Dr. MK Sridhar, MHRD: Entire Education system is Compartmentalised, leading to children confined with choices

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Addressing the two-day seminar on ‘Rejuvenation of Undergraduate Education’ which was organized by Karnataka Rajya Mahavidyalaya Shikshak Sangha (KRMSS) in collaboration with UGC-HRD Centre, Karnataka University Dharwad, NAAC Bengaluru and Center for Educational and Social Studies, Bengaluru on Tuesday, Dr. M. K Sridhar,  member of Centre for Advisory Board on Education, MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development),  shares his views on the present education system, “The entire structure is divided into just three streams arts, commerce, and science and they are strictly compartmentalized. This resulted in students being confined to their respective streams and not look beyond that,” he said.

He also mentioned the issue of teachers having the authority to evaluate their own child to whom they teach, “Unfortunately there is no single body in the higher education sector to take complete responsibility of the entire process of framing the syllabus, teaching it, setting the question papers, evaluating answer scripts and giving the degree,” he said.

Renowned educationist from NEUPA, New Delhi Dr. K Ramachandran said that in order to make the university reach a global level, a lot of efforts by teachers and students is required. He expressed that universities are in desperate need of achieving faculty excellence, international exposure to students and teachers, excellence in research and scholarship and excellence in governance, leadership, and development of management skills to rejuvenate undergraduate education.

The event also witnessed the presence of KU Vice-Chancellor Pramod Gai where he said, that there is a need to bring a change in the higher education system.

The event also witnessed the presence of Rani Channamma University vice-chancellor Shivanand Hosamani, Pro-vice chancellor of Jain University Sandeep Shastri, ABRSM secretary Mahendra Kumar, and others.

Sandeep Shastri at the event spoke that the curriculum at the undergraduate level should make children industry-ready or should provide the experiential learning, “With changing technology, teachers should tap into students’ digital experience and learn from them,” he added.

He also said that power-point presentations cannot be confused with the chalk and talk, that should not be considered as experiential learning, students should speak on a 50-50 basis.

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