UGC Should work as enablers rather than regulators: Former DU VC Dinesh Singh

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On Thursday, the former Vice-Chancellor of DU, Dinesh Singh addressed the audience at the Sanatan Dharma Atma Ram College at an event orchestrated by the Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) where he was to talk about the National Educational Policy (NEP).

During the talk, he asked about the need to have an education policy in the first place and emphasized that bodies like UGC ought to be enablers first rather than regulators. Mr Dinesh added, whenever there is a mention of higher education, names such as- Nalanda University, Takshashila University, and Vikramshila University at first instance come to our minds.


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When it is about foreign universities there is often mention of universities like Yale, Harvard, MIT, and Cambridge. When we go into the details we come across the fact that both the aforementioned native as well as the foreign universities do not have an education policy yet we are in awe of them. According to Mr Dinesh, the whole idea of the formulation of policy shows a leftist and socialist mindset.

He is not able to understand our fascination with such a policy formulation system. He further added, except god, no one has a vision of what our future would look like and thus framing such rules that no one knows would even be feasible in the coming future is not a good idea.

Mr Singh is a reviewer of NEP and was in a fracas with the government during his tenure as a Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delhi where he tried to introduce a 4-year graduation system which was later revoked.

Mr Singh is of view that the Indian education system should be liberated from the cage of norms and regulation to flourish. He hopes that one day our education system would be more powerful than that of today.


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