BRIDGING GAPS IN ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE(GAP) AMONG HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS--- LANDSCAPING GLOBALISED INDIAN HIGHER EDUCATION
Prior to the Twenty-first century, human academic endeavor across the globe was highly dominated by the feudal economy and subsequently by modern industrial economy. The dawn of twenty first century witnessed the evolution of knowledge economy, the supreme form of economy that world in its annals of history has ever had. Educational policies that were chalked out toward the end of century in India though acknowledge and highlight our failures in terms of poor execution and supervision, yet the significance and relevance of policies relating to school education cannot be ignored. Indian schooling system has been emerging as potential education sector and thus has been successfully feeding significantly with adequate human resources to higher education sector.As a result, Indian higher education system in its true sense is the single largest in the world. Though Indian higher education sector is displaying colorful achievements in all possible directions, as a system it is not far away from growing criticism both at local and global levels. Qualitative interpretations in introducing Indian education is being eluded with the quantitative expansion thus generating a need for landscaping the prevailing form of Indian higher education in the context of globalization and privatization.
The representation of India at global level has less noticeable impact on the potentiality issue at the local level. In other words, how India is known to Asian and Indian per se? Ironically, instead of embracing our own strengths we always dream for more infrastructure and investments in educational endeavor. Whats is needed has never been in discourse and what is available within the discourse is far away from the dire need. All above notable achievements are to be accredited to the Indian professional and technical education at tertiary level. In the present context, challenges need to be highlighted that demand for landscaping globalized higher education in terms of minimizing growing academic performance gap among all sectors/levels of education.
Gaps in Academic Performance( GAP) may be defined as the academic performance desired to be exhibited by the academia of an institution or set of institutions across all levels/sectors of education namely elementary, secondary and tertiary. Each level is deemed as sector for better clarity and understanding. Question that comes to the context is what the determinants of academic performance are? Three major determinants of academic performance include--- teaching/training, research and dissemination. Either institution or set of institutions ( within a sector or level of education) needs to project such performance as the gross contribution of academia involved at that sector. The pyramid structured education system is the quantitative expansion of our education system, what about the sectoral academic contributions? Do the contributions are significantly correlated with their numbers? One can wonder for a right answer.
Key words: Gaps in Academic Performance(GAP), Higher education, Higher Education Institutions, Globalization and Privatization.