Members of the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences of the Osmania University expressed their reservations on the proposed move to set up the Higher Education Commission of India by scrapping the University Grants Commission (UGC).
At a workshop recently held at the University, the participants felt that reforms should be preceded by an objective and critical evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the existing system and should not become hostage to political and ideological considerations.
A statement said a committee should be constituted to go into the shortcomings of the UGC and recommend remedial measures and possibly revamp it instead of dismantling it. Any attempt to “lay down uniform standards” and impose “uniform learning outcomes” is dangerous and disastrous in a multi-cultural country like India, the teachers felt.
The participants at the workshop argued that “any attempt to enforce a ‘national curriculum’ overriding and ignoring local specificities will only alienate the learners from the learning process.
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