HIGHER EDUCATION: INTERNATIONAL SCENARIO
1. The New Economic Order and the Role of Higher Education
1.1 Two parallel developments in the world economy are worth noting, especially for
their influence on provisioning of higher education: the growth of the Internet and
consequently, e-education and second, the expanding role of World Trade
Organization (WTO) in determining the trends in world economics.
2. Internet in Education
2.1 Never before was information so readily available at the press of a button, the
Internet has changed the way the world behaves, does business, and thinks. Even
school children search the web for study material to support their homework.
Today, academicians do not need to spend much time on library research poring
over bulky tomes and taking copious notes. They have the facility of faster and
surer access to a much wider range of information through the Internet, not just to
read but to print or save or forward to others as might suit their purpose. . Internet
research has come to be recognized as an essential study tool in all higher
education courses in developed countries.
2.2 The Internet has also played a major role in streamlining administrative procedures
and processes of universities worldwide. Any modern university, management
school or institute today has its own website on which courses offered are listed.
Students apply for admission on-line which reduces paperwork and increases
administrative efficiency. They receive e-notifications regarding admission, course
schedules, and billing procedures, which they can pay on-line, as well as their
results. Teachers prefer to receive tutorials on-line, which not only lends itself to
faster transmission, but also avoids the difficulty in reading a manuscript.
Similarly, some teachers not only put up their course material on the web-site, but
also their lectures, which can be heard on-line such that students who were unable
to attend can also benefit from...