Turkish schools to stop teaching evolution, official says

Turkish schools to stop teaching evolution, official says

Board of education chairman says subject is debatable, controversial and too complicated for students The secular opposition has long argued that the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is pursuing a covert Islamist agenda contrary to the republic’s founding values. Photograph: AP 8,796 aheen and Gözde Hatunoğlu in Istanbul Friday 23 June 2017 06.00 BSTLast modified on Friday 23 June 2017 07.04 BST Evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish schools, a senior education official has said, in a move likely to raise the ire of the country’s secular opposition. Alpaslan Durmuş, who…

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HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar: 2,000 online courses to be offered through Swayam in 1 year, says

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar: 2,000 online courses to be offered through Swayam in 1 year, says

In a bid to promote affordable education, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday said the government aims to offer about 2,000 online courses within one year through ‘Swayam’ — an indigenously developed platform. “Currently, 380 courses are offered through this platform and this will be enhanced to 2,000 courses in one year,” he said after the inauguration of a week-long Teachers Workshop at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) here. About 60,000 students have already completed their courses through this affordable platform launched last year. It makes knowledge available…

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Distance learning to reach 50 lakh by 2025, says VC of IGNOU

Distance learning to reach 50 lakh by 2025, says VC of IGNOU

HYDERABAD: Students of open digital learning of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) would reach to 50 lakh by 2025 from the current 30 lakh students, university vice chancellor Prof Ravindra Kumar said on Friday. The university would add about 100 new courses in the next couple of months to the existing 232 programmes of 60 areas currently being offered by the university. “There is wrong perception among the people that distance learning is an alternative way of learning. But it is a parallel method of conventional learning. The open…

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Distance learning to reach 50 lakh by 2025, says VC of IGNOU

Distance learning to reach 50 lakh by 2025, says VC of IGNOU

HYDERABAD: Students of open digital learning of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) would reach to 50 lakh by 2025 from the current 30 lakh students, university vice chancellor Prof Ravindra Kumar said on Friday. The university would add about 100 new courses in the next couple of months to the existing 232 programmes of 60 areas currently being offered by the university. “There is wrong perception among the people that distance learning is an alternative way of learning. But it is a parallel method of conventional learning. The open…

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Distance learning to reach 50 lakh by 2025, says VC of IGNOU

Distance learning to reach 50 lakh by 2025, says VC of IGNOU

HYDERABAD: Students of open digital learning of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) would reach to 50 lakh by 2025 from the current 30 lakh students, university vice chancellor Prof Ravindra Kumar said on Friday. The university would add about 100 new courses in the next couple of months to the existing 232 programmes of 60 areas currently being offered by the university. “There is wrong perception among the people that distance learning is an alternative way of learning. But it is a parallel method of conventional learning. The open…

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Waiver is not an option for education loans,says Meghwal

Waiver is not an option for education loans,says Meghwal

CHENNAI, FEBRUARY 17:   Waiver of education loan is not an option. If somebody gets the loan, he should have the capacity to repay, said Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs. A participant in an interactive session with the Minister and bankers on education loan organised by Education Loan Task Force (ELTF) said that if a person is unable to repay, educational loan should be waived. Responding to it, Meghwal said, “That’s not the question in Narendra Modi’s time. He [Modi] wants that you get a…

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Higher education institutes to get HEFA funds from next session, says Javadekar

Higher education institutes to get HEFA funds from next session, says Javadekar

New Delhi: To enable institutions of higher education in the country achieve financial autonomy, fund more research and improve infrastructure, the Union government on Thursday signed an agreement with Canara Bank to set up a non-banking financial company (NBFC). Called the Higher Education Finance Agency (HEFA), the joint venture between the human resource development (HRD) ministry and the bank will start lending to institutions from May-June. “This the beginning of a new initiative to address the growing demand of finance for the higher education sector,” HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said….

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China says hopes language institute can keep playing role in S.Korea

China says hopes language institute can keep playing role in S.Korea

China’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday that it hoped the government-funded Confucius Institute could continue to play a role in South Korea after the government there said it had stopped issuing visas for some Chinese teachers. The visa decision comes amid anger in China at the planned deployment of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea, which it says is to defend against North Korea, but which China says threatens its security, as its radar could extend into China. China says its Confucius Institutes around the world are established…

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Institutes like NIEIT will help Rajasthan in IT and electronics sector, says Union Minister

Institutes like NIEIT will help Rajasthan in IT and electronics sector, says Union Minister

Union minister P P Chaudhary today said that institutes like NIEIT will help Rajasthan grow in the electronics and IT sector and contribute to India’s digital ambitions. The union minister of state for electronics and IT further was in the city to take part in an event here. Rajasthan has made commendable progress in contributing to India s digital dream, he said. More than 40,000 students of the state are connected with E-Mitra’s common service centres, which is an achievement itself, said Chaudhary. He said his ministry wants the state…

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Trump says Nafta ‘renegotiations’ with Mexico and Canada to start

Trump says Nafta ‘renegotiations’ with Mexico and Canada to start

US President Donald Trump has said that he will soon begin “renegotiating” the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts. Meetings have been scheduled with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, he said. The Nafta agreement came into effect between the three countries in 1994. Mr Trump has called it the worst trade deal the US has ever signed. The White House website says that if Canada and Mexico refuse to accept a renegotiation of Nafta that provides a “fair…

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