Hyderabad: India has made rapid strides in higher education but the quality of education is still an area of concern, said, Professor Anil D Sahasrabudhe, chairman, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). He was delivering the Tenth Foundation Day Lecture at ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE) campus in Hyderabad on “The Future of Management Education”.

Access, equity and quality of education are of paramount importance and the goal of education should be Enlightenment, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship, he said.

Prof Sahasrabudhe further added that education needed to be all encompassing with equal importance given to curricular and co-curricular activities and institutions need to offer credits for co-curricular activities. Emphasising on curriculum revision, teacher certification and mandatory industry exposure for students, he said students need to inculcate reading skills, writing skills, speaking skills and listening skills. He also spoke about Faculty Development Programs through 15 AICTE Training and Learning (ATAL) centers and the eight-module teacher certification program aimed at improving the quality of teachers in higher education.

Prof Sahasrabudhe informed that the National Education Policy (NEP) is working toward making education interdisciplinary where a student of engineering is also exposed to liberal arts and vice-versa. He also said exam reforms is the need of the hour and the current exam pattern should move away from testing memory to one based on learning objectives as proposed in Bloom’s Taxonomy. He also suggested introducing a mandatory three-week student induction program which will help students from different backgrounds to learn from each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Faculty should play the role of facilitator and classroom teaching is here to stay as it enables peer learning and fosters human spirit, Prof Sahasrabudhe said.

Dr J Mahender Reddy, Vice-Chancellor, IFHE, Sobharani Yasaswy, Chairperson of ICFAI Society and others were present.