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Education, broadly perceived as a seamless con-tinum of life long learning, is essential for human resource development at every age level. In a pack-ay of developmental inputs available to the community, education should form an effective means to improve the status and character of living patterns of the people, help intellectual, social and emotional development of the individuals and to enable 'them to meet their basic needs of daily life. The long range goal of educational planning is then to make available diverse net-works of facilities and programmes for education, combining formal and non-formal modes of learning. It should enable all citizens to acquire literacy, numeracy, computational skills, basic understanding of the surrounding world and functional skills o'f relevance to daily life and to local environment. The emphasis in our planning efforts would thus shift from provision of inputs and expansion of facilities in general terms to results to be achieved and tasks to be performed with specific reference to target groups of population, particularly the socially disadvantaged.
21.2 Programmes of human resource development have a four-fold perspective; (i) to prepare individuals for assuming their role as responsible citizens; (ii) to develop in them scientific outlook, awareness of their rights and responsibilities as well as a consciousness of the processes of development, (iii) to sensitise them to ethical, social and cultural values which go to make an enlightened nation; and (iv) to impart to them knowledge, skills and attitudes which would enable them to ^contribute to the productive programmes in the national development. In the realisation of this, educational system and programmes have to be directed towards a set of goals and tasks. Among these would be the following:
21.3 The approach to achieve these objectives will be characterised by flexibility and diversity to suit varying needs and circumstances and by a stress on coordination of efforts, resources and programmes of the different sectors and agencies. The need to maintain high quality of education, aiming at academic excellence, and its relevance to national development objectives would be articulated throughout the system,
21.4 Despite a network of over 6.5 lakhs schools and colleges, the employment of over 3 million teachers and an annual budget of the order of Rs. 3000 crores, it has not been possible so far for the education system to achieve the goal of universal education of all children upto the age of 14 years as enshrined to the Directive Principles of the Constitution. The total enrolment in elementary education has increased from 223 lakhs in classes I-VIII in 1950-51 to around 905 lakhs during 1979-80. Nevertheless, for every three children enrolled in primary and middle schools, one other eligible child is left behind. Over 80 per cent of the children not enrolled so far are confined to a dozen States who have not been in a position to allocate the necessary economic resources to achieve the goal of universalisation according to the present system of elementary education.
21.5 There are also socially disadvantaged groups, such as the economically poor, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, whose children are on the periphery of the schooling system. Ahout 38 per cent of the scheduled caste children (20 per cent of the boys and 56 per cent of the girls) and 56 per cent ol the scheduled tribe children (49 per cent of the boys and 70 per cent of the girls) are yet to receive elenwntary education. As revealed by the Fourth Educational Survey, the non-availability of schools is not a major constraint in this regard. But socio-economic compulsions in families, particularly in rural areas and among the weaker sections, not-too-relevant nature of curricular programmes and lack of essential facilities in schools seem to be some of the more important factors contributing to the slow progress. Even the existing facilities for elementary education are not optimally utilised, overaged and underaged children account for around 20 per cent of the enrolment and nearly 64 per cent of 'the children who are enrolled in class T, drop out by the time they complete class V Th's. represents economic loss in resource utilisation, educational inefficiency and low productivity, not to mention the long-term social loss to the individual child and the family on account of the in-ooanplete development of the former's educational career.
21.6 In the areas of secondary and higher education, facilities have been expanded during the last three decades. Nonetheless, the reforms for qualitative improvement and system reorganisation, as envisaged in the National Policy on Education (1968), are yet to be completed effectively. This is particularly so for the integration of practical aspects in the educational programmes and for planned growth of programmes directed towards gainful employment to be implemented in close cooperation with all the developmental agencies, Inter-sectoral linkages are yet to be brought about and coordination established betwaen work places, schools and development activities for fostering appropriate manpower development programmes.
This has resulted, among other things, in an undesirable grow'h of facilities for general higher education, specially at the under-graduate stage in arts, commerce and humanities, and in the consequent increase in incidence of unemployment among the educated. It has also not been possible to evolve systems approach to educational planning and development aiming, inter-alia, at flexibility and mobility arasiig different types and levels of education and at ayxi-misation of benefits flora, educational investment for rapid progress in the different sectors of nationai^co-nomy. This has undermined the role and capability of the higher education system to promote andjinain-tain excellence and high standards in academic programmes, encourage pure scholarship and extwd the-frontiers of knowledge as well as to p.irtieSpate ia national S&T activities and develop nataonAl scientific and technical manpower.
