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Vice President Inaugurates Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the New College, Chennai

Vice President Inaugurates Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the New College, Chennai

The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said that as India marches ahead on the path of rapid economic growth and development, the imperative of inclusion of the minority communities in the development process cannot be overemphasized. Neither can the maintenance of social harmony and peaceful coexistence amongst various religious, ethnic and linguistic groups in our diverse society. Addressing at the “Inauguration of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of the New College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu” today, he has said that according to the 2001 census, recognised religious minorities comprise 18.4% of our population, which translates into approximately 185 million people. This number today could be around 220 million. If we include others who are claiming inclusion in this category, it could be said in general terms that every fifth Indian citizen belongs to a religious minority. The progress and well being of such a large segment of our population is a necessity to enable us to realize our destiny of becoming a modern, progressive and prosperous state.

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HRD Ministry to Celebrate National Education Day at Gangtok, Sikkim

HRD Ministry to Celebrate National Education Day at Gangtok, Sikkim

The Ministry of Human Resource Development in collaboration with NCERT will be celebrating National Education Day on 11th of November this year at Gangtok, Sikkim. Ministry of HRD has been celebrating National Education Day since 2008. It is celebrated to commemorate the anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, a great freedom fighter, an eminent educationist and the first Education Minister of India. It was also celebrated at Mewat in 2008. 

The main function will be held at Gangtok. On this occasion, the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will also inaugurate the 40th Jawaharlal Nehru National Science, Mathematics and Environment Exhibition. This year the theme of the Exhibition will be ‘Science and Society’. The objective is to develop scientific temper in the society and also to develop enhanced learning of mathematical capabilities in the children. Some 400 children from across the country will come to Sikkim in order to participate in the Exhibition. 

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Prime Minister’s Speech at the Conference of Directors of NITs

Prime Minister’s Speech at the Conference of Directors of NITs

Following is the text of Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh’s speech at the Conference of Directors of NITs in New Delhi today: 

“Let me begin by thanking Respected Rashtrapati ji for having organized this conference and for taking an active interest in issues concerning higher education. In February last year he had called a conference of Vice-chancellors of Central Universities and I understand a second one will be convened shortly. I am sure these initiatives will be of great benefit to the cause of higher education in our country and would also encourage others in their efforts to strengthen the higher education system. 

The National Institutes of Technology (NITs) are all institutions of national importance. They contribute substantially to the technical man-power requirements of the country’s expanding economy. This is evident from the fact that in the year 2012-13, their intake of undergraduate students was over 15000 and that of post-graduate students about 11000. They are expected to produce engineering graduates comparable in quality to those produced buy our premier institutions like the Indian Institutes of Technology. 

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IIMC and Queensland University of Technology Sign International Cooperation Agreement for Training & Capacity Building

IIMC and Queensland University of Technology Sign International Cooperation Agreement for Training & Capacity Building

Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi and Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia have signed an an International Cooperation Agreement to collaborate in academic programmes and in frontier areas of research in Media and Communication. The agreement was signed by Shri Bimal Julka, IIMC Chairman and Secretary I&B Ministry and Prof. Peter Coaldrake, Vice Chancellor, Queensland University of Technology here today. 

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Focus On Improving the Quality of Education, Use of Technology and Innovation, says President

Focus On Improving the Quality of Education, Use of Technology and Innovation, says President

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressed the 2nd Convocation of Indian Institute of Technology Patna on October 26, 2013. 

Speaking on the occasion, the President said a renewed focus by our engineering institutions towards courses on entrepreneurship is essential for the progress of our nation. One should not only be a job seeker but also a job creator. It is perhaps a kind of commitment to oneself, to one’s abilities, to one’s persistence and of course to one’s performance. He said that he was glad to know that IIT Patna is conducting intensive course on Entrepreneurship for its undergraduate students and is proactively nursing their creativity via a dedicated innovation centre. In times to come, it should leverage this opportunity and design engineering programmes in a manner that will become a model for others to emulate. 

