It is not enough to applaud teachers once a year and leave the problems bogging them unresolved

By Sheshu Babu* “The true teachers are those who help us think for ourselves” – S Radhakrishnan While ‘teachers day’ is being celebrated with statements about their role in society and contribution to ‘education’ of students, little light is being shed on their plight as well as some dangerous tendencies. According to data compiled by … More It is not enough to applaud teachers once a year and leave the problems bogging them unresolved

JNU vice-chancellor has refused to defend university when it is maligned on various public platforms

Open letter by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Teachers Association president Sonajharia Minz and secretary Sudhir Kumar Suthar to Union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar seeking the removal of vice chancellor Prof M Jagadesh Kumar following a referendum held a fortnight ago, in which over 90%, or 279, of JNU’s teachers had supported the call … More JNU vice-chancellor has refused to defend university when it is maligned on various public platforms

Evidence worldwide shows, detaining children in same class effectively pushes them out of school

Civil society organisations, teachers’ unions and academicians working in the education sector across 20 states of India have opposed* the Lok Sabha’s decision to pass the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017. Text of the statement: This bill paves the way for the scrapping of the provision for ‘No Detention’ … More Evidence worldwide shows, detaining children in same class effectively pushes them out of school

Lucknow varsity 
being pushed down the same path as other major institutions of higher education

All India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE) statement on the Lucknow University administration’s suppression of peaceful student protest on the Campus and 
attack on academicians and writers: AIFRTE expresses shock and outrage against the action of the Lucknow
University’s current Vice-Chancellor and his administrative officials 
in Denying admission to 25 students on grounds of `indiscipline’
 … More Lucknow varsity 
being pushed down the same path as other major institutions of higher education

Higher education bill: Legacy of hostility towards progress of SCs, STs, SEdBCs needs to end

Letter by PS Krishnan (IAS retired), former secretary, Ministry of Welfare, Government of India, to Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Human Resource Development on the draft Higher Education Commission (HEC) Bill from the point of view of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Socially and Educationally Backward Classes of India: It is welcome that your esteemed Ministry … More Higher education bill: Legacy of hostility towards progress of SCs, STs, SEdBCs needs to end

Through the proposed Act, Govt of India is seeking to centralize all powers of higher learning

Statement by Gujarat Social Watch* on the draft Act promulgated to set up Higher Education Commission: Gujarat Social Watch strongly condemns the enactment being introduced by the Central Government to form the Higher Education Commission (HEC) by scrapping the University Grants Commission (UGC). The Commission is proposed to concentrate on educational matters, whereas financial matters … More Through the proposed Act, Govt of India is seeking to centralize all powers of higher learning

Draft Higher Education Bill: Destroying autonomy, mandating interference from governments

By Anil Chaudhary* In response to the public notice issued by the Ministry of Human Resource Development seeking feedback on the Draft Higher Education Commission of India Bill 2018 from “educationists, stakeholders and general public”, I would like to strongly oppose this move to centralise, bureaucratise, and establish absolute government control on higher education in … More Draft Higher Education Bill: Destroying autonomy, mandating interference from governments