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Education & Universities






24 May 2006

The agitation against the proposal to increase caste-based reservations in IITs, IIMs and other central universities and institutes from the present 22.5 per cent to 49.5 per cent has heated up. The country seems to be heading towards a vertical split along caste lines, while political parties continue to play their usual vote bank politics. As tempers continue to rise on both sides of the caste divide, Anil Chawla suggests to Dr. Manmohan Singh a five point plan of action.

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16 April 2006

This is neither an autobiography nor an account of the author's student life. This is about some people who left a deep mark on the author's mind. Also has some interesting photographs. Please do not bother to open it if you have no interest in Anil Chawla as a person.

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12 April 2006

The proposal to increase caste-based reservations in IITs, IIMs and other central universities and institutes from the present 22.5 per cent to 49.5 per cent has stirred up a debate all over the country. Will these institutes be able to maintain their global reputation or will it prove to be the proverbial last straw on the camel's back?

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13 January 2006

This article is in the form of a letter to The Director, IIT Bombay. The issues raised in the letter relate to not just IITB, but to all educational institutes as they rush to adopt new technologies. In a way, the issues relate to our lives. As we get glued to the screen and interact with people sitting thousands of miles away, are we missing simple pleasures such as talking to real human beings?

The above article has attracted some very interesting comments. Please read what others have said.







14 February 2004


Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have been directed to reduce their fees. This has been seen as an attack on autonomy of these institutions. An article that analyses the decision and also tries to understand the genesis of protests.

The above article has generated a lively debate. Please read what others have said.






9 September 2003


In their admission tests Indian business schools put great emphasis on proficiency in English. This puts Hindi and other vernacular medium students at a disadvantage. Should this be changed? Should Indian B schools become more Indian?

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20 June 2003


Government of India has recently set up Bharat Shiksha Kosh to channel donations from individuals and companies to educational institutes. IIT Bombay, which has been receiving substantial sums of money from its alumni, has been asked to channel all donations through Bharat Shiksha Kosh. Director IIT Bombay has gone on record criticizing the decision, while Directors of some other IITs have welcomed the decision. This article discusses the effect of such donations on the institute and raises other fundamental questions associated with donations.

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Year 1999


French Revolution produced a bunch of leaders who were no different than the conceited, egoist, hollow, corrupt leaders that India has today. Democracy could flourish in Europe only after the universities and the academic community were given a role in governance.





20th October, 1999


Based on an Invited Key-note presentation made by the author to "SYMPOSUM ON TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN INDIA IN NEXT MILLENNIUM - OUR PREPAREDNESS" organized by Rajiv Gandhi University of Technology and Technical Teachers' Training Institute.





21 April, 2001


Indian Institutes of Technology are world renowned premium institutes. An article that looks at their tragedy. This is not about IITs. It is about the way India treats its talent. The article generated a very lively debate. Read the debate.





26 January, 2002


There has been a debate in India about the textbooks used for teaching of history in schools. The debate ignores the real malaise affecting the academic world in departments of history and such subjects that provide the software for a nation.





10th November, 2000

This paper was presented at the National Seminar for Value Inculcation Through Vocational Education organized by Pandit Suderlal Sharma Central Institute of Vocational Education on 8th November, 2000. Based on the Protestant Christian world-view it seeks to understand the concept of vocation vs. profession vs. occupation. Words of caution - This article is pure philosophy and has little to do with education.







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