‘India should invest major share of its GDP in education’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Feb 2018 10:23:57


By Partha Sarathi Behera,


Expressing his serious concern over the standard of education in India, eminent scientist Bharat Ratna Professor C N R Rao on Friday said that India need to invest a major share of its GDP in the sector to give it (education) a much needed impetus. “See the investment made by countries like China and Korea in the education sector. The percentage of GDP these countries sped on education is much more than what India spend.

India do not even spend 1.5 per cent of its GDP in education sector. Unless we spend, we cannot expect our education sector grows,” the 85-year-old scientist Professor Rao told this newspaper on the sidelines of a National Symposium on Chemistry being organised by Pt Ravishankar Shukla University (PRSU) from February 2 to 4.

Unfortunately, examination has become more important than education in India. Like institutions, parents too are going crazy about examinations and this has ultimately preventing children to get enough time in developing their own skill and talent, said Professor Rao who has become the first Asian to be honoured for the prestigious Von Hippel Award for his immense contribution in materials research. The award is the US-based Materials Research Society’s (MRS) highest honour.

There are 60,000 million children living in rural India, but unfortunately talents among these children are untapped. Government must come up with some special policy and spend a major chunk of the GDP in the education sector.

Professor Rao said that not even a single institute of India – be is IITs, matches the quality of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). There is not even a single higher educational institute from the Country in the list top 100 while country like Singapore has two in the list, said Professor Rao, adding India is lagging behind in terms of investment in the sector to develop proper facilities. At least 2 per cent of India’s GDP should be spent on Science as India’s future lies in Science. ‘Vidya and Vigyan’ is the base of the country, said Professor Rao who has worked closely with five Prime Ministers of the country.

Speaking about a good university/educational institute, Professor said, “In my view a good university/educational institute should be like that where a student from an ordinary background comes and do the extraordinary work.”
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