Year-ender 2016: Top Education Stories of this Year

Year-ender 2016: Top Education Stories of this Year

The year 2016 saw many highs lows as far as education is concerned.  As the year draws to a close, we look back at some of the crucial events and decisions. India Rankings 2016: The HRD Ministry released the first government-backed ranking of Indian institutions in higher education that judged the participating institutions (both public and private) under four categories — engineering, management, pharmacy and universities. National Education Policy: In June, former Cabinet Secretary TSR…

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Bid to Cut Carbon Footprint: Mumbai Schools Go Digital

Bid to Cut Carbon Footprint: Mumbai Schools Go Digital

Homework is no longer a paper-pencil affair with many city schools going paperless in a bid to reduce their carbon footprint.  Notebooks and pencils have been replaced by cloud storage and web portals. For almost four years now, students of RN Podar School, Santacruz, have been doing their homeworks and assignments on google drive. Not only assignments, all documentation is online today.  Parents do not receive notices in hard copies anymore. “When assignments and homeworks are…

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Andhra University to Hold International Symposium on Social Business Concepts in January

Andhra University to Hold International Symposium on Social Business Concepts in January

Andhra University (AU) will organise an international symposium on subject, Social Business for Sustainable Development from January 5 to 7. Vice-chancellor G Nageswara Rao said that the symposium is aimed at sensitising rural communities, teachers, lecturers and students at different levels such as schools, colleges on social business concepts. It is being organised by Andhra university as part of its 90th foundation year in association with resource centre, Yunus Centre, Dhaka. Rao said nearly 1,000…

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CBSE Announces Principal Eligibility Test for Appointing Principals in Private Schools

CBSE Announces Principal Eligibility Test for Appointing Principals in Private Schools

The process of appointing Principals for Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated private schools has just undergone humongous change, as per a circular released on Thursday by the prestigious CBSE Board in India. The new rule mandates interested candidates applying for the role of Principal or Head of Institution, need to undergo a Principal Eligibility Test (PET) based on which they shall be appointed. This announcement has come post the decision made by the…

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INSPIRE Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE)

INSPIRE Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE)

This scholarship aims at encouraging talented youth to undertake higher education in science-intensive programmes, by providing scholarships and mentorship. Eligibility: Students from first year of graduation in B.S, B.Sc or integrated five-year M.Sc/M.S programmes. Application: Online only. Prizes and rewards: Rs. 80,000 per year to 10,000 scholars for a maximum of five years. Deadline: January 15, 2017. Website: http://www.b4s.in/plus/ISF6 Source: The Hindu

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Google CEO Sunder Pichai to Meet Students at Alma Mater IIT-Kharagpur

Google CEO Sunder Pichai to Meet Students at Alma Mater IIT-Kharagpur

Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who has a B Tech degree from IIT Kharagpur, will relive his old days in the campus with teachers and students at a function. The institute is inviting students to come back to campus on time after the winter break to be able to listen to Pichai. At an open-air theatre in the campus, the Google man will discuss his past, present and future at a function titled ‘A journey back…

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Falak Sufi Scholarship

Falak Sufi Scholarship

The Graduate School of Arts and Science, New York University, is inviting students for a two-year master’s programme. Eligibility: Graduates in near eastern studies, and also those with a joint degree in Journalism, the concentration with Museum Studies, and the business track. Application: Online only. Prizes and rewards: Stipend of $26,855 per year, tuition fee, health insurance, etc., for upto two years. Deadline: January 4, 2017. Website: http://www.b4s.in/plus/FSS1 Source: The Hindu

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NEET: ‘More Private Matric Schools Opting for CBSE at Class 12 Level’

NEET: ‘More Private Matric Schools Opting for CBSE at Class 12 Level’

With the Central government making “National Eligibility cum Entrance Test” (for medical seats) compulsory, more private matriculation schools are opting to switch over to CBSE in plus two level, a senior education department official said. As more such schools are coming up to take it up at plus two level, the CBSE board was also taking steps to improve the standard, streamline and regulate private schools offering CBSE syllabus, the official, who did not wish…

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After NEET, HRD Mulls Single Entrance Exam for Engineering Courses

After NEET, HRD Mulls Single Entrance Exam for Engineering Courses

Buoyed by the Supreme Court’s support for a single national entrance test for medicine, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry is now considering a similar move for engineering courses. According to sources, the ministry, under Prakash Javadekar’s ministership, has held several meetings on the proposal to conduct a single national-level entrance test for engineering. It is learnt that the government is keen that the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) conduct the examination. “The…

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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…

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