Brief Scenario

  • Demand for higher education around the world which was 97 million in 2000; is projected to expand to 262 million students in 2025.
  • Many countries are taking efforts to move up the economic value chain and education is playing a key role in building  their ability to achieve this goal.
  • Indian Education Sector is one of the largest sectors contributing to the Country’s economic and social growth. The Sector grew at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.5 per cent during FY 05-FY 12.
  • During the last few years; private, self financed institutions have grown and their contribution to Indian Education System has increased considerably.
  • Private education sector was estimated to reach US$ 70 billion by 2013, according to a consulting firm Technopak
  • Education sector in India is evolving, led by the emergence of new niche sectors like vocational training, finishing schools, child-skill enhancement, adult education and e-learning.

PLACON Observations

  • It is observed that socio-economic objectives, challenges of globalization and effects of IT revolution are making their impact on government policies, statutory framework and needs & expectations of end-user institutions.
  • Increased availability and role of technology in education is broadening the reach of education. According to PLACON, this is creating a demand for teachers and trainers who are capable of attaining new skills constantly.
  • It is learnt that development of educational material and teaching-learning process are increasingly influenced by educational technology, IT and internet. This implies that the educators and institutions will have to build their capacities in such applications.
  • School level and pre-school level have attracted attention of policy makers but still there are several loose ends.
  • It is observed that Engineering, Management and IT education have been making remarkable progress in terms of meeting the expectations of end-user organizations. The challenge remains to create more awareness among the youth who opt for foreign universities and similar institutions for undertaking higher education in these courses.
  • It is felt that with the increasing enrolment rate for education in India, the challenge remains to ensure unbiased access to higher education for all.
  • Due to increased spread of formal education in rural areas; a kind of socio-cultural change is observed. However, a lot needs to be done particularly in relation to children education; particularly girls and adult education .
  • PLACON feels that philanthropist organizations and corporate sector should take initiative of providing formal and vocational education to the grassroot-level communities as a part of their CSR activities. This will also call for developing required physical facilities and infrastructure in rural areas.
  • Many institutions face the challenge of attracting and retaining well-qualified teachers; and developing globally competent curriculum as well as infrastructure. It is felt that such institutions should focus on remodeling their strategy which will include revised curriculum, faculty development; and more effective teaching-learning process.
  • There is an increasing trend towards international partnerships and alliances; particularly in professional and technical educational programs at post graduate level. PLACON feels that universities and academic institutions should now focus on strategic linkages with foreign universities for student as well as faculty.
  • It is also observed that with increasing number of institutions and variety of programs; monitoring & evaluation of educational institutions and their systems has become more complex. This implies that academic institutions should develop effective monitoring & evaluation system for achieving global recognition.

PLACON Competency

  • Long experience of more than 35 years as a Management teacher and academic administrator
  • Excelled in executing projects ranging from starting of an educational organization to world class program development and conducting researches
  • Constantly involved in developing & conducting faculty development programs and organizing workshops and seminars on contemporary themes and issues in education.
  • Profile of professional assignments handled in Education Sector:
    • Feasibility Studies and Detailed Project Report (DPR)
    • Accreditation Assessment
    • Designing and conducting management education programs
    • Conducting special studies
    • Capacity building workshops for teachers and administrative staff in educational institutes.
    • Providing guidance and linkages for approval and affiliation with national & international educational bodies. (UGC, NAAC, etc.)
    • Faculty Development Training
    • Preparing strategic and perspective plans for educational institutes
    • Initiating globally competent education programs and courses
    • Faculty & Staff Planning,
    • Developing Evaluation Systems,
    • Impact Assessments
    • Establishing Linkages with Foreign Universities and Similar Institutions.
    • Management of NGOs engaged in adult education, literacy programs, programs for adolescent girls, etc.

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