Amid a controversy over the Central government’s decision to grant Institution of Eminence status to Jio Institute of the Reliance Foundation, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said that the Rs 1,000-crore government grant is meant only for public sector institutes which have received the eminence tag.
In a meeting Wednesday, Prakash Javadekar is learnt to have asked his officers to get all vice-chancellors of central, state and deemed universities to review their recommendations made to the higher education regulator for inclusion of journals on its list.
Earlier this month, the Government of India informed us that six higher education institutions have been named Institutions of Eminence (IoE) by the Centre. Of these, five are known for their science and technology schools and one does not exist. They will be permitted to admit 30 per cent foreign students with no restrictions on the fees charged from them.
Although India is already among the top five economies, and will soon be among the top three, the country doesn’t have a single university that is ranked among the top 100 in the world, said Raghuram Rajan, former Governor of the Reserve Bank of India.
REFERRING TO THE investigation published last week in The Indian Express on fake research paper shops in India, the Government Monday said that it has asked all universities to review by August 30 the list of academic journals that are to be recognised by the UGC.
No Indian university or institute has come in the top 100 of world university rankings. The Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, comes highest at 179 in the global 2018 QS Top Universities rankings. So, it’s obvious that the regulatory bodies, the University Grants Commission and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), have failed to spawn excellence.
From the first journal brought out by OMICS ten years ago to an estimated 1,500 active publications today, Hyderabad has emerged as the Indian hub of predatory journals that publish research articles on a range of subjects from medicine to management for a fee, an investigation by The Indian Express has revealed.
In the world of academia, getting published in an international research journal is almost the holy grail, it helps bump up the CV for hiring and helps in the competition for tenure or promotion. It takes rigorous research, an original contribution, exhaustive peer or expert reviews, and dogged persistence.
An investigation by The Indian Express has revealed India to be one of the biggest global hubs for the “pay-and-publish” business , a practice in which “predatory journals” that often exist only online, publish research without any rigorous checks or expert review , for a “fee” ranging from as little as a couple of thousand rupees to well over a lakh.
Google on Tuesday announced ‘Launchpad Accelerator India,’ a mentorship program that would aim to support Indian start-ups that deploy artificial intelligence and machine learning to build solutions for local needs. The company said the program builds on the success of the global Launchpad Accelerator program.
India has witnessed a huge surge in the applications for intellectual property rights and their subsequent approvals in the last five years. According to statistics from Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), trademarks, copyrights and patent registrations have seen growth of 236 per cent, 233 per cent and 41 per cent respectively since 2016.
India should open up for more collaborations with other countries, though Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream “Make in India” programme may not be termed as “protectionism”, Finland Ambassador Nina Vaskunlahti said.
To boost the prospects of PhD students, the Government of India has instituted a large investment in the form of the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) for 1,000 students from elite government-run institutes in the country. However, only 135 candidates were chosen for the honour this year.
After more than two years of the Centre announcing that it would grant the ‘Institute of Eminence’ status to 20 institutions, it is set to bring the number down to less than half.
There is growing resentment within the academic community over the Centre’s decision to scrap the University Grants Commission and replace it with a Higher Education Commission of India (HECI), which is likely to be without the grant-giving powers that the UGC possesses.