The age of Kapil “Sibalism”


The year 2010 seems to be the year of education and Kapil Sibal seems to be a man on mission. His tenure as Education Minister is beckoning to bring about a sea-change in the way students are going to get education.

In the past two-three months, he has announced various measures to improve the current state of our education system. Firstly, it was the scrapping up of the X board exams which was for detraumatising the students who sometimes commit suicide because of the pressure. Then it was “Right to education bill” ensuring free and compulsory education to all kids between 6-14 years of age and also making education a fundamental right. And now it is the “The Foreign Universities Bill, 2010” which has stolen all the limelight and is the topic of discussion nowadays. The Bill will allow foreign educational institutions to set up their campus within India, and be treated as private universities. There will be no quotas for SC/STs and they will be allowed to fix their fees like other private institutions.

The main advantages include that, firstly students now don’t have to look for higher education off-shores, as in they can get the same education in India itself at much affordable rates. This thing will reduce the brain drain and also help India to save on the much needed foreign exchange. Accoding to Assocham , India will be able to save up to USD 7.5 billion of foreign exchange annually that students spend on studying abroad every year. Apart from providing good option to Indian students, these universities will create a healthy competition within our education industry, which in my opinion will be good as Indian universities will try to match up with foreign counterparts in each & every domain regarding the quality of education, the experienced teachers or the necessary infrastructure. Even the higher education institutes like IITs and IIMs have hailed this decision and welcomed this move. 

The main disadvantages of this step can arise are, firstly most of the professors of higher educational institutes are not paid properly, many of them did went on a strike last year to complain it, so this step can encourage them to leave their current Indian institutes and join the foreign counterparts in search of attractive salaries. Another thing that can’t be ruled out trading up of seats, we know that there are many private institutions which offer students free seats (without any merit) in their college for hefty donations, so this move can increase such things. Also these institutes will be free to fix their own fees of the courses that they’ll provide, and in my opinion most of the students from middle class families will be left out as they will not be able to pay such high fees.

To remove such anomalies and to prevent education industry from becoming another business, the matter should be considered seriously. All the matters should be handled properly and in a transparent manner. A separate body like UGC or AICTE should be established which can take care of such foreign private institutes and it should be held accountable for its decision.
What are your opinion friends, whether the above stated steps would help the Indian education industry or not……?

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One thought on “The age of Kapil “Sibalism”

  1. Amit Bakshi says:

    Nice post…I wud start by saying that one of the biggest problems in India is poverty. there r pple who can't even afford a meal, so how wud they afford education. In this regard, providing free elementary education to 6-14 yr olds is completely justified, but what after that?? Ofcourse setting up foreign univ. is a gud move as it wud reduce brain drain & save foreign exchange but most importantly it wud increase competition for domestic pvt univ. which wud result in improved efficiency n effectiveness..Now there r still 2 loopholes in the present education system:1. What about those pple who can not afford higher education OR everyone can't afford MBA, what's in it for them?2. Sometimes there are pple who are not aware of all the available education/study options for them?The ans to the 1st ques. is that ther shd be more vocational courses or the no. of colleges or seats shd be increased for vocational courses n courses which provide technical knwledge..Just to quote, there is just 1 college(college of vocational studies) among 40 colleges of Delhi University which provides vocational courses..The ans to the 2nd ques. is that everyone cannot be an MBA…so ther shd be govt. counselling centres where the students can become aware of all the available study/career options for them in their particluar interest area. For instance, rather than doing MBA in marketing, one can go for 3-4 short duration(6 months)courses in marketing which wud provide the student knowledge in the area he/she needs…Most importantly, there needs to be transparency n accountability for whatever is done in our education system.


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