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Globalisation and Higher Education Institutions in South Asia

Universities as Transformative Social Spaces: Mobilities and Mobilizations from South Asian Perspectives edited by Andrea Kölbel, Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka, and Susan Thieme; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022; pp x + 330, `1,695.

Challenges before Institutions of Eminence in India

This article evaluates the challenges of the Institutions of Eminence scheme from the feedbacks received from the faculty, heads, deans, and directors/vice chancellors of the institutes/universities covered under the scheme. It is concluded that investing in teachers is highly crucial to attain “world-class” status for universities in India.

Denationalised Elites and Their Search for Global Ranking of Higher Education Institutions

India’s denationalised intellectuals may help us realise the common concerns of the West and India. But they displace India’s historical universals. Their search for the global ranking of higher educational institutions is devoid of moral and intellectual concerns for a national-popular collective will.

Rohith Vemula: Foregrounding Caste Oppression in Indian Higher Education Institutions

In April 2021, a professor from the Indian Institute of Technology verbally abused students belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities. The incident brought to the fore conversations around caste and education. One is instantly reminded of how five years before this incident, in 2016, Rohith Vemula, a Dalit PhD scholar at the University of Hyderabad, died by suicide. Between 2016 and 2021 itself, India lost several students belonging to Dalit and Bahujan communities to suicide as a result of caste-based discrimination. That elite Indian higher education institutions practise caste-based discrimination is nothing new. But Vemula’s death sparked a political movement. This reading list attempts to understand how and why this came to be.
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