Need of quality higher education for transformation of social attitude in manipur: Its issues and Challeges
Seram Bhogendra Singh
Society becomes more and more complex; the institutions are pressed to assume social obligations to train for employment, to solve social problems, to help set ethical directions for society. The paper would highlight the main argument that quality higher education is the most important factors for changing the attitude and human behaviour towards society. The purposes of higher education are several folds. They are concerned with student growth and development, the discovery and refinement of knowledge, and social impacts on the community. But all the programmes should be oriented to a central purpose. Education is a very comprehensive term: it is the acquiring of knowledge or learning, together with the equipment, which provides the skill and the inclination for making profitable use of that knowledge. Since the acquiring of knowledge and improvement of the skill for its application are parts of a dynamic process, education is a lifelong exercise. Higher education is, therefore, never complete in a continuously evolving dynamic personality. If the process becomes static, it leads to stagnation, which must be avoided. Value education should be given emphasis on transformation of human behaviour is required which can be achieved if value education increases sensitivity to society through foundation courses to create the right set of values for human and environmental interaction. Education being a basic component of human development, its interface with sustainable development is well established. Education is perhaps the single most important means for empowerment and for a sustained improvement in well-being. Improvements in educational attainments are accompanied by attitude towards improvement in health and longevity of the population and the country’s economic growth. Education reinforces the socioeconomic dynamics of society towards equality and promotes a social order conducive to an egalitarian ethos.