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JNU: Students protest outside UGC office as JNU cuts 86% seats in M.Phil/Ph.D programs
It is said that the Academic Council of JNU had approved an intake of 1406 students for M.Phil/Ph.D programs for the coming academic year, but the JNU administration has brought it down to 194 seats.   Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 24: Hundreds of students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Friday strongly protested outside University Grants Commission (UGC) office, New Delhi against the massive seats cut in M.Phil and Ph.D programs.  Their demand is to roll back new admission policy based on UGC May 2016 regulations for all central universities which has resulted 86% seat cut in JNU's research programs.   Acting on the UGC notification, JNU has cut about 86% seats in M.Phil./Ph.D. programs for the academic session 2017-18. It is said that the Academic Council of JNU had approved an intake of 1406 students for M.Phil/Ph.D for the coming academic year, but the JNU administration has brought it down to 194 seats.   Amongst al...




9 of 11 varsities including AMU that govt. listed as 'under-performing', ordered audit have NAAC accreditation
IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, March 20: The Union Government has reportedly listed 11 centrally-funded universities including Aligarh Muslim University, Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University and Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (Lucknow) as “non-performing” varsities and has asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to conduct an audit of output, quality of research and students’ results of these institutions. It is said that National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), an autonomous institution of UGC that evaluates academic institutions and award accreditation to them, will conduct the audit.   However, when IndiaTomorrow.net visited the website of NAAC and checked the accreditation status of all the 11 ‘under-performing’ varsities, we found (see list below) that nine of the eleven varsities have been granted accreditation by NAAC – some as early as 2016.   On 10th March, Times of India published a news story ...




UGC denies stopping funds for JNU's social exclusion research centre, says letter forged
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 19: Days after media reports about the University Grants Commission (UGC) stopping funds for the Centre for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion at Jawaharlal Nehru University, the UGC has come out denying any such order. It said the letter appeared in a section of media was forged and it may take legal action against the culprits.   JNU had reportedly received a letter from the UGC stating that it is going to stop financial support to its Centre for the Study of Discrimination & Exclusion after the end of 12th Plan as per the order received from MHRD.   "The quoted letter is a forgery and as per records of UGC has not been issued by Ms. Sushma Rathore, Under Secretary, UGC. The records of University Grants Commission have been checked and it is confirmed that no such letter has been issued or dispatched by the office of University Grants Commission," the UGC has been quoted as saying by The Hindu daily on Su...




Govt. move to stop funds for social exclusion research questioned
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.netNew Delhi, March 18: When a vast section of Indian society still remains socially excluded due to discrimination, an unprecedented decision taken by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to stop funding to the ‘Centers for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy’ in central universities has raised questions over the Narendra Modi government’s ‘inclusive’ policy – Sab Ka Saath Ka Vikas. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has received a letter from the University Grants Commission (UGC) which states that UGC is going to stop providing financial support to its Centre for the Study of Discrimination & Exclusion after the end of 12th Plan as per the order received from MHRD. “I am directed to inform you that UGC will not provide financial support to the centre after the end of XIIth Plan as per the order received from MHRD (ministry of human resource development),” says the order quo...




Caste Discrimination on Campus: Need to Implement Thorat Committee Report
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 18: In the wake of the suicide of Muthukrishnan Jeevanantham, a Dalit research scholar at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), both academicians and students are demanding implementation of the "Thorat Committee" recommendations in order to address discrimination at campus against students belonging to marginalized communities like Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).   Thorat committee recommendations The Thorat Committee, the first ever committee constituted to study caste discrimination in higher education sector, had submitted its report in 2011. Under the chairmanship of Professor Sukhadeo Thorat, (former chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC)), the committee had made some recommendations to uplift the status of students and teachers belonging to marginalized sections.   It had recommended: -- Remedial support to improve fluency in English and social and communicatio...




