New Delhi: College courses that are free of fees are in dire straits, leaving students unable to access higher education in their areas of interest, said the Centre for Study in Public Policy (CSPP), an association of colleges.
“There is no sense of ‘progressiveness’ in college courses,” said Dr Harshvardhan Das, director general of the CSPP.
In a recent study, he said, only one-third of colleges in the country were providing free college courses.
As many as 5.5 million students were unable to enrol in higher education, and in the last three years, there have been an average of 11 million students leaving the country due to lack of options, he added.
According to the CDPP, students who take free college are more likely to have a bachelor’s degree, higher-level qualifications, and more than 50% of those enrolled in courses are enrolled in advanced courses.
However, as the government is not allowing the government-run universities to issue their own degrees, these institutions are not able to issue any course certificates, Das said.
The government is encouraging students to complete courses through institutions like the private sector and online.
“However, they are not allowing government colleges to issue certificates.
And even in these, students are not getting degrees in the way they want,” he said.
While the CVPP does not believe the government’s policy of allowing colleges to set their own standards and certificates will help in ensuring a more inclusive and inclusive education system, Das pointed out that the government had not provided funds for colleges to conduct such studies.
He said the CVC should set up a committee to assess the quality of these courses, and create a set of standards.
“The CVC has been tasked with this.
It needs to be given the time and resources to do so,” Das said, adding that the CVA should be able to provide free college to all students who are unable to take a government-owned college certificate.”
If there is a government college in your area, why do you have to pay fees for it?” he asked.
Das said there is an “unfinished business” in the education system.
“We need to have an inclusive education to give the best possible future for our children,” he added, and called for a “more inclusive education”.