Privatization of Higher Education

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Sakshi bisht said:   6 years ago
Hello friends.

In my opinion, the idea that privatization of higher education in India is not a good idea at all.

Firstly, privatization of education simply means that government having less control over the higher education sector and letting the private organization work with autonomy. Although the quality of education can be more refined however it limits the check on these organizations whose primary aim is business that comes at the cost of high-end fees, commercialization of education and even misuse of power. And I would like to bring to your attention the quote that says power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Hence I feel there are chances of misuse of the power given to them which may give rise to corruption and as well as lacking morality among the youths as business is the prime concern.

Secondly, I feel that concept of privatization of higher education is completely against the constitution of India that on one hand promise to give everyone equal opportunities and the other no discrimination. Because the scenario in private is the one handful of money has only better access to education and somehow it does give an idea that a son of a farmer cannot dream high or rather stay a farmer only the one with affluent family and more connections can carve out there path in fields higher studies. It is like India depriving itself of people like Kalam, Ambedkar.

Thirdly, education should be inclusive, not exclusive if one has the skill he/she should be able to pursue no matter what staus he or she belongs to. I don't know how many of you are familiar with Mahabharat but nearly everyone has heard the story of eklavya who being from a tribal background wasn't considered good enough to be taught by a great sage. However, he didn't alienate from his path but the youths today might just put there energy or skill or talent into something destructive if they are denied such things. Then we might have more of Isis terrorists. Hence we need no more left out eklavyas.

Therefore I believe the state or central institutes for higher education should flourish it gives a platform to students from varied background to compete and improve their skills and provided with the equal resources thus paves the way for not just healthy competition but also healthy India, where the power rest not with the privileged one but the deserving ones. I know that the governance of the country in maintaining such institutes isn't efficient but privatization of higher education is also not the solution it might help I short term but in long term, it may lead to increasing rich-poor gap and materialism.

Henceforth with the above points, I would like to rest my opinion.
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Dharam Pal said:   10 years ago
Fist of all I want to thank all of you to giving me this opportunity to share my feelings and emotions on this topic.

According to my perspective, as we all know, education is a must for the development of every country as without education there are no chances of development, so in this respect education is main weapon to improve and eradicate any evils.

Now, I come to the main topic, according to my point of view, as We all know, everything has negative as well as positive factors, so in this way the privation of higher education is good and bad to some extent. Considering all the above points which have been given by my fellow and after reading the above points, I have come to the following points are as under:

Advantage of privation of education in private sectors:

1. Student can't get a better quality education as the teachers in private school, colleges and universities pay much attention towards to students.

2. Student can't do their every work with great management related to their schools work or their personal work joint with their personal life because the private schools pay much attention towards management and discipline as the management and discipline have the major role for every kind of work.

3. They get a better atmosphere with good students.

Disadvantages of privatization of education in private sector:

1. The Private institutions demand for high amount of fees which is not possible for every people as a developing counter like India most of the people are poor so they can not afford so much amount of fees.

2. Money is given prime importance.

Disadvantages of high education in the hands of Government Sectors:

1. In most of the Government Schools, the teachers don't pay much attention towards to students.

2. Because they are interested in their's monthly income and not interested to educate the students.

2. There is no management and discipline and even good atmosphere.

Advantages of privatization of education in government sectors:

1. Because the institution fees are low to some extent, and most the students can approach the institutions in government sector.

2. No doubt, Many of the best government institutes such as IITs, IIMs and NIT.

At last, I would like to say one thing, merit basis admission should be preferred instead of donations.

Thank you, very much to share my feelings.
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Pinky pathak said:   1 decade ago
Hello everyone I am Pinky pathak and I am very glad to be a part of this discussion. Almost everyone has given their views regarding privatisation of education and I would agree that almost everyone has to some extent added to the topic.

I would also like to share my view regarding the very topic. It is true that government institutes have a great hand in educating the learners but the situation is not the same like before, there used to be days in the yesteryear when government aided colleges/institutes used to be the main aim of the people but now the present condition is not the same.

