15th  Parliament did little for Higher Education

The 15th Parliament, the last session of which concluded on February 21, 2014 did little for Higher Education. In fact it did little justice to the country’s parliamentary democracy – which is to say that the political parties showed little political maturity to keep the house in order. 

The 14th Parliament did pass some bills that the ruling Congress Party thought, would reform the higher education system in the country but their cumulative result has been far from satisfactory. In retrospective it is prudent to say for sure, that it was Dr Murli Manohar Joshi’s term in the Ministry of Human Resource Development that indeed, did some concrete ground work for country’s human resource development. His decisions were mature, pragmatic, apolitical and lasting. 

Arjun Singh, in the UPA 1 government, opened a can of worms – the deemed university imbroglio, Muslims’ appeasement, OBC reservation et al that eventually boomeranged on him. Kapil Sibal who inherited the legacy in the UPA 2 had to bear the brunt of Arjun Singh’s political game plan. The spectrum scam precipitated a cabinet reshuffle which brought in M M Pallam Raju, so to say, “a poor player”, eventually leading to the cul-de-sac in the MHRD. more

 

Nalanda allowed global status, money

A file photo of Prof. Amartya Sen, Chairperson, Nalanda University Governing Board, during an open session "A 21 Century University: (Re) Calling the Past" in New Delhi in July 2011.

NEW DELHI : On February 28 the Union cabinet approved an allocation of Rs 2,727.10 crore to Nalanda University to meet its financial requirements from 2010-11 to 2021-22 and approved tax exemptions to the institution. It also approved amendments to the Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013 as suggested by Parliament`s Standing Committee on External Affairs and accepted by the Government. more

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Tech colleges to face tough affiliation rules

NEW DELHI : The technical education institutions in the country will now have to face relatively tougher rules for university affiliation.This follows the Supreme Court decision in Association of Management of Private Colleges vs All India Council for Technical Education & others delivered on April 25, 2013. more

 

British scholarships
for Indian students

MUMBAI: The British Council is offering 370 higher education scholarships to Indian students starting this year. The Council has tied up with 36 universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to back scholarships worth Rs100 million which will be granted to 260 undergraduate and postgraduate courses of various disciplines. more

 

K'nataka CET fee date extended till 20th

BANGALORE  :  The last date for payment of fees to get a Common Entrance Test (CET) 2014 brochure-cum-application forms has been extended from March 17 to March 20. The Karnataka Examinations Authority had on March 8 issued the notification for the Common Entrance Test (CET) for admissions to government and government-quota seats in professional courses. The test will be held on May 1, 2 and 3. more

 

Nalanda classes by September, says Sen

NEW DELHI : Teaching in two schools of Nalanda University will begin by September this year and the student application process should begin by April, university chancellor Amartya Sen has said. “We expect that teaching will begin by the beginning of September this year, with the students coming in by the end of August. more

 

Ratna for CNR Rao

NEW DELHI : On February 4 President  Pranab Mukherjee presented Bharat Ratna to Prof. CNR Rao at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were the Vice President, the Prime Minister and Mrs Sonia Gandhi.

 


 

 


 

 
Ashok Thakur

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