CB Sharma

An interventionist exercise

Tuesday, 10 Jul 2018 | CB Sharma | in Oped

The Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) Bill is poorly conceived. A rethink is needed before putting it up to the Parliament for debate The Government of India plans to bring a Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) Bill repealing the UGC Act, 1956. The Ministry of Human Resource (MHRD)...

Indian model of financing education

Tuesday, 26 Jun 2018 | CB Sharma | in Oped

Hopefully, the promised new education policy will give us a system which will have a decentralised structure like in earlier times We have become so adept at looking at Western models that every time we think of revamping our system, we try to look for a model in a Western country....

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...


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