Mysore, May 10 UNI | 3 months ago

Renowned management professional and human rights activist Anand Telumbde, today, expressed concern over commercialisation of higher education with talented students from poor families being left in the lurch.

Delivering his address at the 14th annual convocation of the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), he said parents were now looking for private institutions to educate their wards even if it comes at a higher cost. 'This has been a drummed-up situation,' he said.

Prof Telumbde said public institutions will remain relevant and it is not possible to create IIMs or IITs in the private domain

'The neoliberal ethos has entered the education system in a big way and this will prove detrimental to poor families,' he said.

Stating that Indian education had grown into a USD 50 billion 'industry' and attracting even FDI. 'The government has freed FDI into education sector and many bills are pending that will further create a mess in our higher education. It portends worsening of things, Only keeps hopes that at some point people at responsible position would realize the consequences and take corrective steps,' he said.

He regretted that the entire rural areas were cut off from quality education.

Suggesting the open universities in the country , he said universities have to adopt creative methods of imparting as good education to students as is available in other universities.

Governor H R Bhardwaj conferred honorary doctorates on G.H. Nayak, critic and Kannada literature, C.P. Krishna Kumar, literature, and Anand Teltumbde, a management professional and human rights activist on the occasion and also presented the gold medals and certificates to meritorious students on the occasion.

A total of 23,913 students are eligible to receive degrees and certificates including three jail inmates of Bangalore and Mysore.

M G Krishnan, Vice-Chancellor, KSOU, speaking on the occasion claimed that the university has crossed the five lakh students this academic year.

(Posted on 11-05-2014)