Whatever the reasoning behind JNU’s decision to diversify into engineering and management, it seems about time.
Armies of part-time, under-qualified and poorly-paid faculty members are maintained by public and private institutions to get by, unmindful of the fact that education takes a big hit.
It’s remarkable that 100 institutions, including some ordinary central and state universities, submitted their claims for ’eminence’ status when no more than 30 of them should have bothered to apply.
NET is a rational response to the broken state of higher education in India. Its long life is simply the UGC acknowledging that the system cannot be fixed.
The JNU vice-chancellor reportedly favours outsiders over home-trained PhDs for faculty positions. But is that really because he’s worried about candidates’ merit?
In the coming years, India’s best public universities may come to be literally discarded in terms of government support and will be choked by old and new government regulations.
The so-called ‘institutions of eminence’ will need to better strategise on how to attract and retain research-oriented faculty if they are to break into the top 500 in world university rankings.
The research requirement in the API for college teachers was a travesty. All that it achieved was a proliferation of fake journals for college teachers to publish in.
More students are seeking loans because of the rising costs of education, especially since many more of them attend expensive private institutions than before.
It has been labeled “anti-vernacular” because it excludes reputed journals in regional languages. It also ignores some well-established Indian journals in favour of Western ones.
There is a deliberately biased and limited understanding of ‘international’ faculty partly based on the rankings of India’s universities, the best of which are outside the list of world’s top 200 institutions.
While soft power in the form of world class universities is rewarding in all sorts of ways, the presence of large number of international students further boosts the soft power of recipient countries.
A larger presence of foreign students in a country is not only reflective of a nation’s ‘soft power’ but also augments it.
We’re going to build a small number of world-class universities which will cater to a really, really small number of students while letting the vast majority to suffer at the hands of the UGC and remain mediocre.
Goa is one of the most liveable states in the country, permits a good quality of life, is relatively safe and is well-connected to the rest of India and the world.
Initiatives to check research fraud usually fall short because they are not eventually implemented or because techniques of fraud have advanced, rendering older measures as well as countermeasures irrelevant.
However, what can be questioned is the wisdom of taking up the task of preparing a comprehensive list of legitimate journals.
Why does the government not utilise the services of academics returning to India after studying or working abroad for designing and internationalising the courses?
The flexible research component will likely be abused by faculty. There is also no mention of what the UGC plans to do about publications in fake journals or plagiarism.
Because it funds public institutions, the government thinks its decision to intervene in academic and administrative matters is justified irrespective of lack of due process and the consequences.
Currently, most teaching-cum-research institutions in the country, especially central universities but also IITs and IIMs, carry a lot of dead weight: faculty members who do not care much about research.
Brain gain is certainly taking place in India’s knowledge/higher education sector; however, it is more pronounced at some institutions than in others and overall, it is at best moderate and not impressive.
Indian academia has for the past several decades suffered from brain drain and continues to lose smart and hard-working academics to universities and research centres in North America, Europe, rest of Asia and elsewhere. According to a recent report from the National Science Foundation’s National Centre for Science and Engineering […]
Earlier this October, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) council recommended a tuition fee hike of approximately 100-150% to the MHRD. However, a final decision on the matter was postponed for after the Bihar elections. Earlier, a similar decision on fee increase had already been taken by the […]
While the NIRF is a fairly sincere and competent effort, it is unlikely to bring about any real change to India’s higher education.
As the Niti Aayog prepares the mandate for foreign universities, NKC members remain concerned that they will operate under a less restrictive set of rules than domestic institutions.
As India’s best-run institutions, they should build on their solid reputation in technology and science by diversifying into medicine, law, management, humanities and the social sciences.
Amartya Sen the administrator whose actions as chancellor of Nalanda University, even if well-intentioned, were often questionable
The Academic Performance Indicators may have had a negative impact on undergraduate teaching by forcing teachers into doing things that could pass off as research
Those with power and influence, like the Vice-chancellors of many Indian universities, still tend to get away with plagiarism