Academic experts deliberate on draft new education policy, give suggestions

Academic experts deliberate on draft new education policy, give suggestions

New Delhi: Academic experts on Friday suggested that the government should lay emphasis on setting up national academies for teachers’ training, preventing the spread of coaching centre culture and shifting the focus from scoring high marks to “learning”.

The advice came as the experts, from various universities and other spheres, deliberated on the draft of the New Education Policy prepared by the HRD Ministry. The governmenthas put it in the public domain and sought feedback and suggestions.

“There are set cadres for every profession but there is none for teachers. Similarly, there are no national academies for imparting training to teachers. If we are not investing in this area, how can we expect to reap benefits,” R K Khandal, former V-C of Uttar Pradesh Technical University, said.

Nupur Sharma, V-C, Delhi Women Technical university, spoke on the growing culture of coaching institutes and its adverse effects.

“Coaching centres today have become shops, paving way for a new industry, where students continue to suffer due to lack of a focused approach,” Sharma said.

N K Goyal, President of CMAI Association of India Communication and Infrastructure, said, “There is tremendous pressure on students to score high marks rather than learn. This should be changed. Similarly, the process of normalising the grades also need a revamping.”

A five-member committee headed by former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanium formulated the new education policy and submitted it to the HRD ministry in May.

Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme UP to give Rs 267.30 cr to 89,100 meritorious girl students

Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme: UP to give Rs 267.30 cr to 89,100 meritorious girl students

Lucknow: A staggering Rs 267.30 crore will be distributed among 89,100 meritorious girl students in Uttar Pradesh under the amended Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme, a state government spokesman said on Thursday.

This follows Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s instructions to officials to launch a drive under the amended scheme for the benefit of meritorious girl students.

Cheques for Rs 30,000 each will be given to girl students who have excelled in intermediate or equivalent examinations in the state. Programmes in this regard will be held at the district and tehsil headquarters between August 16-17 by the district magistrates and district inspector of schools.

The Samajwadi Party government has amended the Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme to include meritorious passouts of Class XII of state Secondary Education Council, Central Board of Secondary Education, Indian Certificate of Secondary Education, UP Madarsa Council and UP Sanskrit Education Council. Earlier, the scheme was meant only for UP Board students.

Lucknow: A staggering Rs 267.30 crore will be distributed among 89,100 meritorious girl students in Uttar Pradesh under the amended Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme, a state government spokesman said on Thursday.

This follows Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s instructions to officials to launch a drive under the amended scheme for the benefit of meritorious girl students.

Cheques for Rs 30,000 each will be given to girl students who have excelled in intermediate or equivalent examinations in the state. Programmes in this regard will be held at the district and tehsil headquarters between August 16-17 by the district magistrates and district inspector of schools.

The Samajwadi Party government has amended the Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme to include meritorious passouts of Class XII of state Secondary Education Council, Central Board of Secondary Education, Indian Certificate of Secondary Education, UP Madarsa Council and UP Sanskrit Education Council. Earlier, the scheme was meant only for UP Board students.

Aspiring for civil services? Do it fast as UPSC may cut upper age limit

Aspiring for civil services? Do it fast as UPSC may cut upper age limitNew Delhi: A key panel has recommended the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to reduce the upper-age limit of candidates aspiring to join the civil services.

The panel, headed by former education secretary BS Baswan, reportedly submitted its report to the UPSC on Tuesday.

“The report will first be examined by the commission. A decision will be taken by the government in consultation with the UPSC that will give its views on the report,” the Hindustan Times quoted a senior government official as saying.

The UPSC examination is conducted in three stages – preliminary, main, and interview — to recruit officers to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS),

Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.

Lakhs of candidates sit for the gruelling examination every year even though chances of clearing it is very less. Only the brightest of the brightest succeed.

Currently, the upper age limit for candidates from the scheduled caste and scheduled tribes is relaxed by five years while those from other backward classes get a three-year relaxation. Disabled candidates get up to 10 years.

Several panels in the past have advocated a reduction in the upper-age limit but successive governments have raised it, from 26 in the 1960s to 28 in the 1980s and now, 32, according to the report.

The BS Baswan panel has reportedly recommended that “the age limit be reduced in a phased manner spread over several years and not in one go”.

The step was reportedly suggested keeping in mind the thousands of people who spend years preparing for the examination and whose careers might be jeopardized if they found themselves ineligible for the test in the middle of the process.

Indian students going to UK, US varsities to go up by 50 percent

Indian students going to UK, US varsities to go up by 50 percent

Singapore: The number of Indian students going overseas for undergraduate and postgraduate studies is expected to increase by 50 percent over the next five years due to a manifold increase in their family incomes, a placement expert said here on Thursday.

“We see, conservatively, a 50 percent increase in Indian students going to the US and UK for undergrad and postgrad studies over the next five years. This is strongly supported by the growing disposal income of their families,” said Rohan Pasari, co-founder and CEO of Cialfo, a Singapore-based education technology (edtech).

Ciaflo, co-founded by Kolkata-born Pasari and Singaporean Stanley Chia, has placed more than 90 percent of its students in top universities in the US and 30 top universities in the UK.