Teachers of the government institutes have started focusing only in the money and is giving least importance to the quality of education, but I am not generalizing it, as there are still institutes like IIM, IIT, NIT who are providing impartial and quality education but due to the other govt institutes laziness the people are losing the faith in the govt institutes. On the other hand the full credit of quality education also cannot be given to the private institutes as their main motive is profit making, but still in comparison to the govt institutes they have proved themselves to be far better by gaining the confidence of the people.

I won't completely reject the idea of increasing privatisation as in a crowded country like ours where govt institutes are very few so private institutes have become a must as "EDUCATION" is the main key of development and this can be a reality only when everyone in the crowd is educated.

But the government must put up some criteria for the private institutes so that everyone get a chance regardless of their financial conditions to get the real taste of education. The govt can provide financial help as well as scholarships to the abled students with a bad financial condition. Also only those private institutes who truly provide better quality education must be allowed to impart knowledge and unnecessary institutes who focus only on profit motive must be closed down.

Thus if the above criteria are kept in mind before setting up a institute than privatisation is heartly welcomed.
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Amandeep dhillon said:   1 decade ago
Hi, my name is Amandeep and I am glad to present my views on increasing privatization of higher education.

Now-a- days government is providing money, bicycles/uniforms to the students attending government schools, thus make education free. As a response to this initiative of the government, many students got admissions in government schools. Also girls education got promoted. But unfortunately, no steps are taken to improve the standard of education. In-fact, the number of students is more than the capacity of the class. We cannot deny the fact that, majority of government teachers prefer their children should study in private schools rather than the government schools, providing an example of low quality education being given in the government schools. Private schools, in no doubts, provide better education and exposure to the students, thus making them independent and decisive.

Now if we consider quality of higher education, in government and private colleges and universities, of-course, government colleges are better. The private colleges and universities which provide quality education are few in number and very costly. As a result, many students feel difficult to carry on with their studies any longer. It is the sole responsibility of the government to make policies that can provide impartial education to all the children. After all, education can bring innovation and our nation need youngsters that can work for the betterment of the country.

The government should ensure that the upcoming private universities/colleges/institutes should have genuine fees structure, talented faculty, well equipped labs, libraries, scholarships.

Now-a-days, we come across the news of corruption, making false degrees/certificates, bribes to get admissions in reputed colleges. All these incidents weaken our education system. Government should make strict policies to avoid such incidents and non-adherence to the policies should me made punishable. We need a strong law to impart quality education.
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Rounak Bapna said:   9 years ago
Privatisation of Higher Education is not a bloop if used wisely. First I want to take your considerations towards private sector entering in the Food Production field, many will argue that they will be profit oriented, creates gap between poor and rich. But is it the case, Parle G is still available at a price of Rs.5, Atta manufacturer are still selling good quality Atta at economical rate. Do you think you want to really compromise on quality in case of education.

Government schools and their conditions and faculties are well known to each, where are no check on your work, the work suffers. How private sectors works? They always have to work according to consumer demands and if competition is severe, even they have to work in no profit situation. I have educated from a school which is private and charges just 10, 000 Rs. India spends 3-4% of its GDP on education, but instead why does not it gives subsidy on education like it does other sectors of basic amenities like gas, food, ration.

If government is not able to deliver or not able to motivate the government teachers to deliver, then why waste money on their salary, on infrastructure, on bureaucrats to look after primary education in India. Instead give this school to private sectors, who for sake of performance, to sustain in field, will take education as revolution in India.

Needless to say, they will survive only if they makes profit, for making profit they needs students to be enrolled, the students will come if they provides quality at right price. And the price needs to be controlled by Government and they can do it like they are regulating the price for everything in India.
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Abhishek tol said:   1 decade ago
Swami Vivekananda quoted "Education is the manifestation of perfection already in men". Education is compulsory for each and every individual who wants to succeed in any area of life.

Primary education till the age of 14 years is compulsory and free in India and is maintained by the government. But when it comes to higher education, the trend of privatization is sadly noticed in India.

The largest drawback resulting from privatization of education is increase in the fees as a result of which most of the students who are interested in continuing their studies are forced to quit.

The question that arises is that why cannot government provide free higher education? We are all aware of the fact that any individual who only had his primary education is not eligible for earning the bare minimum that is required for his or her survival. Though most of the people do not accept this bitter truth but the fact remains.

If we take a close look at the statistics of developing countries we will see that India as a developing country lacks far behind when it comes to analyzing the ration of people with higher education as compared to the other developing countries.

