Unplanned expansion of institutes created shortage of skilled teachers

NEW DELHI: India is yet to come up with education-friendly policies to deal with crises of shortage of skilled teachers in schools and universities. There is no dearth of talent, but due to absence of strict evaluation process and training; we are not able to churn out skilled teachers.

“Sudden expansion of educational institutes in India has led to shortage of experienced and skilled teachers,” said Subhash Bhalla, professor, University of Aizu, Japan. The Indian origin professor who has studied in IIT Delhi, has been involved with teaching the University of Aizu in Japan for the past few decades.

“Several higher education institutes are struggling to have full time experienced teachers. They are dependent on temporary teachers to somehow manage with minimum requirements,” said Bhalla, on the sidelines of Confluence 2019 organised by Amity University.

Bhalla appreciated government’s move to invite Indian origin professors working in foreign universities to return to teach in India. “Retirement age of the professors has also been increased and some of the retired professors are being called back to teach in the universities. However, such temporary measures will bring about impactful changes,” he added.

Like Japan, where all the universities follow a uniform educational pattern, India too must have a centralised system for the schools and universities to have strict guidelines on the courses and teaching methods.

Instead of eyeing the PhD holders and professors from abroad, the government should focus on nurturing local talent, and create skilled and experienced teachers.

Bhalla has been involved with research in Big Data Analytics (BDA) and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Standard, helping in creating a uniform standard in medical science and healthcare. This will create lifetime medical records, sharing information across hospitals and laboratories, through archival services. These huge collections of data (Big Data) will also allow mass scale (population data) for medical research and studies.

“Research and compilation of medical data has been carried out across the globe. In India, C-DAC has been actively looking into standards for healthcare. These standards will make medical data sharable and help its transfer and storage,” he added.

These standardised records make data to make it language neutral that helps in sharing it among rural primary health centers. His research will be useful globally to deal with different terms and medical standards world-wide.

Japanese government, says Bhalla, is encouraging its universities to collaborate with India. Increasing globalisation has encouraged Japanese researchers to work in English.

The University of Aizu in association with few universities in India such as DU, IIIT Hyderabad, University of Hyderabad, NIT Delhi, IIT-Delhi, has started an annual conference on BDA in 2012.

Several conferences held in Indian cities helped the researchers from both the countries to network and collaborate.


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