More women than men sign up for Mumbai university’s distance learning courses

More women than men sign up for Mumbai university’s distance learning courses

The University of Mumbai’s (MU’s) Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) is an exception among higher education institutes as it has more women than men on its rolls. Of 76,495 students enrolled at the institute, 45,559 or 60% are women. In the past eight years, the percentage of female students has steadily been increasing from 52% in 2008-09. The female students outnumber men by a wide margin in most of the post-graduation courses offered at IDOL, including MA (Education), MSc (Mathematics), MCom and MA. They are in majority even…

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Private Scholarships Could Lead to More Student Debt

Private Scholarships Could Lead to More Student Debt

Private scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and need. For example, students might be eligible if they have a particular skill, live in a certain area or are working toward a specific major. Private scholarship awards can range from as little as a few hundred to thousands of dollars. For many students, they’re an important piece of the equation to cover the total cost of college, from tuition and fees to room and board, books, transportation and miscellaneous items. A downside of private scholarships, though, is that at…

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Election 2017: More than half of MPs educated at comprehensive schools, finds study

Election 2017: More than half of MPs educated at comprehensive schools, finds study

f women – up to 208 from 191 in the last Parliament, but still only 32 per cent of the total Getty Images The number of state-educated MPs sitting in the House of Commons has risen to a record high, new data has revealed. MPs educated at comprehensive schools now make up 51 per cent of the Commons – the highest number since Sutton Trust began recording figures. The report by the social mobility think-tank found 29 per cent of MPs in 2017’s Parliament were privately educated, while 18 per…

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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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Prime Minister’s Office wants more institutes to bid for ‘world class’ tag

Prime Minister’s Office wants more institutes to bid for ‘world class’ tag

New Delhi: Under pressure from the prime minister’s office, the human resource development ministry has expedited the plan to create world class universities and further relaxed the rules to encourage more private and public institutions bid for the tag. Months after it floated draft rules, the ministry has now changed several of them, according to two government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity and documents seen by Mint. First, institutions such as the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) will have the liberty to apply for the “world class” tag…

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Texas’ schools chief could get more muscle under legislative proposals

Texas’ schools chief could get more muscle under legislative proposals

AUSTIN — Former Dallas trustee Mike Morath is a popular guy. He’s seen as sharp, energetic and strategic. That’s a big reason lawmakers have filed bills that would give the state’s education commissioner significantly more power. The position would have more authority on a variety of measures — from determining how to implement the new A-F accountability system for schools to creating a grant program for him to dole out as he sees fit. Longtime Texas education observers say the moves have met little resistance this session because of Morath….

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Online Education Costs More, Not Less

Online Education Costs More, Not Less

The myth that online education courses cost less to produce and therefore save students money on tuition doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, a survey of distance education providers found. The survey, conducted by the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), found that most colleges charge students the same or more to study online. And when additional fees are included, more than half of distance education students pay more than do those in brick-and-mortar classrooms. The higher prices — what students pay — are connected to higher production costs, the survey…

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Afghanistan and Pakistan avalanches kill more than 100

Afghanistan and Pakistan avalanches kill more than 100

Heavy snow and avalanches have killed more than 106 people and injured dozens in Afghanistan. In the deadliest incident, 53 people died in one village after an avalanche in Nuristan, a north-eastern Afghan province on the Pakistan border. Thirteen people were also killed in an avalanche in northern Pakistan, nine of them in the town of Chitral. Dozens of houses have been destroyed and people were reported to have frozen to death, trapped in cars. Afghanistan’s minister of state natural disasters, Wais Ahmad Barmak, confirmed the number of dead to…

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CAT 2016 Results: More than 37,000 applicants skipped examination, say IIMs

CAT 2016 Results: More than 37,000 applicants skipped examination, say IIMs

CAT 2016 Results: Soon after the CAT 2016 results were announced, Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) said that more than 37,400 aspirants skipped the Common Admission Test (CAT) this season. Out of the 232,434 applications that were filed for the admission their flagship management courses, only 195,000 candidates sat for the exam, said IIMs while announcing the results. As per IIM Bangalore that was organising authority for CAT 2016, male and engineer aspirants continued their better performance. The performance in CAT 2016 examination is an important component in the admission…

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As Of Nov, More Than 1.5 Mil PTPTN Loan Defaulters Listed In CCRIS

As Of Nov, More Than 1.5 Mil PTPTN Loan Defaulters Listed In CCRIS

KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 1,574,700 borrowers who failed to pay off their study loans from the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) have been listed in the Central Credit Reference Information System (CCRIS) as of 10 November, Bernama reports. Deputy Higher Education Minister, Datuk Dr. Mary Yap Kain Ching said today that the overall amount of the loans unpaid stood at RM32.07 billion. Dr Yap said CCRIS is not a mechanism used by PTPTN to blacklist loan defaulters as claimed by some quarters, stressing that PTPTN had issued loans…

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