PRIVATIZATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN INDIA: COLLEGE TEACHERS PERCEPTION
Privatization of higher education was initiated in 1991 with the initiation of the Liberalization, Privatization and Globalization (LPG) Policy. Gradually over the last twenty years the policy has worked its way to bring about the targeted change with the constant support of the government. Across the country more and more private unaided courses are flourishing. Government has been supporting this agenda vigorously.
Education is going out of reach for the economically weaker section of the society. Only those who can effort to pay can proceed further for higher studies. In the long run this will broaden the gap between the educated and the non-educated, thereby increasing the gap between the haves and have not’s.
The teaching fraternity is also concerned about this change. To access and evaluate their concern a SWOT analysis on privatization of higher education was framed and administered for opinion. The teachers do accept that privatization will bring in quality and professional approach on one hand but on the other hand it will deprive the economically backward students and also lead to mushrooming of education institutes which would be unhealthy.Privatization will catapult the state of Indian education at par with global standards. With the support of Information Technology it can increase its reach too far of corners not only in India but the world. The teachers insist that the government should keep on supporting the backward class otherwise the society will undergo a sea change and the class divide will increase.
Government of India, April 2000, ‘A Policy Framework for Reforms in Education’, a report submitted by special subject group on ‘Policy Framework for Private Investment in Education, Health and Rural Development’ constituted by the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry with MukeshAmbani (Convenor) and Kumarmangalam Birla (Member), New Delhi. (Downloaded from the internet)
Sharma, G.D., 1998, ‘Contribution of Higher Education in National Development’, Journal of Higher Education, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 201-223.
Sharma, Vijender; 2009, ‘Crisis of Higher Education in India’, http://indiaeducrisis.wordpress.com/
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