Fall in enrolment in state-run schools as English medium trumps mid-day meals

Fall in enrolment in state-run schools as English medium trumps mid-day meals

The lure of an English medium education might be replacing the allure of free mid-day meals, the Union human resource development ministry has indicated to a parliamentary panel that sought reasons for the fall in enrolment in state-run primary schools. The house panel asked why new admissions to government primary schools had come down by 15% while they had gone up by 33% in private schools between 2010-11 and 2014-15. The human resource development (HRD) ministry replied in its action-taken report on January 5 that a mushrooming of private institutions…

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UGC likely to allow PhD Enrolment under Distance Education

UGC likely to allow PhD Enrolment under Distance Education

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is actively considering relaxing its norms which would enable distance education institutions to offer MPhil and PHD programmes, benefiting nearly 10,000 students. The matter will be put before the next meeting of the commission. “The commission is taking a considerate view of the matter and it will be placed in the next committee meeting,” UGC Chairman Ved Prakash told PTI. The development comes against the backdrop of a section of teachers from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) reminding UGC about its assurance given four…

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