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Using free software in education can save Rs.8,000 crore

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 19 : Using free software under Information and Communication Technology in Education (ICT) in 3.2 lakh schools across the country can save over Rs.8,000 crore, said an expert in free software.


Personality outsmarts intelligence at school

Melbourne, Dec 18 : Personality is more important than intelligence when it comes to academic success, new research says.


Footwear design institute is key to Make in India: Sitharaman

Noida (NCR), Dec 17 : Assuring full support to the Footwear Design and Development Institute's (FDDI) successful skill development programme, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Wednesday said the institute has a key role in the country's plans to boost manufacturing.


Music sparks language development in poor kids

New York, Dec 17 : Researchers have found that children from poor socio-economic backgrounds, who regularly attended music classes show larger improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores.


'Need for MBA course in entertainment'

Kolkata, Dec 16 : With Hollywood and Bollywood attracting more and more investment and spending a fortune on customised marketing, business management courses needs to expand to cover the music and films industry, says a US-based academician.


No Sanskrit exams in Kendriya Vidyalayas this academic year: SC

New Delhi, Dec 16 : The Supreme Court Tuesday said that there would be no exams in Sanskrit for class 6 to 8 students in the Kendriya Vidyalayas in the current academic session and this would not come in their way for appearing in class 10 secondary exams at the later stage.


World Kempegowda Festival concludes in Delhi, demands University in his name

Delhi, December 16: The festival in honour of the builder of Bangalore Nadaprabha Kempegowda concluded here during the week-end with a demand for the establishment of a university in his memory in Bengaluru and a memorial for him in Mysore city.


Schools to remain closed Dec 25: CBSE

New Delhi, Dec 15 : The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Monday said no special directions were issued to open schools on Dec 25 and the regular vacation schedule would be followed to observe the day as a holiday.


Smriti Irani rejects reports of schools remaining open on Christmas

New Delhi, Dec.15 : Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani on Monday trashed reports suggesting that schools may possibly have to remain open on Christmas, saying it is unfortunate that misreporting has been deliberately done.


Indian university offers scholarships to Afghan students

Chandigarh, Dec 15 : In an effort to strengthen people-to-people linkages between India and Afghanistan, the OP Jindal Global University (JGU) in Sonipat, Haryana, has announced 100 percent scholarship for five girls and 50 percent scholarship for all students from Afghanistan.


Better environment, quality teaching lures Indian students to foreign varsities (Education Feature)

By Shweta Sharma, New Delhi, Dec 15 : Unable to find a course of his choice at Delhi University, Ankit Khullar, 27, decided to pursue his graduation from the US. Armed with a degree in finance, he returned to India for his masters. But after "two wasteful years", he returned to the US for further studies.


4,020 graduands conferred with degrees, diplomas on second day of Amity University's convocation

Noida, Dec. 12 : The second day of 10th convocation 2014 of Amity University was held at Amity Campus, Sector, 125, here wherein over 4,020 graduands from Amity School of Communication, Amity School of Fashion Technology, Amity Institute of Social Sciences, Amity School of Hospitality, Amity School of Languages, Amity Law School and other institutes received their degrees and diplomas.


CBSE launches 'Saransh' on-line facility

New Delhi, Dec. 11 : Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has said the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has launched an on-line facility titled 'Saransh' to schools affiliated to it.


Undergraduate programme brings US degree closer to home

Mumbai, Dec 10 : Bringing the benefits of global education to Indian students, Mumbai-based Global Pathways Institute has launched a four-year undergraduate pathway programme in alliance with the Arcadia University in the US.


Distraction does not hamper learning

New York, Dec 10 : A new study challenges the idea that distraction is necessarily a problem while learning.


Online students biased against women instructors

New York, Dec 10 : A new study demonstrates that college students in online courses give better evaluations to instructors they think are men, even when the instructor is actually a woman.


Nasscom certifies new courseware for IT skills

Bengaluru, Dec 9 : Indian software industry's representative body Nasscom Tuesday certified the courseware developed by the world's leading IEEE Computer Society to provide ready workforce for the IT and IT-enabled services sector.


Nursery admission guidelines: HC order Wednesday

New Delhi, Dec 9 : The Delhi High Court will pass an order Wednesday on pleas challenging a single-judge bench decision to quash the Lt. Governor's guidelines on nursery admissions in the capital's unaided private schools.


UGC initiates Operation Faculty Recharge

New Delhi, Dec.8: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has initiated a scheme called Operation Faculty Recharge for augmenting the research and teaching resources of universities to tackle the shortage of faculty in the university system.


