Thrivikramji.com | Introduction TV 2035 needs to ponder deeply into the facet of education. As far as the state of Kerala is concerned the Kinder Garten (3-5y) Elementary (5-10 y), High School (10-15y), Higher Secondary (15-17y) finally leads to a 3y Tertiary or college education. The PG is 2y long while, the Ph.D. will take anywhere between 3-5 y before submission and award of the degree. Though, from several quarters complaints about falling standards in the arena of primary to Tertiary education are raised time and again, as an answer only revision of syllabi with introduction of new was the answer. There has been alongside attempts to revise the qualification of teachers at all levels, as well as requiring retraining of teachers in Tertiary education sector by making mandatory attendance and involvement in the refresher and orientation courses through the system of Academic staff colleges. Yet the overall Tertiary education standards remain appallingly low. Present scheme Structure Three year long degree education devised to substitute the 2 y long education leading to Bachelors degree and implemented in the mid 60’s or a little earlier continues without any structural change (but for syllabi revision, marks and letter grades or only letter grades). Currently, what we follow in Kerala is not very different from the rest of the Univ. and colleges in the rest of the country, i.e., a 3y Bachelors degree plus 2y Masters and 3-5 y Ph.D degrees. Though the M.Phil. Program exists in most universities of the nation; expressly it is no specific or basic qualification to help land in a paying job. I equate the offer of global quality higher education to the eligible and academically readied youth of this country today is a vital investment for the future of the nation. It is like a Direct Investment for the next generation India – a sort of FDI now practiced in other sectors of the economy. Proposal 1. As an academic involved in the University education for nearly four decades, I hold the view that a revision of structure in the Tertiary education system of the state (and even the country) is an imperative now. India can emulate the example of our next door neighbor and an Asian powerhouse, i.e., China. 2. After a “private” visit to the US, in 1977, Deng Xiao Ping (the supreme leader of China who succeeded Chairman Mao) introduced vast structural and qualitative reforms in the Tertiary education, such as an aptitude test score based admission for Tertiary education, four year long Bachelors degree program and corresponding modifications in MS and Ph.D. programs. 3. Therefore, I propose that we implement the 4 y Bachelors degree program in the colleges in India in order to achieve the TV35 dreams in education sector. 4.There can be a proviso for those seeking clerical desk jobs to earn an associate degree at the end of the second year of the 4 y course. Others seeking higher degrees alone need to go for full 4 y program. This will allow smart kinds to earn double majors at Bachelors level enabling MSc admission to one or other major subject. 5. It is high time that the partition of Biology into Botany and Zoology are done away with. Perhaps we are the only nation in the planet that follows this artificial separation. One of the reasons for “mediocrity” in life sciences is the continuation of this artificial barrier. The proponents of the duality the UK also has done away with this.
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Introduction TV 2035 needs to ponder deeply into the facet of education. As far as the state of Kerala is concerned the Kinder Garten (3-5y) Elementary (5-10 y), High School (10-15y), Higher Secondary (15-17y) finally leads to a 3y Tertiary or college education. The PG is 2y long while, the Ph.D. will take anywhere between 3-5 y before submission and award of the degree. Though, from several quarters complaints about falling standards in the arena of primary to Tertiary education are raised time and again, as an answer only revision of syllabi with introduction of new was the answer. There has been alongside attempts to revise the qualification of teachers at all levels, as well as requiring retraining of teachers in Tertiary education sector by making mandatory attendance and involvement in the refresher and orientation courses through the system of Academic staff colleges. Yet the overall Tertiary education standards remain appallingly low. Present scheme Structure Three year long degree education devised to substitute the 2 y long education leading to Bachelors degree and implemented in the mid 60’s or a little earlier continues without any structural change (but for syllabi revision, marks and letter grades or only letter grades). Currently, what we follow in Kerala is not very different from the rest of the Univ. and colleges in the rest of the country, i.e., a 3y Bachelors degree plus 2y Masters and 3-5 y Ph.D degrees. Though the M.Phil. Program exists in most universities of the nation; expressly it is no specific or basic qualification to help land in a paying job. I equate the offer of global quality higher education to the eligible and academically readied youth of this country today is a vital investment for the future of the nation. It is like a Direct Investment for the next generation India – a sort of FDI now practiced in other sectors of the economy. Proposal 1. As an academic involved in the University education for nearly four decades, I hold the view that a revision of structure in the Tertiary education system of the state (and even the country) is an imperative now. India can emulate the example of our next door neighbor and an Asian powerhouse, i.e., China. 