has just 500 programs only. Another disturbing factor is growing unemployment.
The trend was that abled persons willing to work miserably failed to find a job and highly qualified persons could not find a job for his qualification, he added.
Technical education should be encouraged to have industry linkages for technical vocational training and skill development programs.
The educational institutions should shoulder social responsibility in providing skill development training to students and make them employable.
Teachers should update their knowledge in latest developments in their fields. Quality of engineering education has been suffering grievously, owing to severe dearth of faculty.
Failure rate of several engineering colleges was very high and graduates it produced were not readily employable, he said.
Institutions should have high quality faculty to overcome it. Quality of institutions was determined by quality of students, faculty and research it produced.
Mode of education such as formal and non-formal classrooms, technology driven internet and online classrooms would manage faculty shortage, the VC advised.
A total of 689 graduates, including three gold medallists – U. Karthikeyan, M. Ramya and M. Gokila Vani – had received their degree certificates.