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Education failure, leading reason for UP job woes, isn't an election issue
Shreya Shah, Bahraich and Mirzapur districts (Uttar Pradesh): "Path mera alokit kardo, naval prath ki naval rashmiyon se, mere ur ka tam har do," Saidun Ahmed, 8, recited a Hindi poem by Dwarika Prasad Maheshwari, a twentieth-century poet, at top speed. "Light up my path, with the morning sunlight light of the new sun, overcome the darkness within my heart." But when asked to read some lines on the opposite page, the fourth grader, dressed in a button-up full-sleeved brown shirt and skirt-the school uniform of all government schools in Uttar Pradesh-said she had memorised the poem and couldn't read well."Children don't learn much in the government school," said 37-year-old Iklakh Ahmed, her father, a driver by profession. "I will enroll her in the private school next year." Saidun's family lives in Fattepur, a village in the eastern Uttar Pradesh (UP) district of Mirzapur.Like more than half (50.4 per cent) of all primary school-age children...




Ramjas College: Students recall how violence took place
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 24: Even as the Delhi Police has transferred the probe of Ramjas College incident to its Crime Branch, many students have come out narrating what actually happened on Tuesday and Wednesday, in which more than a dozen students and teachers were wounded. Some of the students who witnessed the violence on both days have alleged that the Police personnel mostly remained mute spectator when a group of students allegedly associated with ABVP assaulted fellow students, teachers and media persons.   On 21st February (Tuesday) "We came there (Ramjas College) to talk on idea of University and culture of protest ABVP disrupted the event. ABVP members pelted stones and did lathi-charge on common students of Ramjas College and Delhi University," an eyewitness told IndiaTomorrow.net.   "Violence was continued over us and police were shamelessly supporting them," DU student alleged.   "Protest is...




Bharat always recognized as the storehouse of knowledge and discovery: President
New Delhi, Feb 24: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday inaugurated an international conference on "Bharat Bodh" (Idea of Bharat), organised by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal.According to a Rashtriya Bhavan communique, he complimented IGNOU and the Mandal for organising the conference that brought together intellectuals, academicians and researchers to unravel various aspects of the "Bharat Bodh".Mukherjee also expressed happiness that these two collaborators have brought their respective areas of expertise and scholarship to this important three day conference."The synergy and dynamism of these institutions should channelise the exploration of thousands of years of our journey as a civilisation and people," the communique quoted Mukherjee as saying."Deep insights would be gained into the idea of statecraft, governance, individual-society relations, structures, purposes and methodology of education, o...




Over 400 world academicians express concern over new JNU admission policy
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 23: More than 400 scholars and academicians from across the world have written to Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) urging him "to retain" the existing admission policy of the university and "to restore the institutional autonomy of JNU".   In a letter to JNU V-C Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar, they expressed "deep concern and shock at the events unfolding on your campus..."   "We urge the responsible authorities to act decisively to protect the future of JNU as an internationally renowned university of academic excellence, which has produced generations of excellent researchers, scholars and other professionals. It is also well known for its academic freedom and autonomy that fosters debates, discussions and dissent," the academicians said in the letter.   The JNU has recently announced to implement the 2016 guidelines of UGC regarding admissions in MPhil and PhD courses, which ...




Ramjas College Assault: Hundreds of students protest outside Delhi Police headquarters
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Feb 23: Several hundred students from various colleges and universities in Delhi held a protest demonstration outside the Delhi Police headquarters here on Thursday seeking action against members of ABVP who they allege assaulted students, teachers and some journalists at Ramjas College of Delhi University on Wednesday. They were insisting on registration of FIR against the assaulters. On Tuesday, a two-day seminar titled ‘Culture of Protest’ was organized by the Dept. of English, Ramjas College of Delhi University. Among others, the seminar was to be addressed by JNU research scholar Umar Khalid, who, along with Kanhaiya Kumar, was arrested and sent to jail last year for allegedly shouting anti-national slogans.   The ABVP, which dominates the students union in Delhi University, raised slogans denouncing Khalid as an "anti-national" and forced the organisers to suspend the day's event on Tues...




