Panel recommends special grants, autonomy for top stand-alone institutes

New Delhi: The government panel scouting for institutes of eminence (IoE) came across several worthy stand-alone candidates which did not win the coveted tag, but impressed it enough to earn its recommendation for government support. Management, public health schools, rural institutes, science and mathematics schools were spotted by the committee comprising among others former chief election commissioner N. Gopalswami and Harvard Business School professor Tarun Khanna. They recommended that such institutes be provided with special grants, research facilities and functional autonomy even if they were not full-fledged multi-disciplinary universities that the…

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New firewall prevents Pentagon cooperation with Confucius Institutes on American campuses

Concern about Chinese influence operations on American ­campuses hit a new high this year after officials at Arizona State ­University bragged about mixing the school’s Pentagon-funded Chinese language programmes and its Chinese Communist Party-funded Confucius Institute.Now, all US institutions may have to choose between Washington or Beijing paying for its students to learn Chinese. Tucked inside the US$716 billion John McCain 2019 National Defence Authorisation Act that US President Donald Trump signed Monday is a provision barring any US university from using Pentagon resources for any programme involving Confucius Institutes,…

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Pentagon barred from funding Confucius Institutes on American campuses

Concern about Chinese influence operations on American campuses hit a new high this year after officials at Arizona State University bragged about mixing the school’s Pentagon-funded Chinese language programs and its Chinese Communist Party-funded Confucius Institute. Now, all schools may have to choose between Washington or Beijing paying for its students to learn Chinese. Tucked inside the $716 billion John McCain 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that President Trump signed Monday is a provision barring any U.S. university from using Pentagon resources for any program involving Confucius Institutes, Chinese government-funded language schools embedded inside…

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Appointment of forest research institute’s V-C challenged

In contravention of UGC rules; incumbent did not have ‘requisite qualification’: plea The appointment of a bureaucrat as the Vice-Chancellor of the country’s premier Forest Research Institute Deemed to be University (FRIDU) in Dehradun has been challenged before the Delhi High Court by a plea claiming that it was in contravention of the University Grants Commission (UGC) rules. IFS officer The petition has sought to quash the appointment of Dr. Savita, an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, as the Vice-Chancellor of FRIDU, claiming that she did not have the ‘requisite…

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Govt institutions being equipped with Internet

KABUL (Pajhwok): All security and defence centres as well as other government institutions are being equipped with Internet and information technology, an official said on Sunday. Sair Zaland, spokesman for the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology (MCIT ), told Pajhwok Afghan News an agreement had been signed on provision of the facilities. Development of telecommunication services, electronic governance promotion and information technology infrastructure was the duty of the ministry, the spokesman said. Minister Shahzada Aryubi singed two agreements with the director of Afghan Telecom on linking security, defence and other…

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Lecturers shifted, institutes functioning with skeletal staff

The state’s 17 District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs), tasked with training Class XII students as Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) teachers, are now functioning with skeletal staff after the Education Department last week shifted 70 lecturers to senior secondary schools.DIETs have a sanctioned strength of 267 lecturers, but over the years 139 have already been transferred. After the latest order dated August 2, just 58 are left on the rolls.The Central government pays 60 per cent of their budgetary allowance while the Punjab government chips in with the remaining…

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RMIA for strengthening curriculum in religious institutes

The Raabitah-e-Madaaris-e-Islaamiyyah Arabiyyah (RMIA) J&K, a board of religious institutes, has underlined the need for strengthening the curriculum of Deeni-Madaaris (religious seminaries) with focus on ethical standards, and maintaining transparency in the accounts of these institutes. At its general session, it was suggested to devise a mechanism for reforming the Muslim society by ridding it of many “prevailing evils” and checking the spread of “drug abuse, obscenity and immodesty among the masses.” The meeting resolved to take measures as would ensure that Nikaah related matters and transactions are properly recorded,”…

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Two child care institutes under scanner for violations in Haryana’s Nuh

The functioning of two child care institutes (CCI) in Tauru, Nuh district, has come under the scanner after an inquiry report into their functioning by the Haryana State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (HSCPCR) flagged violations of the Juvenile Justice Act (JJ Act). The 11-page report, a copy of which is with the Hindustan Times, was submitted to the women and child development (WCD) director on Monday. The inspection was done on July 16 by an HSCPCR team, headed by its chairperson Jyoti Bainda. Prime among the violations flagged…

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McHenry County College honors 4 with Education to Empowerment awards

Four McHenry County College students were named recipients of the prestigious Education to Empowerment award, a unique scholarship and mentoring opportunity for women offered by the Friends of MCC Foundation. The scholarship’s mission is to empower women to reach their fullest potential and achieve economic independence through education, mentoring and financial support. Alexandra Barker of Oakwood Hills, Jessica Klos of Crystal Lake, Sarah Meyer of Crystal Lake and Katherine Yohe of McHenry recently received the honor. “It is such an honor and privilege to be part of these young women’s…

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BTech blank in private institutes

Salt Lake: Nearly half the 80 private engineering colleges in Bengal might need to close down after failing to fill more than 70 per cent of their first-year BTech seats this academic season. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which regulates engineering education in the country, has said that institutes with less than 30 per cent enrolment in the first year of any undergraduate course cannot remain in business. According to an official of the higher education department, 38 private engineering colleges in the state have not had even…

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