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Muslim Enrolment in Higher Education Steadily Growing, Still Far Behind Scheduled Castes
Mumtaz Alam, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 23: The enrolment of Muslim students in colleges, universities and other institutes of higher learning has seen steady growth since 2012-2013 – the academic year from which the central government began collecting separate data on Muslim enrolment in higher education.   From 4.15% of the country’s total enrolment in higher education in the year 2012-13, Muslim enrolment grew to 4.67% in 2015-16, reveals the All India Survey on Higher Education or AISHE 2015-16.   In terms of numbers, in the year 2012-13, a total of 3,01,52,417 students were enrolled in higher education in the country – 12,51,656 of them or 4.15% were Muslim. Three years later, i.e. in the year 2015-16, some 3,45,84,781 students were enrolled in higher education and 16,13,710 or 4.67% of them were Muslim.   There are 799 universities, 39,071 colleges and 11,923 Stand Alone Institutions (which are not empowered to provide degre...




Lok Sabha Amends Free, Compulsory Education Bill
New Delhi, July 21: The Lok Sabha on Friday approved The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017, which seeks to extend the deadline for teachers to acquire the prescribed minimum qualifications for appointment.Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javedakar said that through the amending measure inadequately qualified teachers, working after enactment of the Right to Education Act, were being given a "last chance" to acquire minimum qualifications by March 2019.The Minister said teachers can get the prescribed qualification using the Swayam portal.Javadekar said there were about six lakh teachers with inadequate qualifications in the private sector alone.According to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which came into force on April 1, 2010, a teacher, who did not possess minimum qualifications, was required to acquire them in five years.The Act was enacted to provide free and compulsory education to...




Jamia Millia Teachers Protest Against Mob Lynching
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, July 17: Teachers of Jamia Millia Islamia on Monday staged a protest demonstration against the incidents of mob lynching in the name of cow protection. Wearing black bands on their arms and chests, the teachers were shouting slogans against the trend of mob violence.   "Incidents of mob lynching, which have been going on in our country, are a great challenge to the democracy. Innocent people are lynched by mobs in the name of cow protection.... We strongly condemn such attacks," said Dr Veeramani S., Assistant Professor, Centre for Management Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia.    "Everyone has to live peacefully in this country because the salient feature of India is secular. We should not create one more slavery as it happened under the British rule. An Indian should not be enslaved by another Indian in the name of illegal acts like lynching and mob lynching," he told IndiaTomorrow.net.   "...




UGC Urges Varsities, Colleges to Apply for AIC Aid
New Delhi, July 13: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has urged all public universities and the colleges under them to apply for aid from the Atal Incubation Centre (AIC), an innovation funding scheme formulated by the Niti Aayog last year.In a letter issued on Wednesday, the central funding agency for the universities asked the latter to "encourage the academic fraternity of your esteemed University and your affiliated colleges" by applying to the scheme, which provides for a grant-in-aid of up to Rs 10 crore for a maximum period of five years."The AlCs would nurture innovative start-up businesses in their pursuit to become scalable and suitable enterprises to support enterprises in nationally relevant sectors such as manufacturing, transport, energy, health, education, agriculture, water and sanitation," the UGC letter read.This is the second such call made by the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog for applications.In the first call made...




200 madrasa students, teachers detained at Bengaluru railway station fearing trafficking
Sporting skull caps, wearing kurta-pyjama and carrying steel trunks in one hand, the boys were kept in the waiting hall from noon to 7.00 p.m. though a few samaritans gave them food and drinking water till the inquiry was completed and let off.  Bengaluru, July 12: About 200 boys aged 8-13 years of age were detained at the Cantonment railway station for hours on Tuesday, fearing they were victims of human trafficking but let off after verifying their identities, said police."On a tip-off by a fellow passenger, we asked all the boys and their 20 teachers to alight from the Guwahati Express at the Cantonment railway station and kept till evening to verify their status, where they were coming from and going to which place," a Railway Police Force (RPF) official told reporters after initial inquiry into their status.Sporting skull caps, wearing kurta-pyjama and carrying steel trunks in one hand, the boys were kept in the waiting hall from noon to 7.00 p.m. though a few sa...




