In recent times, there has been considerable criticism of Indian higher education in engineering in terms of quality of students, faculty, curriculum, employability of graduates, contribution to the society, etc. Specific concerns have been raised regarding large scale reservations and quotas in education, lack of autonomy and modern infrastructure; dismally low research output; proliferation of low quality private engineering colleges, and the process of granting accreditation. One often wonders whether there is something seriously wrong with our engineering education and for that matter with higher education in general.
In this section of my blog, ‘Higher Education’, I want to discuss a few important issues connected with technical education in India. In the coming blog posts I will talk about several aspects of the system such as ‘reservations and quotas’, ‘autonomy and academic freedom’, among others.
While these blog posts will be my thoughts in brief on the critical issues that impact our education system today, I have also authored ‘Creating a New Technological Institute’. A book where I bring forward the ideas, observations and suggested solutions curated from my experiences of a lifetime in Indian Education, from being a student, to being the Deputy Director of IIT Bombay, to finally founding DAIICT and PDPU, reputed technological institutes for engineering.
The 21st century will require bold, different, and judiciously chosen approaches, newer implementation strategies, and a new thinking in education in general and technical education in particular. We need a mind-set change in order to provide a student with the kind of education that will prepare her/ him to face the challenges of the 21st century knowledge society.