New Maths for Old
Mathematics was integral to land control, revenue extraction, and productive activities in premodern India. With the transition to colonial rule, new demands were made of those who measured and…
Macaulay’s Ghost: The Unimportance and Importance of English
What stand should one take between the campaign for decolonisation of the Indian mind and that giving pre-eminence to English? We ought to develop a universalism that is attentive to local cultures…
Peter Ronald deSouza
Cleansing the Past, Creating the Future? Do (History) Books Matter?
Deletions in the NCERT introductory textbook for history indicate that the slightest allusion to respect for social and cultural differences as an ideal is considered irrelevant.
Beyond CUET and Other Simplifications: Reassessing University Assessment
What value are exams such as the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) for assessing students? Can we imagine a more equitable and just method for admitting students to institutes of higher…
Reforming the Doctoral Programme in Universities: To What End?
Regulations to maintain standards of PhD programmes have led to the curbing of university autonomy.
How’s India Doing in Medical Education for Universal Healthcare?
Medical education in India does not prepare doctors to effectively manage contemporary health challenges, let alone emerging ones. What we need is a comprehensive overhaul to align medical education…
Implications of the RTE Experience for EWS Quotas
The belief that goals can be independent of the means to pursue them assumes an all-powerful state capacity. The reality is that all policies entail implementation costs, and those targeting the…
The Turbulent Future of Higher Education
Higher education in India no longer guarantees decent work in a changing and shrinking job market, even as its investment in liberal values is being challenged. Given the policy reforms and…
The Coming Disruption in Higher Education in India
The New Education Policy does not look to build on existing strengths in higher education. Instead, its aim is total disruption: a drastic modification in the meaning of higher education itself and…
The Perils of the Digital University
Without proper regulatory clarity and oversight, the emerging policy on online education threatens to turn the university into a shell institution, commandeered by industry for profiteering.