Higher Education Survey Report

NEET is finally here to stay

Supreme Court’s order of April 28 in Sankalp Charitable Trust & others vs Union of India & others case and its reiteration on May 9 stunned the medical education stake holders country-wide, particularly private players, who were eying big money in the coming admission tests. Each stake-holder has, naturally, reacted in his own unique way depending upon the side that he is on. The Apex Court order, needless to say, was primarily aimed at alleviating the problems of the students and the prime beneficiary in the whole episode will, indeed, be the students.

Damage if any by the Apex Court order has been fixed by the promulgation of the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 and the Dentists (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 on May 24.

On May 27 a vacation bench of Justices P.C. Pant and D.Y. Chandrachud further settled the matter by refusing to entertain a plea for stay on the two ordinances. Obviously the NEET is here to stay -- and stay with grace and strength that is deserves.

The Apex Court has, by a judicial order, brought order in the chequered medical admission system – something akin to what Mr Murli Manohar Joshi wanted to do in higher education when he was the Minister for Human Resource Development. What is remarkable about the Apex Cout order is the firmness and promptness with which it has been delivered and the wisdom with which the Executive welcomed it. more


Tug-of-war between Chief Secretary
& Minister over PTU top post

The renovated Punjab Technical University building.

CHANDIGARH : The ugly facet of Punjab universities laws is in full public view these days as Punjab Technical Education and Industrial Training Minister Madan Mohan Mittal and the Punjab Technical University BoG chairman fight over the university vice-chancellor's appointment. The tussle between Mittal and the Board of Governors (BoG) chairman -- the Chief Secretary -- took a new turn on May 17 with the key members of the Board saying that the three persons shortlisted for the VC’s post were the “best and the finest” while the minister saying that they are no good. The root cause of the tussle is the appointment clause of the PTU Act which says that the appointment of the vice-chancellor shall be made by the Chancellor "on the advice of the State Government". more


SC rejects plea for urgent hearing on petition against NEET ordinance
NEW DELHI : On May 27 a vacation bench of the Supreme Court refused outright a plea for urgent hearing and grant of interim stay on the NEET ordinances which allows relief to States. more

MHRD to nominate experts on deemed varsity boards
NEW DELHI : The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is set to monitor private deemed varsities by nominating experts on the governing bodies of all deemed universities.

NIT Srinagar resumes classes without outstation students   
SRINAGAR : Trouble torn National Institute of Technology (NIT) resumed classes here on April 25, after a gap of ten days, with most outstation students absent.

Most B-schools producing sub-standard passouts : ASSOCHAM
NEW DELHI : Except some top Business schools like the IIMs most of 5,500 B-schools in the country are producing sub-standard passouts who are largely un-employable, says an ASSOCHAM study. more


supreme court upholds andhra plea on apsche

J&K skips neet meet to assert it's article 370 status

4-year UG course : UGC sends warning note to varsities



NEET : relief to states, pvt colleges stumped

Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare J.P. Nadda briefing the media on NEET in New Delhi on May 24, 2016.

NEW DELHI : All state government seats in government Medical Colleges and private institutions have been exempted from the purview of National Eligibility cum Entrance Test for the current year, a beaming minister told reporters on May 24. The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mr J P Nadda who was holding a press briefing after the promulgation of the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 and the Dentists (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016 was signed by the President on May 24 morning, said that "lakhs of students stand benefitted by the Ordinances". He added that since Tamil Nadu and Puducherry do not hold any admission test for medical and dental seats and instead admit students on the basis of marks obtained in Class XII examinations these states will have the option (this year only) to adopt their own procedure. more


NEET-II on July 24, online registration on

NEW DELHI : The second phase of National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for undergraduate medical and dental college admissions will be held on July 24. Online registration for the test has begun. The CBSE's Joint Secretary-cum-OSD for NEET, said online applications for NEET UG-II can be submitted at www.aipmt.nic.in and students can check the exam details on this website before submitting


Cabinet approves ISM as IIT Dhanbad

NEW DELHI :On May 25 the Union cabinet decided to award IIT status to Indian School of Mines (ISM) fulfilling the promise made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the general elections in 2014. The Cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister also gave ex-post facto approval to six new IITs, two of which, IIT Palakkad and IIT Tirupati, have already started functioning. more


No minority status
for AMU, says govt

NEW DELHI : On April 4 the Attorney General told the Supreme Court that the NDA government wants to withdraw the "minority status" granted to Aligarh Muslim University. Making his submission, orally though, before two separate benches hearing two different cases, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the Apex Court that the minority status would be "contrary to the country's secular policy". more





N R Madhava Menon

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