Alliance University Chancellor Sudhir G Angur has appreciated PM Narendra Modi’s initiative for the improvement of higher education in India. Praising the PM’sstance, the chancellor has said that the initiative is ‘one of its kind’, and is bound to benefit the higher education sector in India.
His statement came in the wake of PM Narendra Modi’s centenary address at the University of Patna in Bihar, which included the announcement of a competition to identify 20Indian universities that have the potential to become ‘world class’.
In his speech, the PM had also declared to offer these universities the much-needed financial support, in order to unshackle them from the regulations and restrictions. As announced by the PM, these universities will be free to develop their own roadmaps and pursue their ideas of excellence.
Although some educationists expressed scepticism regarding the announcement, the Alliance University Chancellor believes that the government is moving in a great direction as far as education sector is concerned. According to him, innovation along with implementation is the chief ingredient for the development of education sector in India.
“The government is taking some unconventional initiatives for the education sector. I understand that some people feel that higher education in India needs some other, more important challenges. However, something is always better than nothing. A new policy is a welcome change,” said the educationist Sudhir Angur.
He added, “In a large and populous country like India, implementing educational reforms and policies is a tricky task to do. Although the allocation of Rs 1,000 crore per university/educational institution is not large by certain international standards, it still is a significant amount of money in the country. Since these funds are being provided in resonance with the speed they can be absorbed, the education sector is witnessing positive changes.”
According to the Alliance University Chancellor, the process introduced by PM Modi will help the government in identifying the visionary educational institutions where financial aid would be utilized well. This, in turn, would inspire the investors all across the globe to invest in the best institutions of the country to help them grow stronger.
“I believe that this process is a great way to channel private investments to the right and deserving places. The large endowments of elite US colleges and universities were all built by private wealth. A similar attribute could be developed in India, and the competition would facilitate this development,” said Sudhir Angur.
According to the revered educationist, the scheme holds the potential of driving a shift in the existing culture of educational institutions. With a wise distribution and allocation of financial aid and other resources, the scheme is expected to support a growing number of Indian universities with infrastructural advancements.