Call for a comprehensive education system and development of research institutes within the universities
Academicians on Saturday said the country’s university system is in a ‘mess’ and needs immediate attention.
While addressing a session at the 100th Indian Science Congress in Kolkata, S C Lakhotia of the Department of Zoology, Banaras Hindu University said: "The university system is in a mess. What we are giving the students is anybody's guess.”
Deepak Pental, former vice chancellor of Delhi University, said the absence of a comprehensive education system in many universities is ‘one of the critical reasons’ for such a state of affairs.
"Many universities do not have both UG and PG courses. This discourages students from pursuing higher education. Such comprehensive universities are the need of the hour," said Pental.
Lakhotia also called for the development of research institutes within the university premises.
"We have separate research institutes and then we have single disciplined universities. Why don't we give importance to the university system like other countries do? Building of research institutes within the walls of the university is needed to promote multidisciplinary research and education," he suggested.
Adding to this, Pental said: "We are part of the global education network. But we have a reluctance to follow global benchmarks and standards. We have a tendency to look inward.”
While calling for an immediate action, Lakhotia said there is a need to overhaul the university system to acquire global knowledge leadership.
"Building comprehensive universities, encouraging students to become teachers, starting more number of integrated courses, providing incentives to teachers and taking a pyramidal approach to education are some of the keys to ensure our students get the best," he added.