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50 JUIT students hospitalised following food poisoning in Himachal
After taking meals the students had developed restlessness, abdominal discomfort and generalised weakness. Shimla, April 21: Over 50 students of the Jaypee University of Information Technology (JUIT) near here have been hospitalised following suspected food poisoning, a senior doctor said on Friday."The students were admitted late last (Thursday) night...," Shimla's Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMCH) Senior Medical Superintendent Ramesh Chand told IANS.After taking meals the students had developed restlessness, abdominal discomfort and generalised weakness. "They started coming to hospital in groups at around 2 a.m.," he added.Their condition have started improving, he said.The prestigious JUIT is located in Waknaghat in Solan district, some 25 km from the state capital here.(IANS)




HC notice to UGC, JNU against M.Phil, Ph.D notification
The admission regulations were contrary to the Fundamental Rights and the Directive Principles of State Policy, said the plea terming regulations as "irrational, unreasonable and arbitrary" New Delhi, April 18: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Central government, the UGC and JNU on a plea challenging UGC notification that put a cap on number of M.Phil and Ph.D research scholars a professor can guide.A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra sought response from government, University Grant Commission and Jawaharlal Nehru University and posted the matter for hearing on April 28.The plea filed by the CPI-M-affiliated Students' Federation of India (SFI) and some aspiring M.Phil and Ph.D students of JNU and Delhi University challenged the constitutional validity of the UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.Phil and Ph.D degree) Regulations 2016 which came into effect from July 5, 2016.They have contended...




Panjab University: Students, civil society take out peace march
The marchers were holding placard with various messages written on them: Total Rollback of Fee Hike; Education is Everyone's Right, its commercialization should be stopped  IndiaTomorrow.net, Chandigarh, April 18: In the wake of the recent violence at Panjab University, students of the university, its affiliated colleges and members of the civil society took out a peace march here on Monday. While raising concern over the violent turn of events in the campus last week, they demanded complete rollback of fee hike.   On 11th April, clashes erupted between students and Police during protests against massive fee hike of various courses. Over 50 people including students, policemen and some journalists were injured in the clash. At least 66 students were booked under Section 124-A (Sedition) by Punjab Police. However, day after holding a communication with the university administration, the Police dropped sedition charges and most of the students have since been release...




List of personalities whose birth/death anniversary may no longer be holiday in UP
There should be no holidays in schools on birth anniversaries of great personalities. Instead, special two-hour programme should be held to teach students about them IndiaTomorrrow.net, Lucknow, April 15: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, while speaking on the occasion of 126th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar here on Friday, said schools should not be closed on the occasion of birth/death anniversary of great personalities, rather there should be two-hour program where students should be taught about them.   "There should be no holidays in schools on birth anniversaries of great personalities. Instead, special two-hour programme should be held to teach students about them," he reportedly said.   Here is a list of personalities whose birth/death/martyrdom is observed as a holiday in Uttar Pradesh and elsewhere. The website of UP government's Appointment & Personnel department has a list of holidays (both gazetted and non-gazetted) for year ...




Governor asks Panjab University to review fee hike
The students of Panjab University have been protesting inside and outside the campus demanding rollback of fee hike. Some students have also been on hunger strike for last 12 days IndiaTomorrow.net, Chandigarh, April 15: The Governor of Punjab has directed Panjab University (PU) to review fee hike which triggered a clash between students and Police last Tuesday leaving over 50 people injured including students, policemen and some journalists.   Governor and Administrator of Chandigarh, a Union Territory, V.P. Singh Badnore on Friday asked PU to review all issues including fee hike in "holistic manner".   On Tuesday, at least 66 students were booked under sedition charges by Punjab Police as the protest turned violent and clash erupted between students and police.   The students of Panjab University have been protesting inside and outside the campus demanding rollback of fee hike. Some students have also been on hunger strike for last 12 days. ...




JNU names its central library after Ambedkar
The renaming of the library has come after a series of protests by student groups belonging to minority sections that are studying in the university  New Delhi, April 14: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) officially named its central library after B.R. Ambedkar on the occasion of the latter's birth anniversary on Friday.Speaking at the event, JNU Vice Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar termed the library as a "lifeline of our students" and Ambedkar as the "greatest architect of modern India"."In the beginning of 2016 when I first joined the university, there was a 'dharna' going on in the Administrative Block but when I visited the library...I found it jam-packed. That's real JNU," Kumar said while addressing officials and students on the occasion.He said that after India got its independence the biggest question was how to achieve modernity and that our Constitution was the most important text which helped us in our struggle to reach that objective."...




SIO wins Urdu case in Supreme Court; Govt. ordered to include Urdu in NEET
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 13: In a big success for the Students Islamic Organization of India (SIO), the Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Central government and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to include Urdu as a medium of language in NEET 2018-19 if it was not possible from this year.   According to LiveLaw.in, "The process for 2017 NEET exam has already started and it is difficult to put the clock back and no state has made such a demand this year," the Central government had told the apex court.   The apex court had earlier issued notice to the Centre, Medical Council of India, Dental Council and CBSE on a petition filed by the SIO to include Urdu as one of the languages in which students can respond to questions in the NEET exam.   Till now apart from English and Hindi, the other languages in which the exam is permitted are Gujarati, Marathi, Oriya, Bengali, Assamese, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada.   SIO contented ...




