Pankaj Chandra’s new book provides a detailed analysis of everything that is faulty in higher education in India and how the corrosion can be stemmed.
Physical exclusion and indifference of the faculty towards the plight of marginisalised students is pushing many to suicide, and despite measures being in place, administrations are doing little to address the issues.
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 ruling party’s embrace of Vallabhbhai Patel, who openly opposed the RSS’s subversive activities, indicates the lengths to which it will go to win back the support of Gujarat’s Patel community.
Instead of calculating the number of reserved seats based on the total number of faculty members at a university, the UGC wants the calculation to be department-wise.
The UGC-HRDC director must restore the course to the Centre for Women’s Studies, otherwise this can only be seen as a feminist phobic sustained attack on academics.
The University Grants Commission has asked Aligarh Muslim University to give up their unique appointment process to conform with other central universities, when in fact it should have done the opposite.
“We are at a loss to understand why what appeared to be a well functioning body in JNU needed to be disbanded and could not seamlessly incorporate an Internal Complaints Committee.”
The Indian Association for Women’s Studies highlighted the contributions of women’s studies centres over the last three decades and discussed how attempts to dilute them could be stopped.
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.
Vinod Dua discusses the adverse effect of demonetisation on India’s GDP and the labour market, and how public spending on education has been steadily declining.
If our research halls become empty, if no young mind comes to us to discuss books and ideas, the job that we do as teachers in a research university loses its charm and meaning.
The government’s university funding body had earlier said that the funding for over 60 research centres in universities across the country could be cut after March 31.
Those who will lose their jobs were among those actively involved in setting up a teachers’ association on the campus
A number of predatory journals thrive in India, fed by many universities requiring students to publish a paper to get a PhD. This is “a BAD incentive to encourage scams”.
According to a UGC statement, the letter received by JNU was a forgery and the commission has no plans to cut funding for such centres.
The oblique nature of structural violence leaves invisible marks on a Dalit student’s body and psyche that no autopsy can reveal.
‘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.
Amid debates about higher education, The Wire republishes a letter written in solidarity for JNU with over 400 signatories from across India and the world.
Cutting down vacancies need not be the only way that the UGC specified supervisor-researcher ratio can be ensured.
Archaeologist Sushmita Sen Pramanik studies the early-historic phase of the Indus Valley civilisation, trying to fill gaps in Gujarat’s early trade history.
In an unprecedented disciplinary move, a circular was sent to teachers asking them to notify the registrar of their involvement in the strike.
Holding academic council meetings in the winter vacations and bypassing the voices of a majority of teachers is the latest instance of the university administration’s attempt to erode institutional structures.
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 what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
On October 3, Pinjra Tod organised their second night march titled ‘Women Reclaim the Streets!’ in South Campus, Delhi University.
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
Asha Abraham, an animal biotechnologist at Mangalor’s St. Aloysius College, is using mice to study metabolic syndrome.
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.
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.
A blog post by a student that went viral, lists the violations that students suffer in Chirst University, while MANIT protests dress codes and curfew.
Irani’s tenure will be remembered for it complete departure from a public-funded education system towards greater privatisation and saffronisation.
India’s new law universities are run by state governments unwilling to provide the political and financial support that quality legal education requires.
A round-up of news, both bad and good, on the rights front from India.
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A round-up of what’s happening in the worlds of gender and sexuality
With the removal of TISS from the UGC’s NFST list, many scheduled tribe students enrolled in doctoral studies at the institute have been left in the lurch.
A clumsy commitment to GATS could be disastrous for India’s long-term growth. The resultant marketisation would prioritise employability as the main criteria for the evaluation of an education.