Politics eluding education excellence

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Astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar who was present at the convocation of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University stressed on improving the quality of education. While addressing the students and the faculty, he said, “One of the main reasons for degrading quality of education in universities is too much of politics on campuses.

Over 73,000 degrees, including PhDs, were conferred on the students at the ceremony, while 179 merit holders of various examinations were presented 438 medals and prizes that included 294 gold, 42 silver and 102 bronze.

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Emphasising on the overcharging capitation fees, Narlikar questioned the commitment towards helping the underprivileged students who cannot afford it. He added, “Research sector is also plagued by bureaucracy, red-tapism and lack of innovative attitude and creativity.”

Urging the students to change this situation, he cited examples of Cambridge University that has managed to keep up its quality and reputation even after 800 years of existence. “Though everybody deserves the chance of getting education in democracy, intelligent students must be given advanced learning opportunities,” he said.

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