Deprived of education, 65-year-old yellow cab driver runs two schools, orphanage in Sundarbans
Gazi's cab proudly displays his mobile number (9735562504) and an appeal for help with the message: "This taxi's total income is spent for the development of orphans mission, Sikkhyatan mission and IIPF school for the orphans. So kindly don't give any traffic case against this taxi." Sahana Ghos, It's been a bumpy ride for a 65-year-old yellow cab driver, Gazi Jalaluddin. A good student who was forced to give up formal education due to poverty, he now runs two schools and an orphanage in his native Sundarbans, ensuring a smoother journey for the underprivileged in a land at the mercy of the rivers."I don't know how much longer I will be able to keep it up through driving. My two sons are also driving and help in the endeavour. There are 425 students in total. Since it's run as a non-governmental organisation (Sunderban Orphanage and Social Welfare Trust) we do not have access to government funds. I have tried communicating with the local district administration a...




Fee Hike: Private schools working as mafia, say angry parents
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 11: The big fee hike by private schools in different parts of the country including Delhi and Haryana has forced parents to come out on the streets to protest.   "Till last year, we're paying Rs 10,000 as quarterly fee. From this year, they hiked it to Rs 26,000 quarterly," says C K Rathore, one of scores of parents from Haryana protesting against the fee hike near the Parliament House here on Sunday.   Praveen Sharma, also a parent says: "I have two children - son reads in 12th Class and daughter in 7th class. Every year, the school hike fee, annual charges and development charges. My children have been studying there for 15 years, but I haven't seen any development work."   "In summer, they don't properly arrange water for children," she claims.   She reveals nexus between schools and private publishers.   "Private schools have NCERT books in syllabus from class...




JNU: Not getting fellowship money for months, say research scholars
Perhaps this is not less than an irony that a large number of students have not got their scholarships at JNU, the top varsity of the country, for past several months.  Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 6: "Since January, I have not got scholarship. I had opted for higher education thinking that the government would help. But I am in huge debt right now," says Jitendra, 2nd year master degree student at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).   Jitendra was getting MCM (Merit-cum-Means) Scholarship which has stopped for last three months, forcing him to borrow money to run his daily life at the university hostel.   "I am taking money from our parents, teachers and friends. I am in the middle of our research but would not be able to continue it for long in absence of scholarship," said Jitendra who is perusing masters in Persian language.   This is not just the story of one student at JNU, the premier university of the co...




Google.org announces $8.4 mn grant to four Indian NGOs to enhance learning experience in classroom
New Delhi, April 6: Google's philanthropic arm Google.org on Thursday announced grants of $8.4 million to four Indian NGOs over the next two years to expand their efforts to enhance the learning experience for students in the classroom.These grants are part of a global $50 million commitment that aims to help non-profits apply tech-based learning solutions.The recipients of the grants include Learning Equality, Million Sparks Foundation, Pratham Books StoryWeaver and Pratham Education Foundation."Our approach is to find the most promising non-profits and put the best of Google to work and help them close this gap," Rajan Anandan, Vice President South East Asia and India, Google told reporters here.According to data from the ministry of human resource and development, there are 260 million children enrolled in nearly 1.51 million private and government schools at primary and secondary levels, across India.In the National Policy of Education report 2016, poor learning outcomes ...




UGC notification regulating MPhil/PhD admissions unjust: Sharad Yadav
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, April 6: Former union minister and currently Member of Rajya Sabha Sharad Yadav has put his weight behind the students of Jawaharlal Nehru University who are demanding rollback of the University Grants Commission notification that has effected massive cut in the number of seats in research programs like MPhil and PhD.   "Dalit, tribals and backward communities are the real India. They have got chance to study particularly at JNU after lots of hard work. But now the central government has cut number of seats in MPhil and PhD programs," said Sharad Yadav while addressing students at JNU campus Tuesday evening.   "The UGC gazette notification is full of injustices. For justice, you students can fight on streets. We will raise your voice in the Parliament," said Yadav, Member of Rajya Sabha from Bihar.   He was referring to the May 2016 gazette notification of UGC which is in place from this academic...




Students protest outside HRD Ministry seeking rollback of UGC notification
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 5: Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and some other universities on Wednesday demonstrated outside the HRD Ministry, which looks after education affairs in the country, and demanded withdrawal of the University Grants Commission (UGC) notification 2016 that has effected massive cut in seats at MPhil and PhD programs at central universities including JNU.   Led by JNU Students Union leaders including President Mohit Panday and Secretary Satarupa Chakraborty, the students were protesting against the drastic cut in seats of research programs at JNU and other universities.   Students protest outside HRD Ministry in Delhi on 5 April 2017 seeking rollback of UGC notification (Photo - IndiaTomorrow.net)   The new UGC regulation has restricted the number of researchers, in MPhil and PhD, a faculty member can supervise at a time.   As per the new rule, a professor can supervise 3 MPhil students and 8...




