Fee in institutes of higher studies in the country should be increased to match international standards, said Mysore University Vice Chancellor Professor J Shashidhar Prasad during an unofficial visit to the Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya (DAVV) today. Prasad was part of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) team visiting the City to rate a private college.
Prasad said that Indore despite emerging as an educational hub lagged behind in matters of proficiency in language and especially the international language, English. He attributed this problem to the entire region and said that at this rate students from the State could not even think of competing with their counterparts from Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
In the technologically evolving world, job opportunities were congregating at centres where easily understood medium of conversation was available apart from basic talent and facilities, which gets reflected in the lack of BPO sector in the State.
Speaking on reservation, Prasad asked for declaration and segregation of creamy layer in each section of society, including Dalits.
Division of the society on caste lines ignoring the basic fundamentals of economics was akin to making the public sit on a ticking time bomb. He pointed out that there was no cultural divide between the north and the south, as there is no divide between its residents belonging to different castes, creeds and speaking different languages.
Another member of the NAAS team Dr Adsul, from Baramati College, said that the country has unity in diversity though some regions can be better developed than others.
Agreeing to an increase in fee, he said that quality education couldn’t be provided as faculty fee, infrastructure and facilities cost a lot nowadays, which is reflected in the better position of private schools/colleges all over the country than their government counterparts. The government cannot match private initiative with grants and as it is should stick to governance rather than entering into business of any kind.
DAVV V-C Dr Rajkamal described the closed-door meeting as cordial and termed it as a courtesy call. The NAAC members refrained from comparing their establishments with DAVV and seemed clearly floored by the Malwi hospitality.