 

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Pasari noted the Indian students’ strong interests in acquiring international education and experiences for placing themselves in the top range of professionals, both in India and globally.

He pointed out the 100 percent growth seen in Chinese students that entered universities in the US to acquire international education during the early pick up of the Chinese economy.

“It is the same scenario for Indian students from now,” Pasari said.

Caiflo, which is in the midst of A series fund raising, is linking up with Delhi-based educational institutions to help Indian students secure places in the US and UK universities, he said.

Caiflo’s fund raising is supported by Koh Boon Hwee, former chairman of Singtel, DBS Bank and Singapore Airlines, as well as NRI investor Anand Govindaluri of Govin Capital.

“We are expecting a strong market support for the A series funding as our edtech start-up has a potential to tap into the massive pool of students from India, China and South East Asia,” Pasari said.

“We will now reach more students, tapping into the multi-billion dollar a year opportunity of helping Asian students find their ideal university,” he said, estimating the annual Asian student market value at USD 4 billion in the UK and US universities.

Investors estimate the market value of global students in the UK and the US at USD 80 billion a year.

Indian students accounted for 4.3 percent or 21,000 of the 493,570 international students in the UK in 2013-14, according to the British Council.

There were 132,888 Indian students out of the 627,306 Asian students in the US in 2014-15, according to the Institute of International Education.

For second year in a row, mass failure at Delhi University’s law faculty

For second year in a row, mass failure at Delhi University's law faculty

New Delhi: For the second year in a row, around half of the first year students at Delhi University’s law faculty have failed in at least one subject, leading to protests by them.

The students alleged there was some problem with the results that were declared yesterday as some of them have been marked absent even though they appeared in the exam, while the scores of a few others were revised later.

The Faculty of Law has three centres – Law Centre I (LC I), Campus Law Centre (CLC) and Law Centre II (LC II). CLC usually admits the highest scorers of the entrance test.

A total of 882 students out of 1944 students have failed in at least one subject in the semester examination.

 

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“There seems to be some goof up in the result because I have failed in a subject I was very confident of scoring well. I will apply for rechecking,” said Ruchika Bhatt, a first-year student.

Another student Ritika Thakur said, “I am surprised to see the results, there has been some problem for sure, I will get my paper re-evaluated and find out what went wrong”.

Faculty of Law Dean, SC Raina, denied any mistakes and maintained that the students’ performance has been evaluated accurately.

“The papers have been checked properly and moderation is done following proper methods…What can go wrong? What can the faculty do if students don’t study and write their exams well,” Raina said.

Meanwhile, law faculty aspirants are agitated over a delay in admission counselling as well as the Bar Council of India’s recommendation to reduce the colleges’ seat intake by scrapping evening classes.

At least hundred aspirants had yesterday protested at Delhi University and the Delhi High Court against the delay.

The recommendation has been made after a committee of BCI, the apex regulatory body for legal education and the legal profession in India, submitted an adverse report about the infrastructure and quality of education being imparted at the centres of DU’s law faculty.

In an unprecedented move, BCI had in 2014 decided to derecognise DU’s law course after it failed to seek a timely extension of the affiliation of its three centres.

It was granted a provisional extension of affiliation for the 2014-15 session after DU had proposed to shift to a new building which it claimed “had adequate space” for the faculty to run properly.

However, after a fresh inspection by a BCI panel, the council had issued it a show-cause notice to DU to explain the “illegalities” in its functioning including more than permissible student strength, lack of infrastructure and faculty.

The council had in January communicated to the university to shut down colleges offering law courses in evening shifts, saying such programmes do not ensure proper quality of legal education.

SSB Odisha Lecturer Examination 2016

SSB Odisha Lecturer Examination 2016 results declared; check - ssbodisha.nic.in

Bhubaneswar: The results of State Selection Board (SSB), Odisha Lecturer exam has been announced and can be accessed on the official website – www.ssbodisha.nic.in.

The written examination (held for the non-government aided colleges of the state in various subjects) was conducted in the month of April and as per reports around 5071 candidates have been shortlisted for the viva voice test.

In order to check the results, candidates can go to the official website and click on ‘SSB Odisha Lecturer 2016 Results’.

 They are advised to take a printout for further reference.

 

As per the official website, “The office of the State Selection Board, Department of Higher Education was set up by Government of Odisha as a statutory body in the year 1975 under erstwhile Education and Youth Services Department for carrying out selection of suitable candidates against the sanctioned Direct Payment posts in the state Cadre (both in teaching and non-teaching) in the aided non-government colleges of the state. It was also entrusted with the responsibilities for selection of suitable candidates for teaching and non-teaching posts both in the Government and aided Schools of the State in pursuance of Sub-Section(2) and (3) of Section 10 of the Odisha Education Act, 1969 (Odisha Act 15 of 1969) read with Rule 4 of the Odisha Educational (Recruitment and conditions of service of Teachers and Members of the Staff of the Aided Educational Institutions ) Rules , 1974. It was also declared by the Government of Odisha as a permanent body in the year 1987.”

