Kolkata The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur will approach institutes of higher education in eastern India to familiarise students and teachers with free online courses offered by National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL). NPTEL, a joint initiative of the IITs and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, offers 160 courses in various categories like agriculture, computer science, management studies, mathematics and basic science, engineering and humanities. While over five5 lakh students had enrolled for NPTEL courses this year, only about 7% of them were from Eastern India. “The biggest problem for NPTEL courses is that not only the students from eastern India, but alsoRead More →

If the number of schools is any indication, then the education sector in the city has seen nearly 100 per cent growth in the last two decades. From 2,626 schools affiliated to the state board of education in 2004, to 3,405 schools in 2017, the number has seen a sharp rise. Add to that, over 95 CBSE schools and 36 ICSE and ISC schools today — there were less than 30 schools earlier — and the establishment of about 10 IB board affiliated schools after 1997. Educationists say that the methodology and outlook towards imparting education has changed significantly. Around the same time the cityRead More →

In Money Magazine’s latest report on “Best Colleges for your Money,” Michigan Technological University ranked in the top 100 overall and in the top 50 among public universities. Money evaluated 2,400 colleges and universities using 27 criteria and winnowed the list to 711 colleges and universities that the publication considers “best colleges for your money.”  Of those, Michigan Tech ranked 91st among all institutions—public and private—and 46th among public universities. Michigan Tech also ranked sixth in the nation for early career salaries.  Tech’s average early career salary for graduates is $63,400. “It’s good to be recognized as a university that provides a strong return on investment forRead More →

The Indian education system is often the subject of debate over outdated curriculum, rote learning, rising cost, poor quality of teachers and lack of infrastructure. On the positive side, our country boasts of world-class institutes such as the Indian Institutes of Management, Indian Institutes of Technology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Jawaharlal Nehru University. We are also one of the largest and oldest education systems in the world. Formal education in India is still based on a traditional model or brick-and-mortar classes. Students have to attend schools and colleges to complete their education. While this is the commonly accepted mode of formal educationRead More →

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT-K) has adopted five villages under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan. The scheme has been introduced by the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) to uplift rural India. “As part of the initiative, we will ensure the overall development of Hridayapur, Baikanthpur, Ishwariganj, Pratappur Hari and Saxupurva villages, situated on the outskirts,” said IIT-K professor Sandeep Sangal. Senior professors and IIT-K students will assist villagers in solving the potable water crisis and teach them the recycling process for treating waste water. Besides, the farmers would be educated about the use of solar energy, cleanliness and use of latest technologies for farming.Read More →

New Delhi The spread of technology, telecom penetration and Internet gives India the opportunity to bridge the divide in education in terms of access and quality which must be seized, President Pranab Mukherjee has said. He was speaking at the inauguration of three digital initiatives in the education sector – Swayam, Swayam Prabha and National Academic Depository by ministry of human resource development on Sunday. “Digital technology enables good teachers to directly teach large number of students who are not physically present in classes. ICT solutions offer an interactive learning experience through which students in remote parts of the country can benefit from lectures of theRead More →

Just when it appeared the government was readying to reduce its chokehold on education by giving both colleges and universities more freedom in setting academic and other standards as long as they met certain quality standards, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has come out with new regulations that suggest it is in no mood to let go. The UGC’s new rules on distance education, for instance, stipulate that only recognised universities or deemed-to-be-universities would be allowed to offer such courses. So, an ISB or an IIM, for instance, will not be able to offer distance learning programmes under the new regulations. Apart from the factRead More →

SSC CGL Examination 2017 which is the ‘Combined Graduate Level Examination’ of conducted by SSC is the most awaited ‘recruitment exam’ of every year. Scheduled to be the held in the month of August this year, E-admit cards for the SSC CGL Tier 1 exam shall be released post-July 20, 2017, a month prior to the ‘exam date.’ Creating fair employment opportunities for the graduates into various prestigious departments of ‘Government of India’ via a competitive recruitment test which is an annual affair for the ‘Staff Selection Commission’, the Tier I of the CGL exam by SSC is scheduled to be held from August 1,Read More →

Despite scoring 99.6% in the SSC exams, a Kandivli student will not get admission to the first year junior college (FYJC) of her choice. Why? She listed only one college in her option form, as she was unaware of how to go about the process. She listed Thakur College, Kandivli, but wants admission to NM College, Vile Parle — an institute she might have gotten into owing to her high score. Her mistake means she will now be allotted Thakur College in the first merit list. According to admission rules, it is mandatory for students to accept if they are allotted their first preference. “HavingRead More →

Call for a unified primary and upper primary education in the country gained momentum with social activists in Varanasi launching a signature campaign. The activists also sought abolition of the private education system. They advocated for individual state boards, managed by the government, across the country under which students in the primary (1-5) and upper primary section (class five to 8) would receive common education. This, they said, would improve education standard at government-run-primary schools besides providing a level-playing field for students from various background. There are 2.43 lakh government run schools, including primary and upper primary both in Uttar Pradesh. However, when questioned aboutRead More →