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


IIMs told to double intake capacity

Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar chairing a meeting of the directors and chairmen of the IIMs at IIM Shillong on September 20.

NEW DELHI : In an ambitious decision taken under the headship of Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on September 20 the Indian Institutes of Management have been told to double their intake capacity so that the combined intake of all the IIMs could expand from 10,000 to 20,000. "More students will now get the opportunity to study in the best institutes. The IIM directors will submit their action plans on the expansion of student intake capacity," the minister added. more


Open universities allowed to run M.Phil and Ph.D courses
NEW DELHI : Indira Gandhi National Open University's mounting pressure on the UGC has borne fruit. It has allowed open universities to run M.Phil and Ph.D programme in non-technical subjects. 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



NBE to hold NEET PG from Dec 5 to 13

NEW DELHI : National Board of Examinations (NBE) will hold the first National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MD/MS/PG Diploma Courses from December 5 to 13. NEET for entrance to MDS, postgraduate dental course, will also be conducted
by the NBE from November 30 to
December 3.


How can army officer  be AMU VC? asks SC

NEW DELHI : On September 19 the Supreme Court asked Aligarh Muslim University to explain how it could appoint a retired army officer as its vice-chancellor when UGC regulations say only a "distinguished" academic can head central varsities. The AMU is headed by Retired Lt Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah who is the university vice-chancellor. more


Edu first, copyright secondary, says HC

Dharampal Singh, the owner of Rameshwari Photocopy Service near Delhi School of Economics in north campus.

NEW DELHI : In a startling case a single-judge bench of the Delhi High Court has dismissed copyright suits by three international publishers against the sale of photocopied books and pages in Delhi University. The judgement delivered on September 16 by a bench of Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw upheld the Delhi University contention that the use of reproduced copyrighted books by students was a "reasonable educational need".


Cabinet nod to higher edu funding agency

NEW DELHI : On September 12 the Union cabinet approved creation of a non-banking higher education financing agency (HEFA) that would raise capital from market to invest in higher education institutions, according to  HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar who briefed the press after the meeting. The meeting was chaired by the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi more






Faizan Mustafa

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