21.7 It may, no doubt, be necessary to create additional infrastructure to ensure the future'" growth of the educational system but this would have to be appropriate to the needs of, and based on a careful scrutiny in, specific areas and sectors and for identified target groups, particularly those wfich are in the danger of getting left behind because of their special circumstances. The existing institutions and programmes need to be consolidated and put to optimum Hse to serve the goals of development in the community as a whole. Provision of suitable educational facilities in backward areas and Tor the deprived groups. and promotion, of non-formal programmes at alflevels incorporating plurality of models and diversity of patterns are equally important. The organisation of new facilities must also be linked to the actual, toeeds and made relevant to local environment and learaiag requirements, taking note of the specific .characteristics of the prospective beneficiaries.
21.8 The importance of educational planning afid management at all levels has to be emphasised in this context and capabilities built,for these-tasks. Educational planning must effectively be coordinated with manpower planning at ai! stages and aspects of skill development. Adequate attention has lu be given to optimisation of benefits from the existing investments and facilities. The failure to achieve a larger measure of equalisation of educational Opportunities, both in regard to access and achievement. f an aspect which requires closer attention. Concerted efforts are called Tor to reach the socially handicapped and economically weaker sections of the sociey such as, women, scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, landless labourers etc. The imbalances which have developed in the system between the rich and urban level on the one hand and the poor and rural level on the other have to be rectified so that enrolment rates in elementary education of the socially deprivec groups and the general population are brought on pa. at least by the end of the Sixth Plan. It is essential also to transform the system of education qualitatively in terms of its value content, standards and relevance to life. The role of education to promote humanistic outlook, sense of brotherhood and a commitment to ethical and cultural values needs to be re-emphasised.
21.9 The importance of educational technology has to be adequately provided for greater efficiency and effectiveness and wider reach of the educational programmes. This would be made possible with the launcffing of the INSAT. The possibility of using modera technology to take education, especially at the elementary stage, to all sections of population in a shorter frame of time has to be capitalised for achieving minimum basic education of all people within a, decade. All these will require the strengthening, :rsorientation and integration of non-formal and formal programmes of educational development and bringing about inter-sectoral and inter-agency coordination at different levels for furtherance of specific aims of human resource development.
Early Childhood Education
21.10 From the stand point of priorities within the field of education, importance should be attached, in terms of coverage, to the young child, children in the school going age-groups and those among the socially under-privileged \groups. Attention should be paid to all young children during their crucial development years upto 5 years. This early childhood stage is the period of maximum learning and intellectual development of the child and hence of great potential educational significance. The present pre-school child care programmes are limited to the distribution or food supplements and routine health cover; these contribute very little to the personality development of the child, especially to its intellectual, social and emotional growth. The concept of learning and development through play and joyful activities should be articulated, across age-group, through an all round programme which should be comprehensive in scope, integrated in nature and reinforced over long-time. Organisation of a creche for children in the 03 age-group and! or a balwadi for 36 age group, with provision Tor educational toys, play equipment, learning materials and books for children's reading etc., would be appropriate for this purpose. The educational component of such a package of services would no doubt be significant.
21.11 The approach in the Sixth Plan is characterised by a concern for the all round development of children, especially those from underprivileged sections and poverty groups who may suffer serious consequences in tfie future because of negligence at the present stage of life. Such a preparatory programme would, additionally, contribute towards universalisa-tion of enrolment and retention of children in elementary education in due course. The programme is envisaged initially to serve the needs of children in the rural and the urban slum areas, based on economic means and social and educational backwardness of the population groups. The target for the Sixth Plan would be at least one early childhood education centre in every community development block. It would be advantageous to develop these centres as adjuncts to village primary schools wherever possible. The resources and inputs of programmes under health, nutrition, social welfare, integrated rural development and education, which are presently devoted to child, family and community welfare would be coordinated for this purpose , with flexibility and freedom built in by allowing various agencies to undertake programmes within a common framework. The services of suitable persons from the community, especially women and the educated unemployed youth, could be used to support them. Necessary pre-deployment training of the workers in the field would be arranged on a selective basis through existing teacher training institutions. The approach at this stage of education would be entirely non-formal and siress laid on the inculcation or sense perception? among the children, through innovative use of locally available resources in the community and the environment. The National-Council of Educational Research and Training, in collaboration with similar agencies in the States would help in developing the learning materials and aids both for teacher training and for programme implementation.
