Friday, July 3, 2009

GLOBALIZATION ON HIGHER EDUCATION IN INDIA

The ramifications of globalization in India have been uneven.Education, as a service industry, is a part of the globalization process under the umbrella of General Agreement on Trade in Services(GATS).Thus it is of now wonder that like in any other sector, globalization has bred inequality and dependence in the education system of the nation, especially higher education.Thus while a section of the population has benefited from globalization in their academic pursuits, the under privileged section has struggled to receive proper higher education due to excessive corporatization of education ,increasing fees and unavailability of opportunities in the lower strata of the society.

That globalization has opened newer vistas of higher education, can not be denied.It has given the Indians opportunities to get higher education in foreign countries, though unfortunately till now India has not been an attractive hub of education for the foreign students despite having much potentials to be so.Today India on an average spends $ 5 billion annually to send students abroad to get higher education.Sadly enough, most of them hardly come back to their motherland and instead opt for serving in an alien nation.

Globalization has created a market based educational system in India.Thus there has been incredible growth of the number of technical colleges and universities providing technical education especially in fields like IT,Computer Science,electronics, architecture.As the job market in these sectors are flourishing, students after getting mere Bachelors degree hardly opt for higher education.Thus India over the years has produced some brilliant technicians but hardly any excellent educationist or a genius teacher.Moreover, as the cost of receving such technical education is sky high, poor students have been out of the competition to receive higher education.Moreover, the declining value of the civil society is an evidence in itself that higher education has imparted technical skills but failed to impregnate values among the students.

Moreover, lack of higher educational opportunities in the rural areas confirms that the interest of the corporate world is limited only in the shining cities, not in the rural India where ironically more than 70 % of the population lives.As a result rural-urban divide has been more prominent, there has been migration of students from rural to urban areas in search of educational opportunities, creting more socio-economic imbalnce.

In the end , it must be said that while globalization has been of tremendous benifit for the upper strata of the society in their academic pursuits, the benefits have not percolated down the social strata to educate each layer of the society.While corporatization of education should not be discouraged, the government should have more control in the sphere of education, so that the people irrespective of their social class, can reap the benefits of higher education and can be a part of making India a better nation to live in.


9 comments:

  1. globlization of education is a good thing but the sad part is tht most be the student's r not ready to come back to india...sumwhr we r failing to provide quality education to students... in a latest survey i read tht every year arnd 1 crore students passing 10+2 but seats avlbl for them is 10 lacs[not to forget reservation quota in this]....so whts happning with rest of them,they r falling in cluches of private universities n those who r well to do goin abroad for education....in 11 th plan although thr r provision for forming 8 new iits n 7 new iims but we shld do this while maintaining standard of education...at the same time more jobs shld be generated both in public n private sector....i dont think this migration of talent will stop untill we provide them a decent standard of living.

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  2. We have to find out strategies for Brain Gain to combat Brain Drain.

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  4. But isn't there some signs of at least a little Brain Gain due to recession; like people taking interest to get into ISRO especially after the successful Chandrayaan mission ?

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  5. I completely agree to the point made by Saptarshi. In rural India, we have schools where children of different classes are taught together. And such children getting a chance to speak-up or even present a paper on a subject is rare, which I feel is very important to build confidence as a student as well as share the knowledge you posses.
    Kindly Opine Saptarshi.

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  6. Yeah,right.Various missions may have succeeded in building lots of new schools,but the quality of education in rural India is horrible.Initially I had a high opinion on the impacts of globalization in the field of higher education.But practical experience has made myself a bit cynic.Your take?

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  7. Globalization to some extent has changed the way students are taught now. Almost all the schools have computers but in rural India, we still need to improve. I feel, if we change the root of India (i.e rural India), then we will see a much better India. Any change in policy should make our rural people secured. That's when I see India talking good about Globalization
    Well, you needn't agree with me !
    Noor Jahan Khan

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  8. Govt needs to take lessons from states like kerela and mizoram.

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  9. globalisation of education is only beneffiting people with thick pockets ,entarance tests r conducted but admission is only given to the student who can afford to give thick bundle of cash,its just to hide the dust covering the greiviences of those students who cannot afford to pay the 5 or 6 figure amt. to top ,corporate schools,colleges,b-schools..etc and to show the other side of so called educated ,snining india through these so called globalised educatinal institutions.

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