Abandon silos in higher education

by Jaithirth Rao

The British started the universities of Bombay, Calcutta and Madras in 1861 (the charter documents had been drafted by Dalhousie as early as 1855) as bodies which would conduct examinations and award degrees. They did not envisage that these universities would be places where research would be encouraged and “new knowledge” created. They assumed that “new knowledge” would be created at Oxford, Cambridge and Edinburgh.

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