Smriti Irani asks students, faculty to exploit GIAN programme

Smriti Irani asks students, faculty to exploit GIAN programme

Thiruvananthapuram: Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday urged higher education students and faculty in the country to exploit the Global Initiative of Academic Networks programme to expand the avenues for collaborative research.

The programme would ensure that the best of global academicians come to the country’s higher education institutes, Irani said at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Thiruvananthapuram, at Vithura, over 40 km from here.

“I am extremely happy to share that under the GIAN programme, we, for the first time in the history of independent India, have employed every government institution,” she said after inaugurating the first phase of the permanent campus of IISER-TVM.

“Tell us which foreign academician you want to invite to your institution, so that new knowledge can be infused. We can engage an interaction between our faculty members and foreign academicians who come to your institution and possibly support jointly such projects that can emanate from such interaction under the GIAN programme,” she said.

The Union Minister also said the programme would ensure that the best of academicians come to the country’s institutions and teach the students for a minimum of seven days to one semester charging absolutely no additional costs from them.

The Centre’s Global Initiative of Academic Networks in higher education is aimed at tapping the talent pool of scientists and entrepreneurs, internationally, to encourage their engagement with the higher education institutes in the country to elevate its scientific and technological capacity to global excellence.

Irani said when an institution enables more and more women students and those from financially backward and minority and tribal sector in the field of science, such students achieve resounding success not only in their own life but also in the institution that they come from.

She also assured the gathering that if the state government submits a proposal for a new Kendriya Vidyalaya at Vithura, the Centre would consider it favourably.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said at a time when many changes are happening in the field of science and technology, the presence of IISER is expected to ensure the best quality education for students. IISER-TVM is the fifth IISER established by the Human Resource Development Ministry.

Private schools begin toeing Delhi govt line on management quota

Private schools begin toeing Delhi govt line on management quota

New Delhi: While private school associations are undecided about their stand after the Delhi Government’s move to scrap management quota in nursery admissions, some schools have started toeing the line and have updated their admission criteria.

Queens’ Valley School, Dwarka which had earlier reserved 20 per cent seats under the management quota, has now merged the seats under general category.

BGS, International School, Dwarka has also made certain amendments in its criteria announced earlier. Similarly, Mount Abu School, Rohini, which had earlier divided the general category seats as – 20 pc sibling quota, 20 pc management quota and 35 pc open seats, has now removed all the criterion.

Scrapping 32 per cent management quota, Sachdeva School, has also updated its criteria in its three branches in Pitampura, Rohini and Sachdeva Global School, Dwarka. PP International School, Pitampura has also followed the same move.

Indraprastha International School, Dwarka and Paschim Vihar, have also notified their new criteria after removing the management quota. However, they have reserved 20 pc seats each under the quota for siblings, alumni and staff ward.

In a far-reaching decision, the government had last week scrapped management quota and all other reservations except the EWS category in private schools for nursery admissions and warned that erring institutions that they would be taken over by Education department if they fail to implement the order.

The Action Committee for Unaided Private Schools of which 400 reputed schools are members, has sought legal opinion to decide their next move. The committee had moved Delhi High court in 2014 after Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had notified the scrapping of quota then.

A Single Bench had then granted autonomy to the schools to decide the quotas. The government had challenged the judgment seeking a stay before a Division Bench, but the matter is still pending.

A hearing in the matter will come up on January 21. The panel’s legal cell is meeting tomorrow to decide on its strategy, whether to wait for the court ruling or file a contempt of court petition against the government’s announcement as the matter is still sub-judice.

Besides scrapping the management quota, the government has also scrapped 62 “arbitrary and discriminatory” criteria listed by the schools on their websites for admissions and only 25 per cent quota for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) will stay.

However, the government’s announcement and different approach by schools, has created confusion for parents as the admission process is already halfway through.

“After scrapping of management quota, schools are likely to go to court, the parents are concerned about the future course of action.

There is no clarity whether they have to refill the form again as some points have been changed by the schools,” said Sumit Vohra, an activist. Vohra, is also setting up help desks at two schools next week to provide free counselling to the parents.

“I am holding two camps on January 16 and 17 at PP International School, Pitampura and Paul George Global School, Alaknanda respectively,” he added.

Students of Delhi Technological University (DTU) are also setting up voluntary camps to help parents from EWS category fill online forms.

Jharkhand Board Class 10 and 12 examinations: Date sheet released

Jharkhand Board Class 10 and 12 examinations: Date sheet released

Ranchi: The Jharkhand Board Class 10 and 12 examinations will be conducted in February 2016.

The Class X exams scheduled to be conducted by Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) will begin on February 16 and conclude on March 01.

The Class XII exams will begin on February 16 and conclude on March 05, 2016.

