An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Yashpal Committee report on Higher Education in India

Yash Pal graduated with a degree in physics from Punjab University in 1949 and was awarded a PhD degree in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1958. During a long academic and research career he served as a visiting professor at the Niels Bohr Institute, the California Institute of Technology and the Danish Space Research Institute. Yash Pal has held several prominent positions during his career which includes Chief Consultant, Planning Commission (1983-84), Secretary, Department of Science & Technology (1984-86) and Chairman, University Grants Commission (1986-91).

Yesterday, Yashpal Committee report on Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education (embedded below) was accepted by Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal. It is an interesting document and a well times one. According to the foreword, this document has full backing of PM Dr. Singh and the HR Minister Sibal.

A lot of years back, I had once watched in interview with Prof. Yashpal. He is a scientist with interests in arts. So, the interviewer asked him about his varied interests to which he replied that at the end of his life he did not want to look back and see only one road on which he had walked. He wanted to wander on the sideways and smell the beautiful flowers and watch the streams also that were away from the main road. That one answer of his has impacted me a lot over my years of growing up.

I think this report includes that thinking. The report is very wide ranging – from structure of the Indian education to the examination system to the inequities to how a good and high level University should be structured. He has taken his learnings from MIT and Caltech to fashion the next generation of the Indian Universities. There is also an admittance on the peripheral education structure of donation colleges that proliferate the Indian landscape. There is also the acceptance of the uselessness of the traditional Undergraduation degree courses – which has taken a long time coming. There is also the push to a more robust and meaningful vocational strata of education.

If this report is accepted as Kapil Sibal has indicated, then this may be the best legacy that he and Dr. Singh can leave behind for the coming generations. Please do share your thoughts on what you think are the 5 most important issues in Indian education and how they can be rectified?

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    Yaspal committee report good when it sketches vision of future education system but it is weak in implementation part. Draft report is more focused in comparison of final report. I think following should be added in report.

    (1)There should be smooth transition from past to future (education system). Generally either we became visionary (attached with future) or speculator (to manipulate old) when we want to reform. There should be a map to show how system will transit from present to future in phases.
    (2)It is responsibility of planner to anticipate source of resistance from present.
    (3)Planner should suggest how to face these resistance.
    Generally we leave such issues to implementer (generally govt officials). That is why we say are habitual for phrase “plan was good but its wrong implementation is cause of failure”. I think Prof. Yashpal like people should come forward to take this responsibility and set a new tradition that any reform committee should take responsibility to identify source of resistance and different module of implementation.

    There is some discussion at 0space.org (zerospace.org) which tells us how this movement can be started (even by a single teacher)

  25. Nand Kishore says

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    (2)It is responsibility of planner to anticipate source of resistance from present.
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    Generally we leave such issues to implementer (generally govt officials). That is why we say are habitual for phrase “plan was good but its wrong implementation is cause of failure”. I think Prof. Yashpal like people should come forward to take this responsibility and set a new tradition that any reform committee should take responsibility to identify source of resistance and different module of implementation.

    There is some discussion at 0space.org (zerospace.org) which tells us how this movement can be started (even by a single teacher)

  26. Desh says

    Mr. Nand Kishore – sir, very useful suggestions and very practical points by you!

    Unfortunately, in India, we either lack in planning or execution and definitely in maintenance or support systems. That is why once the Universities are created no body looks after the infrastructure after that. Which is a shame!

    I will go through the site you have mentioned and try and post stuff here on it.

  27. Desh says

    Mr. Nand Kishore – sir, very useful suggestions and very practical points by you!

    Unfortunately, in India, we either lack in planning or execution and definitely in maintenance or support systems. That is why once the Universities are created no body looks after the infrastructure after that. Which is a shame!

    I will go through the site you have mentioned and try and post stuff here on it.

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