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India Education News, 20th - 26th Jan 2014
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India Education News, 20th Jan - 26th Jan 2014

by Vivek Singh | Jan 27, 2013

1. Bengal universities fail to rank among the top 300 in global rankings

KOLKATA: Governor MK Narayanan rued that no university in Bengal features among the top 300 in global rankings. As chancellor of all state universities, Narayanan said this was a matter of concern. He was addressing the sesquicentennial celebrations of St Paul's Cathedral Mission College on Saturday.
Calcutta University (CU) vice-chancellor Suranjan Das informed the gathering that CU had bagged the 52nd rank among BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) nations in the QS World University rankings. "It is with great honour that I say that CU has bagged the 52nd rank among BRICS group of countries in the QS world university rankings which is held in high regard in the academic world. This is even better than Delhi University which bagged the 53rd position," Das told the gathering.

2. CBSE board admit cards too go online

NAGPUR: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has declared that admit cards for std X and XII board exams will be available online only. From this year, the board won't be sending a hard copy of the admit cards, in an effort to take more and more of the process online.
Admit cards can be downloaded by schools from January 27 and have to be attested by the school principal. Reena Dargan, principal of Ira International School said, "It is a good move and in line with the board's endeavour to move to a paperless system.


3. Top institutes hiring foreign teachers in greater numbers

AHMEDABAD: For the past two years, IIT-Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn) has been rigorously roping in faculty from overseas. The campus, that has a strength of 70 regular faculty members saw around 22 more join them in December 2013. Of that number, 13 are professors of foreign origin.
The trend to invite foreign faculty has seen a rise in the premier institutes of Gujarat lately. IIT-Gn has made a healthy rise in its strength from seven in 2013 to 13 foreign professors in 2014. "Over the last four years, we've made it a strategy to bring in more professors from across the world.

4. IIT-Kharagpur organises techno-management fest

KOLKATA: Budding technocrats from IIT Kharagpur are all set to host the 11th edition of the techno-management symposium, Kshitij, from January 31 to February 3. Last year's fest witnessed a mammoth participation of 65,000 students from across tech schools of the country. With a prize money of over 60 lakhs on offer, Kshitij has made its mark among engineering colleges and institutes.
The fact that UNESCO is granting patronage to Kshitij for the second consecutive time, speaks volumes of the kind of impact it has been able to make among the student fraternity. To participate in the fest the students need to register on the website,, which holds the distinction of being India's largest student-run website, having recorded a whopping 8 million hits last year.

5. CAT exams most popular, but cumbersome

The Common Admission Test (CAT) to the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) remains the most popular choice for the bulk of MBA aspirants, even though they find such exams both cumbersome and expensive. These were some of the findings of the first-ever online survey of MBA aspirants, conducted by, a New Delhi-based website.

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It quizzed 445 aspirants in November 2013, who took CAT 2014 exams to the IIMs. The results were declared on January 14."The survey brings out key insights which will help business schools and policy makers address concerns and initiate reforms," Amit Agnihotri, chairman,, told IANS.

6. IIT, Roorkee announced Admission Notification for MBA 2014-16

Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee invited applications for admission to MBA programme for the year 2014-16. Eligible candidates can apply through online on or before 31 January 2014.
Important Dates
Opening Date of online Application Forms: 15 January 2014
Closing Date of online Application Forms: 31 January 2014
Last Date for receipt of application forms: 3 February 2014
Date of Group Discussion & Interview: 12 March 2014 to 15 March 2014
Name of the Programme: MBA programme for the year 2014-16

7. Refund of excess fee from Private Schools

The Delhi high court on 24 January 2014 ordered the Delhi government to implement recommendations of a panel on the unaided private schools' fee structure in which the panel asked nearly 250 Private schools to refund the "excess amount" charged by the Parents along with providing 9% percent interest.
A division bench of Justice BD Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul stated the Delhi government about the 4 four reports submitted by the committee on the basis of inspection of fee structures of unaided private schools and directed the Delhi government that it is free to implement the recommendations.

8. IIT Madras Students to a Satellite for Earthquakes Prediction

A group of students from Indian Institute of Technology â€" Madras (IIT-M) has begun a study 4 years ago to determine the unpredictable earthquakes. The study is termed as IIT-Madras Student Satellite Project or IITMSAT.
The study grew and involved 150 students as well as few professors to transform itself into a huge multidisciplinary project, at present. The same is also being under the supervision of the engineers at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

9. 15 of 24 announced for Padma Bhushan are from Science, education

The President of India has approved conferment of 127 Padma Awards, which includes two Padma Vibhushan, 24 Padma Bhushan and 101 Padma Shri Awardees. 27 of the Awardees are women and the list also includes 10 persons from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs and Posthumous Awardees.
It is a encouraging sign for ‘Science and Engineering' and 'Education and Literature' that as many as 15 people from these two field have been announced as the recipient of 'Padma Bushan' out of total 24.
Out of the total 101 Padma Shri awards announced 14 have been awarded to people from Literature and Education field, while there are equal number of people from Science and Engineering field.

10. India signs agreement with UK to allow bridge courses for Indian students

Union Minister for Human Resource Development (MHRD) Dr M.M. Pallam Raju, after a meeting with the Rt. David Willets, Minister of Universities and Science, UK and Mathews Hancock, Minister of Skills and Enterprise announced for starting bridge courses.
The announcement was made regarding the initiation of a bridge course for the Indian students who are passing one years' Masters Programme from the Universities in UK.
As per the agreement one year's Master Degrees obtained by Indian students from a duly recognized University in U.K., which is duly accredited by the nationally recognized accrediting agency will be accorded equivalence.

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