While, the Class 10 exams will be held between 9.45 am – 1.00 pm, the Class 12 exams will be conducted between 2.00 pm- 5.15 pm.

The students can access the date sheet on official website.

Tripura Joint Entrance Examination (TJEE) 2016 on April 26, 27

Tripura Joint Entrance Examination (TJEE) 2016 on April 26, 27

On 26 April, the TBJEE will conduct the Physics and Chemistry exams. While the Physics exam will be held between 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, the Chemistry one will be held from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

On 27 April, the Mathemematics exam will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and the Biology exam will be held from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Question paper of each subject of examination will be of 100 marks comprising of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ). Candidates seeking admission to Engineering/Technical Degree Courses (Group-A) will have to appear in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and those seeking admission to various Degree Courses of Medical/Veterinary/Agricultural/Fisheries and others (Group-B) will have to appear in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Candidates desiring to take chances in both of the above groups (Group-C) will have to appear in all the four subjects. Optical Marks Recognition/Reading (OMR) system will also be adopted in TJEE-2016.

The Tripura joint Entrance Examinations Board was formed for Admission to Engineering Degree Colleges, Medical Colleges, and other professional degree courses.

SSC CPO Recruitment 2016 for SI, ASI in Delhi Police, CAPFs, CISF: Applications invited

SSC CPO Recruitment 2016 for SI, ASI in Delhi Police, CAPFs, CISF: Applications invited

New Delhi: The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has invited applications from eligible Indian nationals to fill the vacancies for the posts of Sub Inspector in Delhi Police and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assistant Sub Inspector in CISF.

It is a golden opportunity for those candidates who aspire to start their career in police department and fulfill required eligibility criteria.

Interested candidates can apply for these posts by checking the latest notification released by SSC, Government of India.

For full details one can log on to the SSC website.

SSC CPO Recruitment 2016 for SI in DP, CAPFs and ASI in CISF: Details

Name of the vacancy: SI in Delhi Police, SI in CAPF’s and ASI in CISF.

Organisation name: SSC/CPO (Central Police Organisation.)

Important dates:

Start date of the application – January 9, 2016.

Last date for application – February 5, 2016

Paper 1 examination date – March 20, 2016.

Paper 2 Examination date – June 5, 2016.

Qualification Required: Candidates applying for the post should have a Bachelor Degree or equivalent from a recognized University.

Age: For the post of Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police & CAPFs and Assistant Sub Inspector in CISF is 20-25 years. Note: The upper age limit for the post of Sub Inspector in CAPFs and ASI in CISF is relaxable for Central Government Civilian Employees as per extant Government order.

Please check the detailed notification provided here below for clear details.

Salary Grade:

Sub Inspector (Executive) in Delhi Police: Pay scale of Rs 9300-34800 in Pay Band 2 with Grade Pay of Rs 4200 and is classified as Group ‘C’ by Delhi Police.

Sub-Inspector in CAPFs: (Central Armed Police Forces): Pay scale of Rs 9300-34800 in Pay Band 2 with Grade Pay of Rs 4200 and is classified as Group ‘B’ Non-Gazetted, Non-Ministerial.

Assistant Sub-Inspector in CISF: Pay scale of Rs.5200-20200 in PB-2 with Grade Pay of Rs. 2800/- and is classified as Group ‘C’.

Why such huge grants for B-schools, asks Mani Shankar Aiyar

Why such huge grants for B-schools, asks Mani Shankar Aiyar
Former minister Mani Shankar Aiyar

The country has to decide how much it invests in IIMs and how much in primary education, former minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said on Friday. He was questioning the granting of huge funds to elite B-schools as against the meagre sums allocated to primary education.

Speaking at the inauguration of Bzzwings, a business plan contest hosted by IIM-Bangalore, Aiyar said, “We count the number of students, toilets in schools and the number of toilets for girls. What we are not measuring is the only purpose of schools, that is learning.” He was answering a question on the implementation of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Aiyar pointed out that 45% of class 7 kids couldn’t read a class 2 textbook.

Taking a jibe at minister of human resource development Smriti Irani, Aiyar said, “Instead of discovering our ancient culture and how plastic surgery enabled Ganesha to wear an elephant head, Irani should focus on the problems in primary education.”

Centre allows Jharkhand to retain 100 MBBS seats

The state government has finally succeeded in retaining the 100 MBBS seats, which were cancelled by the Medical Council of India in August last year, with the Union health ministry’s mediation.

The Union ministry’s decision to keep 50 seats intact at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College (MGMMC) in Jamshedpur and Patliputra Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) in Dhanbad, which was personally overseen by health minister JP Nadda, reached Nepal House late on Thursday evening. A soft copy of the official order reached health secretary K Vidyasagar on Friday.

