HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar: 2,000 online courses to be offered through Swayam in 1 year, says

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar: 2,000 online courses to be offered through Swayam in 1 year, says

In a bid to promote affordable education, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday said the government aims to offer about 2,000 online courses within one year through ‘Swayam’ — an indigenously developed platform. “Currently, 380 courses are offered through this platform and this will be enhanced to 2,000 courses in one year,” he said after the inauguration of a week-long Teachers Workshop at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) here. About 60,000 students have already completed their courses through this affordable platform launched last year. It makes knowledge available…

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More funds will be released for education loan repayment plan: C Raveendranath

More funds will be released for education loan repayment plan: C Raveendranath

KOTTAYAM: Education minister C Raveendranath on Tuesday launched the state government’s education loan repayment support scheme at the Town Hall here. Speaking at the function he said, if needed the government will provide more fund and all eligible students will be brought under this scheme. Currently, the government has earmarked Rs 900 crore for the scheme aimed at helping financially backward students. The scheme envisages government support to those who availed education loan for a period of four years. He said that the borrower alone cannot be blamed for failing…

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Two CIPET institutes, plastic engineering will be opened in Haryana soon

Two CIPET institutes, plastic engineering will be opened in Haryana soon

Given the scarcity of plastic engineers in the country, two central institute of plastic engineering and technology centers will be opened in Haryana soon. For this, the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers has prepared the draft. According to information received from the Ministry, there is a shortage of about 10 lakh plastic engineers and technicians in the country. Even before the Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister has said that according to a survey, there are about 10 lakh plastic engineers and technicians in the country, whereas less than two lakh…

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Mumbai university digital assessments: Examiners to be trained on the job

Mumbai university digital assessments: Examiners to be trained on the job

After University of Mumbai conducted a day-long training session on digital assessment for some of its teachers across affiliated colleges, it will now train the rest on the job. This means, many examiners will learn how to assess papers digitally when they start the actual process next week. “There’ll be no more training schedules for teachers, but we plan to train them on the job. Each assessment centre will have an expert from the online agency to guide teachers as and when required. The process is pretty simple so teachers…

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Betsy DeVos signals she may be open to changes to loan forgiveness program for public servants

Betsy DeVos signals she may be open to changes to loan forgiveness program for public servants

The future of an already-embattled loan forgiveness program geared toward public servants could be in jeopardy under President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. DeVos didn’t commit to defending the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program (PSLF) in written answers to questions asked by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), published this week. When asked by Murray whether she would protect the program to ensure “thousands of students enrolled in the program can obtain the debt relief they were promised” and “actively oppose any efforts to undermine” the program, DeVos responded…

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Existing norms to open new institutes in Himachal may be relaxed: CM

Existing norms to open new institutes in Himachal may be relaxed: CM

Existing norms to open new institutes in Himachal may be relaxed: CM A tribal hostel will be set up in Nurpur area and the Himachal government is contemplating over proposals to open institutes and granting various facilities relaxing the existing norms. A drive will be launched to uproot lantana and other harmful shrubs in the areas habitated by the ST community. The state government is committed for equal and balanced upliftment, progress and prosperity of ST community and tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh. The chief minister Virbhadra Singh said this…

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Reports on how much black money is in India can’t be disclosed: Institutes

Reports on how much black money is in India can’t be disclosed: Institutes

The reports on the quantum of black money held by Indians in the country and abroad cannot be made public, country’s two premier institutes that conducted studies on the ill-gotten wealth on the finance ministry’s directive said.   The UPA government had in 2011 asked three institutes — National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and National Institute of Financial Management (NIFM), Faridabad — to conduct studies on black money. The study reports of NIPFP, NCAER and NIFM were received by the…

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Israel’s Moshe Katsav to be freed on parole

Israel’s Moshe Katsav to be freed on parole

Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav is to be freed on parole five years after being jailed for rape. An Israeli parole board ruled on Sunday that Katsav, 71, could walk free next week after serving five of his seven-year term. Two previous parole requests had been rejected. Katsav resigned from the largely ceremonial post in 2007 after being charged with rape and sexual harassment. He has repeatedly professed his innocence. Katsav’s lawyer, Zion Amir, said his client burst into tears on hearing the news. “It was a very long journey,”…

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SSC Junior Engineer recruitment 2016: Result to be declared today

SSC Junior Engineer recruitment 2016: Result to be declared today

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) will release the result of the Junior Engineer (JE) (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Quantity Surveying and Contract) recruitment exam 2015 written examination result today December 16. Candidates can check their results from the official website of the SSC by following the steps listed below. In a fresh notification timetable published on the Commission’s website today, the SSC has stated today, December 16, as the date of the release of the result. Steps to check the SSC JE written exam result 2016: Log on to the official…

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Himachal Pradesh recruitment: Over 4000 vacancies in elementary schools to be filled soon

Himachal Pradesh recruitment: Over 4000 vacancies in elementary schools to be filled soon

Over 4000 posts of different categories would be filled in government elementary schools soon to meet the shortage of teachers and other staff, a senior official said on December 1. The recruitment would be made through batch-wise appointments and direct appointment and the staff crunch faced by the department would be eased, Director Elementary Education Manmohan Sharma said here. He said that there was vast network of about 16,000 government schools in the state but in spite of this, the students were shifting from government to private schools, even in rural…

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