Rattled by several higher educational institutions with appalling infrastructural and academic facilities being granted university status (including deemed universities), the Union ministry of human resources development (MHRD) has directed the University Grants Commission (UGC) to make public inspection reports submitted by expert committees.
According to a communication issued by MHRD joint secretary Sunil Kumar, the UGC will have to place the reports of its expert committees which inspect universities or institutions on its website. The order covers both central/state universities and deemed universities.
The ministry has in its communication admitted that while the central government respects the academic autonomy of the university system, it is at the same time “concerned about certain practices adopted that could damage the creditability of the entire university system.” Read More >>
Union Minister for Sports and Youth Welfare M.S. Gill Friday said the Indian education system is not sports-oriented and it does not aim at churning out quality sportspersons. “In my view, our current education is totally hostile to sports. I had also pointed out this fact during my meeting with Kapil Sibal (union human resource development minister) and also suggested him some ways to overhaul it,” said Gill, while addressing a gathering here at Panjab University. “If we want to win medals in prestigious tournaments, we have to move our focus towards schools and colleges. All our schools and university federations of sports lie in the B category where funding is the main problem. I am trying my best to change this system,” he said. Gill was here to lay the foundation stone of indoor shooting range at the varsity campus in Sector 14. “I found it very absurd that there is no proper set-up given to sports in our schools and colleges. Kerala has started doing this but no other state is doing it. In America, there are sports scholarship. We also need to offer such incentives to motivate youngsters to join sports,” the minister said. Read More >>
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Ironically, selective admission policies reduce the incentive to excel in even better institutions, finds Vidya Mahambare
High-quality education creates opportunities and choices for personal success and growth. It is natural, therefore, for parents to spend a lot of time and energy in pursuit of good schools and colleges for their offspring. With the demand for quality educational institutions far outstripping its supply, the so-called reputed schools manage to get in the driver’s seat by attracting smarter students via strict selection criteria. As a result, only potential high academic achievers are admitted in good quality institutions while lesser mortals end up in the low-quality ones. A clear hierarchy of educational institutions as well as of students, in turn, influences the future pay-off from education.
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Close to 17 colleges in Gujarat have come under the scanner of CBI and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) due to alleged irregularities in their recognition.
The CBI, Gandhinagar, along with AICTE officials raided two colleges in Rajkot on Wednesday in connection with the alleged bribery case involving AICTE chairman.
According to highly-placed sources in AICTE, of the 35 colleges indicted by the CBI in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat, 17 are in Gujarat alone. These include seven in pharmacy, eight in MBA and two in engineering.
“The Gujarat-based colleges under scanner are those from the 22 self-financed engineering colleges, 15 MBA colleges and 14 pharmacy colleges that started this year,” said a AICTE source.
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Against the backdrop of attacks on Indian students in Australia, India has said the agents of the rapidly growing private educational providers in this country are duping gullible youths by promising permanent residency to them through courses like hair-dressing.
Both Indian Deputy High Commissioner V K Sharma and Consulate General in Melbourne Anita Nair said there has been a significant growth in private educational institutions in Australia in recent years. These institutes get students through their India-based agents, who do not provide correct information and the students discover after landing here that they have been cheated.
“Many of the students do not have money to support them. They work extra time at different places and get exposed to criminal elements at night while returning home,” Sharma said.
The flow of Indian students here has increased by 164 per cent in 2007 over 2006 while it rose by 94 per cent in 2008 over the previous year. At present, nearly 97,000 Indian students are pursuing higher education in Australia.
Nearly 50 per cent of these Indian students are studying at the private Vocational Educational Training (VET) colleges.
“Unfortunately, the entire thing is linked to migration. People pay 20,000 Australian dollars for courses like hair- dressing in private institutes. They do so on the advice of agents who tell them that they would get permanent residency in Australia as that particular course is regarded as a high -skilled subject,” Sharma said.
Source: Economic Times
Students from several Asian countries prefer Indian cities for education. The latest city to join the fray is Jaipur. This is mainly due to the recession and the Pink City being a safer and cheaper destination.
Almost half a dozen premier schools have registered substantial rise in enrolments from foreign students. Most of these students are from West Asia, South Asia, United Kingdom and the US. “This year 240 students took admission against last year’s 60 from these countries. This unprecedented spurt is due to the sharp fall in NRI’s and foreigners’ income due to recession,” said principal of a city public school.
Most schools have confirmed that students from these countries have come to India for education, as education has become “unaffordable’’ in their own countries. Ken Aphicha, a native of Bangkok and a student of public school in the city has come for a year to prepare for competitive exams. “I am here to hone my skills, so that when market bounces back I apply for US universitities,” added Aphicha.
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