The way private universities are mushrooming in Meghalaya and finding a safe haven here with practically no checks and balances from the government is a matter of grave concern. It is understandable that one university – NEHU in the state, cannot cater to thousands of students but the standard of education cannot be compromised. NEHU is a university with a campus, adequate facilities, infrastructure, faculties, staff, etc. It is what a university should be.
In recent times many private universities have been created. All of them have the tag “Passed by a State Act under Government of Meghalaya under section 2F UGC ACT 1956.” This is the mantra of the education mafia. These business houses come in quest of money here and start their classes from some house, flat or hired apartment building, without any infrastructure of any kind, no proper labs, absence of qualified professors who are the mainstay for any educational institution.
These private operators not only demand exorbitant fees but in return the students get nothing, no placements and no proper education either. At the end of the day, the students find it difficult to cope with the interviews when they apply for jobs. This is the age of globalization and reservations don’t work. It’s only knowledge, merit and personality that count. These students from private universities end up frustrated. Civil engineers start restaurants, mechanical engineers start construction businesses with their parents help.
It’s high time that the Government steps in to inspect what these universities are doing and the credentials of those who run them. Only then can a university be accorded the green signal. The Meghalaya College Teachers Association have expressed their concern over these activities and even the parents and guardians should stop admitting their wards to these universities whose main aim is only to milk money.
Locals denied employment
Of late new companies and corporate houses have come to Shillong. They do not recruit local people but bring their own work forces from their parent city or town thus denying employment to the locals. It is observed that even the educational corporates also deny employment to the local populace although they earn huge amounts from here. This is a serious issue and should be addressed immediately