For the past three years, Mysore University has been organizing the KSET examination. The examinations were conducted successfully by the university and seeing this, it has been decided by the University Grants Commission that Mysore University will organize the examination for the next three years as well. KSET examination, also known as the Karnataka State Eligibility Test is conducted for the post of lecturers and assistant professors.
Additional secretary of UGC, P Prakash said that the decision was taken by the commission a week ago. He said on Tuesday, while addressing the gathering at the workshop on “ The role of universities and colleges in higher education” at Vijnan Bhavan in Manasagangotri, that was organized by the college development council of UoM, “University of Mysore is doing well for higher education. Hundred years ago, the university was started with just four colleges. It has grown well over the years – now, it has over 200 colleges affiliated to it. UoM, having been recognized as ‘potential of excellence’, is marching ahead. UGC was started with just 25 universities having 500 colleges. But it has 802 universities with over 36,300 colleges today. The approval to conduct KSET examination for three more years will be sent to UoM at the earliest.”
He further added, “Higher education is at the crossroads. On the one hand, we have resource crunch, and mismatch between demand and supply on the other. If we have software to change the mindset of people, I will be the first person to put it to such a use. In my career, I have seen how education field lacks human capital and infrastructure…” he said, adding: “By 2025, India will be the youngest country with youths in 25-30 age group. By then, India will be also be the largest demographically dividend nation in the world. There is a great demand for workforce. But the country lacks talent among technical and non-technical graduates – just 23% of technical graduates land jobs, while it is 15% among non-technical graduates There are 860 management institutions in the country. But only 7-8% of those graduating from them get employed. Every fourth graduate in the world is an Indian.”
He has also emphasized a lot on the need of quality education and believes that the colleges need to change their curriculum often. This has to be done keeping in mind the changing environment of the society.