Delays in RTE admission creates problems for stakeholders

Admissions under the Right To Education (RTE) Act seem to be heading for yet another controversial year. Technical problems have thrown off the online admission schedule by almost three weeks and there’s still no guarantee that further delays will be avoided. In the last week of February the education department had announced the RTE admission timetable, which listed details of the entire process to be held in three phases.  First phase was to start on Feb 29 in which schools had to register online in the database being managed by…

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Fees upfront, no-refund policy play spoilers

‘Fees once paid will not be refunded’ in fine print on the admission forms of most coaching classes deters most parents and their wards from withdrawing their applications. So what happens if the quality promised by the classes is not delivered or when the student decides not to attend the class within a few days of joining? When a student in Haryana, enrolled for the Indian Institute of Technology entrance coaching at a premier institute in 2006, he did not think much about the institute’s no-refund policy while signing the…

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Don’t want interference on campus: JNU vice-chancellor Jagadesh Kumar

Breaking his silence over the controversy that brought Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) into national political spotlight, JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar told ET he doesn’t “desire any external interference” on his campus and wants all differences “to be tackled intellectually”. “Differences of opinion need to be tackled intellectually. As a teacher and an administrator, I would like to moderate and sensitise the students about this,” Kumar told ET in an exclusive interview. He also underlined the autonomy of his institution and assured that its internal mechanisms were capable of handling…

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Why Experts Recommend Rowing Machine for Strength and Cardio Exercise?

Working on a rowing machine can be a great workout as it can give you a lean, fit and strong body besides helping you to lose a lot of weight. When it comes to exercise, there a lot of options and you can create a variety of different workouts. Rowing machine is one of the most commonly used pieces of equipment among the athletes. Although there are various other machines through which you can build strength and do your cardio exercises. Besides machines, there are many activities for this as…

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Hungary mulls education reforms after protests says media

Hungary is considering reforms to its public education system, a senior official said on Tuesday, following three major protests in two months against the centre-right government’s centralized control over schools. Bence Retvari, a state secretary at the Human Resources Ministry, told ATV television that lawmakers would draft an overhaul of school financing to replace the current centralised system from September. Over 10,000 Hungarians protested last week against what they call the heavy-handed central control of the school system under Prime Minister Viktor Orban. It was the third such rally since…

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Government working on aptitude test for school students

The HRD ministry is developing an aptitude test which will help school students assess their areas of interest so that they can choose and pursue the right courses. The ministry has formed a task force comprising officials of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and psychometric experts for developing a “prototype” of this proposed assessment test, official sources told PTI. At present, the team of experts is working on creating the items and content for a test for Class IX, they said.…

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UGC tells universities to celebrate Matribhasha Diwas

Universities across India will celebrate “Matribhasha Diwas” to promote the use of mother tongue on March 3 this year as February 21, the day declared by UNESCO as Mother languages day, happens to be a Sunday.  In a letter written to vice-chancellors, University Grants Commission (UGC) has said that since February 21, which is celebrated as the Mother Languages Day falls on a Sunday, it has been decided to celebrate “Matribhasha Diwas” on March 3.  You are, therefore, requested to kindly ensure celebration of Matribhasha Diwas on March 3, 2016,…

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Homi Bhabha National Institute gets HRD ministry’s nod to start its off-campus centre

Mumbai-based Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) has been given approval by the HRD ministry to start an off-campus centre at Bhubaneswar in the name of National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) with prospective effect.  The ministry, in a statement released on Wednesday, said it has issued a notification in this regard on the advice of the University Grants Commission (UGC).  The move allows for conduct of academic course or programmes, subject to review of the off-campus centre by the UGC biennially for six years and subsequently after every…

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New Zealand universities showcase academic offerings

Education New Zealand (ENZ), the lead government agency for international education conducted its first university roadshow in Pune highlighting what New Zealand institutions have to offer Indian students.  Besides being a preferred educational destination with all universities in the top three per cent of universities worldwide, New Zealand is also a safe and welcoming country which is an important consideration for students thinking about studying abroad.  New Zealand universities engaged with principals and student counsellors of prominent Pune schools telling them more about the engineering and management courses available at…

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Eleven model schools to be functional from next session

Eleven model schools will start functioning in Ganjam district from the next academic session under the Odisha Adarsha Vidyalaya programme.  “We are targeting to start 15 model schools from the next academic session. Since construction of buildings of 11 schools is over, we are ready to start the schools. Construction of other four school buildings is going on,” said District Education Officer (Ganjam) Sanatan Panda.  The government has decided to construct one model school in each of the 22 blocks in the district, he said.  While government will construct 17…

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