Sanskrit to be offered in Class 11 in KVs next year

New Delhi, Dec 8 : Sanskrit will be offered as one of the options in lieu of an elective subject in Class 11 from the 2015-16 session in all Kendriya Vidyalayas having senior secondary classes, an official statement said Monday.


India connects SAARC region through education

By Neelapu Shanti, New Delhi, Dec. 7 : India has become an educational hub for students from the SAARC countries, including Afghanistan and Nepal.


'New education policy should address modern challenges for students'

By Shweta Sharma, New Delhi, Dec 7 : The government proposes to formulate a new education policy to reportedly take on the challenges posed by lack of quality, research and innovation in Indian institutions of learning. Experts, who term the current policy as "outdated" and "not equipped" to face modern-day challenges, feel the new policy should lay down a clear roadmap for the nation if it is to develop into a knowledge society.


Smriti Irani emphasises priority for skills in higher education

New Delhi, Dec.6 : Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smriti Irani on Saturday emphasized the need to develop skills in higher education and exhorted the states and the union territories to adopt the credit framework for skills and education and the choice based credit system in Universities.


Smriti Irani emphasises need to develop skills in higher education

New Delhi, Dec 6 : Emphasing on the need to develop skills in higher education, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani Saturday exhorted states and union territories to adopt the credit framework for skills and education and the choice based credit system in universities.


Congress chief writes to Assam CM on NCERT syllabus

Guwahati, Dec 5 : Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has directed the Assam government to be ready to make representations to the centre to ensure that changes in the NCERT syllabus on the history and culture of the northeast are meaningful if the central government decides to update it as recommended by a committee.


IIT Delhi's MBA course for students across streams

New Delhi, Dec 5 : Now students from all streams can pursue an MBA course from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi under its new programme, a statement said Friday.


No Sanskrit exams in KV schools this year: Government tells SC

New Delhi, Dec 5 : The central government told the Supreme Court Friday that the switch over from German to Sanskrit as a third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas will be effected but there will be no Sanskrit exams in the current academic year.


No Sanskrit exams in schools this year: Government

New Delhi, Dec 5 : The central government told the Supreme Court Friday that the switch over from German to Sanskrit as a third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas will be effected but there will be no Sanskrit exams in the current academic year.


Now, Centre asks universities to open Sanskrit department

New Delhi, Dec 3 : All central universities have been requested to explore the possibility of opening a Sanskrit department in an attempt to promote the language, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani said Wednesday.


India popular among Australian students under New Colombo Plan

New Delhi, Dec 1 : India is among the most popular destinations for Australian students taking part in the Australian government's New Colombo Plan, an initiative designed to encourage more Australians to live, study and work in the Indo-Pacific region, a statement said Monday.


India offers scholarship to Afghan students

By Neelapu Shanti, New Delhi, Nov. 30 : India offers around 1,000 scholarships every year to the Afghan students, which is sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).


Rise in Indian students in European universities

New Delhi, Nov 30 : The number of Indian students going to European universities for tertiary level education has increased from 3,348 in 2000 to 51,556 in 2009, a statement said Sunday.


Tamil sage poet's life to be taught in all schools

New Delhi, Nov 29 : Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani Saturday said she will gift books by Thiruvalluvar to all central universities and have the birth anniversary of the Tamil sage poet and philosopher celebrated in schools all over India through introduction of his life and works.


Education makes people less vulnerable to natural calamities

London, Nov 29 : Education makes people less vulnerable to natural disasters such as floods, landslides and storms that are expected to intensify with climate change, says a new study.


Consider treating Sanskrit as additional subject: SC

New Delhi, Nov 28 : The Supreme Court Friday asked the government not to treat Sanskrit as a third language for the students of Kendriya Vidyalayas from class 6 to 8 and instead treat it as an additional language retaining German as a third langauge.


High girl dropout rate due to no toilets in schools: Modi

Poonch, Nov 28 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday attributed the high numbers of girl children dropping out of schools to lack of toilets in schools.


Consider treating Sanskrit as additional subject: SC

New Delhi, Nov 28 : The Supreme Court Friday asked the government not to treat Sanskrit as a third language for Class 8 students of Kendriya Vidyalayas and instead treat it as an additional language retaining German as a third langauge.


Government stands on decision making Sanskrit third language in KVs

New Delhi, Nov 27 : The central government Thursday reiterated its position that Sanskrit would be the third language in place of German in Kendriya Vidyalayas from class 6 to 8.


Decision to not teach German won't affect youth: Minister

New Delhi, Nov 26 : The decision to discontinue teaching of German as a third language will not have any impact on the youth in preparing them for a globalised world, parliament was told Wednesday.


