About 35% of the initial batches of INSPIRE faculty fellows now find themselves at the end of the road, with neither a job in hand nor any encouraging prospects.
It’s remarkable that 100 institutions, including some ordinary central and state universities, submitted their claims for ’eminence’ status when no more than 30 of them should have bothered to apply.
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.
Academic inbreeding tends to be particularly pernicious in India because it not only discriminates against well-qualified outsiders, it also lends to discrimination against meritorious insiders.
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.”
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.
In the coming years, India’s best public universities may come to be literally discarded in terms of government support and will be choked by old and new government regulations.
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.
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.
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.
The dilution of the clause will allow states the right to hold back students in classes V-VIII if they fail in their year-end exam.
Despite the poverty, hunger and trauma that our previous generations had faced, luminaries like Yash Pal dedicated their lives to building a new nation.
Granting autonomy to colleges will ensure that the public good that is higher education, will become a private business.
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
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.
Several universities were running such UGC-funded research centres that were set up under the 11th five-year plan and renewed under the 12th plan.
‘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.
Students and faculty members have said that the administration is not holding the required consultative processes and making decisions in a secretive manner.
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.
As per the CBSE notification, “indigenous sports, yoga and NCC” should be encouraged to “create a sense of physical fitness, discipline, sportsmanship, patriotism, self-sacrifice and health care”.
It has been labeled “anti-vernacular” because it excludes reputed journals in regional languages. It also ignores some well-established Indian journals in favour of Western ones.
If the UGC was truly serious about a transparent vetting process, its first step should be to make the list of journals available in a more accessible format.
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.
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.
Prachi Torney, a chemist at Goa University and an expert at transforming matter talks about the necessity of synthesising naturally existing compounds and the need for more women in research.
A round-up of what’s happening in India’s Northeast.
Monika Panchani is involved in the study of influence of local deities in the protection of the Great Himalayan National Park.
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.
We’re going to build a small number of world-class universities which will cater to a really, really small number of students while letting the vast majority to suffer at the hands of the UGC and remain mediocre.
Irani’s tenure will be remembered for it complete departure from a public-funded education system towards greater privatisation and saffronisation.
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Initiatives to check research fraud usually fall short because they are not eventually implemented or because techniques of fraud have advanced, rendering older measures as well as countermeasures irrelevant.
However, what can be questioned is the wisdom of taking up the task of preparing a comprehensive list of legitimate journals.