DU student union polls: AISA targets ABVP over ‘campus violence’

With Delhi University students set to go to the polls on September 12, to elect their next student representatives, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and All India Students Association (AISA) released their election manifesto on Tuesday. Congress’ student wing, the National Students Union of India (NSUI), had released their manifesto ahead of the others earlier last month. With all three manifestos in, the run-up to the elections has gained momentum. Here is a look at how the three manifestoes address different campus issues: BEYOND ACCOMMODATION, TRANSPORT All three seem to…

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‘We got Christmas back’: readers mark 25 years since fall of Soviet Union

After years of food shortages, rising nationalist movements and an attempted coup, Mikhail Gorbachev, the president of the Soviet Union, resigned on Christmas Day 1991. His resignation 25 years ago was the final nail in the coffin of the USSR. To mark the anniversary we asked our readers across the region to share their memories of the monumental events, and to tell us how they felt about the change from a communist, collective system, to a capitalist one. For many readers who got in contact, these memories are tinged with…

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Moderate teachers’ union backs calls for industrial action over Government plan to force schools to become academies

Schools are being lined up ‘in preparation for wholesale privatisation,’ Mark Baker said PA A traditionally moderate teachers’ union has thrown its weight behind calls for industrial action over the Government’s plan to force all schools to become academies. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers voted unanimously in favour of urging its executive to consider action if the Government failed to listen to its opponents and withdraw the plan. The union’s move follows a decision by the National Union of Teachers over the Easter weekend to ballot its members on…

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Minimum £30,000 salary would force half of overseas teachers to leave Britain, union warns

The union warns the proposals will create a recruitment crisis PA Government proposals which could see half of overseas teachers forced to leave the country will increase the teacher recruitment crisis to record levels, the NASUWT teachers’ union has warned. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is currently considering plans to raise the minimum salary for all skilled migrants from outside the EU from £20,800 to £30,000. It is estimated that while the £30,000 cap would affect 14 per cent of all applications from skilled workers, it would hit 48 per cent…

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Minimum £30,000 salary would force half of overseas teachers to leave Britain, union warns

The union warns the proposals will create a recruitment crisis PA Government proposals which could see half of overseas teachers forced to leave the country will increase the teacher recruitment crisis to record levels, the NASUWT teachers’ union has warned. Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is currently considering plans to raise the minimum salary for all skilled migrants from outside the EU from £20,800 to £30,000. It is estimated that while the £30,000 cap would affect 14 per cent of all applications from skilled workers, it would hit 48 per cent…

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Students shun union bars in favour of coffee and study groups, research says

Student unions are no longer sticky bars filled with beer-swilling students avoiding their lectures. Today’s undergraduates are more likely to be found sipping a coffee in an academic study group than downing a cheap beer with their mates. New research from YouthSight and the National Union of Students (NUS) reveals that student unions are more often focused on providing academic clubs, support services and cafés than bargain booze. Life on university campuses has changed dramatically over the last 10 years and many unions now provide low-cost vegetables, run their own…

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