“The feeling of patriotism cannot be forced down someone. It is a sentiment that is already there in all Indians.”
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 HRD minister’s decision to ‘let teachers teach’ doesn’t come from concern for teachers’ and students’ welfare; it is only another way to cut government spending on higher education.
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.
To create enlightened citizens, education cannot involve forced discipline. Instead, it must encourage critical consciousness, responsible freedom and creative awakening.
The elements of military school training the PMO wants introduced in regular schools include discipline, physical training and ‘patriotic sentiments’.
An RSS man at heart and in mind, Dave had replaced Prakash Javadekar as environment minister at the Centre in July 2016.
Disability activists insist the move will lead to further exclusion of those with disabilities.
NE Dispatch: Mizoram, Tripura, Sikkim Top MNREGA Ranking; Meghalaya MPs Write to Modi Over Missionaries’ Visas
A roundup of news this week from the northeast.
New Delhi: Though the Indian government on Friday rejected a resolution passed by the legislative assembly of Canada’s Ontario province describing the 1984 massacre of Sikhs as ‘genocide,’ the motion’s supporters liberally used quotes of Indian Home minister Rajnath Singh to justify the resolution’s use of the sensitive term. On April 6, a […]
Discussions on culling had moments that were difficult to comprehend – especially since India claims to be a leader of wildlife research in the region.
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
The Telangana’s district collector’s report had earlier found Vemula to be from the Mala Dalit community. The Supreme Court has also ruled that a child is free to take his/her mother’s caste.
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.
Would it be a stretch to say we are more at risk from scientists without integrity and crony regulators than we are from mercury or other toxic chemicals?
Months after clashes broke out among students at the institute, there is renewed discontent over the disruptions to studies caused by the current unrest in the Valley.
By allowing construction closer to the sea, waiving building regulations for coastal towns and limiting decentralisation to states, coastal conservation and livelihood protection have been swept aside.
The barometer of India’s leadership in tiger conservation will be both in securing Indian wild tigers in our forests as well as diplomatic heft for Chinese captive tigers.
The meeting was attended by senior functionaries from the RSS and its affiliates, including the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, Vidya Bharati and Shiksha Bachao Andolan, as well as Amit Shah.
Senior ministry officials who had earlier recommended the fine now say the blame for environmental damage cannot be put on Adani.
Irani’s tenure will be remembered for it complete departure from a public-funded education system towards greater privatisation and saffronisation.
The biggest loser is Modi himself, because he has squandered the opportunity for a course correction that his government, his party, and India badly need.
New Delhi: Controversial HRD minister leader Smriti Irani has been shifted from the key education portfolio to textiles and replaced by Prakash Javadekar – newly elevated to cabinet rank – in an expansion of the union council of ministers and reshuffle which saw several other changes. The shifting of Irani, whose two-year tenure in […]
Five ministers of state have been dropped and a number of Dalit and OBC leaders given new ministerial positions.
The reduction of regulations to a mere formality has been catalysed by relaxing the norms for environmental impact assessments – begun by Veerappa Moily and continued by Prakash Javadekar.
The Union Environment Ministry has defined what constitutes a forest under the Forest Conservation Act 1980 (FCA).
The women and child development minister has lashed out at the environment ministry for its decision to legalise the killing of animals in animal-human conflict areas.
In conversation with the environment minister.
Cambodia has confessed to not having the money for the cost involved, estimated to be $20-50 million, in its national budget.
RSS-affiliates Swadesh Jagran Manch and Bharatiya Kisan Sangh have pushed the government to cut royalty on Bt cotton seeds and the cap on the price of the seeds.
The document, signed by the British Raj and Madan Mohan Malaviya and other representatives of ‘the Hindus’ has been introduced as the basis for NDA’s policy for river flow in the Ganga basin in a case before the Supreme Court.
The Modi government has brought a 40 year struggle against cruelty to bulls to nought with the mere stroke of a pen.
The intense rain that continues to swamp Chennai begs the question: is it due to climate change? And if so, what questions does it pose for us all?
“The developed world has used coal for centuries, they have polluted the world and suddenly they wake up and tell us – you don’t use coal.”
The actor is not the first cultural personality to be criticised by BJP leaders for expressing concerns about the direction the country is taking. But while the others have been accused of staging a “manufactured revolt”, none was labelled a Pakistani agent.
In this excerpt from his new book, T.N. Ninan looks at how the tension between these two goals is playing out in Indian today