Freshman Year for Free program offers help in cutting student debt

Freshman Year for Free program offers help in cutting student debt

 There are two words that can rock people with regret. Just ask them about their “student loans.” Then watch their faces. They will wince as they disclose how much education debt they’re carrying. Politicians have been promising to fix the growing loan crisis for years, but outstanding student debt has now mushroomed to $1.4 trillion. Meanwhile, a college degree has become out of reach for so many — unless they’re willing to go deep into debt. But Steve Klinsky, founder and chief executive of the private equity firm New Mountain…

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July Online Recruitment Activity Registers 13% Growth Over Last Year: Report

July Online Recruitment Activity Registers 13% Growth Over Last Year: Report

Image for representation only. New Delhi: Online recruitment activities in the month of July registered the highest year-on-year growth rate of 13 percent, a report said in New Delhi on Friday. According to the Monster Employment Index, the banking, financial services, insurance (BFSI) sectors continued to exhibit long-term growth chart with a 43 per cent rise over last year. However, demand in the sector moved up by a marginal one per cent month-on-month during the period under review. The report said the consumer goods, FMCG, food and packaged food sector…

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UGC distance learning rules from next year

UGC distance learning rules from next year

The UGC notified the ODL Regulations, 2017 in an official gazette on June 23. Many of the universities and other higher educational institutions, which had just got the UGC’s approval to their ODL programmes in May-June, found themselves in a catch-22 situation as the new regulations mandatorily required them to make a fresh application to get approval for their ODL courses. File photo × The University Grants Commission (UGC) has deferred implementation of regulations for open and distance learning (ODL) programmes to the 2018-19 academic session. This comes after it…

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UGC,distance,learning,rules,from,next,year

NEW DELHI:  A bill to grant statutory status to the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) in PPP mode was passed by the Lok Sabha, with the government saying the fees for the poor students will not increase and that reservation law will apply there. The IIIT (Public-Private Partnership) Bill, 2017 seeks to grant statutory status to 15 IIITs and declare them as ‘Institutions of National Importance’. It also seeks to enable these institutions to grant degrees to their students in the academic courses conducted by them. Replying to a debate…

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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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CBSE Schools Can Order NCERT Textbooks Online For Academic Year 2017-18

CBSE Schools Can Order NCERT Textbooks Online For Academic Year 2017-18

NEW DELHI: NCERT textbooks will be made available to all CBSE affiliated schools for the academic session 2017-2018 and orders in this regard can be placed online. This decision has been taken in a review meeting chaired by the Minister of Human Resources Development. NCERT will be printing and supplying textbooks in adequate numbers for all classes. Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has created a link on its official website (cbse.nic.in) for raising online indent for NCERT text books. As per the released circular, the link for online indent…

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Grammar schools ‘may ask parents for hundreds of pounds a year’

Grammar schools ‘may ask parents for hundreds of pounds a year’

Grammar schools in England may ask parents for hundreds of pounds a year to cope with funding cuts, their head teachers’ association has warned. A majority of grammars will be left worse off by proposed funding changes, according to analysis by the Grammar School Heads’ Association. A number of Conservative MPs are urging the government to change its plans. But the Department for Education said it was ending a postcode lottery in school funding. ‘Fundamental change’ The new system is designed to support deprived areas by reallocating existing funding. But…

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94 year old grandmother from New Hampshire gets diploma from SNHU

94 year old grandmother from New Hampshire gets diploma from SNHU

Amy Craton is a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and, now, a top graduate of a university at 94 years old. After taking online classes for two and a half years, the Hawaiian native received her bachelor’s degree in creative writing and English in a surprise awarding by officials from Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU). She dropped out of college in 1962 to raise her four children, shortly after her husband divorced her. Decades after, Craton never thought she could still claim her much-awaited diploma. In 2013, she enrolled in online classes in…

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IITs may hold inter-institute tech meet every year

IITs may hold inter-institute tech meet every year

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) may hold an ‘Inter-IIT Tech Meet’ every year where the brightest minds from these prestigious institutions will compete and participate in a variety of events. While many of the IITs hold their tech fests, a proposal to hold a joint technology meet was discussed in a meeting of Directors of these institutes held at Kanpur campus earlier this month, sources told PTI. It is learnt that while the Directors were enthusiastic about the idea, the funds and logistics involved were also factored in, they…

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Maruti Suzuki to add 10 more Industrial Training Institutes by next year

Maruti Suzuki to add 10 more Industrial Training Institutes by next year

NEW DELHI: India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki is planning to add 10 more Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) in order to meet the ongoing demand of manpower at the dealership and future needs. The company will also invest Rs 10 crore at the existing ITIs to equip them with modern equipment and facility. The company is already working with 141 ITIs across 27 states in India to meet the manpower needs at its dealerships and service network across India. Every year 6,000 students who enroll into the ITI professional course for…

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