S Vaidhyasubramaniam

Higher education needs a six-pack autonomy

During my high school days, the practical sessions on Biology were a mixed bag.

11 Aug 2018

Higher education needs a policy trinity

The ancient Indian higher education system is a different success story that should have catapulted the global scene but unfortunately lying in cold storage.

14 Jul 2018

Heci shouldn’t be old Wine  in new Bottle

The replacement to UGC should not be a glorified version of itself but a comprehensive body that covers all higher education streams

04 Jul 2018

Welcome the 'Jobs to be Done' Theory

The core in the ‘jobs to be done’ theory is the idea that customer hire products and services for a specific job to be done and either continue to hire or look for new options.

16 Jun 2018

CBSE should move to bits and bytes

As the MHRD committee submits its report by May 31, here are a few reasonable expectations to ensure that the recommendations defeat the ‘con’mighty forces.

21 Apr 2018

New policies wipe off many academic tears

When the Berlin Wall was built by East Germany in 1961, it was tellingly visible that it was built to be demolished and not to stay as walls are supposed to prevent unauthorised immigration and cannot

24 Mar 2018

RISE India needs a new education policy

The legendary Harvard University president Drew Faust in her latest commencement address drew from psychiatrist R D Laing’s observation on the art of noticing, and that the range of our thought and ac

22 Feb 2018

AICTE needs to better its understanding

In a recipe for vegetable peas pulav, the instructions were very clear to boil the vegetables and peas separately, prepare spices separately and finally mix them with boiled rice for a good balance in

27 Jan 2018

Winds of Change Need Windmills & Shelters

When the iconic Harvard Business School (HBS) was planning to launch its digital learning platform HBX, I distinctly remember my classroom discussion

16 Dec 2017

Breathe life into deemed universities

Since the SC has disallowed deemed universities from using the word ‘university’, are the degrees issued by them so far valid?

12 Dec 2017

NTA runaway needs aircraft,passengers and air-route

The cabinet has approved the long-pending policy to establish an independent National Testing Agency (NTA).

18 Nov 2017

Academic doors should open fast and allow fresh air

The annual report of any major corporate states “the objective of the organisation is to maximise shareholder value”.

21 Oct 2017

Survival of fittest, not fattest

The discrimination between public and private institutions over eligibility criteria in setting up  Institutions of Eminence must be addressed

09 Oct 2017

Entrepreneurship education: heads, I win. tails, you lose

The worst case scenario is that you will land up with a job.” This radical statement by start-up icon Girish of Freshworks (desk) captured the entire attention of those attending a meeting last week.

24 Sep 2017

Follow-on and not retire-hurt for a not-out career progress

The annual admission to various undergraduate disciplines in the 3,000-plus private engineering colleges in India witnessed a downtrend in the last three years.

26 Aug 2017

Accreditation by third party agencies needs a six-pack body

A study by UNESCO in 2007 points out to various academic frauds in higher education across the world and included slippage in the virtuous accreditation process to a vicious one.

27 Jul 2017

Higher education needs touch tax, not knockout punch

Senior Advocate and scholar Parliamentarian K Parasaran during his five-minute submission in the Rajya Sabha debate on the GST Bill showered intellectual brilliance on both the law and dharma.

29 Jun 2017

Graded autonomy will provide institutions the prescriptive mix

Global experience in university governance has witnessed changes in the locus of power across different stakeholders.

01 Jun 2017

Niti action agenda paves the path for quick policy action

This is the season of sequential versions with every version built on successful previous ones.

05 May 2017

Need a collaborative policy and action crowdsourcing

A decade back, when a leading government institution’s efforts to establish an overseas campus was curtailed, with unmet demand in India being cited as one of the reasons, a former Director of a leadi

06 Apr 2017

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