The culture of ad-hocism and refusal of the university to strengthen faculties and stabilise financial grants are spelling disaster for teachers and students alike.
The rise of even a few universities to among the world’s best will help India augment both its soft and hard power.
If broad and deep reforms are not carried out alongside creating institutions of eminence, the government’s proposal stands the risk of reinforcing existing structural inequalities in the education system.
A declining fertility rate – and hence a fall in student population – in Tamil Nadu, along with an improvement in youth literacy indicates that the state must focus on quality of education rather than building more schools.
Instead of working with the strengths of the students so that they can become the best citizen or employee they can be, we have a system that reduces students to a simple hierarchical order.
There is a critical need for revision of the current methodology of the National Institutional Ranking Framework that ranks better funded higher education institutions above the high performing ones just because they are small.
Students of public universities in Delhi explain the difficulties they face in attending lectures and writing exams that are primarily conducted in English.
Granting autonomy to colleges will ensure that the public good that is higher education, will become a private business.
India will soon have the largest economy in the world. A way for Australia to benefit is to collaborate with universities.
Universities exist for the sake of free inquiry and uninhibited debate. If that’s not what they are doing, they may as well cease to be.
The obstacles that students from low-income groups face in obtaining a college degree hollows out the argument about higher education being a ‘great equaliser’.
‘Navigating the Labyrinth: Perspectives on India’s Higher Education’ sheds light on the complex issues surrounding higher education in India and suggests possible solutions to some of them.
Much of the government’s recent attack on university spaces has been part of a larger plan to privatise higher education.
Scientists think there is a mismatch between the government’s rhetoric on bettering India’s research output and how much it is willing to spend for the cause.
The back-and-forth over the quality of select institutes hides a remarkable national disinterest in improving the quality of the average engineering college.
In the US, the teaching of Islam is often limited to its religious practice. How Christians, Jews and Muslims borrowed freely from each other in the realm of art, music and literature is seldom discussed.
We are at a unique historical conjuncture that has brought large numbers of students from Bahujan, Dalit and Adivasi communities to universities. But have we rendered these spaces apposite to their needs, expectations and educational ideals?
Indian science faces many problems and pursuing the goal of a Nobel Prize will not make them go away.
Five scholars from NIT Surathkal talk about the struggles of being women in science and the difficulties of pursuing higher education.
The MHRD needs to pay attention to the quality of faculty depending on whether a specific institution is oriented towards research or teaching or both.
For different reasons, state-run as well as private institutions manage with low-paid and usually poor quality part-time and adjunct faculty.
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.
The trend of more young men than women is evident at almost every level after high school, except M.Phil, post graduate and certificate courses, where female enrolment is slightly higher than male enrolment.
We tend to ignore lessons from history around the world: there are only a few ways to build exceptional spots of research that can thrive and endure for a long time.
The new Indian workforce must embrace global standards and innovation, only achievable through quality education – both a challenge and an opportunity.
Higher education that’s delivered in Africa today, from curriculum to degree structure and the languages of instruction, is rooted in colonialism.
The absence of explicit mechanisms for student input in the draft document implies there is no clear plan of prioritising those that the higher education system is meant to serve.
Since 2003, India has been adding more than 1,000 colleges per year. The peak was the period between 2007 and 2009, when the country added 7,206 colleges, about one-fifth of the total number.
Why is it that our universities struggle to break into the top rankings of universities? While there are many reasons for this, given the space constraints, let us look at a particularly significant few.
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 dismal state of India’s higher education sector can be explained both as a failing of top-down initiatives and near-absence of bottom-up pressures.
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.
The sex ratio of children ever-born (that is, including children who died at birth or later) to all women was 895 in rural areas but 878 in urban areas.
The students of UoH have received solidarity from academicians and students around the world, including those from JNUSU.
The ‘Capitation is Corruption’ initiative by SupportiveCities is an anonymous survey that aims to create the first large open database around capitation by collecting information on a national level.
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 […]
As a special package for women, the agenda promises 35% reservation for women in all state jobs, and to increase the existing 35% reservation for women in police sub-inspector and constable posts.
It seems to be mostly an upper-class myth that most people study engineering. It ignores the high cost of technical education in the country.
Our universities continue to churn out students with credentials but with hardly any worthwhile education