The new set of draft regulations set by UGC will pave the way for Category I institutions to commercialise the courses. Why would be the NET & SLET holders will like to pursue research in low grade or category III institutions, they would always like to study in Top institutions. Categorising the institutions into I, II, III will not solve the quality concerns, in fact, it will degrade the standard of education.
It is very difficult to assess the quality of an educational institution in a complex situation where the established educational institutions are producing students with given set of objectives. This needs to be recognised while examining the issues of quality and equity in education. If the quality of these products is evaluated from the perspective of the needs of the industry, it is very difficult to arrive at a conclusion about their relevance. The inequalities were built in within the system from the very beginning in India. The majority of the courses offered in the universities and colleges are designed to produce a graduate with a specified amount of knowledge and skills.
We should nurture the tradition of philanthropic contributions through changes in incentives for universities. The elements of infrastructure that support the teaching – learning process, such as laboratories, libraries and communication technology need to be upgraded on a regular basis. The government should provide more grants to the higher learning institutions located in rural areas.
The government should aim at enhancing equity & inclusion in higher education by establishing more higher learning public institutions in minority and backward community dominated areas.