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A re­cent gov­ern­ment report high­lights In­dia’s teacher short­ages at the higher lev­els com­pared with fel­low BRICS na­tions such as Brazil and China. Con­se­quently over­bur­dened by their teach­ing load, teach­ers in In­dia are ‘un­able to pur­sue any re­search or en­cour­age their stu­dents to do so’, notes the report ti­tled ‘Ed­u­ca­tion Qual­ity Upgra­da­tion and In­clu­sion Pro­gramme’. An HRD min­istry sur­vey also shows that while en­rol­ments in­creased in higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tutes be­tween 2014 and 2018, the num­bers of teach­ers have ac­tu­ally gone down. The draft Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Pol­icy points out that ‘thou­sands of smaller col­leges have hardly any teach­ing faculty, and there is lit­tle or no ed­u­ca­tion tak­ing place’.

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