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Visva Bharati V-C appointment: HRD Ministry asks President Kovind to withdraw his assent, scrap panel of names
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

Late last year, The Indian Express has learnt, Rashtrapati Bhavan had received a panel of three names from the HRD Ministry for the post of new Vice-Chancellor (V-C) of Visva Bharati University in Santiniketan — the President is its Visitor and the Prime Minister its Chancellor.

IIM Act: Diplomas or degrees? IIMs in a fix over shift
Sun, Feb 11, 2018

The IIM Act was passed by Parliament on December 20, 2017. The law makes each of the 20 IIMs an ‘Institution of National Importance’, like the IITs, NITs and AIIMS. In other words, it empowers them to grant degrees to students.

New Act: IIMs divided over autonomy rules, 6 new ones want greater role for Govt
Tue, Feb 06, 2018

At least half of the 13 new IIMs, set up in the last decade, are of the view that the ACC should continue to remain involved even under the new law to ensure accountability.

CBI complaint on irregularities in NIOS exam centre in MP
Sat, Feb 03, 2018

The ACB is learnt to have registered a complaint two months ago and is currently looking into how more than 1,000 candidates from Madhya Pradesh passed the examination without appearing for it.

Union Budget 2018, Education: Loans to replace infra grants to IITs and IIMs
Fri, Feb 02, 2018

Union Budget 2018: Instead, financing will be moved to Higher Education Funding Agency (HEFA), set up by the government last year to mobilise funds from the market and offer 10-year loans to CFIs.

Govt schools in 700 districts tested: Mathematics, language skills dip as kids grow
Thu, Feb 01, 2018

Girls show better learning than boys; rural schools perform better in math.

Hours before IIM Act comes into effect, HRD Ministry appoints IIM-A director, IIM-K chairman
Thu, Feb 01, 2018

The government appointed Errol D'Souza as IIM Ahmedabad's new director and AV Vellayan, executive chairman of Murugappa Group, will assume charge as the chairman of the Board of Governors (BoG) at IIM Kozhikode.

Govt names IIM Bodhgaya head
Tue, Jan 30, 2018

Last year, the government’s first choice, Ganesan Kannabiran of NIT Trichy, turned down the offer, forcing the ministry to refer names of the remaining two finalists back to the Appointments Committee of Cabinet.

Govt appoints Professor Vinita Sahay as head of IIM Bodhgaya
Mon, Jan 29, 2018

Vinita Sahay, currently a professor at IIM Raipur is only the second women director the IIMs have ever had. Her appointment comes just a few days before the IIM Act comes into effect.

HRD Ministry rejects IIM-B’s suggestions for chairperson post
Sun, Jan 28, 2018

IIM Bangalore director G Raghuram confirmed that the government has sought a fresh panel of finalists.

New UGC rules permit third-party agencies to accredit higher education institutes
Fri, Jan 26, 2018

Earlier, NAAC and NBA were the only agencies evaluating institutions

AAP MLAs should have asked Election Commission for hearings, didn’t: new CEC Om Prakash Rawat
Tue, Jan 23, 2018

Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat said that the party had two opportunities to request the EC to hold hearings, but they didn’t.

Election Commission chief Om Prakash Rawat interview: ‘Withdrew Rahul Gandhi notice as it would criminalise many’
Tue, Jan 23, 2018

New Chief Election Commissioner discusses Gujarat elections dates, AAP MLAs’ disqualification and criticism of EC with Ritika Chopra.

Office of profit: What & the why
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

One of the earliest cases was in 1953. The EC had to decide whether MLAs of the Vindhya Pradesh Assembly should be disqualified for appointment as members of the district advisory council

AAP MLAs face disqualification, Election Commission tells President they held office for profit
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

Based on the EC’s opinion, President Ram Nath Kovind is now expected to pass an order on the petition filed by an advocate, Prashant Patel.

20 AAP MLAs face disqualification: No due process, panel decided without hearings, former CEC frowns
Sat, Jan 20, 2018

The Election Commission did not hold a single hearing on the case after its order of June 23, 2017. In fact, the order clearly states that “the Commission will intimate the next date of hearing to all the concerned parties in the present proceedings in due course”.

EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs over ‘office of profit’ charge
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

The Election Commission today recommended the disqualification of 20 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs of the Delhi Assembly finding them guilty of holding an 'office of profit'. The commission has written to President Ram Nath Kovind. 

