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So, are we happy aping the processes and methods being followed by the Western schools? Or is there a need to change them? The space is now open for some insightful discussion.
2nd May 2011 From India, Aurangabad
Dear Parag,

What have we not aped? Everything has been systematically been set up by the British and we are merely following it. Right from school syllabi and now management education.

The agony is the teaching staff who lack exposure and experience in the industry and in most reputed of colleges are no one else than 'failed crusaders' in the industry who just passed last year! They keep upgrading themselves with PHDs and think they are above the students.

Until some time back, teachers considered themselves as guardians of knowledge and had the upper edge over students. Currently students are equipped with so many sources to find information that they are on par with teachers. Knowledge being down scaled into 'information'.

This is my thought process on the issue and I feel colleges need to screen who they recruit for teaching (not giving preference to PHDs but relevant industry experience + teaching skills + facilitation skills). Secondly, research would help in inventing different teaching methods and not just aping the West, that may not really apply when students pass from colleges.

Thank you
2nd May 2011 From India, Mumbai
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