|No place for profit-making
As it plans to bring in a
legislation to allow foreign universities to begin operations in India,
the government on Tuesday indicated that it would not allow profit-making
foreign educational institutions to set up campuses in the country.
"The government policy is
not to allow profit-making institutions even in India to flourish in the
field of education because education is a charitable exercise," Union HRD
Minister Kapil Sibal told the Rajya Sabha.
He said the government would
like high-quality foreign educational institutions to come to India either
by way of twinning arrangements or by way of grant of degrees based on
LS to debate price rise today
New Delhi: The government
on Tuesday agreed to have a debate on price rise in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday
after the Left led by CPM leader Basudeb Acharia demanded that Speaker
Meira Kumar take up the adjournment motion moved by them on the issue.
The demand was supported by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
The Speaker, however, did not admit the adjournment motion. The Left MPs
then trooped into the well, leading to the adjournment of the House. When
the House reconvened at 11.30 am, the government, upon insistence by Left
and SP agreed to have a debate on price rise
More than any of the specific
policy proposals, Kapil Sibal’s willingness to open a national dialogue
on education outside the halls of elite commissions is to be lauded. Equally
important is the tacit admission of a dirty little secret of educationists:
the education system does not serve the learning needs of the vast majority
of Indians. Nor does it serve the holistic development needs of local communities.
As climate change and economic
collapse loom before our generation, this is indeed a welcome opportunity
to rethink some of the assumptions that have defined the framework of schooling
until now, such as: monoculture, fragmented disciplines, competition, compulsion
Everyone already agrees that
government schools in villages are in bad shape. What will make this round
of dialogue interesting is if we open up to greater interrogation the claim
that elite private schools are providing “good education”.
It is essential to ask: Are
children prepared to deal responsibly with the kinds of challenging uncertainty
that characterizes the 21st century? What are the opportunities for students
to develop higher order skills such as: unlearning, critical analysis,
research, problem solving, imagination, self-expression, decision-making,
self-introspection, team work, wisdom? Are children equipped to build healthy
and sustainable communities, and live in harmony and integrity?