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Complete accreditation process, Irani tells central universities

New Delhi, Sep 13 : All central universities were Saturday requested to complete their National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) accreditation as per UGC regulations.

After Nalanda, Bihar to revive Vikramshila University

Patna, Sep 12 : Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi Friday announced the development of Vikramshila University, an ancient seat of Buddhist learning, on the lines of the revived Nalanda University.

Free online courses by professors in the offing

New Delhi, Sep 11 : The government will soon launch a programme under which professors of centrally funded institutions and universities will offer free online courses to the citizens, it was announced Thursday.

School assessment framework to roll out by January 2015

New Delhi, Sep 11 : With a focus on quality of learning, the government is in the process of developing a framework for school assessment and evaluation which is expected to be rolled out in January next year, officials said Thursday.

Special programmes for northeast students

New Delhi, Sep 11 : Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani Thursday said the government has designed two programmes specifically keeping in mind students from the northeastern region.

Physically active boys perform better in school

London, Sep 11 : If you find it dificult to keep pace with the high levels of energy of your male kid, chances are that he will be good at studies, says a study.

Text book volcano pictures all wrong: Scientists

New York, Sep 9 : We have all grown up looking at pictures of erupting volcanoes in textbooks. But those pictures are wrongful depiction of volcanic eruptions, geophysicists say.

Mysore University launches online distance education programs in partnership with U18

Mysore, Sept. 4 : The University of Mysore on Thursday announced the launch of its online distance education programs with the Department of Outreach and Online Programs.

Classes begin in Nalanda University - after over 800 years

Patna, Sep 1 : Classes opened Monday at the Nalanda University, an ancient international centre for learning in Bihar, after a break of over 800 years with 15 students, its vice chancellor said.

CBSE evaluation system needs thorough review: Report

By Shweta Sharma, New Delhi, Aug 31 : The CBSE's Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system, which entails frequent evaluation of students, needs a "thorough review" in design and appropriateness, as well as in teaching training and implementation, says an impact evaluation report carried out in various government schools in Haryana.

Calcutta University, Australia to ink student exchange deal

Kolkata, Aug 27 : The University of Calcutta will ink an agreement with Australia to start student exchange programmes under the union Human Resource Development Ministry's 'Connect To India' initiative, its vice-chancellor said here Wednesday.

Special bus services for DU students soon

New Delhi, Aug 25 : Special buses will soon be started for the students of Delhi University (DU) both at the north and south campuses.

Are our schools safe?

By Shradha Chettri and Shweta Sharma, New Delhi, Aug 24 : Every day, as her four-year-old daughter cheerfully boards the school bus, Deepti Osatwal's mind remains clouded with thoughts about her child's safety at school - a place once considered as a "home away from home". And Deepti is not the only parent who is consumed by such worry day after day.

'Government to help school dropouts complete education'

Mumbai, Aug 23 : The centre will introduce a new programme this year to enable financially weak school dropouts to return and complete their education right up to doctorate level, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said here Saturday.

SC refuses to postpone UPSC exam

New Delhi, Aug 23 : The Supreme Court Saturday rejected a plea for the postponement of the UPSC preliminary examination in the wake of a controversy over the aptitude test.

Help develop cutting edge technologies: President to IITs

New Delhi, Aug 23 : President Pranab Mukherjee has called upon IITs to play a pivotal role in India's endeavour to develop newer, cutting edge technologies and utilise them to create in-house technology solutions for domestic requirements.

Extra time for blind in UPSC civil service exam

New Delhi, Aug 22 : Blind students appearing for civil services examinations will be given extra time for writing papers in Sunday's preliminary exam, an official statement said Friday.

IIT-Kgp, American varsity to jointly design low-cost technologies

Kharagpur (West Bengal), Aug 18 : In a unique blend of east meets west, a top American public research university will collaborate with Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp) to start student-to-student programmes in innovation and entrepreneurship for developing low-cost solutions.

IIT-Kharagpur setting up digital 'Hall of Fame'

Kharagpur (West Bengal), Aug 18 : A sophisticated digitalised 'Hall of Fame' will be set up by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp) at a cost of Rs.10 crore to document the evolution of the IIT system and record contributions of everyone associated with it.

Seven Canadian universities on tour to woo Indian students

New Delhi, Aug 18 : With a large number of Indian students going abroad for studies, most notably to the US, a delegation of Canada's top seven universities will tour India over the next 10 days from Monday to woo outbound students.