21.12 It is proposed that the programme of univer-salisation of elementary education would be given serious consideration, especially in the educationally backward States and for reaching the socially disad-vantaged who constitute the bulk of the non-attending children and of the drop-outs. The Sixth Plan assigns the highest priority to this programme which would continue to be a part of the minimum needs programme. While many States have reached 100 per cent enrolment of boys at the primary stage (classes I-V), some are lagging in respect of boys and many in regard to girls. Although the objective is to attain the universalisation upto the age of 14, operationally a strategy needs to be worked out to achieve this is in two distmct stages over a ten year period. Accordingly, the approach in the Sixth Plan is for all the States, which are yet to universalise the primary education, to reach universalisation of primary education (classes I-V), upto th& age of 11 years, in the next five years, and, in case of other States, to achieve a substantial increase in the enrolment at the middle stage (classes VI-VIII of children upto 14 years so as to move towards the goal as fast as possible.
21.13 The approach to universalisation of elementary education will cover (i) intensified use of existing facilities, including the adjustment of schooling hours, which would not be more than 3 hours a day, according to local conditions, (ii) provision of new facilities which would be economically viable and educationally relevant, and (iii) promotion of non-formal system of learning. Programmes for non-formal learning would be organised and oriented towards target groups and decentralised in regard to their contents, course duration, place and Iiours of learning and pattern of instructions. However, there would be a basic minimum package of inputs identified by the public educational authorities which would have correspondence to the formal system of education. In both formal and non-formal systems, the emphasis would be on the retention of students and effective delivery of services to children. It is also essential to ensure appropriate incentives like free midday meals, supply of uniforms and learning materials, and compensation to the families of scheduled caste girls towards the opportunity cost involved. Efforts should be made by the State Governments to introduce measures with a view to eliminate wastage and reduce drop-out in elementary education.
21.14 As part of the efforts to retain children and promote the internal efficiency of the system as well as achieve equalisation of educational opportunities, measures for improvement in the quality of education becomes very important' The curriculum would be developed with the goal of imparting necessary levels of literacy, numeracy, comprehension and functional skills related to local socio-economic factors and environment needs. It would suit flexible models, with provision or diversification and dexterous balance between common basie goal and varying methodology. The basic objective would stress curriculum as an instrument for inculcating humanistic values, capacity for tolerance, promotion of national integration, scientific attitude and temper and individual capability for learning from the surrounding world.
21.15 Keeping in view the progress already made in the different States in expanding elementary education and the feasibility limits of accelerated growth in the educationally backward States, it is proposed to lay down specific targets Statewise for the Sixth Plan. It is estimated that universalisation of the primary stage of education would imply additional enrolment or about 170 lakh children in classes I-V over the next five years or an average annual rate of enrolment of 34 lakh children. In recent years, however, the rate of enrolment has approximately been of 20 lakhs annually and if the above targets are/to be achieved, the educationally backward States of Assam, Bihar, Madhyn Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal would have to step up their present rates of enrolment considerably, in some cases more than double if not three-fold. It is, therefore, proposed that the additional targets should be projected realistically in individual States and Union Territories consistent with the ultimate object of completing the universalisation programme by 1990.
21.16 In the middle stage of elementary education for children in the age-group 1114, the population to be covered to achieve a target of 50 per cent in the Sixth Plan would be about 63 lakh or an annual enrolment of 13 lakh on an average. The achievements so far has been at the rate of 7 lakhs per annum. Those States which have already attained 100 per cent enrolment in the primary classes would have to endeavour in the Sixth Plan to reach higher rates of enrolment in the 1114 years age groups but, even then, it would require the doubling of the present enrolment rates. This, however, needs to be accepted as a desirable objective and challenge during the Sixth Plan, without which the goal of universal elementary education cannot be attained even by the end of the century.
21.17 Taking the proposals for primary and middle stages together, the additional enrolment in full time elementary education during l981 as hereunder:
Table 21.1 Targets of Expansion of Full-time Elementary Education1980-85
21.18 Non-formal education programmes have been initiated in the States recently and these would need to be developed and expanded, in the light of experience gained, to cover all those children who would require, and benefit only by, such modes of learning. It would be unrealistic to lay down any specific target for this purpose but it is expected that about 80 lakh children would be covered during the Sixth Plan.
21.19 The provision of non-formal education requires considerable imagination and innovation. The bcate Institutes of Education, in collaboration with the National Council of Educational Research and Training, would draw up feasible programmes for this purpose outlining the curriculum, syllabus and reading material for Uiese courses and for the training of teaching personnel. The Centrally sponsored scheme to help the educationally backward States with financial assistance for programmes of non-formal elementary education would be continued.
