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3) Our focus on rankings has led us to ignore the deeper malaise that plagues Indian universities. Discuss.

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3) Our focus on rankings has led us to ignore the deeper malaise that plagues Indian universities. Discuss. (250 Words)

The Hindu

Why this question?

Higher education is an important topic to be prepared for mains. Issues plaguing higher education and Indian universities are important, thus.

Key demand of the question

The question mentions focus on ranking. That can indicate two things – focus on global rankings as well as developing our own ranking system (NIRF). The question is asking whether the focus on ranking is a necessary and sufficient way to improve the status of Indian universities, or do we require to identify other issues and correct them.

Directive word:

Discuss – go through the details of the effects of focus on ranking and its correlation to the issues plaguing Indian universities by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons as to why you think focus on ranking is necessary and sufficient to address issues plaguing Indian universities.

Structure of the answer

In the introduction, write on the status of universities in India. Give an overall picture on what the rankings indicate.

Body –1st part – Why the focus on rankings. What is NIRF.

2nd part – Write about the issues plaguing Indian universities. Relate it to whether ranking helps address that issue. Here talk about autonomy, lack of innovation and other issues mentioned in the article. Mention how focus on rankings helps (or not) in addressing these issues.

Conclusion – Write your fair judgement and mention what other steps should be taken to improve the status of higher education in India.