Category: Higher Education

Knowledge and Innovation Underpinning of Progress and Prosperity in the Twenty-First Century, says President

Knowledge and Innovation Underpinning of Progress and Prosperity in the Twenty-First Century, says President

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressing at the Inauguration of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of National Institute of Technology, at Tiruchirappalli, in Tamil Nadu on July 19, 2014.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli on July 19, 2014.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said knowledge and innovation are the underpinning of progress and prosperity in the twenty-first century. In this age of globalization, we can derive competitive advantage only from an eco-system that is conducive to new learning, research and innovation. NITs must work towards promoting scientific temper in their students. Yet, given the present socio-economic condition of our country, the thrust of research must be to erase backwardness and wipe out deprivation. Innovations must improve the state of the underserved, who want a positive difference in their lives. Institutions like NIT Trichy must support ingenuous ideas that promise betterment for those aspiring to rise up the socio-economic ladder – help a farmer till the soil better, an artisan perfect his craft or a small entrepreneur improve the productivity of his venture.

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Become Agents of Change, Says President to Students of Central University of Kerala

Become Agents of Change, Says President to Students of Central University of Kerala

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at the inauguration of First Convocation of the Central University of Kerala, at Kasaragod, in Kerala on July 18, 2014. The Governor of Kerala, Smt. Sheila Dixit, the Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri Oommen Chandy and other dignitaries are also seen.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the first Convocation of the Central University of Kerala in Kasaragod today (July 18, 2014).

Speaking on the occasion, the President said success of India will lie in mobilizing all the positive forces to fight the scourges of poverty, deprivation and backwardness. The students present here enjoy a privileged position by virtue of having access to higher education. This privilege comes with a huge moral responsibility. Their success will lie in becoming the agent of change the catalyst in mitigating the hardships and sufferings of the people. The President said “it is alright to have personal ambitions. But it should not be the ‘be all and end all’ in life. While pursuing your individual goals, always keep the bigger picture; the higher calling; the greater good, in mind. Treat your personal aims and the greater good as one integrated whole, without separating them”.

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New Institutions of Higher Education To Be Set Up in India

The Union HRD Minister Smt. Smriti Irani stated in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question today that as per the Andhra Pradesh Reorganization Act, 2014, the Government of India shall take steps to establish one Indian Institute of Management (IIM), one Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), one National Institute of Technology (NIT), one Central University and a Tribal University, an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), one Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), a Petroleum University, one Agriculture University, one National Institute of Disaster Management and an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) type of institute, in the successor state of Andhra Pradesh. In the state of Telangana, one Horticulture University and one Tribal University are proposed to be established as per the Act. Details of locations and budgetary provisions for these institutions are yet to be finalised.

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INR 2808.71 Cr For Setting Up of 20 Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT’s) Under Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) Model

The Union Cabinet approved a Scheme, based on Public-Private-Partnership(PPP) model, for setting up 20 new Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in December 2010, with an outlay of Rs.2808.71 Crores (Rs.2558.71 Crores for non-recurring, Rs.200.00 Crore for recurring expenditure and Rs.50.00 Crore for faculty development expenditure). The capital cost of each IIIT is Rs.128.00 Crore to be contributed in the ratio of 50:35:15 by the Central Government, the State Government and the industry respectively (57.5:35:7.5 in case of North-Eastern region). Concerned State Government will provide 50-100 acres of land, free of cost and encumbrances.

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Norms for Accreditation of Educational Institutions in India

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has notified regulations in January, 2014 on the lines of UGC Regulations, 2012. As per the University Grants Commission (Mandatory Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Educational Institutions) Regulations, 2012, notified on 19th January, 2013, it is mandatory for each Higher Educational Institution to get accredited by an Accreditation Agency after passing out of two batches or six years, whichever is earlier, in accordance with the norms and methodology prescribed by such agency or the Commission, as the case may be. Further as per these Regulations, every Higher Educational Institution, which has completed six years of existence or two batches having passed out, whichever is earlier, is to apply within six months from the date of coming into force of these Regulations, to the Accreditation Agency, for accreditation.