21.20 It is proposed to establish special monitoring arrangements at the Centre and the State level to review progress of elemeniary education, particularly of the target groups, which are yet to be provided with universal elementary education. Their educational needs would be looked into according to a larger perspective of the families socio-economic conditions and problems and, wherever necessary, a family approach would be adopted in conjunction witn^weliare schemes of other sectors and agencies. Apaist from providing schooling facilities, they would be supplied with mid-day meals, free books, uniforms and stationery as well as attendance scholarships, as incentives, which would be coordinated and extended with a'- focus oa their human resource development includiris education. These children would also be-gives reaiediai. coaching programmes to enable them to overcome their environmental handicaps and educational backwardness. Programmes such as those de-signeA to promote learning while earning, would also be promoted to overcome economic reasons hampering their educational development. It would be the specific responsibility of educational administration and planning to ensure that these groups are brought into the loid of national educational apparatus as soon as possible through appropriately designed strategies and disaggregated and relevant programmes.
21.21 Provision is made for construction of satisfactory primary and middle school buildings and class-rooms, supply of physical facilities and kits, enhancing the teachers' compe tones and for the updating and extensive use of educational technique for higher efficiency and greater effectiveness. Keeping in view, however, the large magnitude of the problem of school buildings, the Plan provides only a modest outlay in the State Sector; it envisages continuous efforts to achieve economy in construction costs, among other things, by increasing use of locally available building macerials and functionally suitable designs.
21.22 The Sixth Plan lays emphasis on minimum essential education to all citizens, irrespective of their age, sex and residence. The approach to achieve this objective would be characterised by flexibility, inter-sectoral cooperation and inter-agency coordination. Techniracy would be adopted as the major instrument for the spread of literacy, 'numeracy and practical skills relevant to the economic activities of the people concerned. It would be supported by post-literacy, continuing education through a network of rural libraries as well us instructional programmes through mass conimiinication media, particularly after the INSAT is launched to its orbit.
21.23 Non-formal education for adults, particularly in the productive age-group 1535 years, would receive priority in the Sixth Plan, in view of its potential for immediate impact in raising the level ol productivity in the economy. The programmes of adult education, which had been initiated in the previous Plans' and which form part of the minimum needs programme of elementary education would be made more effective and extended in cooperation with the other developmental activities and the employment agencies. The programmes would aim at extending appropriate educational support to the concerned groups of individuals and development departments through carefully designed group-specific and work-based curricula which would be integrated as part of development activity. I"hey would also take advantage of tne cultural and other group characteristics in tne process of involving tne learner groups lo participate in, and benefit from, adult education programmes.
21.24 While designing this programme, the lot of the weaker sections hkc women, scncduied castes, scheduled tribes and agricultural labourers as well as slum dwellers would be given priority. Fhe strategy in these cases would be me development ot methous and contents suited to the varied needs and situations, thus promoting flexibility in die- programme and in the means of delivery of education. It would also help to involve voluntary agencies of established repute; such agencies have snown a great capacity to innovate effectively and their involvement will be useful where culture-specific improvisations are required.
21.25 Secondary and higher secondary education are important terminal stages in the system of general education and provide a first stage for linking education wi'th the world of work. It is at this point that options are exercised by the youth to enter ihe world ot employment or to go for technical training or to pursue higher education. With the expansion of the base of education at the elementary stage, increasing number of students, including a large number of first generation learners, would reach secondary education. Facilities have to be provided tor their education since such education is the only means of social mobility and economic independence, particularly among the socially disadvantaged. Care has to be taken to ensure tnat secondary education also prepares them tor a long-term career as part of the stock of national man power. Keeping these in view, facilities for secondary education would Have to &e extended to rural and backward areas and access provided to the weaker and more backward sections of the people, particularly the first generation learners.
21.26 The importance of secondary education to prepare man power for economic development would stress the need lo pay special attention to the quality of education at this stage. This would cover, apart from improving the Internal efficiency of the system and enhancing the employability of i;s products, updating the curriculum and syllabus, production of better text-books and instructional material and creating in the young generation an awareness of the emerging development perspective and associated technologies in fields such as, energy conservation, population stabilisation and environment protection. At the same time, they should not be alienated emo-tionaily or culturally from the society.
21.27 Science teaching would be strengthened and laboratory equipment provided, both for experimentation and demonstration. The programme for supply 'of science kits at the primary and middle stages would be expanded and an appropriate kit for secondary education designed, produced and supplied to high and higher secondary schools. The curriculum in science and mathematics would con.inue to be reviewed and upgraded and pro-service as well. as in-service training of teachers in all subjects promoted on an extensive scale. The educational system would also recognise the needs of the exceptionally talented children in the society and give them opportunities for taking up special courses or programmes of studies suited to their talent and thus nurture the valuable latent talent as a national resource.
