India is suffering from a persistent and gradually deteriorating crisis in education which has now risen to the state of a national emergency. The state of affairs in the education sector is so worse that presently hardly any Indian university features on the best educational institutes’ list of the world. The status of the nation in education is reflected in every global poll and survey conducted in this regard. As the position and image of the nation is headed for an impending doom, apparently none has emerged as saviour for the system to help its cause.
The global status of India
The recently conducted Time Higher Education (THE) ranking of the world’s top 100 educational institutes listed no Indian university in its list. Similarly last year saw only 1 Indian university making it to the top 400 global list. Even India’s BRICS partners have more credible institutions on their soil than India as China alone boasts of 9 such institutes among the aforesaid global top 400. Even Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) list of top 200 universities did not feature a single Indian entity last year. These statistics are enough to highlight the dismal show of Indian universities on the global front. Even India’s much coveted institutes like the IITs and IIMs could not meet the global standards of education much to the shame of its countrymen.
System nags, education lags
The problem with the Indian education system lies in its atypical view of the rapid global changes which it has taken in the most moronic and nonsensical ways to leave the entire education sphere in a treacherously stagnant state. The education system continues to stick to senile ideas which no longer hold good or purposeful in this jet set age. The lack of diligence in adapting to improvised version of academics is costing the nation dear whose price it pays by losing global repute and credibility. The fortitude to stick to obsolete British era rationale has surely backfired at the nation’s education.
India’s potential in education
Statistics like above surely defile India’s global image as a historically important global hub of education. The fact that India’s education is still revered by people irrespective of what the statistics say is only due to the credibility owned by our glorious past as well as the eminence of Indian nationals on foreign shores. The world knows very well that India is a country which produces world class scholars with tremendous mettle and purpose for education. But sadly it has hardly been able to hold on to that talent for sustaining development of higher education.
The need of the hour
India currently needs to increase its spending in higher education manifolds. This step will ensure the development of the existent infrastructure and promote research and innovation. The promotion and inclusive growth of higher education into the interiors of the nation will auger well for the nation. An enrolment of 30% of the masses in higher education does not speak well for the country on any behalf. Bridging the gaps in education and enhancing the skills of both the students as well as the teachers will do more than good for the cause. The nation must understand that it is not only the quantity that matters but also the quality as well and hence work resolutely to realize the dream.