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  • Varun Arya
    For the last couple of days, I am finding many comments and mails about Mrs. Smriti Irani, new Union HRD Minister about her qualifications vis-a-vis the
    Message 1 of 3 , May 27 9:02 PM
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      For the last couple of days, I am finding many comments and mails about Mrs. Smriti Irani, new Union HRD Minister about her qualifications vis-a-vis the position she has been given in the Union Cabinet.

      Though I am a proud alumnus of IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad, based on my extensive experience and interactions with people in India and abroad, I would like to say that there is no correlation between qualification and competence. Qualification is neither necessary nor sufficient for competence. Qualification may possibly help in competence, but only if the concerned person has the right aptitude and attitude.

      Without taking any names, we all know the extensive sabotage and subversion done to the education in India during the last many years, despite the successive Union HRD Ministers having been "highly" qualified. Even the governance of our nation suffered significantly despite the Prime Minister having been the most qualified in its history. All the regulatory agencies like AICTE, NCTE, MCI, etc. have hitherto been rent-seeking bodies which were least bothered about the merit of the institutions or the development of our nation. Ishwar Dayal Committee, U. R. Rao Committee and various surveys done by business magazines have been repeatedly saying that overwhelming 85% of AICTE approved institutions were sub-standard and almost 85% of the pass outs from AICTE approved institutions were not employable. I have had six meetings with AICTE team members including two with its Chairman during the last few months but not even in one meeting they wanted to talk about the merit of institutions. No one knows where thousands of crores of rupees collected over the years in the name of education cess were spent. Right to Education has become a farce and massive scam. I can go on and on. The less said the better!

      Let us all sincerely pray and wish that Mrs. Smriti Irani, new Union HRD Minister, provides the much needed paradigm shift to overhaul the education, since it is the foundation of any society and the nation. If India is to really become a developed country then we have no choice but to bring education out of the mess it got into over the last many years, specially the last decade.

      Thanks and best regards

      Varun Arya
      http://www.thebetterindia.com/8030/aravali-institute-of-management-the-story-of-breathing-life-into-a-barren-land/

    • Dr. Jitendra Sharma
      I endorse the views of Mr Varun Arya. He s mentioned the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). Since I ve been a teacher in a Teacher Education
      Message 2 of 3 , Jun 4, 2014
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        I endorse the views of Mr Varun Arya. He's mentioned the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). Since I've been a teacher in a Teacher Education institution for more than 25 years I from own experience tell that the NCTE since its creation in 1995 through the NCTE Act 1993 has not been able to function like a real regulatory body under the highly qualified HRD Ministers. In any Teacher Education institution the Norms related to the infrastructure and the infrastructural facilities, eligibility norms, qualifications and service conditions of the teachers, academic activities and academic transactions are significant. None of these Norms is being followed in most of the TE institutions in letter and spirit. In Delhi a B.Com. and many other Bachelor degree holders cannot do B.Ed. because the Universities don't allow while the NCTE Norms allow. Whose rein shall prevail? And this has happened for years under the ablest HRD Ministers? There are States where School teachers not possessing qualifications as prescribed by the NCTE have been teaching B.Ed. and M.Ed. Classes. Not only that some have been guiding Ph.D. students in Education. The NCTE has not been able to decide in about 19 years of its existence, and the MHRD since independence how a B.Ed. is eligible to teach classes 6 to 8 while these classes come under the Elementary Education for which separate Diploma and Degree level Teacher Education programmes are in existence. Is B.Ed. a Secondary Teacher Education programme or an Elementary Teacher Education programme? 

        So the qualifications of the HRD Minister is no guarantee that the standards of Education in a country will rise or fall in proportion of the educational qualifications of its HRD or Education Minister. If we take into consideration the qualifications as provided by one of our colleagues on the list of the former Education, and the HRD Ministers of India, India should have been at the top of the world in the area of Education. 
        Thanking you
        Yours faithfully
        dr. Jitendra sharma
        09314714768


        On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM, Varun Arya aryav@... [arkitectindia] <arkitectindia@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
         

        For the last couple of days, I am finding many comments and mails about Mrs. Smriti Irani, new Union HRD Minister about her qualifications vis-a-vis the position she has been given in the Union Cabinet.

        Though I am a proud alumnus of IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad, based on my extensive experience and interactions with people in India and abroad, I would like to say that there is no correlation between qualification and competence. Qualification is neither necessary nor sufficient for competence. Qualification may possibly help in competence, but onlyif the concerned person has the right aptitude and attitude.

