Deemed Universities: Reformed education?

Recent news about abolishing deemed universities have created a new debate on higher education in India. The human resource development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal has recently said that, as per a policy decision all the deemed universities will finally have to go. He further said that the concept of deemed universities from the country will go in the near future as part of the reform process as Government is putting in place the required legislations to do exactly that.

It is time in India that Higher education reforms take place and universities become more than just agencies issuing certificates. Education should focus on human development; it should also focus on research activities that help the human community. Today the universities are more focussed and are reduced to agencies which are busy affiliating colleges and issuing degrees. Deemed universities should try innovative ways of contributing to the overall development of students which will in turn help overall society. Today the number of students doing research is far below than the national requirement.

In addition, the way, "deemed universities" are managed today give rise to certain doubts about how the status was given to the institutions at the first place. UGC which is responsible for higher education in India should focus on quality of the education; improve its delivery methods and also raise the educational infrastructure that is required for the quality of the education. Deemed universities in India today attracts numerous students with their self-governing status, but the main question is, are these deemed universities fit enough to provide the quality education which a deemed university is supposed to offer. Many of these deemed universities are today run by politicians having vested interests. So the intervention by the government to reform the higher education is a welcome move. Hopefully it will trigger activities that will make India to offer higher quality of education, which will ultimately benefit the human beings and the society that we live in.

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