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.


'Children's books should create awareness about Indian culture'

New Delhi, July 22 : Children's books shouldn't merely be the retelling of mythologies or unnecessary lecturing but should have relatable content andillustrations that are in tune with modern culture, an Indian publisher said Tuesday.


Teleperformance India literacy program adjudged best

New Delhi, July 22 : Teleperformance India's literacy program for children has been adjudged the Best Community Spirit Program in the Asia Pacific region by Contact Centre World, a worldwide body focused on propagating best practices in the BPO industry.


Re-engage adhoc teachers to meet crisis, UGC to DU

New Delhi, July 21 : The UGC Monday directed Delhi University to re-engage ad hoc teachers to meet the "serious crisis" of teachers for colleges under the university.


36.5 percent of teaching slots vacant in IITs

New Delhi, July 21 : The central government Monday said 36.5 percent and 40.8 percent of teaching positions were vacant in the country's 16 IITs and 30 NITs, respectively.


India has 274 accredited universities: Smriti Irani

New Delhi, July 21 : There are 274 universities and 7,070 colleges in India which have been accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), HRD Minister Smriti Irani said Monday.


We are in No man's land: DU students under FYUP

New Delhi, July 21 : Delhi University's new session started Monday after the rollback of the controversial four-year under-graduate programme (FYUP) and the students enrolled under it are confused and said they are in No man's land.


Number of out-of-school children goes down to 17 lakh

New Delhi, July 21 : India now has 17.24 lakh out-of-school children, compared to 81.5 lakh in 2009, and an amount of Rs.339.97 crore has been sanctioned for special training centres for such children, parliament was informed Monday.


Delhi University's new session begins

New Delhi, July 21 : After uncertainty and confusion over Delhi University's four-year under-graduate programme, its new session finally started Monday with excited students stepping onto the campus for a new beginning in their young lives.


Learning to read does not stop at 4th grade

New York, July 21 : Teachers often think that fourth grade is when students stop learning to read and start reading to learn. Not any more.


IIM-Calcutta setting special centre for disabled students

Kolkata, July 19 : The Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta (IIM-C) will set up a special centre aimed at providing adequate support to disabled students from the perspective of academics, the institute said Saturday.


Nalanda University set to open Sept 1

By Imran Khan, Rajgir, July 19 : Part of a premier state-owned hotel will temporarily serve as a hostel for students of the revived Nalanda University, an international centre of learning coming up in Bihar, in eastern India, that will open its doors Sept 1. More than 1,000 students from 40 countries have sought admission in Nalanda University.


President commends Central University of Kerala

Kasargod (Kerala), July 18 : President Pranab Mukherjee Friday expressed his happiness over the progress made by the Central University of Kerala here in a short span of time.


Bara Hindu Rao medical college gets admission approval

New Delhi, July 16 : The medical college at the Bara Hindu Rao Hospital here has received approval from the health ministry to admit its second batch of students for the new academic session, an official said Wednesday.


Jamia to have school of earth and planetary sciences

New Delhi, July 16 : Jamia Millia Islamia will have a strong thrust on research, offer a choice-based credit system and set up a new School of Earth, Atmosphere and Planetary Sciences, Vice Chancellor Talat Ahmad said Wednesday.


Jamia Millia to set up medical college

New Delhi, July 16 : Jamia Millia Islamia will soon set up a medical college-cum-hospital, its vice-chancellor Talat Ahmad said here Wednesday.


Government for guidelines on students' safety during trips

New Delhi, July 16 : The government has asked for framing guidelines for students' safety during excursion or study trips, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani said Wednesday.


20 Indians selected for Taiwan scholarship

New Delhi, July 15 : The Taipei Economic and Cultural Center (TECC) in India has short-listed 20 Indian students for Taiwan scholarship 2014, a statement said Tuesday.


Teacher availability improving elementary education: Smriti

New Delhi, July 14 : The additional recruitment of teachers has improved the pupil-teacher ratio in government schools, and this has improved elementary education, parliament was told Monday.


100 MBBS seats restored in Himachal colleges

Shimla, July 12 : The Medical Council of India (MCI) has recommended renewal of permission for 100 MBBS seats in both the government medical colleges in Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said here Saturday.


Indian varsities race to attract Nepali students

By Anil Giri, Kathmandu, July 12 : At least 50 Indian universities and colleges are vying for students from Nepal at a time when the number of Nepali students seeking admission in Indian educational institutions has seen a sharp rise.


Programme to help curb dating violence

New York, July 11 : For young adults who are victims of dating violence, a unique health education programme - designed to delay sexual behaviour and promote healthy dating relationships - can significantly reduce the menace.


Higher education gets 13 percent hike

New Delhi, July 10 : In a boost to higher learning with a stress on "world class" centres of learning, India Thursday earmarked Rs.27,656 crore (Rs.276.56 billion) for higher education, an increase of almost 13 percent over 2013.