'Bring adequate, qualified teachers to staff new IITs'

Kharagpur (West Bengal) Aug 18 : Indian-American educator Pradeep Khosla Monday expressed concern over the dearth of qualified teachers to teach at the proposed Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Why do some kids fear math?

New York, Aug 18 : Are you one of those who used to detest math during childhood and often dreamed of growing up and doing anything but math? You may now have an answer.

Want to be world's first doctor of chocolate?

London, Aug 18 : Love chocolates? You have a mighty reason to relish them more as the Cambridge University is seeking a researcher for a PhD on chocolates!

'Restructure courses instead of fighting over four-year programme'

By Shradha Chettri, New Delhi, Aug 17 : In June, Delhi University's four-year undergraduate programme was scrapped and restored to three years after an ugly tussle between DU and the University Grants Commission (UGC). The university regulatory body has also ordered several universities to scrap similar courses. But experts feel it is more important to think about re-structuring the courses, than fight over the number of years.

English marks not to be included in civil service entrance test

New Delhi, Aug 16 : The government Saturday said marks for English language comprehension skills in the civil services preliminary examinations will not be included for the purpose of gradation.

Rethink required to improve higher education: UGC chief

Chandigarh, Aug 14 : University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Ved Prakash said Thursday major rethinking was required to make institutions of higher education compete at the international level.

Over 20,000 Class XII seats vacant in Kendriya Vidyalayas

New Delhi, Aug 13 : Over 20,000 class XII seats are lying vacant in Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) across the country, parliament was informed Wednesday.

'Smart classes', 'finishing schools' in Punjab colleges

Chandigarh, Aug 13 : The Punjab government Wednesday announced that government colleges in the state will have "smart classes" and "finishing schools" to improve the quality of higher education.

Dhirubhai Ambani school outperforms global peers

Mumbai, Aug 12 : Students of Dhirubhai Ambani International School have outperformed their global peers pursuing International General Certificate of Secondary Education, the institution said Tuesday.

'Invest more in teachers' training than technology'

Kolkata, Aug 12 : Indian English is far more "erudite and elegant" than what is heard in England, said a British educationist who stressed on investing more on training teachers than on technology.

English, vernacular both important for civil services: British expert

Kolkata, Aug 11 : Amid the civil service aptitude test row, a British educationist Monday said students appearing in the examination can be tested both in English and in vernacular languages.

English, vernacular both important for civil services: British expert

Kolkata, Aug 11 : Amid the civil service aptitude test row, a British educationist Monday said students appearing in the examination can be tested both in English and in vernacular languages.

Music training makes kids better learners

Washington, Aug 10 : Providing your kids with the opportunity to learn a musical instrument or to sing strengthens their reading and language skills, says a study.

US education fair for Indian students

Kolkata, Aug 9 : Students wishing to pursue undergraduate programmes in the subject of their choice at a top American university are being given an opportunity to know what exactly is on offer there at a fair being held here Monday.

Teaching mindset helps you learn better

New York, Aug 9 : Students may please take note: According to a study, to score more in your tests, prepare a lesson with the mindset that you were to teach it to other students.

'Educate kids to protect them from revenge porn, cyber attacks'

Kolkata, Aug 8 : Information security experts Friday called for teaching children to keep themselves safe while using social networks to tackle incidents of cyber bullying and revenge porn involving children.

In Haryana, quiet changes in classroom education

By Jaideep Sarin, Chandigarh, Aug 8 : A visit to the local fruit and vegetable market, local hospital or even a factory to understand how things work may not be an essential part of textbooks, but students in government schools across Haryana are becoming part of a quiet change in their classrooms as they are being exposed to practical knowledge in real time.

IIM-C pre-placement offers log 34 percent growth

Kolkata, Aug 7 : The country's premier management school IIM-Calcutta has received 34 percent more pre-placement offers for final placements for its 2014 batch of students till the first week of August.

New WiFi programme for colleges, varsities

New Delhi, Aug 6 : The government is planning a new programme under which over 20,000 colleges and 600 universities will be WiFi-enabled, parliament was informed Wednesday.

CBSE to include study material on northeast: Irani

New Delhi, Aug 6 : The CBSE curriculum committee will include sufficient material related to the northeast region to create awareness, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said Wednesday.

