The Growth Of Indian Universities As Compared To Foreign Universities

Indian curriculums need to address the lack of exposure to International affairs.

We have seen the advent of a wide array of reforms in various sectors including Finance and Agriculture in the past few years. In the middle of all these, the recent announcement related to reforms in the Education sector was acknowledged by many to be the most awaited one. Although the Indian government has taken a much-needed step for the growth of Indian universities, with its introduction of The New Education Policy, 2020 (popularly known as NEP), a lot is still depending on how it will be implemented. This shall, however, serve as a stepping stone towards a much-reformed and developed state of the educational milieu of the nation. Taking into consideration the present state and notions that the decision-makers have for the Indian education sector, it can only be said that better late than never. It is, indeed, beyond high time for India. The contrast, if we were to segregate Indian Universities from that of Foreign ones, is quite stark. 

According to a report published, the number of patents filled by IITs increased from 599 in the year 2015-2016 to 726 in 2019-2020 taking innovation to a new high in India. Schemes such as STARS, IMPRESS, IMPRINT, PMRF, SPARC, STRIDE were implemented. This helped in promoting India-centric research projects in science and other disciplines that are inter-disciplinary and transnational in the outcome. These strides have proven India’s acceptance of education at a global platform”. Having said that. the differences in growth of Indian Universities as compared to Foreign Universities, where they matter the most, are massive and vivid. This is where 'Globalization' comes into play, so as to bridge the gap, and is needed not to westernize, but to modernize the Indian Education Sector. Here are various steps that can result is similar growth and are also being focussed on by a few universities in India but, need wider acceptance.

First, the considerably high focus needs to be given to educational research and practical learning. The overall academic experience should be made all the more engaging and enriching with real life, high-quality research-based projects. This will not only result in comprehensive learning but also, feeling of scholarly fulfilment in students. Moreover, because they experienced and analyzed various fields in-depth, it will help them to take the right career decisions as well.  

Second area to draw attention to will be towards the rise in educational tourism (one of its own kind of initiative) in India. This not only will enable cross-learning for students but, academicians will also be able to take cues from schools and universities across the globe to be able to bring positive and modern updates within the established system of education in India. These new introductions will facilitate learning in a much effective way and take India from a glorious educational past to a rather glorious educational future.   

Third, Indian curriculums need to address the lack of exposure to International affairs. This will facilitate high-quality awareness in the academic standing of our student community in various International platforms. Furthermore, it will lead to the acceptance of flow and exchange of ideas, coming from a diverse set of academic communities. This, as a result, will further add to our research capacities and capabilities. Not only will the growth be academic but will also work on cultural knowledge, adding to the establishment of a better society that understands (and thereby accepts) each other.   

Forth, and the most important one is to get a strong infrastructure that can support flexible delivery of education. There is no, and I repeat, no substitute to this. The pandemic forced universities in India to adapt online teaching methods. Many universities struggled to conduct classes. exams, lab session. or give admission to new batches. At the same time, many could do it flawlessly. The difference was only due to the availability of infrastructure. Not only they were able to schedule regular and necessary processes but also, could set up global sessions and tie-ups on digital platforms. With strong infra support, online global academic collaborations lead to a high degree of academic satisfactions within such universities.  

That being said, to do so, we need to have a much diverse academic fabric for the nation. An academic institute can do only this much. The prevalent regressive mindset of society needs to be weeded out as well. Education is a must for all the sections of the society irrespective of their gender, caste or economic status. Parents should also be encouraged to actively participate in their wards’ learning experience. When efforts by all will be aligned well with the timeline, India will wake up to flourish as a centre of learning and innovation. It will be only then that India can regain and reclaim its lost title of a Vishwa guru.    

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