HC raps police for failing to find JNU student
New Delhi, March 17: Delhi High Court on Thursday slammed the Delhi Police Crime Branch for its failure to find missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed even after a lapse of five months.A division bench of Justice G.S. Sistani and Justice Vinod Goel said: "Except for paperwork, nothing else is happening."The bench directed police to do whatever it needed to find the Jawaharlal Nehru University student, missing since October 15, 2016."You do whatever you want to do to find him. Either find him out, or say he is dead. We want results. We won't accept paperwork," said the court and posted the matter for March 31.During the hearing, the police said all efforts are being made to trace Najeeb Ahmed. "We are finding out if he has travelled abroad," said police.The court was hearing a habeas corpus plea filed by his mother Fatima Nafees that her son be produced by police and the Delhi government before the court.Najeeb, 27, an M.Sc. First Year student, went missing from ...




Muthukrishnan's suicide: Dalit academicians demand implementation of Thorat Committee report
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net New Delhi, March 16: Days after the suicide of Jawaharlal Nehru University's Dalit research scholar Muthukrishnan Jeevanantham, Dalit academicians have demanded implementation of the "Thorat Committee" recommendations in order to address discrimination at campus against students belonging to marginalized communities like Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs). Some students have also come out to speak about their caste discrimination experiences.   Expressing grief over Muthukrishnan's demise, Prof. Hemlata Mahishwar from Jamia Millia Islamia said: It is really sad that these students who get admissions in premier institutions after tough competition are compelled to take such extreme steps.   "Had Rajini Krish (Facebook name of Muthukrishnan Jeevanantham), who did four attempts to get admission in JNU, come to commit suicide. What is the reason that the reservation which shoul...




HC dismisses JNU students' plea on UGC notification
New Delhi, March 16: The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed a plea against the procedure followed by the JNU to implement a UGC notification that a professor cannot guide more than three M.Phil and eight Ph.D research scholars at any given time.Justice V.K. Rao refused to grant any relief to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students who contended that the University Grants Commission notification dated May 5, 2016, "threatens to put our future in jeopardy" as they would not be able to find a research supervisor/guide due to the said notification.The JNU authorities told the court that the notification was "binding" on the varsity and 43 central universities were already abiding by it.The JNU said it will neither receive grants nor could award degrees if it stopped following the UGC regulations.The notification was adopted by the university during its 142nd Academic Council meeting on December 26, 2016, amid protests from several council members.The students arg...




Modi degree: DU college says no data of students passing out in 1978
Sidhartha Dutta,   New Delhi, March 14: The controversy over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's degree refuses to die down. Delhi University's School of Open Learning (SOL), from where he is said to have passed out in 1978, says it doesn't have records for that year as these are maintained only for one year. In response to an RTI query by this IANS correspondent seeking a list of students who had qualified for a BA degree in 1978, the SOL said: "The data is not maintained in the branch in the order as desired by the applicant."Replying to two other queries on the results of students who qualified for the same degree in 1978, including their roll numbers, names and father's names, the SOL said: "No such list is maintained in the branch. As per weeding rules of the university, spare copies of the published result is kept only for one year."A consolidated reply from the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO), Meenakshi Sahay, on the same query said: "...




Centre to consider including Urdu in NEET next year
New Delhi, March 10: The Centre on Friday informed the Supreme Court that it will consider including Urdu in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), meant for admission to MBBS and BDS courses.The bench of Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice R. Banumathi was told the Centre cannot include Urdu in NEET for this year but was open to consider it for the academic year 2017-18.The Centre also sought time to file its reply to the plea filed by Students Islamic Organisation of India, a student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, that exclusion of Urdu as one of the languages in NEET was "discriminatory, arbitrary and violates Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution".The petitioner's Counsel told the court that earlier no request was made by any state in this regard.However, he said, now Maharashtra and Telangana have officially made a request to the central government to include Urdu as one of the languages in NEET.The application form for NEET 2017, scheduled to be held on May 7,...




