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The threat to the idea of a public university -Avijit Pathak

-The Hindu Education is a right, not a privilege reserved for the select elite Even though Jawaharlal Nehru University, where I teach, is in turmoil because of an incompetent administration incapable of communicating with the students and teachers, the larger crisis confronting the idea of a public university needs to be understood. From Jamia Millia Islamia to Jadavpur University, from Visva-Bharati University to Aligarh Muslim University, and from the University of Hyderabad...

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Noted Gandhian economist Dr Sudarshan Iyengar interviewed by Rutam Vora (The Hindu Business Line)

-The Hindu Business Line Noted Gandhian economist Dr Sudarshan Iyengar surveys the distressed agricultural landscape, pinpoints its weaknesses, and prescribes solutions with their roots in Gandhian agronomics. Edited excerpts from an interview to BusinessLine: * Given the agrarian crisis in India today, how relevant are Gandhi's economic principles based on the village economy, and equitable distribution of resources? They are relevant in the context of Gandhi's view of gram swaraj (village self-rule), which...

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Critical data on India's Higher Education is out but only Modi has hijacked headlines -Yogendra Yadav

-ThePrint.in When you put the reports by HRD ministry and CMIE survey together, you are looking at a simmering volcano. While Indians were busy celebrating the country’s global triumph and commiserating about its terrestrial adventures, two important reports went almost unnoticed. The eighth annual All India Survey on Higher Education 2018-19 was released by the Ministry of Human Resource Development last week. It coincided with the release of four-monthly report ‘Unemployment in...

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In arid Beed, an oasis of hope and support for children from distressed families -Kavitha Iyer

-The Indian Express What began as a hostel facility for 51 children is now a school for 1,000 students, a hostel for 300 boys and girls from families worst affected by the region’s ongoing distress and an under-construction school and hostel especially for girls. Beed (Maharashtra): IT WAS Baba Amte’s advice that sent Deepak and Kaveri Nagargoje, newly married then in the year 2000, back to their native village of Arvi...

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Body blows to Indian education -Debaditya Bhattacharya

-The Telegraph Nirmala Sitharaman’s budget spells out the colossal failure that the draft NEP is fated to be In her budget speech on July 5, the finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, reiterated the government’s plan of bringing in a new National Education Policy, thereby initiating “major changes in both school and Higher Education”. Her announcement comes close on the heels of a draft NEP published by the ministry of human resource development in...

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