BANANI DAS HAZARIKA
History is full of swords, but India alone has created an empire of the spirits. Right from the days of Arthashastra, the Vedas and Upanishads, India has always shown high respect to the attitude of conceptual learning and an indication of movement towards a knowledge economy. India and China are two countries that are making significant strides towards redefining their economy and their world equation. Aptly called the ‘wise elephant’ India has shown a consistent growth rate in the last two decades. The development and progress of the citizens of the two countries are defined by the Knowledge society and skilled manpower.
Education is the key factor in shaping the budding superpowers. The centuries-old history of these two countries reveals that higher education in these two countries is trying to re-invent with the changing times with respect to technology. India has become the hub of Information Technology (IT) & IT-enabled services industry and manufacturing industry.
India is a country on the rise, and the trajectory has been set for it to get a seat among the major powers of the world. In every sector, the country has time and again shown to be a reliable player. Whether we look at the automobile industry or e-commerce, industries have witnessed tremendous advancements in the recent past.
In this new age of innovation, India needs to strengthen its foundations to continue the success it is currently enjoying. One of the core foundations that India needs to improve is its education sector. With a population of 1.21 billion and 315 million students, a closer look at the disparity between the number of eligible students and the ones who are currently perusing higher education, the figures are discouraging. The education system needs to find avenues to draw a picture of how beneficial higher education could be to climb the ladder in the Indian society.
Though the education system has been able to support service industry Research & Development (R&D) at Universities and industries have not kept pace with developed countries which have created a huge divide within the society. Apart from the government initiatives more is needed to be done. Encouraging the establishment of private universities can also be included as one item on the agenda of the development of higher education. India is not behind even in this focus. With the rapid growth of private universities in the landscape of India, this lacuna will soon be corrected as well.
Talking of North East India, we see similar positive growth in this sector. With many private institutions coming to the forefront, we see a new faith in the young generation. One institution to name here will be The Assam Royal Global University which is currently
offering 93 courses catering to a wide choice of subjects for young aspirants of education and professional growth.
With the rise in prominence of the non-STEM education, Royal Global University with its wide choice of subjects does sufficient justice to this mindset. The
the university offers courses like design (Architecture, Fashion Designing, Interior designing), Humanities and Social Sciences (Sociology, Social Work, Economics, Anthropology, etc.), Life Sciences (Botany, Zoology, etc.), Bio-Sciences (Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology), Information Technology (BSc IT, BCA, MCA etc.), Hospitality and tourism (Hotel Management, Travel and Tourism, Aviation etc.), Communication (Journalism, Media studies), Library Science, Fine Arts, Behavioural and Applied Sciences (Psychology, Applied Psychology, Clinical Psychology), Language (English Literature), Health Sciences (Pharmacy, Nursing, Physiotherapy), Commerce, Business Administration (BBA, MBA),Applied and Pure Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics), Environmental and Earth Sciences (Environmental Science, Geography), Liberal Arts (Political Science, History, Philosophy) to name a few from the list of courses.
The University paints a bright future for an Indian education system that is not fixated on a future that only caters to STEM education. A latest research has shown that non-STEM courses have a high placement percentage in hotel management, applied arts and crafts.
The Indian education system will finally focus on creating skilled individuals who can lead the tide of change in all spheres of life. The Indian education system is moving in the right direction but it needs a push. The education fraternity needs to collaborate with thought leaders and industry experts to form new strategies that can uplift the education system from its traditional roots to a new era of excellence.
Keeping a hand-to-hand stride with some of the respected central universities, Royal Global University is contributing wonderfully towards this aspect as well. It has partnered with other universities of repute and corporate houses for resource sharing and emphasizing on research and development.
The university has maintained a relentless effort to induct the senior academicians and industry experts into its pool of advisors and academic board members. On one hand, where we see a massive need for expansion in higher education. Besides, there is also a lack of deserving Ph.D. candidates for faculty positions in higher education. This has created a shortage of 54 per cent in the faculty talent pool in higher education.
In a very short span of time, Royal Global University also emerged as a center of choice for candidates aspiring to pursue Ph.D. studies. The integrated programmes offered by
the university can also be counted a bonus in this aspect. RGU also follows teaching-
learning pedagogy to keep up to the changing times. An interactive and technology-enabled communication forms integral parts of its teaching-learning pedagogy. Developmental concepts like emotional competencies, life skills and info-savvy skills have been incorporated into its curriculum with courses like behavioural Sciences, Communication Skills, Stress Management, Fine Arts, India Land of Diversity, logical and Reasoning Aptitude Studies, Foreign language studies and many more. This integration is also in alignment with the UGC’s choice-based-credit-system and the multi-disciplinary approach emphasized by the University Grants Commission.
Keeping a focus on other range of regulations that impact higher education like teacher
qualifications, recruitment system, credit scoring system, teacher progression (API), quality
control of private institutions to name a few, Royal Global University is totally justifying all
The recruitment process for faculty engages an elaborate selection by a panel of noted names from the academia and an unbiased board. Regarding the faculty progression, the university encourages its faculty team to undertake and participate in R&D work and follows a strict appraisal system as has been laid down by UGC and other statutory bodies.
The University undoubtedly is a functionary amidst state-of-the-art infrastructure and laboratories that supports a holistic development to the teaching-learning paradigm. Further contributing its bit to the higher education scenario and to technical education, Royal Global University has also catered largely and catered to the growing demand of Engineering professionals. Bachelors’ programmes, Masters’ programmes, Ph.D., and integrated courses in Civil engineering, mechanical engineering, Computer Science and technology, electrical engineering, and electronics engineering are some of the primary branches that a student aspiring to pursue a career in engineering may find here.
The growth rate of India in the last two decades can directly attribute to the higher education system. It is only with a capacity building in the human resource of the country that India will be able to see a transformation it has always desired. The fulcrum of the matter is redesigning its universities and other higher technical education institution to world-class institutions. The private universities can play an important role in this developmental phase of the country.
The views expressed by the author are personal and may not in any way represent those of TIME8.