In times of middle class jingoism and student agitations, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has come out with an answer to solve all problems. All central universities will now have to raise a national flag upon a 200 feet mast.
MHRD, the most controversial ministry in the Modi government, thinks that this flag will symbolise a 'strong India', with a 'sense of unity and integrity'. Some similarity of this step can be drawn from the United States of America. American flags suddenly became more visible after 9/11, representing a strong nation, which gave a war cry of revenge.
However, what such directive clearly does not address are much bigger issues. Here we list out a few challenges:
The amount budgeted to the higher education department in 2015-16.
Total number of universities in India as of December 2015.
The national average of Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) in higher education, as per a reply by Smriti Irani in parliament in December, 2015.
Total number of students enrolled in higher education as of 2011-12, of which 44.4% are girls.
Share of tribal students in higher education, according to the All India Survey on Higher Education 2011-12.