Suggest your questions for interview with HRD Minister Smriti Irani

Updated on February 9, 2016 in General Discussions
18 on November 29, 2015

Dear OpIndia.com readers,

As many of you know, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani has agreed for an interview to OpIndia.com, which is really nice of her given we are a small startup. She earlier confirmed this on Twitter (and we say a heartfelt ‘thanks’ to her for this):

Some of you have been suggesting to us a few questions we should put to her. We can’t promise to ask everything, however we will try our best to accommodate some questions.

Please put your suggestions on this thread as it’s easier to track your suggestions here rather than on Twitter.

Thanks

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  1. End licence raj in higher education (by regulators like UGC, AICTE, MCI), allow foreign universities and let private universities prosper.
  2. Scrap RTE, this is a discriminatory law (separate rules for minority and non minority schools), RTE has led to corruption/harrassment and closing down of small pvt schools.
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We give so much of importance to premier higher educational institutions like IIT and IIM. Government is trying to reform how these institutions are governed. But the government is lease bothered about primary education. What did your ministry do to reform primary education. Is it not the government’s responsibility to provide high quality primary eduction regardless of one’s economical background.? Is it not more important than just creating new IITs?

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  1. I suspect there are too many leaks from the HRD ministry. I say this because there are many news stories about the ministry without any attribution. No press release or names of officials. Example, http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/hrd-ministry-sets-up-exclusive-panel-on-sanskrit-promotion/?SocialMedia ; This is dangerous in an environment where there is lots of mistrust. The minister needs to proactively over-communicate updates.
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So, here are my questions:
Do you want and have a plan to get top Universities like Stanford, Harvard to open branches in India?

Do you have a plan to allow top Indian universities to open branches outside India?

Does the government have a 5yr/10yr  plan to ensure that our Indian Universities reach World top 50 universities?

In US, both public and private University’s compete and the standard is really good. Any plan to replicate a similar model in India?

Last, the cutting edge research in US university’s is the reason it remains a hub of innovation? Does the government have a plan to encourage research in Indian University’s?

Thanks for this opportunity.

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0 on November 29, 2015

Q on 93rd Amendment.
Subsequent govt’s have ignored the demands of Dalits & backwards and continue to deny access to several govt aided institutions because of discriminatory & Anti Dalit 93rd Amendment which explicitly excluded the socially & economically backward sections.
What are Modi govt plans to remove this gross injustice against the most marginalized sections of the society. Especially with regards to govt aided institutions.
Many thanks

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Q- India has immense challenges on the education front, especially for the most marginalized sections of the society. The Orwellian RTE Act has led to closure of thousands of schools across the nation, according to this report 100,000 schools have closed in the past 5yr due to RTE. http://www.governancenow.com/news/regular-story/rte-5-years-1-lakh-schools-shut-down-india-national-forum-
What kind of a ridiculous education law is RTE that it is forcing schools to close?
What is the roadmap for repeal of a law that is doing more harm than good ?

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0 on November 29, 2015

Q – When will you call in air strikes on JNU?

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Is it possible to conduct research in European style of funding? Like encouraging pragmatic ideas that are collaborated among industries, SMEs, universities, or government and customers for groundbreaking inhouse innovations?

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0 on November 30, 2015

The AICTE is unable to keep up with times. This is especially true for computer science courses where things become irrelevant in a year. Coding boot camps are  almost making computer science engineering redundant. What can government do to help out the AICTE keep computer science courses fresh, relevant and industry focused? 

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0 on November 30, 2015

Here are some questions I had asked Ms Smriti on twitter. Would request her to answer in case they are not already covered in her interview to myind.net –

(1) MOOCs can connect all students to nation’s top teachers, from say std 5 to MSc level. Please give update on MOOCs. Also, can RTE be amended to allow for home-schooling via MOOCs?

(2) Can MHRD, Dept Atomic Energy, Dept of S&T, DRDO collaborate 2 create a Silicon Valley style innovation ecosystem? Such innovation ecosystem should give maximum opportunities to every student and young researcher. Some further thoughts on this are as follows –

The MOOC infrastructure should facilitate compiling of lectures using inputs from all teachers / researchers who want to contribute. This way, every researcher can contribute to teaching. Also, besides the lectures, interactive tutorials in virtual classrooms, bringing together teachers and smaller groups of students, can also be hosted via the MOOC platform. The MOOC platform can also be used to connect eager students in the remotest villages to the leading research centers.

(3) Ms Smriti may also address issues related to RTE and discrimination against Hindus, as described by “Reality Check India” in his blog – https://realitycheck.wordpress.com/2015/10/24/analyzing-indian-education-law-in-light-of-christian-schools-ban-on-hindu-symbols/

Regards, @BharatDharma (twitter handle)

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