There was a wonderful thought provocative lecture by Dr. Suresh Appavoo, Associate Professor of Education at Dominican University, USA, organized by the Madras Management Education, Chennai, India under a theme “Management Education in India -Predicament to Possibility”. He was quoting that as per the statistics, only 30% of the Indian youth are able to get Quality Management Education. To move towards the better, he urged that there should be an awakening in India and that for an inclusive education to be practicable, people must develop and practise ‘social entrepreneurship’.
In my view, answers to the following questions would go a long way in attaining ‘inclusive management education’ (if i am permitted to call so)
1. Would our Indian ‘political entrepreneurs’ who are into higher education, be willing to accept this and take forward?
2. Whether the government would be able to make such ‘political entrepreneurs’ socially accountable?
3. Whether the government which would be opening the gates for the foreign universities would do enough to give permission only with certain preconditions like ‘minimum percentage’ of students they would admit must be from ‘rural /other wise not getting access to quality education’ segments. (this is being done in the case of proposed new banking policy insisting on banks to open a % number of branches in rural areas)