India considers opening higher education sector

Could allow foreign universities to expand into the world’s second-largest education market: are Canadian universities ready?


The Chronicle of Higher Education has written several stories in the past few weeks, covering plans to reform India’s moribund university sector, which has long been tied to (and tied down by) India’s notoriously inefficient bureaucracy. Among the proposed changes: opening the country to foreign university campuses.

Right now, it is difficult to impossible for foreign universities to get into the Indian market, and consequently the level of co-operation between India and Western universities is nothing compared to the growing higher education ties between Chinese and Western (especially American) universities. This despite the fact that India and the West —  and especially India and Canada — have so much in common: a common language, a common legal heritage, a common political system. What’s more, India exports tens of thousands of students and professionals to the West each year. And Canada has a large and growing population with roots in the subcontinent, with thousands of new immigrants arriving each year. The ties between the countries are strong; the field for cooperation is wide and fertile.

If the Indian educational market opens up, are Canadian universities ready?


India considers opening higher education sector

  1. There needs to be major reforms in the education system. Investment is needed by major funding by organizations, to create reformed lesson plans with teachers that are willing to open hearts, minds of students and to broaden their learning capacity to its fullest limit. Major companies need to invest heavily in creating new universities and creating add-ons to existing universities. Joint research and development should be conducted by universities in areas of health, environment, medicine, agriculture, communications design and technologies. Creating upgrades for future educational infrastructures will ensure that academia is met with the highest standards and can attract foreign students that will provide returns on the investment. With not only returns on capital, India will host a thought-pool that will generate new ideas for development, and attract a diverse culture that collectively boost intellectual growths. Attracting talent should be the goal that will lead to more jobs created and addition of skills.
    Creating innovation and cultivating “creativity” should be emphasized in schools starting in entry-level education and maintained through-out students learning experiences till adult hood. The mere word “creativity” should not be taught but implemented and practiced. This eventually creates a work-force that will house “occupational diversities” in the community. Organically growing a youth segment to think “independently”, encouraging “lateral thinking” applications.
    India has a firm mathematical, medicinal and engineering base in its educational systems. Creating more design schools is needed, that eventually creates design sense amongst a growing population. Such design functions can be applied to infrastructure development, housing, schooling, universities and create an eco-system emanating vibrant design structures that enhance visual stimuli that inspires the mind within citizens to ‘create’ and contribute to a fantastic ambiance. That is the future of India.

    By: Syed Abid Co-founder BCP Inc Arts/Entertainment/Edutainment 2006-2009