Reality Check India

Private education model

Posted in Uncategorized by realitycheck on January 26, 2010

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!

St Xaviers

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.

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  1. reason said, on January 27, 2010 at 6:37 am

    how does educomp operate?

  2. rc said, on January 27, 2010 at 9:33 am

    No idea.

    Took a quick look around their site, could not figure out if they offered any degree programs.

    A new ‘international’ school concept is taking shape across India. Its the latest rage if you have a ton of money to burn. I think they are insulated from government interference and I do not see the new RTE bill impacting them.

    This puts almost the entire crop of talking heads out of orbit. That provides a comfortable perch from where they can preach to those of us who have not yet been placed about how cool Sibal’s new concept is.

  3. kevin matin said, on January 21, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Good information. Thanks for these very good article. I kept on nodding with the every word you say.


    International schools in Hyderabad

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