SC Halts Counselling, Admissions to IITs under JEE (Avanced)
New Delhi, July 7: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered a halt to further counselling and admissions to IITs in respect of entrance tests under JEE (Advanced).The bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra said that no High Court in the country will entertain any petition in respect of the JEE-IIT (Advanced) from now onwards,It further directed the Registrar Generals of the High Courts to inform by Saturday the nature of cases and the number of petitioners involved in respect of JEE-IIT (Advanced) pending before them.Last Friday, the Supreme Court had sought the Centre's response to a petition challenging the grant of seven extra marks to all candidates who had appeared for the IIT-Joint Entrance examination (IIT-JEE) for advance course.The extra marks were granted in the wake of a printing error in a Hindi language paper.(IANS) 




HC Knocks off all CBSE Conditions for Re-evaluation
New Delhi, July 7: The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to re-evaluate Class 12 answer-sheets of all students who approach it.A division bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar lifted all conditions imposed by the CBSE on students looking to get their answer-sheets re-evaluated and asked the board not to limit the number of subjects available for scrutiny to only 12 major subjects.The bench said its order should be made applicable to all students and not just those who had approached the court."It cannot be denied that grave and irreparable loss and damage would enure to the petitioners so far as their admissions to colleges and universities are concerned. Balance of convenience is also in favour of the petitioners," the court observed.On June 28, the board had published a circular imposing conditions on re-evaluation process, limiting the facility to scrutiny of marks to just 12 subjects -- En...




Students of over 50 Hyderabad Schools, Colleges found taking Drugs
Hyderabad, July 5: Authorities here have asked as many as 27 colleges and 26 schools to take steps to check use of drugs by their students after a probe found that over 1,000 students, some of them as young as 13 are using 'high-end' drugs like LSD and MDMA, an official said on Wednesday.Advisories were sent to the educational institutions including prestigious international schools and engineering colleges following sensational finding by the Prohibition and Excise Department.Announcing the arrest of eighth accused in the drug racket, Enforcement Director Akun Sabharwal told reporters that letters were sent to the heads of educational institutions, having sizeable number of users.Without naming the students addicted to drugs, the letters have asked the principals to keep an eye on erratic/deviant behaviour of the students. They were also advised to monitor the areas around the school as some shops were being used for selling the drugs.The managements of schools and colleges were also ...




Saudi-based NRI to Fund Super 30 Initiative for Free IIT-JEE Coaching
Obaidur Rahman, a businessman based in Saudi Arabia and chairman of the Bihar Foundation there, has formed an organisation called Rahman 30 which will select 30 students belonging to the minority communities from all over India every year through a screening test. Patna, July 4: Super 30, a free coaching centre which helps children of the poorest of the poor get into the prestigious Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), has joined hands with a non-resident Indian for financial help.Obaidur Rahman, a businessman based in Saudi Arabia and chairman of the Bihar Foundation there, has formed an organisation called Rahman 30 which will select 30 students belonging to the minority communities from all over India every year through a screening test.These students will be provided free coaching by Patna-based Super 30 founder-director Anand Kumar."The main objective is to give the students employable education through rigorous training. This is what is lacking for the minorities....




Delhi assembly passes resolution to reserve 85% seats for local students in DU
New Delhi, June 30:  The Delhi assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution to reserve 85 per cent seats for the students belonging to Delhi in the colleges funded by the Delhi government, which are affiliated to the Delhi University (DU).  The resolution was moved by Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia.  The resolution read that there were over two lakh students who pass out from schools in the national capital and many of them struggle to get admission in higher education institutions affiliated to DU.   "Delhi government, fully or partially, funds 28 of the 110 affiliated institutes. The money of tax payers from Delhi is being used to fund these colleges... the House hereby resolves that 85 per cent seats should be reserved for students from Delhi, in the colleges that are funded by the Delhi government," the resolution said.  The House also passed another resolution to request the central government to amend sub-sec...




