Wikipedia defines Universities as autonomous bodies of academia that determine internally the qualification of its graduates and teaching staff. It is basically a fiefdom with the vice chancellor being the top honcho. Basically the degree you have(if you have one some of us are still on the hustle) is only accredited/verified by the university you went to. The reputation of the university you go to is everything. There is no central body that issues exams for assessment. If your university is considered dodgy then you are in for problems.
There are more universities than I can bother to count in Nairobi alone and getting a degree has become the equivalent of finishing high school a few years back Not xactly something to brag about. Getting an education that does not involve bachelors somewhere in the nomenclature of its documentation relegates you to failurehood. The bit of the social fabric that was the education system has all but decayed now atleast in the public sector anyway. The rich have never had a problem getting an education and they are thus not in the scope of this post.
I have recently enrolled on codecademy.com, coursera.org to try get rid of my ignorance And I must say it has been a very rewarding experience seeing as you choose the class you want to go to and your desired pace. Many Ivy league universities have hopped on to the bandwagon that is online delivered lecturing. I think for most of these lecturers, teaching is something they love doing not necessarily to pay the bills. The attraction of teaching potentially millions of students who are genuinely as opposed to a sleepy class of 40 – 50 students may just be too much to resist. In the meantime our University dons are pretty comfortable to tell us to burn software/reports on CD-ROMs for marking.
Now let me research about who Prof. Yajnik was that he got the most famous monument on campus named after him (or her?).