Like a plaything:
An element of craft:
Questions of renewal:
The op-ed focuses on the educational institutes and universities of India and is important for Essay writing. The op-ed is also just another “opinion” and you need to be selective on what to pick up from here for your mains content.
NIRF is very important for prelims. The issue of ranking of universities as a whole is important for mains.
The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)
The Ministry of Human Resource Development has steered India back to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which it had declined to participate in after a disastrous performance in 2009
PISA is an indicator:
Why did India opt out?
Facing the loss:
The NDA government has done well to seek to return to PISA’s global testing system. But the crucial reform still lies ahead: PISA data must be used to improve the school system.
The information is important for both Prelims and Mains.
A utopian thought:
Democracy in education:
There is nothing democratic about MOOCs; all that this seeks to do is to create two very distinct sets of higher education institutions. One would hire the best minds and manufacture MOOCs with their help; the other would consume the high-quality product they market.
The opinion expressed is that of the author, which may not always match general perception. Note the critical points on MOOCs for Mains.
Revolution in education needed:
The bleak scenario:
Bottom-of-the-pyramid jobs give us three insights:
Amendments to RTE:
There is need for an education revolution to complement the job formalization revolution that has begun. A direct or indirect question may be asked on this topic in Mains exam.
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE):
The various schemes are important for Prelims. These can also be quoted in mains.
Keep track of this issue as it develops for mains.
Important for Prelims.
Note4students: Know the important provisions of the bill for prelims as well as mains.
Early indicators that give us some idea of the government’s plans and priorities:
HRD Ministry report:
The government needs to make large efforts to make science more glamorous. If there is to be real progress, it will need unglamorous, ground-level work.
Good analysis on education and innovation ecosystem in India. Note it for essay.
The Union Minister of Human Resource Development launched the Sixth All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) in New Delhi.
Setting up of six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Jammu, Kerala and Karnataka.
Do you know that UGC is also called User Generated Content in the social media parlance?
The panel has been asked to recommend measures to integrate the study of Sanskrit with other disciplines like physics, chemistry, maths, medical science.
Emphasising what the apex court held 27 years ago, the bench said it is now “inclined” to convey the same message to the government over reservation in institutions of higher education.
SC had ruled in 1988 in two judgments, had said “there should really be no reservation” since general interest of the country for improving the standard of higher education.
The committee will consider the economic and other criteria for eligibility for non-NET fellowships, recommending guidelines for the selection, coverage, award, and administration of the non-NET fellowships.
The HRD ministry is keen to do away with the current format of students taking the JEE-Mains and JEE-Advanced.
The first international summit on education, which was announced with much fanfare by the Ministry of Human Resource Development is called off.
It empowers the institutions to compete for international ranking systems like QS and Times.