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Shyam Sharma

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Rethinking research

Published On: September 22, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

We must make research a number-one social mission of higher education, make funding for public universities contingent on research productivity and revamp faculty evaluation and promotion to advance research

Localizing knowledge production

Published On: July 25, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

Universities in developing countries must create new knowledge as their primary mission, especially for social progress and in the national interest

Multilingual Tuesdays

Published On: February 21, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

Whether they start a Multilingual Tuesday program or one called Matribhasha Mangalbar, it is high time that private schools advanced multilingual competence among their students

Abolish private education?

Published On: January 2, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

To truly counter arguments about abolishing it, private sector education must rethink its socioeconomic roles in the new national context, creating robust models of faculty development

Making education three-dimensional

Published On: October 23, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

Higher education must be a three-dimensional deal, one that includes acquiring knowledge, developing skills for the workplace, and having meaningful experiences to shape learners for a lifetime

Expats and experts

Published On: September 11, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

Diaspora scholars shouldn’t use criticism as a default position in scholarly conversations, especially if the larger objective is to develop better understanding of issues

Normalizing research

Published On: July 3, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

We must begin to value research as normal and necessary for teaching and learning, academic and professional success, social and economic progress

Producing professionals

Published On: May 30, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

Higher education cannot be just teaching, especially just transfer of knowledge. It must foster disciplinary identity and professional development

Redesigning our universities

Published On: April 26, 2018 01:30 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

Teachers and students and the public alike will be thirstier for new knowledge if university education is defined as and designed for putting research first

Lazybones vs easy kill

Published On: March 6, 2018 05:07 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

When I finished high school in the early 1990s, I looked up to an older cousin as one possible role model. He had an “intermediate” degree and proudly taught at a primary school. Two decades later, when his son dropped out of college and went abroad to make money, along with many of his peers, I found it shocking that the new generation didn’t pursue more education than ours.

International illusions

Published On: November 29, 2017 01:30 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

One can only hope that Nepali scholars and policymakers will come back to their senses and start informing the public that English-only instruction is dangerous.

Translingual benefits

Published On: October 24, 2017 01:30 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

Scholarship based on classroom observations has consistently shown that teachers of content subjects, in general, cannot teach in English effectively.

English dreams

Published On: October 11, 2017 01:30 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

For every child who may enter a profession where English is needed, there are a hundred others who perform poorly in math and science because of their poor English.

Internationalizing education

Published On: August 17, 2017 12:30 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

Based on the number of regular and one-off discussions, including organized training initiatives, that I’ve joined or led, I’ve found online collaborations incredibly productive

A higher calling

Published On: July 10, 2017 12:35 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

Teachers are in the business of creating new ideas. They must develop ideas that the system can adopt

Adapt and learn

Published On: June 14, 2017 01:30 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

Even when we know how we are supposed to behave in a new system, we don’t realize we are resisting or not making the shift

Purposeful learning

Published On: May 6, 2017 12:35 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

Intellectual and professional purposes are the horses that we must put in front of the cart of higher education

Semester misalignments

Published On: April 19, 2017 12:35 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

There is still no teaching-to-assessment alignment. The attempt to introduce new forms of assessment may have added new misalignments

Perceived smart

Published On: March 18, 2017 12:35 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

The individuals who view themselves as smart and hard-working also seem to be perceived by others as smart and hard-working

Marks for life

Published On: January 4, 2017 12:35 AM NPT By: Shyam Sharma

As the semester system increases the weight of internal assessment, private colleges  can choose to abuse their new-found powers or to greatly improve higher education