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India Education News, 7th - 13th July 2014
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India Education News, 7th - 13th July 2014

by Vivek Singh | July 16, 2014

1. IIT-Jodhpur offers Rs 25 lakh to faculty

JODHPUR: Faced with an acute shortage of faculty, the IIT-Jodhpur has launched an all-out effort to attract talent to its campus. It has announced a head start of Rs 25 lakh per annum including sops and incentives to new faculty.
"We are offering a start up grant of Rs 25 lakh to every faculty member joining the IIT, which is highest among all the institutions around," said the chairman of the board of governors, Goverdhan Mehta. He was in Jodhpur to attend the second convocation of the institution.


2. Course structure for FYUP batch proposed

NEW DELHI: The FYUP batch and its teachers finally have some clarity on what they'll be doing over the second year, but once again, there are problems with the curriculum. Following its promise to start classes by July 21, Delhi University has sent colleges the recommendations of course committees of 34 subjects and asked them "to calculate workload, frame timetables and appoint teachers" based on these.

3. Govt asks UGC, AICTE to frame rules for students on excursion

NEW DELHI: In the wake of Beas river tragedy where 24 students were washed away, government has asked UGC and AICTE to frame guidelines on enforcing students' safety when they are on excursion or study trips.
HRD minister Smriti Irani said in Lok Sabha that the two regulators - University Grants Commission and the All India Council for Technical Education - have been asked by the government to frame the guidelines.

4. Online applications for CTET test

NEW DELHI: Candidates appearing for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) can now apply on-line with CBSE starting this service from tomorrow.
According to a statement by Central Board of Secondary Examination, the candidates can submit their application on CTET website "
The examination will be held on September 21 and the last date for submitting on-line application is August 4.

5. 60% cut-off condition rankles Himachal Pradesh universities

SHIMLA: The condition of a minimum requirement of 60% imposed by the state government has left private universities in the hill state worried as they have only filled 10% to 15% seats. They are reluctant to leave the remaining seats vacant as students with low percentage are opting for Punjab, where no such condition exists.
Even as private universities are lamenting the huge losses the condition entails, the state government, in a cabinet meeting held on Monday, made it clear that the criteria would not be lowered.

6. AICTE nod must for DU BTech: Smriti Irani

NEW DELHI: In a written reply HRD minister Smriti Z Irani informed Rajya Sabha on Monday that all colleges of Delhi University offering B Tech programmes in computer science, electronics, food technology, instrumentation electronics and polymer science will have to take approval of the All India Council for Technical Education.
These courses were started as part of the Four Year Undergraduate Course in 2013-14. More than 2000 students were admitted in various B.Tech programmes but after FYUP was scrapped last month and four year undergraduate courses were reverted to three year, these students protested. Finally, UGC agreed that only the existing batch will continue but made it clear colleges will have to seek AICTE clearance.

7. Five IITs among top 20 in BRICS: QS Ranking 2014

Twenty Indian educational institutions have featured in the latest ranking of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), ‘QS University Rankings: BRICS 2014'. Five Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) win places in the top 20. IIT-Delhi, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Madras and IIT-Kharagpur have made it to the list. IITs are again by far the most successful representatives of the country™s higher education system.

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The IIT Kharagpur has a higher proportion of PhDs among its staff than any university in the five countries, while another three Indian institutions feature in the top five on this measure.


8. Budget 2014: Falls short of expectation

No clear direction visible but some proposals, like toilets in schools, are noteworthy, say experts.
The Union budget falls short of expectations with no 'clear direction', experts say while welcoming proposals such as drinking water and toilets in schools, skill training and school assessment.
People expected the new government to initiate major reforms in education, particularly higher education, but the budget "suggests nothing remarkable," says Jandhyala B G Tilak, head, department of educational finance, National University of Educational Planning and Administration. "It does not seem to indicate any major significant direction for develop ment of the education sector, though a few points are worth noting, such as allocation or provision of drinking water and toilet facilities in schools, and a couple of new initiatives such as school assessment programme and a (Rs 100 crore) young leader programme (to promote leadership skills)."

9. Mumbai University to conduct audit of affiliated colleges

Mumbai University has decided to conduct an academic audit of colleges affiliated to it. The audit will assess colleges on several parameters based on the performance of students in the university exams, their evaluation methods, students' achievements etc.
MU will launch the project in phases, starting with 50 colleges this year. The audit will also consider the number of students whose scores have been scaled down in the last academic session.

10. MCI clears permission renewal for 73 medical colleges with 4,747 seats

The Medical Council of India (MCI) has recommended for renewal of permission for 73 medical colleges with 4,747 MBBS seats.
The MCI has recommended for disapproval of renewal of permission for 45 medical colleges with 3820 MBBS seats for the year 2014-15.
Earlier, MCI had recommended for disapproval of 118 medical colleges for renewal of permission for admission in 8,567 MBBS seats for the academic session 2014-15.

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