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The coaching phenomenon

Tuesday, 12 Jun 2018 | CB Sharma | in Oped

Do we really need coaching institutes or should we focus more on improving the quality of teaching in our own classrooms? Since the senior secondary results of the CBSE were declared, the debate on schooling has taken the centre-stage. One angle of analysis of Board results has been that children who...

Reassessing spending priorities

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 | CB Sharma | in Oped

Despite increased spending, educational outcomes have been less than satisfactory. To beat best-performing countries, India must spend money judiciously Every discussion on Indian education boils down to one conclusion: The Government is not spending enough. It appears a foregone conclusion that the quality of education depends upon expenditure and as the...

India’s quest for global rankings

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 | CB Sharma | in Oped

Research credibility of Indian institutions is at its lowest ebb. This is one of the reasons for the poor performance of Indian universities globally. Overall, an attempt must be made to improve the admission process and evaluate doctoral degrees Every year when the Times Higher Education World University Rankings list is...

India failing on research output

Tuesday, 01 May 2018 | CB Sharma | in Oped

India cannot figure in the global university ranking list unless the entire process of awarding doctoral degrees is revamped. The UGC, in particular, must reconsider its research norms and guidelines and link funding to good research output Research is the backbone of the higher education system and universities. Functions of higher...

Education reforms: Bed of thorns

Tuesday, 17 Apr 2018 | CB Sharma | in Oped

Change or innovation in the education sector should not be introduced in hurry. Change impacts a large number of students and if it is not well thought out, it may lead to negative disruption. Examination reforms should be debated and considered well before being introduced Our girls have made the country...

Testing times for the CBSE

Tuesday, 03 Apr 2018 | CB Sharma | in Oped

There has been a rising chorus demanding the sacking of the CBSE chief. Yes, she must be sacked! For, she tried to sweep a system clean which has been nurturing mafias Question paper leaks are not uncommon — it happens almost every year in India and also abroad. However, the...

Challenge of public school education

Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018 | CB Sharma | in Oped

Positive outcomes have been registered in the education sector but the need is to bridge the class divide which reflects in the quality of education Public education in every nation has a pivotal role as the cost of education is completely or in some cases, mostly borne by the Government. On...

Learning better in mother tongue

Tuesday, 06 Mar 2018 | CB Sharma | in Oped

Mother-tongue based primary education should be our priority for better schooling results. It is unfortunate that while resources are available, the will is lacking Saving our mother tongue should not be taken as a linguists' romance but as the most important national agenda. An understanding, that all must learn and speak...

Much ado about nothing

Monday, 19 Feb 2018 | CB Sharma | in Oped

The HRD Ministry’s fellowship scheme is lucrative but will not help it emerge as the leader in the education sector. Several issues remain to be addressed The Ministry of Human Resource Development has announced a very attractive Prime Minister Fellowship scheme for 1,000 present or former BTech and MTech/MSc students of...

Correcting a misguided education policy

Monday, 22 Jan 2018 | CB Sharma | in Oped

The Government is spot on in reconsidering the no-detention policy in schools. Education is, perhaps, the most difficult sector in terms of introducing reforms. Nevertheless, Javadekar must be ready to face opposition to this pro-nation, pro-children reform Children studying in elementary classes could go up to class VIII even if they...


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