Top 20 per cent higher education campuses to have greater autonomy: Prakash Javadekar

The top 20 per cent of higher education institutions in the country deserved more autonomy and the government would work towards exempting them from UGC’s review mechanism, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar told The Indian Express on Friday. Javadekar used the words “trust”, “free from government’s clutches” and a “fund and forget” philosophy to underline the policy.

All higher education institutions, Javadekar said, will be divided into three categories, with the top 20 per cent enjoying greater academic freedom, the next 40 per cent with relatively more regulations, and the remaining 40 per cent that will remain under the UGC’s regulatory control. The top 20 per cent will be chosen on the basis of the NAAC grading system scores.

“Trust is important,” Javadekar said. “Educational institutes of eminence across the world are free from government clutches. The Parliament and the government (in our country) are now following a new philosophy of fund and forget.” He said: “The top 20 per cent on the institutions will have close to 80 per cent of the academic freedom that we have agreed to bestow on IIMs under the new IIM Bill, which is tabled in Parliament.”

Prakash Javadekar , Autonomy of higher educational institutes, higher education institutions , UGC, IIM, IIM Bill, Narendra Modi, AICTE, Indian Express news The plan to set up 20 world-class institutions — 10 government-run and 10 private — also fits into the above philosophy, according to Javadekar. The 20 will be known as “institutions of eminence”. “By April 2018, these 20 world-class institutions will come into being. I’m doing weekly follow-up (meetings) of all developments. The advertisement (calling for applications) will be issued this month. Meanwhile, an empowered committee will be constituted by a group that would have the cabinet secretary, higher education secretary and the UGC chairman,” he said.

Javadekar said this group “will identify five to six persons of eminence who will vet applications and choose the 20 world-class institutions…. We’ll give them three months for this.” The Institutions of Eminence, also mentioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Independence Day speech, will be set up through a UGC regulation that will provide an enabling architecture to them to emerge as world-class institutions as the country has little representation in international rankings.

When asked if the merger of the AICTE and UGC was part of the ministry’s plan to move towards greater autonomy for educational institutions, Javadekar said there was no such proposal with the government at this moment.

Indian language autonomous bodies will not be diluted on NITI Aayog suggestion: HRD minister Javadekar

The HRD Ministry is not in favour of the NITI Aayog’s suggestion to dilute the character of autonomous bodies set up to promote Indian languages, minister Prakash Javadekar told The Indian Express on Friday. “They (the NITI Aayog) had given us a few suggestions. But we have put our point of view forward. Every language is unique. We want to promote all Indian languages. We want to preserve the unique identity of all (language) councils,” he said.

Prakash Jadvekar, good education for everyone, educations for Muslims, Education for Muslims in India, India education system, Latest news, India news, national newsAsked specifically if he wanted to preserve the unique identity of every language, Javadekar said: “Yes.” The Indian Express had reported on June 14 that the NITI Aayog had suggested a merger of the Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT) with the Central Institute of Indian Languages in Mysuru.

Similarly, the National Council for Promotion of Sindhi Language was recommended to be merged with the Central Institute of Indian Languages, and the National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language with either the Maulana Azad National Urdu University or Jamia Millia Islamia.

First-come, first-served policy for online admissions to FYJC

For the first time since the online Centralised Admission Process (CAP) process has begun, students can now avail of the “first-come, first served” policy for admissions to the first year junior college (FYJC) seats.

At least 1,059 students have not got a single allotment in any college despite five rounds of admissions, including a special round which is currently ongoing. A higher number consists of those students who have got allotments, but have not confirmed their seats as they are unhappy with those allotted to them, which is what has prompted CAP officials to come up with this unique admission process.

On Friday, the state government gave its approval for the “first-come, first-served” online admission process which would be rolled out after August 21, confirmed Meenakshi Raut, assistant director of education, Pune.

“In this process, a student who has not yet taken admission elsewhere will be able to log into the online admission website, using their existing Login ID and password. They will get an option to select their stream and once they have done so, a list of the colleges, along with their college codes, medium of instruction and all will be available. Once a student clicks on the college name, they will get the vacancy. If there is a vacant seat and the student wishes to take admission there, then they would get an option saying ‘Apply Now’. Once the student clicks on it, they will get the option to reserve that seat at that very minute. So, in the true sense, it would be a first-come, first-served basis of admissions since whichever student selects it first will get the admission,” said Raut.

Asked what would happen if a student with lesser percentage gets a seat into a college which a student with higher percentage was hoping to get, she said that it cannot be helped in all cases, but three groups of students would be prepared based on obtained marks and cut-off percentages.

