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Transformation is currently underway in the Indian higher education sector. Characteristics and circumstances for learners are changing. New demands are being made of them in terms of their knowledge...
Mar 27, 2015
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Challenges of Accreditation in Higher Education Institutions Prof V B Nanda Gopal A Critical Analysis of the New Approach Prof V B Nanda Gopal Director, Center for Virtual Learning and Innovation,...
Mar 18, 2015
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Dierdre Torrance and Dr. Rowena Arshad from the University of Edinburgh were in Delhi recently for the British Council Global Education Dialogue and ‘International Colloquium on Women Leadership in...
Mar 10, 2015
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The first national policy on education was formulated in 1968, eighteen years after development planning in newly independent India was launched. Exactly eighteen years later, came the second and the...
Mar 05, 2015
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Indian higher education sector is going through a turbulent phase that demands more meaningful governance in tune with the environmental imperatives. Massive expansion has seen a number of private...
Feb 16, 2015
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Noone can deny the usefulness of a credible, independent opinion on the quality of education imparted by colleges across the country. “Mapping the education sector topography gives students and their...
Feb 11, 2015
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Whenever global rankings of institutions are released in India, a debate ensues on why no Indian institution is in the top 100 globally despite the fact that India has had a rich tradition of...
Jan 20, 2015
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About the author (image on the right): Marlon Graf is an assistant policy analyst at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation and a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School...
Jan 12, 2015
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It’s a common belief that a nation’s future is made in its classrooms. However, over the last couple of decades the issue of student engagement in academics in general, and classrooms in particular...
Oct 10, 2014
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The Author: Henry Rosovsky is dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Emeritus, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. This article is an abridged version of remarks made at the Carnegie Corporation/...
Sep 08, 2014
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The President, on June 9, 2014 announced that every state will have an Indian Institute of Technology and an Indian Institute of Management. The newly elected government is in an institution building...
Aug 29, 2014
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Indian higher education has several challenges that need to be addressed— Inadequate number of institutions, unemployable graduates, poor quality of research, a dysfunctional affiliating system, an...
Aug 22, 2014
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The role of the state in development became dominant in the reconstruction phase following World War II. Like the public sector in production, public universities in education became prominent in...
Aug 20, 2014
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EDU: Tell us about the Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET). How has it evolved over the years? Nigel Fine: The Institution The Institution was set up in 1871, at a time when professional...
Jul 17, 2014
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Education is the key to India’s economic growth and will determine our ability to compete in the global economy. India's dominance in IT services industry, growth in pharmaceutical sector and...
Jun 20, 2014
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As India adds new universities, knowledge creation must be increasingly emphasised. Nowadays many leading universities say they are research and innovation driven. Whereas the role of colleges is to...
Jun 18, 2014
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EDU: Will the move to create IITs and IIMs in every state dilute the reputation of these institutes? Babita Tyagi: Reputation of old IITs will remain the same as most students prefer to study in...
Jun 11, 2014
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After a period of relative decline, higher education is globally experiencing a state of revival, expansion and high degree of convergence. The reforms in the wake of emergence of knowledge economy...
May 02, 2014
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As far as educational plans are concerned, lets take them one at a time; the Eleventh Five Year Plan hopes to hike the gross enrolment ratio (GER) to 15 percent. For the Twelfth Five Year Plan (2017...
Apr 28, 2014
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EDU recently conducted a survey on the tech trends that have the potential to change the face of higher education in 2014. The results were published in the Jan-Feb print issue of EDU magazine. Apart...
Mar 20, 2014
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Research universities in low and middle-income countries have crucial roles to play in developing differentiated and effective academic systems and in making it possible for their countries to join...
Mar 20, 2014
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Smita Polite:Various sections of Indian media have been reporting that Times Higher Education (THE) and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) are coming up with India specific rankings and are in the process of...
Mar 11, 2014
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  EDU: From studying history in college to being a tenured professor in the US, how did your academic path bring you to IRMA?Dr Vivek Bhandari: Initially, history was going to be a stepping stone to...
Mar 08, 2014
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  Q- What triggered your interest in the higher education space? A- I come from a family of educationists and have been associated with the education industry for quite some time. During 2002-07, I...
Mar 08, 2014
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EDU: How do you compare design education in India to that in other countries? A: Design education inIndia started in the early 60s with the setting up of NID. It had a head start with amazing inputs...
