Engineering Education in India: Re-visiting the Ideas of Radhakrishnan and the Recommendations of University Education Commission

July 2013
Indian Journal of Higher Education;Jul-Dec2013, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p7
Academic Journal
In the last few decades, India has experienced a phenomenal growth in the number of engineering colleges, mainly led by private sector initiatives. But the growth in Research and Development (R & D) in technical education sector has not been commensurate with this growth in number of undergraduate colleges. This rampant commercialization in technical education sector have some deeper implications in terms of conceptualization of 'technology' as an engine for economic growth and how engineers are utilized for this purpose. In order to carry on research on indigenous technology and rural innovation to solve local problems, government sector investments are needed as private investments are guided only by profitability. This paper argues that in order to ensure the effects of technology to spill over the entire society, there has to be a proper and wholistic technical education policy starting from the undergraduate level to R & D. With reference to the University Education Commission or Radhakrishnan Commission (1948-49) this paper argues that the greater role of technology and larger goal of technical education for creating a knowledge society need to be understood by policy-makers before framing or re-shaping any policy of regulation and financing in technical education.


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