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More Reservation in higher education: affirmative or negative?

The swiftness with which the present NDA government made Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill for 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections in the general category a law, underscores the age-old saying ‘where there is will, there is a way’ in some sense. Its effect and impact on jobs is comparatively straight arithmetic but same doesn’t hold up true for …

Unfinished Agenda in School Education

It is important to prioritize between foundational structure and refurbishing of an edifice, societal, governmental or economic. In the past four years and nine months, the current NDA government at the centre has made the latter choice, that is cosmetic interventions in school education to keep hopes of 25 crore children alive, and by that extension future human capital of …

Low key National Education Day

November 11 is the National Education Day in India and coincides with the birth anniversary of Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad, independent India’s first education minister (Aug 15, 1947-Feb 2, 1958). Designating National Education Day in his memory was a befitting tribute to his extraordinary contribution and  vision towards an egalitarian national education development mission of a newly free nation. And …

Kashmiri students are the gullible victims; a clear policy is needed to end their trauma

In the wake of some terror related recent incidents involving Kashmiri students studying outside their state, there is a backlash against them  across the county. In Punjab, where three students were arrested on terror links and a cache of weapons was ceased from their possession (from their hostel room at an engineering college on the outskirts of Jalandhar), was followed …

Need to pay attention to fundamentals to make skilling successful  

This year’s World Skills Day, which incidentally is also the birth anniversary of Skill India programme (July 15, 2015)looked sober devoid of optics and high decibel rhetoric.  There could be two reasons for this.  One could be that in spite of being a national mission, it is no longer in the government’s priority list. Or, in alternate case, the government …

The knotty Higher Education Commission of India proposal

In all probability it will be curtains for the University Grants Commission (UGC), which was established through the UGC Act of 1956 on the pattern of the British University Committee, UK (repealed in 1989) and is currently the de facto apex regulator of higher education in India after the union government approving a draft legislation for its repeal and replacement …

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