Quality Enhancement in Higher Education

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(Man is neither mere intellect, nor the gross animal body, nor the heart or soul alone. A proper and harmonious combination of all the three is required for the making of the whole man and constitutes the true economics of education. After independence, India adopted the approach of planned development of the country. In the post – independence period, higher education has expanded fast, and it is mostly public in nature. India has one of the largest Higher Educational Systems in world with more than 320 universities, 15,000 colleges, 4.8 lakh teachers and 12 million students. Since 1991, India is having structural adjustment in every sector including higher education. The objective of quality enhancement and integral development of personality in the younger generation cannot be achieved without teachers developing their own integral personality. It is an inclusive concept and a collective enterprise. It involves everyone who teaches supports and guides students and the managers and administrators of higher education institutions also. It includes significant strategic initiatives and the many small things that people do to try make things better. As Nehru expected education is not en end in itself, but a means to an end. It should eventually make the students fit for life. The need of the hour is to move from assessment and accreditation to quality assurance.)

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Pursuit of integral knowledge, personality and liberation, which has been a constant endeavor of Indian Culture, is also the central objective of education. Education and specially higher education is also visualized as an evolutionary force so that each individual is enabled to evolve from purely material consciousness towards superior planes of intellectual and spiritual consciousness. Our objective in higher education is not only to promote equality and social justice, but also to provide the right kind of work ethos, professional expertise and leadership in all walks of life. I think that education is also perceived as a bridge between the past, present and the future and as a means by which the best of the heritage is transmittedto the new generations for its further progression.

There has recently been a new tide of educational thought that aims at drawing from our current experience of all that is quintessential, as also to develop a new vision in the light of the highest traditions of Indian education and of the contemporary needs and aspirations.

The following educational objectives are being emphasized:

*Education aims at liberation – liberation from bondage and ignorance, backwardness and gravitational pull of the lower human nature.

*Education should be developed as a harmonizing force, which tries to relate the individual environment and cosmos in a total harmony.

*Education, being an evolutionary force that enables both the individual and the collectivity to evolve various faculties and to integrate them by the superior intellectual, ethical, aesthetic and spiritual powers, should aim at developing a new type of humanity highly humane, cultured and integrated.

Education means enabling the mind to find out that ultimate truth which emancipates us from the bondage of the dust and gives us the wealth, not of things but of inner light, not of power but of love, making this truth its own and giving...
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