Technical Education Scenario in India
Success Till Now and Challenges
Quite afresh, I engaged in a healthy conversation with my teacher who was very cynical about the condition of technical education in India. She asked me a very simple question- why is a majority of the modern research activity taking place in the US itself and not in countries with much more population like India? I had an expeditious reply to this question in my mind and I quickly said that it's because of the lower literacy rate here. She then did some statistical data analysis for me and continued that in spite of that, India boasts of a larger populace of educated men and women than America and added that this still doesn't concern the research and development comparison between both the countries. I, again, was impetuous in my remark that there are fewer incentives and very less scope in India as compared to that present in the US. I don't know if I was marginally right or not, but she again looked up Wikipedia and told that we had an immeasurable number of technical universities and colleges as compared to the "developed" countries and hence, obviously, humongous workforce to implement proper education. I felt lost with the facts that I was facing. Everything seems so nicely set up and the cogwheels seem to be working quite perfectly, but still the result that comes out of this ‘education machine' is quite diddly when compared to the contemporary giants in the same context.
Technical Education plays a crucial role in the growth of human resources by generating skilled manpower, enhancing industrial productivity and the quality of life. Technical education offers courses and programmes in engineering, technology, management, architecture, town planning, pharmacy, applied arts, hotel management and catering technology. Technical education in India is coordinated by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which is the statutory body for proper planning and