Scholars call for united opposition to UGC diktat

The government agency has blacklisted several well-known magazines. Professors, researchers and scholars of various fields are concerned because such a decision does not augur well for intellectual freedom and democracy

“If a story (report, research paper, news item) is published in a prestigious newspaper (magazine, journal), it does not mean it is good or authentic. The real story is that 87 magazines are being published from one room. We are dealing with it. We have asked universities to recommend the journal or magazine that should be approved by the UGC. They will review the magazines by August 30 and send us their final recommendations … We are improving things. We do not want pseudo, fake magazines to be published and get recognition.” (From statement made by Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Human Resource Development, in Lok Sabha on 23 July 2018)

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