ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Endangering Academic Autonomy

The University Grants Commission is pushing through a proposal for a uniform choice-based credit system. This would transform the entire university architecture of the country and have far-reaching consequences for higher education. Unfortunately, neither has the UGC taken the experiences of Kerala seriously nor has it spent sufficient time taking feedback from the university community. A sterile, regressive uniformity is being pushed without thought to the consequences.

A Mission Rebuffing a Vision

The Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan is a mission-mode scheme launched by the Government of India to fund higher education. There is a mismatch between the diagnosis and the prescription in the document setting out the agenda of the mission. The diagnostic part reads like a well-versed critique of commercialisation and privatisation in higher education, but the solutions prescribed would result in a reinforced entry of the corporate sector into higher education.
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