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What Purpose Will Foreign Universities Serve?

Only an inclusive approach in the higher education sector can facilitate the transition to a knowledge economy.

Generational Capital and the ‘Privileged Bahujan’

To assume that a Bahujan with higher education and some material wealth is as privileged as their forward-caste peers with generations of social capital and privilege is an oversimplification.

Advocacy for an Institute of Human Studies

India has been marching towards self-reliance in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine disciplines; however, humanities and social sciences remain neglected. This article advocates the need for setting up a world-class institute for human studies that integrates scientific and humanistic pursuits, both pure and applied, with a focus on holistic development rooted in human values.

Challenges before Institutions of Eminence in India

This article evaluates the challenges of the Institutions of Eminence scheme from the feedbacks received from the faculty, heads, deans, and directors/vice chancellors of the institutes/universities covered under the scheme. It is concluded that investing in teachers is highly crucial to attain “world-class” status for universities in India.

In the Middle of Hope and Crisis

The fund allocations of the Union Budget 2022–23 to education are analysed in the context of the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education sector and the implementation of the National Education Policy, 2020.

Resource Constraints in Implementing the NEP 2020

The fiscal year 2020-21 was unprecedented for the education sector in India. First, a new National Education Policy with an ambitious rollout timeline was announced. Second, it witnessed a near lockdown of all educational activity because of the pandemic. This has led to significant learning loss, particularly of foundational literacy and numeracy that will have to be recovered in the coming years. Both of these call for a significant investment of resources in the education sector. An analysis of central and Karnataka (as a representative state) education budgets for FY 2021-22 reveals that there is minimal funding to address either of these in the current fiscal year.

Degrading the Delight of Degree Education

The merit-based undergraduate admissions in the University of Delhi got mired in controversies in the name of region and ideology to the extent of terming it as “marks jihad.” After the first cut-off list of DU undergraduate admission 2021, many students with a perfect score of 100% got admitted, predominantly belonging to the Kerala board, thus provoking nepharious remarks of “marks jihad.” The bottom-line argument was that admission in DU, a central university, should be merit-based and accesible to all. The National Education Policy has to suggest ways to accommodate a larger number of students to ensure quality undergraduate education. As a national university, DU needs to facilitate distinctive plurality by adopting more inclusive admission policies and making its teaching–learning more global.

Professional Development of Higher Education Faculty in India

Professional development of faculty of higher education in India started formally with the establishment of academic staff colleges in 1986. Since the last three decades, this domain has undergone several changes in its format, objectives and content, but has not developed into a robust and professional area with deep research foundations. A critical look at the decisions taken by the Ministry of Human Resource Development and the University Grants Commission reveals the reasons behind the current chaotic scenario. Policy changes, and the establishment and enrichment of dedicated nodal centres of faculty development, are essential to address the pressing concerns.

 

Research Radio Ep 11: The Impossibility of ‘Dalit Studies’

In this episode, we speak to Ankit Kawade about the exclusionary character of higher education curriculums, and the implications of institutionalising Dalit Studies.

Leveraging International Influence through Higher Education

An analysis of state and institutional responses to COVID-19 demonstrates the importance of global interconnectedness of the goals and targets to prevent the pandemic’s spread. These rationales also underline how select Indian higher education and research institutions, with the support of the government, could play an important role to leverage their international influence in the emerging situation by tapping into new academic partnership opportunities in the global South.

 

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