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No one should expect governments to define policies in unambiguous whites and blacks.600. “Elections are scheduled to be held in the state soon.. By all accounts, download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Manoj Kumar R | Bengaluru | Published: October 9, This is exactly what I would have done and would do in future if I have the resources. The question we need to ask is why Professor Bhate does not have the resources We spend crores and crores casually on conferencescommissions and committees of which we have lost countbut there is no money in Pune for pursuing Sanskrit studies or encouraging Dalits The irony is aggravated when one knows that the current vice chancellor of Pune UniversityDr Narendra Jadhavis himself a Dalit and a Sanskrit scholar (He stood first in his high school class in Sanskrit His Brahmin teacher was apparently quite puzzled when he got to know that his brilliant student was in fact a Dalit) Venkatraman Ramakrishnanthe winner of the Chemistry Nobelworks in the UK; Amartya Senthe winner of an Economics Nobeltrains doctoral students in CambridgeEngland and CambridgeMassachusetts CR RaoBhagwatiKulkarniReddyRamachandranPrahladBhabhaChakravartiBoseAppaduraiSubrahmanyamNarayana Rao in fields as diverse as physicsroboticseconomicsneuro-sciencestatisticsphilosophyhistorymanagement and Telugu literature are all ensconced in universities outside India And nowwe have even conceded the commanding heights of Sanskrit scholarship to distant lands It is as if we have abandoned the pursuit of higher learning in India There are a few exceptions The Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore still struggles bravely JNU does have a handful of scholars The rest is silence as Hamlet would have itor shall we say darkness The British started universities in India as institutions that conducted examinations and awarded degrees Research and the creation of knowledge would still take place at OxfordCambridge and Edinburgh Despite this unhappy beginningthe universities of CalcuttaBombayMadrasAllahabadPoona and Benares did manage to have outstanding scholars at one time and reasonable reputations In the thirtiesRaman was able to do cutting edge research in Calcutta In the fortiesRadhakrishnan assembled a world-class faculty in Waltairwhere the new Andhra University was situated What has gone wrong that we have out-sourced all knowledge creationnot just in aeronautics or molecular biology but even in Sanskrit and Telugu studies to foreign institutions If this continueswe can forget any hope of becoming a prosperous country in the foreseeable future It is not sufficient if our IITs and IIMs teach well to students who are of a high calibre simply by self-selection They need to produce seminal research They need to create original knowledge which is a pre-requisite for any progress that we aspire for In years gone bythe art historian Stella Kramrisch came to Calcutta and Shantiniketan to study Indian art Todayshe can stay away from India completely (except for messy obligatory field trips) and use her time more productively in Philadelphia or in London at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) While the entry of private universities on a not-for-profit as well as a for-profit basis is to be welcomedbecause they increase choice for our studentsthis does not mean that the state walks away from this space Even in the USthe University of California system or the Universities of Michigan and Texas are publicly funded universities and their existence is critical to the overall success of the system Any moves to improve public universities must reject the deadening hand of excessive centralisation A single University Grants Commission sitting in Delhi trying to impose one set of standardssalaries and processes for all institutions across the country has a Stalinist feel to it and like all central-planning solutions will lead to mediocrity and a slow death of creativity The medieval European university was granted autonomy usually by specific royal charter This enabled each of them to pursue excellence as they saw fit; over time different models emerged Bologna was different from Heidelberg; Oxford was different from Uppsala There is no reason for the omniscient UGC to insist that every lecturer have an MPhil with 65 years of experience and that every professor have a PhD with 112 years of experience It might be quite in order to appoint a brilliant young person straight away to a professors position Because he decided that we could not rescue the existing universities from the clutches of venal politicians in different statesNehru set the stage for elite Central government institutions Unfortunatelywe copied the French model of elite Ecoles specialising in single areas (technologymanagementstatisticsfilmsmedicinelaw) rather than the ScottishEnglish or American models of multi-disciplinary universities Similarly we structured CSIR laboratories so that they have no undergraduate students and hardly any doctoral candidates The Central institutions have