Delhi allocates 24% of its Budget for education
New Delhi, March 8: The Delhi government has allocated Rs 11,300 crore, almost a quarter of its Rs 48,000 crore Budget, to the education sector, Finance Minister Manish Sisodia said here on Wednesday."Education is the most important segment of this government. In this Budget, we are now focusing on improving the quality of education in government schools," Sisodia said in the Delhi assembly."The allocation for education is Rs 11,300 crore which is 24 per cent of the total Budget.""We were the first government to allocate maximum share to the education (sector) and this is the consecutive third year that we have been doing that," the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader said.The Delhi government in the last financial year allocated Rs 10,690 crore for the education sector.Sisodia said 24 new schools will start functioning this year while construction of 10,000 new class rooms will start during the next fiscal."Introduction of pre-primary classes in 156 governm...




When 'hub of anti-nationals' wins Best University award, media looks the other way
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 07: The Jawaharlal Nehru University, which has been in the national news for last one year for wrong reasons, has won ‘Best University' award. "JNU has been adjudged the best university for its unrelenting pursuit of academic excellence," said President of India Pranab Mukherjee while presenting the award to JNU at an event at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here on Monday. However, the news about the award to JNU is conspicuously missing from the front pages of national dailies. And students have noticed it.   "JNU has shown outstanding performance in all key parameters like quality of students and faculty, training of faculty, citations, publications, research projects, foreign collaborations, seminars and innovation exhibitions," said the President and urged the university to continue the good work.   For the whole one year - since Feb 2016 till date - JNU has been hitting national headlines only fo...




JNU adjudged best university for unrelenting pursuit of academic excellence: President
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, March 07: The Jawaharlal Nehru University has won the ‘Best University' award from the President of India. "JNU has been adjudged the best university for its unrelenting pursuit of academic excellence," said President Pranab Mukherjee while presenting the award to JNU at an event at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here on Monday.   The President further said that JNU "has shown outstanding performance in all key parameters like quality of students and faculty, training of faculty, citations, publications, research projects, foreign collaborations, seminars and innovation exhibitions."   He urged the University to continue the good work.   JNU Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar was present there to receive the award.   On Monday, the President also presented Visitor's Awards for ‘Research' and ‘Innovation' to Banaras Hindu University and Tezpur University jointly and the Central University of Himachal...




Indian-American's AMU business school to make leaders for better India
Arun Kumar, Washington, March 6: Indian-American investor and philanthropist Frank Islam hopes that a $2-million management school set up by him at his alma mater, the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), will become an incubator for leaders in India."From this Complex will come the leaders who will make India and the world a better place," said Islam, who dedicated The Frank and Debbie Islam Management Complex at the AMU in February."That is my vision," he told IANS. "I also expect that the Complex will be a place for sharing of information and imparting and development of knowledge.""It will be a space where faculty and students can collaborate on innovative projects. It will be an educational empowerment zone," he said."As a result of that collaboration, the Complex will be a place where dreams will begin and students will develop the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to realise them," Islam added.Speaking of his role in developi...




SC notice to Centre, CBSE for inclusion of Urdu in NEET
New Delhi, March 3: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre and the CBSE, among others, for response to a plea to include Urdu in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), meant for admissions to MBBS and BDS courses.Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice R. Banumathi also sought the responses from the Medical Council of India and the Dental Council of India and posted the matter for March 10.The petition filed by Students Islamic Organisation of India, a student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, said the exclusion of Urdu as one of the languages in NEET was "discriminatory, arbitrary and violative of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution".The petitioner's counsel told the court that earlier on no request was made by any state in this regard. However, he said, now Maharashtra and Telangana have officially made a request to the central government to include Urdu as one of the languages in NEET.The application form for NEET 2017, scheduled to be held on May 7, is already ...




