MUMBAI: Maharashtra school education minister Vinod Tawde said he will make available his Std X and XII mark sheets to all those who are seeking it. Tawde claims to be a Bachelor of Electronics from the Dnyaneshwar Vidyapeeth, Pune. However, the course is not recognised. He has been accused of falsely claiming to be an engineering graduate in his election affidavit. Tawde has, however, defended his declaration saying he was aware the course was not recognised. In a press release, Tawde said mark sheets are made available only to the candidate and would not be given even under the Right to Information Act. He, therefore,Read More →

The heads of leading independent schools say the exam-marking system for GCSEs and A-levels is “not fit for purpose”. Chairman Chris King will tell the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference “urgent reform” is needed to improve the reliability of exam grades. Last year more than 400,000 exam papers were challenged, with more than 77,000 grades being changed. The joint exam boards body says markers are doing a “fantastic job”. But Mr King says: “The current situation is untenable. “We are facing a perfect storm, of both decreasing public confidence and increasing pressure in the system, as the greater emphasis on end-of-year exams creates even more workRead More →

KOLKATA: In a bid to merge science with heritage, IIT Kharagpur has started a new project in which various themes of fine arts, meditation and social work had been merged with science to find out that the analytical mind and intuitive mind are complimentary to each other. The focus is to develop interface between science and heritage and how the economic regeneration can take place through 16 themes. MHRD is sponsoring the project as it is an inter-institutional and people centric approach, said Prof Joy Sen of IIT Kharagpur’s architecture department, a key official of this project who aims to explore the possibility of howRead More →

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to issue grade certificates to 41 deemed universities which have come under its scrutiny for allegedly failing to fulfill various criteria required for getting recognition. A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant directed the Council not to insist on 2010 regulation framed by UGC while deciding the grade of the universities. It asked all the education institutions to file self appraisal report within 10 days before the Council which would grade them within two months thereafter. The bench made it clear that any decision taken by the CouncilRead More →

BHUBANESWAR: The Naveen Patnaik-led BDJ government in the state is going all out to be one step ahead of the NDA government at the Centre by working on formulating its own education policy even as consultations are on in Delhi for a new policy at the national level. A nine-member state-level committee under the chairmanship of Fakir Mohan University (FMU) vice-chancellor S P Adhikary met here for the first time to evolve the draft policy on Monday. Adhikary said the major thrust of the state policy would be to create enabling provisions to ensure quality of education in all spheres including medical and technical educationRead More →

NEW DELHI: More than a year after Pravin Sinclair was unceremoniously ousted as NCERT director, HRD ministry has finalized the name of Hrushikesh Senapaty as her likely replacement. Senapaty is an old NCERT hand and currently principal of its Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal. In a meeting of the search-cum-selection committee on August 24 headed by Md. Akhtar Siddiqui names of Senapaty and Anil Shukla were shortlisted. Shukla is professor in the department of education in Lucknow University. HRD sources said Senapaty has been preferred over Shukla because of his wide experience within the NCERT system. “He has never served in Delhi and is expectedRead More →

NEW DELHI: Delhi Government is set to give more powers and freedom to principals of the schools it runs. School heads will no longer have to move files to the department for minor work in their schools. Steps will also be taken to ensure basic amenities are made available fast. The education minister, Manish Sisodia was speaking at the State Teachers’ Award function at Thygraj Stadium. Seventy-five of Delhi’s teachers were awarded as the Government School Teachers’ Association protested outside. Although there’s constant effort to provide the basic facilities in government schools, there are delays due to complicated administrative processes, said Sisodia. “Whenever I goRead More →

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). The MoU envisages implementation of programme activities of ‘Andhra Pradesh University Students Employability Skill Development Programme,’ a flagship initiative of the state government. The MoU was signed in Visakhapatnam yesterday on the occasion of Teacher’s Day, in presence of chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and minister for HRD Ganta Srinivas Rao, an official release said. “We aim to transform Andhra Pradesh state into a knowledge hub by providing quality education and giving opportunities for students to develop employability skills among the Universities and Colleges inRead More →

BENGALURU: IIT-Dharwad, which will have 250 students in its first batch next year, is likely to be handheld by either IIT Bombay or IIT Hyderabad. Initially, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Dharwad will function from a temporary campus, sources in the Union HRD ministry said. The ministry is fine-tuning the aspects of launching the institution, notwithstanding the demand over shifting it to Raichur. Initially, IIT-Dharwad will offer BTech in computer science and electronics and communication, given the spiralling demand for engineers in these disciplines across the country. It will function from the Water and Land Management Institute (WALMI) building in Dharwad till a permanentRead More →

WASHINGTON: Among Asian countries, India continues to be the top country of birth for scientists and engineers who have made the US their destination for key research and development, latest data has revealed. With 950,000 out of Asia’s total 2.96 million, India’s 2013 figure represented an 85 per cent increase from 2003, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). From 2003 to 2013, the number of scientists and engineers residing in the US rose from 21.6 million to 29 million. “An important factor in that increase over the same time period, the number ofRead More →