Higher Education Survey Report

Is Smriti a proxy?

Smriti Zubin Irani, 38, the youngest minister in the Modi cabinet has been allocated the Ministry of Human Resource Development. The move has surprised many political observers who have given vent to their views and venom on social media as well as in private gatherings.

Irani, a higher secondary passout, with a soap entertainer background, was pitted against Rahul Gandhi in Amethi and, indeed, gave him a tough fight, loosing by just a few thousand votes. Obviously this does not qualify her for the august Ministry of Human Resource Development which was, in the recent past, graced by giants like Murli Manohar Joshi, Arjun Singh and Kapil Sibal.

Higher Education experts and political observers are at their wits end to solve this mind-boggling riddle behind Modi's ministry-making exercise.

Smriti is a sitting Rajya Sabha member who was elected from Gujarat in 2011 and hence doesn't need a bye-election route to Parliament till 2016. But then what prompted Narendra Modi to award the high-profile MHRD portfolio to her?

Is she being used as proxy, a stop-gap arrangement, till a political heavy-weight --may be Dr Murli Manohar Joshi -- agrees to step
in ?


NEET to be in 2 phases, 1st on May 1

The Supreme Court of India

NEW DELHI : In a firm move, the Supreme Court on April 28 accepted the government suggestion to hold the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) 2016-17 in two phases, terming CBSE's All India Pre-medical/Pre-dental Entrance Test, scheduled on May 1, as NEET-1. The Bench of Justices Anil R. Dave, S.K. Singh and A.K. Goel which took up the case rejected strong protests by States like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh that it was too late and ordered that the NEET would be held all over the country. The court said that the NEET would be held this academic year notwithstanding any orders to the contrary from any other courts. "All challenges to this order would come directly before the Supreme Court and be heard in due course," the order said. more


100% fee waiver for SC/STs and disabled in IITs soon
NEW DELHI : On April 6 Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani reportedly promised a fee waiver for all SC/ST, Dalit and physically challenged students studying in the IITs. 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

53% seats in punJAB tech colleges still vacant

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



NEET phase 2 only
for new candidates

NEW DELHI : On April 29 the Health Ministry clarified that the  candidates who have registered for the All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) - now known as NEET phase 1 - will not be eligible to appear for phase II, if they skip the test on May 1."We want it to be clear that the second phase test is only for students currently appearing in State examinations. If a student has been given an admit card,
and does not take the test on May 1, he/she will not get another opportunity. The second phase is only for students who did not register for AIPMT," the ministry official said.


SC rejects AG's plea, NEET dates stand

NEW DELHI : In a quick response, the Supreme Court has refused to entertain Centre's about turn on the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and said that the exam will be held as per schedule in two phases on May 1 and July 24. more


Sanskrit to facilitate  Vedic sciences in IITs

NEW DELHI : The government has asked the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to introduce Sanskrit for facilitating study of science and technology as reflected in the Vedas and Hindu scriptures, HRD Minister Smriti Irani told Lok Sabha on April 25. more


NET need relaxed to fill up lecturers' posts

NEW DELHI :The government has relaxed the mandatory National Eligibility Test (NET) in order to fill up faculty vacancies in degree colleges and universities. Now those who completed a Ph.D or registered for one before 2009 would be eligible for lectureship without clearing the NET. 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


Yogesh Tyagi takes over at Delhi vasity

NEW DELHI: On March 10 Prof. Yogesh K Tyagi took over as the 22nd Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University, succeeding Dinesh Singh whose term ended in October. He was Dean Faculty of Legal Studies at South Asian University (SAU) here. more

Prof Yogesh K Tyagi






N R Madhava Menon

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