Delhi High Court asks DU to admit 2,310 students in LLB course
New Delhi, June 28:  In a relief to law aspirants, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked Delhi University to continue admitting 2,310 students in its LLB course. A division bench of Justice Manmohan and Justice Vinod Goel in an interim order allowed the university to take 2,310 students as against the Bar Council of India's (BCI) cap of 1,440 seats for the  2017-18 academic session.  The court's order came on a PIL by lawyer Joginder Kumar Sukhija against the decision of the BCI to reduce the number of seats.  "Don't reduce the number of seats. Students want to study, let them study. DU has been teaching 2,310 students till now. You (BCI) decided to reduce the seats to half. We need time to decide the case. Till then let 2,310 study," bench said.  "Their (DU) faculty is one of the best in the court (for the course), they provide best facilities... Give them a chance," court said to the BCI.    It posted t...




9-member panel to prepare final draft of National Education Policy
New Delhi, June 26:  The Human Resource Development Ministry on Monday constituted a nine-member panel to prepare the final draft of the National Education Policy to be headed by eminent scientist K. Kasturirangan.  Besides Kasturirangan, the panel includes Vasudha Kamat, academician from the field of education technology; Manjul Bhargava, Professor of Mathematics in Princeton University, USA; and K.J. Alphonse, who played a crucial role in achieving 100 per cent literacy rate in Kottayam and Ernakulam districts of Kerala, according to a statement.  The panel also comprises Ram Shankar Kureel, Vice Chancellor of Baba Saheb Ambedkar University of Social Sciences, Mhow; T.V. Kattimani, Vice Chancellor of Tribal University, Amarkantak; and Krishna Mohan Tripathy, who was instrumental in implementation of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.  Mazhar Asif, Professor of Persian at Gauhati University; and M.K. Shridhar, former Member Secretary of Karnataka Innovation ...




Muslim women in India can become change agents through education
Frank F. Islam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently called for empowerment and education of Muslim women. One would have expected this message to receive widespread acceptance and support. It did not.There was resistance on several fronts for a variety of reasons. Some saw Modi's move as a political stunt. Some questioned whether Modi was doing anything meaningful in the education and empowerment area. Others came out against it because of a connection to the triple-talaq controversy.There is no gainsaying that there is an unequivocal and critical need to empower Muslim women through education in order for India to achieve its full potential. The status of education in general was captured by the 2001 census which revealed that the Muslim literacy rate was only 59 per cent.In response to these and additional findings regarding Muslims and others in the weaker sections, the Sachar Committee Report of 2006 disclosed a development deficit in a number of areas. The report resulted in the...




JNUSU office-bearers barred from varsity meetings
New Delhi, June 22: All four JNUSU office-bearers have been barred from meetings of all committees and statutory bodies of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) after a proctorial inquiry was opened against them on charges of "misconduct and indiscipline".According to Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) President Mohit Pandey, a letter informing him about his suspension was sent on Wednesday evening.Similar letters were sent to other office bearers as well accusing them of disrupting the 143rd Academic Council (AC) meeting on June 16 and proscribing them from attending any future meetings till the inquiry gets over."The Proctor's office has received a report from the Registrar regarding misconduct and indiscipline... The report and eyewitnesses have accused Pandey of using unparliamentary language, unruly behaviour, unauthorised video recording of Council proceedings," it read."A Proctorial inquiry committee has been constituted by the Chief Proctor ...




Students protest at UGC, oppose changes in NET rules
Students alleged that Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and UGC are silently scuttling of Social Justice Ghazanfar Abbas,  IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, June 16: The notification of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) scrapping the prescheduled exam of National Eligibility Test (NET) due in July has led to an outrage among the aspiring students. Holding a protest demonstration outside the office of University Grants Commission (UGC) here on Thursday, students from different universities demanded restoration of the previous biannual pattern of NET.  NET was conducted twice a year by CBSE for the aspirants to make them eligible for posts of Assistant Professors and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) to pursue research (PhD) in various colleges and universities. But through its 6th June notification, CBSE has announced to hold NET once in a year and thus scraped the July exam and scheduled it for 19th November 2017. Besides, CBSE has...




