In spite of gaining recognition as a prominent R hub in the global space, India’s total contribution to the world research papers remained at a dismal 2% as per statistics provided by Ministry of Science and Technology in 2003. India faces serious shortages in qualified research personnel in educational institutions, in national laboratories and in industrial R units, and to meet this ever-growing demand for research professionals.
The biggest disruption that the Internet may deliver to our world is just beginning: the upending of higher education. Sound like so much hyperbole? That's just the dismissive attitude that most newspapers took toward blogs in the late 1990s. From what I can see, the impact that online learning programs will have on higher education will be even more dramatic. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/article/Internet-transforming-higher-education-4283096.php#ixzz2L9qdYBNM
China - The Education Revolution: Beijing Geely University, a private institution founded in 2000 by Li Shufu, the chairman of the automaker Geely, already has 20,000 students studying a range of subjects, but with an emphasis on engineering and science, particularly auto engineering. Mr. Li also endowed and built Sanya University, a liberal arts institution with 20,000 students, and opened a 5,000-student vocational community college in his hometown, to train skilled blue-collar workers.
Online education has been regarded by many governments and organizations as an important educational mode which can contribute significantly to lifelong learning in a knowledge society. The China Ministry of Education (MoE) coined a special term for online education - “Modern distance education” (xian dai yuan cheng jiao yu in Mandarin pronunciation), emphasizing the technological element employed by this mode of education. China joined the campaign of promoting this panacea-looking…
Next Made-in-China Boom: College Graduates - While potentially enhancing China’s future as a global industrial power, an increasingly educated population poses daunting challenges for its leaders. With the Chinese economy downshifting in the past year to a slower growth rate, the country faces a glut of college graduates. Much depends on whether China’s authoritarian political system can create an educational system that encourages the world-class creativity and innovation required.
Education loans have emerged as a significant business opportunity for banks providing student education loans worth more than Rs 200 billion. Disbursement of education loans has risen from 2% of the total personal loan portfolio in 2005 to almost double in 2008. The education loan portfolio of the banks grew by around 35% in 2007-08 and expected to reach 40% in 2008- 09.
The key issue that is plaguing India’s education system is methods to improve quality of education that is delivered. It’s no secret that the quality of teaching is one of the most important determinants of student performance. A country can have the best of policies, infrastructure, curriculum, high enrolment and low drop out rates, passing percentages etc, but the responsibility of imparting quality education ultimately rests on good academicians.
India has the world’s largest school age population and hence access to quality education could drive the innovation, productivity, and development needed to ensure India’s continued economic growth. In spite of a favourable demographic profile in terms of manpower availability, the Indian labour market is facing a talent supply shortage; however, currently, talent shortage and demand-supply mismatch have been overshadowed by the global and domestic downswing and consequent slackening in…