'Divide between educated and uneducated is India's major problem'

Delivering a talk on ‘Youth and Higher Education in the world of Globalisation,’ at the State Convention of the All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF) in Mangalore on Tuesday, he opined that the major problem confronting India is the huge divide between the educated and the not so educated, as well as the outdated delivery of Higher Education.

The cost of higher education has gone so high, beyond the reach of the poor people in the country, he commented. “Sweeping changes are taking place in the delivery of higher education all over the world. India should immediately re-frame and re-set the higher education system based on the Knowledge Commission report and the Yeshpal Committee Report, he opined.

Secretary of Karnataka Regional Commission for Education Sr M Genevieve in her address called upon the Christian educational institutions to aim at producing a radical change of heart in the person of both the educated and the educator turning them from selfish concerns to unreserved generosity to God and their fellow beings. Speaking of the effect of globalisation on education, she hoped that Indian Universities and technical institutes will be forced to improve their curricula and syllabi to compete with the foreign universities that are all ready to set up their campuses in Indian soil.

Professor of English at St Joseph’s College, Bangalore, Cherian Alexander opined that our education system gives out a lot of knowledge, but not wisdom. Critical thinking, wisdom and values are to be promoted through higher education, he added.
A question and answer session followed. More than 100 students from different parts of the State participated.

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