The Supreme Court on Friday permitted the Centre and CBSE to cancel the remaining Class X and XII examinations that could not be conducted due to the coronavirus pandemic and approved the Board's scheme to award marks to students for the cancelled papers, based on their performance in previous exams held before the Covid situation worsened. The result will be out by July 15.
Source : The Times of India
We’ve entered June, and it is now clear that it’s going to be a very complicated academic year ahead for universities worldwide.
For instance, it looks like Australia can hope to retain a flow of international students only if its universities drastically slash tuition. Former University of Canberra Vice-chancellor Stephen Parker recently told the Times Higher Education that Australian universities had been “caught out like luxury brands have been caught out”, with prices reflecting prestige names rather than the “intrinsic superiority of the product”. Now in a Covid-altered world, with the pandemic significantly altering the appetite for foreign education for countries like China, escalating fees will be a severe deterrent for international students. Similar concerns are being voiced in the UK as well.
The massive sprawl of universities across the US, meanwhile, have begun to work out intricate and elaborate plans for the fall that include multiple combinations of online and severely restricted on-campus instruction. As The Chronicle of Higher Education has pointed out, a major issue facing American campuses that choose to open in the fall is going to be about liability and potential litigation on the event of illness and death. To address this, universities will need to shield themselves with a phalanx of waivers and disclosures that may further discourage students, especially applicants from overseas who would have chosen them in a more normal world.
What can Indian universities do to prepare a tough year ahead? Particularly, what can they do to become a reliable and enriching place for students who might stay in the country as opposed to going overseas for higher education?
It is becoming increasingly clear that global education and institutional collaboration – or even semester-long study abroad experiences – are going to look very different for at least the next few years. For one thing, the international experience may have to become a combination of various things – short-term visits by students and faculty, online collaborations, electronically enabled sharing of libraries and archives, team-taught courses via digital collaborations, webinars straddling multiple time zones, and a range of other measures.
A range of things can be done to make Indian universities an attractive and viable option for the student who may choose them over a foreign option. Sanat Sogani, Manager of Admissions and Outreach at Atria University feels a holistic admission process would greatly help. Many students go abroad as they find the selection process in most Indian colleges and universities too restrictive. It is particularly harsh on students emerging through the IB/Cambridge curriculum as their education does not necessarily prepare them well to perform well in competitive exams. The limitations of the traditional admission methods are also pointed out by Sapna Goel, the College and Career Guidance counsellor at Mayo College, who feels many research-focus students prefer to go abroad as they feel discouraged by the narrow admission criteria of Indian institutions.
Source : Outlook India
University senior managers are often resented for earning high salaries in compensation for carrying out a role that many academics sniffily dismiss as being more about perspiration than inspiration. But however difficult or otherwise the job may be in normal times, there is no question that the Covid-19 pandemic presents university leaders around the world with a series of fiendishly difficult and dizzyingly high-stakes decisions.
How badly – if at all – are their institutions’ finances likely to be hit by a crisis distinguished by the unpredictability of its duration and the variability of its consequences? Should they go all in with online education, on the assumption that blended learning will become the new normal? Or do they bank on silicon natives still preferring to be taught in carbon-centred environments? Should they assume that international students will still value the intercultural experience of studying abroad, or plan for much less cosmopolitan and more socially distanced campuses? And is there a way to remain financially viable in all these scenarios, or are some institutional bankruptcies inevitable?
These are the kinds of issues that Times Higher Education has sought to explore with our latest global survey of university leaders, focused on the Covid-19 pandemic. During the first three weeks of May, we surveyed 200 leaders of prestigious universities around the world. The results – from 53 countries or territories, across six continents – paint a picture of a sector whose chief concerns inevitably vary by region and system, but that is united in seeing the coronavirus pandemic as a potentially game-changing event in the modern history of higher education.
Source : The Times Higher Education