More than 3.28 lakh students in Patna region, comprising Bihar and Jharkhand, are busy with final revisions to write Class X and XII examinations of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) commencing from March 1. Altogether 1,58,745 students, up by 15,000 compared to last year, will write Class X exams at 998 centres in the region. Of them, 52,826 are girls. While board-based exams will commence on Tuesday with non-major papers like security and dynamics retail, major paper science will be held on Wednesday and the school-based exams are scheduled March 10 onwards. The number of students who have registered for taking class XII examsRead More →

The HRD ministry on Thursday said no decision has been taken to amend the Right to Education (RTE) Act and issues related to the no detention policy are being examined by a committee working on the evolution of New Education Policy (NEP). “There is no decision at present to amend the RTE Act,” HRD minister Smriti Irani said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha. The minister, however, said during the consultations with the state governments for formulation of NEP, the issues related to no detention policy were also discussed. Irani said 18 states have so far given their views onRead More →

Recognising that Diabetic Retinopathy is likely to pose a public health challenge in India coupled with the associated complications of diabetes, the first of its kind ‘Certificate Course in Evidence Based Management of Diabetic Retinopathy (CCDR Cycle I)’ was announced in Guwahati on Sunday. The course is a unique four months executive on the job PAN-India program that aims to build capacity amongst primary care physicians to address management, counselling, referral and prevention of Diabetic Retinopathy. It is designed, delivered and implemented by Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), along with academic partners Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Education Academy (DMDEA), Chennai; Aravind Eye Care System, MaduraiRead More →

The notification for Staff Selection Commission – Combined Graduate Level Examination (SSC CGLE) 2016 is out. The examination is conducted for recruitments to various posts across departments and ministries under the Government of India. There is no change in the paper pattern or the mode of conducting the test of Tier I and Tier II Examinations as compared to those of 2015. However, it is mentioned in CGL 2016 notification that the commission reserves the right to conduct the exam in computer based mode. Dates of exam : SSC CGL Tier -I : May 8m and 22, 2016 Date of exam : SSC CGL TierRead More →

The CBSE Class XII board exams kicked off on Tuesday with the paper on English. Students, who had expected a far tougher paper, were pleasantly surprised with the questions, which many said was easier than last year’s. “The paper was very easy. We did not really expect it to be this easy, as last year’s paper was quite tricky,” said B Shriram of Sherwood Convent School, Gurgaon. His friends agreed with him. While most students agreed that the grammar section was the easiest of the lot, some felt the comprehension was a bit difficult. “Before the exam, we were tensed and apprehensive as this is,Read More →

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 →