21.28 One of the important links between education and development is provided by manpower development through vocationalisation of secondary education related to employment. This has to be carefully designed, based on detailed surveys of existing and potential work' opportunities and of available educational and training facilities. It should als'o keep in view the specific roles and responsibilities of the different agencies and ensure coordination at the operational level between the developmental programmes and the educational system. Such a diffe-rentia.i'on would normally commence after the secondary stage and may cover varying periods depending upon the vocational area, groups of occupations and the nature and level of skills needed. It envisages deepening of practical bias m the school education to. be supplemented by appropriate apprenticeship in actual field, farm or factory situations. It is noi necessary to follow a rigid sequence in the order of acquiring the several skills and it should be possible to supplement exclusive vocational training courses with necessary educational component. In tins way, suitable linkages need to be established within a system for occupational mobility and career development over one's employment/working life. For the provision of relevant practical skills, agencies like Krish'i Udyog and Van Vikas Kendras and other vocational training centres would be utilised, particularly for learning by doing. Similarly, experienced craftsmen and prac'i-tioners of the arts would be used for imparting operational skills without undue insistence on pedagogic certificates. Wherever new facilities are to be created, they would be located, to the maximum extent possible, in the rural areas.
21.29 Extensive and widespread facilities have already been created for higher education and the main thrust in the Sixth Plan would be to coordinate them and maximise their utilisation. There is sufficient scope for and possibility of, greater use of the infra-structural physical facilities and resources which might need minimum additional support to make them critically viable. The existing imbalances in the level of development of universities among themselves as well is in relation to -colleges would have to be examined for suitable remedial programmes and selective support in keeping with their requirements, potential and scope. The problem of non-viable institutions, with low en,ro'imen:s and inadequate provision of facilities, as well as proliferation of such institutions, offering general academic courses, would need to be tackled with determination, both in order to avoid increasing unemployment among the graduates as well as to make better use of the available, economic resources for educational development. At the same time, the problems of first generation learners, particularly the socially disadvantaged sections, for whom higher education provides a transition, opportunity and challenge in terms of life perspectives and socio-economic aspirations of the community would need to be harmonized into the academic pattern. Personalised guidance and higher education would be required for them keeping in view their emphasis on human resource development as well as in order to enable them to avail ot employment opportunities specifically earmarked in the several sectors.
21.30 The improvement of quality of higher education would receive special consideration. The redesigning of under-graduate courses and their restructuring to improve employment orientation would be extended during the Sixth Plan. In the area of post-graduate education and research emphasis would be placed on promoting the research and development capability of the university system and on inter-disciplinary studies, particularly in new emerging areas of knowledge, relevant to national development objectives. Research within the university s'ystem would be coordinated with the national science and technology efforts, according to which areas to which research funds are to be channelised would be clearly identified and close col laboration realised on a structured basis among uai versifies, national laboratories and other research organisations. The necessary infrastructural facilities such as sophisticated instrumentation services, coin puters and libraries would be made available to the. universities on a regional basis.
21.31 The institutions of higher learning would be encouraged and enabled to involve themselves with the development activities in the community and proi-vide requisite srpport through extension services of students and faculties. Such extension work would be considered as part of the normal academic work of the students and teachers, and not as social service. Universities would not only extend frontiers of knowledge but also supply such knowledge to solve problems of the community on whom they depend.
21.32 The Sixth Plan realises the importance of education to development and envisages concerted effort to forge beneficial links among education, employment and economic development. A committee of experts has already been set up by Planning Commission to examine the several aspects of the issues involved in detail. According to them, it is necessary that educational programmes are related to manpower profiles, existing and needed, in the development and occupational areas/sectors and provide for adequate levels and scope of pre-employment knowledge and skills, as also for continuing education for those who are already employed. The entire educational system must, in fact, respond to this important aspect of human resource development as one of the major purposes of education is to prepare the students for a gainful working life with a capability of learning to match new job requiremen-s. There are, no doubt, deeper reasons for unemployment among the educated but, to some extent, the mis-match between education and employment is due to the kind of education and training which students get in traditional courses. The introduction of work experience and deepening of practical bias in secondary schools, as proposed, are no doubt, programmes in the desired direction. The higher education has also a major responsibility in this regard which would require (a) restructuring of under-graduate courses to make them purposeful and also terminal for those who would seek employment, (b) provision for vocational courses leading to employment and structured for certificate or diploma, rather than an academic degree and (c) promotion at post-graduate level research on practical problems of local and regional relevance as well as on fundamental research. The minimum objective of such a programme would be to make the first degree courses more relevant and responsive to the development needs of the community and link education with work/ field/practical experience and productivity by introducing students to relevant application areas of the subjects of their study. These will have the advantage ot achieving a greater sensitisation of the academic community to the problem o'f poverty, illiteracy and environmental degradation.
