By - 29 April 2020
29 April 2020
Just seven of India’s 993 Universities have online-education licenses; Meanwhile, as the Lockdown shows, Foreign varsities make hay of the Indian demand for online courses.
The Ilbert Bill of 1884—a proposed law that would make English and Indian judges equal in the British Raj—was withdrawn after an uproar from Englishmen that benefited from the apartheid. India’s current online university regulations create a similar apartheid by allowing only seven of our 993 universities to launch online courses; during the Covid-19 lockdown overseas universities have signed up 100,000+ students in India for online courses. The lockdown exposes the folly and unfairness of the UGC 2018 online regulations; we must immediately allow all accredited universities to launch online courses with full flexibility in design, delivery, and assessment. If we don’t act quickly, Indian online university education will become like Wimbledon; it is played in England, but no British ever wins.