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Academicians accuse HRD ministry of arbitrary reform

Romila Thapar, others accuse the ministry of 'recklessly' pursuing reforms and warn of serious impact on the education system

A file photo of the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Photo: Sonu Mehta/HTPremium
A file photo of the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Photo: Sonu Mehta/HT

New Delhi: Academicians Romila Thapar, Farida Khan and Janaki Nair on Thursday accused the human resource development (HRD) ministry of “recklessly" pursuing reforms like choice-based credit system and warned of serious impact on the country’s education system.

“The way these reforms are being pushed, (the) entire higher education sector is at risk," Thapar, an eminent historian and professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, told reporters in New Delhi.

The academicians argued the reforms like choice-based credit system, common entrance test and syllabus and a central ranking system were being thrust upon universities arbitrarily, undermining their autonomous status.

Thapar said the centralization of education system will reduce universities and colleges into “teaching shops and coaching centres". She said the government is talking about without involving professionals and teachers from the dialogue.

However, a University Grants Commission (UGC) official said all universities have assured the regulator of implementing the reforms and those who are opposing may not be correct always. “When change takes place people complain," the official said, requesting anonymity. UGC is the higher education regulator of India.

Khan, a professor of Jamia Milia Islamia, another central university in Delhi, said the ministry and the UGC are taking the sector on the path of standardization.

She said the government is talking about these changes in the name of students’ mobility and employability but in India student mobility is blocked not by diverse syllabus but by a scarcity of quality institutions. Instead of standardizing the sector, the academicians suggested wider cooperation among institutions to share resources.

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Published: 14 May 2015, 10:17 PM IST
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