All quiet on the MHRD front

The Narendra Modi government at the Centre has completed three years and a couple of months, that is more than half of its term and yet if we venture to count its achievements in the Higher Education sector then we will really have to strain our mind to an extreme to find an example.

The two examples that come immediately to my mind, worth citing, are the National Institutional Ranking Framework the first edition which was launched on 4th April, 2016 and the Higher Educational Financing Agency which has its roots in the past.

The third venture that the government took up with much fanfare was the drafting of a New Education Policy, though the seeds of it were sown during the previous Congress rule. The Minister of State Jitin Prasad had, during the 62nd meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education on 10th October 2013 welcomed the proposal to have a new “Education Commission” and a new National Testing Agency. The proposals were left to be deliberated and worked out in detail in consultation with all stakeholders.  

The MHRD under the Narendra Modi government decided to have a New Education Policy instead of an “Education Commission”. A committee was appointed under T.S.R Subramanian which fretted for six months and then submitted its report to the HRD Minister on May 7, 1016.  more


62 institutions granted autonomy, private players rule the roost

Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar briefing media persons on granting of autonomous status to 60 higher educational institutions, in New Delhi on March 20, 2018.

NEW DELHI : On March 20 the University Grants Commission (UGC) approved full autonomy for 62 higher educational institutions, including JNU, BHU, AMU, TERI and University of Hyderabad, says a PTI report. The decision was taken at a UGC meeting where five Central universities, 21 state universities, 26 private universities besides 10 other colleges were granted autonomy under the Autonomous Colleges Regulation. Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar announced the decision at a press conference in New Delhi in the afternoon. more


UGC told to make dept-wise roster of faculty posts
NEW DELHI : The government has asked the UGC to make a department-wise roster of faculty posts reserved for SC and ST candidates, instead of having an institution-wise table. more

CBSE says it can't hold two National Eligibility Tests in a year
NEW DELHI : Reluctant and overloaded Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has told the government that it can't hold two National Eligibility Tests (NET) in a year.

Finance Ministry rejects IITs' ranking elevation plan   
NEW DELHI : The Finance Ministry has rejected the Rs 8,700 crore Project Vishwajeet aimed at boosting the global ranking of the top seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

TN introduces 2 Bills to streamline VCs' appointments
CHENNAI : On July 8 two Bills were introduced in Tamil Nadu Assembly
to specify qualifications for the vice-chancellors of the state universities and to set a time limit for the process of appointment. more



punjab private varsities want laissez-faire

re-recognition of distance edu courses opposed



R Subrahmanyam is  higher edu secretary

NEW DELHI : Special Secretary in MHRD, Mr R Subrahmanyam has been appointed Secretary Higher Education. He succeeds K K Sharma who superannuated on February 28. He is a senior IAS officer from Andhra Pradesh cadre and had been serving the MHRD. more


AICTE relief to deemed varsities' victims

NEW DELHI : The AICTE has given relief to the students of four deemed universities -- JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan; Advanced Studies in Education, Rajasthan (IASE); Allahabad Agricultural Institute, (AAI), and Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation, Tamil Nadu, (VMRF) -- who had taken technical education degrees from distance education mode from these universities. The relief is in the form an opportunity to these students to pass a test, to be conducted by the AICTE, following which the degrees obtained by these students in distance mode will stand validated. more


MHRD appoints 11 NIT directors in one go

NEW DELHI : On October 17 the Ministry of Human Resource Development appointed 11 new directors for various National Institutes of Technology (NITs), including NIT-Warangal and NIT-Durgapur, which had been headless for over a year. Computer Science professor at IIT Kharagpur, Dr Anupam Basu, has been appointed director of NIT Durgapur while N V Ramana Rao, Rector of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad has been made director of NIT Warangal. He will take charge on Monday. more


Govt puts NTA proposal in the fast lane

NEW DELHI : After four years of flips and flops the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) seems to have made some headway in the direction of the proposed National Testing Agency (NTA). To begin with the proposed agency will unburden the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) of its excess load and hold the all India competitive examinations that are presently being conducted by the CBSE. more





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