Zero Hour News/Hyderabad
The Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) of India in higher education is far less than most of the developing and developed countries, said G Viswanathan, vice chancellor of Vellore Institute of Technology on Monday.
Quoting the reports based on 2011 census he said that the world average of GER in higher education was 27 per cent and it was in between 50 to 65 per cent in developed countries.
Interacting with media to announce the date of admission into undergraduate engineering programs offered by VIT, he said that only 3 cores of the 14 crore eligible educated youth have been studying in 36,000 colleges across the country currently.
“This is a very serious issue and government must take notice of it at the earliest”, he said expressing concern over the numbers.
He said that nearly 15 lakh schools (primary and higher) across the country provide basic education to nearly 23 crore children and the enrollment in schools has increased by virtue of Right to Education (RTE) act.
In terms of quantity, India is considered to be the second largest education system in the world, he said.
He however, India stands on the bottom in terms of quality education. He said that Program for International School Assessment (PISA), a global survey on quality of school education conducted in the year 2009, has given 72nd rank to India among 73 countries participated in the survey.
“He said that UNESCO survey in the year 2010 has given India a ranking of 105 among 128 total participated countries.”
G Viswanathan said that two countries South Korea and Finland were considered to be the masters in school education system. Attributing the excellence in school education of South Korea to its huge funds allocated for education sector he said that nearly 7.6 per cent of the GDP was spent by Korean government every year.
He said that Indian government never allocated more than four percent of its GDP for education so far. He stressed for the need of larger chunk of funds for education and a strong will to provide quality education.
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