Chennai: Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday sought a change in the country's education system which, he said, was "socially stratified" with graduates of elite universities becoming the managerial class.
"Thus far we have had an education system that is socially stratified... Graduates of a few elite universities such as the IITs and IIMs become the managerial class that run the Indian state and the industry. This is changing and must change," he said at the inauguration of the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Maths wizard Srinivasa Ramanujan in Chennai.
Despite the triumph of India's democracy, large sections of the society continue to remain marginalised and disempowered mainly due to the lack of eduation, he said.
He said courageous teachers here and there were attempting to keep the vibrant current going but they were in minority "with the odds heavily loaded against them"....more
03:00 PM, Dec 26, 2011