School bags with Akhilesh's pictures distributed in Gujarat
Chhota Udepur (Gujarat), June 14: The BJP government in Gujarat was in for a major embarrassment on Tuesday when authorities in tribal-dominated Chhota Udepur district distributed school bags to children with picture of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, hidden beneath Education Department logos.The state government immediately announced an inquiry into the gaffe.As many as 12,000 school bags with stickers of Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh's picture were distributed to largely tribal children in Chhota Udepur in central Gujarat.Akhilesh picture was hidden behind stickers pasted on it, with a logo of 'Jilla Shikshan Shakha' (district Education Department), Chhota Udepur, 2017-18.Every year, the government distributes educational kits, including school bags, as part of its 'Shala Pravesh Utsav' initiative to promote enrollment of students from socially and economically disadvantaged background in schools.Some teachers at a school in Vasedi village later found that on pe...




Supreme Court orders declaration of NEET results
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, June 12: In a big relief to thousands of aspiring doctors, the Supreme Court of India on Monday ordered declaration of the results of NEET 2017. More than 11 lakh students had registered for the NEET entrance test held in May this year.   On May 24, the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court had put a stay on the results of National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 as a petition sought cancellation of NEET 2017. The court had also directed the Medical Council of India, Health Ministry and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to file counter affidavits.    On 10th June, the CBSE had moved the Supreme Court seeking an immediate stay on the Madras HC order.   On 7th May, the NEET for admissions to Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) programmes was conducted by CBSE. From the very next day reports came that the paper was leaked in different states.   Act...




NEET 2017: Students demand fresh exam, CBI enquiry in paper leak
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, June 11: In the wake of alleged paper leak of the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2017, students fear the incident has dimmed chances for admission in good medical colleges. Many of them began a protest sit-in at Jantar Mantar, near the Parliament House here on Friday and demanded the central government to order to re-conduct of the examination and also constitute a CBI enquiry into the matter.   In a three-page letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Education Minister or HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, students have underlined irregularities in the NEET examination.   The letter reads: "The NEET exam marred with controversies since the year it was introduced (2013) as a single entrance examination for the medical studies in the country. This year was no exception..........The latest reports underline the fact that the entire process has been tainted and sanctity of NEET has been breached. If s...




All 'Super 30' candidates crack JEE-Advanced
Patna, June 11: All 30 students coached by Bihar's 'Super 30', a free coaching centre for underprivileged students, have cracked the highly competitive JEE-Advanced for admissions to the IITs this year, its founder Anand Kumar said on Sunday.Children of masons, farmers, and daily wagers are among the successful candidates and are mostly from schools affiliated to the Bihar School Examination Board."All our 30 students have made it through the Joint Entrance Examination - Advanced, taking the total number of our successful students so far to nearly 400," Anand Kumar said here.Attributing their success to hard work and unwavering devotion, he said: "We will hold tests (to take in students for coaching) in different parts of the country after giving detailed information about it on our website."Among the 30 successful candidates is Aditya Anand, son of a factory labourer. With his father's earnings barely managing two square meals for the family, preparing for the IITs...




'India might become an educationally failed nation'
Saket Suman, New Delhi, June 8: An Indian linguist and anthropologist who is globally revered for his work on dying languages, Ganesh Devy has researched and documented 780 living Indian languages. He says that offering reservation quotas alone will not solve the problem of social exclusion in the country's education system which is headed for "failure".Devy's latest book, "The Crisis Within" (Aleph/Rs 399/130 pages), argues that it is of critical importance that the plight of educational institutions and the need to generate knowledge appropriate to India are addressed without any delay."Dalits and tribals are left out of higher education in a conspicuous way. We think that offering reservation quotas will solve the problem. We have never thought of making the tribal view of the world or the Dalit view of society as the core of education. Unless that happens, their inclusion will not be complete or satisfactory," Devy told IANS in interview ahead of the b...




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