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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Higher Education in India!

Counting on its firm stand on high-tech verticals such as biotechnology and information technology, India is rushing towards commendable economic success and modernization in the 21st century knowledge race. Unfortunately, its ailing higher educational system, is proving a serious impediment in its path to prosperity. With the progression of private institutions and entities in higher education, India has continuously failed in attaining world-class research and sustaining high-tech development.

Advantages and Shortcomings!
In today’s knowledge race, India enjoys an upper hand in so many ways. Being the third largest country in student numbers, only after China and the United States, India is fortunate to have its ancient academic tradition. The country has English as its primary language for higher education. However, due to lack of proper educational infrastructure, the country has a small number of quality departments, institutions and centers that can make a firm base for a bright higher education. The Indian educational system is complicated and hence, has limited opportunities for implementing new policies and strategies in higher education.

Statistically, only 10 per cent of Indians get higher education, quite less than its counterparts. Also, India’s academic pyramid doesn’t look too promising as none of its higher educational institutes/universities provide a solid base for constituting a fruitful academic structure in the country. Moreover, India has a limited number of world-class universities, colleges and departments where less than 1 per cent of students study currently.

Embarking a Promising Future!
To revive the present higher education system in India, emphasize should be given to address problems related to under-investment in libraries, laboratories, information technology, classrooms, and, teaching standards. Students and institutions should be encouraged to deal with increasing pace of politics into campus life.

It is difficult to build a world-class higher education standard in a day, but India surely has the capability to initiate reforms for strengthening the country’s global stand. The need is to mushroom more and more international standard universities and institutions and make them competitive for the world market.

Media Driven Revolutionary Movement by Anna Hazare!

Anna Hazare’s movement for introducing a strong Lokpal Bill to deal with corruption is the most popular issue in India currently. Channeling people’s anger and support, Anna Hazare has stuck the chord that is becoming bigger and stronger by each passing day. The surging frustration and dissatisfaction is now shaking up the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) led government which clearly failed in tackling the corruption issue and demonstrating a firm commitment for the same. Amidst this confusion and chaos, media has become a true voice for conveying frustration to the authorities. Acting as a public voice, media is running wall to wall coverage to bring each and every update to make this movement truly revolutionary.

Media, in particular, electronic media has played a vital role in enlivening the momentum by ensuring round the clock coverage and keeping the pitch hot by broadcasting the protests happening across the country. It is remarkable to see that the Indian media has taken up a cause with such seriousness. In today’s world of every-minute TRP war, Indian news channels have even not spared stories like kids named Anna by parents or a peaceful march led by elders in support for Anna. Every story related to Anna is on high priority. Media, both television and print, has initiated the anti-corruption movement in the country by encouraging people to join hands.

The massive public response has shown the effectiveness of media power. Though the role and participation of media is debatable, it is an accepted fact that the aggressive stand of Indian media has miraculously connected people to speak for a cause. Media has provided the right platform to open up and question and forced government to consider what people want.