2. After a “private” visit to the US, in 1977, Deng Xiao Ping (the supreme leader of China who succeeded Chairman Mao) introduced vast structural and qualitative reforms in the Tertiary education, such as an aptitude test score based admission for Tertiary education, four year long Bachelors degree program and corresponding modifications in MS and Ph.D. programs. 3. Therefore, I propose that we implement the 4 y Bachelors degree program in the colleges in India in order to achieve the TV35 dreams in education sector. 4.There can be a proviso for those seeking clerical desk jobs to earn an associate degree at the end of the second year of the 4 y course. Others seeking higher degrees alone need to go for full 4 y program. This will allow smart kinds to earn double majors at Bachelors level enabling MSc admission to one or other major subject. 5. It is high time that the partition of Biology into Botany and Zoology are done away with. Perhaps we are the only nation in the planet that follows this artificial separation. One of the reasons for “mediocrity” in life sciences is the continuation of this artificial barrier. The proponents of the duality the UK also has done away with this.

Introduction TV 2035 needs to ponder deeply into the facet of education. As far as the state of Kerala is concerned the Kinder Garten (3-5y) Elementary (5-10 y), High School (10-15y), Higher Secondary (15-17y) finally leads to a 3y Tertiary or college education. The PG is 2y long while, the Ph.D. will take anywhere between 3-5 y before submission and award of the degree. Though, from several quarters complaints about falling standards in the arena of primary to Tertiary education are raised time and again, as an answer only revision of syllabi with introduction of new was the answer. There has been alongside attempts to revise the qualification of teachers at all levels, as well as requiring retraining of teachers in Tertiary education sector by making mandatory attendance and involvement in the refresher and orientation courses through the system of Academic staff colleges. Yet the overall Tertiary education standards remain appallingly low. Present scheme Structure Three year long degree education devised to substitute the 2 y long education leading to Bachelors degree and implemented in the mid 60’s or a little earlier continues without any structural change (but for syllabi revision, marks and letter grades or only letter grades). Currently, what we follow in Kerala is not very different from the rest of the Univ. and colleges in the rest of the country, i.e., a 3y Bachelors degree plus 2y Masters and 3-5 y Ph.D degrees. Though the M.Phil. Program exists in most universities of the nation; expressly it is no specific or basic qualification to help land in a paying job. I equate the offer of global quality higher education to the eligible and academically readied youth of this country today is a vital investment for the future of the nation. It is like a Direct Investment for the next generation India – a sort of FDI now practiced in other sectors of the economy. Proposal 1. As an academic involved in the University education for nearly four decades, I hold the view that a revision of structure in the Tertiary education system of the state (and even the country) is an imperative now. India can emulate the example of our next door neighbor and an Asian powerhouse, i.e., China. 2. After a “private” visit to the US, in 1977, Deng Xiao Ping (the supreme leader of China who succeeded Chairman Mao) introduced vast structural and qualitative reforms in the Tertiary education, such as an aptitude test score based admission for Tertiary education, four year long Bachelors degree program and corresponding modifications in MS and Ph.D. programs. 3. Therefore, I propose that we implement the 4 y Bachelors degree program in the colleges in India in order to achieve the TV35 dreams in education sector. 4.There can be a proviso for those seeking clerical desk jobs to earn an associate degree at the end of the second year of the 4 y course. Others seeking higher degrees alone need to go for full 4 y program. This will allow smart kinds to earn double majors at Bachelors level enabling MSc admission to one or other major subject. 5. It is high time that the partition of Biology into Botany and Zoology are done away with. Perhaps we are the only nation in the planet that follows this artificial separation. One of the reasons for “mediocrity” in life sciences is the continuation of this artificial barrier. The proponents of the duality the UK also has done away with this.

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