Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Education
4) Critically examine the potential of HECI Bill in improving the status of higher education in India?(250 words)
Why this question
The article talks about how the changes brought about by HECI Bill hardly resolves the issues faced by the higher education institutes in the country. Critical analysis of the bill this becomes necessary.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to first elaborate on the provisions of the bill likely to have an impact on the status of higher education institutes in the country. Thereafter we have to assess the pros and cons of the changes and present our view.
Critically examine – When you are asked to examine, you have to probe deeper into the topic, get into details, and find out the causes or implications if any. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, all you need to do is look at the good and bad of something and give a fair judgement
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Give details of the bill along with its aim.
- Discuss the provisions of the bill in detail that would impact the higher education institutes – impact on autonomy, finance, regulatory architecture etc
- Discuss the positives that the proposed move will have – failure of UGC, poor status of Indian universities, lack of uniform standards, infrastructure etc. Discuss how the Bill hopes to improve situation – “less government and more government”; “separation of grant function”; “End of inspection Raj”; “Focus of academic quality”; and “Powers to Enforce”
- Discuss the cons of such a move as highlighted in the article
Conclusion – Based on arguments made above, give a fair and balanced conclusion and the way forward.