In the last two decades, India has witnessed the rapid expansion in the number of colleges and universities which have made the country create access to higher education and also equity, with a gross enrolment ratio (GER) of more than 24.3%. However, the quality level of education has not achieved the degree of growth that it should have achieved, AICTE Chairman observed.
The 61st Annual Convocation of Jadavpur University was held on December 24, 2016, where the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe presided as the chief guest. In the 2017 Times Higher Education World University Ranking and the BRICS Emerging Economics Rankings, the university has bagged the first position among all varsities in India.
While addressing the gathering present, Anil Sahasrabudhe raised concern over the quality of higher education. He laid emphasis over the fact that students should learn soft skills – effective communication, team work, discipline, ethical practice as the industry bodies are not too sure about the employability of the graduates. Industry bodies such as NASSCOM, CII, FICCI are lamenting about the employability of graduates.
He appreciated Jadavpur University for providing an equal opportunity for one and all and held that better understanding of life takes place in the varsity. The university is one place in the life of a student that will come to your rescue in times of crisis. He wants the varsity to take the lead in interdisciplinary research because subjects taught in colleges particularly in technical education becomes outdated by the time students pass out. Moreover, there are some states across the nation where enrollment in technical education is even higher than the total number of candidates qualifying for higher secondary science examination.
AICTE Head advised the young graduates to be equal with any new technology or subject as it emerges, else one becomes irrelevant. He asked the students to give equal importance to hands-on practice, critical thinking apart from the usual focus on the theoretical aspect of the curriculum. For the holistic development, it is not merely the theoretical courses but hands-on practice, work experience, living together with people of different backgrounds, human values, accepting differences, critical thinking, analytical ability, appreciating different art forms, music, drama, participation in sports, NCC which are also important.
Global rankings which were time and again brought up by various stalwarts in the higher education field in Bengal also found stress in the address of the AICTE chairman.