As part of reforming the country’s higher education system, India has taken a step toward allowing prestigious foreign universities like Yale, Stanford and Oxford to open campuses and grant degrees. But progress at ground level, i.e., at primary and secondary levels is still not up to the mark.

Foreign Universities in India

On Thursday, the University Grants Commission’s regulatory body presented a draft to allow prestigious foreign universities like Yale, Oxford, and Stanford to open campuses in India. This draft is now open to public comment and final approval. The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is working to reform the highly regulated education system to make it more affordable for Indian students to earn foreign degrees and to promote India as a desirable study destination worldwide.

Gaps in Schools of High Learning

Even though India has several important institutions associated with high-quality education, such as the IITs and IIMs, there is still a gap in the market for schools of higher learning. The sizeable population is the main cause of that. Some private sector organizations see this gap as an opportunity, and many enter the market to make money. Due to this, education has fallen short of international norms.

Flaws in Primary and Secondary Education

After the introduction of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 and the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in 2001, there has been an increase in the number of students enrolled in schools in India. However, India lacks adequate educational infrastructure, particularly in publicly supported institutions in both urban and rural areas.

The majority of schools have low student-teacher ratios, a dearth of teachers with college degrees, low levels of student learning, and last but not least, a high rate of dropouts from rural schools due to financial hardships, which forms the major flaws in primary and secondary education of India.

Can bringing Stanford and Oxford to India change the quality of Education?
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Illiteracy is still a problem

Numerous studies have demonstrated that a nation’s population’s level of education and well-being is the genuine barometer of its economic development. The fact that 25% of the Indian population is still uneducated is one unsettling aspect of the country’s education system.

Although the importance of life skills is recognized, there may be a mismatch between a traditional curriculum and a life skills learning aim. Additionally, there may be a lack of understanding regarding how life skills might be developed throughout the educational continuum.

Step Ahead

The step to bring prestigious foreign universities at home is indeed distinguished but building an empire starts with fixing and cementing the foundation first. The government must no doubt ensure affordable and quality education to students, but this should not only be limited to the degree level but the same should be strengthened to the primary and secondary levels as well.

The loopholes at the primary and secondary levels need to be fixed. The government needs to take measures to focus on practical knowledge to ensure all-around creative learning with a better environment to study and better opportunities to reap.

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