Rethinking Indian Education


­­­­In continuation with the spirit of monumental educational reforms in India, Mr. Kapil Sibal, Union Minister of HRD, spear-headed a dynamic Round Table discussion for Educators on “Rethinking Indian Education” at the India International Center (IIC), New Delhi, on Saturday, August 16, 2009. The programme was organized by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode, in association with the Institute for Career Studies, Lucknow and the Welham Girls’ School Dehradun.

The Round Table discussion brought together eminent educators and policy makers from across the country to deliberate on an action plan addressing critical issues facing the educational system in India.

Mr. Kapil Sibal outlined plans of a comprehensive system of accreditations for all universities, schools, regional and community colleges and improvement and regulation of teachers training programmes. He also made a commitment towards exploring innovation in education through public-private partnership, including government support for cross subsidy models of schools.

Responding to suggestions by the Round Table, he agreed to look into the feasibility of conducting educational surveys for an assessment of the needs in public education, developing a web portal for the HRD ministry, for effective and timely information dissemination, advocating for a Fair Practices Act in education that outlaws fraudulent promotions and activities by unrecognized educational institutions, promoting vocational education and devoting closer attention to developing regional and community colleges.

Thought-leader Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, Director IIM-K, emphasized the importance of creativity, innovation and leadership in the Indian education system.

According to Educationist and Career Consultant Dr. Amrita Dass, Director, Institute for Career Studies, who co-hosted the programme, “the Round Table was successful in achieving its objective, with exceptional inputs from Dr. Kavita Sharma, Educationist and Director, IIC. Mrs. Jyotsna Brar, Principal, Welham Girls’ School, Dehradun praised the emphasis on Expansion, Equity and Excellence embodied by the Right to Education Act and the minister’s emphasis on autonomy and social responsibility going hand in hand in the field of education.