Higher Education Survey Report

NEET is in effect

Supreme Court’s order of April 28 in Sankalp Charitable Trust & others vs Union of India & others case has 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.

The Supreme Court has, by a judicial order, established brought order in the checkered 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 order is the firmness and promptness with which it has been delivered.

The order triggered a spate of reactions, some subdued and grudging, others loud and aggressive while some preferred to maintain a benign silence. Telangana has been particularly noisy saying they would challenge the order citing Article 371 (D) of the constitution, a privilege provided to Andhra and Telangana. The private medical colleges in Andhra and Telangana have decided to go ahead with their own admission tests on May 13 and 20 respectively for 35 per cent of their management quota seats. Tamil Nadu reacted saying the states have a right to administer their education system. more


States can hold own CETs, says SC

The Supreme Court of India

NEW DELHI : On May the Supreme Court delivered a severe blow to profiteering private colleges and upheld the autonomy of the states to enact own laws to hold common entrance tests (Cets) for admission to professional courses and to fix fees for the said courses. A five-judge Constitution bench comprising Justices Anil R. Dave, A.K. Sikri, R.K. Agrawal, A.K. Goel and R. Banumathi gave this ruling while upholding a law enacted by the Madhya Pradesh government to regulate admission of students in postgraduate courses in private professional colleges. The bench said that in the garb of “right to occupation, private institutions cannot transgress the rights of the students." The bench agreed that "the fundamental rights of colleges to run their administration, includes fixation of fee. However, such right in turn has to be balanced with the rights of the students, so that they are not subjected to exploitation in the form of profiteering." more


100% fee waiver for SC/STs and disabled in IITs soon
NEW DELHI : On April 6 Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani reportedly promised a fee waiver for all SC/ST, Dalit and physically challenged students studying in the IITs. more

MHRD to nominate experts on deemed varsity boards
NEW DELHI : The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is set to monitor private deemed varsities by nominating experts on the governing bodies of all deemed universities.

NIT Srinagar resumes classes without outstation students   
SRINAGAR : Trouble torn National Institute of Technology (NIT) resumed classes here on April 25, after a gap of ten days, with most outstation students absent.

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


supreme court upholds andhra plea on apsche

53% seats in punJAB tech colleges still vacant

4-year UG course : UGC sends warning note to varsities



TS-Eamcet to be
held on May 15

HYDERABAD : On May 2 Telangana state government decided to hold its Engineering, Agriculture and Medicine Common Entrance Test (EAMCET) on May 15 -- and only in government educational institutions. Earlier, the exam was scheduled to be held on May 2 but was postponed. more


NEET phase 2 only
for new candidates

NEW DELHI : On April 29 the Health Ministry clarified that the  candidates who have registered for the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) - now known as NEET phase 1 - will not be eligible to appear for phase II, if they skip the test on May 1."We want it to be clear that the second phase test is only for students currently appearing in State examinations. If a student has been given an admit card,
and does not take the test on May 1, he/she will not get another opportunity. The second phase is only for students who did not register for AIPMT," the ministry official said.


SC rejects AG's plea, NEET dates stand

NEW DELHI : In a quick response, the Supreme Court has refused to entertain Centre's about turn on the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and said that the exam will be held as per schedule in two phases on May 1 and July 24. more


Sanskrit to facilitate  Vedic sciences in IITs

NEW DELHI : The government has asked the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to introduce Sanskrit for facilitating study of science and technology as reflected in the Vedas and Hindu scriptures, HRD Minister Smriti Irani told Lok Sabha on April 25. more


NET need relaxed to fill up lecturers' posts

NEW DELHI :The government has relaxed the mandatory National Eligibility Test (NET) in order to fill up faculty vacancies in degree colleges and universities. Now those who completed a Ph.D or registered for one before 2009 would be eligible for lectureship without clearing the NET. more


No minority status
for AMU, says govt

NEW DELHI : On April 4 the Attorney General told the Supreme Court that the NDA government wants to withdraw the "minority status" granted to Aligarh Muslim University. Making his submission, orally though, before two separate benches hearing two different cases, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the Apex Court that the minority status would be "contrary to the country's secular policy". more





N R Madhava Menon

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