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We donít want no education...
« on: June 27, 2015, 09:33:11 AM »
The political class has heavily invested in the profitmaking segment of higher education, with no concern for knowledge creation here. On the other hand, Central institutions have been used to advance party-political agendas.

Political independence would amount to little if Indians do not have an education that develops cognitive means, an ethical sensibility and a historical understanding. Recent events suggest that the political class does not want such an education for young Indians

Higher education in India is once again in the news, though not for the most attractive of reasons. Recently, the heads of more than one of the countryís best known institutions have either resigned or been sacked following differences with the government. There are reports that the position of a vice chancellor of a prominent university is under threat. However, these instances are no more than shocks to the widespread despondency amidst the public over the state of this branch of Indian society.

Some time ago, the then Minister for Human Resource Development, Arjun Singh, had announced to a national meeting of vice chancellors that higher education in India was like a ďsick childĒ. That he was partly responsible for its state, having directed it to expand by 50 per cent within three years as part of the Congress Partyís response to the Mandal Committee Report, was perhaps less of a failing on his part than the failure to initiate a diagnosis of the affliction. Were this done at that time, at least some of the subsequent damage could have been averted.


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