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Brightest: Potuganti Prudhvi of NIT, Warangal who bagged the first prize at “Avishkar”.

Brightest: Potuganti Prudhvi of NIT, Warangal who bagged the first prize at “Avishkar”.  

Are the recommendations of National Knowledge Commission (NKC) unfeasible? Senior academics debating on its recommendations felt that the recommendations like setting up 1,500 universities were impractical while there were dangers in the public-private partnership that the NKC espoused. These views were expressed at a session organised as part of the national seminar held on ‘Higher Education: Policies and Perspectives,’ organised by the Department of Political Science, Osmania University. A subsequent thought was raised with regard to the constitution of the commission itself.

The two-day seminar also discussed issues related to emerging contours in higher education, economics, democratisation and challenges and inclusive growth.

A serious effort also was put into understanding the changing substantive nature of higher education in India that seemingly is moving from a conventional knowledge base to a more techno-rational one, and the dangerous societal implications of being unable to revitalize the social sciences and humanities in India. Panellists debated the merits and demerits of the internationalisation of higher education in India while relating it to the case of China where domestic capacity building was strengthened through the internationalization of higher education institutions and practices.

The dangers of ‘privatisation by stealth’, as one panellist defined, also reflected in the discussions. The increasing trend towards commoditisation of education alongside the subsequent damage to the proposed goal of equity was criticized. Diverse views were expressed in the democratisation of higher education in India with particular reference to the dynamics of globalisation in the form of the WTO-GATS regime threatening a complete restructuring of Indian higher education. While some viewed this dynamic as an opportunity to renew higher education as foreign capital in educational institutions could alleviate supply constraints and declining public funds, others argued that it could mean a disastrous loss of control over educational institutions and the consequent transformation in the character of educational service.

Speakers felt that socially suppressed sections didn’t gain much despite pro-active policies. A quantitative analysis of the SC/ST reservation and a paper based on case studies of the actual positions of SC/ST students in universities proved the abysmal condition of the disadvantaged sections of society with reference to higher education institutions.

R. Ravikanth Reddy

In Hyderabad


Vignana Bharathi Institute of Technology, Ghatkesar organised a State-level paper presentation competition exclusively for the first year B-Tech students christened “Avishkar” in order to encourage them to make a habit of participating in the technical festivals, which would expand their horizon outside the college campus. And the organisers are the second year students of VBIT.

Nearly 100 abstracts were received from various colleges across the State of which 23 abstracts were selected to present their papers at the event. The first prize was bagged by Potuganti Prudhvi of NIT, Warangal. He presented his paper on “Desaliation techniques and capacitive deionization.” Second prize was taken by S.K.Parthasarathy of Vignana Bharati Institute of Technology for his paper on “Flying saucers.” The third prize went to V. Sai Preethi & Y.Manaswi of CVSR Engineering College for their paper on “I-cane an intelligent tool for the blinds with A1 techniques.”

Mahatma Gandhi University

In an effort to foster competitive spirit, Mahatma Gandhi University, Nalgonda, has sanctioned cash incentives to a total of 12 meritorious students of six PG courses at a function held in connection with Republic Day ceremony here on Jan 26.

The university has also drawn up an ambitious plan to introduce gold medals one each in all the existing 12 courses in the next academic year to promote the talent of academic excellence among its students. University Vice-Chancellor V. Gangadhar presented cheques of Rs. 5,000 each to 12 PG students for their performance in the first year of their PG programmes.

In a goodwill gesture, several students among them came forward to donate a portion of their cash incentive to the students-managed clubs of their respective departments.

P. Sridhar in Nalgonda

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