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Friday, September 17, 2021

Ashok Thakur

The writer a former education secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, is currently Honorary Professor at Panjab University, Chandigarh

A reality check for higher education dreams
Fri, Sep 10, 2021

Ashok Thakur, S S Mantha write: The proposed academic bank of credits, multiple entry-exit options will require infrastructure, manpower and budget that the Indian education system simply does not possess

Addressing the quality deficit in India’s technical education
Mon, Aug 09, 2021

S S Mantha, Ashok Thakur write: There is a need for a truly autonomous quality assurance body at an arms-length from the government, manned by eminent persons both from industry as well as academia

Government should have considered ways to conduct board exams online
Tue, Jun 15, 2021

Covid forced everyone to go online from March last year. When so much was aligned to the efficacy of technology and its possibilities, why did we not think about conducting examinations and assessments through the same technology?

Calculated to backfire: Maths and physics can’t be optional for engineering entrance
Fri, Mar 26, 2021

The AICTE decision reflects misplaced concept of flexibility and deals a heavy blow to the engineering education system.

As attention remains focused on the Valley, Ladakh grapples with its own concerns
Fri, Nov 01, 2019

The most important aspect is working out a harmonious working relationship between the two constituents of the UT, that is, the Shia Muslim majority in Kargil and the Buddhist majority in Leh.

The burden of perfect 10
Mon, Jul 15, 2019

Unrelenting emphasis on the highest possible marks points to deeper structural problems in education.

Opinion: This budget gave impression that education is no longer important
Sat, Feb 02, 2019

Without giving due importance to our schools and universities, the country will make no sustainable headway least of all metamorphose into a USD 10 trillion economy in the next eight years

Skill India is ailing
Sat, Nov 17, 2018

The vision for vocational training is on its last legs. Those in-charge have forgotten to take education into account, indulge in petty turf wars.

A higher abdication
Sat, Jul 21, 2018

Crucial opportunity to bring legislation transforming quality of higher education is lost.

Chinks in the Board
Tue, Apr 03, 2018

What happens when one of the world’s largest school education systems is pilloried in the media for all the wrong reasons? Credibility is the first casualty. The sacred thread that binds a student, her faith in examinations and the fairness with which it is conducted, can never be traded.

Education Budget 2018 analysis: Government continues to pamper premier institutions like IITs
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

In the Union Budget 2018, all the major announcements cater to the top class institutions whether it is the emphasis on research, setting up of Institutes of Eminence or the Higher Education Funding Agency

Wheat from university chaff
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

There must be more clarity, better regulation with regard to deemed universities. The Tandon Committee recommendations could help arrive at a blueprint.

A narrower education
Mon, Apr 17, 2017

Moves to transfer polytechnic schemes and architecture institutions out of HRD ministry are disturbing signals

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