Indian Schools, Colleges Should Be Made Autonomous, Says Narayana Murthy
At the first Professor MGK Menon Memorial Lecture, Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy said that schools and colleges in India should be made autonomous to allow students to think "independently" and discover scientific solutions to the country's problems at hand. He said that children should be enabled and encouraged to think and contribute toward solving the country's problems and highlighted that India probably has more problems facing its citizens than any other country in the world.
He said that the huge population base poses a challenge to providing children with basic education, healthcare, nutrition, and shelter. To prove the point he cited the example of India's place on the Human Development Index (HDI). India has been on a lower rank than most South Asian countries and African states in public health and has been ranked around 130 among 193 nations for the last five years.
"I believe that we can find appropriate solutions to our problems if we educate our children and youth to think independently to find scientific and technological solutions to our problems," Murthy said.
He also said that to materialize this the bureaucracy will need to be more responsive and school and college systems too need to be made completely autonomous.
He also regretted that the current education system does not have the tendency to assess if a student passing out has attained the necessary skills and an independent thought process to identify problems and solve them on a "proactive basis".
Murthy asserted that the effectiveness of these steps also depend upon the teachers who also need to be trained on various subjects.
(With Inputs from PTI)
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