Leadership in Higher Education?

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  I had some very interesting encounters recently. I was invited to be a Guest Speaker at an Institute of Management in Delhi on its convocation day. This Institute has been set up by some seniors from my alma mater—IIT, Kanpur. The convocation ceremony was well-designed, had all the appropriate rituals, and was largely managed by […]

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Where are the Teachers?

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Education is about learning; and educational transaction is about learning from each other. In formal and structured educational settings, interaction with the teachers is a major source of learning. Teachers are the mainstay of any educational enterprise; this is true for all levels–primary, secondary and post-secondary. We all can remember some of our teachers, specially […]

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Craze for ‘Foreign Degree’

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Several million students are enrolled in ‘foreign’ educational institutions around the world; nearly one million new students enroll in post-secondary educational institutions annually. Proportionate to the size of their populations, China and India contribute to nearly half of this enrolment. Enrolment of students from other countries varies greatly according to the economic status and availability […]

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Lifelong Learning

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On the occasion of International Literacy Day (September 8), PRIA’s Continuing Education Unit organised a Seminar on ‘Lifelong Learning & The Challenge of Human Development in India Today’. Prof Rajashekharan Pillai, Vice-Chancellor of Indira Gandhi National Open University, delivered the special address at PRIA (see www.priaeducation.org for details). On this occasion, the Government of India announced a […]

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New Dynamics of Higher Education

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Many thanks for some critical reflections that you all shared. I have to get into this ‘blogging’ discipline more efficiently. In the first week of July, 2009 UNESCO hosted second world conference on higher education on the above theme in Paris. Of course, there was a sub-theme—Societal Change & Development. I was invited to Chair […]

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Education and the World We Want

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I am starting this conversation with you all to explore the challenges that we face in creating a World We Want, and the contributions that education can make towards realizing it. My roots go back into a lower middle class family of UP(India), around Kanpur, Lucknow, Allahabad, Etawah. I grew up in a family of […]

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