Rajesh Tandon

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Reflections from K4C Canada Launch

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"Innovative solutions for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can only be found through partnership research in local contexts", said Dr Budd Hall while opening a panel where the Canadian Commission of UNESCO co-convened a launch of Knowledge for Change (K4C) global consortium in Ottawa Canada on December 14, 2017. Pic 1: Dr Budd Hall, delivering his […]

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Preparing Global Citizens

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“Universities have abandoned their previous commitment to educating future citizens. In this world where globalisation of indifference is growing, universities must prepare their students as citizens who practice and value freedom, equality and solidarity,” said Dr Frederico Mayor, former Director-General of UNESCO, in Barcelona on September 19, 2017. Pic 1: Dr Frederico Mayor, Former Director-General […]

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Engaged Universities Embrace Diversity

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Over the past year, university campuses around the world have witnessed conflicts and tensions being played out in the larger society around them. Anti-colonial struggles in independent South Africa have found echo on campuses in #RhodesNoMore. Afro-descendants in Colombia, Mexico & Brasil have been struggling to gain visibility and identity in their ‘white-European’ majority world, […]

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Science With and For Society

Science With and For Society

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Over the course of the 21st century, Europe has been experimenting with new paradigms of science. Starting with a conversation between institutions and leaders of science with citizenry, science and society, the focus began to shift to science for society. At this juncture, the thrust was to make science—especially ‘high’ science—understandable to citizens of Europe. […]

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Education  for Tomorrow

Education for Tomorrow

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Learning to do, learning to be, learning to learn! Purpose of education in general, and higher education in particular, has been variously defined by philosophers, educationists and policy-makers. In today’s context where knowledge economy is fast dominating the productive physical economy, quality and scale of provision of higher education assumes criticality. Conversations on social and […]

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National  Mainstreaming of Community-based Research

National Mainstreaming of Community-based Research

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It is a rare phenomenon when a progressive, innovative and transformative approach to research is mainstreamed in national policy. But this is precisely what Indonesia has done. The national policy on higher education in Indonesia mandates community engagement by all undergraduate students. Called KKN in Bhasa Indonesia, this policy places students in a community for […]

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“Misbehaviour” in Community Engagement

“Misbehaviour” in Community Engagement

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“Practitioners of community engagement in universities can also misbehave, unless rigorous standards of quality are established and enforced.” Thus spoke Prof. Darren  of Durban Institute of Technology in a seminar at PRIA last week. His presentation centred around the challenge of ensuring quality in community engagement as this field gains great popularity internationally. Several national […]

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Engaged Research is Rigorous and Accountable

Engaged Research is Rigorous and Accountable

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Over the past week, several conversations seem to challenge the real meanings of community-engaged (community-based) participatory research. A conversation with scholars from a dozen Commonwealth countries highlighted the growing disconnect between research and teaching functions within Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). As the core function of HEIs is to produce new knowledge and ‘educate’ a new […]

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Governance of Higher Education

Governance of Higher Education

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I have visited universities in Raipur, Bhopal, Lucknow and Mysore in the past couple of months. I have interacted with students, faculty and administrators in these institutions of higher education. Given the admission season and start of the new term, I have found excitement and hope amongst new entrants—youthful students, mostly girls. I have encountered […]

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