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Why Higher Technical Education is Becoming Unpromising?

Author : Prof. Onkar Singh, Founder Vice Chancellor Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology, Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology

Prof. Onkar Singh

Prof. Onkar Singh, Founder Vice-Chancellor Madan Mohan Malaviya University of Technology, Gorakhpur

Present digital age is blessed with ample technological advancements nicely embedded with the convergence of technologies yielding the modern civilization. A closer look indicates that the major responsibility for sustenance, application and up gradation of technology for good of human being lies on the youth of the day. Therefore the countries with a large fraction of younger population are likely to play a major role in meeting the requirements of the civilization of present and future. India's demographic statistics show that the average age of India is likely to be 29 years as compared to 37 for China and 48 for Japan by 2020 with the population spectrum having 50 percent population below the age of 25 years.

It infers that India holds the key for creating potential contributors in technological development and it is inevitable to train and educate our children starting from kindergarten to the doctoral level with the best possible education of high quality and rigor. Any slackness in the design, development, and delivery of the education system is bound to create a pool of people with inadequate competence whose incapability to contribute in the economy will eventually become a liability for the society.

The Roadblocks

Present technical education sector being run in public, private and public-private partnership mode may have their specific challenges due to their nature but the generic area of concern remain in the inputs of technical education sector namely the quality of students aspiring for it, admission procedures and many more. The holistic assessment indicates that the technical education is incapable of offering work for survival and livelihood to all. Poor communication skills, technical skills, comprehensive analytical skills, real-life application of knowledge, presentation skills, analytical skills and quest for continuous learning appear to be lagging in respect to expectations of employers and community in general.

Deficiencies in the expected capabilities need to be taken care with the concerted efforts of all those involved in the creation of well-trained and competent technical manpower which will be possible only when technical education institutions have the capability to shoulder such onerous responsibility of educating learners up to requisite quality. A reality check shows that the situation is quite grim with the large number of technical education institutions lacking in requisite teaching and non-teaching human resource, necessary teaching-learning infrastructure in terms of quantity as well as quality along with poor governance through unvisionary leadership promoting mediocrity. It is quite likely that there may be agreement or disagreement to the issues referred above, but the mega-shift of students from technical education to other education is undeniable.


August 2018

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