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#DidacIndia in Conversation

The Fifth edition of Worlddidac India held from 11th to 13th September 2013 in Mumbai proved to be a grand success and ended as being the most productive three days of the year for the entire education & training fraternity. The event served as a comprehensive platform for collaborating, exchanging, promoting, networking and sharing of better practices and know-how of the industry, collecting information on the latest products and technologies and much more.

Also taking place concurrently were parallel Live Workshops (powered by IDA) and the launch of the greatly anticipated IDA Awards 2013 to reward excellence and achievement of companies and organizations in the field of education & training.

Apart from the physical conversations taking place at the event, social-media was abuzz with talks of DidacIndia and WorlddidacIndia. Here are some of the conversations taking place on Twitter: 

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MoS for HRD Shri Jitin Prasada Chairs 62nd Meeting of the CABE

MoS for HRD Shri Jitin Prasada Chairs 62nd Meeting of the CABE

The 62nd meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) was held under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble MOS(HRD), Shri Jitin Prasada here today at New Delhi. The meeting was attended by Shri K. Rehman Khan, Hon’ble Minister of Minority Affairs, Shri P.B. Naik, Hon’ble MOS, Social Justice and Empowerment, Lt. General Andaman & Nicobar, 13 State Education Ministers, representatives of States and Union Territories, CABE Members, Heads of Autonomous Organisation, Vice Chancellors and Senior Academics. Shri Ashok Thakur, Secretary (HE), cum Member Secretary, CABE, Shri R. Bhattacharya, Secretary Department of School Education and Literacy, Chairman, UGC and AICTE were also present in the meeting along with other senior officials of the Central and State Governments. 

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HRD Ministry to Open 50 Educational DTH Channels

HRD Ministry to Open 50 Educational DTH Channels

The HRD Ministry will soon launch 50 DTH educational channels. This was stated by the Secretary (HE) Sh Ashok Thakur in New Delhi today. He said these channels will be different from the existing programmes on air including Gyan Darshan as new one will be more interactive. He said these channels will air programmes which will be live and not pre recorded. Saying that the new initiatives will be one of the largest anywhere in the world of its kind, Sh. Thakur said later on the number of the channels will be increased to one thousand. He said that the Ministry has spent more than one billion dollars for ICT. Over 400 universities and twenty thousand colleges have been linked with bandwidth. He said there is a great potential to increase its usage. Highlighting the potential of the National Programme on National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT), the Secretary said that the entire country can be made into a big classroom which will help improve quality of instructions in engineering colleges particularly belonging to the remote areas. He said that the Ministry may approach AICTE to make on-line education mandatory and integral part of education system. Asking to promote virtual lab, Sh. Thakur said it should be possible to share classes from IITs to other engineering colleges by making the system more user friendly. 

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Rs. 2475 Crores Earmarked for Autonomous Colleges Desirous of Converting Themselves Into Universities

The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and the University Grants Commission (UGC) held a day-long meeting with select Autonomous Colleges and State Government representatives on 7th October, 2013 at India International Centre, New Delhi to discuss their problems. This was the first exclusive meeting of the Principals of Autonomous Colleges and State Government representatives with MHRD and the UGC, after the formulation of the scheme by the UGC a few decade ago. The Secretary, Higher Education shared with them the proposed initiatives for bringing about reforms in affiliation system which has become the bane of Higher Education system in the country. He also informed them about the provisions of the recently approved Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), a scheme of MHRD wherein autonomous colleges desirous of converting themselves into universities can be provided with funding upto Rs.55 crores each. The total amount earmarked for XII FYP for this scheme is Rs.2475 crores.

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Cabinet Approves Rs.100,000 Crores to Flagship Programme for Higher Education - RUSA

Cabinet Approves Rs.100,000 Crores to Flagship Programme for Higher Education – RUSA

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs last evening approved about one lakh crore Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA). It is a new centrally sponsored scheme for higher education which will spread over two plan periods (XIIth and XIIIth). It will focus on state higher educational institutions. It will be a new flagship scheme of the government that will pave the way for far reaching reforms at the state level. A total of 316 state public universities and 13,024 colleges will be covered under RUSA. 

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