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


Smriti out, Prakash Javadekar takes over Human Resource Ministry

Mr Prakash Javadekar took charge as Union Minister for Human Resource Development, in New Delhi on July 07, 2016

NEW DELHI : On July 5 Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the required correction in his ministry -- nearly two years late -- and removed Smriti Irani from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). She was replaced by Prakash Javadekar, who was elevated from Minister of State (MoS) to Cabinet minister. Though a poor consolation compared to giants like Murli Manohar Joshi who headed the MHRD during the earlier BJP rule, the academia nevertheless is pinning some hope on Javadekar. more


SC damns govt for NEET ordinance but refuses to stay it
NEW DELHI : On July 14 the three judge Supreme Court bench hearing the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) case criticised the NEET ordinance but refused to stay it in the interest of the students. more

UGC's stick and carrot policy for deemed universities
Human Resource Development Ministry has approved amendments to UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2010 that would restrict early fee realisation from students but grant relief in land requirement and opening of off-campus centres. more

SC orders TN to admit 28 outsiders in PG medical courses   
NEW DELHI : Twenty-eight medical students from other states will attend super-specialty medical courses in Tamil Nadu after the Supreme Court ordered TN to forgo its policy of reserving seats for domiciled students in these advanced medical studies. more

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




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



SC allows AMU to file reply to govt plea

NEW DELHI : On July 11 the  Supreme Court granted four weeks to Aligarh Muslim University to file its reply on Centre’s affidavit seeking withdrawal of appeal filed by the erstwhile UPA government, challenging Allahabad High Court judgement holding that the varsity was not a minority institution. more


Yogesh Singh is DTU vice-chancellor

NEW DELHI : Yogesh Singh has been appointed vice-chancellor of Delhi Technological University. He was the director of Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology and had additional charge of the DTU VC since September 2015. more

Prof Yogesh Singh


V S Chouhan to head pay revision panel

Prof V S Chouhan

NEW DELHI : The UGC has set up a five member committee to revise salary of the academic staff of universities and colleges, said a HRD Ministry statement on June 9. more


No NEET style exam for engg : AICTE chief

NEW DELHI : On June 7 the Chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) ruled out any common entrance test for engineering seats in the country. AICTE chief Anil Dattatraya Sahasrabudhe told reporters in Bangalore that though there was “thinking” on the lines, nothing concrete can be expected even next academic year. more


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 Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mr J P Nadda told reporters on May 24. more




Faizan Mustafa

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