Higher Education Survey Report

NEET is finally here to stay

Supreme Court’s order of April 28 in Sankalp Charitable Trust & others vs Union of India & others case and its reiteration on May 9 stunned the medical education stake holders country-wide, particularly private players, who were eying big money in the coming admission tests. Each stake-holder has, naturally, reacted in his own unique way depending upon the side that he is on. The Apex Court order, needless to say, was primarily aimed at alleviating the problems of the students and the prime beneficiary in the whole episode will, indeed, be the students.

Damage if any by the Apex Court order has been fixed by the promulgation of the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 and the Dentists (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 on May 24.

On May 27 a vacation bench of Justices P.C. Pant and D.Y. Chandrachud further settled the matter by refusing to entertain a plea for stay on the two ordinances. Obviously the NEET is here to stay -- and stay with grace and strength that is deserves.

The Apex Court has, by a judicial order, brought order in the chequered medical admission system – something akin to what Mr Murli Manohar Joshi wanted to do in higher education when he was the Minister for Human Resource Development. What is remarkable about the Apex Cout order is the firmness and promptness with which it has been delivered and the wisdom with which the Executive welcomed it. more


Hyderabad HC scraps Telangana state govt orders & VCs' appointments

Hyderabad High Court building

HYDERABAD : Just two days after the Telangana state government appointed eight vice-chancellors to its state universities the Hyderabad High Court struck down the three government orders which amended the AP Universities Act, 1991 and other university Acts that sought to make VCs' appointment without consulting the Governor-Chancellor. Delivering its judgement on July 28, a division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Dilip B. Bhosale and Justice A.V. Sesha Sai declared the action of the state government as arbitrary, illegal and contrary to provisions of the AP Reorganisation Act 2014. more


SC damns govt for NEET ordinance but refuses to stay it
NEW DELHI : On July 14 the three judge Supreme Court bench hearing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) case criticised the NEET ordinance but refused to stay it in the interest of the students. more

UGC's stick and carrot policy for deemed universities
Human Resource Development Ministry has approved amendments to UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2010 that would restrict early fee realisation from students but grant relief in land requirement and opening of off-campus centres. more

SC orders TN to admit 28 outsiders in PG medical courses   
NEW DELHI : Twenty-eight medical students from other states will attend super-specialty medical courses in Tamil Nadu after the Supreme Court ordered TN to forgo its policy of reserving seats for domiciled students in these advanced medical studies. more

Most B-schools producing sub-standard passouts : ASSOCHAM
NEW DELHI : Except some top Business schools like the IIMs most of 5,500 B-schools in the country are producing sub-standard passouts who are largely un-employable, says an ASSOCHAM study. more



punjab private varsities running diploma courses

varsities resent re-recognition of distance edu courses



Eamcet-2 cancelled,
re-exam in mid-Aug

HYDERABAD : On July 29 Telangana state government cancelled Eamcet-2 following a high-level meeting held here under Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao at his camp office. Fresh exam, Eamcet-3, is likely to be held in mid-August. The decision was taken by the Chief Minister after a four-hour-long meeting with ministers and officials from higher education, law, police and intelligence departments. more


Get ready for online courses, varsities told

NEW DELHI : On July 27 the UGC directed all universities and deemed universities to amend their act/statutes or ordinances by August-end to facilitate transfer of credits of their students opting for the degree programmes under scheme SWAYAM, a massive online open courses (Moocs) platform. more


Lok Sabha passes IIT Bill, 6 new IITs soon

NEW DELHI : On July 26 the Lok Sabha passed the Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill 2016, paving the way for opening six new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), including one in Jammu and another in Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh). The other four locations are Palakkad (Kerala), Goa, Dharwad (Karnataka) and Bhilai (Chattisgarh). more


Yogesh Singh is DTU vice-chancellor

NEW DELHI : Yogesh Singh has been appointed vice-chancellor of Delhi Technological University. He was the director of Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology and had additional charge of the DTU VC since September 2015. more

Prof Yogesh Singh


V S Chouhan to head pay revision panel

Prof V S Chouhan

NEW DELHI : The UGC has set up a five member committee to revise salary of the academic staff of universities and colleges, said a HRD Ministry statement on June 9. more


No NEET style exam for engg : AICTE chief

NEW DELHI : On June 7 the Chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) ruled out any common entrance test for engineering seats in the country. AICTE chief Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe told reporters in Bangalore that though there was “thinking” on the lines, nothing concrete can be expected even next academic year. more





Faizan Mustafa

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