Education should be man-making; discourse on 07.01.2020 education should transcend beyond employability : Governor

    Publish Date: January 7, 2020

    2 – day Workshop on Autonomous Colleges begins

    Education should be man-making; discourse on education should transcend beyond employability : Governor

    The Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari today said that the current discourse on education should transcend beyond enrollment and employability and help bring out the ‘perfection already within man’. Stating that education should be ‘man-making’ Koshyari said autonomous institutions should encourage democracy while maintaining discipline.

    “Democracy doesn’t mean, you destroy discipline, and discipline doesn’t mean you destroy democracy,” he said.

    The Governor was speaking at the inauguration of a workshop on “Autonomous Colleges in India: The Road Ahead’ at Worli in Mumbai on Tuesday (7th Jan). The 2- day workshop has been organized jointly by the B K Birla College, Kalyan and the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.

    Referring to recent incidents in campuses, the Governor said Indian culture has always upheld and welcomed plurality of viewpoints and ideologies. He said there is a need to inculcate tolerance to understand the view point of others. “It is sad that we don’t tolerate the viewpoint of others,” he said. He expressed the view that autonomy alone is not sufficient to attain excellence.

    Vice Chancellor Suhas Pednekar said that the future of higher education will depend on the innovation they will produce. He said Indian institutions of higher education are missing from international ranking because they were lacking in innovation. He also expressed the need to create internship on a mass scale.

    Prof Makarand Paranjpe said India has 35 million students in higher education, which is comparable to the population of Canada. He said on one hand we have declining standards of education, and on the other hand we have creeping privatization. He hoped that the workshop would help Colleges understand and learn the best practices.

    Former Vice Chancellors Snehalata Deshmukh, Vijay Khole, Rajan Welukar and Vasudha Kamat, Chairman of Birla College O R Chitalange, Director Naresh Chandra and heads and Principals of autonomous colleges were present.