UGC orders 123 institutes to drop tag of ‘university’

UGC orders 123 institutes to drop tag of ‘university’

Institutions like Jamia Hamdard, Symbiosis International University and others that are under the deemed-to-be-universities category will not be able to use the word ‘university’ in their names. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked 123 deemed-to-be-universities to drop the word from their names in a letter dated November 10. The letter cites a Supreme Court order of November 3, 2017 and says that the use of word ‘university’ by such institutes is in violation of Section 23 of the UGC Act. The court has asked such to stop using the…

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CHILDREN’S DAY CELEBRATED IN SCHOOLS, EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTES

CHILDREN’S DAY CELEBRATED IN SCHOOLS, EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTES

The birth anniversary of first Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru was celebrated as Children’s day in the schools and educational institutes of the state on Tuesday. Education Minister Arvind Pandey celebrated the day by spending considerable time with the primary and upper primary students of the Government School in Rajiv Nagar in Dehradun. The minister offered floral tribute to Pandit Nehru. The students later showed their skills in a cultural programme. Addressing students, Pandey said that one should never forget his/ her past after completing studies and  everyone…

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The lurking Hydes of research institutes

The lurking Hydes of research institutes

There are cases where scientific institutes are reluctant to let go of its illustrious “Jekyll-and-Hyde” faculty member even if he has been found guilty in sexual harassment case. Recently, an online petition was initiated by Susnata Karmakar, a PhD Student at the Indian Institute for Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata, regarding a sexual harassment case in the institute. The petition demands action against an adviser to a PhD candidate for making sexual advances on the student. The incident happened on September 4 and a complaint was made ten days…

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IIM Calcutta records 100% summer placement

IIM Calcutta records 100% summer placement

Niti Aayog also visited IIM Calcutta and made five prestigious offers. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint Kolkata: IIM Calcutta has completed the summer placement process for the 2017-2019 batch and has achieved 100% placement within a span of over two days. A total number of 180 firms across diverse sectors had come to IIM Calcutta for the summer placements, a press release said. Niti Aayog also visited the campus and made five prestigious offers, it said. IIM Calcutta, the first triple crowned management school of the country, retained its crown as five private…

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UGC asks 12 standalone institutes to turn varsities

UGC asks 12 standalone institutes to turn varsities

Twelve standalone institutions imparting education in the open and distance learning mode will either have to become universities by 2018 or be disallowed from offering these diplomas and certificate courses. In a letter, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has informed these institutes that it has amended the University Grants Commission (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017. “Certificates or diplomas or postgraduate diplomas awarded by the standalone institutions… shall remain valid… till the academic year 2017-18, and thereafter they shall be free to get their status converted to university or deemed-to-be…

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HundrEd 2017 Summit in Helsinki: 6 Indian institutes recognised

HundrEd 2017 Summit in Helsinki: 6 Indian institutes recognised

Six projects and educational organisations from India have been recognised by HundrED — a global education non-profit based in Finland — to bring to fore 100 of the most inspiring innovations in education. Vega School, Project DEFY, Design for Change, Self Organised Learning Environments, The Museum School and THINK Global School were recognised at the annual HundrEd 2017 Innovation Summit event held here, for their efforts in path-breaking ideas to bring about a revolution in the education space. Vega School, which was announced as one of the 100 unique innovations in K-12 education space across the world, was chosen because of its thoughtfully designed “Project-Based Learning” that is based on…

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Retail As Marketing: Redefining The Retail Experience

Retail As Marketing: Redefining The Retail Experience

Shutterstock In the pre-digital era, the relationship between brick-and-mortar retail stores and their customers was largely transactional— places to fulfill supply and demand. Yet as online commerce continues to grow exponentially, the role of the retail store is shifting from purely pragmatic to more experiential. Moving forward, the key to survival for retail stores may rely on their ability to act as a living showcase for products and brands. Take Coach, for instance, which has made some radical yet effective changes in its approach. Last year, the company pulled its…

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After 800 college closures, AICTE hints at mergers to save dying institutes

After 800 college closures, AICTE hints at mergers to save dying institutes

After its decision to shut down around 800 colleges over lower admission and poor quality, the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) have now decided for merger of colleges and even accepting buyout proposals, according to a media report. The council is on the verge of merging two colleges in the close vicinity and even seeking legal implications of the mergers and buyouts, according to a TOI report. “On receiving news of the closure, the colleges have put forth two suggestions. One is to consider the enrolment data for…

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Centre issues rules for 20 ‘World Class Institutes’

Centre issues rules for 20 ‘World Class Institutes’

The Centre has notified regulations and guidelines for the establishment of 10 Institutes of Eminence in the public sector and another 10 in the private sector. These higher educational institutions are to be set up as a distinct category of the deemed universities and would be given greater academic, administrative and financial autonomy to enable them to earn the ‘world-class’ status in quality and standards. “There is a felt need to create a distinct category of deemed-to-be universities called Institutions of Eminence Deemed-to-be Universities, which shall be regulated differently from…

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THE World University Rankings 2018: No Indian institute in top 200

THE World University Rankings 2018: No Indian institute in top 200

Poor performance in internationalisation of their campuses and a low research score have pulled down Indian higher education institutes such as the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and some of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018.   While IISc has dropped from the 201-250 band in the previous rankings to the 251-300 band, IIT-Delhi and IIT-Kanpur have fallen from the 401-500 band to the 501-600 band. IIT-Madras fell from the 401-500 band to the 601-800 cohort.   The drop comes at a time when…

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