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


AICTE revising syllabi after a decade

Students experimenting at an Electronics and Engineeting lab in a prominent engineering college.

NEW DELHI : All India Council for Technical education (AICTE) has launched an exercise to revise the syllabi for Engineering studies in the country after nearly a decade. The apex regulatory body for technical education has set up a committee of subject experts to review the existing syllabi, and recommend curricula changes in accordance with the needs of the industry. This exercise will not affect the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) who have their own system for syllabus revision. The move, say AICTE officials, is aimed at addressing concerns about the falling employability of engineers. more


MCI defends its NEET age bar limit, takes firm stand in SC
NEW DELHI : On February 23 the MCI defended its stand on the NEET upper age limit of 25 years with a maximum of three attempts for admission to MBBS/BDS course. more

UGC's stick and carrot policy for deemed universities
Human Resource Development Ministry has approved amendments to UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2010 that would restrict early fee realisation from students but grant relief in land requirement and opening of off-campus centres. more

Javadekar pushes seat hike agenda at IIT Council meet   
On August 23 Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar pushed through his seat hike agenda at the IIT Council meeting here despite objections from directors. more

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



punjab private varsities running diploma courses

varsities resent re-recognition of distance edu courses



Dinesh Sharma sparks hope in UP Higher edu

Dr Dinesh Sharma

LUCKNOW : The appointment of Dr Dinesh Sharma, a commerce professor, as Deputy Chief Minister with Higher Education and Secondary Education portfolios has, after a long time, sparked hope in the much neglected sectors of Uttar Pradesh. more


NEET : Lodha against bar on age, attempts

NEW DELHI: The R.M. Lodha led Supreme Court-appointed committee has reportedly vetoed a government move to cap the age of students and the number of attempts they are allowed to clear National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). The three member committee, headed by former chief justice Lodha, said it was in favour of striking down the government’s eligibility criteria because there is a “dearth of doctors in the country”. more


BHU wants permanent CISF deployment

VARANASI : The authorities of Banaras Hindu University have requested Centre for permanent paramilitary deployment on its campus. The request, according to the BHU Vice-chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi was routed through Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh as the campus was huge and hosted a hospital and temple that draw crowds too big for the university's security to handle. more


Integral varsity told
to remove VC

Akhtar S W

LUCKNOW : On March 7 Allahabad High Court upheld the contention that the VC's office in Integral University was a public office, and ordered the EC to remove its vice-chancellor S Waseem Akhtar as he was ineligible for the post. more


NEET style UG entry test for engg planned

NEW DELHI : The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is planning to introduce a NEET-style all-India admission test for undergraduate engineering stream. The test could be launched from 2018, giving sufficient time to states to prepare for it. According to a decision the existing Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main may be made mandatory for all technical institutes/ colleges allowing states to tweak rules in accordance with the needs for the particular state. more




Faizan Mustafa

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