21.33 It would be necessary to formulate specific work plans to develop these programme areas and guidelines are being prepared for this purpose by the above committee of experts. These would be considered for implementation in the Sixth Plan by the universities and other appropriate authorities and necessary modifications made in their statues to enable them do so.
21.34 To ensure effective linkages as envisaged, il would be necesasry to set up an institutional framework within the university system. One of the ways to achieve this would be the establishment, in every university, of a statutory authority, say, a research (or education) and development council with representation from the university, community and users. Such a council would plan relevant activities and monitor them; it could also be effective for contact and communication with Government Departments, public sector undertakings, and trade and industry. The guidance and counselling services to facilitate proper selection ot subjects at the time of entry and of remedial courses would be provided, particularly for the benefit of the first generation learners from weaker and socially handicapped sections of the society. To meet the special needs of women, who may have interruption in their studies; universities would ensure that facilities are provided to enable them to continue their education at the stage they left and complete the same for the final academic awards.
21.35 The various innovative educational programmes which are intended to aid developmental activities would require close coordination and joint action between the educational system and the developmental departments and sectors. For example, the work experience programme would require the secondment of students to places of work which come within the purview of agencies other than educational. The vocationalisation programmes at the higher secondary stage require coordinated action of all educational and training facilities and the services of developmental agencies for suitable placement for apprenticeship and/or employment of students. It is expected that the district level employment generation councils and district development centres, envisaged in the Sixth Plan, would provide a suitable forum to channelise the requirements of the minimum needs programme and the health for all schemes towards the capabilities and facilities of the universities and the higher education system. By virtue of its far reaching social significance, this should deserve to be taken up for implementation jointly by educational institutions and the concerned agencies.
21.36 Beyond the district and sub-regional levels, it would be conducive for the forging of effective linkage if, at the State level, an appropriate forum is set up to ensure close coordination among education, planning and executive efforts. It would be desirable also to set up an inter-university council or board tQ bring together all the universities located within a State and the governmental agencies to involve them collectively in respect of programmes which could be planned and activated in a complementary mannei. There is aiso a need for continuous feed back from the users of the products of the university system, particularly regarding results of research, relevance and matching of manpower skills and knowledge in actual field conditions and context. Such an interaction would enable the university system to acquire the necessary information and data base about the needs of the community, public undertakings, trade and industry, and the governmental agencies. Problem-oriented research and investigations of immediate application to social progress could be tackled through such cooperative endeavours. Inter-sectoral coordination between education and related sectors of health, food and nutrition, employment, housing and environment is indeed necessary. As stated earlier, education in respect of health and other basic needs of society should become an integral part of the general education system and all forms of formal, incidental and non^formal learning should support these programmes according to a scientific system.
21.37 Youih in the country constitutes a vast human resource which is characterised by idealism and zeal, active habits, positive attitude towards service to others, an urge to be self-reliant and a willingness to explore newer and non-contormist approaches to societal problems. If properly harnessed and utilised, the youth could therefore be a powerful instrument of social, cultural and economic change. There are four major aspects of the youth to be considered in a coordinated manner, viz., development, mobiiisatior, organisation and utilisation, to promote their involvement and participation in the nation building activities. The general approach to, and details of, an imtsgarted strategy for youth programmes need tu be considered in a wider perspective than the educational system because the problems of youth relate to moro profound and broader issues like personality development, transition from childhood into adulthood, gainful employment, suitable development of their spirit for adventure and opportunities for community service.
21.38 It is, no doubt, important that the several programmes, which are in operation under the different agencies, need to be coordinated among themselves and at different levels into an integrated conceptual framework. This would help ensuring better coverage, enlargement 6f targets, and a multiplier effect of the ongoing programmes. It is also important that the tasks to be assigned to the youth are made discreet and tangible and the youth given appropriate training in selected institutions before they are deployed on these tasks. The details of these aspects would need to be gone into, harmonised and a strategy evolved in the form of a National Youth Policy. The guiding principles in this regard should be (a) to provide greater equality of opportunity to all among the youtB, (b) to liberate 'their talent which is now lost to the society, (c) to ensure a higher average level of relevant basic skills and education through work and service, (d) 'to enable a smooth transition of the youth from childhood through adolescence to adulthood, as well from schools to the world of work and service, and (e) to channelise their energies, idealism and healthy aspirations towards developmental tasks, projects and programmes.
