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May 2012







Higher bar for higher growth
The Right to Education Act to impart free and compulsory education to children aged between 6 and 14 is just the first step. The government has to ensure an education system that is sensitive towards teachers’ needs, imparts quality and value-based education across levels, and develops well-rounded students. The Human Factor talks about the current state of academia and more...
Economic figures cannot be the sole narrator of a nation’s overall growth. The value-adding indicators are health and education – the non-income Human Development Index (HDI). The 2010 Human Developme.... Read More

Providing wings to fly
Jayashree Raghuram (Head, India Office – Leeds Metropolitan University, UK) talks about the fast-growing industry of offshore education and what sets apart education in India from those overseas
Q. How do you see the education scenario in India? Why are students increasingly opting for foreign universities?
A. In India, we have a wide spectrum in terms of quality of educati....
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Building the nation with teachers
Prof. Parvin Sinclair (Director, NCERT) says if one aspires to be a school teacher, one needs to empathise with children
Q. What are the factors that draw one towards teaching?
A. The factors keep changing at different levels of education. Unfortunately, school-level teaching is stereotyped as a woman....
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From old-line to online
Though there is no denying the fact that physical presence of a teacher is a must, looking at the yawning gap in student-teacher ratio, virtual teachers make sense in present times
At a time when we are mulling going paperless (there might be no direct link to save the environment), to what extent can we implement it in the education sector? With new age technology taking rapid .... Read More

It’s beyond weeding out non-performers
Marc S. Tucker (President & CEO, National Center on Education and the Economy) reveals that top-performing countries concentrate on producing a surplus of good educationiSt and ensuring every student has a fine teacher
Q. How would you describe the education scenario in the United States? What changes have you witnessed in the recent times?
A. We have a decentralised system of education in the Uni....
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Making a better India
Dr. Augustine F. Pinto (Founder Chairman, Ryan International Group of Institutions) emphasises on quality education as the pillar for a country like India to progress and prosper, providing skilled labour to business
Q. Since independence, India has progressed a lot when it comes to education, but still there exists a gap. Please share your views on how this gap can be bridged.
A. Although, toda....
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Empower youth to scale greater height
ARKS Srinivas (CEO, VistaMind Education) shares that true potential of India can only be realised with education opportunities to the 600 million youth
In the 1970s, population explosion was considered detrimental to the growth of the country battling with meagre resources (read capital). The family planning drive, spearheaded by Sanjay Gandhi, was a.... Read More

You teach, but do they learn?
Kurt w. Fischer (Charles Warland Bigelow Professor & Director – Mind, Brain, and Education program at Harvard Graduate School of Education) raises a pertinent point as he discusses the model for complete learning
Q. You once mentioned before the parliament of Sweden that children learn in different ways, but we teach them in just one. How can teachers learn to teach in more than one way?
A. ....
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The missing backbone of innovation
Dr. Upinder Dhar (Vice Chancellor – JK Lakshmipat University) says the missing state support is imperative for the academia growth
Q. Indian universities do not have a prominent presence on the global scale. What is lacking and what can be done?
A. What is lacking is quality research. Indian universities have ....
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Fresh lessons for 21st century
Veena Raizada (Director of Academics, Next Education) points out what needs to be done to attract youth towards the education sector
Looking at the current scenario in education, we find that India continues to face stern challenges. Education for all is yet to happen even after nearly 66 years of independence.

Though scho....
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Learning, a teamwork
Premila Paulraj, Assistant Vice-President, EDEXCEL
Q. How can the current state of academia be improved?
A. A lot of teacher training focused on developing skills is required. The emphasis should be on a model that focuses on practi....
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Numbers do not guarantee quality
Anil K. Gupta (Michael Dingman Chair in Strategy — The University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of business) talks about what needs to be done in India to improve the quality of education by incorporating structural changes, such as giving parents vouchers for admission to private schools and letting the schools compete
Q. Enrolment in government-run schools has decreased in the last decade. There is a trend in both urban and rural areas to opt for private education. How can this gap be bridged?
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Privatisation spurs competition
Herbert J. Walberg, Chairman, The Heartland Institute
Q. What are some of the most effective teaching practices you have come across in your career? Please share a cross-national perspective.
A. Two practices have proven highly succes....
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Professionals make for better teachers
Andrew Harding (Managing Director, Chartered Institute Of Management Accountants) delves into the importance of education from business point of view and how education backed by experience keeps an individual ahead in the race
Q. Please give us an overview of the education system in the United Kingdom. Also, how different is it from that in India?
A. The education system in the United Kingdom has experien....
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Not just educated, but responsible citizens
Educational institutions should shift focus from a marks-oriented system to THE one that fosters social responsibility and awareness, SAYS N.C. Wadhwa (Vice- Chancellor, Manav Rachna International University)
Real education will not teach you to compete, it will teach you to cooperate. It will not teach you to fight and come first, but to be creative, loving and blissful, without any comparison with the ot.... Read More

Opening windows to the outside world
Manju Malik (Principal, DAV Centenary Public School, Pashim enclave) says an effective way to build a sustainable world is to focus on a child’s education
Q. What are your thoughts on the education sector in India? Which key areas need improvement?
A. With Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan to teach one-and-all, the education sector is observing a....
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Training to be a life-long student
Companies must adapt or change their business strategies to take into account the new realities of intense global and domestic competition
All the top achievers I know are life-long learners, looking for new skills, insights, and ideas. If they are not learning, they are not growing... not moving toward excellence, said Denis Waitley, on.... Read More

Best foot forward
There is an increased realisation that teacher training is the first step towards quality education; some examples from nations which have pushed the quality bar higher
On June 25 this year, Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal set into motion a unique teacher-training programme to be conducted by IIT Bombay under ‘Talk to a Teacher’ project of the National Mission on Educ.... Read More

Striking the chord
The curriculum of Higher education in India needs a major transformation so as to connect the teachings imparted in class with the lives of students and to prepare them for future
Curriculum is a cardinal element with regards to the success and potency of higher education. It does not matter how curriculum is defined, for it is one of the most important matters in higher educat.... Read More

The system overhaul
It is not about what the world is practising but how efficiently and comprehensively things are being practised; The education sector today needs a concerted push so that best teachers are recruited for the greater good of the nation
I often wonder, why I still remember some of my nursery rhymes but not the teachers who taught them. Perhaps, the rhymes are so deeply entrenched in my system that forgetting them is out of question. .... Read More

The burning question
Kulwant Singh (Professor, Business Policy and Strategy, National University of Singapore Business School) laments the current state of education in India, but on an optimistic note, lists out suggestions to alter the landscape
The problems with India’s higher education sector are well-known – poor leadership and management, inadequate investment and infrastructure, poor utilisation of resources, and inadequately trained and.... Read More

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