[Fsf-friends] Microsoft to set up university in (Bangalore)city

Vikram Vincent vincentvikram@[EMAIL-PROTECTED]
Tue Jul 17 16:20:50 IST 2007


On 17/07/07, Shakthi Kannan <shakthimaan at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 7/17/07, Vikram Vincent <vincentvikram at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I would say that we need privatisation of education since the current
> > spending of the Govt. is deplorable but I am dead against the
> > commercialisation of education. Please note the difference.
> Don't we already have enough private colleges a.k.a business-minded
> universities/colleges across India, who are more eager to drain your
> money, and get all the recognition/advertising without imparting any
> knowledge?

That was my point.  I believe that the Govt. must  increase its spending on
India has one of the lowest public expenditures on higher education per
student at US$406. Comparing, Malaysia(US$11790), China(US$2728),
Brazil(US$3986), US(US$9629), UK(US$8502) and Japan(US$4830).
When I said we need privatisation of education I was referring to
places/Govts. which have already spent the maximum they can for education
but are still short and hence the necessity. Karnataka, Tamilnadu, AP are of
course exempt from this. Of course the private institutions would need to be
regulated by the Govt.

Can you show any receipts or links as to how much they spent, and how
> the students benefited from it?
> > b).  Research in the pure fields may
> > never be funded.
> When did people start doing "research" in India, and when/how/where
> was it funded?

There used to be a time when students in India used to do research which was
useful for the Indian economy. If I am not mistaken the current public
investment in higher education is just about 0.37% of the GDP and is much
below the required levels.

We see education as a public service which is responsible for providing
us(students/youth) with the skills needed for economic success and also for
building the foundations of a civil society. While the Indian Govt has
already permitted 100% FDI in education under the GATS2000 negotiations I
still feel that there are some options to negate or reduce its impact.
But first we need 6% of GDP and 10% of Central budget allocated towards
education. That should reduce some of our problems.

Vikram Vincent
Project Engineer,
NRCFOSS, AU-KBC Research Centre,

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