21.39 Insofar as the programmes of educational agencies are concerned, they need to be strengthened and extended in scope and operation. Institutions like the Nehru Yuvak Kendras, Yuvak Mandals and sirailar bodies linked to the Gram Sabhas would be utifeed as the 'base of operations at the district level and provided with professional inputs and support for the asks to be done. They would also have an inbuilt mechanism for feed back, assimilation of new conce-rts 'and ideas and to extend activities in keeping with tie changing area development perspectives. The Na'ionil Service Scheme for the student youth would be reviewed in order to make provision for real participation o" students in development programmes, availing of tne proposed non-formal manning structures envisaged in the Sixfh Plan. These would also be coalesced with programmes of other departments and agencies aid the progress monitored with reference to specific beiefits and targets pertaining to the participating youtl. There is also a need to decentralise the efforts and o set them in the context of local environmental condtions and needs as oerceived by, and acceptable ti, the community in general and the youth in particular.
21.40 Tie objectives of development of sports, games including indigenous games and physical education wotid be to enlarge the mass base for improving nationJ physical well-being and to nromote excellence in competitive events. These will require suitable prognmme for augmenting physical facilities, training o.f personnel, and spotting and nurturing of talent. Th existing programmes for training of coaches an< physical education teachers would be sfrengthen'c to improve the sources available with educationfl institutions, sports federations a'nd others. It is necesary also to strengthen the existing schemes of s"otti:g promising talent in different sports disciplines at a very young age for nurturing it in'o levels of excellence. For this purpose consideration would be given to the creation of special facilities in selected institutions for promoting sports talent alongwith normal requirement of general education. At the village and rural area level, full utilisation would be made of existing facilities and institutions and indigenous games supported with a view to build up sporting attitude qualities and talent starting with the village children. Full use would be made of the mass media for the promotion of physical fitness which is so fundamental for the well-being of the nation as a whole.
21.41 The Sixth Plan takes into account the extensive infra-structure of facilities that has been created for technical education at diploma, degree and postgraduate levels as well as for supporting services like teacher education and curriculum development. The emphasis during the Plan will be on (a) consolidation and optimum utilisation of these facilities, (b) identification of critical areas and creation of necessary facilities for education in emerging technologies in the light of proper assessment of future technological manpower requirements, (c) improvement of quality of technical education at all levels and (d) furtherance of national efforts to develop and apply science and technology as an instrument of the country's socio-economic progress.
21.42 Efforts towards consolidation would seek to ensure that the development schemes initiated in the earlier Plans would be completed in all their aspects and the facilities would be modernised in keeping with the state oT art in the technology area as incorporated in (he national economic sectors. These would help increase <he efficiency of the system, reduce the wastage and bring up the present courses beyond the critical level for optimum utilisation. The present approach to develop technical education facilities according to a manpower requirement approach would be continued in the Sixth Plan. These requirements would be assessed for the next ten years, separately for States and type of specialisation, so that. taking into account the lead time involved, educational efforts required to be initiated immediately could be specified and taken up. Suitable mechanism for this purpose would need to be established for the collection, storage, updating and processing of manpower and related data to asisst technical education planning.
21.43 In the light of studies already made, facilities would be developed for manpower training in areas like computer science, product development, maintenance engineering instrumentation, and bio-sciences. Centres, for advance studies and research would also be set up in selected institutions in emerging technologies like bio-conversion, laser technology, microprocessors development and application, fibre optics and optical communication remote sensing technology, energy systems, reliability engineering and atmospheric sciences.
21.44 The programmes of improvement of quality of teaching and of maintenance of standards would be ntinued and strengthened. Wherever possible engineering projects and contracts at the campuses of engineering colleges would be undertaken by the students and the faculties themselves and suitable stipends paid for this work which would supplement practical learning. The development of an institutional network: between well-established institutions/ departments and the developing ones, through an internal technical assistance programme, would be given necessary support. Structured linkages would be evolved for industry I institutional interaction. The facilities of technical institutions in the form of faculty, students and laboratories|workshops would be fully utilised to assist the spread of science anJ technology to the neighbourhood areas and, through effective and productive interaction, to evolve solutions of societal development problems of immediate and future relevance.
