Academics Want 6.4% of GDP for Education

Economy Expands At 4.7% in 2013-14
  • Investing at least 6.4% of the GDP in education, diverting corporate subsidies to education, and improving teachers' training are among the proposals academics will make to Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the National Science Congress in January .
  • A group of academicians and students led by CNR Rao discussed the state of science education in the country and ways to improve it.
  • Leena Chandran-Wadia of the Observer Research Foundation said:Do you know that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) creates about 150 firms between its faculty and students annually,our institutes are nowhere close to that.
  • Hyderabad University vice-chancellor Ram Ramaswamy said:We seek Rs 1,000 crore but get Rs 150 crore.Politicians think education is the sector whose funds they can deduct.
  • Ram Ramaswamy also added:The lack of role models and good research scholars adds to the mess.
  • Suvrat Raju of the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences observed that there is enough money available to improve educational institutions,but politicians have not spared a thought for education despite promising to increase allocation for the sector to 6%.
  • A draft manifesto prepared by the academics ­ `Introduce Urgent Reforms to Improve Science Education in Schools, Colleges and Universities for India's All-Round Development dwells on 15 areas.
  • Each point will be discussed in detail before they make the final recommendations.
  • CNR Rao said:It is sad that we are unable to recognize the need for reform,therefore, we need largescale participation from the academia and the public.