Blacklisting of journals needs to be understood in the larger context

Many intellectuals protesting the omission of various journals and magazines from the UGC list of approved journals that question the status quo. Renowned writer Giriraj Kishore says that the UGC has engendered darkness in higher education and brought it at crossroads. Whereas DU Prof Satish Deshpande says that journals like EPW, Forward Press and Hans should not be concerned about institutions like the UGC

The government’s mission of throwing higher education fully to the whims of the market will be completed in due course. Nowadays, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar is busy writing to universities across the country to sign MoUs in the pursuit of the same objective. However, what we are trying to understand is the motive and underlying reason behind the blacklisting of well-known journals and periodicals. Of course, intellectual society considers this to be a suicidal step in the current state of education, but the worst aspect of it is that it will jeopardize the fate of the future generations of students as well.

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