Source | Mumbai Mirror | 20 December 2016
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Source | Mumbai Mirror | 20 December 2016
University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman Ved Prakash on Thursday said universities in the country should be freed from bureaucratic clutches and other kinds of external control if they are to foster innovation.
Delivering a lecture after inaugurating some facilities at the University of Mysore, Prof. Prakash said there is no motivation or incentives for innovation in the field of higher education because of bureaucratic control. He said higher education in India is in a deep financial crisis and though the funding has increased over the years in absolute amounts, the proportion of funding to the overall plan size is on the decline.
The UGC chairman called for financial reforms to cope with the situation and said that though education cess is in place, it is meant only for promoting elementary education.
Prof. Prakash said modern higher education in India is hardly 125 years old, compared to educational institutions abroad that have evolved over up to 900 years. “Yet, there is no reason for us to be apologetic about the state of higher education as in a short span India has produced outstanding scientists and professionals,” he said.
However, he said the gross enrolment ratio and regional disparities were worrying factors. “While the gross enrolment ratio is as high as 42 per cent in some parts of the country, it is 6 per cent or so in some regions. The disparities are huge, with enrolment at 33 per 1,00,000 population in some areas, and 7.5 per 1,00,000 in others,” he said.
He said there are issues related to transition rate from primary to secondary and post-secondary stages. Some students making the transition are found to lack the competencies to complete higher level courses. He also said that there is a strong disconnect between academia and the industry and that there is a lack of leadership to haul higher education out of the crisis.
Earlier, Prof. Prakash inaugurated the renovated UGS-HRDC building at the Manasagangotri campus. K.S. Rangappa, Vice-Chancellor of the university, Registrar R. Rajanna, and other staff members and students were present.
Amazon’s e-book reader, Kindle will now support content in five Indian languages, including Hindi, Gujarati and Malayalam, a move that will help the US-based firm tap into the niche but growing ‘digital regional content’ market in India. “We are adding thousands of digital books in Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati and Malayalam, including the largest digital selection of best sellers, hundreds of exclusive titles and free classics to the Kindle Book Store,” Amazon Kindle Director (Content) Sanjeev Jha told PTI. Readers can access these books on Kindle eReaders as well as the free Kindle apps for Android and iOS, he added.“Subscribers of Kindle Unlimited will also have access to the Indian language content. The new language selection is in addition to over three million books that are already available on the Kindle Book Store,” he said.
Kindle already supports languages such as Chinese, German, French and Japanese among others, apart from English. While Amazon does not share country specific growth numbers, Mr. Jha said India is among its fastest growing markets globally for Kindle.
Amazon will make available bestseller titles like Ishq Mein Shahar Hona by Ravish Kumar (Hindi), Rajaraja Chozhan by Sa Na Kannan (Tamil), Mrutyunjay by Shivaji Sawant (Marathi), Ek Bija Ne Gamta Rahiye by Kaajal Oza Vaidya (Gujarati) and Aarachar by K R Meera (Malayalam).
The exclusive titles include Banaras Talkies by Satya Vyas, Ki.Mu.Ki.Pi by Madhan and, Draupadi by Kaajal Oza Vaidya and titles like Mayapuri by Shivani will now be available in digital format for the first time.
“We are bringing features like font size adjustment, ability to add notes and highlights, and automatic save and sync of your furthest page read across all your devices,” he said.
According to industry reports, the print book market in India is estimated to be worth about USD 4 billion. India ranks third in English language publishing, after the US and the UK.
India, which is one of the fastest growing smartphone markets globally, also has a significant number of people reading e-books on their phones.
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