Need for reform in Governance structure of public universities

Synopsis: The governance structure of public universities must be reformed on an urgent basis as it may help them become world class universities.   55 central universities, endowed with prime land and extensive central grants, are crown jewels of the Indian academic system.   However, lately, these universities are facing governance-related challenges. Six vice-chancellors (VCs) of central universities have been sacked and… Continue reading Need for reform in Governance structure of public universities

Cabinet approves merger of four government-run film and media units

Source: The Hindu News: Cabinet has approved the merger of four government-run film and media units — the Films Division, the Directorate of Film Festivals, the National Film Archives of India and the autonomous body Children’s Film Society with the National Film Development Corporation(NFDC). Significance of Merger: The merger of Film Media Units under one corporation will… Continue reading Cabinet approves merger of four government-run film and media units

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How COVID-19 revealed the limits of Political Accountability?

Context: The COVID-19 pandemic has put governance under a stress test which exposed how poorly prepared the world’s governments were.  What was the response of the world leaders to the pandemic?  The world’s most powerful leaders failed to do their duty to protect the citizens.  In Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro irresponsibly refused to get vaccinated, even as… Continue reading How COVID-19 revealed the limits of Political Accountability?

Court complexes across country connected under E-Courts Project

Source: Click here News: As many as 2927 complexes across India have been connected so far by a high-speed Wide Area Network(WAN) under e-Courts Project. What is e-court project? It is an Integrated Mission Mode Project under implementation since 2007 as part of National e-Governance Plan. The project is based on the National Policy and Action… Continue reading Court complexes across country connected under E-Courts Project

Urban Governance Index 2020

Source : Click here News: The Urban Governance Index 2020 has been released. Facts: Published by: The index has been published by Praja Foundation, a Mumbai-based think tank. Purpose: The index ranks states to indicate where they stand in terms of real empowerment of grassroot democracy and local self government. Themes: The ranking is based on these main themes—… Continue reading Urban Governance Index 2020

Post Truth politics

Context:  Untroubled by factuality and diversity, privilege and power are shaping public opinion in troubled democracies. What is the relation between truth and politics? “Factual truth”: It is a reference to observations by living subjects of constantly changing reality. But factual truth was always prone to challenge as being no more than opinion. “Formal truths”: On the contrary, it is a part of… Continue reading Post Truth politics

Global governance

Context: Analysing the need for common global governance What are the impediments to international cooperation in the 21st century? USA & China: The rivalry between the world’s two largest economies has intensified spreading the fears of a new cold war breaking between them. India – China: The militaries of the two most populous countries of… Continue reading Global governance

Digital nation: On delivery of citizen services

Context: The true measure of digitalisation would be smooth delivery of all citizen services. Analyse the development of India as a digital nation. Measure of digital nation: The true measure of digital nation is the readiness of governments to use technology to create open, participatory public systems that citizens consider trustworthy. Result of internet access: Affordable smartphones and… Continue reading Digital nation: On delivery of citizen services

DBT Scam

Context: Central scholarship scam underlines need to tighten checks and balances in DBT architecture, fix accountability Background An investigation by a newspaper has uncovered a nexus of middlemen, government employees, and bank staff were involved in cheating students from minority communities of a centrally funded scholarship in Jharkhand. It was found that the officials have bypassed… Continue reading DBT Scam