Students prefer other States over C’garh for higher education

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Feb 2018 11:34:25


Staff Reporter,

Durg,

Feb 3,

In spite of establishment of many central level higher educational institutions such as Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Management (IIM), All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), National Institute of Technology (NIT) and national law university, Chhattisgarh is among those states across nation where students of other states show less interest to do their higher education. In undergraduate, postgraduate and above courses like research, students of other states prefer Chhattisgarh less than other states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Odisha, Southern States and even states of North East too where transport is very difficult as well as complicated than Chhattisgarh.

The report as well as figures of All India Higher Education by Ministry of Human Resources Development (HRD) shows that in current academic session of 2017-18, there are only 45 students of other states pursuing PhD at different streams in various universities of the Chhattisgarh. On the other hand in Maharashtra, it is 570 while in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu it is 604 and 750 respectively. In fact in Odisha too, 150 students of other states pursuing PhD in different universities and North East State Meghalaya, it is reported 180 students.

This indicates the poor quality of research in universities of state or lack of exposure and platforms for students of it in the Chhattisgarh. Only NIT Raipur, IIM Raipur and Central University Guru Ghasidas University Bilaspur, students of other states were enrolled for research programs. But when it comes to state universities and private ones, rate of students for research activities is very low. In post graduate courses of various streams, numbers of other states have now become negligible. An academician of the capital Raipur, Dr N S Verma said that until a few years ago, the state university such as Pt Ravishankar Shukla University Raipur was a hub for students of Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand. But now these students taking the route of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh for pursuing their post graduate courses.

Dr P S Sharma, of education stream which witnessed a large number of students of other states like Odisha, West Bengal and Jharkhand recalled that two years ago all education colleges in Raipur and Durg recorded 40% enrollment of students of these states. But the entire scenario has been changed. ‘Owing to some strict rules of UGC and other problems, students show little interest in taking enrollment in universities of state’ added Dr Sharma.

Other than the monetary benefits, educationists feel that students of other states also bring a much-needed diversity to the campus. The situation in private colleges and universities is no different. Currently state has 23 universities including 7 ones of central level, but still it has failed to attract students from other states. Experts believed that most of the premier state institutes do not have user-friendly sites which can generate interest among probable candidates. Moreover, the universities take weeks to respond to online queries.

Dr N P Dixit, Vice Chancellor of Durg University recalled that from the 2002 to 2015, every household in Raipur, Bhilai and Durg had paying guests of other states who was here to pursue their higher studies. ‘The trend has disappeared now. We had a cultural milieu where we were also fully exposed to the customs and traditions of these students’ stated Dr Dixit. Because of it, many streams which were running successfully owing to enrolment of students of other states are now struggling for getting students and some of them are in condition to shut down their courses in next academic session too.When contacted, officials of Chhattisgarh Higher Education Department, no one remained available to comment on it.