The Supreme Court on Wednesday started the arduous task of initiating “long overdue” reforms in legal education and in the profession of advocacy to put the LLB degree on a par with those of MBBS and BTech. “The system is crying for reforms and we must do something,” a bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice U U Lalit said. The CJI said there was a general feeling that students enrolled in LLB courses when they didn’t get admission into other professional streams. “If students do not get into MBBS or BTech courses, they join LLB. Legal profession should not be a freeRead 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 →

Claiming there has been a substantial hike in budget allocation for higher and school education, HRD ministry on Friday said proposals to establish Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) and turning 10 public and private institutions into world class educational institutions could be a game changer. Education secretary Vinay Sheel Oberoi said the broad framework of how 10 institutions each from public and private would be selected will be worked out in the next few months. “The idea is to create enabling environment for these institutions. These institutions should be multi-disciplinary. Also it should not only have foreign qualified faculty but even foreign faculty,” he said,Read 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 →

Students studying in various Kota coaching centers were in for a pleasant surprise on Saturday morning. Reason: Special yoga sessions had been organised for them. The district administration, in association with Isha Foundation, had organised these classes for over 2,000 students and 1,000 teachers at a private coaching institute and UIT auditorium in Kota. The move was initiated by the Kota district collector Ravi Kumar Surpur to evoke spiritual intelligence among students and teachers to counter stress due to the heavy pressure of studies and excelling in different subjects. This was also done to control the suicides by students who come here for coaching, theRead 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 →