Higher Education Survey Report

Ushering in new medical regime

With the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test finally set to execute a new regime in medical college admissions from 2017 - and in all its glory at that - and the Modi government and the Supreme Court firm to overhaul the Medical Council of India, the coming years may usher in a new system for the new age.

The proliferation of engineering colleges in 1990 had necessitated setting up of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), and now, 25 years later, the Judiciary and Parliament have tacitly concurred to change the medical education set up in the country. With the Opposition in favour for a change and the Judiciary favourably inclined, the proposed National Medical Commission Bill, 2016 may be a reality during the winter session of Parliament.

The draft Bill has no place for the Lodha committee so the short-lived committee which has raised more questions than it could answer, would have to wind up or may perpetuate in its new avatar like the oversight committee for medical admissions or fee structure adjudication/arbitration authority under the new regime.

With the Supreme Court order dated April 28 and May 9, 2016 specifically signifying that all private institutions must necessarily pick students from the NEET merit list and even casting aspersions on the authenticity of claims by the private players  more


AICTE gets it's home after 30 years

The Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Mr Upendra Kushwaha inaugurating the office complex of All India Council for Technical Education in New Delhi on August 12, 2016.

NEW DELHI : Nearly 30 years after it was established in 1988, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had a building of its own in south west corner of the national capital. It was inaugurated by Union Minister of State (HRD) Upendra Kushwaha in Vasant Kunj on Nelson Mandela Marg here on August 12. After its split from the UGC under the leadership of a suave and a magnificent manoeuvrist, Prof S K Khanna the AICTE opened its first office in a modest apartment in South Extension II in 1993. After a couple of years it moved to a more spacious building in IG Stadium near ITO. Seven years ago it had to shift to a building on the Janpath from where it is now shifting to it's newly constructed building. more


SC says students have a right to access answer sheets
NEW DELHI : On August 16 the Supreme Court allowed a contempt of court petition against the Chairman CBSE and ordered him to “scrupulously” follow its 2011 judgement. 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

Javadekar pushes seat hike agenda at IIT Council meet   
On August 23 Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar pushed through his seat hike agenda at the IIT Council meeting here despite objections from directors. 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



punjab private varsities running diploma courses

varsities resent re-recognition of distance edu courses



Lodha panel driving  MCI, grants approval

NEW DELHI : The Supreme Court appointed Lodha Oversight Committee is  in the MCI driver's seat and has, in fact, taken decisions that may embarrass the MCI's governing body. On August 13 the three member committee overturned the Council’s decision denying permission to start/establish 86 new medical colleges for the current academic session starting September 30. more


NEET : Gujarat lad tops, Odisha boy comes 2nd

NEW DELHI : Het Shah from Nadiad in Gujarat topped the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), the results of which were declared by the CBSE on August 16. In all, 409, 477 candidates out of a total of 802,594 have qualified the NEET I and II exams while 19,325 have qualified in the top 15 per cent. Shah topped the exam scoring 685 out of 720, followed by Ekansh Goyal of Rourkela with 685. more


Get ready for online courses, varsities told

NEW DELHI : On July 27 the UGC directed all universities and deemed universities to amend their act/statutes or ordinances by August-end to facilitate transfer of credits of their students opting for the degree programmes under scheme SWAYAM, a massive online open courses (Moocs) platform. more


Parliament passes IIT Bill, 6 new IITs soon

NEW DELHI : With the Rajya Sabha passing the Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill 2016 on August 2 the way has been cleared for six new IITs. The Lok Sabha had passed the bill on July 26. The new IITs will come up in Jammu, Tirupati, Palakkad Kerala, Goa, Dharwad (Karnataka) and Bhilai (Chhattisgarh). more


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 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. more





Faizan Mustafa

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