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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Teaching assistants improve pupils’ results, studies show

Research says students make additional two to four months’ progress when small groups get structured help from assistants Teaching assistants have traditionally been used in classrooms to support low-attaining pupils. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian Teaching assistants, whose contribution to learning has been called into question in recent years, have been shown to improve pupils’ attainment, two studies show. Schools spend £4bn a year – or 10% of the total education budget – on 24,000 TAs, but some headteachers have cut back on numbers after previous research raised doubts…

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