Over 7,500 vacant teacher posts in KVs

New Delhi, Nov 26 : Over 7,500 posts of teachers are lying vacant in the country's Kendriya Vidyalayas, a minister said Wednesday.


Six new Sainik schools to be set up, says minister

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 26 : The ministry of defence has sanctioned six more new Sainik Schools and is also seriously considering taking over all the Sainik Schools in the country, said a union minister, Wednesday.


Involve private sector in education: President

Pune, Nov 26 : President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday called for deepening the involvement of the private sector in education and said universities such as Harvard, Yale and Stanford have "evolved out of private sector initiatives".


Workshop engages students to solve water crisis

Kolkata, Nov 25 : College and university students brainstormed at a unique workshop here Tuesday to come up with ideas and practical solutions to manage water resources intelligently and solve the water crisis.


Reliance Digital TV, Vedic Maths Forum to teach maths on TV

New Delhi, Nov 25 : In a bid to foster tele-education, Reliance Digital TV Tuesday announced its partnership with The Vedic Maths Forum of India to provide mathematics teaching on television, a company statement said here.


Open online courses: A welcome step in Indian education system

By Shweta Sharma, New Delhi, Nov 23 : India has officially jumped on to the open online courses bandwagon with the government announcing Swayam, an initiative that aims at providing affordable and quality education to citizens for free.


SC notice to Centre on dropping German in Kendriya Vidyalayas

New Delhi, Nov. Nov 21 : The Supreme Court Friday issued notices to the Centre and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan on replacing German with Sanskrit as a third language in the centrally run Kendriya Vidyalayas in the mid-session of the current academic year.


Law school offers course in sexual harassment prevention at workplace

Kolkata, Nov 21 : The National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) here has introduced an online course in sexual harassment prevention and workplace diversity, it said Friday.


Afghan civil servants to be trained in India

New Delhi, Nov 21 : Afghan civil servants will now be trained at the Jindal University at Sonepat in Haryana.


Varsities should adopt strategy to perform better: President

Tezpur (Assam), Nov 20 : President Pranab Mukherjee Thursday said Indian universities should adopt an effective strategy to achieve higher rankings in the list of best global institutions.


Industry-linked technical institutes win CII-AICTE awards

New Delhi, Nov 20 : The Thiagarajar group of institutions and Walchand Institute of Technology are among the winners of the AICTE-CII survey of top industry-linked technical institutes 2014, industry chamber CII said Thursday.


Irani stresses convergence of industry and academia

Greater Noida, Nov 20 : Stressing the need for greater convergence of industry and academia, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani Thursday asked the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) to provide inputs for the government's 'Think-in-India' movement.


From Bhutan to Brazil, they come to learn English in India

By Mohammed Shafeeq, Hyderabad, Nov 19 : From Indian bureaucrats to executives from as many as 87 countries around the world, when it comes to gaining proficiency in English, it is not England they go to but India.


OUP unveils English course for Indian students

Bengaluru, Nov 18 : Oxford University Press (OUP) Tuesday launched an English course in listening and speaking for students across India.


Universities should focus on quality: President

New Delhi, Nov 17 : President Pranab Mukherjee Monday said that leading educational institutions must approach the university ratings process in a more pro-active manner.


German envoy hopes for decision in interest of students in language row

New Delhi, Nov. 17 : German envoy to India Michael Steiner hoped for a decision in the interest of students as the Chancellor Angela Merkel, raised the language row issue in schools with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in Brisbane.


Centre wants to provide low-cost education: Smriti Irani

Amritsar, Nov 16 : The central government wants to provide greater access to quality education for more number of students, union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani said Sunday.


Udaan scheme for girl students launched

New Delhi, Nov 14 : WIth the aim to promote educational opportunities among girl students and address the challenge of lower girl enrolment rates in engineering colleges, the CBSE's Udaan scheme was launched Friday.


Toll-free helpline for government school teachers launched

New Delhi, Nov 14 : A new toll-free helpline number for teachers was launched here Thursday to address issues of teaching and learning in government schools.


Learning a new language could sharpen your brain

New York, Nov 13 : Just as physical exercise helps you build your muscles, learning a new language could strengthen your brain, thereby making the process of ageing a lot more graceful, says a new research.


Mothers' education key to kid's academic success

Washington, Nov 11 : Researchers have found that the academic success of your kids depends a lot on the education provided by mothers as children born to relatively older and educated mothers learn math and reading more quickly than children born to younger mothers.


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