Medical admission: Students upset as Punjab govt doubles reservation for Backward Classes

The Punjab government’s decision to double reservation for Backward Classes (BCs) in the state from 5% to 10% in all government medical and dental colleges has upset general category students, who have threatened to move court. Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS) issued a notification in this regard on Tuesday, on instructions from secretary, department of medical education and research, Vikas Pratap. Anxious students and parents are reaching out to the BFUHS authorities seeking the withdrawal of the decision. A parent said, “The Punjab government should also think about…

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Govt replaces Amritsar medical college principal who was caught doing private practice

Six days after he was caught doing private practice against the rules, Dr BS Bal as replaced as principal of Government Medical College, Amritsar, on Friday. Dr Sohan Singh has been appointed as the new principal. Dr Bal’s private practice was busted by the vigilance bureau that sent a detailed report to the head office, following which the action was taken by the authorities concerned . The Punjab government had banned private practice by all government doctors in 2003. Director, medical education and research, Dr Sujata Sharma, however, said, “The…

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PG Medical admissions: HC gives split verdict on incentive marks for govt docs

The Madras High Court on Wednesday gave a split verdict on a plea for fixing norms for according incentive marks to in-service government doctors for admission to the post-graduate medical courses in Tamil Nadu. The Madras High Court on Wednesday gave a split verdict on a plea for fixing norms for according incentive marks to in-service government doctors for admission to the post-graduate medical courses in Tamil Nadu. While one judge of the bench held the state’s methodology for giving incentive marks to the in-service candidates as ‘not in conflict’…

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Education is national agenda for Modi govt Javadekar

Education is the national agenda of the Narendra Modi-led BJP government and it would leave no stone unturned to ensure its delivery to every child irrespective of caste, creed and religion, said Union Minister of the Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar here on Sunday. Mr. Javadekar was in the city to inaugurate the Taleem o Tarbiyat (education through training) conference organized by the Anjuman–I–Islam, the premier Muslim educational conglomerate and educational trust which strives for the educational uplift of the minority community. The theme of the meet was how holistic…

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UK govt increases scholarships to attract Indian students

The number of Indian students has decreased in the last few years in the UK following a clamp down on bogus colleges, but the British government is wooing students by increasing scholarships, a British High Commission official said on Friday. “If you compare the figures with what was there 3-4 years ago, the numbers have come down. It is because we clamped down heavily on bogus colleges. Now we are maintaining excellence and only bona-fide institutes are left,” Andrew Soper, Minister Counsellor (Political and Press) of the British High Commission…

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Petition in Madras high court for pre-school education in govt schools In INDIA

CHENNAI: A petition has been filed in Madras high court seeking a direction to Tamil Nadu government to implement pre-school education by introducing LKG and UKG in government schools. When petition by Parents Union for Students Educational Rights in Virudhachalam came up for hearing before a bench comprising Justice R Sudhakar and Justice K K Sasidharan, additional government pleader Sanjay Gandhi took notice. Petitioner submitted that most of the nursery or kindergarten schools were being run by private agencies and voluntary organizations which charge very high fees, which limited pre-school…

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