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22-28% Hike in college and university teachers salary

NEW DELHI: Teachers and staff working in colleges, universities and institutions run by the Centre and state governments are set to get a pay hike in the range of 22-28%.

The Cabinet is set to take up a UGC panel’s recommendation in this regard this month, sources said, adding that it is “most likely to sail through”.

A senior HRD ministry official said – “A decision on allowances will be taken up later”. Continue reading

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Seats in Delhi University (D.U) still available

NEW DELHI: Students who could not make the cut in Delhi University’s first cutoff list should not lose hope as admissions to popular honours courses such as economics, BCom, English, mathematics, physics, and BA programmes are still open in most colleges with a dip of 0.25-3 percentage points in the second list.

Admissions are open at 44 colleges for English (hons) and have been concluded at only two – Kirori Mal College and Mata Sundri College. The BA programme, which received the highest number of applications this year, is still available at 46 colleges.

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Laws set for a rejig as govt readies new policy for women

NEW DELHI: The government should change laws to ensure time-bound disposal of matrimonial disputes, make education free for girls of poor families and provide better facilities for working women, a final draft of the National Policy for Women has suggested.

The Union women and child development ministry has sent the proposed policy to the Cabinet for approval. The new policy will guide government action on improving the lot of women over the next 15-20 years.

The proposed policy takes into account suggestions made by a Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by foreign minister Sushma Swaraj in May. Proposals from an earlier draft that have been retained included lower income tax for single women, mandatory registration of marriages and greater participation of women in work force.

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Govt to shut training centres for skill development

NEW DELHI: The government has decided to disband the franchisee model of training centres for its skill development programme after finding tens of thousands of ghost candidates at such private institutes in several states. Investigation also revealed financial irregularities in uploading Aadhaar details of trainees. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the scheme in June 2015.

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Moderation of marks in CBSE Class 12 to go

NEWDELHI: Inflated marks appear set to go from this academic year with the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) preparing to remove a clause in its marking system, or moderation policy, which spikes its Class 12 results.

The CBSE examination committee will meet later this week to consider doing away with the clause in the policy that the board adopts before declaring results of the school finals.

“We want to ensure true marks of students are reflected in the board exams and to maintain the pass parity, marks of students are moderated. This is unfair on those who work hard as moderation is not applicable if a student gets 95 marks or above,” a senior board official said.

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Relief to class 12 students- can approach the board for reevaluation under “verification scheme”

NEW DELHI: In a relief to students who took the Class 12 board exams this year, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) told the Delhi high court on Friday that students who feel that their answer sheets were not correctly evaluated can approach the board under its verification scheme.

The CBSE said that it will give reprieve to those students who have issues with their marks but will be unable to challenge it as the board has done away with re-evaluation process.

Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, appearing for the board, told the court that, “Within the limit of our verification scheme we will look into the students’ grievances”. He said the outcome of the verification will be communicated to the students on first-come-first-serve basis. Jain further said the marking schemes of CBSE for respective subjects shall be uploaded on its website soon.

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DELHI: The government has decided to provide reservation for SC, ST and OBC candidates in faculty positions in BEd colleges, universities and teaching institutes across the country.

A notification in this regard has been issued by the National Council for Technical Education (NCTE), the apex regulator for pre-service and in-service teachers in the country, a copy of which is with HT. There are over 12,000 teacher training institutes in the country offering programmes including BEd and MEd. Continue reading

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IIT plans to de-stress its students

NEW DELHI : Every now and then, one of India’s most prestigious engineering colleges cuts off power to its hostels for an hour in the evening.

The practice, at IIT Kharagpur, is not to save electricity or cut costs. It is instead part of efforts to get students to mingle — contact that officials hope will help cut stress after three of its students killed themselves between January and April 2017.

IIT Kharagpur is part of the country’s marquee Indian Institutes of Technology colleges that lakhs vie for each year. Only a few thousands make it, entering a college of intense competition with some of the best minds to grab top jobs at the end of the course.

“Students are meeting increasingly less. This naturally creates a lot of problems as they end up being alone. This step will help them connect when they take a ten minutes coffee or tea break,” said Manish Bhattacharya, dean of students affairs of IIT Kharagpur, while explaining another effort to draw students out by installing vending machines for free tea and coffee. The machines, for which a Japanese company has been roped in, will be in place from the academic year beginning this summer.

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NEWDELHI: Students and working professionals will soon be able to obtain a degree online and it will be recognised by higher education regulator, the University Grants Commission. The human resource development ministry has decided to allow universities to offer such degrees and is drafting rules, official sources told a leading newspaper.

Once the rules are in place, institutes will be able to offer online degrees in all fields, except engineering, medicine, dental, pharmacy, nursing, architecture and physiotherapy.

At present, the commission does not recognise any course offered solely through the online mode. A student can get a degree by enrolling in a university and attending classes or through a distance-learning module. From this year, the government has allowed universities to offer 20% of their course material through the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) platform called Swayam. But if a student gets a degree through any online course, it’s not recognised. A number of private universities offer online degrees but not many students opt for them as they are not recognised by the UGC.


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Yogi Adityanath government announces Rs 10,000 reward for every girl who passed class 10th in Uttar Pradesh

In a big morale booster, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh Government on Monday announced Rs 10,000 reward for every girl in the state who passed class 10th. The announced was made by Uttar Pradesh’s deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma.
While the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) results have been declared, Uttar Pradesh Board results for High School are yet to be announced. The pass percentage in 10th class results was recorded at 90.95, a 5.7% drop when compared to 96.21 in 2016.
This year, the Central Board of Secondary Education conducted the class 10th exams from March 9 to April 10. There was a slight delay in conducting the exam due to state assembly elections in Punjab, Manipur, Goa, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. The delay in conducting the exam subsequently delayed date when the final announcement was made – they have an academic schedule to adhere to and this delay may impact it in a dreadful manner.

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