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On the surface,integrating mind and body, part honours research degree and part conventionally overloaded syllabi with rote learning In principleit is not a bad idea to think about pathways to higher education For examplecan students with an initial vocational training enter conventional systems But to assume that a high-end undergraduate degreeaiming at global benchmarking and a stream that allows students to drop out after two or three yearsshould exist as one integrated programme is to live in a pedagogic fantasy land: it risks both diminishing the standards for real honours students and leaving behind those who are not inclined to be challenged There will be no pedagogic identity left to the university The second issue is the question of interlocking parts The relationship between the foundational courses and choices students will have made in school is not clear We used to joke that India did not have a three-year undergraduate degreeit had a five-year degree The MA had become a remedial BA in many instances What is going to be the relationship between the four-year BA programme and other masters programmes Againin principlethere is scope for doing things like a one-year masters programme But againthese proposals are not about the identity of degrees: they are largely about checking off a mathematical formula on the number of years The third is the question of concrete tactics Admittedlyall reform is a matter of adaptation and adjustments will take place But the question is: are all the material preconditions for moving in the right direction in place DU has thousands of vacanciesand even though there is a promise to fill them upthere are questions about how quickly this can be done It is hard to assess workloads till the final course protocols are in place But it is very hard to avoid the impression thatwith the kind of workloads in placethe university will find it more difficult to attract teachers who also want to sustain research careers Many professors in the university are doing wonderful work But the nuts and bolts of what it now takes to service a large number of students stifles the creativity of so many teachers The tension between DU as a teaching and as a research university is bound to be exacerbated The fourth question is organisational For good or for illDUs strengths rested on a series of institutional commitments: autonomy to collegesa certain standing for different facultiesa toleration for a bit of internal institutional diversity among colleges and so on As the proposed reforms standall this is going to be fundamentally eroded Againthis is something that could be argued There is a case for expanding choice through inter-college coordination But will a decimation of the collegiate system serve the university well More importantlythe fundamental question plaguing higher education has remained unanswered: who should define the identity of the university And what is the role of each of the constituent parts in this definition Can the debate over autonomy simply be reduced to the autonomy of the vice chancellor We seem to want to copy the core of the American systemwithout the fundamental ingredient that makes that system tick: autonomy at different levels of the institution Individual facultyfor the most partin charge of the content and standards of their class room and so on But reform without taking on board autonomy of the constituent parts is like trying to do Hamlet without the Prince of Denmark The debate over DU reforms mirrors the pathologies of our larger politics The old system needed change But the need for reform has become a ruse for centralisation of power The relationship of reform to pedagogic objectives is tenuous Impatience with nuts and bolts threatens to imperil its success Many procedural niceties and due deference to form was put aside If Parliament can pass dozens of bills in a few minuteswhy cant an academic council clear courses in equal time Initiallythe debate oscillated between a decrepit ancien regime that many teachers represented and a Jacobin administration confusing change with improvement Sensiblepedagogically engaged and detail-oriented voices lacked conviction and were sidelined The social credibility of the professoriat had sunk so low that it was easy to marginalise themto portray them as self-serving naysayers standing in the way of a forward looking vision DU urgently needs to find its centrea path between a thoughtless revolution and an obdurate conservatism Whether such a path is possible is for the university to decide But the risk of losing the colossus amongst Indian universities is palpable; one that we ignore at our peril The writer is presidentCentre for Policy ResearchDelhi and a contributing editor for ‘The Indian Express’ [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Shivani Naik | Published: September 20 2014 2:42 am Related News The Athletics Federation of India’s incompetence in dealing with cases of gender ambiguity was exposed with the Santhi Soundarajan episode in 2006 The case was handled so abysmally that the sprinter was driven to attempting suicide Pinki Pramanik another athlete accused of lying about her gender also went through the same humiliation With Dutee Chand the Sports Authority of India has stepped in But it inspires little confidence and seems to have woefully inadequate expertise to deal with the case of the talented sprinter who was found to have hyperandrogenism It is a condition that has got her barred from international meets since she is believed to have more than the permissible level of naturally produced testosterone in her body India loves celebrating medals won by women at international contests but it is incapable of protecting its girls their privacy and their dignity when they fail to conform to the gender template This failure