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Learn from Ambedkar University

Janaki Nair’s “Who Will Educate the Educators?” (EPW, 10 May 2014) is a serious attempt to sound the alarm and save a historic seat of higher education – University of Delhi (DU). A net-savvy parent or a student visits the DU website to find a gamut of courses to pursue, but it actually confuses them to make a choice based on the “what after that?” question. Considering old is gold, there is a mad rat race to get admission into DU (whichever programme of study is available as per your marks). One feels that DU has become either a battlefield to vent political vengeance on the higher education system or to pursue the hobby of innovation by some.

On the other hand, the Ambedkar University, Delhi (AUD) is like a persuasive silent rebel, with like-minded, radical educational activists who have actually uprooted themselves from firm positions in various universities. The faculty profile of AUD appears to be meticulously designed to draw out the “top-brains” from various departments and to place them into their “intellectual comfort zone”. Furthermore, offering a few interdisciplinary courses is again perceived as selective filtration of a herd of admission seekers looking for something “traditional” and “easy”. Only time and political commitment of the coming government will tell whether AUD will emerge as a “temple of learning” that respects education, the academician and the learner in a university environment.

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