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The unshackling

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Few people realise how momentous the Institution of Eminence decision of the government is. Six lucky institutions have been given the freedom to educate as they deem fit, in the best interest of their students, using the full potential of their faculty without the incubus of governmental control on their backs. Three of the government universities will even get additional funds to pursue their dreams.

Rid of the burden of carrying out the orders of the government, these six universities can fully focus on their students, faculty, research and social outreach to prove that they are among the best in the world. The decision is so outside the norm for Indian academia that it has left Indian academics shocked.

Come to think of it, the Narendra Modi government has been taking small steps towards liberating universities and colleges from the bonds that were forged by the colonial government in the 1850s, with the ubiquitous Director of Public Instruction in-charge. In March 2018, some 60 universities and colleges were given considerable autonomy to decide on their courses, hiring of faculty, fee structure and raising of philanthropic funds. It took considerable persuasion from the government, and assurances of........

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