54 varsities participate in ZONASA convention

Chennai, Jul 9 : 'ATYANTA-2014', the annual Zonal Convention of National Association of Students of Architecture (ZONASA), was held at the Hindustan University campus here.


Over 200 polytechnics in the offing: Smriti Irani

New Delhi, July 9 : The central government is planning to open over 200 polytechnics across India in the next three years, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani said here Wednesday.


Centre to open over 200 polytechnics

New Delhi, July 9 : The central government is planning to open over 200 polytechnics across India in the next three years, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani said here Wednesday.


Maths, reading ability ruled by same genes in kids

London, July 9 : Don't know why your kid is scared of maths? Check his reading ability first as nearly half of the genes that influence how well a child can read also play a role in their mathematics ability.


UGC panel to send DU advice on revising courses

New Delhi, July 8 : The standing committee constituted by University Grants Commission met Tuesday and has recommended a revised structure of 14 main and two concurrent subjects for Delhi University's 2013 four-year undergraduate batch students.


'Medical graduates to serve in rural areas'

New Delhi, July 8 : Medical graduates may soon have to serve for some time in rural areas as a mandatory part of their course, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Tuesday.


DU told to admit students in three-year course: Irani

New Delhi, July 7 : The UGC has asked Delhi University to admit students for the 2014-15 session in three-year undergraduate programme, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said Monday.


Ashoka University appoints Andre Beteille as chancellor

New Delhi, July 6 : Ashoka University has appointed eminent sociologist and writer Andre Beteille as chancellor, a senior varsity official said.


New college courses to nurture social entrepreneurs, medical experts

By Shradha Chettri, New Delhi, July 6 : Fancy pursuing distinctive areas of study to create a niche for yourself? Institutions across the national capital are offering courses to mould social entrepreneurs, medical experts and disaster management experts, to name just a few, as the rush for students from all over the country to study in Delhi continues.


HPU ranked 22 among Indian Universities

Shimla, Jul 5 : Himachal Pradesh University has made it to 22nd rank among top 25 universities of the country.


Telangana seeks more time for admissions in professional courses

Hyderabad, July 5 : The Telangana government will file an appeal in the Supreme Court on Monday for extending the date of completion of admissions in professional courses till the end of October.


AMU to set up world class museum

Aligarh, July 4 : Thanks to a generous donation of $50,000, a world class museum will come up at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).


Desperate students ready to study any course in DU

New Delhi, July 4 : With many colleges closing admissions, students who are desperate to get into Delhi University are ready to study any course in any college.


Was Delhi University fiasco avoidable?

By Abha Dev Habib : The high drama over FYUP (Four Year Undergraduate Programme) rollback at Delhi University has raised many pertinent questions. Delhi University has become a case study that educators and policymakers must understand before any other educational institution follows the same trajectory knowingly or unknowingly.


Slight decrease in DU second cut-off

New Delhi, July 3 : The second cut-off list for admissions to Delhi University undergraduate programme was released Thursday, with only a slight decrease in percentages and some colleges even declaring admissions closed.


DU admissions: Seats filling fast, long queues continue

New Delhi, July 3 : With Thursday being the last day for admissions under the first cut-off list in Delhi University, long queues continued with some colleges even admitting more students than the seat capacity.


St. Stephen's invites applications for BA, BSc

New Delhi, July 2 : St. Stephen's College Wednesday invited applications for Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BSc) programmes following Delhi University's decision to scrap the Four Year Undergraduate Programme(FYUP).


Plea to include Arabic, Persian in civil services exams dismissed

New Delhi, July 2 : The Delhi High Court Wednesday dismissed a plea challenging a notification by the UPSC by which Arabic and Persian languages were excluded from the list of optional subjects for the civil services examinations.


Eng admission counselling to begin Jul 7 in Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Jul 2 : The general academic counselling for engineering admission that was postponed in view of the orders of the Supreme Court is rescheduled to begin on July 7.


DU admissions begin, high cutoffs make students wait

New Delhi, July 1 : The much delayed admissions to the three-year undergraduate programme in Delhi University began Tuesday, with the sky-rocketing cutoffs further increasing the students' wait for admission pending the second list.


DU undergraduate admissions begin

New Delhi, July 1 : The much delayed admissions to the three-year undergraduate programme in Delhi University began Tuesday after the first cut-off list was declared.


Retain BMS but make it three-year course, UGC tells DU

New Delhi, June 30 : The UGC Monday directed Delhi University to continue with the bachelor's degree in management studies (BMS) for the students admitted last year, but asked the university to reduce the course duration to three years.


Suggest school syllabi to boost innovation: Irani to IITs

New Delhi, June 30 : The government plans to formulate a national innovation policy that would stress on innovation at the school level, according to Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani.


DU to begin admissions from July 1

New Delhi, June 29 : The Delhi University (DU) will begin its admission process from Tuesday, the varsity said on its website.