All quiet on the MHRD front

The Narendra Modi government at the Centre has completed three years and a couple of months, that is more than half of its term and yet if we venture to count its achievements in the Higher Education sector then we will really have to strain our mind to an extreme to find an example.

The two examples that come immediately to my mind, worth citing, are the National Institutional Ranking Framework the first edition which was launched on 4th April, 2016 and the Higher Educational Financing Agency which has its roots in the past.

The third venture that the government took up with much fanfare was the drafting of a New Education Policy, though the seeds of it were sown during the previous Congress rule. The Minister of State Jitin Prasad had, during the 62nd meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education on 10th October 2013 welcomed the proposal to have a new “Education Commission” and a new National Testing Agency. The proposals were left to be deliberated and worked out in detail in consultation with all stakeholders.  

The MHRD under the Narendra Modi government decided to have a New Education Policy instead of an “Education Commission”. A committee was appointed under T.S.R Subramanian which fretted for six months and then submitted its report to the HRD Minister on May 7, 1016.  more


NTA active, to hold NEET, JEE (Main) twice a year, says HRD minister

Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar briefing reporters about the National Testing Agency, in New Delhi on July 07, 2018.

NEW DELHI : A beaming HRD Minister announced here on July 7 that the nascent National Testing Agency (NTA) will hold the coveted National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and the Joint Entrance Examination (Mains) twice a year. Addressing a hurriedly called press conference here the Minister, Mr Prakash Javadekar said : “The National Testing Agency will conduct them this year. The same student can take the exam both times a year and the best score will be counted.” The exams, he promised, will be “fair, transparent and flexible”  and would be computer-based, though not online. “Computer centres will be set up where students with no access to computers can practise from August-end or September.” more


Govt moves to streamline working of private universities
NEW DELHI : The National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) here will soon form a working group of experts
to study the functioning of the private universities in the country.

IITs forced to lower cut-off for undergraduate admissions
NEW DELHI : Crumbling under government pressure, the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) lowered their cut-off marks on June 14 to admit 13, 542 more undergraduate students.

GNDU Amritsar and Osmania University get Rs 107 each   
NEW DELHI : The Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) has released a grant of Rs 107 crore each to Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) Amritsar and Osmania University, Hyderabad.

No takers for ESIC quota medical seats in Uttar Pradesh
KANPUR : There are hardly any takers for medical seats reserved by the Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) in the medical colleges of the country due to lack of information about the facility. more


Courts CANNOT examine answer sheets, says SC

SC refuses to interfere in CLAT 2018 counselling

re-recognition of distance edu courses opposed



Jio choice : MHRD says expert panel did it

NEW DELHI : Facing mounting criticism HRD Secretary R. Subrahmanyam on July 10 took refuse behind former Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami and others who, he said, had chosen the institution for Institute of Eminence status. In his clarification the Ministry of Human Resource Development said that the names of the six institutions were recommended by an eminent panel and that  there was need to trust their judgment. more


B'lore varsity & RHUHS get VCs after 2 years

BANGALORE : After nearly two years Bangalore University and Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) have had their vice-chancellors on June 12. Both the universities were functioning with interim VCs. more

Prof K R Venugopal


MKU VC appointment flawed, says court

CHENNAI : On June 14 the Madras High Court issued a writ of quo warranto and set aside the appointment of Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) Vice-Chancellor P.P. Chellathurai. The court said that the appointment made last year was based on flawed proceedings of the search committee. more


GRC Reddy moves north, joins Sharda

Prof GRC Reddy

NEW DELHI : On June 6 Prof GRC Reddy joined G.Noida based Sharda University as its vice-chancellor.
Essentially an Andhrite, Prof Reddy's shifting to north has surprised many who do not know that he can speak and understand Hindi well.


Govt axe on many UG
& PG medical seats

NEW DELHI : In a blunt decision on May 31 the Union government barred 82 existing medical colleges from admitting students to their MBBS seats in the academic session 2018-19, thereby blocking at least 10,430 of the estimated 64,000 UG seats available in the country. The decision was taken following recommendations by the Medical Council of India (MCI) which cited "deficiencies" in these medical colleges in the matter of infrastructure, faculty and number of patients. more





Furqan Qamar

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