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….

Read More

For-profit colleges under scrutiny as students default on loans

For-profit colleges under scrutiny as students default on loans

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently rolled back several Obama-era initiatives that would increase protections for student loan borrowers and curtail loan servicer misconduct. The initiatives were the result of three memos issued by the Obama administration to reform debt repayment. They involved creating a single platform system for loan repayment and banning collection fees for defaulted borrowers. DeVos rescinded the memos on April 11, explaining that the reform process “has been subjected to a myriad of moving deadlines, changing requirements and a lack of consistent objectives.” In response, 22…

Read More

Chevron, Co-ventures commend 289 UNILAG graduates under scholarship scheme

Chevron, Co-ventures commend 289 UNILAG graduates under scholarship scheme

Star Deep Water Petroleum Limited (a Chevron firm) and its Co-ventures in the Agbami Field have commended the 289 University of Lagos (UNILAG) graduates under their scholarship scheme. The companies made the commendation in a statement issued on Wednesday in Lagos by Esimaje Brikinn, the General Manager, Policy Government and Public Affairs, Star Deep Water Petroleum Limited. According to Brikinn, 32 out of the 289 scholars, who graduated with First Class honours in 2016 are a great boost to the scheme. The scholarship tagged: “Agbami Medical and Engineering Professional Scholarship (AMEPS)…

Read More

Sydney University under fire for vet scholarship giving preference to males

Sydney University under fire for vet scholarship giving preference to males

The University of Sydney is under fire for a new scholarship of nearly $30,000 that gives preference to male applicants, with the head of the scholarships office likening it to grants that “discriminate” against students who are not Aboriginal. The Prof Marsh Edwards AO scholarship, offered for the first time this year, is available to students enrolled in the postgraduate doctor of veterinary medicine degree at the University of Sydney. The successful applicant will receive $6,750 a year for four years. The release states that “preference will be given to…

Read More

Colleges demand funds under Central scholarship scheme

Colleges demand funds under Central scholarship scheme

The Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) has urged the Centre for the early release of pending amount of Rs 373 Crore meant for SC students under the Post Matric Scholarship Scheme in Punjab for the 2015-16.A delegation of the PUCA met with Union Minister of State Vijay Sampla at his New Delhi residence to follow the release of the pending amount. Dr Anshu Kataria of PUCA said around Rs 373 crore meant for SC students in Punjab for the 2015-16 was still pending towards the government and that no amount…

Read More

CU to repay fees collected from centres closed down under SDE

CU to repay fees collected from centres closed down under SDE

Kozhikode: Calicut Universityhas decided to repay the license renewal fee collected from around 156 closed down counselling centres and programme centres under the school of distance education(SDE) for the year 2015- 16. The varsity will repay the Rs 10,000 renewal fee paid by the centres for the year 2015- 16. The varsity had in October 2015 closed down all the counselling/ programme centres after the UGC withdrew the recognition for the varsity’s School of Distance Education (SDE) citing violation of rules governing Open and Distance Learning (ODL) programmes. The recognition…

Read More

Army recruitment racket: District officials under the scanner

Army recruitment racket: District officials under the scanner

BHOPAL: Role of district administration officials who made fake identification documents of seven youths from Uttar Pradesh to enable them appear in army recruitment exam here is under the scanner. A police team also left for Bulandshahr in UP along with the arrested youths on Friday night to catch hold of the kingpin identified as Kiran Kumar alias Rahul. Interestingly, police checking of hotels in old city in view of Ijtima led to unearthing of this major racket in army recruitment on Wednesday. Seven youths from UP were arrested and…

Read More

Teacher recruitment scam: Main accused held, Panjab varsity employees’ role under scanner

Teacher recruitment scam: Main accused held, Panjab varsity employees’ role under scanner

The role of some employees of Panjab University (PU) is under scanner in Junior Basic Training (JBT) and Trained Graduate Teacher (TGT) exams recruitment scam. The exams were conducted in 2015 by the UT administration. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of UT police may soon question some of the employees. Out of the total 22 people who got the leaked question papers, 17 have joined the investigation, while three are absconding, said police officials.The revelations were made by the main accused of the scam Bijender Nain, a resident of Sonipat…

Read More

Recruitment scam: Manish Sisodia under scanner over recruitment scam

Recruitment scam: Manish Sisodia under scanner over recruitment scam

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia appeared before the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) on Friday at 11 am and was questioned for over two hours over some charges in an alleged recruitment scam in Delhi Commission for Women (DCW). As per reports he had written ha letter demanding an alleged recruitment scam in Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), after which the issue cropped up since only the chief minister has the right to write to the Lieutenant Governor. Earlier ACB Chief MK Meena had said that the deputy CM will be…

Read More

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…

Read More