New distance learning rules: Universities need fresh approvals from UGC for programmes

New distance learning rules: Universities need fresh approvals from UGC for programmes

Universities offering programmes through distance mode will now be regulated under the University Grants Commission (UGC) (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017, notified by the commission on Friday. The commission, through the regulations, has laid down the minimum standards of instruction for the grant of degree at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels through open and distance learning mode. According to officials, under the new regulations, students will also be allowed to take up to 20% of the total courses being offered in a particular programme in a semester through the…

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New 2018 Mercedes X-Class pick-up teased ahead of reveal later this month

New 2018 Mercedes X-Class pick-up teased ahead of reveal later this month

Mercedes is entering the pick-up truck market with a posh take on the format, and we’ll see it on 18 July Mercedes has released a teaser video for its upcoming pick-up truck – the X-Class – confirming that we’ll see the firm’s posh rival for the likes of the Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi L200 later this month. An official reveal is pencilled in for 18 July, but the teaser video gives us a tantalising glimpse at the all-new model.  It’s clear to see that the production model will closely follow the firm’s two X-Class concepts…

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New FYJC admission schedule delays classes by 5 days in Maharashtra

New FYJC admission schedule delays classes by 5 days in Maharashtra

The state’ school education department revised the schedule for online admissions to first year junior college (FYJC) on Thursday evening, which was the last day to submit applications. While the FYJC classes will now begin on August 9, five days later than previously scheduled, the general and first merit lists will be declared on July 4 and 10. Directorate of secondary education, Pune, released the new schedule after it gave students, who could not apply for admissions as the website kept crashing last week, two more days to fill applications,…

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Staff crunch: Teachers say new distance learning rules are impossible to implement

Staff crunch: Teachers say new distance learning rules are impossible to implement

On Friday, the higher education funding and regulating agency, the University Grants Commission, notified new rules for open and distance learning programmes in India. These courses that deliver printed, recorded or online learning material to students so that they can study on their own time and at home have proliferated since the Dr BR Ambedkar Open University, in Telangana, and the Indira Gandhi National Open University in Delhi were founded in the 1980s. They hold classes periodically and do not require students to attend classes regularly in an institution. The…

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MBA Careers: Women In Business Scholarship Opens New Opportunities For ESADE MBA

MBA Careers: Women In Business Scholarship Opens New Opportunities For ESADE MBA

Duygu Ates would have struggled to pursue a full-time MBA without ESADE’s Women of the World Scholarship Written by Marco De Novellis | MBA Careers | Tuesday 27th June 2017 09:57:00 GMT Duygu Ates is a current ESADE MBA student set to graduate in 2018 Funding an MBA can be a challenge, especially for women. In March this year, GMAC released a white paper to mark International Women’s Day, based on a survey of 5,900 business school applicants worldwide. 29% of female survey respondents cited financial issues as the key reason why they…

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Online classes, new text help keep Cherokee language alive

Online classes, new text help keep Cherokee language alive

Keeping alive a language and culture that were on the verge of dying is critical, and making Cherokee language classes available online has successfully contributed to the effort, said B.J. Foreman, multi-media director for the Cherokee Nation. The online classes are available to the public free of charge, Foreman said; an internet connection and free online registration at www.cherokee.org is all that is needed to access the classes. The classes can be located by clicking “Language Classes” under “Quick Links” on the left side of the website. As part of…

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Assess Online Programs as a New, Soon-to-Be Parent

Assess Online Programs as a New, Soon-to-Be Parent

There are times when 31-year-old Erin Kendrick turns on her computer and logs into her online classes with her 10-week-old daughter sitting nearby or atop her lap. Kendrick is pursuing her MBA online through the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School. As a new parent who until recently traveled often for work, she says the flexibility of online education simply made sense for her and her husband, who’s also an online MBA student. “We were nervous about potentially moving somewhere that wouldn’t have good internet, or having a…

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New AU eSchool transforms officer distance learning PME

New AU eSchool transforms officer distance learning PME

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — As a direct result of a massive 10-year transformational effort to revitalize officer professional military education distance learning programs, Air University formally stood up the eSchool of Graduate PME here on June 1, 2017. The Air Force officer PME hierarchy is built of basic, intermediate and senior developmental education programs, and their distance learning tracks all now comprise the eSchool of Graduate PME. The Air University commander at the time of the initial transformation plan in 2007, retired Gen. Stephen Lorenz, emphasized the importance…

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New scholarship funding for MA Financial Journalism students

New scholarship funding for MA Financial Journalism students

A generous grant from the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation has secured further scholarships for students applying to the MA Financial Journalism course at City, University of London, as well as enhanced funding for the programme’s unique summer school based in New York and Shanghai. The foundation is also continuing its support for an endowed professorship in financial journalism. In total, it has pledged to contribute £550,000 over the next three years. From September 2017, up to four students will be backed each year by the new Marjorie Deane Intellectual…

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Re-skilling, not recruitment, the new focus of IT majors

Re-skilling, not recruitment, the new focus of IT majors

BENGALURU: The landscape of the $150 billion Indian IT industry is changing,perhaps more quickly than ever+ , as companies hire fewer freshers due to automation of entry-level jobs. Most large IT services companies have been investing in automation of processes in their traditional businesses like business process outsourcing (BPO) and application and infrastructure management, which means fewer engineers will be required at the lower end of the pyramid. And with US President Donald Trump insisting that IT service providers to hire more US citizens at home, the need to send…

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