Higher Education Survey Report

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


MHRD releases "Swachhta" rankings,
Javadekar scores a Brownie point

Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar presenting "Swachhta Awards" to Higher Educational Institutions, at a function, in New Delhi on September 14, 2017.

NEW DELHI : Devoid of a clear vision, the Ministry of Human Resource Development earned some Brownie points on September 14 here by hosting ‘SWACHHTA’ Ranking 2017 where HRD minister Prakash Javadekar distributed award for cleanliness. In all 25 institutions in categories like "Universities", "Technical Institutions", "Colleges and "Government institutions" were selected and awarded on the occasion. Paradoxically the institutions getting top positions on the Swachhta index had found no place in the India Rankings 2017 the results of which were declared on April 3 this year nor do they figure high in the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) list. more


Rules tweaked to favour some in MBBS admissions
NEW DELHI : Counselling authorities in some states slyly tweaked rules to favour some cash-rich clients, giving them admission to coveted medical seats hoodwinking the hawk eye of the apex court. more

CBSE says it can't hold two National Eligibility Tests in a year
NEW DELHI : Reluctant and overloaded Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has told the government that it can't hold two National Eligibility Tests (NET) in a year.

Finance Ministry rejects IITs' ranking elevation plan   
NEW DELHI : The Finance Ministry has rejected the Rs 8,700 crore Project Vishwajeet aimed at boosting the global ranking of the top seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

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 want laissez-faire

re-recognition of distance edu courses opposed



Applications invited for "eminence" status

NEW DELHI : From September 13 the University Grants Commission started entertaining applications from institutions of higher learning seeking "status of eminence". The UGC will give each institution 90 days to apply for the status, which will give them the freedom to decide their own curriculum, fee structure and admit foreigners up to 30 per cent of the total student strength. more


Sonali Banerjee is new Calcutta varsity VC

KOLKATA: Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee has been named as the new vice-chancellor of Calcutta University for a term of four years. The appointment comes after over two years of adhocism during which the university had a string of officiating bosses. more

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Start NEET merit based counselling, TN told

NEW DELHI : On August 22 the Supreme Court told the Tamil Nadu government to start counselling for admissions to MBBS and BDS seats based on the NEET merit list and complete the process by Sept 4. The bench directed the State government to initiate the admission process after the Central government told the court that it was not in favour of the recent ordinance passed by Tamil Nadu to exempt it from the NEET this year. more


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


Prof Yash Pal dead 

Prof Yash Pal

NEW DELHI : Prof Yash Pal former chairman of University Grants Commission and an eminent educationist passed away early on July 24 at his Noida residence, according to his family members.





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