Recently, government of Mysuru was advised by Padma Vibhushan awardee and Wipro chairman Azim Premji to clearly define the parameters of school education in its new education policy, which is expected to be announced by the end of this calendar year.
He said that education is a long term process and there should be consistent efforts to improve public education system. He said this while delivering a lecture on 'Improving school education in India' as part of University of Mysore's centenary lecture series at Crawford Hall here on Tuesday.
He feels that unlike in developed countries, government should not encourage parallel private education system. He said that in many developed countries government invest more on building a strong public education system. Private educational institutions are less in emerging countries. But the trend is 'reverse' in India.
To resolve the situation, Teacher's training educations system should be improved as many teacher training colleges have become commercial. University teachers should be developed and the government has to create a supportive environment to bring in changes. He was quoted saying.
Overall Growth and development of children can take place only through good education. He felt so. He stressed on providing quality public education and the need to revitalize the education system as still 80% of children still go to government-run schools.
Since its inception in 2001, Azim Premji Foundation has been focusing on improving quality education in villages. The foundation works in six Indian states, including Karnataka, Bihar and Rajasthan, covering 3.5 lakh schools to help improve learners' performance. Azim Premji University was established under Azim Premji University Act (2010).