public private partnership model can be effectively developed’
says Manohar Chellani, Secreatry General, EPSI
Education Promotion Society for India was formed on 4th
April, 2005, pursuing directional growth of Education Sector
post WTO freedom and the fast changing knowledge based Society,
whereby even economic progress of the country is strongly
linked with quality of education.
It shall facilitate Academia, Industry and the Government
as a catalyst nodal agency of the country for promotion of
Education, covering all fields of education i.e. School Education,
Higher Education, Vocational Education, Professional Education
(including Engineering, Medicine, Management, Architecture,
The importance of Education in the civilized society needs
no justification as it always has been close to our heart.
The early years of 21st Century are witnessing the emergence
of knowledge based society and quality education has become
critical and necessary in the post WTO scenario. The country
has witnessed phenomenal educational development - both in
quantitative and qualitative terms, since independence. The
country has also made significant strides in Higher and Technical
Although there has been a considerable increase in the spread
of educational institutions still only 10% of the students
are able to complete School Education against 85% in the developed
countries in the age group of 6-14 years and only 6-7% have
access to Higher Education against 50-80% in the developed
countries in the age group 16-23 years, which is just one
eighth and one sixth of the developed countries respectively.
The literacy rates have definitely increased substantially
but lot needs to be done to reach the planned 100% literacy.
The national goals Universal elementary education and total
eradication of illiteracy have still remained illusive. The
Government has been steadily increasing the Budgetary allocation
for education to 4.2 percent of its GDP on education, but
35.2 percent children and about 44 percent of its adult population
still remains to be made literate.
The challenge is mammoth and the responsibility should be
shared with the Government to achieve the planned targets.
It is in fitness of things that Industry and the Institutions
come forward to support the Government for discharging the
Constitutional and Social obligations.
The public private partnership model could be effectively
developed by allowing greater participation of private sector,
NGOs, industry etc., by facilitating incentives for achieving
the planned target. The challenging environment, enhanced
expectations and better co-ordination between the regulator,
operator and acceptor could be synergized for greater employment
opportunities and literacy results. And to this end, our education
system must have a lively interaction, even if it is on business
Unfortunately, we have no agency on behalf of the academic
world for industry interface discussing promotional issues
with the statutory bodies and the Governments.
In the present circumstances, it was the need of hour to facilitate
the Academia, the Industry and the Government to sit across
the table and take up the matter in its right perspective
to face challenges from within and abroad. It is with this
objective EPSI has been formed. EPSI would bridge these requirements
by duly focusing on Education Sector alone and positioning
itself as a catalyst platform i.e. Education Promotion Organisation.
Some of the focus areas for this
EPSI invites Educational Institutions,
Industry, Individuals, Society at large for extending their
support and joining us in this National cause for meeting
the challenges of the 21st Century.
|| Quality Education with
||Setting standards of Quality for
||Exploring globalization opportunities
emerging abroad and within the country.
||Effective co-ordination with Regulator
for employment oriented academic programmes.