Negligible presence of SC/ST faculty members at IIMs
IndiaTomorrow.net, Bangalore, Mar 02: From elite positions in the central government and central universities to faculties at IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management), the presence of people from Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) is negligible despite constitutional safeguards for these historically backward communities.   There are 20 IIMs in the country. The data about social break-up of faculties at six IIMs reveals that out of 233 faculty members there, just two belong to the SC community and none is from the ST community.   While IIM-Kozhikode and IIM-Rohtak have one faculty member from SC each, IIM-Indore, Raipur, Ranchi and Kashipur have none from SC or ST.   According to a report in The Hindu daily, doctoral student Siddharth Joshi and assistant professor Deepak Malghan from the Centre for Public Policy - IIM Bangalore, approached the IIMs through RTI petitions. Six of them namely IIM Indore, Kozhikode, Rohtak, Raipur, Ranchi and Kashipur pro...




Higher salaries for Delhi 'guest teachers' approved
New Delhi, March 2: Salaries of 17,000 "guest teachers" in Delhi government schools have been hiked significantly, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Thursday.Sisodia told the media that Lt Governor Anil Baijal had given his approval to the 70-80 per cent increase in the salaries of the 'guest teachers' in all three categories.The salaries would go up from Rs 21,000 to Rs 34,000, from Rs 18,000 to Rs 33,000 and from Rs 16,000 to Rs 32,000 a month, Sisodia said."Now 'guest teachers' will be able to lead a dignified life," he said. "It is a move towards providing quality education."The 'guest teachers' are on contractual jobs and have been demanding for years that their salaries needed to be hiked.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said: "We really struggled hard to get this (through). I am glad it has finally happened."(IANS)




Centre to set up five educational institutions for minorities: Naqvi
New Delhi, March 1: Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday said the Centre will establish five world-class institutions to provide better education in technical, medical, ayurveda and unani fields to students belonging to the minority communities."A high-level committee working to chalk out a framework for these institutions will soon submit its report (in this regard)," the Minister of State for Minority Affairs said.The minister was addressing a national seminar of Minority Community Teachers Association at the India Islamic Cultural Centre here."We are working on a strategy to get these institutes -- to be set up across the country -- started in 2018. We propose 40 per cent reservation for girl students," he said.Naqvi said shortage of teachers was a matter of concern but the Centre had taken several measures. "The states should also come forward to address this concern," he said.Naqvi said allocations for the Minority Affairs Ministry in the 2...




BJP govt of Jharkhand to introduce vedic maths in schools
Ranchi, Feb 27: To remove the fear of mathematics among the students and help them solve equations using simple tricks, the Jharkhand government has decided to commence the study of 'vedic' maths as a pilot project in 100 schools of Ranchi.The concept will be introduced from the next academic session for which the Jharkhand Education Project has joined hands with a Delhi-based institution.The Jharkhand Education Project has directed the District Education Officer to give the names of the schools in which the course will be introduced in the first phase.Official sources said the names of the schools will be sent to the Jharkhand Education Project in March along with school details regarding number of teachers and students.Once these names are received, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard will be inked with the Delhi-based firm.The Delhi-based institution will not only provide the study material to the schools but also training to teachers of the school for the subject.In ...




Education failure, leading reason for UP job woes, isn't an election issue
Shreya Shah, Bahraich and Mirzapur districts (Uttar Pradesh): "Path mera alokit kardo, naval prath ki naval rashmiyon se, mere ur ka tam har do," Saidun Ahmed, 8, recited a Hindi poem by Dwarika Prasad Maheshwari, a twentieth-century poet, at top speed. "Light up my path, with the morning sunlight light of the new sun, overcome the darkness within my heart." But when asked to read some lines on the opposite page, the fourth grader, dressed in a button-up full-sleeved brown shirt and skirt-the school uniform of all government schools in Uttar Pradesh-said she had memorised the poem and couldn't read well."Children don't learn much in the government school," said 37-year-old Iklakh Ahmed, her father, a driver by profession. "I will enroll her in the private school next year." Saidun's family lives in Fattepur, a village in the eastern Uttar Pradesh (UP) district of Mirzapur.Like more than half (50.4 per cent) of all primary school-age children...




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