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Technical Education in India: Role of Private Institutions

Higher Education sector has witnessed a tremendous increase in the number of Universities/University level Institutions & Colleges since Independence. The number of Universities has increased 34 times from 20 in 1950 to 677 in 2014. More specifically if we talk about technical institutions, their number has gone up from 1,511 colleges in 2006-07 to an astoundingly high 3,345 in 2014-15.

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. But, the question arises, that is it sufficient to increase the number only?

It is true, that given with scale and complexity of the higher education challenges, the government on its own cannot single-handedly tackle all the issues but at the same time we all have to accept that majority of private technical institutions in India are Lacking in infrastructure, sufficient laboratory equipment, trained faculty, Research & Development, industry oriented curricula and theory- practical balance. They are producing large number of graduates with technical degrees but with no technical skills and who is not industry deployable. Continue reading