CAT 2016 registration begins

CAT 2016 registration begins, exam to be held on Dec 4 — Here's how you can apply

New Delhi: The registration process for the Common Admission Test (CAT) is scheduled to begin from today, August 8 at the official website, www.iimcat.ac.in

Candidates can now register for the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2016 on the official website of CAT 2016.

Candidates can register online after creating login ID and password.

As per schedule, the Indian Institute of Management will be conducting the examination on December 6.

Those candidates who are willing to appear for the examination need to possess at least a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised institute/university.

This year the examination will be held in 138 cities across the country. Candidates will be given the option to select 4 Test Cities in order of preference. Test Cities and Centers will be assigned to the candidates only after the last date for CAT 2016 registration and hence candidates need not rush to block slots and sites in the initial days of registration.

The duration of the examination will be 180 minutes. There will be three sections:
Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Section III: Quantitative Ability

Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.

Tutorial to understand the format of the examination will be available on the CAT website from 18th October 2016. Candidates are advised to work on the tutorials, available on the website, well in advance.

Follow these simple steps to register yourself for CAT 2016:

  • Log on to the official website of the board, which is www.iimcat.ac.in
  • To begin the registration process, candidates need to first make an account
  • Candidates need to enter their name, date of birth, mobile number and e-mail address in the space provided
  • Enter on the check box ‘I Agree’
  • Click to submit
  • The application form will be opened
  • Candidates need to fill in all the information in prescribed format only
  • Submit the application

Candidates are advised to take a print out of the same for future reference. The registration will close at 5 pm on September 22

The results of the examination are expected to be released in second week of January next year.

BITS Pilani can collaborate with DRDO Manohar Parrikar

BITS Pilani can collaborate with DRDO: Manohar Parrikar

Panaji: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday said the Defence Research and Development Organisation was ready to collaborate with the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani for research.

“DRDO does a lot of research activities, today you name the field and we are there. We have been doing research to make India totally self sufficient in the field of missile technology,” Parrikar said, addressing the convocation of BITS Pilani at its Vasco campus in Goa.

“I would urge upon the director of BITS to come forward and approach DRDO and take up further enhancement of research,” the minister said.

India was not taken seriously globally but this had changed now, he said.

“…In the last two years, India has proved its technological capability….In last two years I have seen transforming changes which are happening on the global front. India is now being recognised for its strength, capability in many sectors including technology and this has happened after Modi Government came to power,” he said.

Technology for environmental protection and that for the betterment of the society go together, he said, adding, “We have to be very sensitive about how we use the natural resources and engineering plays very important role in the same.”

To attain the greatness which India deserves, technology was crucial, the Defence Minister said.

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar inaugurates IIT-Raipur

Raipur: Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday inaugurated the Indian Institute of Technology-Raipur on the Government Engineering College campus here and interacted with children from the Maoist-affected areas of Chhattisgarh.

Inaugurating the IIT, Javadekar said the institute will have its own campus by the time its first batch of students pass out.

The minister interacted with children from the Maoist-affected areas at Prayas Avasiya Vidhyalaya run under the Mukhyamantri Bal Bhavishya Suraksha Yojana.

The meritorious students from Maoist-affected districts are given admissions in Classes 11 and 12 in these schools and provided free coaching for various competitive exams in medical and engineering streams.

Appreciating the Prayas Avasiya Vidhyalaya, an initiative of the Chhattisgarh government, Javadekar said: “It is a successful and meaningful example of imparting quality education to all, specially those who come from the disadvantaged sections of society.”

He said the school was transforming the lives of children from Maoist-affected areas.

Government urged to improve PG medical education

New Delhi: Association of National Board Accredited Institutions (ANBAI) has urged the government to improve and standardise the post-graduate medical education in order to address the shortages of doctors in the country.

The ANBAI, whose focus is to come up with innovative ideas in post-graduate medical teachings, has also said that there is a need to empower every medical staff to take primary-level medical decisions to bolster the healthcare system.

“Healthcare is the second largest industry in the world. Yet, India has approximately 300 medical colleges producing 30,000-35,000 graduates every year, while there is a need for 500 new medical colleges, producing one million doctors every year,” said Devi Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Health.

Speaking at the annual general meeting of the ANBAI, Shetty also urged the government to increase the payment of the medical staffs in every hospital, which would help them to reach more and more people and provide health services.

H.S. Chhabra, Medical Director of Indian Spinal Injuries Centre and the Secretary of the ANBAI said, “Through ANBAI we will continue to encourage innovative ideas in post-graduate medical teaching. The organisation uplifts the standards of the students, taking them to an international level.”

Currently, one woman dies in childbirth every 10 minutes, three lakh newborns die the day they are born while 1.2 million die before they reach the age of one.

“The unequal distribution of care, in terms of urban and rural populations is a worry, especially when it comes to the shortage of specialists. By increasing the number of postgraduate seats, if we can saturate the cities, there will be no choice but for doctors to go into smaller towns and villages,” said ANBAI President Alexander Thomas.

According to a study published in British Medical Journal, India has one government doctor for 11,528 people and one nurse for every 483 people, while as per the guidelines of World Health Organization there should be one doctor for every 1,000 people.