In the national system of education, higher education comprises college and university education and begins after the end of twelve years of school education. Higher education is always an area of priority for different stakeholders – government, administration or philanthropists. Since the dawn of independence different commissions and committees have been proposed to streamline the network of higher education and to derive maximum output from it.
In the historical perspective university education commission (1948-1949) was the first document proposed by the then government to streamline the dimensions of higher education and to make it a quality asset for the learners of varied background. It is an admitted fact that higher education has progressed in leaps and bounds but the lacunas pervading in the system cannot be sidelined.
Quoting National Knowledge Commission (2009) Quantitative growth in higher education is not sufficient unless quality is assured within the circuit.
According to the latest report on the All India survey on higher education there are 799 universities, 39,701 colleges and 11,923 stand alone institutions in india. Out of 799 universities 277 are private universities of differentiated character. The figures look quite impressive but, quality is entirely a different construct that needs a different, but dedicated approach.
As a college teacher I felt the need to explore the vitality of quality to improve the standard of higher education in varied perspectives. Colorful and huge buildings are not the only requisite of higher education. Aspirants pursuing higher education must aspire for better things to shape their career on a track of progress and development.
At present our colleges tell a different tale, they are is technology deficient and traditional in nature. Poor availability of information and communication technology within and outside the classroom creates an environment of depression. Most of the colleges do not have browsing centers and smart classrooms that pushes the teachers into the trap of traditional thinking and forces them to adopt traditional approaches of teaching and instruction. Arts students of different streams are largely ignorant of computer benefits as separate browsing centers for these learners are unfulfilled dream in itself.
Rastriya Uchatar shiksha Abiyan (RUSA) is a flagship programme that was proposed by the central government in 2013 to play a promising role in improving different dimensions of higher education. Under this programme higher education has achieved a manifold growth in quantitative terms but the quality is still in a waiting list.
In Kashmir valley, certain new colleges are being established which is in fact a good move by the government to expand the possibilities of achieving higher education .Quality must be ensured in these higher educational centers so that the dream.
Our educational centers at higher level must be fully equipped with technology to ensure quality functioning and to enable learners to aspire for better things. Colleges should be well equipped with browsing centers to create an excellent habit of learning among the learners. These browsing centers must provide access to all students irrespective of the educational streams they belong .our colleges should be real learning hubs instead of traditional centers of selling information to learners. Such educational centers will keep the potential to steer the teaching learning process in the right perspective and to derive maximum output.
The destiny of a people is shaped in classrooms, a clear indicator of how important a quality class room environment is.
Suhail Salam Bhat is Assistant Professor GDC (Boys), Pulwama.