NEW DELHI: The 54 schools in Delhi government’s model school programme have been asked to put their regular mathematics and Hindi instruction on hold and teach a programme designed by education NGO Pratham in primary school. Senior secondary schools, at least, have been asked to free 50 minutes for each of the two subjects every day for classes till VIII. The plan is to raise the level of learning to a basic minimum. While teachers say it’s still too early to judge whether the programme will strengthen foundations, it has led to considerable disruption in the schools’ general functioning. A report in the Hindi pressRead More →

Undergraduate and postgraduate students across the country will now get a two-year grace period beyond the scheduled duration of their degree programmes to clear their backlog papers. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued guidelines to this effect to bring in uniformity over the grace period across universities. Universities and higher education institutions are expected not to set varying time spans for students to complete their degree studies after the regulation period is over. The guidelines provide that a student pursuing a three-year undergraduate programme or a four or five-year professional course such as engineering, medical or integrated law course would be given two moreRead 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 →

NEW DELHI: Days before an expert committee gives its report on ‘one exam, one rank, one counselling’ for admission into IITs/NITs/IISERs and other engineering colleges, HRD ministry is working towards making it a reality and finding ways to remove the possible roadblocks. For instance, the ministry wants the responsibility of conducting the single test to be given to IITs so that quality does not suffer. Highly placed sources said, “There can be varied questions, both knowledge-based and analytical. JEE (advanced) through which students are taken into IITs is mostly analytical. A single question paper with right mix of questions could help students with different calibre.”Read 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 →

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 →

MUMBAI: The state government is not interested in expanding higher education resources. This year, it has refused to grant permission to any public university interested in starting additional division in their affiliated colleges. An RTI application filed by activist Anil Galgali has revealed that the government turned down all applications for additional divisions. Put together, all 12 non-agricultural universities requested permission to have 306 additional divisions. Shivaji University, Kolhapur, had the most aggressive expansion plans and had sought permission to add 154 divisions. In old courses like commerce, a division is made of 120 seats; in relatively newer courses like BMS, one division comprises 60Read More →

Image copyrightThinkstockImage captionSchools face increasing costs tied to pensions, pay and national insurance Spending per pupil in schools in England is likely to fall by 8% in real terms over the next five years, the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns. It argues that school funding levels will feel quite different in the next five years from the previous five. Schools are set to face real-terms reductions in spending per pupil for first time since the 1990s, it adds. The report, however, says schools have been protected in recent years compared with other government departments. ‘Pressures’ Although there will be similar growth in nominal spending toRead 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 →