After successfully chairing a session at the World Education Summit on the topic “Preschool Education”, we are delighted to announce that Mr. Amol Arora was also invited to speak at the Asian Summit of Education & Skills on the topic “Education and Training – A Service or an Industry”
The Asian Summit on Education & Skills (ASES) is the annual leadership conference of the India Didactics Association held in partnership with HRD and Labour & Employment Ministries, the British Council and British Educational Suppliers Association. Many influential leaders, Officials from the Ministry & the Government from across the world shall be participating and is a wonderful forum for the exchange of dialogues and offers a better understanding of the education industry.
The summit was scheduled on 11th & 12th September 2013 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai. The summit was chaired by Mr. Ashok Thakur, Secretary, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
Mr. Amol Arora was asked to share his views on the subject that Education and Training largely remains a service with a social cause. Yet there is a very thin dividing line that separates this service to become a business. In the midst of these conflicting parallels, how can education institutions be encouraged to compete, innovate and build a modern society?
Mr. Amol Arora held a strong opinion about the subject saying that ‘restricting education to government and charitable organizations is not going to take our country anywhere. The country needs an additional 1 Lakh Crore Rupees to reach the 2020 Higher education Target – a similar number (if not more) would be required for school education – so, where is this money going to come from? Are we going to depend on charity to fund this? We need to wake up to the reality that the government has made a mess of the government school system – they are on prime locations in cities, running up high salary bills and yet are hardly able to deliver. There has to be a space for profit making ventures in education, as I believe the motivation of profit drives quality and competition and in the process ultimately enhances the educational experience for the students. If we are to compete in the knowledge society of tomorrow – we owe it to our children to offer them the best of education – that is the only way we can ensure that the human capital of our country becomes our biggest asset – as opposed to our biggest liability. I know my stance is going to make some people very uncomfortable but it is the need of the hour to accept this reality’.