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  Indian Universities: Need for SAP SLCM A University is no longer a place where students apply to study. Universities are now actively pursuing students, especially foreign ones using a wide variety of strategies to market their courses. The student is now the customer or client. With globalization, Universities are spreading their reach beyond geographical and political borders.

There are over 350 Universities, 8400 colleges and 7.5 million students, and more then 30,000 teachers in Higher Education in India. But still, more and more students are heading towards other countries like Australia, UK and US for higher education in absence of world class universities in India. India is pursuing headlong toward economic success and modernization. Unfortunately, this is not widely noticeable in India’s educational segment. Other countries like US, UK and Australia already have done exceptional progress in this area. Universities from these countries have been attracting students from other parts of the world. In Asian sub-continent, countries like Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea are investing in their large and differentiated higher education systems.

India has significant advantages in the 21st century knowledge race. It has a higher education sector the third largest in the world in student numbers, after China and the United States. It uses English as a primary language of higher education and research. It has a long academic tradition. Academic freedom is respected. There are a small number of high quality institutions, departments, and centers that can form the basis of quality sector in higher education. Almost all of the world’s academic systems resemble a pyramid, with a small high quality tier at the top and a massive sector at the bottom. India has a tiny top tier. None of its universities occupies a solid position at the top. A few of the best universities have some excellent departments and centers, and there is a small number of outstanding undergraduate colleges. At present, the world-class institutions are mainly limited to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and perhaps a few others such as the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. These institutions combined, enrolls well under 1 per cent of the student population. India’s colleges and universities, with just a few exceptions, have become large, under-funded, ungovernable institutions, but are still working on same ages old system.

Indian Universities and Institutes have survived with an increasingly mediocre higher education system for decades. Now as they strives to compete in a globalize economy, the quality of higher education becomes increasingly important. Indian Universities main competitors like Australian, US and other European Universities are heavily investing in improving its IT infrastructure with the aim of making them world class in the coming decade, and making a larger number internationally recognized competitive universities. Other Asian countries are also upgrading their IT infrastructure with the aim of building world class-universities. Taiwan, which is a major designer and producer of IT hardware, is considering merging several of its top technological universities with help of an integrated IT system to create an “Asian MIT.” A good student management system will play 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 them. The faculty and students remain connected through email on which students receive instructions, send essays/assignments, fix appointments, etc. All students are expected to have their own laptop or notebook computer.

 Any University or Institution can not get international recognition overnight, but they can deploy their key elements in place to begin and sustain the process. They need good data, careful analysis, and creative ideas.

The days when higher education was a matter of national policy and government regulation are rapidly fading. Higher Education provisioning is now globalize and in many ways, a commercialized affair and the way that the State had in the goings on is vastly diminished. Higher education is already a global business. Since the late 1990s the higher education market is growing by 7 per cent a year.

To compete successfully in the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century, Indian universities need a robust ERP Solution in place that can support their existence against foreign Universities.  

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