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Recognition of B.Tech Course by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)

As per directive dated 29.06.2014 of University Grants Commission (UGC), University of Delhi has to obtain appropriate approval of the AICTE for its B. Tech Programmes in Computer Science, Electronics, Food Technology, Instrumentation Electronics and Polymer Science started in academic year 2013-14.

However, the Supreme Court, in its Order dated 9/05/2014 in SLP (Civil) No. 7277/2014 (Orissa Technical Colleges Association vs AICTE & Anr), has mandated that prior approval of AICTE is compulsory and mandatory for conduct of a technical course by an existing affiliated Technical College for conduct of its Technical Courses/ Programmes for the academic year 2014-15. Therefore, the approval for B.Tech Programmes became mandatory again w.e.f. 09/05/2014.

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Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani Holds Retreat with Directors and Chairmen of 16 IITS

Union HRD Minister Smt. Smriti Irani asked the Directors and Chairmen of IITs to come up with strategies for making the country both manpower ready and teacher ready. Smt. Irani held a Retreat with Directors and Chairmen of 16 IITs in Goa. The interaction focused on issues related to deepening Research & Technological Innovation for meeting national development agenda, enhancing Industry-Academia collaborations, expanding Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), framework on Ranking System that would reflect national concerns and leveraging alumni networks. She said that IITs needed to come up with at least 10 goalposts that India should reach both nationally and internationally in a time-bound manner. A committee consisting of Directors and Chairmen of IITs has been constituted to map various disciplines with respect to their requirement for meeting national manpower goals.

The Union Minister also highlighted the need to develop quality faculty not only for new IITs, IIMs, IISERs but also other institutions in the country. She asked Director IIT Kharagpur and IIT Kanpur to come up with a National Initiative on summer/winter lectures by best of the foreign and the national faculty.

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HRD Minister Smriti Irani Holds Interactive Session with Directors/Chairpersons of IISc/IISERs

HRD Minister Smriti Irani Holds Interactive Session with Directors/Chairpersons of IISc/IISERs

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani addressing at the meeting of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), in New Delhi on June 23, 2014. The Secretary, Higher Education, MHRD, Shri Ashok Thakur and the Addl. Secretary, MHRD, Smt. Amita Sharma are also seen.

The Union Minister of Human Resource Development Mrs. Smriti Zubin Irani held a meeting with the Directors/Chairpersons of IISc/IISERs, in New Delhi today.

The meeting was an interactive session to understand the goals and challenges faced by IISc/IISERs including infrastructure, capacity building, research, international co-operation, patents, IPRs and publications in peer reviewed journals. Addressing the meeting, the minister said it is very important to develop a national system of rankings which will work as a national benchmark for various science education and research institutions to achieve. This will further help us to compete at an international level, and we must give special attention to South-South collaboration, she added. To increase international presence on campus, IISERs need more publicity and creation of brand value.

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PM Shri. Narendra Modi Was Presented The First Copy Of The QS BRICS 2014 University Rankings By Union HRD Minister  Smt. Smriti Irani

PM Shri. Narendra Modi Was Presented The First Copy Of The QS BRICS 2014 University Rankings By Union HRD Minister Smt. Smriti Irani

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi was presented the first copy of the QS BRICS 2014 University Rankings by the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani and the Chairman Indian Centre for Assessment and Accreditation, Shri Mohandas Pai, at 7 Race Course Road, in New Delhi on June 17, 2014.

The Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt Smriti Zubin Irani presented the first copy of the 'QS University Rankings: BRICS 2014' to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in New Delhi today.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Shri Modi identified the need to link research and education to the development needs of the country. He emphasised the need for India to evolve an independent 'India Ranking' metric which can then involve the SAARC nations as the existing systems are skewed towards Western Nations.

Earlier, the ICAA delegation called upon the Union HRD minister SmtIrani and delivered a detailed presentation on Global Rankings and discussed steps to help assist Universities in India progress up the ranks.

The growing interest in international rankings is reflected in a sharp increase in the positions of some Indian institutions featuring in the BRICS Ranking published by QS.

Twenty Indian educational institutions feature in the latest BRICS ranking and five Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) win places in the top 20. IIT-Delhi, IIT-Bombay, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Madras and IIT-Kharagpur have made it to the list. IITs are again by far the most successful representatives of the country's higher education system.

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