Why 12.1 mn persons with disability in India are illiterate
Prachi Salve & SwagataYadavar, At the launch of the government's Accessible India Campaign in December 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested the term "divyaang" -- which translates into "divine body" -- for persons with disability, instead of the usual "viklaang", or handicapped. He said persons with disability are divinely blessed with "extra gifts".Many disabled rights groups later wrote to the Prime Minister arguing that changing terminology alone would not end the discrimination persons with disability face, and asking him to address the barriers that hinder their participation in the country's economic, social and political life.What does living with disability in India mean, particularly with regard to access to education and employment, 22 years after the Persons with Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act was passed?As things stand, 45 per cent of India's disabled population is illit...




Government ranks Jamia Hamdard as country's top institution in pharmacy
Jamia Hamdard was followed by National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali and University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chandigarh at No. 2 and 3 respectively.   IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 3: Jamia Hamdard has been ranked as country's top institution in pharmacy by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Jamia Hamdard was followed by National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali and University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chandigarh at No. 2 and 3 respectively.   National Institute of Ranking Framework (NIRF), an educational & research evaluating body of MHRD on Monday released the ranking report 2017. Jamia Humdard had got 3rd position in pharmacy last year.   This was the second edition of NIRF ranking in the categories viz. overall, engineering, management, pharmacy, universities and college level rankings.   In overall category, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Banga...




AMU, Jamia Millia among top 20 institutions in India: Govt Ranking
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 3: Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia Islamia have been ranked in the top 20 institutions in the country in Overall category. As per the second edition of India Rankings under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) released on Monday by Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, AMU has got 19th India Rank with 52.74 scores. Jamia Millia Islamia has got 20th rank with 51.75 score.  In the University category, AMU is at No. 11 and Jamia at No. 12.  They were ranked among over 3,300 institutes that participated in the second edition of the India Rankings. The Indian Institute of Science Bangalore has got the top position in both the Overall and University categories.  Besides IISc Bangalore, in the top 10 ranks in Overall category are seven IITs, Jawaharlal Nehru University (Rank 6) and Banaras Hindu University (Rank 10).  However, in the Univesity category, JNU is at No. 2 in the cou...




Govt. Ranking of Institutions: IISc Bangalore at No. 1; JNU, BHU and 7 IITs in top 10
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 3: The Indian Institute of Science Bangalore has got the top position in the Overall category of Indian educational institutions. Besides seven IITs, Jawaharlal Nehru University (Rank 6) and Banaras Hindu University (Rank 10) have also got position in the top 10 ranks as per the second edition of India Rankings under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) released on Monday by Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar.   Top 10 Institutions as per National Institutional Ranking Framework Institutions Rank Score Indian Institute of Science Bangalore 1 83.28 Indian Institute of Technology Madras 2 73.97 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay 3 71.78 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur 4 68.43 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi ...




If taxed under GST, private education could cost 3% more
Tax exemptions have been granted to both public and private institutions engaged in providing education. Extending exemption benefits to private schools, considering their commercial success, has not always been an idea that found mass support. By Rishika Pardikar,Private education could cost 2-3 per cent more if taxed at the lowest slab of 5 per cent under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), according to our analysis of the bill's provisions. The GST bill passed by the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament) on March 29, carries a provision that says certain services provided by the government or local authority would not be liable to tax.Financial experts believe that the provision was inserted to exempt education and health services, in addition to a list of other services, when provided by the government or the local authority.The provision could be extrapolated to mean that private education in India would be liable to tax once GST becomes law.Tax exemptions have been gra...




Best-performing IITs still far behind two top world varsities: Study
The study has highlighted that for IITs to be placed high among the world institutions, "a lot of effort and support" is required. Kolkata, March 31: India's best performing IITs, including IIT-Kharagpur and IIT-Bombay, are far behind in research performance of the two top ranking world universities, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT-USA) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore), a computational analysis has revealed.The study has highlighted that for IITs to be placed high among the world institutions, "a lot of effort and support" is required."Of these two, NTU established in 1991 is younger than the five older IITs, which shows that the age of an institution alone does not necessarily matter for higher performance. If a new institution like NTU can achieve research performance levels to be included among top ranking world institutions, then why not some of the Indian IITs," asked the study's lead author, Vivek Kumar Singh,...




UGC regulations will curtail autonomy, social diversity at universities: Academicians
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,  New Delhi, March 27: The University Grants Commission (UGC) notification regulating admission procedure for research programs (M.Phil./Ph.D.) at central universities is not just curtailing the autonomy of these educational institutions but will also affect the present social diversity there, say eminent academicians in exclusive interviews to IndiaTomorrow.net.   “In every state and part of the country, universities have their own acts. They have to work according to those acts. So any suggestion that this 100 per cent viva voce norm is followed at all universities is incorrect. To say that they have to respect the UGC guidelines means inflexibility…that is straightforward violation of autonomy,” said Prof. Ayesha Kidwai, Centre for Linguistics, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.   She also criticized the cut in the number of seats for research programs. “The...




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