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

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Higher Education in Disarray

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Change is in the air, especially when it comes to the Indian higher education space. Changes in the recruitment and promotion policy, scrapping of the Academic Performance Indicators (API), introduction of the “Turnitin” software to curb plagiarism in academic research, and the proposed Higher Education Com­mission of India (HECI) have all been announced in quick succession.

However, those keeping an eye on the Indian higher education scenario would agree that these are mere “cosmetic changes,” serving only to conceal the underlying problems. Take the case of the API, which had been introduced by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to assess the performance of the teaching community, and on the basis of which promotions were awarded. The API comprises three aspects: teaching–learning, co-curriculars, and research, of which the highest weightage is, expectedly, given to research, ignoring the quality of
research over quantity.

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Updated On : 27th Jul, 2018
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