21.45 The Sixth Plan seeks to initiate serious efforts to recognise culture as a basic concept to be integrated with all activities of development and, particularly, the educational efforts, at all levels. They would aim at democratising culture and making it part of the programme of h'unan resource development. Proposals have been made in the Sixth Plan to incorporate cultural elements at all levels and into formal and non-formal systems of education, because such an integration of culture elements may be die best means of making education relevant and meaningful. It would also enable the educational system to draw upon the valuable sources available in the community for personality development -and help the pupils develop attitudes without getting alienated from their socio-cultural environment. The process would ultimately make culture a way of life for the people and identify their role in the promotion of our national value system.
21.46 Planning for the integration of culture ele-alents would, no doubt, take into account the cultural diversity and pluralism in the country and the need to promote a national outlook and integration. The linking of educational institutions at all levels with various specialised institutions and agencies which have come Jp in the area of cultural activities and the rich sources of heritage which have considerable educational value would be a very significaat aspect of educational development in the Sixth Plan. Besides, the schemes for the preservation of cultural heritage such as, monuments, manuscripts, oral traditions, folk arts, ancient form of arts and crafts etc. would be strengthened. The growth of arts, music, poetry, dance and drama would be supported as instruments of culture, education and national integration. The main objective would be to promote national pride and cultural identity and Tester greater understanding between and among the different groups and people of India.
NON-MONETARY INPUTS TO QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
21 47 The emphasis in the development of education to the Sixth Plan is on the optimum utilisation of existing facilities, qualitative improvement of system and making available the educational services to the socially deprived sections of the community. White financial outlays are important and necessary to create additional infrastructure, it is equally important to bring about changes and improvements in the system through increased attention to non-monetary inputs. These refer to an environment conducive to growth and development of education, participatory management techniques involving the teachers and the students alike, development of a relevant academic ethos, 6p-portunities for learning by doing and appropriate consideration to the problems of education of the first generation learners.
21.48 Many of the complex problems in the field of education would require, for their solution, a proper blend of professional skill and political will. Such an environment needs to be evolved at all levels through cooperation among all relevant agencies and organisations. This would also help the educational institutions to make progress according to their genius and potential. In respect of management practices, there is no gainsaying the fact that it holds the key to get the best return out of the available resources and investments. Good management leading to promoting harmony among the participants in the system, wafld produce more durable and sustained results wiich would exceed trie sum total of the individual inyuts. For this purpose, there should be an appropriate system of communication among faculty menbere themselves and between them and the students a. well as with parents and local community at ].arge. Development of these programmes is accorded high priority in keeping with the emphasis in the Sixth plan on enhancement of the productivity level in the economy. Teaching and learning as part of the educational process have become specialised in characte, and this needs to be articulated by the academic .xanmumty both in curricular and extra curricular Ktivities so that the general academic ethos could be dated, in a variety of ways to the different levels ofthe heterogeneous groups of students entering the system and makes a distinct impact on the value sytem of the faculty and s'Sudents.
21.49 A common reason for the inability -:o promote learning through work and service is the' absence of adequate facilities in educational institutions for practical training. Improvisations and innovative approaches are seldom promoted. The Sxth Plan envisages that practical training would be >rganised in real life situations, wherever possible inder the several development departments and proje<s as well as in the natural environment surrounding the educational institutions. This would need a new approach to learning by doing apart from promoting programmes designed for learning while earning. The Main programme thrust in the development of educatim, particularly of higher education, is to provide for the human resource development of those belonsiig to the socially dTsadvantaged sections and poverty groups, most of whom would be first generation learners. The socio-economic and cultural constraints, handicaps and strengths of the first generation learners would be analysed and understood so as to formulate measures aimed at overcoming the deficiencies. In practical implementation of these measures it may be necessary to evolve different forms and variations of educational programmes to differentiate the structured system of course combination from a more flexible system suited to the learning needs of these students.
21.50 The Sixth Plan provides an outlay of Rs. 2524 crores for development of education and culture. Its distribution among the Centre and State Plans as well as .among the several sub-heads is shown in table 21.2. This is apart from provisions made separately for Hill Area Development Plan as well as under the relevant sectors of Agriculture, for education in agriculture and allied sciences, and Health for education in medicine and related fields.
Table 21.2 Sixth Plan Outlay
for Education and Culture
Included under Sec andary Education.
Annexure 21.1 Subject: Enrolment in Classes I -V1979-80
* Classes IIV
Annexure 21.2 Subject : Enrolment targets for 1984-85Class IV
Annexure 21.3 Subject: Enrolment in Classes VI-VIII - 1979-80
Annexure 21.4 Subject : Enrolment Targets for 198485Classes VIVIII
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