Bill introduced to recognise teacher-training institutes

Bill introduced to recognise teacher-training institutes

In a major relief to students enrolled in the various courses in government-owned universities, which were not recognised by The National Council for Teacher Education Act, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has introduced a Bill to give one-time relief measure of granting retrospective recognition to them. As per Section 14 of the NCTE Act, every institution which offers teacher education course needs to obtain recognition from the regional committee. Also, every institute which starts any new course or training in teacher education needs to take permission from the regional…

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Bill Declaring 15 IIITs as Institutes of National Importance Passed

Bill Declaring 15 IIITs as Institutes of National Importance Passed

  The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed a bill to declare 15 IIITs set up through public-private partnership mode as “institutions of national importance” as well as to set up such institutes through collaboration. The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Bill, 2017, provides for the establishment of these institutes through the partnership among the Centre, the state governments concerned and industry partners, which could be individuals, trusts, companies, or societies. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in April. In order to establish such an institute, the…

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Top Republican drafting bill to protect special counsel

Top Republican drafting bill to protect special counsel

v US Senator Lindsey Graham has said he is drafting legislation to stop any attempt by the Trump administration to fire Russia investigator Bob Mueller. President Donald Trump has questioned the neutrality of Mr Mueller, who was appointed to investigate Russian interference in the US election. He has also blamed Attorney General Jeff Sessions for Mr Mueller’s probe. Mr Graham warned Mr Trump that firing Mr Mueller “would be the beginning of the end” of his presidency. “Any effort to go after Mueller could be the beginning of the end…

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Youngest FL House rep. pioneers free online classes bill

Youngest FL House rep. pioneers free online classes bill

TALLAHASSEE (FOX 13) – Through Facebook videos, State Representative Amber Mariano is giving her Pasco County constituents a look inside her new world in the Florida House in Tallahassee. “I love doing the weekly videos,” said Rep. Mariano. “I’ve gotten very good responses on them. I think people get to know what’s going on and to follow it in the news is really tough because there are a lot of intricacies. It’s tough to interpret if you’re not in the process and so I try to give my constituents a…

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Faculty quota leeway for IIMs in bill

Faculty quota leeway for IIMs in bill

New Delhi, Feb. 9: The government today introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha to empower the Indian Institutes of Management to offer degrees while leaving enough leeway for the B-schools to continue avoiding reservation in faculty appointments. The Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2017, did touch upon an affirmative policy while hiring teachers but experts said it was too mild to enforce a quota-based system. The bill, introduced by human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar, has a provision that expects the institutes not to discriminate anybody on grounds of…

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IIM Bill 2017 unshackles institutes but reservations to go for real freedom

IIM Bill 2017 unshackles institutes but reservations to go for real freedom

A quick scan of top-notch educational institutions globally should show that even public-funded ones are allowed to function unfettered in all administrative and academic matters. Thus, the Union Cabinet approving the IIM Bill that all but frees the hallowed Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) of its control is significant leap forward. The proposed legislation replaces the near-autarchic IIM Council that is headed by the Union HRD minister and had many senior ministry officials a members, apart from the chairpersons and directors of the various IIMs with a “coordination body” that…

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Parliament passes bill to scrap troubled VET loans, overhaul vocational education sector

Parliament passes bill to scrap troubled VET loans, overhaul vocational education sector

The former Labor government extended HELP student loans to the vocational training sector in 2009. Since then, dozens of scandals emerged as dodgy private operators rorted the multi-billion-dollar scheme. The Senate last night passed a bill scrapping the VET FEE-HELP program and replacing it with a new VET Student Loans program to begin on January 1. “VET Student Loans will ensure students and taxpayers are protected, that skills shortages are addressed and that the reputation of the vocational education sector is restored,” Education Minister Simon Birmingham said. “We have rebuilt…

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