Role of Evening Colleges in Creation of New Hopes for Higher Education: A Research Based Attempt
17 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2015
Date Written: April 29, 2015
Higher education is of vital importance for the country, as it is a powerful tool to build Knowledge based society of the 21st Century. Government has set a target of increasing the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) from the present level of about 12% to 15% by the end of XI Five Year Plan and to 30% by the year 2020. Various new initiatives are being taken by the Government to increase the GER under the head of Human Resource Development to increase competitive advantage of the Nation worldwide. According to recent survey only 10% of the university-age population, between the ages of 22 years and 35 years, have access to higher education (“Intergenerational and Regional Differentials in Higher Education in India”, Abusalesh Shariff, Economist). Developing countries like India nearly 60 to 70 percent of the total geographical area been covered with rural population those who never concentrate on realization of real depth of educational requirements. With the intention of enrolling students especially from rural working group who cannot afford for regular day college, concept of evening colleges came into existence. Evening colleges have taken dominant role in framing the future of lakhs of students unless would not have happen. There is a great criticism in part of evening colleges that there will be no scope for personality development, it just acts as factory for production of graduates and certificates. Respondents those who have done their higher education under the net of night college been placed in prestigious position. Collaboration of private and government undertakings in evening colleges made system more active and efficient with structured future long run strategies. In present paper authors made an attempt to have detailed evaluation of distance education system supported with systematic field work. Reputed two evening colleges each from Udupi and Dakshina Kannada District have given special weightage for statistical observation over the last five year starting from 2008-09. Even group of audience with night college background is considered to draw more realistic conclusion presided with questioners. Final interpretation and conclusion has been drawn using different statistical tools. Present paper would be used by researchers, post graduate students and other readers to explore and exploit further modified research opportunities in this field.
Keywords: Evening Colleges, Teaching system, Personality Development, Higher Education, Infrastructure, Safety of Girls
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