University Grants Commission recently announced the provision of ‘double degree’ programmes to the students of recognised Indian universities. France, Indonesia, Mexico, Brunei and Netherlands are some of the countries facilitates this programme.
In the online press conference held Chairman of UGC M. Jagadesh Kumar noted the programme to be a part of implementation of National Education Policy (NEPP) 2020. Indeed the outlook of the programme seems appealing and seems like feather on the cap of graduates. But in reality there are certain issues which are to be addressed for the graduates in India.
The programme of dual degree phenomenon began in Europe and today India even at International arena is planning to be a part of the programme. Free and compulsory Education being the Fundamental right (86th amendment 2002), NEP 2020 has opened space for vocational training in primary education.
In contrary, the outcome of the programme in social strata is worry some. With employability skills being inculcated in high school through New Education Policy, the fear of escalating drop out rates is no less. And also the ‘Double graduation’ programme seems beneficial only in case of knowledge acquisition. With multiple drop outs at high school and diploma level the graduation programme might turn out to be an asset of haves. The cost of ‘double graduation’ programme indeed will be higher compared to conventional mode of graduation system. With this, the least privileged may be the least graduated. Or the single mode of graduation may remain as an asset of poor.
As per the reports of Monitoring Indian Economy Pvt. Ltd the level of unemployment in India is reduced with the lowest level of education. In simple terms, this means ‘higher the education, higher the unemployment’. Graduates in India today are the least employed. A graduate in humanities is seen doing a short-term technical courses as the acquired graduation is of no use in job creation.
Hence, the planned ‘double graduation’ programme should never be only qualification certifying study. Rather it should be affordable and should be a position which facilitates economic prosperity along with inculcating knowledge.