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Despair and hope An impossible mission made possible

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) is India’s largest NGO-run survey. Pratham, the education-NGO, has been conducting it since 2005. Findings are disseminated at national, state, district and village levels and influence education policies. Pratham works towards the provision of quality education to the underprivileged children in India. Over the

Electric vehicle is coming soon!

Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala is a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) and in-charge, IIT Research Park.AJ is an innovator, leader and mentor in the electric vehicle (EV) space, telecom, rural development, solar power and has been incubating and nurturing entrepreneurs. He believes India must first exploit the

Leading the talent charge

By 2020, 64 per cent of India’s population will be in the earning and spending stage. As the world steps big time into industry 4.0, India has a God-sent opportunity to embrace upskilling and become a talent superpower. Tamil Nadu took the lead in addressing the industry-academia skill gap by establishing

Autonomy and accountability

Recently, NITI Ayog mooted regulations for graded autonomy of universities. The idea is to give greater academic freedom to universities. Many believe that it gives disproportionate managerial powers to cut costs, raise student fees, and start courses in the self-financing mode. This policy is a move towards the privatisation of

Vice in appointment of vice-chancellors

Recently, Governor Bunwarilal Purohit, chancellor of state universities in Tamil Nadu, anguished over the practice of bribery in appointing vice-chancellors. The malpractice is an open secret, but an acknowledgment by the Chancellor came as a surprise. A look at the anatomy of corruption in Higher Education. In India, the government-funded universities

HECI: Gateway to meddling

Date: 28 June 2018: The Government of India announces a draft Bill titled “Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) Act 2018.” Implication: It is a blatant attempt at depriving the States of their role in higher education. Mark it; before 1976, Higher Education was a state subject. That

Shaping nation’s destiny in classrooms

The destiny of any nation is shaped in classrooms by committed efforts of dedicated teachers. After having visited numerous schools and colleges in recent years and after having interacted with many students and teachers, I have come to the sad conclusion that Indian education system has serious deficiencies. I propose my

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