continues even after the SAI has ostensibly extended support to Dutee Chand Does any medical expert have the answers to a fundamental question that will determine the 18-year-old’s future: are the high testosterone levels functional (which is believed to aid performance) or non-functional (which doesn’t) When an anonymous coach reported Dutee to the authorities was the entire set of tests carried out precisely according to the stipulations laid down by the International Association of Athletics Federations Were the standard guidelines followed before she was declared positive for hyperandrogenism Sadly no one in the federation or the SAI is held responsible So it is very optimistic to expect these same officials to step forward and ensure that Dutee who was raised as a girl is allowed to compete again This is especially true when opinions are divided internationally Indian officials plan to knock on the doors of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and take the human and civil rights tack in arguing their case They plan to argue that her high testosterone levels cannot be called an unfair advantage just as Usain Bolt’s height or Michael Phelps’s massive wingspan cannot be dubbed unfair Hence she should not be made to undergo intervention invasive or non-invasive in order to be allowed to compete in the female category again The after-effects of hormonal therapy or of a surgical intervention are not fully known though international sporting bodies have allowed athletes to return after such interventions Four athletes went through “a partial clitoridectomy with a bilateral gonadectomy followed by a deferred feminising vaginoplasty and estrogen replacement therapy” and returned to the track reported the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in June 2013 The doctors in these cases who have been sworn to secrecy cannot reveal much about the aftermath of such procedures on these nameless girls But Dutee will need to be made aware of the exact consequences of the choices she makes At 18 it can be a lot to deal with Dutee will need to be counselled and more importantly heard out because there are a multitude of agendas at play here The athlete a determined and vivacious girl is desperate to return to the track This is the first time an athlete has tried to reject therapy while insisting that she be allowed to compete Running is also her livelihood and if the court case stretches for too long Dutee could lose the best years of her career Her family might have its own perspective on whether her career is more important than her health in the long run — this becomes relevant if there are risks to corrective therapy Also if Indian rivals and their coaches instigated the tests on Dutee what is the guarantee that they will not raise objections again when she is reinstated Who will convince them to show empathy And all this before she is even thrown into the international arena which is merciless Take the case of Caster Semenya who faced immense hostility before South Africa rallied around its girl and defended her right to compete Where professional sport is high commerce competitors — women themselves — are loath to concede an advantage especially since testosterone is widely believed to aid performance International guidelines stipulate that testosterone level is the decisive determinant of gender and suggested corrective action for athletes before they are allowed to compete again This after many decades of debate on the proper course of action India will have an uphill climb if it decides to take Dutee’s case to the CAS and support her stand — that she be allowed to compete without corrective action It must tread carefully Dutee’s dream is at stake here [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi Questioning the timing of a ‘sting’ operation on the Babri Masjid demolition the BJP on Friday alleged that it was "sponsored" accusing Congress of using "pawns" to vitiate the atmosphere before elections and asked the Election Commission to stop its publication and telecast Writing to the Election Commission shortly before Cobrapost was to hold a press conference in Delhi BJP sought a bar on its contents being made public A file photo of karsevaks demolishing Babri Masjid in Ayodhya AFP BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said reports had appeared in papers today about a sting operation related to the sensitive Babri masjid-Ram Janambhoomi dispute Through this "sponsored sting operation" there is an attempt to inject poison in the peaceful and amicable election atmosphere in the country he said "We had in the morning spoken to Election Commission and also written a letter that an NGO named Cobrapost in the name of a sting operation is planning to show a sponsored sting on the sensitive Ram Janambhoomi-Babri masjid issue. Its telecast and publication should be immediately barred" he added He said the party had asked the EC to take action "against whoever is behind such a mischievous conspiracy" Accusing the Congress of propagating communalism Naqvi said that the party has lost the battle on ground and was now trying to use pawns to spoil the atmosphere ahead of election When asked to comment about the content of the sting operation Naqvi said its timing raises questions "The timing is more important than content and raises questions as the election is at its peak and the atmosphere is friendly and peaceful The election is being contested on the issue of Congress’ misgovernance The people have rejected the secular versus communal plank on which Congress contests and real issues are being raised Naturally those who contested on non-issues are upset" he said PTI CIUDAD JUAREZ Mexico Pope Francis on Wednesday railed against immigration policies that force many underground and into the hands of drug gangs and human smugglers praying at Mexico’s border with the