Higher Education Survey Report

Ushering in new medical regime

With the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test finally set to execute a new regime in medical college admissions from 2017 - and in all its glory at that - and the Modi government and the Supreme Court firm to overhaul the Medical Council of India, the coming years may usher in a new system for the new age.

The proliferation of engineering colleges in 1990 had necessitated setting up of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), and now, 25 years later, the Judiciary and Parliament have tacitly concurred to change the medical education set up in the country. With the Opposition in favour for a change and the Judiciary favourably inclined, the proposed National Medical Commission Bill, 2016 may be a reality during the winter session of Parliament.

The draft Bill has no place for the Lodha committee so the short-lived committee which has raised more questions than it could answer, would have to wind up or may perpetuate in its new avatar like the oversight committee for medical admissions or fee structure adjudication/arbitration authority under the new regime.

With the Supreme Court order dated April 28 and May 9, 2016 specifically more


India Rankings 2017 : Jadavpur, Anna universities break the glass ceiling

A view of Jadavpur University

NEW DELHI : While the results of the India Rankings 2017, released here on April 3, were strictly on the expected lines, Jadavpur University, Calcutta, and two universities from Tamil Nadu made surprise appearance on the national scene. The results were announced by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar here at a press conference in which most Centrally funded institutes and universities scored top positions leaving poor state universities/institution far behind. Despite all odds that the state universities face, Jadavpur University scored 12th, Anna University, Chennai, 13th and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Coimbatore scored 16th positions respectively. more


SC approves replacement of MCI panel appointed by it
NEW DELHI : On July 18 the Supreme Court allowed the Centre to replace the MCI oversight committee with a fresh panel of five eminent doctors. more

UGC's distance learning regulations to apply from next year
NEW DELHI : The University Grants Commission (UGC) has postponed the implementation of regulations for open and distance learning (ODL) programmes to the 2018-19 academic session.

SC lifts stay, tells IITs to go ahead with admission process   
On July 10 the Supreme Court gave IITs a green signal to go ahead with counselling and admission. A bench, presided by Justice Dipak Misra, vacated its July 7 stay on admission process. more

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 running diploma courses

varsities resent re-recognition of distance edu courses



Eminent space scientist U R Rao passes away

BANGALORE : Space scientist and former ISRO chief U R Rao, died early morning on July 24. According to an ISRO official, cited by PTI news agency, he took his last breath at around 3 am in the morning. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. more

Prof U R Rao


Calcutta University sans VC for 2 years

CALCUTTA : Two years after Prof Suranjan Das left Calcutta University as its vice-chancellor the university is still being run by interim VCs -- the latest being Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee, a professor of political science and PVC (finance) of the University. Sonali, whose husband Alapan Bandyopadhyay is a powerful state transport secretary and father Nirendranath Chakravarti an eminent poet, will take charge on July 15, a day after the term of current interim VC Asutosh Ghosh comes to an end. more


Pay hike likely for college, varsity staff

NEW DELHI : Nearly 800,000 teachers and staff working in colleges, universities and institutions run by the Centre and state governments are set to get a pay hike in the range of 22-28%, a newspaper report said on July 9. The Cabinet is likely to approve a UGC panel’s recommendation in this regard this month, said a Human Resource Development Ministry official adding that it is “most likely to sail through”. more


Private players to
share NAAC load

NEW DELHI : Private sector players may soon get powers to grant accreditation to universities, colleges and other institutions of higher learning in the country. At present, this function is vested solely with the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous institution under the UGC’s jurisdiction. more


NLSIU quota move rattles law edu bosses

BANGALORE : In quick move on June 20 the Karnataka assembly unanimously passed the National Law School of India (Amendment) Bill 2017 which seeks to reserve 50 per cent seats in the coveted National Law School of India University (NLSIU) for Karnataka residents. The bill has rattled the law education authorities because NLSIU being an institution of national importance would trigger off a cascading effect on other law schools. more





Furqan Qamar

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