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Adherence to Ethics & Professional Values in Indian Technical Education

Prof Dr-Ing Anupam Kumar Singh*

Summary: Ethics and professional values are the most precious for professionals such as Engineers, Doctors, Lawyers, and Tax consultants. Since civilizations, India has been recognized for high ethical, professional and human values. However, after arrival of foreign rulers as well neo-rulers post-independence, there has been sharp decline and degradation in ethical and professional standards among Indian youths. The important reasons for degradation of ethical standards may be attributed to values in the university such as privatization of higher education system, delay in reinforcement of minimum technical education standards, easy access to large pool of information available through internet; values in the community such as excess exposure to social and digital media resources, declining human values among family and youths, limited mentoring support from family, and values in the world community such as over dependence on material wealth. The situation got further compounded as values in the world community got extremely high social recognition, and thus excessive increasing the market demand of professions such as engineers, doctors, managers, and lawyers. This article explores new possibilities and means for high professional values for technical education in India. The author suggests several possibilities to recover lost glory of Indian civilization, and establish once again modern Bharat based on high standards in human values and ethics, simplicity of living, and freedom of professional expression.

The Technical education landscape is changing rapidly due to establishment of large number of private universities and academic institutions in India during last 10-years. Indian higher education system needs massive expansion up to 1500 universities during next 5 years, in order to attain a gross enrolment ratio of 15% of the population, as desired by Government of India. In spite of last 6-decades of sustained efforts, India has just 160 central universities, 320 state universities, 210 private universities, and 12,800 technical institutions. The academic quality of these universities and institutions varies due to poor compliance of academic standards as laid down by regulatory agencies. Just one-third of universities and one-fifth of technical institutions in India have been accredited either by National Academic and Accreditation Council (NAAC) or National Board of Accreditation (NBA). Continue reading

Role of Corporate Sector in Indian Higher Education

Since the time of independence the Indian higher education sector has come a very long way from 20 universities and 500 colleges to over 650 universities and more than 33,000 colleges in 2011-12 to become the one of the largest in the world. India now ranks second after China in terms of enrolment of students. The government has set a target to achieve a Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) of 30% by 2020. This sharp increase will be made possible in part due to the large number of private institutions of higher education set up by the private sector and the support of corporate sector. Currently more than 60% of higher education institutions are private institutes*. During last decade several other private universities have been established with the support of the different corporate sectors in India.

This support of corporate sector creates a new vision for Industry academia partnership, which linked with various advantages in terms of industry ready engineers. This partnership opens new chapters in terms of Corporate involvement in curriculum and content design, Joint seminars by academia and industry, Projects conducted under industry mentors, Industry experts in governing councils and boards of advisors, Summer internship opportunities, Academia generating ideas and acting as incubators for entrepreneurs, Industry visits for students and faculty, Guest lectures by industry representatives and much more.

The support of big corporate sector goes back a long time, like support of Tata and Birla to start colleges for higher education and research. Likewise JK Organization, one of the leading Indian corporate of the country with a rich heritage of more than 100 years, is strongly committed to support the Education and Healthcare. It started JK institute of Applied physics and Technology, Allahabad (1949), JK cancer institute and hospital in Kanpur. To ensure a good quality education JK Organization established a multidisciplinary university JK Lakshmipat University (JKLU) at Jaipur in Rajasthan in 2011 focusing on Engineering and Management. The responsibility of these top universities of India such as JKLU is to transform the students into a learned and skilled professional so that he can work well for the socio economic growth of India.

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