Engineering colleges India

Education in Asia: Class by mass

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But now the government has discovered science as the engine for the further development of the country - and has launched a huge funding program. By 2012, the new five-year plan aims to quadruple the amount that goes to universities and research institutes. Eight additional engineering colleges and two dozen new research facilities are to be built. Every state should have at least one capital-funded university and every district a college. The existing universities are also to increase their student numbers drastically: the University of Hyderabad from 3700 today to 10,000.

Not only the world-famous computer industry should be fed with new first-class IT graduates. A warm rupee rain also pours over the ambitious institutes for the life and agricultural sciences, pharmaceuticals and space research.

"Money has not been a problem for some time," says Deevi Basavaiah, dean of the chemical faculty in Hyderabad, whose professors have gathered in a lecture room. If you need a new analysis device, it will be procured, adds his colleague Viswanathan Baskar. The young university professor did research at the Free University of Berlin for two years. "Intellectually, I didn't feel inferior in any way," he says. Only the chemicals were obtained more quickly in Berlin. They have to be introduced in India, which often takes weeks.

The colleagues nod, government control is one of the greatest problems facing Indian universities. So far, all university professors have received the same salary as government employees. Now the faculty wants to divert money from the new funding pots to reward special achievements. Every publication in a top magazine should not only increase the professor's reputation, but also his bank account.

Germans are also impressed by the ambition and potential of Indian science. Research Minister Annette Schavan has already visited the country three times. The Max Planck Society and the German Research Foundation sent representatives to New Delhi years ago and opened liaison offices.

India cannot yet stand up to comparison with China. The ore competitor in the north has been relying on science for a long time and has invested many times over: In the past ten years, the number of internationally recognized research articles from China has increased by 400 percent. India has to be satisfied with growth of 100 percent. Fourteen Chinese institutions made it into the Shanghai ranking of the world's best 500 universities, but only two Indian ones.