Kerala row and beyond: Governor’s role in state, central universities

What is the news? Kerala Governor has written a letter to the Kerala Chief Minister expressing his desire to step down as Chancellor, alleging political interference in the universities.  What is the role of Governor in State Universities? The governor of the state is the ex-officio chancellor of the universities in that state. As the… Continue reading Kerala row and beyond: Governor’s role in state, central universities

Parliament passes National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021

What is the news? Parliament has passed the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021. About National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021 The Bill seeks to amend the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Act, 1998.  Aim: To ​​accord the status of ‘institute of national importance’ to… Continue reading Parliament passes National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021

Challenges in NIRF: Recast this apples-and-oranges ranking method

News: Ranking of state-run Higher Education Institutes (HEI) with centrally funded institutes (CFI) like IIT’s under the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) is not a good step. What is National Institution Ranking Framework? Read here: National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Why it is not a good step to rank both state-run HEI and CFI altogether? Allocation of… Continue reading Challenges in NIRF: Recast this apples-and-oranges ranking method

Common entrance test for central varsities: plan, criticism

What is the News? University Grants Commission (UGC) has written to central universities to take appropriate measures for conducting the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) for admission in undergraduate and postgraduate courses from the 2022-23 academic session. What is the Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET)? CUCET was launched in the year 2010 to… Continue reading Common entrance test for central varsities: plan, criticism

NEET hasn’t created the equality of opportunity it had promised

Synopsis: The recent move of the Tamil Nadu government to bypass the NEET exam requires careful analysis of the issues surrounding the NEET. Introduction The government of India cleared the way for making NEET a common entrance examination for all medical colleges across India. This was opposed by many states including Tamil Nadu. What steps… Continue reading NEET hasn’t created the equality of opportunity it had promised

Doctor cure thyself: On revising queerphobic medical textbooks

Synopsis: The social issues in India are not just societal problems, but also ingrained deepens our educational system. Introduction Recently National Medical Commission has issued an advisory to all medical universities and colleges. It asked them to bring changes in the teaching methods and opt methods that are not derogatory to the LGBTQIA+ community. What… Continue reading Doctor cure thyself: On revising queerphobic medical textbooks

The pandemic is a reminder of education being a public good

Synopsis: Indian school education system faces various challenges like large vacancies of teachers, vulnerable private schools, etc. The government must act to improve the public school education system. Introduction The recent UNESCO report State of the Education Report (SOER) for India: “No Teachers, No Class”, highlighted various challenges associated with school education in India. Click… Continue reading The pandemic is a reminder of education being a public good

NIRF ranking does not give full picture of higher education in India

Synopsis: Recently released NIRF ranking showcased its limitation in comparison to other global rankings. Introduction Ministry of Education has released National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2021. Various lacunas are visible in the structuring of this ranking, which makes the ranking impactless. Read more: Fund and Faculty count in higher education rankings What are the different… Continue reading NIRF ranking does not give full picture of higher education in India

NEET fails the multidimensional construct of merit

Synopsis: The policy of a single test needs to be reviewed to attain the lofty goals of the New Education Policy. Introduction Recently, The Tamil Nadu Assembly has passed a Bill to dispense with the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test (NEET). This bill is passed based on the recommendation of the high-level committee led by… Continue reading NEET fails the multidimensional construct of merit

Measuring Regional Diversity – Regarding NIRF

Synopsis: The National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) calculation of regional diversity in education institutes is inaccurate. Introduction: Recently, the Ministry of Education has released the 6th edition of NIRF rankings. NIRF formulates the ranking on the basis of five parameters. Each of these has one to five sub-parameters. The article discusses Regional Diversity which is a sub-parameter… Continue reading Measuring Regional Diversity – Regarding NIRF