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Setting up big institutions in rural is a must

Universities in the country are revising and updating their syllabus every three years and new courses are being introduced says Prof H Nandakumar Sharma Vice Chancellor Manipur University


Prof. H Nandakumar Sharma
Vice Chancellor, Manipur University

How do you perceive the current state of education in the country, and the scenario in rural India in particular?
During the last few years the government has taken lot of initiatives for lower education as well as for  higher education. Government of India has given special emphasis on establishing modern colleges in all districts of the country and also to give input especially to the vocational education and also wwmodern facilities in science & technology. The Government wants to have modern colleges where the students can stay by porviding hostel facilities. So, initiatives have been taken and still doing more to make the situation better in education sector. Few years years, his excellency the president of India had interacted with all the central universities’ vice chancellors to discuss the difficulties faced by the various institutes especially in higher education and to find the solution for improvement.

The trend of brain drain is a major concern in India, and it is even greater issue in rural India. What are you views on this?
Most of those who have attained higher education leave their real areas for big cities. So, they are completely cut off from the localities. Development of the villages is not growing up as it is mostly concentrated in the cities. The government should think and plan to establish institutions with all the facilities in the remote areas. Then only, I think, we can keep the talents connected with the rural.

We are still following an archaic curriculum designed 30-40 years back. What are your views on it?
Many of the universities of the country are revising and updating their syllabus every three years, and new courses and new innovative ideas are being introduced. For example, in our university we have introduced masters in performing art which incorporates Manipuri Dance and others. Like this we think of new ideas ,and this is how we can bridge the gap.

How do you see the role of private players in bringing a change in the Indian education system?
Public Private partnership is coming up but we should think of only in higher education. If we think of public-private partnership in school, then the course fees are usually high and people in the villages with very low income would not be able to afford to send their children to such schools.

What is the ultimate dream for your university?
To make a university it takes hundreds of years. We are planning to have culture and heritage beside the traditional courses which every university has got. We are thinking of giving more emphasis on fine arts, painting, dance and Manipuri department.

What is the USP of your university?
In North-East India, our university is the first with BBA and Masters in Physical Education, and we made this syllabus after having looked into our sports talents, so that the Manipuri boys and the girls excel in sports. We are trying to put academic input also to our sports area. Others are agriculture and dance. We also have Department of Manipuri is working and is contributing very hard to spread the Manipuri  language so that people can know our culture and language not only in India but in the other countries also. Apart from these, we have a department in life science, biotechnology and chemistry. So, all these are the USP of our university and we are doing very well in these areas.

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