A common entrance test forces a linear ranking among students who have widely different skills and is thus unfair to those who have studied in state boards.
It is important for parents to know that the IITs are not the only places worth studying in – and any time someone in the top 1,000 ranks decides to study outside the IIT system, it strengthens that message.
In this extract from The Lottery of Birth: On Inherited Social Inequalities, Namit Arora talks about parsing through the fiction that he is the sole author of his success and about the wilful blindness among Indians about their inherited privileges.
The hope is that that the ‘quota’ part will remain very small and eventually go away, and that IITs will implement other ways to attract talent, including changes to the JEE.
It will probably take more than 10 years for these institutes to even register on the Indian research landscape. For them to become global players will require much more.
“Thanks to the Open Day, I got a chance to see and learn more about some of the concepts we studied in our text books,” said a school student from Mandya.
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.
The dilly-dallying by ministries over their financial commitments is a sign that they are still wary of making the leap from academic research to product development.
Two science journalists have discovered that even though women are doing all kinds of research, there is a visible lack of women scientists in the country.
The UGC’s proposed guidelines do not provide for any concrete structural change that will give institutions more autonomy in the process of becoming world class.
Aruna Dhathathreyan, a biophysicist at the Central Leather Research Institute in Chennai, is an example of how crucial good teachers are to students.
Mayurika Lahiri, a cancer biologist researching the early changes that happen when cancer develops, is also the face behind the daycare revolution at IISER Pune.
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.
The elite within the police service cultivate a quasi-feudal culture of command that ensures they remain within political favour.
The quest for excellence will remain unfulfilled so long as our top educational institutions lack the means of entering the global publishing market.
In separate incidents, two women committed suicide at IIT Madras campus on Wednesday.
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.
In a blog post, Mainak Sarkar, an IIT Kharagpur graduate, had accused William Klug of stealing his computer code and giving it to someone else.
India’s new law universities are run by state governments unwilling to provide the political and financial support that quality legal education requires.
The Human Resource Development Ministry has hiked IIT fees from 90,000 rupees to two lakh rupees, and waived them for SC/ST and differently-abled students.
Despite the budgets they command, the faculties they boast and attention they get from the Centre, India’s so-called Institutes of National Importance aren’t well defined