15th  Parliament did little for Higher Education

The 15th Parliament, the last session of which concluded on February 21, 2014 did little for Higher Education. In fact it did little justice to the country’s parliamentary democracy – which is to say that the political parties showed little political maturity to keep the house in order. 

The 14th Parliament did pass some bills that the ruling Congress Party thought, would reform the higher education system in the country but their cumulative result has been far from satisfactory. In retrospective it is prudent to say for sure, that it was Dr Murli Manohar Joshi’s term in the Ministry of Human Resource Development that indeed, did some concrete ground work for country’s human resource development. His decisions were mature, pragmatic, apolitical and lasting. 

Arjun Singh, in the UPA 1 government, opened a can of worms – the deemed university imbroglio, Muslims’ appeasement, OBC reservation et al that eventually boomeranged on him. Kapil Sibal who inherited the legacy in the UPA 2 had to bear the brunt of Arjun Singh’s political game plan. The spectrum scam precipitated a cabinet reshuffle which brought in M M Pallam Raju, so to say, “a poor player”, eventually leading to the cul-de-sac in the MHRD. more

 

Relief to AICTE, powers restored

The Supreme Court of India

NEW DELHI : On April 17 a demoralised All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) was granted a temporary reprieve by a division bench of the Supreme Court here allowing it to retain its regulatory authority over technical education in the country for the academic year 2014-15. The interim relief came on a SLP (SLP(C)No.7277/2014) filed by Orissa Technical Colleges Association which was taken up on April 17 by a division bench of the apex court comprising Justice R M Lodha and Justice Kurian Joseph. more

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Ketan Desai is coming back to head MCI, says AAA leader 
NEW DELHI : On February 28 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Prashant Bhushan alleged that the Congress, BJP and Samajwadi Party were pushing for the re-entry of Ketan Desai.  more

MCI loosens its moral code for doctors' associations
NEW DELHI  : If the Medical Council of India (MCI) has it’s way, professional associations of doctors like the Indian Medical Association will not be accountable to it for unethical practices in future. more

UGC proposes a 3-year Bachelor of Vocation degree course      
MUMBAI: UGC has proposed a three-year Bachelor of Vocation (B.Voc) degree course at recognised colleges and universities. It will be different from the conventional arts, science and commerce course. more

UGC move to bail out 44 damned deemed universitiesl
NEW DELHI : Under pressure, the University Grants Commission has recommended a fresh inspection and review of 44 deemed universities that were found unfit by a government committee in 2009. more

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Tech colleges to face tough affiliation rules

NEW DELHI : The technical education institutions in the country will now have to face relatively tougher rules for university affiliation.This follows the Supreme Court decision in Association of Management of Private Colleges vs All India Council for Technical Education & others delivered on April 25, 2013. more

 

British scholarships
for Indian students

MUMBAI: The British Council is offering 370 higher education scholarships to Indian students starting this year. The Council has tied up with 36 universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to back scholarships worth Rs100 million which will be granted to 260 undergraduate and postgraduate courses of various disciplines. more

 

Nalanda classes by September, says Sen

NEW DELHI : Teaching in two schools of Nalanda University will begin by September this year and the student application process should begin by April, university chancellor Amartya Sen has said. “We expect that teaching will begin by the beginning of September this year, with the students coming in by the end of August. more

 

Ratna for CNR Rao

NEW DELHI : On February 4 President  Pranab Mukherjee presented Bharat Ratna to Prof. CNR Rao at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were the Vice President, the Prime Minister and Mrs Sonia Gandhi.

 


 

 


 

 
Ashok Thakur

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