Clashes at Ramjas College in Delhi after ABVP ruckus
New Delhi, Feb 22: Clashes erupted between two student groups outside Ramjas College here on Wednesday, a day after the ABVP forced the suspension of an event to be addressed by JNU student Umar Khalid, jailed last year for allegedly shouting anti-national slogans.Ramjas students had planned a march to the nearby Maurice Nagar Police Station demanding action against the activists of the RSS-affiliated ABVP but were stopped by ABVP activists who surrounded the college.A large number of policemen and policewomen were deployed at the college but the clashes continued."People from the ABVP are not allowing students who had come to attend a protest march to leave the college," Kawalpreet Kaur, President of the All India Students Association's (AISA) Delhi University unit, told IANS.On Tuesday, a large group of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad students disrupted the first session of a two-day seminar at Ramjas College on Indian tribals -- a subject on which Khalid is writing his ...




'Why no focus on education?' Students at Allahabad University ask political parties
Saiyed Danish for IndiaTomorrow.net, Allahabad, Feb 21: In the fourth phase of UP elections, Allahabad matters most with its 12 assembly seats. This city is known as the home of great freedom fighters like Motilal ad Jawaharlal Nehru and Chandrashekhar Azad who was martyred at the famous Alfred Park. It has breathtaking monuments including Nehru family’s ancestral house Anand Bhawan, which now runs as museum. But that is not the only identity of this city. Allahabad is known as a centre for all levels of education for decades. Its convent schools and institutions of higher education have shaped the politics of this region and the country as a whole. Despite that no candidate from Allahabad had anything to offer in the field of education in his manisfesto.IndiaTomorrow.net visited Allahabad University and spoke to youths and student leaders on their aspirations and expectations from this election and mainly, what kind of issues they think should be taken up the parties to improve ...




HC seeks JNU reply on M.Phil, Ph.D admissions
New Delhi, Feb 21: The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notice to the JNU on a plea against a UGC notification that a Professor cannot guide more than three M.Phil and eight Ph.D scholars at any one time.Justice V.K. Rao sought the response from the Jawaharlal Nehru University on the students' plea by March 2.The May 5, 2016 University Grants Commission notification recommends an upper limit on the number of M.Phil and Ph.D students a faculty member can guide at a given time, which has become a bone of contention between the students and the university administration.The notification was adopted by the university during its 142nd Academic Council meet on December 26 amid protests from several Council members.The students argued that the UGC notification "threatens to put their future in jeopardy" as they would not be able to find a supervisor due to the clauses prescribed in the notification.The ramifications of the notification would extend beyond existing students and woul...




Delhi HC panel seeks return of "unjustified" fees charged by private schools
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 18: A Delhi High Court-appointed panel has recommended that 13 more private unaided schools be asked to return to parents the "unjustified" fees charged since 2009. The Justice Anil Dev Singh panel has sought return of the excess fee with 9% interest. The panel set up in 2011 has already recommended return of hiked fees from 621 schools in the National Capital.   The 13 schools are: Bal Bharti Public School, Delhi International School, Rich Harvest Public School, Vidya Public School, Happy Home, South Delhi School, Jivan Bharti School, Delhi International Happy School, Shiksha Bharti Public School, Rattan Chand Arya Public School, St Froebel School, National Victor Public School and Decent Public School.    The panel has so far examined the accounts of 1065 schools out of the total 1,172 unaided private schools in Delhi.   In 2011, acting on a PIL filed by an NGO Social Jurists, the Delhi High Court had set up the ...




JNU students form Human Chain against UGC admission policy
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Feb 17: Demanding to roll back the University Grants Commission's (UGC) notification for admission in MPhil and PhD courses in central universities, hundreds of students along with teachers and other staff members formed a human chain on Friday here in the varsity campus.  Students are against the UGC admission notification of May 2016 which gives about 100% weightage to viva for admission in MPhil and PhD courses in central universities. JNU adopted the notification in Dec 2016. Some students are on hunger strike at JNU demanding withdrawal of the notification too.  The students were holding various placards and shouting against HRD Ministry and UGC. Earlier the students and teachers had taken out marches to the HRD Ministry and protested outside UGC too.  Students' Objections and ApprehensionsStudents are apprehended that if this notification is implemented there will not just be a massive cut in seats for M.Phil/PhD, the s...




