Daily Archives: July 16, 2014

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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New Initiatives in Education Under the Government of India National E-Governance Plan

Under the Government of India National E-Governance plan (NeGP), the Mission Mode Project of e Governance in School Education (MMP), Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to implement the Parents Related Services in phase -1 “Shaala Darpan” of the MMP in ICT enabled Government schools and Government-aided schools on a pilot mode in the State of Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

The Department of School Education & Literacy has launched a National Repository of Open Education Resources (NROER) (website www.nroer.gov.in) on 13/14 August, 2013. NROER is a collaborative platform that endeavours to bring together relevant and appropriate digital digitizable resources in multiple languages for the school system for all classes and subjects. The resources are available in the form of concept maps, video, multimedia, learning objects, audio clips, talking books, photographs, diagrams and charts, articles, wikipages and textbooks. NROER is going to be a part of National e-Library.

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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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