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Teaching Students to Think

Our school education lays undue emphasis on examinations wherein students reproduce learnt material rather than learn to think, an approach that continues in colleges. The debate on higher education reform must focus on the quality and academic accountability of teachers and on the need for policies that encourage thinking at both levels.

P rime minister Manmohan Singh recently proposed that every one of Indias 28 states have a central university and every one of the 600-odd districts a college. Yet, these legitimate issues of improving and enlarging access to higher education rarely link up with a consistent concern expressed by employers and scholars alike. This concern pertains to the need to upgrade quality to serve better the needs of a knowledge-based society and a vibrant economy.

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