Time University Grants Commission did a course correction
If its own house is in such a bad shape, one is forced to wonder how the UGC can be expected to regulate institutions of higher education and devise strategies to make them globally competitive.
Other education regulators have done no better — in 2009 the AICTE top brass was accused of rampant corruption by CBI; the Council of Architecture and the HRD Ministry are engaged in a battle for control for over six years now; and the National Council for Teacher Education that regulates teacher training courses had to be virtually taken over by the HRD Ministry to bring it back on track.
That the Kapil Sibal-led ministry has failed to help effect a course correction at an important body like UGC, rankles. The ministry in turn points at a leadership crisis and dearth of academic talent that is undoing bodies like UGC.
Compounding the crisis is the HRD Ministry’s stance on appointments. Prolonged delays in selecting heads of significant education bodies like NCERT, National Book Trust and UGC have undermined them and affected their functioning,
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