Govt has recommended that UGC conduct a probe into at least five charges, including wasteful expenditure on the NAAC visit, arbitrary introduction of a supernumerary quota in admissions for wards of university staff.
The suggestion is significant against the backdrop of the recent protests in universities such as JNU and HCU. The HRD Ministry is currently drafting a policy document based on the report of this panel.
India’s achievements in science and technology have been in focus ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi used examples from the Mahabharata and Ramayana to illustrate the country’s scientific temperament in ancient times.
The Commission’s remarks are significant against the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently pitching for concurrent polls to panchayats, urban local bodies, states and the Parliament at a BJP meeting in March.
18 states believe the Centre should do away with the RTE’s no-detention provision, and a panel on new education policy suggests it should end at Class VI, even though governments cite falling learning outcomes
Irani, a first-time minister and the youngest in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ministerial council, also said that education in the previous government had become a “political akhara (political battlefield)”.
The report has justified NITI Aayog’s support for the proposal on the ground that foreign universities will help meet the demand for higher education in the country, increase competition and subsequently improve standards of higher education.
The PMO held its first meeting on exploring the idea of setting up a Vedic board on March 22. Education secretary, S C Khuntia, is learnt to have expressed serious reservations about the government recognising a private school board.
The framework finalised by the Indian government identified nearly 22 parameters under five major heads, several of which are similar to those employed globally such as excellence in teaching, learning and research.