Massive protest march by JNU teachers, students against UGC admission policy
IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Feb 14: Several hundred students and teachers of Jawaharlal Nehru University on Tuesday took out a massive protest march towards the Parliament House here in Delhi over reported seat cuts in MPhil and PhD courses at JNU and other central universities.   "We want students, Not cut in admissions, JNUTA" reads a placard held by a teacher of JNU at the protest march jointly organized by JNU Teachers Association and JNU Students Union.   The protest was in the wake of the announcement by JNU that it would implement the University Grants Commission's May 2016 admission notification which limits number of researchers/scholars under each professor and associate professor.    Hundreds of students, teachers of JNU holding a protest march in Delhi. Several Members of Parliament and leaders of CPI, Congress and JD(U) also took part in the protest march. They included Digvijaya Singh of Congress, D Raja of CPI and Ali Ahmed Ansar...




'India's public libraries undergoing revolutionary change'
Saket Suman, New Delhi, Feb 14: Images of ill-maintained public libraries -- laden with dust and poor-infrastructure, barely prompting a second visit -- is undergoing a complete makeover thanks to the government's ambitious National Mission on Libraries.More significantly, state-of-the-art facilities combining the latest internet technologies are being plugged in to attract the younger generation."Some may think that the purpose of a library is to only preserve books, but the world is moving ahead with technology. The younger generation feels that the libraries are full of only books and thus don't interest them. So, we have to make our libraries such that they are in sync with the aspirations of the younger generation," Deepika Pokharana, Director, National Mission on Libraries under the Ministry of Culture, told IANS in an interview."They have to be made to come and visit again and again. Internet, Wi-Fi and state-of-the-art facilities are crucial for the revival of pu...




Quality education has never been a priority of political parties, say youths in Bareilly
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, Feb 13: Good education and better job are the two major concerns for youths anywhere - and also in Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh. Youths say all governments have just promised good education but did little.   "There has been very little improvement on the front of education here. Every government promises to improve standard of education but that promise is not implemented on the ground. Quality of education is deteriorating day by day. Government must look into. Society should also do its responsivity," says Laxmi Narayan Singh, a student at Bareilly College, while talking to IndiaTomorrow.net.   Upendar Singh, another student standing inside the campus of Bareilly College, says: "Our education system is poor from the base level. If the base level is improved then we will see improvement up to higher level. There is a need to develop government schools where no one wants to send their child...




UGC awards relaxation to candidates of reserved categories seeking admission in MPhil/PhD
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 12: In the backdrop of the continuing protest and hunger strike at JNU against its 2016 admission notification for MPhil/PhD courses at central universities, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has now announced some relaxation at the preliminary qualifying stage for candidates of reserved categories like SC, ST and OBC.  The JNU administration on Saturday uploaded a Clarification from UGC reg MPhil/PhD procedure on its website.  As per the document, at the preliminary stage out of the 3-stage admission process for MPhil and PhD, reserve categories students will get some relaxation. The preliminary stage is qualifying stage where a student has to earn 50% marks to enter the second stage (Descriptive Written test) and third stage (Viva-voce).   "Preliminary Test will be qualifying in nature and General Category candidates will require 50 percent marks to move to the Part B/C. SC/ST/PwD candidates will get 30 percent relaxatio...




Two Years of AAP govt: Huge transformation in school education in Delhi
Ashish Mishra, New Delhi, Feb 12: Anuj Kumar, 16, seems to have fallen in love with his government school like never before.A student of Class 10, Anuj says his school in east Delhi -- including teachers and the method of teaching -- has undergone a major transformation in the last two years, ever since the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government came to power in the national capital.Teachers and a section of parents IANS spoke to at the Senior Secondary School in New Ashok Nagar agree with the teenager."The ambience in the school was not at all like this till a year ago," Anuj, who has opted for science. "Our school was earlier a rundown building, untidy and known for goondaism. All that has changed."Around 3,200 girls and 1,752 boys study in the school in morning and evening shifts respectively.The school is one of the 1,011 run by the Delhi government in the capital that have undergone what officials and teachers say is a "revolutionary makeover", making some ...




