Private education model
Vir Sanghvi’s latest article contains this :
We need to evolve a new model of higher education that may well use government financing but which functions without governmental corruption and inertia. As of now, no model exists that fits the bill.
Source : Crooks inside the abattoir of words
We already have such a model. They are called religious and linguistic minority institutions. Such as the one where Mr Chidambaram gave the speech.
A Christian Minority Educational Institution, St. Xavier’s was founded in 1860 by a Catholic Christian Minority Religious body, the Society of Jesus, and was affiliated to Calcutta University in 1862. While preference is shown to the educational and cultural needs of the Minority community, admission is open to all irrespective of caste, creed and Nationality!
Ideally, institutes like St Xaviers must not only give preference to Christians, they must be completely or overwhelmingly Christian. If not, they are just running secular courses under a Christian management, which in my view does not require constitutional protection under the minority act. If these schools teach in a secular manner, they be forced to turn into influence peddlers by petty politicos. Both CMC Vellore and St Johns Bangalore are top Christian medical schools that provide a good model for what a minority college ought to be.
Of course, for the life of me I cant understand the rationale for linguistic minority schools except as a congealing agent for dominant caste votes from other states. Again, I am not saying a Jain cannot operate colleges in Chennai. I am just saying any such institute must be almost completely Jain speaking or must forgo constitutional protection and operate like any other local college.
This by no means should be interpreted as an attack on these fine institutes that have admirably stepped into the gaping void in access to education. It is important to look at this issue dispassionately from the constitutional protection viewpoint.