Enrollments for higher education set to increase, says principal

Enrollments for higher education set to increase, says principal

Students should not be taught but be allowed to learn

enrollDr B M Hedge inaugurating the annual national meet of Principals in Mysore on Friday. dh photoHe was speaking at the 12th annual national conference of Principals at Sri Jayachamaranejndra College of Engineering here on Friday.

“Average of people seeking admissions in higher education worldwide is nearly 21 per cent. Ministry of Human Resources is planning to add 16 central universities, 14 national universities and 374 colleges in various districts to increase the number of students who opt for higher education. From the current 10 per cent, we are looking 15 per cent students entering streams of higher education in the country by 2012 -13,” he said.
NAAC and NBA Committees decide on the quality and levels of excellence of colleges.

There is a huge disparity in this. In the backdrop of complaints that were received about uniform parameters not being applied while awarding grades, government decided to constitute a higher level committee which would first attribute marks and then award grades, based on that. Same system is being used to grade colleges,” he said.      
National Board of Accreditation has given C grade to 68 per cent colleges, B grade to 28 per cent and A grade to mere nine per cent colleges.

Among the universities, about 46 per cent have been given B grade, 23 per cent and 11 per cent have been given C and A grade respectively, he added. With this, quality has assumed paramount importance when new higher education institutes and universities are taking shape, he emphasised.

Retired vice-chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) Dr B M Hegde spoke on the occasion and stressed on the importance of time, especially for heads of institutions. “Principals should know the value of time. We must understand value addition in education is the only means of country achieving progress, and not by launching satellites alone.  Students should not be taught, but be allowed to learn. All teachers must be epitome of gods to students and then assume the role of teachers,” he said.

A souvenir was released on the occasion. SJCE Principal Prof B G Sangameshwara, Vice Principal Dr Syyed Shakib-Ur-Rehman, AICPU Vice President A I Khan, Prof V R Shiragoorkar, retired vice chancellor of Mysore varsity Dr S N Hegde, AICP Chief Secretary Subhash Bramhabhatt and others were present.

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