United States in what was once one of the world’s deadliest cities He walked up a ramp lined with flowers to a cross erected in Ciudad Juarez in memory of migrants who have perished trying to reach the United States just a stone’s throw away Overlooking the Rio Grande that separates the two countries it was the closest the pope came to the US border during his six-day visit to Mexico He then celebrated Mass just 80 yards (73 meters) from the border crossing in a fairground connected via video link to faithful gathered at a university stadium in El Paso "We cannot deny the humanitarian crisis" the pope said on the last day of a six-day visit to Mexico "Each step a journey laden with grave injustices: the enslaved the imprisoned and extorted; so many of these brothers and sisters of ours are the consequence of trafficking in human beings" "Injustice is radicalised in the young; they are ‘cannon fodder’ persecuted and threatened when they try to flee the spiral of violence and the hell of drugs Then there are the many women unjustly robbed of their lives" he added A major manufacturing centre the gritty industrial city of Ciudad Juarez has been hammered by drug violence in recent years It also an important crossing for Mexicans Central Americans and Asians trying to reach the United States illegally Most in Ciudad Juarez are of modest means Business leaders in the city say about 70 percent of people in the city a major low-cost manufacturing centre earn less than 210 pesos (11 USD) a day The official minimum wage in Mexico is 73 pesos per day The pope’s focus on the plight of migrants who risk murder rape and extortion as they head north comes as the number of Central American children and families apprehended at the border rises in a spike reminiscent of a 2014 flood of migrants that created a major political headache for US President Barack Obama Immigration reform remains one of the most divisive issues in US politics and a key theme in the 2016 presidential vote The pope’s stance is starkly at odds with the anti-immigrant rhetoric of candidates for the 2016 Republican US presidential nomination Billionaire Donald Trump has surged ahead of his rivals with his message that Mexico is "killing" the United States with cheap labour while sending over criminals and rapists He has also promised to build a huge border wall Trump last week dubbed the pope "a very political person" saying he believed the Mexican government had put him up to the border visit "To suggest that the pope is an instrument of the Mexican government no That is very strange indeed" said Father Federico Lombardi the Vatican spokesman shortly before the pontiff arrived in Ciudad Juarez "The pope always speaks of the problems of immigration If Mr Trump were to come to Europe he would see that the pope has said the same things about immigration to the Italians the Germans the French and the Hungarians" Tens of thousands of people crossed over the border from El Paso Texas to hear the pope though that was far fewer than expected Earlier on Wednesday the pope issued a scathing critique of capitalism saying that God will hold accountable "slave drivers" who exploit workers "The flow of capital cannot decide the flow of people" the Argentine pontiff said denouncing "the exploitation of employees as if they were objects to be used and discarded" "God will hold the slave drivers of our days accountable" he said The pope has in the past called money "the dung of the devil" and has decried what he calls the "evils" of unbridled capitalism prompting criticism from US business leaders He has visited some of the most marginalized areas of Mexico urging young people in the violence-ridden state of Michoacan to avoid drug trafficking and taking a swipe at the country’s rich and corrupt The pope flies out of Ciudad Juarez bound for Rome later on Wednesday Earlier in the day it emerged that a laser beam was pointed at his plane as he landed in Mexico City last week though there was no harm to those aboard (Additional reporting by Lizbeth Diaz in Ciudad Juarez and Lisa Maria Garza in El Paso; Editing by Simon Gardner Alistair Bell and Andrew Hay) This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed By: Express News Service | Published: September 12 2014 12:05 am Related News After a landmark ruling of the Delhi High Court in 2009 which decriminalised homosexuality there has been a lot of dispiriting backing and forthing on the legal status and rights of lesbians gays bisexuals and transgender people In its latest serve the Narendra Modi government has questioned the historic judgment of the Supreme Court in April which recognised the transgender community as the third gender gave them the right to raise families and transmit inheritance and directed the government to treat them as an OBC community with a right to the benefits flowing therefrom The government objects that the ruling suggests L G and B are subsumed under the portmanteau alphabet T while they are actually distinct Indeed the court had proceeded on the principle of exclusion on grounds of sexual orientation rather than the specifics but it may have opened the door to ambiguity Besides the government is procedurally correct in arguing that the National Commission for Backward Classes cannot be bypassed in the granting of OBC status These objections may be in good faith but equally they may be read as attempts to render the issue so unworkably complex that it can be safely put away behind a hedge of commissions and expert panels for years The door to confusion was left open by the Supreme Court It refused to decriminalise homosexual sex but now it has established that homosexuals are equal citizens They have complete privacy in the drawing room but the police have free access to the bedroom In the matter of Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises same-sex relations