‘Factories of education’ causing devaluation of human resources: CJI

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AMARAVATI: Chief Justice of India Justice N V on Saturday stressed on developing a model of that teaches students how to face real-life challenges and lamented that institutions (of higher learning) were losing their social relevance with the ‘mushrooming of factories of education.’

Such education should also be an enabler to achieve social solidarity and create individuals as meaningful members of society, he said while delivering the convocation address after receiving an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU), his alma mater, here.

Justice Ramana further said the youth must be “conscious change-makers” who should think of sustainable models of development. “This consciousness must acknowledge the needs of our community and environment while being pioneers in your respective fields,” he said.

He expressed regret that the focus of professional courses continued to be on creation of an obedient workforce, like in colonial times, that could generate the required output.

“The harsh reality is that even after the students enter professional universities, the focus is on classroom-learning and not on the world beyond. Securing highly remunerative and profitable job opportunities has become the sole objective behind such education,” he said.

There was a total neglect of equally important subjects like humanities, natural sciences, history, economics and languages, he added.

“We are witnessing mushrooming of factories of education which are leading to devaluation of degrees and