Mar 08, 2014
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  EDU: Tell us a bit about your company and how you are involved with the higher-ed sector? Joe Haberman: Heidrick & Struggles is a global leadership advisory firm. We have been in the executive...
Mar 08, 2014
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Two centuries of British rule ensured that Indias higher education system did not grow enough to reap the benefits of the Industrial Revolution. Nothing much has changed even after 66 years. Numerous...
Mar 08, 2014
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Q. Tell us how you plan to deal with the special issues that have been put before you by JNUDPA? A. My plans are generic for now. Whether it involves general or special students, my focus would be on...
Mar 08, 2014
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  EDU: How and why did Harvard Business School get into the business of publishing? Maureen Betses: We were established to provide greater reach for Harvard Business School (HBS) content and...
Mar 08, 2014
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  EDU: What are your thoughts on the MOOC phenomenon? Gopi Garge: I would like to draw your attention to local efforts such as the NPTEL effort by the Government of India. Clearly, this phenomenon is...
Mar 08, 2014
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  EDU: What is cloud computing and why should higher education institutes (HEIs) use it? Lalit Kathpalia: Cloud is a metaphor for the internet and the delivery of storage and computing capacity...
Mar 08, 2014
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  EDU: What does e-learning involve for students? Grainne Conole: I think e-learning involves the use of any online digital tool, mobile device and a whole range of different things. The benefits of...
Mar 08, 2014
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  Autonomy as a concept for colleges is vital for India. Autonomy allows indigenous skills and brains to be put to use. Affiliated colleges suffer from being mandated to toe the line of some person...
Mar 08, 2014
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  At SICSR, we have to come up with strategies on the usage of these technology tools especially on open course to provide a wow experience to our students. Interaction and collaboration tools are...
Mar 08, 2014
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For a world-class campus, we need talented and motivated students and faculty. They should be passionate about research and we must provide them with first rate research infrastructure. We also need...
Mar 08, 2014
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Universities which excel are instrumental in enhancing a students learning experience, enabling him to use his head, hand and heart, thereby equipping him with information, skills and attitude of...
Mar 08, 2014
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Among the various fields that a university must excel in to be counted among the top institutions, the three areas that stand out as the most important are research and innovation,...
Mar 08, 2014
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The discussion on what makes world class institutions is not new. The more we discuss this topic, the more we seem to be getting confused, as everyone has their own understanding of what is needed to...
Mar 08, 2014
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If one considers management education as an inputprocess- output: The input must be world class, through a robust, reliable process that takes in students with the right attributes, with judicious...
Mar 08, 2014
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Public and private providers must work together to beat lack of funds Indian higher education is in a major crisisor, in fact, many crises. Over the last decade, there has been a large expansion of...
Mar 07, 2014
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There are several aspects to a university becoming world class. The most important aspect of these is the faculty, students and the research and learning that occur as a result of the interaction...
Mar 07, 2014
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EDU: You were the first female President of the University of Michigan as well as Iowa besides being one of the longest serving Presidents. What was it that got you here? What would your advice be to...
Mar 07, 2014
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Stanford University recently made headlines for breaking all university fundraising records. Stanford raised $1.035 billion last year excluding pledges of future support and government grants, which...
Mar 07, 2014
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India can have a top class university if it can untangle itself from bureaucratic controls, focus on developing collaborative research, improve infrastructure and encourage hard work, self-confidence...
Mar 07, 2014
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The basic strategies for colleges and universities seeking to maintain or increase their prestige are becoming increasingly known and accepted. These strategies include recruiting faculty with...
Mar 07, 2014
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The concept of autonomous colleges must be encouraged. Autonomy holds the key for excellence in education and research and for industry relevant innovations. Autonomous colleges are conferred the...
Mar 07, 2014
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World rankings are driven by research What we understand to be world class is significantly driven by the rankings. And what the rankings think is world class is mainly measured by research...
Mar 06, 2014
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Unless mindsets change and we bring about some radical transformations in our perception of higher education no amount of budgeting and planning is going to work for the country. The 12th Five Year...
Mar 06, 2014
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If one looks at looks at Harvard, there are three things that have made it what it is: 1. High quality of teachers 2. High quality research output 3. Exceptional concepts and models developed These...
Mar 06, 2014
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