Allowing foreign varsities mere stupidity: PM’s advisor

Slamming the move to open up the higher education sector to foreign universities as "mere stupidity", scientific advisor to Prime Minister C N R Rao has said that education can never be treated as a commodity.

Updated: Apr 29, 2010, 00:10 AM IST

Kottayam: Slamming the move to open up the
higher education sector to foreign universities as "mere
stupidity", scientific advisor to Prime Minister C N R Rao has
said that education can never be treated as a commodity.

"The move is a mere stupidity. You cannot expect the
Oxford or Cambridge (universities) to open shops here.
Education can never be treated as a commodity," Rao, Chairman
of Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister, told
reporters here yesterday.

Rao, who earlier accepted the chair of Nano Science and
Nano Technology at the Mahatma Gandhi University here, said
academic collaboration with foreign universities would improve
future of the students but favoured control in opening up of
higher education sector.

There should be a regulatory mechanism, he said.

The role of universities was to impart quality education
to students. "Unfortunately our universities are suffering
from local politics," Rao lamented.

The country has to compete with developed countries in
all sectors within the next 20 years, he said, adding a
thorough overhaul in higher education sector was required.

Rao said the real development was required in young
people and 60 per cent of them were in rural areas.

Teachers should be trained properly which would in turn
help promote quality education, he said underlining that
several good engineers and doctors were from `ordinary
colleges`.

-PTI