AFTER a disagreement over its utility five years ago, the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) is likely to make a comeback as part of new reforms drafted in the National Education Policy (NEP). The course had run into a controversy when it was introduced first in 2014 by the Delhi University. Modifications in the policy draft suggest that the Human Resources Development Ministry is keen on the research part during the four-year course. Research is one critical area that demands total focus of the policy planners. The programme chalked out for the four-year degree course must have an inherent thrust on modern education, compatible with the present needs of the society. Quality must form the axis of the new course, for, the country cannot afford to just churn out graduates in hordes. The NEP draft talks about greater rigour and option of research in the course for the students. Greater rigour should not be only in the form of academic burden but the course also has to accommodate newer means of enhancing educational quality.
CHINA is needlessly taking a stringent stance on the ownership of South China Sea and Taiwan. While territorial claims over Taiwan is a bilateral issue between the two sides, China’s attempt to claim ownership of the strategically important South China Sea is totally misplaced. Its recent threat to use military might to protect its claim on South China Sea is no more than muscle-flexing which does not in any way alter the status of the region as an international navigational asset over which the entire world community has right. But China continues to harp on its ownership to claim that it is its souvereign territory to defend which it threatens to use military force however great the challenge. An international tribunal some time ago had rejected China’s ownership claim on the South China Sea region proclaiming it as an international navigational asset dismissing China’s exclusive domain right. But China is not the one to respect such multilateral rulings. It acts according to its own set rules and standards.