The Centre has decided to grant nearly complete autonomy and freedom from regulators to 15 per cent of the “top class institutes” of the country, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said.
The Human Resource Development Ministry touches close to 27 crore students (270 million), from kindergarten to the post graduate level. After the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the expansion of primary and secondary education happened at great speed. Because of the initiative we have now nearly achieved full enrollment. Even the latest UNESCO report says that only 30 lakh students are out of schools.
“We are now granting nearly complete autonomy and freedom from regulators to the all the top class 15 per cent institutes which have scored 3.25 on NAAC accreditation. We are trying to provide graded autonomy,” he said.
The first headlines came in context of the IIM Bill, when Javadekar said Indian Institutes of Management would get more autonomy. However, under the current government, there has been an increasing erosion of “autonomy” across institutions and universities in the country.
The fifth Prathiba M Singh Cambridge LL.M Scholarship this year was given to Ishmeet Kaur of Delhi University, Raveena Kumari Sethia of Jindal Law School and Ansh Singh Luthra from National Law Institute, Bhopal.
Justice Singh, an Indian alumna of the Faculty of Law at the Cambridge University, donated the scholarship that will allow other Indian students to complete an LLM at Cambridge.
Former Chief Justice of India J S Khehar, who was the chief guest on the occasion, said that the next generation will have a say in determining the responses to a variety of challenges India will face.
In March, PM Modi said 10 public and 10 private institutions, which would be selected to be developed into “world-class” institutions, would enjoy “complete autonomy in academic, administrative and financial matters.”
“India today faces a trilemma of global competitiveness, social inclusiveness and environmental sustainability. A resurgent India is not possible without an invigorated idea of justice which is properly imbibed for being enforced,” he said.
Justice Khehar said that legal education is all about management of self and resources to produce persons with values of quality, equity and compassion.
“I would like to remind the awardees not to forget that complete education has to be of the head and the heart. It’s only then that it will enable you to possess appropriate thrust for your future endeavours,” he added.
Cambridge University Pro-Vice Chancellor Eilis Veronica Ferran gave away the scholarship certificates to the awardees.