What ails our Universities throughout India?It is alleged that Ms Jayalalitha, had a figure for the appointment of Vice-Chancellors of State Universities of Tamil Nadu. Not so costly -- just 35 crores or more!!
No wonder, substandard people were appointed as the Vice Chancellors and would indulge in all sorts of malpractices to get back the money that they had invested. Each and every University, has a Distance Education wing. There are franchise centers throughout Tami Nadu, that happily sell the question papers, well in advance, so that the student can go home, and get his or her question paper answered so well, and present it back to the franchise. This rotten game of corruption has been going on for a long time. Only in the recent past, there seems to have been some action in this regard. The Distance Education centers are all money spinners, meant to help each University, keep its resources in good shape.
One does not know the fate of other State Universities, but one does hear that Universities in many parts of North India do not even conduct the examinations on time. The standards of higher education have also fallen.
What can make the UGC and the AICTE, wake up from their deep slumber? One also understands that there is huge corruption, even in the NAAC ratings.
Where do we go from here? How is that we are so insensitive to this huge problem?
Well, there are still excellent centers of excellence, like the world-famous Loyola College, Chennai, St. Stephen's College, New Delhi, the St. Xavier's group throughout India, and so on.
Why is that other institutions and Universities are not able to obtain such high standards?
How do we go about rectifying the problem, and correcting it? Members may please respond, based on successful case studies, in their own places, so that some benchmarking can be done.