        Without taking any names, we all know the extensive sabotage and subversion done to the education in India during the last many years, despite the successive Union HRD Ministers having been "highly" qualified. Even the governance of our nation suffered significantly despite the Prime Minister having been the most qualified in its history. All the regulatory agencies like AICTE, NCTE, MCI, etc. have hitherto been rent-seeking bodies which were least bothered about the merit of the institutions or the development of our nation. Ishwar Dayal Committee, U. R. Rao Committee and various surveys done by business magazines have been repeatedly saying that overwhelming 85% of AICTE approved institutions were sub-standard and almost 85% of the pass outs from AICTE approved institutions were not employable. I have had six meetings with AICTE team members including two with its Chairman during the last few months but not even in one meeting they wanted to talk about the merit of institutions. No one knows where thousands of crores of rupees collected over the years in the name of education cess were spent. Right to Education has become a farce and massive scam. I can go on and on. The less said the better!

        Let us all sincerely pray and wish that Mrs. Smriti Irani, new Union HRD Minister, provides the much needed paradigm shift to overhaul the education, since it is the foundation of any society and the nation. If India is to really become a developed country then we have no choice but to bring education out of the mess it got into over the last many years, specially the last decade.

        Thanks and best regards

        Varun Arya
        http://www.thebetterindia.com/8030/aravali-institute-of-management-the-story-of-breathing-life-into-a-barren-land/


      • Kaleem Kawaja
        Varun Arya Strange comment from you saying that acquiring higher education does not increase a person s ability to think better, understand complex things
        Message 3 of 3 , Jun 5, 2014
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          Varun Arya
          Strange comment from you saying that acquiring higher education does not increase a person's ability to think better, understand complex things better, analyze things better etc, act better .  Ofcourse there are genuises who can do much better than others with lot more education.  And PhDs act stupid. But among most people does not high education make a difference?  Will you hire a high school pass as President of a college or VC of a university or manager of a company?   
           
          Singh became FM in 1991 and rebuilt India's socialist economy into a free market economy under globalization that brought a total revolution in the Indian economy from what it was in 1991. In the 2008-2012 when economy in US, Europe, Japan tanked the Indian economy weathered the storm very well.  Economies do go through cycles.  So did the Indian economy in the last 2 years.  And corruption became too much.  But for you to say that Singh was a total flop as an FM is baseless.  How long did it take the mighty World No 1 US economy to come out of recession; 2008-2013.  It is still not out of recession.
           
          Are you saying that the higher education system in India went down just in the last 10 years?  What was it like in the 1998-2004 BJP era?   India's higher education system has been bad for a long time due to poor resources and poor feeder schools and neglect by govt officials, teachers in schools not teaching etc.  Yes, the right to education system needs tight control and accountability. The problem is nationwide.  We can not put blame for all wrongs on the head of the central govt.  State govts too have much responsibility.  What is the standard of education like in BJP controlled states?
           
          kaleem kawaja


          On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 12:02 AM, Varun Arya aryav@... [arkitectindia] <arkitectindia@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
           

          For the last couple of days, I am finding many comments and mails about Mrs. Smriti Irani, new Union HRD Minister about her qualifications vis-a-vis the position she has been given in the Union Cabinet.

          Though I am a proud alumnus of IIT Delhi and IIM Ahmedabad, based on my extensive experience and interactions with people in India and abroad, I would like to say that there is no correlation between qualification and competence. Qualification is neither necessary nor sufficient for competence. Qualification may possibly help in competence, but only if the concerned person has the right aptitude and attitude.

          Without taking any names, we all know the extensive sabotage and subversion done to the education in India during the last many years, despite the successive Union HRD Ministers having been "highly" qualified. Even the governance of our nation suffered significantly despite the Prime Minister having been the most qualified in its history. All the regulatory agencies like AICTE, NCTE, MCI, etc. have hitherto been rent-seeking bodies which were least bothered about the merit of the institutions or the development of our nation. Ishwar Dayal Committee, U. R. Rao Committee and various surveys done by business magazines have been repeatedly saying that overwhelming 85% of AICTE approved institutions were sub-standard and almost 85% of the pass outs from AICTE approved institutions were not employable. I have had six meetings with AICTE team members including two with its Chairman during the last few months but not even in one meeting they wanted to talk about the merit of institutions. No one knows where thousands of crores of rupees collected over the years in the name of education cess were spent. Right to Education has become a farce and massive scam. I can go on and on. The less said the better!

          Let us all sincerely pray and wish that Mrs. Smriti Irani, new Union HRD Minister, provides the much needed paradigm shift to overhaul the education, since it is the foundation of any society and the nation. If India is to really become a developed country then we have no choice but to bring education out of the mess it got into over the last many years, specially the last decade.

          Thanks and best regards

          Varun Arya
          http://www.thebetterindia.com/8030/aravali-institute-of-management-the-story-of-breathing-life-into-a-barren-land/


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