Make education India-centric: Satyapal Singh

Satyapal Singh
Union Minister Satyapal Singh

New Delhi: Union Minister Satyapal Singh said changes are required in the education system to make it India-centric as there has been undue influence of western education in the country.

He asked how many research papers have resulted in tangible benefits for the society and said that research done should be relevant and result in innovation.

Singh said the process for the new Higher Education Commission has been initiated and the suggestions are being sought from all the stakeholders. The Minister of State, HRD, was addressing a gathering at the 23rd Prof Ram Reddy Memorial Lecture at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), according to an official statement released here.

Emphasising that the new education policy should focus on holistic-development and try to inculcate the right value-system in the learners, Singh urged IGNOU to have course content which helps imbibe those values in learners for society building.

The Minister cautioned educational administrators that autonomy for institutions comes with accountability and they must use the powers to build institution of quality. Singh also took a dig at those who would pursue doctorate for earning just another degree, the statement said.