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

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HECI Act 2018 Fails to Address Structural Problems of Higher Education in India

The government’s intention to repeal the University Grants Commission Act and replace it with the Higher Education Commission of India Act, 2018 is alarming because it does not consider the structural problems of higher education in India and instead emphasises outcome-based parameters that are likely to adversely affect quality of teaching and learning.

Public University in a Democracy

The modern public university in a democracy faces the challenging task of producing and disseminating knowledge. Though the public character and universality of knowledge seem to be threatened today by both the state as well as the market forces, the university cannot afford to remain an apolitical institution in a democracy. There are lessons to be learnt in the debates surrounding the development of German universities and the idea of a university as the idealist philosophers have conceptualised.

Higher Education in 12th Plan

The Twelfth Plan has chosen an approach that will promote private capital in higher education with an eye on profit generation - a stance contradicting present policy. It has not considered the alternate path of garnering resources for the public and private sectors through the creation of a National Education Finance Corporation.

Trade in Education Services under GATS

While universal elementary education is the state's constitutional obligation, development needs require that the skills of a nation's human resources are constantly updated and renewed, with increasing access to the wider knowledge society. Skills, knowledge and information are exchanged between countries which are thus partners in a process to optimise gains. Understanding these and several other implications for India in the context of GATS poses not only a challenge, but also an opportunity to formulate new strategies with regard to domestic regulations.
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