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ERIC Number: EJ933973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1360-3124
Leadership for Education in India: The Dean's Role
Singh, Abhinav; Purohit, Bharathi
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v14 n2 p251-255 2011
Due to privatization of higher education in India, there has been an emergence of sub-standard schools throughout the country. The higher education system in teaching institutes lacks incentives to perform; there is no reward for the meritorious and no way to ease out the non-performers. The quality of teaching and research cannot be evaluated because there is no accountability. The reason for these changes, apart from the corruption in the education sector, is also attributable to the degradation of the position of chair. The respectable position of a dean in most private Indian schools has been reduced to that of merely a puppet in the hands of the management. Deans have been given no power to maintain the standard or quality of education. Higher education in India is gasping for breath, at a time when India is aiming to be an important player in the emerging knowledge economy. The maladies and deficiencies in India's higher education system need to be addressed urgently by making the deanship more professional and creative and less bureaucratic and political. The dean of a school plays a key role in the learning process, both in academic and extracurricular capacities. It is an obligatory and moral duty of a dean to maintain academic integrity and promote a strategy for strengthening the quality of graduate and postdoctoral education across the schools. The degradation of the position of the dean must be reversed. People in the position must realize their duties towards the students, the nation and the next generation. The authors contend that the dean will have a crucial role to play if higher education in India is to progress and get out of the present mess.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India