Press Esc to close

'Higher education sector faces leadership crunch'

New Delhi: Feb 14, 2013 DHNS 1:21 IST

Academics not seen as viable career option: Survey

The higher education sector is facing shortage of capable leaders, says a survey on ‘The Leadership Challenges Faced by the Indian Higher Education System’. According to 92 per cent of respondents, this trend is expected to continue till 2020.

Lack of adequate mentoring, academic leadership, guidance and training (60 per cent), low salary (50 per cent) and the general impression about academics not as a popular career choice, are the reasons cited for the shortage.

Education Promotion Society for India — a national body of over 500 higher education institutions in collaboration with a management portal took up the survey. The sample size was 111 respondents which included chancellors, vice chancellors (VCs), deans, principals and other academicians.

The survey was taken up for two reasons.
President had recently called a meeting of ministry of human resource development and VCs of 40 central universities and urged them to fill the leadership and faculty positions on priority.

Secondly, the knowledge commission had proposed a mechanism for developing educational leader, which is yet to be implemented, to meet serious concerns of education and research community of the country, the survey reports stated.
Almost 80 per cent of the respondents said there is a serious gap between the existing pool and the future needs.

The survey also examined the reasons due to which Indian higher education institutes are unable to attract Indian academicians abroad with proven academic background and leadership skills.

“Three-fourths of the respondents blamed the highly bureaucratic Indian system while more than half felt that a siloed approach – an attitude where a department or a group do not want to share information and knowledge with the other department of the same company – of stakeholders to be another key reason,” stated the report.

Other reasons cited by the respondents were low brand values of India as a potential destination for well known academicians, low or superficial orientation to research and development, poor compensation and incentives, high levels of corruption are the other reasons cited by the respondents.

“It is safe to assume that the respondents have expressed their perceptions based on developments in last one decade,” said the report.

Go to Top

More from this section
Most trending stories
Photo Gallery
Hundreds of vehicles stranded at Jammu-Srinagar national highway as it remained closed...

Hundreds of vehicles stranded at Jammu-Srinagar national highway as it remained closed...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving a memento from FICCI president Pankaj Patel at the 90th...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi receiving a memento from FICCI president Pankaj Patel at the 90th...

Tourists enjoy the weather after a fresh snowfall at Mahasu peak in Kufri near Shimla on Wednesday..

Tourists enjoy the weather after a fresh snowfall at Mahasu peak in Kufri near Shimla on Wednesday..

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, left, and Prince Harry on the red carpet as they attend...

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, left, and Prince Harry on the red carpet as they attend...

India's captain Rohit Sharma celebrates his double-century during the second ODI cricket match...

India's captain Rohit Sharma celebrates his double-century during the second ODI cricket match...

A leopard after it fell into a well at Bamungaon in Guwahati on Wednesday....

A leopard after it fell into a well at Bamungaon in Guwahati on Wednesday....

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, senior BJP leader LK Advani...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, senior BJP leader LK Advani...

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) pays homage to the victims of the December 2001 parliament.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) pays homage to the victims of the December 2001 parliament.

Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan with mother Sharmila Tagore and sister Saba Ali Khan at the launch..

Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan with mother Sharmila Tagore and sister Saba Ali Khan at the launch..

Sunset in Bengaluru on Wednesday...

Sunset in Bengaluru on Wednesday...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.