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Rewards For Researchers On Publication Of Their Work

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Honors and awards pour in for the eligible. Chinese researchers are in for a special treat by their government when their research work features in a publication. They will be offered upto $165,000 for a Nature or Science publication in a journal of great repute. Though this step taken by the Chinese government is a welcome step for its researchers, the west is unable to digest it because there is nothing as such there. This has led to wrong doings with researchers being caught reviewing their papers. This has questioned the independence and excellence of scholarship.

China To Honor Them To Enhance Research

This move of rewarding individuals over institutions with cash has led to a mere publication stunt with no real value in the work. Such incentives can be mainly due to the salary of researchers not being at par with those of their counterparts in developed countries. Therefore such moves might stay on. Some serious changes will stall the malpractice in this regard. To begin with the present blind peer-review needs to be changed to a named peer-review process with the reviewers’ names being on the publication. This being a voluntary process, reviewers should be paid a nominal amount and be held accountable for false reviews. The universities can play an all important part by creating categories of journals, taking into account the recommendations of their leading scholars. Then researchers should be awarded the same level of financial reward for publishing in the top 5 or top 10 journals in their field (as designated by each discipline’s professional society).

REWARDS FOR RESEARCH

The research work to be published should carry a promise note of the researcher, mentioning is their own with complete disclosure of the data, indicating any conflict of interests, incorporated by most medical journals at present. Payments for researchers must be subject to chance which is in full compliance with this system. Universities can form a group of reputed people which are apt in handling such tasks which are in tune with the Institutional Review Boards which look after the interests of test subjects, suggests Prof. Susskind.

 

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DUTA Continues its Evaluation Boycott even after a month

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Delhi University Teachers Association, DUTA has decided to continue the Evaluation Boycott by adopting resolutions in favour of boycott by majority. DUTA has categorically demanded that the UGC’s Roster Notification of 5th March must be put in abeyance to ensure that no working ad-hoc or temporary teacher is displaced in the new academic session.

DUTA has been boycotting the evaluation for a month now to protest the new faculty reservation mechanism in universities and a host of other issues. In a General Body Meeting, the DUTA decided to continue its evaluation boycott by adopting a resolution, the teachers’ body said.

Meanwhile, the university again appealed to the teachers to end their evaluation boycott in the larger interest of students. This is the third time in two weeks that the varsity has issued such an appeal to the teachers

It has also demanded the immediate notification of revised allowances for teachers and workers as per 7 CPC. On other pending issues related to the counting of past services for promotions and absorption/regularization of all ad-hock and temporary teachers, DUTA has demanded urgent meetings with the VC that he has evaded so far. The MHRD and DU Administration have connived to prolong the suffering and anguish of teachers and attack the foundations of public-funded higher education.

 

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Private Sector to Fund and Aid in boosting Higher Education in India

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Higher Education in India might receive a significant monetary boost as the government is planning to rope in private companies and high-net individuals (HNIs) to finance and promote higher education across the country. The ministry of human resource development has prepared a draft of the plan and will present it before the Union cabinet for consideration.

Two government officials have stated the plan will be implemented through the higher education funding agency (HEFA), a non-banking financial company, under the human resource ministry.

Roping in HNIs and private companies might lead to improvements in higher education in India, and government officials seemed optimistic. “Bringing in industries or industrialists or high net-worth individuals for HEFA equity will have three benefits. One, structured and clean private funding. Two, outside experience of managing higher education funding. And three, curb chances of manipulation at the institutional level,” a government official told Live Mint.

In February 2018, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the education sector was a priority for the Indian government.

Why does this matter

In 2014,reports says that a mere 10% of students have access to higher education in the country. The article cited a report by a development economist Abusaleh Shariff, and mentioned that residents of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal have the worst access to higher education.

Report details that lax quality and a lack of accountability and widespread innovation is what ails higher education in India. Indian higher education seems to be suffering from a two-fold problem of quality and quantity. The Indian government seems to think that privatizing education is the only solution. However, along with private investment, the government also should look to invest more in education. India’s spending on education is much lower than that of other countries.

Perhaps some degree of privatization is the only way out for better higher education in India. However, along with adequate funds, the government must ensure the funds are being allocated to improve the quality of teaching offered to Indian students, thereby, improving accountability of the system.

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AKTU gets approved by AICTE to run design courses at UG and PG level

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AICTE has granted the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) to have design courses at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels from this academic session.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) which was known as uttar Pradesh technical university,is a public collegiate university in lucknow in the Indian state of UP. It was first established as the uttar Pradesh technical university through the government of uttar Pradesh. Their main aim was to reduce workload and to ensure proper management. After that the university was bifurcated into separate universities, Gautam Buddha Technical University and Mahamaya Technical University. This university is also affiliated to approximately 800 colleges.

Approval Granted for AKTU

AICTE i.e. the all India council for technical education has granted the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) to design the courses at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels from academic session. It has now became the first university in the country to have the Bachelor of Design (B.Des) and Master of Design (M.Des) courses. “The university has received the AICTE’s approval to run specialised post-graduate courses in Lucknow,” said university vice chancellor Vinay Kumar Pathak.Classes for B.Des and M.Des courses will be conducted at the UP Institute of Design in Noida, which was established last year. The B.Des course will take 40 students a year and the M.Des course will take 18, said institute official Virendra Pathak. On this way, the AICTE has also approved three specialised courses – M Tech in Computer Science and Engineering, M Tech in Nano Technology and M Tech in Mechatronics – at Lucknow’s Centre for Advance Studies. All the three courses have an intake of 18 each student.

Students who are pursuing post-graduate courses will also get a monthly scholarship of Rs 12,500 from the government. The GATE score sheet will be used for according admission in these courses.

 

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