Daily Archives: August 10, 2015

International Research Publications

The Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET), an Inter University Centre (IUC) under the University Grants Commission (UGC) has reported that the year-wise contribution, from 2010 to 2014, by Indian Institutions in high quality publications indexed in Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index, also indexed on the Web of Science (WoS), is as follows:

Year

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Total

(2010-2014)

Number of Publications

48163

52448

55538

61206

65198

282553

The INFLIBNET has further informed that as per the data of Indian publications on the Indian Citation Index, also indexed on the WoS, 58.26% of Articles are published in International Journals and 41.74% in Indian Journals. This comparision, however, does not take into account those journals that fail to make to the Indian Citation Index or the WoS.

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Promoting Education Among Minorities Population in the Country

Under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), 1338 new Government secondary schools with a total outlay of Rs.837.78 crore have been approved till date in respect of Minority Concentrated Districts (MCDs). As per the Unified District Information System for Education (U-DISE) for the year 2014-15, out of 1338 secondary schools approved in MCDs, 960 secondary schools are functional.

The Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan(SSA) provides for opening of new schools, construction of school buildings, construction of additional classrooms, additional teachers, Kasturaba Ghandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBV), provides free textbooks to all children from classes I-VIII, provides Urdu textbooks for Urdu medium schools and where Urdu is taught as a subject, free uniforms (two sets) to all girls and children belonging to SC/ST/BPL. Priority is given to infrastructure for new schools, toilets and buildings in areas with concentration of minority population. KGBVs have been opened in Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs) where the female rural literacy is below the national average to provide for residential upper primary schools for girls. The KGBV reaches out to (i) girls who are unable to go to regular schools, (ii) out-of-school girls in the ten-plus age group who are unable to complete primary school, (iii) younger girls of migratory population in difficult areas of scattered habitations that do not qualify for primary/upper primary schools. Among these girls KGBVs provide reservation for 75% girls belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC) and minority communities. 25% priority is given to girls from Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. A total of 555 KGBVs have been sanctioned for MCDs upto 31.3.2015.

Under the Scheme for Infrastructure Development in Minority Institutions (IDMI), an amount of Rs.11.45 crore has been released covering 126 minority institutions during the year 2014-2015.

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