Government on Monday, announced the creation of a Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) with an initial capital base of Rs 1,000 crore which will leverage funds from the market and work to create infrastructure in India’s top institutions like the IITs. In his budget speech, finance minister Arun Jaitley also spoke about creating a regulatory architecture for ten public and ten private institutions to emerge as world-class teaching and research institutions. The finance minister also announced the establishment of a Digital Depository for academic certificates and also opening of 62 Navodaya Vidyalayas. Jaitley said that after universalisation of primary education throughout the country, the governmentRead More →

Banaras Hindu University (BHU) ranks 10th in the country in the list of overall ‘Best Global Universities’ ranking of a US agency – US News Education World. However, the global ranking of BHU is 625th, while it stands at 123rd among Asian universities. Harvard University in the US ranks first globally, while Japan’s University of Tokyo is on the top in Asian countries. The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore has been placed on the top among the top-10 academic institutions in India followed by Panjab University, Chandigarh (2nd), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (3rd), Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (4th), Indian Institute of Technology MadrasRead More →

A Ganapathi, who assumed charge as the vice-chancellor of Bharathiar University on Thursday, said he wants to make the varsity a centre with potential for excellence (CPE). “The university had almost made it to the list of universities that were declared as centre for potential with excellence. But, it fell short of certain parameters like faculty structure and research credentials,” said the 64-year-old professor of plant biotechnology. There are nine universities in India that have been recognised as CPE by the central government. These universities are provided with funding from the University Grants Commission for research activities. Ganapathi, who has 35 years of teaching andRead More →

Union government, Madhya Pradesh government and the World Bank signed a US$ 300 million credit agreement on Tuesday for the ‘MP higher education quality improvement project’. The credit is from the International Development Association (IDA) -World Bank’s concessionary lending arm with a maturity of 25 years, including a five year grace period. Acceding to an official statement by World Bank, “The project will also help increase the overall effectiveness of the higher education system in Madhya Pradesh to improve student learning outcome in select government-run higher education institutions in the state, particularly for the disadvantaged groups.” About 3.6 million students, 10,800 academic staff and 1,400Read More →

Worried about nearly 3.5 lakh engineering aspirants falling prey to ‘pirated’ IT courses on offer at tutorials, mostly in the Ameerpet area, the state government has made plans to introduce genuine courses sourced directly from developers. The grey market of pirated courses in the city is estimated at a whopping Rs 300 crore, drawing a wide range of students willing to pay from Rs 5,000 to Rs 50,000 to acquire knowledge in what they believe would land them a creamy job in the future. However, that’s not how it pans out for students who end up with an invalid certificate. To address this menace, theRead More →

In yet another case of suspected suicide due to academic pressure, a 19-year-old student of one of Kota’s IIT coaching institutes was found hanging in his rented room, on Thursday night. Seventeen coaching students had committed suicide in Kotalast year. Arvind Kushwah, a resident of Bhind in Madhya Pradesh, stayed as a paying guest in Indra Colony, part of Kota’s Vigyan Nagar area. Although police did not recover a suicide note, they have not ruled out the possibility of him taking the extreme step under academic pressure. Arvind’s landlord Karan Kumar Prajapati said the boy was last seen outside his room on Thursday morning. NobodyRead More →

Sir Michael Wilshaw says that Britain needs to “talk up” the benefits teaching to address “urgent” shortages in failing schools instead of dwelling on the negatives Sir Michael Wilshaw, the chief inspector of schools, says teachers need to complain less and focus more on the postives photos. Teachers should complain less about their workload and badly-behaved children and remember they are in a “noble” profession and that they can be “very wealthy individuals”, the chief inspector of schools has suggested. Sir Michael Wilshaw said that elsewhere in the World “the status of teaching is high” and it is considered a “great profession to be in”. HoweverRead More →