the Supreme Court had felt that the Delhi High Court had overstepped its bounds Refusing to strike it down it looked to Parliament for clarity The UPA government could have piloted legislation on the matter but did not though then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had sought more liberal attitudes to gender Now the Modi government is looking to the court for clarity on technicalities Instead it should step boldly forward and propose legislation on LGBT rights and attendant affirmative action if any As a strong durable government it can afford to risk losing the support of a section of conservative voters and Sangh Parivar allies for the present Instead in the long term it can encash the prestige value of overturning India’s archaic gender laws For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: AP | Published: September 12 2017 11:45 pm Yulia Lipnitskaya said she wished she had spoken out earlier about her eating disorder (Source: AP) Top News Olympic figure skating champion Yulia Lipnitskaya has spoken about her battle with anorexia The 19-year-old Russian’s gold medal in the team event at the 2014 Sochi Games with a program themed around the movie “Schindler’s List” made her the youngest Olympic skating champion since 1936 However she struggled to maintain that success and her mother revealed last month she had retired from the sport following treatment for anorexia Lipnitskaya said she wished she had spoken out earlier about her eating disorder “Anorexia is a 21st-century illness and it’s fairly common Unfortunately not everyone can cope with it” Lipnitskaya said in an interview released Tuesday by the Russian Figure Skating Federation “My only regret is that I didn’t do this before because it’s all carried on not just for one year or two or three” Lipnitskaya’s last competition a Grand Prix event in November was a far cry from her Olympic triumph Unable to tackle the big jumps in her free program she stopped the skate with tears in her eyes The judges allowed her to resume after a break but she finished 12th in last place Officials said Lipnitskaya was injured She entered residential treatment for anorexia in Israel two months later “After the Cup of Russia I came home and put my skates in a closet and I haven’t seen them since” she said “I’m no longer drawn to the ice” Lipnitskaya said that when she entered the clinic in January she assumed she would still continue her skating career Two things happened to persuade her otherwise First sessions with psychologists helped her to realize she wanted to put her health first Second her stay in the clinic proved a little more isolated that she had planned “After the first week there on a free day my phone was stolen and obviously that broke my whole connection to the outside world” she said “It’s only now that I understand why it happened to me It was for me to really think about what’s happening in my life It played a very important role” Lipnitskaya said “I had even more time to work on my health and to think what I’d do after leaving the clinic” With a tendency toward curt clipped speech and sometimes biting self-criticism Lipnitskaya stood out in the relentlessly upbeat world of figure skating In Russia her young age and a very public hug at the Olympics from President Vladimir Putin made her a household name She found it hard to cope with fame “Ever since childhood I’ve been a very strong introvert” Lipnitskaya said “Speaking with an unfamiliar person meant I had to make a real effort” Lipnitskaya said she has become “chattier” but doesn’t think she needs “to get into every newspaper or onto every TV show when they invite me I don’t welcome that and I won’t do it” That approach marks Lipnitskaya out as the temperamental opposite of Russia’s other skating star from the 2014 Olympics Adelina Sotnikova who won the individual gold medal has embraced the celebrity lifestyle as a regular on TV including the Russian edition of “Dancing With The Stars” The announcement of Lipnitskaya’s retirement sparked a frenzy in Russian media Lipnitskaya said she has been forced to deny various unfounded theories about her decision and that a man who claimed to be her father on Russian state TV was an impostor What comes next for Lipnitskaya isn’t clear For now she’s focusing on education and hopes to enter college next year possibly as a prelude to a career in sports management She said she has found happiness regularly riding up to 40 kilometers (25 miles) on horseback in the countryside near Moscow Her horse Dakota is “tall with a model appearance and a lovely personality” the former Olympic skating champion said “It’s just like a dream” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top News The three judges said the states had shown that even temporary reinstatement of the ban would cause harm.Special attention was paid to acoustics by constructing the ceiling in a way that it enabled even those seated in the gallery to hear every word clearly, said Dwivedi With the growing popularity of cinema during the 1920sOpera House was converted into a part cinema place and ceased to be a drama theatre in 1925 The Opera House was a popular venue for the exhibition of mainstream commercial Hindi cinema till the 1960s Lambah said the current restoration project includes major upgrade of services While restoring the lavish Baroque interiors and front seating boxesit is also important to make some changes to accommodate modern day requirementssuch as air conditioning? is looking at his close associates and institutions he was associated with to find out why and how the 23-year-old was radicalised. There is a definite need for us to take strict measures and hold counselling sessions to ensure no ultra-religious activity takes place in our campuses, FIFA has also said it is probing Khelaifi.

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