'Best' solution found to UPSC test row, says Venkaiah

New Delhi, Aug 5 : The "best" possible solution to the row over the aptitude test in the civil services exam was taken by the government, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu told BJP MPs Tuesday.

Less than 1 percent disabled Indian kids enrolled in schools

New Delhi, Aug 4 : Less than 1 percent of the disabled children in India are enrolled in the schools, parliament was informed Monday.

More candidates passing teachers' eligibility tests

New Delhi, Aug 4 : There has been a rise in the number of candidates passing the Central Teacher Eligibility Tests (CTETs), the government said Monday.

English marks not to be counted in CSAT grading: Jitendra Singh

New Delhi, Aug 4 : The government Monday said that the marks in English language comprehension skills in the civil service exam aptitude test would not be included in preparing the merit list but the opposition continued to raise objections, particularly on discrimination against regional languages.

Gita in schools? Improper, says CPI-M

New Delhi, Aug 3 : The CPI-M Sunday described as "improper and unwarranted" Supreme Court judge A.R. Dave's suggestion that the Gita and the Mahabaratha should be taught in schools.

Our educational system broken somewhere: Writer Chetan Bhagat

By Nivedita, New Delhi, Aug 2 : Celebrated writer Chetan Bhagat feels that the college cutoffs should not bog one down because hard work can also take people places, adding that the country's education system is "broken somewhere".

Preparing a blueprint to Indianise education: Dinanath Batra

By Gaurav Sharma, New Delhi, July 31 : After getting American scholar Wendy Doniger's book on Hinduism pulped, retired 85-year-old teacher and educationist Dinanath Batra, an admirer of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has a new mission: preparing a "blueprint" for "Indianising" the country's education system and liberating it from the clutches of western education.

Early reading skills make kids sharper

London, July 27 : If you wish to see your kids emerge as intelligent adults, start now to mind their reading skills. Researchers have found that early reading skills might positively affect later intellectual abilities.

Stay back, serve India: C.N.R Rao urges IITians

Kharagpur, July 26 : Eminent scientist C.N.R. Rao Saturday here urged IITians to stay back in India and serve the nation as they are "well-suited" for it.

Promote culture of excellence in higher education: President

Raipur, July 26 : A culture of excellence must be promoted in institutes of higher academic learning in the country, President Pranab Mukherjee said Saturday.

IIT Delhi students bags best innovation award

Thiruvananthapuram, July 26 : A group of students from the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D) bagged the best project at the ninth National Innovation Contest - TechTop 2014 which concluded here Saturday.

'Government will not let UPSC aspirants suffer'

New Delhi, July 25 : Minister of State for Personnel and Public Grievances Jitendra Singh Friday said the UPSC aspirants will not suffer on the basis of language.

Emerge as creative leaders: Kalam to IIM students

Shillong, July 24 : Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Thursday urged students of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Shillong to emerge as creative leaders to bring about the required change in the country.

Tripura University to attract Bangladeshi students

Agartala, July 24 : Tripura University will launch an initiative to admit more Bangladeshi students to reinforce the government's plan to strenthen the people-to-people ties between the two neighbours, an official said Thursday.

India to have four new central varsities

New Delhi, July 23 : The government has decided to set up four new central universities in the country, parliament was told Wednesday.

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan reviewed twice every year: Smriti Irani

New Delhi, July 23 : The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is reviewed twice every year by a JRM comprising independent experts and members of external funding agencies, union HRD Minister Smriti Irani told parliament Wednesday.

6,251 teachers' posts vacant in central varsities: Smriti Irani

New Delhi, July 23 : A total of 6,251 teachers' posts are lying vacant in the 39 central universities under the purview of the UGC, parliament was informed Wednesday.

First engineering college for women gets AICTE nod: Irani

New Delhi, July 23 : An engineering college exclusively for women to be set up in Maharashtra has got approval from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani said Wednesday.

Dropout rate matter of concern: Smriti Irani

New Delhi, July 23 : The overall primary school dropout rates have gone down in India except in the case of tribal children, Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani said here Wednesday.

Hyderabad trust uses 'zakat' to promote education

By Mohammed Shafeeq, Hyderabad, July 23 : A Muslim trust here is showing the way how a collective system of 'zakat', an obligatory system of charity in Islam, can lift the community out of poverty and illiteracy.

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