Education

Reservations don’t make access to resources easier for lower-caste students

A greater share of upper-caste students believed that lower caste and tribal students are not good enough and that the disadvantages of quota system outweigh its advantages. Photo: Hemant Mishra/Mint Students from backward castes and tribal communities are often disparaged for not being good enough and using the reservation system to gain admissions. A recent paper from the UN University ... Read More »

Govt turns down proposals for setting up 83 medical colleges

However, the health ministry has approved the establishment of 11 medical colleges for 2016-17. Photo: Rajendra Gawankar/HT New Delhi: The Union health ministry has turned down proposals for setting up of around 83 medical colleges based on the recommendations of Medical Council of India (MCI). The ministry has also denied permissions to 47 medical colleges in various states to expand ... Read More »

IIT admissions: JEE (Advanced) results out; Super 30 sees 28 candidates qualify

Seats to 23 IITs including the four new ones will be allotted on the basis of the JEE test which was organized by IIT Guwahati this year. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint New Delhi/Patna: Jaipur boy Aman Bansal has topped the Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced) for 2016, the results of which were declared on Sunday. In the highly competitive exam on the ... Read More »

Govt looking to curb cash transactions in entrance coaching industry

Test-prep industry is seen as much bigger than the estimates by the industry or rating agencies. Photo: Mint The government is looking to curb unaccounted cash transactions in a largely overlooked and unregulated sector—the multibillion dollar test-prep or coaching industry. The human resource development (HRD) ministry has initiated talks with the revenue department and the corporate affairs ministry to explore and ... Read More »

How IIT-JEE (Advanced) works, from results to rank list

A file photo of the IIT Bombay campus. Of the total 36,566 rank holders, 31,996 were male and 4,570 were female. Photo: Mint New Delhi: Indian Institutes of Technology, the country’s most prestigious engineering and technology schools, have announced the results of joint entrance examination—Advanced (JEE-Advanced), giving ranks to 36,566 candidates for seats in 22 IITs across India. Of the ... Read More »

HRD ministry rolls back extra workload on college teachers

Authorities say the HRD ministry has also decided to withdraw the contentious extra six hours of practical work as well. Photo: Bloomberg New Delhi: The human resources development (HRD) ministry on Wednesday reduced the minimum working hours for university professors, following protests by the teaching community. “The direct teaching workload has been restored to 16, 14, and 14 hours per ... Read More »

Govt incentivizes private sector for opening deemed universities

HRD minister Smriti Irani said permission to open off-campus centres will only be given to highest ranked deemed universities. Photo: PTI The human resources development (HRD) ministry on Thursday rolled out incentives for private entities to set up deemed universities, approving the University Grants Commission’s (UGC’s) recommendations in this regard. The ministry said the new deemed universities regulations would go ... Read More »

How Indian universities perform compared with Asian peers

Though IISc and IITs lead the pack of India in the Asian rankings published earlier this week by British ranking agency QS, they still lag behind their Singapore and Chinese counterparts. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint New Delhi: India has 17 institutions among the top 200 universities in Asia, led by the Indian Institute of Science or IISc in Bangalore (33rd rank), ... Read More »

Pregnant students can’t claim exemption from attendance rules, says Kerala court

On 24 May, the court ruled that V.G. Jasmine, a second-year graduate student of Kannur University, cannot take her examination as she missed 52 out of 93 classes during her advanced stage of pregnancy. Photo: iStockphoto New Delhi: Can students claim exemption from attendance requirements due to pregnancy? A recent ruling of the Kerala High Court answers with a negative. ... Read More »

10 recommendations of Subramanian Committee on new education policy

The outlay on education should be raised to at least 6% of GDP without further loss of time. Photo: Bloomberg New Delhi: The T.S.R. Subramanian committee, entrusted with preparing a new education policy for India submitted the report to the government in May suggesting measures that the country must take to improve the sector that caters to over 300 million ... Read More »