Thursday, 17 November 2011

Corruption And Higher Education In India

Education in India is passing through a bad phase. Surprisingly, foreign educational institutions have started showing some interest in Indian educational system despite various shortcomings and corrupt practices marring the Indian education system.

Naturally the question arises is corruption and irregularities undermining the higher education in India? This is more so regarding the higher legal education in India that is in real mess. If we rely upon the sources that have themselves witnessed this arbitrariness, irregularities and corruption, then it is clear that PhDs in India are dying.

It is not the case that our ministers are not aware of this situation. Recently, e-mails to both Kapil Sibal and Salman Khurshid were sent to bring to their attention the deteriorating conditions of higher legal education in India. Now it is upto these ministers to see what they can do to weed out the corruption widely prevalent in our educational system.

If the governmental will to eliminate corruption and irregularities of educational systems of India is missing the only option seems to be to establish more and more virtual campuses that can loosen the monopoly of few and reduce corruption in educational system of India.

Foreign educational institutions are already well versed with the virtual campus system and they may play a crucial role in establishing the same in India. It is also not the case that India is not capable of establishing such virtual campuses.

In fact, Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB) has already open the exclusive techno legal e-learning platform/virtual campus for courses like cyber law, cyber forensics, cyber security, etc for various stakeholders. Other similar initiatives may also be in pipeline.

However, there is an urgent need on the part of our ministers to analyse the current malpractices and vices that are plaguing Indian educational system and take corrective action so that India may be a hub for global education.