PUNE: Twelve-year-olds studying in standard I and 23-year-olds studying in standard IV – thousands of students in the state are studying in classes much lower than those suitable for their age, despite guidelines of the Right to Education (RTE) Act that mandate age-appropriate admissions in schools. The unified district information system for education (U-DISE) data recently released by the ministry of human resource and development has incorporated statistics on enrolment as per age groups. Experts say the statistics reflect the state government’s failure in implementing RTE guidelines effectively, especially in rural areas. According to the U-DISE data, enrolment started at four years of age forRead More →

NEW DELHI: Delhi government is launching yet another scheme and bringing private parties on board. As a ‘pilot’, the Directorate of Education will run a heavy-duty extra-curricular activities programme in 54 ‘model’ schools in Delhi. As a part of the programme, the DoE “will allow access to the desirous academies/clubs/individual professionals into the schools” and these private parties will be allowed to instruct kids from other schools as well. A circular from the DoE says, “they will be provided requisite space in the schools for imparting coaching and training to the students of government and other schools.” The first set of activities will include music,Read More →

AHMEDABAD: Ahmedabad University (AU) and Olin College of Engineering, USA, have partnered to promote educational innovation. The partnership includes a faculty exchange program aimed at integrating project-based learning into the engineering curriculum at AU, thus offering a new model for education in India. Founded in 1997, Olin College of Engineering is a prestigious engineering college, ranked third in the US News and World Report, 2013. Prafull Anubhai, chairman of the board of management at AU, said, “Leveraging Olin’s strengths as a pioneer in educational innovation, this partnership will offer our students and faculty a unique set of new opportunities to enrich their educational experiences andRead More →

KOLHAPUR: With the civic body deciding to develop seven of its 61 ailing schools through private entities, it now faces a tough task to improve the quality of education provided to the students belonging to economically weaker sections. The proposal to develop these schools was approved two months ago even as there were delays in the acceptance of the policy since the last three years. The Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) took the decision after it failed to restart these schools through its own funds. Besides funds worth Rs 28 crore sanctioned through the budgets for the salaries and maintenance, the school board gets additional grantRead More →

33 Beekman at Pace University There’s a new skyscraper in the city that never sleeps, and it’s open 24 hours a day. It also happens to be a dorm. This week, Pace University gave higher education a brand new meaning by cutting the ribbon on 33 Beekman — which at 34 stories and 172,000 square feet boasts of being the world’s tallest college residence. The dorm will house 770 students on Beekman Street in Lower Manhattan, within walking distance of the newly reconstructed World Trade Center. Sitting one block from Pace’s main academic building and campus center, 33 Beekman gives students a panoramic view ofRead More →

Attendees at the NYU-Polytechnic School of Engineering Career Discovery in Cybersecurity listen as Shelley Westman from IBM speaks. Faced with mounting and bipartisan opposition to increased and often high-stakes testing in the nation’s public schools, the Obama administration declared Saturday that the push had gone too far, acknowledged its own role in the proliferation of tests, and urged schools to step back and make exams less onerous and more purposeful. Specifically, the administration called for a cap on assessment so that no child would spend more than 2 percent of classroom instruction time taking tests. It called on Congress to “reduce over-testing” as it reauthorizesRead More →

ISLAMABAD: Co-education is not compatible with Islamic principles, a constitutional religious body in Pakistan has said, asking the government to set up separate systems of education for men and women at the earliest. The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), formed as part of the 1973 constitution to help government in Islamisation of laws in the country, concluded a two-day meeting yesterday. It said in a statement that co-education was neither a requirement of society nor compatible with Islamic principles.  “The government must establish two women universities (in Islamabad) as announced by the former president General Zia-ul-Haq,” it added.  Haq, the ex-military ruler, enacted several IslamicRead More →

MYSURU: There is no respite for the Karnataka State Open University (KS OU) which is trying to regain the recognition of the University Grants Commission ( UGC) for its courses. The UGC recently wrote to the letter to the varsity seeking clarification regarding its website notifying course work examination schedule in November and December even though the commission has denied permission for doctoral programmes. UGC education officer Megha Kaushik on October 9 and 12 wrote to the KSOU registrar stating that UGC through its regulations of 2009 has denied KSOU permission to take up PhD programmes through the distance mode. The DEC also issued aRead More →

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan. (TOI file photo) MYSURU: Nobel laureates Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Richard John Roberts will be delivering lectures as part of the centenary celebrations organized by the University of Mysore (UoM) in December. UoM, during its year-long celebrations, has arranged lectures from Nobel laureates from various disciplines from across the globe. The first lecture was on September 4 at Crawford Hall where Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameena Bank, Bangladesh, and the 2006 Nobel Peace winner, gave a lecture on ‘Redesigning Economics to Redesign the World’. The varsity authorities are inviting 12 laureates for the lecture series. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, famously known as Venki Ramakrishnan, an Indian-bornRead More →

RAIPUR: In yet another step towards making a Digital India, Chhattisgarh government is all set to introduce Student Lifecycle Management System (SLCM) by computerising admission and examination process in all the 210 colleges affiliated with the four universities in state. The programme, scheduled to be implemented from December this year, would make the process of registration of first year students of different undergraduate and post-graduate courses online. Students would not only be able to fill in their application online but also pay their fees and other charges. Talking to TOI, Chhattisgarh Infotech & Biotech Promotion Society (CHiPS) CEO Saurabh Kumar said SLCM, being developed byRead More →