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Private institutes: Need of Indian education system
More than 10 million students in India are getting higher education from private institutions or universities. Private institutions compensate for the failure of the education system. It is high time that it is given the status of an industry.

FOUR YEARS ago, I appeared for the engineering competitive examinations but couldn’t score a rank good enough to get admission in a government institution. My dreams of being an engineer were on the verge of being shattered but a private institution came to my rescue.

It was not just my case but according to the latest survey conducted by Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), there are 17,500 colleges and 230 universities providing higher education to 11million students. But the biggest irony is that out of this large number more than 10 million students are getting higher education from private institutions or universities. The figure itself clearly proves, who is playing a bigger role in imparting higher education.

Delhi University (DU) received 500,000 applications for 40,000 seats, the result-even 90 per cent marks couldn’t confirm a seat. The competition gets tougher when it comes to seeking admission for professional courses. For 6,800 seats in Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) more than 2.4 lakh students appear. For 9,500 seats in National Institutes of Technology (NIT), more than two lakh applications were received.

This fact is for our Human Resource Development (HRD), who claims to have enough money to implement reservation in government institutes. NIT Bhopal has a 600acre campus but it admits only 60 students for its masters in computer applications (MCA) programme. The institute neither has enough trained faculty nor it has resources to improve the labs and equipments to facilitate more intake. Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) are also not different. They too are suffering from shortage of faculty and we all can imagine what is going to happen with the government planning to come up with more IITs.

The disgusting fact is that the government doesn’t have enough money to deal with these problems and we can still hear them claiming that they have enough money to provide infrastructure and other facilities to twice the number of students.

The HRD ministry, instead of being progressive and encouraging more private universities, is more keen to provide reservation and divide the nation on caste basis. It is high time that private sector education is given the status of an industry and it should be realised that they compensate for the failure of the education system.

This demands sincere efforts from the government and the regulatory committees like All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and University Grants Commission (UGC) and proper transparency should be maintained. It is quite common to observe that institutes not having a decent infrastructure get affiliation just because they belong to some politician while others who deserve that affiliation, have to struggle.

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