Despite the ministry allowing them to grant degrees to their students, IIMs have not yet arrived at a consensus on the matter.
The government’s non-committal attitude towards education makes it look like a ploy to privatize education.
Source: Economic Times
The HRD Ministry intends on making it easier for foreign faculty to get visas.
The HRD Ministry-appointed panel tasked with drafting a new National Education Policy will submit its report in March next year.
While the IITs have been in decline for many years now, some of the HRD ministry’s exclusivist policies are poised to drive them further into the ground.
Source: Study International
The institute claims to be the world’s largest tribal school, providing education to over 27,000 students.
The government is not considering any merger of the UGC and the AICTE into a single higher education regulator at present.
Source: Times of India
Delivering a memorial lecture in honour of Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar pitched for promoting research and innovation also to combat brain drain and insisted on improving the quality of education from primary to higher education. Noting that India and China prospered on the back of reverse engineering and low wages, he stressed encouraging research in the higher education in the country to ensure sustainable growth.
For the full article, visits the Times of India online.
Source: Hindustan Times
The human resource development ministry has released the India Rankings 2017 of National Institutional Ranking Framework- NIRF in New Delhi.
Source: Indian Express
The HRD Ministry’s ‘Project Vishwajeet’ — aimed at catapulting the IITs to the top league of global academic rankings — could cost the government close to Rs 22,000 crore over five years. Directors of seven IITs met the ministry officials on October 20 and sought Rs 21,870 crore as investment to improve their research output, faculty, infrastructure and international outlook in order to break into the top 100 club of global university rankings by 2018 and top 50 by 2020.
For the complete article, please visit the Indian Express.
Source: www.pib.nic.in via PwC – EdLive
The Union Minister for HRD released the first provisional report of the ambitious All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE). The report contains countrywide estimates of GER on the basis of data collected till 31 July 2012, from higher education (HE) institutions of the country including universities, colleges, and stand-alone institutions. The overall GER of the country stands at 18.8% (based on estimated figures collected till 31 July 2012).
The key idea behind this survey and the resulting document is to prepare a sound database on the large and diverse system of HE in the country. The survey compiles and manages statistics directly online from respondent institutions. The Ministry has constituted a task force to carry out the survey. The task force comprises representatives from stakeholders including the Ministry, the UGC, the AICTE, various regulatory bodies, as well as departments of HE of the various states.
Source: Mint via PwC – EdLive
Students taking the first single exam for entering the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and other engineering colleges will get a chance to take part in mock tests as part of an effort by the government and the IITs to familiarise admission seekers with the new format. Students will also be allowed to make changes in their application form after the ongoing registration process for the exam ends in mid-December. “The mock test will be conducted for almost three months beginning in the second week of January 2013,” said Vineet Joshi, Chairman, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), which is in charge of conducting the joint entrance exam main (JEE Main) for all centrally-funded technical schools. CBSE functions under the HRD ministry.
In May, the government decided to allow admission to all IITs and centrally-funded engineering institutes through a single test to reduce stress on students who sit for multiple entrance examinations. The so-called one nation, one test formula was adopted after a nationwide debate. For selection to the elite IITs, students who finish among the top 150,000 in the entrance test will sit for another exam. To qualify for admission, they will need to finish in the top 20 percentile of their respective school board exams. There will be more than one sample test available for aspirants. According to an official estimate, more than 1.2 million students are expected to appear for the test. The test will be conducted both in the pen-and-paper and online formats. There are nearly 25,000 seats available in all centrally-funded engineering schools, including 9,700 at the 15 IITs.