Dyal Singh Evening College students rejoice as college shifts to morning hours

In Delhi University, a graduate of an evening college is often looked down upon as someone who didn’t secure good marks, high enough to get admission in a top-ranking morning college. For many students of Dyal Singh Evening College, it was a similar case, until this week, when it was declared a ‘full-fledged college’ by the Executive College of Delhi University. Amit Sharma, a student of BA, first year, says, “There’s a stigma attached to evening colleges. Log yeh sochte hain ki agar aap evening college ke ho, toh aap…

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Body of varsities seeks revisit of higher education policy

Association of Indian Universities (AIU) on Friday sought urgent revisit of the three-decade old higher education policy in view the changes happening in the sector. When the policy was formulated in 1986, there was no Information Technology, internet, computers and smart class and now with all the facilities at the finger tip, there was the immediate need to revisit and revamp the policy, AIU Secretary General Prof Furqan Qamar told reporters in Coimbatore. It should not be a change for the sake of change, but a thorough reconstruction of present…

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SBI management executives recruitment 2017: Result of online exam declared

The State Bank of India (SBI) has declared the results of the online examination for the recruitment of special management executive (SME) in scale II and III on its official website. Candidates can check the results of the exam held on June 18 by clicking here. A Pdf page containing roll numbers of candidates shortlisted for group exercise and interview will appear on the screen. Group exercise and/or interview (50) marks Candidates have been called in a maximum of three times of the number of vacancies in each category for group…

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New book club for readers of NCR

A new book club aiming to develop a community that encourages reading not just for pleasure but also for learning is all set to attract readers of the National Capital Region (NCR). After receiving warm appreciation for its cosy book club in Mumbai, SheThePeople.TV is replicating the format in NCR. On August 3, readers from across the Capital will gather at Soda Bottle Opener Wala in Gurgaon and will be joined by journalist and author Sagarika Ghose, who will be seen reintroducing Indira Gandhi as a person through her book…

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Lok Sabha passes bill allowing IIITs to grant BTech, MTech degrees

The 15 Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), established through public-private partnership, have been declared institutions of national importance. The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the bill that will now allow them to grant degrees. Union minister for human resource development, Prakash Javadekar, said the fees for the poor students will not be increased and that reservation law will be applicable to these institutes. “Education is not an issue for party politics. It is an issue of national policy,” said Javadekar in his reply to the debate over the Indian…

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Physical education and art classes in Maharashtra schools may become an hour longer

The state’s school education department may increase the duration of art and physical education classes in Maharashtra schools by an hour to give students more time to develop their creative and athletic skills. A delegation of teachers from across Maharashtra met education minister Vinod Tawde to demand more teaching time for these subjects. Currently, there are two-three sessions of art and physical education a week, which teachers said was insufficient. Extra-curricular subjects are important for students as they impart life skills and provide a break from the academic rigmarole, said…

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UGC issues draft rules on awarding degrees online, Aadhaar likely to be made mandatory for the courses

In what might pave way for obtaining degrees online, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has drafted UGC (Online Education) regulations, 2017 and has sought public feedback till August 18. Once the regulations are in place, students and working professionals will be able to obtain a degree online, recognised by the UGC. 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 fully online. A student can get a degree by…

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Norms not followed in teacher appointments at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University: Scheduled Caste Commission

Lucknow: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has pointed to flaws in the reservation roster for appointment of teachers at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University here. The commission found that vacancies in the reservation rosters, submitted by BBAU vice chancellor RC Sobti ‘prima facie’, were not in accordance with the prescribed format of the department of personnel and training (DoPT). In its report, the commission said the vice chancellor could not explain how the posts were de-reserved if Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates had applied for the posts but the selection process…

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50% fee cut in nursing, architecture studies in cluster varsities in J-K

Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday announced a 50% fee cut for students in nursing and architecture courses in constituent colleges of cluster universities in the twin capitals of Srinagar and Jammu. The announcement was made by Education Minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari in Srinagar during a meeting to review the functioning of Cluster University Srinagar (CUS) and Cluster University Jammu (CUJ) and to discuss the action plan for the speedy growth and development of these varsities. The minister directed the officers concerned to cut down the existing annual fee…

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Supreme Court puts admissions to IITs and NITs on hold over bonus marks

The Supreme Court on Friday put on hold admissions to most of the country’s engineering colleges, including the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), over awarding of bonus marks in the joint entrance examination (JEE). The order, which will affect 33,000-odd students, came on a petition filed by two candidates who sought the court’s direction to IIT-Madras to revise the list of successful students without giving them bonus marks. According to them, bonus marks should not have been awarded to all the candidates but only to those who attempted the…

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