WES 2012 - Inaugural Session - Prof V S Ramamurthy

Prof V S Ramamurthy, Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)
Date: 23-24 July, 2012
Venue: Le Meridien, New Delhi
Brief: We are standing on the threshold of a knowledge dominated era. Trained human resource holds the key, not only for national development and business competitiveness, but also for national security. The biggest challenge, to be faced by the educationists in  the coming years is faculty shortage.
Education stands on three pillars: students, teachers and educational infrastructure. If there are no students, you do not have to worry about education. Most of the western world is facing the problem of decreasing number of students—they are not getting enough students.
The western world have built a very enviable educational infrastructure during the last 100 years. The big educational institutions  have infrastructures which are unbeatable. But, if there is shortage of teachers and students, infrastructure will sit idle. Excellent infrastructure will be converted into a nice educational museum; there won’t be education in those buildings. Unfortunately, if there is  a shortage of students today, it will lead to shortage of faculty tomorrow, because today’s students are teachers of tomorrow.
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