Research scholars and students of TISS respond to Montek Singh Ahluwalia's comments on higher education in India.
The Central Educational Institutions (CEI) Amendment Bill, 2010 was introduced in Rajyasabha on 6th August, 2010 with the objective of amending the CEI Act, 2006. The CEI Act, 2006 had provided for 27% reservation for OBCs in admission in Central Education Institutions along with a mandated seat increase of 54% over a maximum period of three years from the academic session commencing from the calendar year, 2007. However, the question that needs to be asked in the first place, is that why could not the mandatory reservation and 54% seat increase be implemented even after three years the CEI Act was passed?
‘They say cut back; we say fight back’: this was the slogan echoing all over United Kingdom for the last three months, where the right-wing Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government hiked the home tuition fees for undergraduate students from £3000 to around £9000. This rise was the result of funding cuts imposed over different sectors, including education, in compensation for the 'recession disasters' happened to the country's economy.
The Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill has been tabled in the Parliament. The new bill allows for setting up of off-shore campuses for educational institutions, which would be given complete freedom to determine fee structure and admission criteria. The Bill draws from policy prescriptions that were enunciated in a Commerce Ministry consultation note in the first UPA government in 2005, and the rationale underlying the bill reflects the government’s continued subscription to the neoliberal ideology. The emphasis in the Bill pertains toward rampant commercialization of the higher education sector, a process which could have far reaching and unhealthy consequences for the sector. This note highlights the problems with the Bill and why it is needed to oppose its introduction in Parliament.
We need to open colleges, not close them.
Courtesy: The Tribune
Allowing foreign institutions to set up shop in India is not the only road to the internationalisation of Indian higher education. Philip Altbach writes a cautionary piece on foreign providers setting up units for higher education in India, in The Hindu