N R Narayana Murthy, Infosys co-founder, said that the schools and colleges in the nation must be free from government interference as this will help the students to think independently and to find scientific solution to the country's problems.
“…children have to be encouraged and equipped to become contributors to solving huge problems that confront us every day. India probably has more problems facing its citizens than any other country in the world,” Murthy said while delivering the first Professor MGK Menon Memorial Lecture last evening.
He further added that the huge population base of the nation also puts a big burden to provide children with the basic education and health care system.
Citing the examples he said that in terms of health India is placed lower than most of the South Asian country and African states and ranked somewhere around 130 on Human Development Index among 193 nations.
“I believe that we can find appropriate solutions to our problems if we educate our children and youth to think independently to find scientific and technological solutions to our problems,” he said.
Murthy added "bureaucracy also needs to be much more responsive while schooling and college systems have to be made “totally autonomous".
He also regretted the fact that at present there are no attempts made by the present education system to access whether the students have gained the skills and independent mindset to recognize the problems on pro-active basis and solve them.