Category: Higher Education

Reforms in Higher Education

Enhancing access, equity and quality in higher education through institutional and policy reforms is continually being undertaken by the Central Government, in consultation with all stakeholders, including State Governments and academics. This information was given by the Minister for Human Resources Development Smt. Smriti Irani in the Rajya Sabha The University Grants Commission(UGC) has made the accreditation of Higher Educational Institutions mandatory, issued regulations for affiliation of colleges to Universities, maintaining standards in Deemed and Private Universities, laid down the minimum qualifications for appointment to teaching positions, minimum standards for grant of first degree, Master’s degree, M.Phil / Ph.D degree, etc for enhancing quality and access in higher education. The UGC has also laid down regulations for promotion of equity and grievance redressal in higher educational institutions.

Further, the Central Government is implementing the Rashtriya Uchhatar Siksha Abhiyan during the XIIth Plan to incentivise reforms in the state higher educational institutions.

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Reason for Reverting to 3 Years Undergraduate Degree in Delhi University

The reasons for reverting back to the three years undergraduate degree in Delhi University included the need to comply with National Policy on Education (NPE) 1986, ensure that students of Delhi University are not put to any disadvantage vis- a-vis students of other universities in terms of horizontal and vertical mobility and also in terms of employment opportunities. The information was given by the Minister for Human Resources Development Smt. Smriti Irani in the Rajya Sabha. ‘Employability criteria’ was not the reason for reverting back to three year undergraduate degree.

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Minority Youths in Higher Education

As per the response received in the “All India Survey on Higher Education” 2011-12, the number of Minority Students studying in higher education in the country is 1322332. The survey was based on the response from 611 out of 642 Universities, 21443 out of 35431 Colleges and 5542 out of 11156 Stand Alone Institutions this information was given by the Minister for Human Resources Development Smt. Smriti Irani in the Rajya Sabha.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has undertaken various measures for increasing the participation of the minority youths in the purview of higher education by implementing various educational schemes. These include establishment of Model Degree Colleges, Women Hostels and Polytechnics in the Minority Concentration Districts (MCDs). University Grants Commission (UGC) has been implementing various schemes like establishment of Equal Opportunity Cells, Establishment of Residential Coaching Academy (RCA) for SC/ST/Minorities in Universities, Remedial Coaching Schemes for SC/ST/Minorities students apart from implementing the scheme of Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students on behalf of the Ministry of Minority Affairs.

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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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