Jaleel pitches for quality edu, instead of number of varsities

  • | Saturday | 9th December, 2023

Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar: MP Imtiaz Jaleel has questioned the Union government as to why none of the 1,182 universities, including the 56 run by the Centre, from India did not feature on the list of the worlds best 200 universities.The MP from Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar said this while speaking on the Central University (Amendment) Bill, 2023, introduced in Parliament on Thursday.The amendment bill aimed at establishing a university specifically and especially for the tribal population and providing avenues of higher education and research facilities for students from thetribal communities.The only university from India to find a place in the worlds best universities list is ranked somewhere around 320. Are we stressing more on quantity and compromising on quality? he asked during the session.It is a welcome move to start new universities, including the ones for tribal communities. However, it is high time that the quality of education and the condition of universities was improved instead of merely focussing on increasing the number of universities, Jaleel said.If the Centre had so much affection for the tribal communities, why was President Draupadi Murmu, who is from a tribal community, not invited for the inauguration of the new Parliament building, he said. Citing the data provided by Union minister of state for education Subhash Sarkar in April this year, Jaleel said 19, 000 students belonging to the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and OBC categories had to opt out of premier educational institutions such as IITs, IIMs and central universities. Of these students, 2,622 were from the ST category. Besides, 32 students from OBC communities committed suicide, he cited the data as showing.We also published the following articles recentlyBill to establish central tribal university in Telangana introduced in Lok SabhaEducation Minister Dharmendra Pradhan introduced a bill in Lok Sabha to establish the Sammakka Sarakka Central Tribal University in Telangana. The university aims to increase access and quality of higher education, promote research in tribal art and culture, and advance technology for the tribal population. The establishment of this university is mandatory under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014. The Central Universities Act, 2009 governs the establishment of universities for teaching and research in different states.Centre will ensure early completion of tribal university in Telangana, says govtThe Lok Sabha discusses the bill to establish the Sammakka Sarakka Central Tribal University in Telangana, as mandated by the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014. The minister of state for education assures that the central government will ensure the prompt completion of the university. Congress member highlights the need for preserving tribal culture and demands the timely filling of reserved seat vacancies. BJP member emphasizes the importance of universities in enabling tribal youth to pursue higher education. DMK member raises concerns about discrimination and demands information on measures taken to address it. Trinamool Congress member highlights the increase in crimes against tribals and the issue of unfilled reserved seats in central universities.Maharashtra universities to offer free education to transgender studentsThe state government has asked public universities to provide free education for transgender students to encourage their enrollment and completion of higher education. Universities will also work towards creating inclusive campuses and sensitizing their communities. The decision was made during a state-level review meeting with vice-chancellors and department officials. It was also mentioned that universities should hold campaigns to register new voters and create online content for individuals who have left education. Other topics discussed included NAAC accreditation, skill-oriented courses, and the grading system under the National Education Policy.

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