HC Deb 29 March 1909 vol 3 cc154-5W

asked the Under Secretary of State for India whether, in view of the facts that the education supplied at modern engineering colleges is of a complex character, requiring a carefully prepared curriculum of a highly specialised nature, and that the technical classes started at Thomason College, Roorkee, under Resolution No. 501/XV.—413–54 of 1906, dated 6th June 1906, and published in the "United Provinces Government Gazette," were intended to educate men for subsquent positions as managers of factories, the Government of India approves the resolution of the Government of the United Provinces in which it is stated that there will be no cut-and-dried curriculum; and whether the Secretary of State will cause inquiries to be made for the purpose of ascertaining whether the educational scheme characterised by the absence of a cut-and-dried curriculum is giving satisfactory results?


If the hon. Member will refer to the Resolution from which he quotes he will find that a course of instruction of which details were given in a circular annexed to the Resolution, was prescribed, and that the sentence quoted was explained as meaning only that endeavours would be made to give each student such instruction and training as would best qualify him for the employment he proposed to seek. The Secretary of State sees no reason to make the enquiry suggested.