The proportion of the University and College going students is 6% in India while the figure is 20% in Egypt and Thailand, 10% in Turkey, 11% in Brazil, and 16% in Mexico.

In developed countries on the other hand, the ratio of the students opting for higher education is nearly 40%. If India dreams of becoming a developed country in the near future, it is extremely essential that more and more students opt for higher education.
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Chandra Dangwal said:   5 years ago
Hello I am Chandra.

Very good afternoon to you all we all are here for a group discussion on the topic of privatisation of higher education about money there should be no privatisation of higher education because it is a level where everyone want to be reached.

But this lack of money lots of people are not able to go to their higher education. And we all know that the education it will be higher or not is only a part of business for the businessman all the private colleges if they really matter the future of the students they have to be decrease the fees but they are not doing that.

There are number of government colleges government should give the facility for higher education to the childrens of the students which we want to educate. At a point we can say that a private colleges take more features because of their profits their facility and all but what about the government has lot of money. Government can do anything they have power they have system and also the power of money so nothing is impossible for the government. Should they have to be arrange the system for higher education.

As I conclude the points that government should give the facility for the students by which the students who have lack of money can be easily study in the government colleges for higher education and they have to be another option in the front of private colleges for higher education they can also choose the government colleges for higher education.
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Sumit kumawat said:   9 years ago
Hello everyone my name is Sumit kumawat.

I don't think that we need more professional colleges in our country because more these colleges more student may be good or bad in studies or do have any interest in the field go for engineering or any professional and due to this in colleges no one cares about study and don't do hard work to learn and get pass just by cramming or by cheating or may be with money that why most of the graduate these days don't have enough technical as well as communication skills.

Privatization of higher education has both good and bad. Good is that because in pvt. Colleges every faculty have not a permanent authority. So, They teach their students properly to got a better result. If they not, They can be expelled out. And bad is that Pvt. Colleges has more fees which is not affordable by every person. Everyone have a desire to get admission in good college to become their future bright. In India, there are few Government colleges but syllabus will have not been updated since 1980s. Every teacher in government colleges consider himself a director. They don't care about students future. And wants to get free in whole day.

There is no doubt that privatization will give quality education but it oppose a basic constitutional right i.e. right to equality. Because it will lead to upliftment of upper class or economically strong people. Poor student will continuously decline from main stream.
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Mythological alien said:   6 years ago
India being a developing country certainly have some rugged edges and the education system is certainly one of them. Firstly, the government institutions are very less in number and do not have enough seats to take in most of the applicants. The private institutions see this as a chance to recruit the remaining students. Although they may be costly in terms of fees the students comply with it since they are the last resort.

With a large number of students resorting to private institutions for higher studies the private sector obviously is on the way of taking over the section of higher studies. Keeping facilities and fees in mind, along with better job placements in certain cases, the government sector is still ahead but that would be because of government funding which if provided to private institutions should be able to bring down their massive fee structure. Also, we need to keep in mind that one of the main reasons behind the high fee structure of private institutions is because they do not get government funding and subsidies, unlike the public institutions.

So in conclusion, I would like to say that in order for the higher education of students to improve the best way would be for the public and private sector to work together since then they would be able to take in more students and also obtain fundings from the government making their facilities less costly.
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Vaishali said:   7 years ago
Hi, I am Vaishali.

Education is what making anyone's able to live in this world with dignity. Education is most important for the man of every class either they belongs to lower class or higher class without education no one is nothing. But the privatisation of education or higher education is not good. Due to this, it will be out of reach far the person of every class. Everyone is not capable of affording that costly education because privatisation increases the cost of education. Because privatization makes the education business so the owner don't think about the future of the nation and anything, they only think about their profit only. This makes rich more rich n poor more poor. They use so manys ways to increase their profit as we see in the private schools, they use so manys ways to earn money for example they told the student's parents to buy books n copies n dresses from school and stationary things also. They pressurised the children's parents to do that. As same if the privatization of higher education is done they also use this types of cheap ways to earn money and due to this many population of our country that is below the poverty lines do not afford the higher studies. Higher education only become a dream for which they do not achieve. So in my opinion privatization of higher education is not good for our developing country India.

Thank you to all.
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