For the state health department, which was hoping for approval for 50 seats, the order came as a pleasant surprise. Health minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi, after his meeting with Nadda on Wednesday, had said consensus was reached on giving back 25 seats each at PMCH and MGMMC.

Chandravanshi called it a notable achievement on Friday. “We had been fighting hard. As much as 90% of the shortcomings which the MCI had pointed out were complied with,” he said.

Chandravanshi thanked the Union minister for his role in breaking the deadlock, especially after the Jharkhand high court ordered the Centre to take a decision by Friday.

The restoration of 100 seats would pave the way for counselling for all the 350 seats (150 at Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences and 100 each at PMCH and MGMMC).

Though an official notification is due till Monday, preparations have begun for counselling. “The JCECEB (Jharkhand combined entrance competitive examination board) has been asked to get on with counseling from Monday accordingly,” Vidyasagar said on Friday.

Assam girl selected for Commonwealth Scholarship in UK

Assam girl selected for Commonwealth Scholarship in UK

Youths from the northeast region are not far behind their counterparts from the rest of the country. A young student from Assam has recently been selected for the prestigious Commonwealth Scholarship in United Kingdom.

Sneha Khaund, a 22-year-old from Jorhat district, is an english graduate from St Stephen’s College in Delhi. She was recently selected for the award in United Kingdom for the year 2015-2016.

She is one among 22 Indian students selected for the scholarship this year and will now be pursuing her masters degree in Comparative Literature at London University. Expressing delight over her selection, Sneha said that she looks forward to study the subject she loves.

“I am very happy that I have been chosen for this scholarship and I feel honoured. I look upon it as an opportunity for me to study something that I love. There will be world class facilities available there so I feel very grateful and I think it is a great opportunity,” she said.

Sneha was one of the few students whose application was selected by the human resource development (HRD) ministry and forwarded to the commission. Sneha further said that she wants to remain in touch with social issues while pursuing an academic career.

“I hope to have an academic career and get a PhD I don’t want an academic career that is completely divorced from social issues that we face. Even while pursuing an academic career, I want to be involved in other aspects. I hope to write,” she said.

Sneha’s father, Devajeet Khaund, said that lack of awareness among people about scholarship opportunities available has left many eligible students deprived. “If my daughter can make it, then there are so many promising students who are eligible to get this type of scholarship. Because of lack of awareness, many of them are deprived,” he said.

Youth in the northeast region have been able to prove their mettle in various fields and many like Sneha are now aiming high to make their mark in different fields.

Encourage admission of SC ST students

With 2015 being earmarked as the year of 125th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar – who gave India its constitution – the secretary of University Grants Commission (UGC) in its recent circular directed all the varsities to encourage admission of students belonging to scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. It also directed that Constitution Day be celebrated on November 26 so as to bring awareness about the Indian Constitution framed by Dr BR Ambedkar. The instructions should be followed by October 15 and UGC be informed about the same.

“To celebrate the 125th birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna, Dr BR Ambedkar, a national committee was constituted under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which has recommended that certain activities be undertaken in all the varsities under UGC,” read the circular issued by Jaspal S Sandhu, secretary, UGC.

The circular stated that seminars should be organized in educational institutions, on the preamble of the Indian Constitution so as to increase the awareness of students.

“Admission of students belonging to SC/ST in private universities may be encouraged. To increase awareness about the Constitution amongst citizens, particularly children, November 26 be celebrated as ‘Constitution Day’ every year, as it was on this day, that the Constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly. On this day, the preamble to the Constitution may be read in schools and colleges,” read the circular by Sandhu.

The national committee headed by PM Modi, includes senior ministers like Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, M Venkaiah Naidu, Smriti Irani, Sadanand Gowda, Ram Vilas Paswan and Suresh Prabhu. As the 125th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar is being celebrated, the committee will be involved in conducting 16 major activities being undertaken by the ministry of social justice and empowerment to promote Ambedkar’s ideology and philosophy. These initiatives included setting up of Ambedkar International Centre at 15, Janpath at a cost of Rs 197 crore.

The circular further stated that the universities and the colleges affiliated with them should ensure that action is taken in this regard and sent to UGC on ambedkar.ugc@gmail.com by October 15.

Gujrat Board makes changes in examination schedule

Gujrat Board makes changes in examination schedule

The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education board had made changes in its timetable for the third semester examination for class XII and semester I examination of class XI.

The board has announced that the examination which was scheduled to be held on November 9, the Dhanteras day will now be held on October 30. Earlier the examination were to begin from November 2 and were to end on November 9, will now begin from October 30.

The board was forced to make the changed after students and parent’s body made representations to the GSHSEB to make changes in the date of the examination. Parents claimed that the festivity in the state begins from Dhanteras which was just two days before the Diwali festival. The Board while declaring the academic calendar at the start of the session had announced Diwali vacation from November 9.