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



AICTE relief to deemed varsities' victims

NEW DELHI : The AICTE has given relief to the students of four deemed universities -- JRN Rajasthan Vidyapeeth, Rajasthan; Advanced Studies in Education, Rajasthan (IASE); Allahabad Agricultural Institute, (AAI), and Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation, Tamil Nadu, (VMRF) -- who had taken technical education degrees from distance education mode from these universities. The relief is in the form an opportunity to these students to pass a test, to be conducted by the AICTE, following which the degrees obtained by these students in distance mode will stand validated. more


MHRD appoints 11 NIT directors in one go

NEW DELHI : On October 17 the Ministry of Human Resource Development appointed 11 new directors for various National Institutes of Technology (NITs), including NIT-Warangal and NIT-Durgapur, which had been headless for over a year. Computer Science professor at IIT Kharagpur, Dr Anupam Basu, has been appointed director of NIT Durgapur while N V Ramana Rao, Rector of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad has been made director of NIT Warangal. He will take charge on Monday. more


Govt puts NTA proposal in the fast lane

NEW DELHI : After four years of flips and flops the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) seems to have made some headway in the direction of the proposed National Testing Agency (NTA). To begin with the proposed agency will unburden the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) of its excess load and hold the all India competitive examinations that are presently being conducted by the CBSE. more


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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