become islands of specialisation and we are not getting the benefits of a largecopious well-rounded university population Recent attempts by the IITs to start programmes in management and in the humanities need to be welcomed We need to build on this auspicious beginning Just like MITwhich started as an engineering college and grew into a full-fledged universitythe IITs and IIMs are well-positioned to become broad-based centres of learning and research The argument that an academic institution which receives land and grants from the government must therefore be controlled by ministries is a weak and fallacious one We can and must grant autonomy to our public universities just as we do to the Election Commission or the judiciary This combined with a large injection of resources could easily result in India having its own Nobel laureates in a ten to twenty-year time-frame Otherwiselet us be prepared for intellectual darkness [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: September 13 2016 7:03 pm Udanta Singh has joined Mumbai City with his Bengaluru FC teammate Lalchhuanmawai Fanai (Source: I-League) Top News Mumbai City FC announced the signing of the talented Indian pair of Lalchhuanmawai Fanai and Udanta Singh for the third season of Indian Super League (ISL) 2016 The franchise is thrilled to boost its squad with the addition of these talented Indian footballers Mumbai City FC’s towering left-back Fanai has been retained for ISL 2016 Hailing from the village of Lengpui in the state of Mizoram Fanai made his debut with Shillong Lajong where he remained for 2 seasons before joining Bengaluru FC He had an incredible season with Bengaluru FC winning the Federation Cup in 2015 placing second in the I- League for the 2014-2015 season and then going on to become a part of the squad that won the I- League last season Joining his Bengaluru FC teammate at Mumbai City FC is 20-year-old striker Udanta Singh Starting his football career at the tender age of 14 at the TATA Football Academy Udanta came up the ranks and represented his academy at the Darjeeling Gold Cup and Saras Gold Cup Terrorizing defenders with his crafty footwork and impeccable skill Udanta became Bengaluru’s youngest goal-scorer Sent to Oxford United for a development training stint under Michael Appleton Udanta came back stronger and won the I- League with Bengaluru FC last year Commenting on the selection Indranil Das Blah CEO Mumbai City FC said “We are elated to announce the signing of Fanai and Udanta Fanai proved his mettle last season as well and we’re glad to have him back with us Udanta had a great season in the I-League and is one of the most promising players in the country right now His continued inclusion in the National Squad at such a young age is a testament to that We are sure they’re going to play a big part in the upcoming season” On being retained by Mumbai City FC Fanai said “It is great to be back in Mumbai The results weren’t the best last season but the fans of the city were always backing us I hope I can play my part to give them a better season this time around” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: May 31 2016 4:50 am Top News An MoU was signed Monday between the Maharashtra Nursing Council (MNC) and an Australian institute to provide training to nurses in specialised medical care in regions like Vidarbha Likely to be expanded to cover over 203 lakh registered nurses in the state in four years the move will better-equip nurses to handle critical cases in places where the doctor-patient ratio is poor “The image of nurses is that they only assist doctors But nurses are the ones responsible for monitoring post-operative patients Through these courses we will teach them intensive care They are the ones who stay with patients round the clock” said Dr Ramling Mali president of MNC Over 10 Australian academics will be brought from two institutes under Health Careers to India to train teachers and nurses on healthcare specialities such as orthopaedics paediatrics gynaecology and intensive care “The modules will be seminars conferences with experts and online teaching courses” said Biju Kunnumpurath CEO of Health Careers which is also partnering with the Kerala and Uttar Pradesh government for specialised nursing education Share This Article Related Article Currently while nurses are completing graduation in BSc there are few takers for post-graduate education in nursing due to poor placement opportunities in India The specialised courses by the MNC a regulatory body of nurses in Maharashtra will now help open avenues abroad for job placements The MNC currently has 203 lakh nurses of which 12717 are graduate nurses while 19 lakh are auxiliary and general nurse midwives For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top Newswhen presenting budget 2013-14, download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 3, head of the Kosovo Judo Federation, The past two months have seen a relative lull and it has not tested a missile since firing one over Japan on 15 September.

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