Monday, December 10, 2012


  1. Karen Markin in CHE: Plagiarism in Grant Proposals.

    It's not news that software exists to check undergraduate papers for plagiarism. What is less well known is that some federal grant agencies are using technology to detect plagiarism in grant proposals.

  2. Louis Menand in New Yorker: Today's Assignment: Arguments for and against homework for school children.

    Like a lot of debates about education, what Cooper calls “the battle over homework” is not really about how to make schools better. It’s about what people want schools to do. The country with the most successful educational system, according to the Economist study, is Finland. Students there are assigned virtually no homework; they don’t start school until age seven; and the school day is short. It is estimated that Italian children spend a total of three more years in school than Finns do (and Italy ranked twenty-fourth).

    The No. 2 country in the world, on the other hand, is South Korea, whose schools are notorious for their backbreaking rigidity. Ninety per cent of primary-school students in South Korea study with private tutors after school, and South Korean teen-agers are reported to be the unhappiest in the developed world. Competition is so fierce that the government has cracked down on what are called private “crammer” schools, making it illegal for them to stay open after 10 p.m. (though some attempt to get around this by disguising themselves as libraries).

    Yet both systems are successful. [...]

  3. Ranjit Goswami in University World News: Indian Exchange Programmes Must Start at Home:

    Student exchange programmes in India have tended to mean exchange at the international level.

    Despite the tremendous language, cultural and social diversity that various Indian states and regions enjoy, both at the interstate and intrastate levels, India has not considered whether there could be more effective, more affordable, more popular and more effective national-level student exchange programmes between institutions within the country, particularly in areas such as business studies or other applied academic programmes. [...]

    It is difficult to believe that an MBA student studying in Assam would not benefit from the cultural diversity and sharing of local history, culture and traditions that could come through an exchange programme with an MBA student in Tamil Nadu or with a student from a business school in Gujarat.


  1. Matunga ka Lukka said...

    I think the RECs used to serve that function. Don't know if the NITs do the same. As an alumnus of REC Trichy I learnt a lot from interacting with my classmates from the rest of India and quickly lost my habit of seeing things from a Bombay centric POV.