JNU students block entry of teachers, officials in admin building

A nine-member delegation met the President and briefed him about various issues ranging from the issue of 100 per cent weightage given to viva-voce, intimidation and surveillance of faculty and students and the restrictions on freedoms of movement, assembly, speech and expression,” JNUTA president Ayesha Kidwai said.

In picture, JNU students protesting against the new administration rules

In picture, JNU students protesting against the new administration rules

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The new administration rules of JNU triggered a huge protest among students, even the officials were stopped on Friday from entering into the administrative building. The teachers’ association met President Pranab Mukherjee and sought his intervention in the matter.

Why are the students protesting?

The students have been agitating against the recent amendments in the admission policy of the university following certain guidelines by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and remained adamant on preventing the officials from entering office until their demands were met.

JNUTA demands President’s intervention:

The students action comes as members of JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA) met President Pranab Mukherjee, who is also the Visitor to the university, and sought his intervention into the amendments in admission rules causing seat cuts for Mphil and PhD programmes.

“A nine-member delegation met the President and briefed him about various issues ranging from the issue of 100 per cent weightage given to viva-voce, intimidation and surveillance of faculty and students and the restrictions on freedoms of movement, assembly, speech and expression,” JNUTA president Ayesha Kidwai said

View of JNU students’ union:

The JNU students union claimed that they were peacefully protesting and wanted to seek an appointment with the Vice Chancellor to discuss their grievances with him. JNUTA which has also been opposing the recent amendments, claimed that it raised the issue of “hasty and unthinking imposition of all the changes in JNU’s admission policy which are in violation of Constitutional provisions”

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76 per cent students from this university suffer in basic English language skills

A survey conducted by a group of students came across that 76 per cent of students from Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) suffer problems in English language skills.

76% students from this University suffer problems in basic English language skills

76% students from this University suffer problems in basic English language skills

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A survey conducted by a group of students came across the fact that 76 per cent of students from Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) suffer problems in basic English language skills i.e. lack of vocabulary, grammatical problems, and problems in sentence formation.

Details of the report:

  • The survey was conducted by the Progressive and Democratic Student Community (PDSC) between October and November 2016
  • A total of 410 students were surveyed
  • The students were from BA, MA, MPhil and PhD batch
  • “A total of 76 per cent students from government schools face problems related to basic English language skills i.e. lack of vocabulary, grammatical problems, and problems in sentence formation and so on. On the other hand, students from private schools face problems with academic jargon, complexity of ideas and lack of confidence among others,” the group noted according to an Indian Express report
  • As per the reports, “The purpose of such a survey is to remind students, professors, and the administration that the question of language is extremely sensitive, pervasive and complex.”

Students who are affected by this problem include:

  • Women and those from ‘lower’ castes, in particular the poor, Dalit, Bahujan, Adivasi
  • “This creates a sense of deficiency and inferiority amongst them within the campus. Thus, it is evident that the question of language is a question of social justice,” the group included.
  • 70 percent of men are affected, while the count rate for women is 82.3 per cent
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Government starts registration of Indian students studying abroad

The step was taken so that the government can better advise these students in times of need.

The Students Registration Module on the Indian students studying in various countries has been placed within the ministry’s MADAD portal (the Consular Services Management System

The Students Registration Module on the Indian students studying in various countries has been placed within the ministrys MADAD portal (the Consular Services Management System

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The process for registration of Indian students studying abroad has been initiated in various countries to compile data so that the government is able to advise them in the hour of need.

How will registration module work?

The Students Registration Module on the Indian students studying in various countries has been placed within the ministry’s MADAD portal (the Consular Services Management System), a state government release said in Guwahati.

Data entered in this module in a voluntary manner by the Indian students abroad will provide useful inputs about the pattern of migration of Indian students globally, educational courses that they are registering in and any other related matters.

Information is also available in the website of the Directorate of Higher Education, Assam, the release added.

About the Ministry of External Affairs

The Ministry of External Affairs of India which is known as the Foreign Ministry is responsible for maintaining the foreign relation affairs of India. It is responsible for representation of India in the United Nations. It also gives advises to different ministries and state government regarding foreign governments or institutions.

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5 tips by PM Modi for students preparing for Classes 10 and 12 Board exams

To encourage the student in battling anxiety just a few months ahead of exams, PM Modi extended moral support by saying that students should find pleasure in exam by contemplating it as fun activities.

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his first 2017 ‘Mann ki Baat’ session, captivates million of students across the country by rendering five erudite tips on how to face exams with a composed mind.

His speech was primarily dedicated for the students of Classes 10 and 12 who will be appearing for board examination in the coming days.

To encourage the student in battling anxiety over exams, PM gave a moral support by saying that students should find pleasure in exam by contemplating it as fun activities.

Wishing the best for the students, he concluded his ‘Mann ki Baat’ session.

Following are the five erudite tips from our own Prime Minister:

1.    Relax and don’t be panic over exam: “Smile more and score more” said the PM and added that students should be relaxed and not panic over exams. “Instead of chasing after marks, you should strive to gain knowledge,” he said adding, “Marks will follow if your mission and ambition are in sync.”

