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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Cairn Oil and Gas hires 150 students from premier institutes

Cairn Oil and Gas hires 150 students from premier institutes

New Delhi: Cairn Oil and Gas, the petroleum arm of London-listed metals and mining major Vedanta announced it has recruited over 150 students from Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) through its campus hiring program. The campus recruitment of over 150 students is a significant jump as compared to average recruitment of 25 engineering and management graduates hired every year, the company said in a release issued today. The recruitment was done under the campus hiring programme of the company named Barrels of Learning Per Day (BOLD). According…

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Dera sentence: Punjab govt orders closure of educational institutes on Aug 28

Dera sentence: Punjab govt orders closure of educational institutes on Aug 28

As a precautionary measure, the Punjab Government has ordered closure of all educational institutions, including government and private schools and colleges besides technical institutions, in the 13 sensitive Malwa belt districts on August 28, when the sentence in the Ram Rahim rape case is slated to be announced.The decision was taken by Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh in view of the sensitivity of the matter and the heightened tension in the wake of the conviction of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief.Disclosing this here today, a spokesperson of the chief minister’s office…

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IIT coaching: While pressure mounts for students, institutes have the last laugh

IIT coaching: While pressure mounts for students, institutes have the last laugh

Viru Sahastrabudhhe, or Virus, the popular character from the movie 3 Idiots used the example of the cuckoo bird usurping the crow’s nest to explain how students would need to crush competition to go ahead in life. It holds true when you have merely 11,000 seats across the 22 IITs with 12 lakh applicants every year. ‘Compete or die’ is the mantra that is followed when it comes to competitive examinations like engineering or medical. More so in the case of engineering, because among the 22 odd Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), the…

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Governor asks educational institutes to emphasis on skill development

Governor asks educational institutes to emphasis on skill development

Governor asks educational institutes to emphasis on skill development Nagaland Governor P B Acharya on Wednesday called upon educational institutions to emphasise on skill development education and not mere conventional academic education. Nagaland Governor P B Acharya on Wednesday called upon educational institutions to emphasise on skill development education and not mere conventional academic education. Academic knowledge is required but in the present competitive world skill development and education have to go side by side in order to build up proficiency among the younger generation, Acharya said while addressing the…

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NCTE finds teacher training institutes operating minus faculty, infrastructure

NCTE finds teacher training institutes operating minus faculty, infrastructure

Sample this: Students of teacher training institutes in Bihar were handed a piece of paper with the names of faculty and teachers and were asked to memorise them in case they were quizzed during an inspection carried out by a team of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). The team conducted video recording of nine such institutes of the 73 it inspected and found several deficiencies in all of them. Not only this, during the inspection conducted by NCTE, the Quality Council of India (QCI), and the state government,…

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Institutes of Eminence to help varsities spread wings

Institutes of Eminence to help varsities spread wings

The University of Delhi was ranked eighth among Indian higher education institutes, in the Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD)’s National Institutional Ranking Framework 2017. The Indian Institute of Science at Bengaluru was ranked number one. While IISc has a faculty to student ratio of 1:8.2, Delhi university’s (DU’s) is 1:22.9. Globally, DU gets ranked in the 601-800 band on the Times Higher Education rankings. The faculty-to-student ratio gets worse nationally, with the Association of Indian Universities estimating  

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NCTE finds teacher training institutes operating minus faculty, infrastructure

NCTE finds teacher training institutes operating minus faculty, infrastructure

During an inspection conducted by NCTE, the Quality Council of India (QCI), and the state government, it was found that an institute operating as a B.Ed college had male urinals in common room facilities meant for girl students.(Shutterstock) Sample this: Students of teacher training institutes in Bihar were handed a piece of paper with the names of faculty and teachers and were asked to memorise them in case they were quizzed during an inspection carried out by a team of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). The team conducted…

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Medical Admissions: 50% of Seats in Deemed Institutes of Maharashtra Are Vacant

Medical Admissions: 50% of Seats in Deemed Institutes of Maharashtra Are Vacant

Maharashtra medical institutes are not happy with the response they have received in the first round of seat allotment. The allotment was carried by the Directorate General of Health Sciences (DGHS) and they have not been able to fill up seats. Medical and Dental aspirants are claiming the seats allotted to them in various institutes of Maharashtra, but few colleges are worried as not enough students are taking admissions. 50% of seats in deemed institutes of Maharashtra are vacant. Deemed institutes expect the seats to fill up in the second counselling….

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