Ashok Thakur

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

Articles By Ashok Thakur

As attention remains focused on the Valley, Ladakh grapples with its own concerns

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

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

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

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

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

Chinks in the Board

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

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

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

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