2.    Academic excellence alone cannot define success: focusing on lifelong development, he said that exams are not to be feared of as it is not the benchmark of success. Exams are not the test of a lifetime but a test of a year and urged the students not to compete with others but to compete with themselves.

3.    Lively environment: There should be a festive and lively environment in the house. Happiness in the house plays a pivotal role in student’s mental capabilities which are directly proportionate to educational performance as well. He also urged the parent to accept their wards of what they are and the way they are.

4.    Warned the students of unfair means: Emphasising on the moral fiber, he urged the students not to be tempted by the thought of securing marks by practicing unfair means. He said that instead of spending time on preparing to cheat during the exams, they should rather invest that time on studies. “If they cheat, what will they teach their children?” he asked.

5.    Proper rest: Like any other subject experts should have prescribed, Prime Minister Modi also recommends proper rest and to ensure adequate sleeps. While he also urged the students to stay physically fit, he also pointed out that there should be breaks during study hours.

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IIT, MIT students and faculty join hands to convert Shantiniketan into a model heritage city

In order to convert Bolpur-Shantiniketan into a model sustainable heritage city, students and faculty members from the IIT-Kgp and MIT, on Friday came together at a brainstorming session. Those from IIT-Kgp were mainly research scholars and students pursuing masters in architecture and city planning.

Shantiniketan to become a model heritage city

Shantiniketan to become a model heritage city

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In order to convert Bolpur-Shantiniketan into a model sustainable heritage city, students and faculty members from the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in US, on Friday came together at a brainstorming session at the American Center in Kolkata.

According to an Indian Express report, the students are participating in a year-long India Practicum Programme (2016-2017).

They have compiled reports on the basis of the data obtained from photo documentation, meeting municipal officials, artists, painters and NGOs in Shantiniketan, reconnaissance survey and cultural interaction.

The conference was presided over by US Consul General Craig Hall and 15 students from MIT participated. Those from IIT-Kgp were mainly research scholars and students pursuing masters in architecture and city planning.

(Read: Father of Indian Supercomputer Vijay Pandurang Bhatkar becomes Nalanda University’s new vice-chancellor)

About the project:

MIT Professor Bish Sanyal said the project was a joint effort between IIT and MIT to think about how to protect historical heritage in a middle-sized town, facing pressure of economic and spatial growth.

“The central issue is the preservation of a cultural legacy and historical heritage in a place like Shantiniketan and Bolpur, given the rapid growth that is taking place. People at Visva-Bharati University feel that their cultural heritage is under threat. At MIT, over the next four months, we will carry out a deeper analysis of the issue,” he added.

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NEET to be the soul criteria for selecting students for medical courses

After the centre has decided to select students for medical courses on the basis of NEET, BJP in Puducherry strongly supported the same. The government also appealed through a resolution to the centre to let Puducherry continue to select students through CENTAC.

NEET to be the soul criteria for selecting students for medical courses

NEET to be the soul criteria for selecting students for medical courses

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After the centre has decided to select students for medical courses from 2017-2018 academic year on the basis of NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test), BJP in Puducherry strongly supported the same. The decision is expected to assure selection of meritorious and able students for medical courses.

In a release, party’s local unit president V Saminathan said that the system also prevents private medical colleges from collecting hefty capitation fees and donations from aspirants of medical courses. He alleged that the ruling Congress was making a move to exempt Puducherry from NEET-based selection, at a time when students in the Union Territory were getting ready to appear for the NEET examination.

The government also appealed through a resolution to the Centre to let Puducherry continue to select students through CENTAC (Centralised Admission Committee).

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“The intention of the Congress government to avoid fool proof selection of students by NEET is to encourage private players to collect hefty donations and capitations and to adopt several practices which would only hit meritorious and able students”, he said.

In order to prevent aspirants with casual attitude from appearing for the NEET (MBBS) paper, the UGC has decided to reduce the number of attempts to three. Also, in what appear as a befitting riddance, the tradition of booking seats in private medical colleges in advance and various modes of unfair practices has been immediately put to an end.

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IIM Bill 2017: Approved by cabinet, students will now get degrees instead of diplomas

The Bill enables the IIMs to award degrees instead of diplomas.

In picture, IIM-Calcutta (File Photo)

In picture, IIM-Calcutta (File Photo)

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The Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved the Indian Institute of Management Bill, 2017, granting them complete autonomy. Under the Bill, the IIMs would be declared as institutions of national importance and provided statutory powers.

After getting an approval from the law ministry, the human resource development (HRD) ministry may place the proposed draft of the Bill in the upcoming budget session of the parliament.

Till now, only 20 premier institutes give post graduate diplomas to the students.

The Bill enables the IIMs to award degrees instead of diplomas.

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As per the sources, the Bill will grant powers to the board of governors to order a probe against an IIM director, if his institute fails to perform as per the proposed Act. A person similar to the rank of a High Court judge will conduct the investigation.

