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India Education News, 23rd - 29th June 2014
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India Education News, 16 - 22nd June 2014

by Vivek Singh | June 30, 2014

1. IIMA partners with Corporate, Govt bodies

As its fundraising and development efforts gain traction, Indian Institute of Management Ahmadabad (IIMA) made its first tranche of announcements relating to support that has been committed by and agreed to with leaders in corporate and Government institutions.
As per the institute, put together, these collaborations, where the agreements have already been signed and the contributions have started coming in, will pool in over 16 crores INR to fund cutting-edge research and award scholarships to meritorious students.

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2. DU teachers, student demand VC's resignation on moral grounds

Various teacher and student groups of Delhi University have demanded resignation of the Vice Chancellor, Prof Dinesh Singh.
They are demanding Prof Singh's resignation as his ambitious project Four-Year-Undergraduate Programme has been rolled back, so he no longer has the moral authority to run the university.
"Dinesh Singh has misused his powers as VC, held students to ransom besides subverting DU's autonomy and destroying its academic credibility. There is also evidence of financial irregularities. The Visitor should institute an inquiry," said Vijaya Venkataratnam, from the department of Germanic and Romance Studies.

3. Suggest school syllabi to boost innovation: Irani to IITs

NEW DELHI: The government plans to formulate a national innovation policy that would stress on innovation at the school level, according to human resource development minister Smriti Irani.
Apprising directors and chairmen of 16 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) about the policy at a retreat in Goa Sunday, Irani asked them to suggest curriculum changes at the school level that would not only align with higher education institutions but also help set up innovation labs at the district level across India with a view to infusing a culture of research and innovation among students.

4. Now, online tests to improve IIT entrance scores

MUMBAI: Prepping for a high-intensity test is no longer equated to just the attendance at a coaching centre or the sleepless nights spent. For, close to the big day, when time is sliced into seconds and minutes start counting and a blind spot could pull you down a few hundred ranks, placing the performance chart under a microscope could give a clear picture.

5. SRCC, Ramjas announce cut-offs; bar set as high as 98.75%

NEW DELHI: Setting the benchmark, Sri Ram College of Commerce and Ramjas College of Delhi University on Monday were among the first to announce their cut-offs for admission to courses under three-year format with the bar set as high as 98.75 per cent.

6. Civil Services Aspirants Protested for Scrapping the Aptitude Test

The aspirants of civil services examination with their demands for scrapping of the Aptitude Test (CSAT), which is the first level exam or Preliminary test to the highly competitive UPSC examination, held a protest in north Delhi's Civil Lines area on 27 June 2014.
On Friday, UPSC aspirants staged protest in front of the residence of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Their demand was to approve a four-year age relaxation for appearing in the tough examinations for the Civil services.

7. RMPT to be Conducted Again, Rajasthan Court Orders

Justice M Rafiq of Rajasthan High Court has ordered the state government to conduct the Rajasthan Pre-Medical Test (RPMT) 2014 examination again this year. It was the state government who last week conveyed their message to the court that they are willing to conduct the exam again due to occurrence of some trouble with the examination paper.
The exam which was held last month has been discarded by the court on the grounds of inconsistency in the question paper, as alleged by the students who appeared in the examination. RMPT is an exam that is conducted for MBBS and Veterinary courses seats and was introduced this year for Rajasthan inhabitant.

8. CBSE Agrees for combined Intermediate Marks for JEE Mains

CBSE has accepted the proposal of taking combined marks of first and second year Intermediate examinations for calculating the rank using the 40% weightage given for Intermediate marks in the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE-Main).
This change came up after students' opposed on to consider only Class 12 or second year marks for JEE Mains. They objected on Class 11 or Intermediate first year also falling under as a board examination in the state and thus both the year marks should be under consideration. The issue was carried further to Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani by Andhra Pradesh HRD Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao for help. She enthusiastically took up the problem to find a solution.

9. DU First Cut-off will be released on 01 July 2014

The University of Delhi is all set to start its admission process from 01 July 2014 onwards for the undergraduate courses of the academic year 2014-15. A meeting consisting of 12 member principal committee suggested the colleges to send their list of cutoffs by 30 June 2014 (Monday) and start the admission process from the very next day.
The meeting was held after DU accepted to go back to its three year undergraduate courses scrapping FYUP. The University is likely to go back to its earlier set of courses that they offered in 2012. B.Tech courses are also included in the list and thus students will not have to face further problems with it.

10. CBSE Warn Schools to Eradicate Corporal Punishment with students

Despite of banned, Corporal Punishment is being practiced in some CBSE Affiliated Schools across the nation. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has again reminded the schools affiliated to it, to completely eliminate such practices and actions, strictly. In writing, the board further laid stress on the strong rules framed by Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act as well, against such practices.

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