Higher Education Institutes Should Broadcast Modi’s ‘Life-Changing’ Speech, Says Centre

The prime minister will be addressing a student leaders’ convention in the capital to mark the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s Chicago address at the World Parliament of Religions on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Credit: PTI New Delhi: The Centre has reportedly asked close to 40,000 higher-education institutions to install projectors or televisions sets to broadcast Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on Monday (September 11). It has also said that students at the institutions, including IITs and IIMs, must be encouraged to watch what could be a “life-changing” speech, Telegraph reported. Modi will…

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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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Higher education ‘under siege’ in Venezuela

Mass protests and repressive government responses are proving disastrous for higher education in Venezuela Academics and students are warning of a major crisis in Venezuelan higher education as the country slips deeper into political chaos. Problems of inadequate funding, low salaries and limited access to journals are fuelling a brain drain of scholars right across Latin America, according to recent reports. But sector leaders say that, at a time of constant public protest against the government of President Nicolás Maduro, and even helicopter attacks on government buildings, the situation in Venezuela…

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Labour has started a welcome debate on higher education funding

You are right to highlight how our universities are under threat from Brexit, creeping privatisation and the government’s dogged determination to reduce net migration (Editorial, 30 May). Higher education makes an invaluable contribution to our economy and society, and has a crucial role to play in developing the highly skilled workforce upon which future growth depends. By its very nature, higher education is international, and the exchange of knowledge across borders is critical to its success. If we are to preserve our global reputation for excellence, our institutions must be…

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ECU referendum result: What does Brexit suggest for the UK’s higher schooling region and students?

Figures inside the better schooling zone can have awoken with a bitter taste on Friday with the news the United Kingdom has voted to depart the ecu Union. On Monday, the heads of 103 universities had issued an impassioned open letter expressing how they have been “gravely involved” approximately the effect of a depart vote on their universities and students, cautioning electorate that the electricity of their universities on nearby groups and economy “must not be underestimated.” study greater An open letter to united kingdom voters from leaders of 103…

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Government will miss ‘ambitious’ 2020 higher education widening participation targets, report finds

Sean Gallup/Getty Images The Government is on course to miss its own “ambitious” targets for widening participation in higher education (HE) by 2020, according to a recent report. Independent think tank the Social Market Foundation’s (SMF) findings in Widening Participation has also highlighted “significant differences” between institutions’ intake of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Government has been aiming to double the proportion of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds going into HE, and also to increase the numbers of students from BME backgrounds by 20 per cent. Despite there being some progress…

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Paul Blomfield voted 2015’s most inspiring leader in higher education

Blomfield, a backbench Labour MP, founded the all-party parliamentary group on students, which has allowed undergraduates to have their voices heard Paul Blomfield MP, who has won cross-party admiration for his work on higher education. Photograph: Richard Gardner / Rex Features Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central and secretary of the all-party parliamentary universities group, has been voted 2015’s most inspiring leader in higher education. The aim of the award is to recognise inspirational leadership in the universities sector. The judges looked for people who champion innovation and collaboration, deliver…

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Share your ideas: how to write for the Higher Education Network

Here are our tips on how to pitch a strong idea and write a successful piece for the Higher Education Network We want to hear your ideas about life in universities. Photograph: Alamy We have a large and active community of members on the Guardian Higher Education Network, many of whom write blogs and comment pieces for us. We value these contributions enormously – you are the real experts on the higher education sector and our coverage is enhanced by your insider experience of how things work on the ground….

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