And while the IITs have been in decline for many years now, some of the MHRD’s exclusivist policies are poised to drive them further into the ground.
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.
By instituting a top-down assessment scheme without concomitant support on the ground, the UGC conducted an experiment that was doomed to fail – and now threatens to take a good idea down with it.
Why should we expect teachers at colleges with second-class facilities – if that – to perform research and publish so that they can be good teachers?
The need for foreign faculty is limited to select teaching-cum-research institutions which employ a minuscule number of the total faculty members in the higher education sector.
To say that teaching is for college teachers and research is for university teachers is to question the basis of higher education, where teaching and research should coexist.
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.
The elements of military school training the PMO wants introduced in regular schools include discipline, physical training and ‘patriotic sentiments’.
Publishers in India have written repeatedly to the International ISBN Agency to complain about the many problems they have been facing in obtaining ISBN numbers.
If the NIRF ranking was not an exercise in chest-thumping, it would not attempt to condense all the information available on a university in just one number.
Cutting down vacancies need not be the only way that the UGC specified supervisor-researcher ratio can be ensured.
With a new policy on education awaited for more than a year now and no signs of what might be in the offing, any hopes of some indications from the Survey and the Budget have also been belied.
The HRD ministry’s directive to the UGC and the latter’s uncritical submission has raised concerns over the declining autonomy of institutions governing higher education in the country.
In the absence of proper implementation, stricter laws have failed to bring down incidents of ragging.
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.
A round-up of news, both bad and good, on the rights front from India.
Academics are worried that NBT’s decision to discontinue printing Chandra’s book, Communalism- A Primer, signals an authoritarian regime settling in.
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.
Although the imperatives of liberalisation already play a huge role in the changes in education, no government or human resource development minister has explicitly advocated this path of reform.
Not only does the MHRD’s policy document reveal a lack of educational understanding, it also draws unreferenced ‘inspiration’ from various sources.
The MHRD has sent out a list of guidelines to all universities on how to celebrate Independence Day, including fancy dress competitions, a ‘freedom run’, singing patriotic songs, early morning walks and more.
University authorities have denied having prior knowledge of the magazine’s launch and are scrutinising its content to remove ‘anti-national’ content.
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.
Irani’s tenure will be remembered for it complete departure from a public-funded education system towards greater privatisation and saffronisation.
In a system that awards specific points to some research activities, it is not the value of that research activity that is awarded points but the value addition to the discourse that makes it worthy of recognition.
The government has modified the NCPUL declaration form for Urdu writers, but some remain weary of the vague ‘national interest’ clause.
There has been much outrage over the NCPUL ‘loyalty’ form, with many prominent writers publicly condemning its circulation.
The rows over JNU and Rohith Vemula have been missed opportunities for the Muslims of India to express their solidarity with other marginalised communities.
Scholars abroad make an urgent appeal that justice be done in the most recent case of caste discrimination in Indian higher education.
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 […]
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