‘Adopt priorities in higher education sector’

24 Sep

MYSORE: President of Mysore Canada Commonwealth of Learning, John Daniel, on Wednesday felt that India should adopt strategicpriorities declared at Global Education Summit-2009 to achieve the target of providing higher education to 44 millions by 2020.

Speaking at the inaugural session of three-day international conference on ‘Distance Learning in Global Environment: Issues and Challenges’, organized by Karnataka State Open University (KSOU), Daniel said, “Today 165 million are undergoing higher studies in the world and by 2025 it should be 263 millions. Hence, India should increase its capacity by adopting some of the priorities in the higher education sector.”

“The focus should be on innovating new ways to learn, access to quality education, training the teachers and demand-based education,” Daniel felt.

Governor Hansraj Bhardwaj who inaugurated the conference, said, “Distance learning should be strengthened and institutes such as IGNOU should facilitate varsities on this score. The governor felt there should be uniform distance learning system between central and state distance learning varsities.”

IGNOU V-C V N Rajasekharan Pillai, who was the chief guest, said, “There is need to give importance to unconventional system of learning.” KSOU vice-chancellor K S Rangappa said the number of students has increased to 2 lakh.

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