Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu expressed concern about the high commercialization of education sector and appealed all the stakeholders to join hands in making it more productive, merit driven and student centric.

He was speaking at a National Conference “Reforming & Rejuvenating India’s Higher Education” organized by the Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI).

“Our ancient institutions of learning focused more on preparation of ‘wholesome individuals’.  However, with the passage of time and changing values, education has come to be a trade off for employment and more particularly; higher education has come to be seen more as a means of getting more lucrative jobs.”

“So, education in effect has come to be just a means for a good material living and not ‘complete living in all its dimensions’’, Venkaiah Naidu said.

“Educational institutions in the country should take an active lead in resetting education landscape to make it more relevant and contemporary.

“Every graduate, post-graduate or a research scholar passing out of the places of higher learning should be a complete individual capable of handling himself, his life and furthering larger societal need,” he said.

Source: IIFL