The Times World University Ranking 2019 list is out. On a positive note, 7 more Indian Universities have made it to the list in comparison to last year and new institutes have outranked the older ones, this year. Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore has made it to the 251-300 rank band and is the highest ranked Indian University in the list. The list comprises of more than 1250 Universities from 86 countries worldwide. While the Universities ranked in the global top 10 have retained their position, Yale University is the only newcomer in the list. Switzerland’s ETH Zurich has slipped down to 11th position this year.Read More →

Educational institutions were closed in Sopore due to exchange of fire between security forces and militants. Representational Image Authorities on Tuesday closed educational institutions and suspended mobile internet services in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore town following a firing exchange between the security forces and militants. The brief gun battle took place in Nowpora village of Tujjar area, police said. Troops of the Rashtriya Rifles (RR), special operations group (SOG) of the state police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) started a search operation in Nowpora following a tip off about the presence of militants there. Hiding militants fired at the security forces triggering theRead More →

The IIT Kharagpur has signed an MoU with Carleton University of Canada to support research collaboration, capacity building and other forms of academic partnerships. Under this MoU, signed on Tuesday at IIT Kharagpur extension campus here, both institutions will focus on opportunities in student exchange, faculty exchange and professional development programmes, an IIT Kharagpur statement said here on Wednesday. The two institutions will also explore possibilities of collaborative masters programmes. The MoU will cover the scope of interaction among members of faculty relating to joint research projects, visits for such purposes and when necessary, joint applications for research funding from external funding agencies, the statementRead More →

Independent candidate and NSUI dissident Vinod Jhakhad won the Rajasthan University students’ union polls by defeating nearest ABVP rival Rajpal Chaudhary. Mr Jhkadad defeated his closest rival from RSS affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad or ABVP by 1,860 votes, reported Press Trust of India. Three of all the top central panel posts went to independents while ABVP emerged victorious in joint secretary post. The elections were held on August 31 and September 10. This is for the second consecutive year, an independent candidate has won the president’s post in the polls as last year when ABVP dissident Pawan Yadav had won the elections as anRead More →

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has said that Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU), RC Sobti, “lacked sensitivity” when dealing with a case of sexual harassment filed by a woman scheduled caste official. It said recently that the vice chancellor “lacked maturity” while handling the complaint of BBAU’s woman registrar, a Dalit. NCSC made these observations after the registrar, Sunita Chandra, moved a petition with the commission, drawing its attention to the sexual harassment she alleged she faced on campus. Earlier, NCSC had pointed to flaws in the reservation roster for appointment of teachers at BBAU. The commission found that vacancies in the reservationRead More →

With the Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) releasing just half of the budget allocated under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), child-centred activities in UT government schools have been suffering. Implementation of self-defence training, remedial teaching and other components that are given the go-ahead by the Project Approval Board (PAB) were affected last year due to fund crunch. Sources say this year, too, children will have to suffer too. In 2015-16, the PAB, which is under the MHRD, released only 60% of the approved budget to UT. Against the allocation of Rs 59 crore, only Rs 35 crore were disbursed. The balance, Rs 24Read More →

Agricultural scientists and economists dominate the lists of names from whom the new vice-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and Punjabi University, Patiala, will be picked. The state government’s screening-cum-selection committee has jointly shortlisted 20 candidates for both posts so far. It will be pruned further by Tuesday, it is learnt Among the scientists in fray are Dr Satvir Singh Gosal, a plant-breeding scientist who is a former director of research at Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana; and Dr Satwinder Singh Marwaha, coordinator of the Centre for Applied Agriculture at Central University of Punjab, Bathinda. Also on this list are Dr Gurbachan Singh, chairman ofRead More →

With just a day remaining in counselling for MBBS and BDS courses in Punjab, confusion prevails over whether or not the government will allow Sri Guru Ram Das Medical College (SGRDC), Amritsar, to convert all 75 government quota MBBS seats into management quota on account of its being a Sikh minority institute run by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). Eligible candidates will appear for counselling at Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) on Monday. The SGRDC has 150 seats: 75 in government quota and 75 in management/minority quota. The fee for minority/management quota is around Rs 40 lakh for the fiveyear course, whichRead More →

Admissions to merit-based undergraduate courses under the fourth cutoff list at Delhi University closed on Saturday, with admissions approved to almost 90% of the seats. This may have been the last chance for many to get admitted to popular course choices in sought after colleges at DU, as many of them will be closing admissions to these courses. DU has around 56,000 seats in its 60-odd constituent colleges, of which 50,000 seats are for merit-based undergraduate courses. Admissions to these seats are based on cutoffs . By Saturday evening, admissions had been approved to almost 45,000 of these seats, and almost 42,000 students had paid their admissionRead More →

New Delhi With the academic year about to begin, the Delhi University has taken a slew of measures to ensure ragging-free and disciplined campus. At a proctorial meeting with officials of the DTC, Delhi Metro and the Delhi police held on Friday, decisions to make the campuses women-friendly were also taken. The university will set up two control rooms in North and South campus from July 20 to August 2 for easing the induction process of the freshers. The Delhi police will deploy women police personnel in plain clothes in the varsity premises to curb ragging or eve- teasing incidents, a release issued by the universityRead More →