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


UGC allows online education, issues regulations to maintain standard

The UGC office in New Delhi

NEW DELHI : On May 24 the University Grants Commission gave a formal approval to online education from this academic session allowing select institutions to offer Certificate, Diploma and Degree programmes online. Any institution will be able to apply for online courses if it has been in existence for at least five years and is accredited by NAAC, with a minimum score of 3.26 out of 4, said a Press Information Bureau press note. The UGC at its May 24 meeting approved the UGC (Online Courses) Regulations, 2018 -- a move described as a "landmark reform" in the field of Higher Education. more


Govt moves to streamline working of private universities
NEW DELHI : The National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) here will soon form a working group of experts
to study the functioning of the private universities in the country.

Delhi HC upholds CBSE notification on age limits for NEET
NEW DELHI : On May 11 the Delhi High Court upheld the age limits fixed by the Central Board of Secondary Education for General and reserved categories respectively to apply for the NEET.

Uproar in Hyderabad over Private Universities Bill   
HYDERABAD : Osmania University Teachers’ Association and students from many colleges and universities here staged a rowdy protest against the Private Universities Bill tabled in Assembly.

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



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AIIMS cardiologist
is ICMR chief

NEW DELHI : On April 10 the Union cabinet approved the appointment of Balram Bhargava, a senior AIIMS cardiologist, as the director-general of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). more

Balram Bhargava


SC rejects KEA 10-year rule on med admission

NEW DELHI : On April 4 the Supreme Court declared as invalid the Karnataka government notification necessitating 10-year study in the state as a precondition for admission to postgraduate medical/dental college government quota seats. more


Vineet Joshi leaves  CBSE, made NTA DG

NEW DELHI : Manipur cadre 1992 batch IAS officer Vineet Joshi was appointed Director-General of newly created National Testing Agency (NTA) on March 30. His appointment is for five years, a government order said. more

Vineet Joshi


Rakesh Bhatnagar new BHU vice-chancellor

Prof Rakesh Bhatnagar

VARANASI : On March 28 Prof Rakesh Bhatnagar took over as Vice-Chancellor of  Banaras Hindu University following a brief puja and said he would work on the lines of Narendra Modi to create a world class academic atmosphere in the institution. more


Govt says NTA to hold JEE, NEET from 2019

NEW DELHI : The National Testing Agency (NTA) will come into operation soon and would initially hold "those entrance examinations," which are currently being conducted by the CBSE, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar told the Lok Sabha on March 26. This, he said, will relieve the CBSE from the burden of holding multiple tests every year. "The NTA will conduct the first set of examinations from 2019 onward," he said more.






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