articles by MM Ansari

India

Former Jammu and Kashmir interlocutor vouches for third party intervention in Valley, wants Centre to fulfil aspirations of people forthwith

The government is however prepared for the long haul and would not relax its grip until a peaceful situation prevails, which is unlikely in the foreseeable future owing largely to lack of political engagement with mainstream political parties.

India

Budget 2019 failed to make necessary provisions for improving education infrastructure, skill development

The central government is substituting regular budgetary outlays with this cess and a part of education cess is diverted elsewhere.

Business

Budget 2018: More funds for education can boost quality of teaching, fill up vacancies in varsities

The establishment of private universities and colleges is viewed as a profitable venture; and, proliferation of such institutions tends to promote commercialisation of education.

India

DP Singh is new UGC chairman: Former NAAC head must address policy ad-hocism, restore transparency to higher education

DP Singh, the new UGC chairman, must try & fulfil its mandates of allocating funds for university development and promoting quality of teaching & research.

India

Picking ex-cop Dineshwar Sharma to help resolve a political issue in Jammu and Kashmir is a futile move

The problem in Kashmir is largely a political one and in this context the appointment of Dineshwar Sharma, who has no experience in diplomatic and political negotiations in resolving disputes as the government’s special representative is an exercise in futility and an eyewash formality.