Why is “OUR OBJECTIVE” important?
Higher Education has to play a vital role in working towards economic growth, personal- independence in the scientific, technological development and mobilization of human resources for our Indian economy; we are already a 66-year-old and the largest multi-cultural democracy in the world. In India, the projected higher education enrolment has increased from 1,00,000 (1 lakh) in our independence year 1947 to 1,53,00,000 (1.53 crore) in 2012. Our higher education Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) is shockingly half the world’s average – FRIGHTFULLY LESS! India’s GER is much lesser than the developed nations (54%) and other developing nations (36%).
Out of that small figure, further 59% of Indian youth suffer from some degree of skill deprivation! Hence, Unemployability is a bigger problem than unemployment! India’s current higher education system is a barrier, as 10,00,000 (10 lakhs) people will join the labour force every month for the next 20 years without adequate training. 80% of India’s higher-education system of year 2030 is yet to be built and needs breaking the difficult trilogy of cost, quality and scale. Massive innovation, investment, and overall free competition are the urgent need for India today!
It is time for us (we Indians) to think of our re-awakening and there is no better way than education through its three levels – primary, secondary and tertiary education. What has been 1900s for US and 1950s for Europe, 2000s is for Indian higher education. Metamorphosis is the need for the day; it is high time we Indians seek for qualitative growth and qualitative development. Today, the time is ripe for stimulating ourselves for a better tomorrow!