To make India a knowledge superpower, there has to be major reforms in the education system first. To this effect, the National Knowledge Commission (NKC) will soon submit a set of 10 recommendations to the Prime Minister’s Office, including one on reforms in higher education.
According to NKC chairman Sam Pitroda, the Commission touched on issues like people-friendly portals; reforms in primary, secondary and higher education; protecting traditional knowledge base; and incentives to youngsters for innovations and entrepreneurship.
"The recommendations will be finalised in 60 to 90 days,” he said at an interactive session organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry here on Wednesday.
The NKC is likely to suggest starting English lessons from an early stage, increasing the number of universities to over 1,500, more private participation in education, more regulatory mechanisms to improve the quality of education, and structural reforms in educational institutions.
Pointing out that only seven per cent of children in the country go for higher education, Pitroda said: "We need to increase enrollment to 18 per cent in the next five years." He spointed out eight focus areas — "literacy, reservations, affirmatory programmes, libraries, languages, translation, networks and portals.”