Founder-director of Symbiosis, Dr SB Mujumdar, the Padmabhushan and Padamshree awardee is turning 80 today. The visionary academician and educationist feels that the India needs third freedom and that is freedom of education. The septuagenarian speaks to Sandip Kolhatkar about the need of skill based education in the country.
How do you find the current scenario of education in India?
I firmly believe that India needs revolution in education sector and for that we need to have skill colleges and universities, universities that exists in countries like Germany. In order to make the youth of this country employable, skill development should be an integral part of education at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
What are the future plans of Symbiosis International University ?
Since skill development is the need of the hour and understanding the need, Symbiosis has already proposed such universities and colleges in the future and one such University in Applied Sciences, which is coming up in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. This will be first university in the field of applied sciences and will offer degree, diploma and certificate courses in the fields of production, development, IT, retail and other service sectors. We have received 35 acre land to set up the campus.
What is the most significant project in you life ?
The most significant project was setting up of Symbiosis Group of Institutions, established in 1971 to cater the educational needs of foregin students. The second most significant projects was of establishment of Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial. The memorial is a unique museum where belongings of Dr Ambedkar has been stored.
What are your ideas to improve the higher education in India ?
In 1947 India got its first freedom, in 1990s, the country received its second freedom which was freedom of economy and now India needs its third freedom and that is freedom of education. Education system is still governed by the inspector raj which is the major constraint in the improvisation of education system in India.