HRD ministry to scrap UGC, replace it with new Higher Education Commission to improve academic standards

The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has prepared a draft Act to replace the University Grants Commission with a new regulator for higher education in the country in an effort to improve academic standards and crack down on bogus institutions, as per the draft released by the ministry on Wednesday. The new Higher Education Commission of India will focus solely on academic matters. Monetary grants would be the purview of the ministry, according to the draft of the law that has been seen by Hindustan Times. The Act will be…

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Six tips for teaching chemical formulas

Getting to grips with formulas is key to communicating chemistry. Kristy Turner takes inspiration from grammar and vocabulary lessons in modern foreign languages and shares her top tips Chemical formulas are part of chemistry’s everyday language but they may be like a foreign language to novice learners. Expert chemists easily switch between the many types of formulas, systematic names and common names for chemicals, but students have difficulties with chemical formulas at school and university.1 Although some students gain fluency with relative ease, others struggle, which may hinder their achievement and…

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5 tips for engineering students who are not going to an IIT

People usually think that good and successful engineers come out of IITs alone. Well, neither is every IIT engineer good, nor is every good engineer from an IIT. They are certainly prestigious institutes and have a great track record, but a great engineer can come from anywhere. Every year more than 12 lakh students attempt JEE Main but only 20,000 make it to an IIT. It cannot be believed that there are only 20,000 bright young minds that can be moulded into great engineers each year. If you did not…

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Tips for Managing Your High-Needs Classroom

Let’s talk about capacity. If you look into the world-weary and sleep-deprived eyes of any educator this year, you’ll realize one truth: meeting the complex needs of each of our students is no small task. As educators in the 21st Century, we are constantly on a quest for the golden mean between individualized curricular plans and teaching densely populated classrooms. We employ technology, standardized testing, creative grouping, and anything else we can possibly imagine that might ignite engagement to make each lesson feel tailored to the kids in our courses. But…

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Madras High Court issues notice to MCI, JIPMER

The Madras High Court on Friday issued notice to the Medical Council of India and Jawaharlal Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research on a plea seeking a direction to the institute not to allot seats reserved for ‘Puducherry Scheduled Community’ (P-SC) to non-Puducherry SC students. Admitting the plea moved by A Sarandev, who was denied a seat in the institute, Justice K Kalayanasundaram directed the MCI and JIPMER to file their responses by June 26. According to the petitioner, JIPMER has reserved six seats in MBBS course under P-SC…

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From this academic session, school textbooks to turn smarter with QR codes

Starting this academic session, teachers and students in a number of states will be using “energised textbooks” that will provide them with more information and contextualised content in the form of video films and audios accessible through quick response (QR) codes, in addition to traditional textbooks. A QR code is a type of two-dimensional barcode used for providing easy access to information through a smartphone. A senior human resource development ministry official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that more than 20 millions ‘energised’ textbooks will be published this…

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From 2021, PhD mandatory for direct recruitment of teachers in universities

From 2021, a PhD will be must for teaching at the university level. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has made a PhD degree mandatory for direct recruitment to assistant professors in universities from July 2021. As first reported by Hindustan Times, teachers will also undergo a mandatory, month-long induction programme before starting work and also have to devote two hours for mentoring of students for community development/extracurricular activities. The government has also done away with the “controversial” Academic Performance Indicator (API)-based appraisal, has introduced a simplified teacher evaluation grading system,…

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Is MBA + Engineering the key to success? Experts bust common myths

Myths surrounding MBA and engineering, placements and studying abroad, decoded by career counsellors and students ‘An engineering degree should always be followed by an MBA’. ‘Good grades guarantee a good job’. ‘Admission into a top B-school means you have a secure future’. Career counsellors and education consultants say these are some of the most common myths that need busting, as students prepare to step out of college and look beyond. “There are so many options today, and so much has changed, that parents and students start out very confused,” says…

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Scholarships For a Private School

Getting Started Early The data is out there that suggests that those students who attend private schools are more likely to land in college and universities of their choosing–particularly higher-ranked colleges and universities. As such, it’s become more important than ever for parents to take their children’s primary education in earnest. With an emphasis being placed on the necessity for a degree in order to even get a toe in the door for certain career paths, public school may not be enough to equip your child with the necessary education…

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Top Tips To Learn Chemistry Efficiently

Chemistry is one of the most interesting and practical subjects. Chemistry is seen everywhere and the concepts can be related to real-life scenarios. This is also one of the subjects that forces one to question the rationale of nature and understand the formation of substances. Though this subject is very interesting, some of the students often find it difficult to grasp the concepts and eventually start to dislike the subject. In this article, some of the important tips are given that can help the students to learn chemistry in a…

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