Invitation to Seminar on CRISIS IN HIGHER EDUCATION.


cordially invite you to a SEMINAR on


Perspectives, Issues and Reconstruction

Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010

Time: 10:00 am to 5:30 pm

Venue: Kale Hall, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune

Schedule of the Seminar:

Session 1:  10:00 am to 1:30 pm


1.      Prof. Madhu Prasad, Zakir Hussain College, Delhi University

Emerging Crisis in  Higher Education and the Promise of the Constitution

2.      Prof. JBG Tilak, National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi

A Critical Examination of the Higher Education Bills in the Parliament

Lunch: 1:30 pm to 2:15 pm

Session 2:    2:15 pm to 5:30 pm


3.      Devinder Sharma, Chairperson of Forum for Biotechnology & Food Security, Delhi

Foreign Universities, Knowledge and Development

4.      Prof. Anil Sadgopal, former Dean, Faculty of Education, Delhi University

Struggle for Reconstruction of the Education System and the Role of Teachers

Each paper will be followed by an open discussion.

About the Speakers:

Prof. Madhu Prasad : Reader in Philosophy, Zakir Husain College, Delhi University; Researcher in education policy and history of education; Member of Presidium, All India Forum for Right to Education; Editorial Board Member, Social Scientist.

Dr Jandhyala BG Tilak: Renowned economist of education; presently Professor at National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi;  Has taught in Delhi University, Indian Institute of Education, University of Virginia and Hiroshima University;  Member of several official educational committees; on editorial boards of several professional journals; Authored 10 books and 250 research papers; Recipient of numerous prestigious awards.

Devinder Sharma: Chairperson of Forum for Biotechnology & Food Security; Agricultural scientist, journalist, writer, distinguished food and trade policy analyst; Visiting Fellow to International Rice Research Institute, Philippines, University of East Anglia, UK and University of Cambridge, UK; Member of Boards of several national and international organizations;  Addressed parliamentary briefings at several parliaments in Europe; delivered over 100 keynote addresses and talks at international conferences and universities in Europe, America and Australia.

Dr. Anil Sadgopal: Pioneer of Hoshangabad Science Teaching Programme in 1970s; Former Professor of Education and Dean, Faculty of Education in Delhi University; Member of National Commission on Teachers (1983-84), Acharya Ramamurti Committee (1990), Central Advisory Board of Education (2004-06), CABE Committees on Right to Education, Common School System and Secondary Education (2004-05), NCERT’s National Steering Committee for Review of National Curriculum Framework (2004-05); Chairperson, NCERT’s National Focus Group on ‘Work and Education’ (2004-05); Recipient several national awards, author of several books; Member of Presidium, All India Forum for Right to Education.

Why this Seminar:

As a consequence of the offers made by the government of India to General Agreement on Trade and Services (GATS) under WTO relating to higher education, rapid changes are taking place in the educational system in the country, including the higher education sector. First, the 86th Amendment to the Constitution was made in 2002, which was followed by the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act (2009) in the school sector. Now, a series of Bills in the higher education sector – Foreign Educational Institutions Bill (2010), Educational Tribunals Bill (2010), Prohibition of Unfair Practices Bill (2010), National Accreditation Regulatory Authority Bill (2010) and the expected Bills for setting up National Commission for Higher Education & Research and the Innovation Universities. All these coming quickly one after the other in the last few years are clearly aimed at bringing about drastic changes in the educational sector.

What is going to be the impact of all these laws on the educational system, especially the higher education sector? While these Bills should be a matter of urgent concern for all those concerned with the educational system in the country, especially the teaching community, there is hardly any debate taking place on their implications for the society and the nation. This seminar is an attempt at igniting a debate on the future of education in India, in the light of the impending changes.

Do join us for this important seminar. Do let us know if you would like to participate, so that we know how many people we need to make arrangements for lunch.

in solidarity,


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