According to the proposed draft, the board must evaluate the performance of the new institute within the first three years of its set up and continue to check on a period of short intervals.

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Ireland emerging as good destination for Indian students

The safe and welcoming ecosystem of Ireland besides its excellence in the academic field are some of the primary reasons that attract Indian students. Ireland is considered as one of the safest and friendliest countries in the world.

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The numbers surrounding Indian students offshore have always been voluminous. Apart from the United States, European countries are most preferred education destination for Indian students.

Despite huge fall in the numbers of Indian students coming to the UK in the recent times, Ireland is emerging as the one of the best destinations for Indian students owing to its attractive higher education system, academic excellence, and job oriented programmes.

It is widely accepted that the Enterprise Ireland, which manages the country’s education under the Minister for Education and Skills, successfully provide employment soon after their completion of studies.

“The Irish economy continues to grow at the fastest rate in Europe which in turn is creating a high demand for well qualified graduates. Our world-class international education offering, coupled with post-study employment opportunities for international students makes Ireland the perfect destination for Indian students,” said Mr. Rory Power, Director – India of the South Asia, Enterprise Ireland, as reported in careerindia.com  .

One of the attributes that catches the attention of students across the globe is the unparalleled devotion of the Enterprise Ireland in generating jobs. There are as many as 200, 000 employees under the Enterprise Ireland.

Indian students in Ireland:

While numbers are expected to grow at a faster rate, there are currently around 2, 000 Indian students in Ireland for higher studies.

With the exit of Britain from the European Union, Ireland is the only English speaking country in the EU.

“Popular programmes among Indian students include cloud computing, cyber security and data analytics, and well as management and MBAs. Students are hearing a positive story about Ireland economic growth and we’re getting a lot of queries about post-study work opportunities,” said Mr. Barry O’Driscoll, Senior Education Advisor.

The safe and welcoming ecosystem of Ireland besides its excellence in the academic field are some of the primary reasons that attract Indian students. Ireland is considered as one of the safest and friendliest countries in the world.

According to the Expat Insider Survey 2015, Ireland is the fourth most welcoming country in the world.

The “stay back” policy of the country encourages many Indian students to take up jobs and other opportunities in Ireland after completing their studies.

Ireland Education Fair in India:

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Virtual classroom for disable students

The primary objective behind this mission is to eliminate and reduce the challenges faced by person with disabilities in order to provide feasible access to quality education.

Online Education. Image source: friendsofblind.org

Online Education. Image source: friendsofblind.org

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In what appear as a major push to promote equality in education for all, one non-profit organisation, Cross the Hurdles has recently launched an online education portal for person with disabilities.

The primary objective behind this mission is to eliminate and reduce the challenges faced by persons with disabilities in order to provide feasible access to quality education.

Virtual classroom:

As designed to provide access for the disable person to quality education, students will be availing quality education at their comfort zone through a dedicated online platform that act as a virtual classroom. In order to avail these facilities, students are required to have computer with speedy internet facilities including headset and microphones to interact with teachers for a customised lesson.

In a process, the organization has designed an online platform to provide customized lessons on English, mathematics, science, Hindi, Sanskrit and social studies.

Pointing out the failure to provide significant platform for such students, the president of Cross the Hurdles, Abha Khetarpal, said, “They are mostly constrained by lack of facilities and awareness about the needs of students with disabilities.”

According to Khetarpal, such initiative would be beneficial for students who couldn’t attend schools due to varying physical challenges.

“Those who are not attending any school at present would be imparted basic knowledge about various subjects. Those who have joined some institution could avail of extra coaching right at their home,” added Khetarpal, as reported by TOI.

Implementation:

  • It is believed that several subject experts and dedicated volunteers would devote their service in this mission to educate the students with disabilities
  • The customised lesson would be based on the syllabus provided by the CBSE
  • A special educator would be arranged for students with intellectual disabilities
  • While the educator would provide extra care for shy students, students would be availing video streaming lessons
  • An interactive whiteboards would be provided wherein instructors can write notes, maths formulas, graph, science equation and others.

The organisation pointed out that such initiative would render substantial advantages for children with dyslexia and dyscalculia besides other disabilities like aspersers’ syndrome and attention-deficit or hyperactivity disorder.

source”cnbc”

Top US universities stand in solidarity with international students

Following the election of the US president Donald Trump, universities give word of assurance to international students.

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Following the victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election 2016, many countries, including the US itself, have been left in panicking, delirious state. Mitigating the topical state in the country, university students have come forward to tranquilise those who felt threatened. In short, they are propagating  a message that overseas students are safe in the campuses. Universities and colleges stood in solidarity with the students by agreeing to launch the campaign which assures overseas students that they will not be affected in Trump’s tenure.

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Foreign students to be welcomed?

According to a report published in the TOI, there will be no alteration in the inclusion of students as well as diversity. Also, campuses will always be welcoming foreign students.

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