'Budget private schools left in the lurch by Delhi government'
Vishal Narayan, New Delhi, Feb 8: Four months after a meeting with Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and state Education Minister, an organisation that represents Budget Private Schools (BPS) says the problems facing such low-cost private schools in the city are far from being addressed and these schools remain just as vulnerable.The National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA), a platform that brings together budget private schools in the country, held a meeting with Sisodia on September 28."He (Sisodia) had promised us his support then and even asked us to send suggestions for a Review Committee, which he intended to form to work on our issues.... We haven't heard from him since then despite several attempts at reaching him," Amit Chandra, Policy Advisor, NISA, told IANS."We feel the Deputy Chief Minister used us to grant himself a platform to make boastful claims. It has been four months since our conference on September 28, where representatives of s...




JNU students conduct referendum against massive cut in seats for M.Phil, Ph.D
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Feb 8: The formal notification from Jawaharlal Nehru University making a massive cut in seats for M.Phil and Ph.D courses as per the guidelines of University Grants Commission, has angered the students.   "The JNU administration's unilateral imposition of the UGC circular has been robustly resisted by students and teachers. The notification is not just another problematic circular but also a huge assault on inclusive higher education, in general, and JNU's model of inclusive admission process, in particular," said JNU Students Union president Mohit K Pandey.   The Democratic Students Federation said the present strength of School of Social Sciences (SSS) is 330, that of School of International Studies (SIS) is 232 and School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies (SLL&CS) is 227. But SSS has reduced 232 seats, followed by 141 by SIS and 73 by SLL&CS.   Against the cut, students launched a referendum at the campu...




Gujarat gets a law enabling CM to govern all universities
The law envisages a Higher Education Council, under the chair of chief minister, which will be in effect the supreme monitoring body of universities. IndiaTomorrow.net, Ahmedabad/ New Delhi, Feb 5: After the nod yesterday from Governor O P Kohli, the state of Gujarat has got a new law that will enable the chief minister to monitor academic/administrative/financial activities of all universities in the state, which many see as curb of the autonomy of universities and powers of vice chancellors.   The Gujarat State Higher Education Council Bill 2016 was passed by the state Assembly in April 2016 and has since been pending with the governor for his nod. In June that year, Governor O P Kohli had sought clarification from the state government on some of the key provisions of the bill after objections from various stake-holders and political parties. However, as per media reports, he gave his nod to the same bill this Friday (3 Feb 2017) without making any changing.   Th...




NEET for Pakistan, Bangladesh minority migrants as well
New Delhi, Feb 3: Students from persecuted religious minority migrant groups from Bangladesh and Pakistan, seeking admission in professional courses here will also have to appear for the central entrance examination, the government said on Friday."From academic year 2017-18, all applicants are required to appear in National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) conducted by CBSE for admission in MBBS and BDS courses in India, including foreign students," the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement. The government in 2016 had decided to include the persecuted migrant groups based within India for the MEA run self financing schemes for foreign nationals from developing countries for admission in MBBS, BDS, BE, B Pharmacy, Diploma in Engineering and Pharmacy in India against seats allotted by Ministries of Human Resource Development and Health and Family Welfare. For the last session (2016-17), the religious minority migrant groups were exempted from appearing for ...




JNU students' hunger strike against UGC notification enters 9th day
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,New Delhi, Feb 01: Demanding the rollback of University Grants Commission’s (UGC) May 2016 notification on MPhil/PhD admissions, JNU students have continued hunger strike on 9th day today. Terming the UGC notification obnoxious and intended to lead social discrimination, students have expressed their apprehensions.   UGC Notification of May 2016 As per the UGC gazette notification of last year for the admission in M.Phil/PhD in central universities in the country, the final merit list for admissions will be based on the marks obtained in viva-voce and the written entrance test will be qualifying only. According to this notification, candidates will have to go through two stages -1) An Entrance Test that shall be qualifying with qualifying marks as 50% and 2) an interview/viva-voce to be organized by the institution when the candidates are required to discuss their research interest/area through a presentation before a duly constituted ...




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