From retrograde step to step in right direction: Election Commission shifts stand on poll bonds
Fri, Jan 19, 2018

In an interview to The Indian Express last year, Joti’s predecessor, Nasim Zaidi, had said that the Commission feels electoral bonds will “impact transparency (in poll funding) negatively”.

After SC order, names of deemed varsities clipped
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

In Bengaluru, Christ University will now be known as only “Christ”, and Jain University has been renamed “Jain”.

CABE meeting: NCPCR proposes committee to study impact of exemptions to minority schools under RTE Act
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

The suggestion, which maybe be discussed at next week's CABE meeting, is significant against the backdrop of RSS Chief's remark on the immunity enjoyed by minority institutions from offering 25% reservation to EWS students

In view of new media, EC panel to suggest changes to model code
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

Apart from suggesting modifications to the election law, the committee, constituted through an order dated January 8, will also study the impact of new media and social media during the 'silence period'.

Govt: IIT director won’t be chairman in case of vacancy
Thu, Jan 11, 2018

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar is learnt to have approved the proposal that anyone of the incumbent chairpersons of other IITs will be requested to hold fort until the government fills the vacant post.

CBDT red-flags mismatch in AAP donations to Election Commission
Tue, Jan 09, 2018

AAP was slapped with a notice by the income tax department on November 27 last year.

CABE panel pitches for extension of RTE Act to pre-primary, secondary education
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

Currently, the RTE Act covers Class I to VII and makes education a justiciable right for children in the age group of 6 to 14 years.

V-Cs of 17 new varsities meet President Kovind over teething issues
Sun, Jan 07, 2018

According to sources, most V-Cs attributed poor teacher recruitment to campus location. They also flagged delay in construction of permanent campuses.

Latest HRD survey shows girls going to college out number boys in seven states
Sat, Jan 06, 2018

Figures show that in 7 states, women outnumber men in higher education

India’s Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education up by 0.7%
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

Number of foreign students studying in the country shows only marginal improvement, from 45,424 in 2015-16 to 47,575 in 2016-17

Future will remember us for new economic history: Govt
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

After Opposition attack, Jaitley defends noteban, GST and recapitalisation

Triple talaq Bill: Rajya Sabha business halts amid Opposition demand for select committee referral
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

Deputy chairman P J Kurien noted the amendment had been accepted by chairman Venkaiah Naidu, once a motion for an amendment has been moved it becomes “a property of the House” and he cannot either withdraw the motion or amend it.

Allahabad varsity on brink of becoming unviable: UGC Audit
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

The team, constituted by the University Grants Commission (UGC), at the behest of the HRD Ministry in the wake of several complaints against the university administration, visited the campus for three days, from November 13 to 15.

Govt dismisses Garhwal University Vice-Chancellor
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Kaul was served a showcause notice in February based on the conclusions of a two-member fact-finding committee set up to probe complaints from the Central Vigilance Commission last year alleging administrative mismanagement.

Do not approve any more engineering colleges for us, 6 states appeal to regulator
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

AICTE Chairman Anil Sahasrabudhe said that the Council has accepted the suggestions of four — Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Telangana — of the six states and any future approval to new institutes there will only be given keeping their views in mind.

PM Modi did not question Manmohan Singh, Hamid Ansari commitment, says Arun Jaitley in Parliament
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

The Congress had been disrupting Parliament from day one of the winter session, seeking first an apology and then settling for a clarification from the PM Narendra Modi over his remarks about Manmohan Singh and Hamid Ansari.

Rajya Sabha bills: House redefines bamboo, clears petroleum institute
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

The bill for the IIPE in Andhra Pradesh, on the other hand, was supported by members cutting across all party lines.

Stop inflating marks for Class XII: Central govt advised, 17 states agree
Wed, Dec 27, 2017

This is the Union HRD Ministry’s second attempt at stopping the practice of “moderation.” Last year, the Delhi High Court intervened and reversed the decision of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to not inflate Class XII results on the ground that the move was last-minute.

IITs turn down govt proposal to let NTA hold JEE (Advanced)
Sun, Dec 24, 2017

The latest decision by the IITs could have a bearing on whether the Indian Institutes of Management decide to part with the Common Admission Test or CAT.