Foreign PhD Holders Are Eligible for Direct Recruitment as Assistant Professor

Foreign PhD Holders Are Eligible for Direct Recruitment as Assistant Professor

UGC has changed the criteria for Assistant Professor, making it easier for foreign university Ph.D. Graduates. What is it? Doctoral degree holders from the top 500 foreign universities are now eligible for direct recruitment as an assistant professor in Indian universities, according to the University Grants Commission. The top 500 ranks will be decided on the basis of famous world university ranking systems — Quacquarelli Symonds (QS ranking), Times Higher Education rankings (THE ranking) and the Academic…

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JEE (Main), NEET to be Held Twice a Year

JEE (Main), NEET to be Held Twice a Year

NEET and JEE aspirants can heave a sigh a relief now, as govt. announces twice a year examination pattern, spanning multiple days. What is it? Two of India’s most popular competitive exams, the JEE (Main) and NEET, will now be held twice a year. The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) (Main), for undergraduate admission into various engineering colleges, will be held in January and April. The National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET), for admission into medical…

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Govt. Launches SWAYAM e-Learning Platform

Govt. Launches SWAYAM e-Learning Platform

Several students graduate every year without any employable skills. Several others don’t have the means to acquire a basic diploma for an employment opportunity of their choice. To eradicate this skill and education gap, the Indian govt. has come up with an e-learning platform, SWAYAM where teachers from different varsities are taking classes. What is it? An All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) approved e-learning platform started by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development…

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HRD Ministry to Launch Swayam MOOCs Platform on August 15

HRD Ministry to Launch Swayam MOOCs Platform on August 15

The HRD Ministry is mulling launching its Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) platform ‘Swayam’ that will host over 2,000 courses for up to 3 crore students across the country on August 15. “The preparations for the project are on in full swing. The project has the capacity to revolutionise the education system. It is expected to be launched by the prime minister on August 15,” a source in the ministry said. SWAYAM is an Information…

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UGC Amends Norms for tie-ups with Foreign Institutes

UGC Amends Norms for tie-ups with Foreign Institutes

Indian educational institutions which enter into academic tie-ups with foreign institutes will have to ensure that students who opt for these courses will study at least one semester for post-graduate degrees and two semesters for under-graduate degrees abroad. At a meeting held on Wednesday, the University Grants Commission decided to amend the existing guidelines. As per the decisions, Indian institutes which get top accreditations will now be able to approach the UGC to seek its…

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UGC asks Universities, Colleges to include a Subject on Urban Planning

UGC asks Universities, Colleges to include a Subject on Urban Planning

The University Grants Commission has written to all universities and colleges to include a subject on urban planning from the current academic year. In his letter to vice-chancellors of universities, UGC chairman Jaspal Sandhu said, “It has been proposed that colleges and universities should start subject/courses on urban planning.” “Accordingly, you are requested to start a subject/course on urban planning in your university and also convey relevant instructions to the colleges/institutes affiliated to your university…

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Government Asks B-schools to Shut 5 Year MBA Courses

Government Asks B-schools to Shut 5 Year MBA Courses

All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), country’s technical education regulator, has directed the management institutes to shut down the five-year MBA courses from the 2016-17 session. These courses, the regulator said, “were not in line with UGC approved programs”. The students currently pursuing these courses will be given an exit option at the completion of three years, AICTE added. Source: Inshorts

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Higher Education Institutions Should Introduce CBCS

Higher Education Institutions Should Introduce CBCS

Institutions of higher learning should invest thought and resources into introducing Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) effectively as it had several advantages in strengthening the learners’ ability, K. Baskar, Vice-Chancellor, Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, has said. Addressing the university’s 44th Standing Committee on Academic Affairs meeting on Monday, he said that the UGC and the NAAC were strongly in favour of developing CBCS in tune with the global trends and adoption of a proper grading system…

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Expert Panel Submits Report on New Education Policy

Expert Panel Submits Report on New Education Policy

A government appointed committee headed by former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian has submitted its report for the evolution of a New Education Policy, the HRD Ministry said on Friday. The HRD Ministry had undertaken a consultation process for framing a New Education Policy (NEP) and this process included online, grassroots and national level thematic deliberations on 33 themes. The Committee examined a large body of outcome documents, recommendations and suggestions received and also had several…

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Amend Rules Regarding Teachers’ Workload

Amend Rules Regarding Teachers’ Workload

The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has directed the University Grants Commission (UGC) to amend its new regulation regarding the workload of teachers. Earlier, the UGC had issued a notification to increase teachers’ lecture-taking hours from 16 to 24 per week. However, this will now not come into effect as a consequence of the direction from the MHRD. Source: Inshorts

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