Lit­tle ven­tured, even less gained

Not enough was done

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - YEAR REVIEW 2012 - — Aye­sha Ban­er­jee

Af­ter a three-year stint, ed­u­ca­tional re­forms man Kapil Sibal qui­etly ex­ited from the min­istry of hu­man re­source devel­op­ment (MHRD) in Oc­to­ber, to be re­placed by Pal­lam Raju.

Dur­ing his ac­tion-packed ten­ure, Sibal stirred and shook awake the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor.

He scrapped the Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion (CBSE) Class 10 Boards, ini­ti­ated a con­tin­u­ous and com­pre­hen­sive eval­u­a­tion (CCE) to as­sess stu­dents and in­tro­duced a sin­gle en­trance ex­am­i­na­tion for pre­mium en­gi­neer­ing and med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions. But Par­lia­ment pressed the pause but­ton on a whole lot of cru­cial bills meant to bring in mas­sive ed­u­ca­tion re­forms.

There was some move­ment on the part of the All In­dia Coun­cil for Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion (AICTE) and the Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion (UGC), two bod­ies that ac­tively sought alternative routes to im­prove the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

Pri­vate play­ers emerged in a bet­ter light than the sarkar this year, if one goes by the find­ings of the FICCI-Ernst and Young report on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion 2012.

Still, in a year when most col­lege prin­ci­pals fo­cused on triv­i­al­i­ties such as en­forc­ing me­dieval dress codes and univer­sity teach­ers and stu­dents locked horns over the im­ple­men­ta­tion of se­mes­ter sys­tems, se­ri­ous ini­tia­tives to im­prove the sys­tem on the part of reg­u­la­tory au­thor­i­ties, pub­lic and pri­vate in­sti­tutes were few and far be­tween.


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