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


NTA proposal stirs up a hornet's nest

Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar addressing the media on “Budget 2017-2018 and Education Sector”, in New Delhi on February 05, 2017. He is accompanied by the Secretary, Department of Higher Education V.S. Oberoi.

NEW DELHI : Finance Minister's budget proposal to create a National Testing Agency (NTA) and the subsequent announcements by Higher Education Minister Prakash Javadekar on February 5 have triggered off apprehensions in the higher education sector -- lurking fears that reforms may do more harm than good to the sector. The first to react to these fears were the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) professors who said, in a hushed tone, that they will continue with their (Joint Entrance Exam) Advanced to pick students for admission to the IITs. The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) too are planning to tell the HRD minister that handing over Common Admission Test to a newly created agency would dilute its quality and credibility. 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



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


10 IIM directors appointed, 1 lady

NEW DELHI : On February 10 the govt named 10 persons who would head the various IIMs, leaving 10 directors post still vacant. Out of 10 persons named, one is a lady -- Neelu Rohmetra --  who would head the newly established IIM at Sirmaur. more

NEW DELHI : On February 10 the Human Resource Development Ministry named 10 persons who would head the various Indian Institutes of Management, leaving 10 IIM directors post still vacant. Out of 10Neelu Rohmetra, first lady IIM director


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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