“We are yet to work out these details, but we will have the admissions in phase-wise manner. On Day 1, we would keep the online admission portal open for students with above 80 per cent marks while on Day Two, students with 60 per cent and above can select seats and on the third day, all other students can take admissions. In their own group, if a student with lesser percentage takes the same seat which a student with higher percentage wanted, then it cannot be helped as this is first come, first-served round,” she added.

Centralised Admission Process, first year junior college, Pune news, Maharashtra news, Education news, Raut said that though this is the first year when such a round was being carried out, if it turns out to be a success, then it would be implemented in future as well. On August 19, CAP officials would officially declare the details of the special round of admissions, along with the details of the process to be followed.

Meanwhile, on Friday, a huge crowd of students assembled at the Deputy Director of Education, Pune office, demanding to know the status of their admissions. Most of the students assembled were those who had not got admission into any college despite five rounds. The students were assured by the CAP officials of getting a seat in the next special round of admissions.

CAP committee issues notice to Mt Carmel college

After receiving complaints from students and their parents that they have been refused admissions allotted through the CAP process at Lulla Nagar’s Mount Carmel College, the junior college authorities have been issued a notice by the Deputy Director of Education office. Taking serious view of the complaints, the college has been reminded that it is mandatory to give the admissions allotted through CAP process and the college has been given a period of one day — until August 19 — to give admissions to the students allotted through CAP who come to confirm their seats. The notice, issued on August 18, warns college authorities that if students are denied admissions, the college could face de-recognition process.

Circle Education Offices in Punjab on verge of closure

THE CIRCLE Education Offices (CEOs) in the state seem to be on the verge of closure as the entire clerical staff is being transferred to District Education Offices (DEOs) and Block Primary Education Offices (BPEOs) on the pretext of staff shortage there. Also the department is of the opinion that there was no need for these circle offices now and all the work, which used to be done here earlier by these offices, was being done at the school and DEOs level now. Even the department officials called these offices just dak (official correspondence) collection centres only.

Three CEOs are there in Jalandhar, Nabha and Faridkot districts since Independence and earlier, when Punjab was undivided, a post of Inspector General of School Education used to be there which was converted to CEO later.

Every Circle Education Office has seven to eight districts under them. These offices used to keep the service records of all the lecturer cadre teachers and their ACRs, too, used to be signed from here. Similarly, the records of Assured Career Progression (ACPs) of the school principals were also kept at these offices.

Circle Education Offices in Punjab, Punjab education news, Punjab news, India news, National news, Latest newsAt the Jalandhar CEO, all the nine clerks have been transferred to the DEO and BPEO.

So, the office is left with CEO Jaspal Singh, a stenographer, a superintendent and four senior superintendents now. Similarly, six clerks of Faridkot and seven of Nabha CEOs were transferred on Thursday on the orders of Director Public Institutions (DPI) secondary office.

“Several works were delegated to these offices, including the work pertaining to the counter sign on the ACRs of principals/ headmasters, work pertaining to the confirmations of the newly appointed teachers and Dak from DEOs used to be collected here but now a large number of powers have been delegated to the school principals and DEOs and it leads to no relevance of these offices now,” said a senior education department official, adding that 19 employees of ministerial staff of these three offices were transferred on Thursday.

Punjab Education Department Ministerial Staff Association took out rallies at the district level in protest on Friday. Pawanjit Singh Sidhu, general secretary of the Punjab Education Department Ministerial Staff Association, said the government cannot close these offices without taking the clerical staff into confidence. The clerks transferred from the circle offices are being overburdened as one clerk has to do the work of at least two BPEOs. “There are hundreds of teachers who come under one BPEO and maintaining each and every record of these teachers is not possible for a single clerk,” he said, adding that even the objectionable words are being used for the clerical staff by senior officials.

UP NEET admission round 2 counselling results 2017 declared at

The Directorate General of Medical Education and Training (DGME) of Uttar Pradesh has released the results for the second round of counselling at Candidates who have applied for admission to various medical courses in the state can check their result from the official website.

Round 2 of the counselling process for students seeking admission to (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) MBBS and Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in Uttar Pradesh began with its registration from August 6 to 10, 2017. Students had to fill in their choices on Friday, August 18.

This admission process is only for students who have cleared the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 which was conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on May 7, 2017.

Over 32,000 students have grabbed a position in the UP NEET merit list 2017. The DGME had declared the first counselling results on July 18, 2017. Round 1 of counselling began on July 9 and admissions through the same carried on till July 22, 2017.

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Step 1: Go to the official website for UP NEET (

Step 2: Click on the notification for round 2 counselling results 2017.

Step 3: Enter your details where required.

Step 4: Search for your results and save a copy of the results for further reference.

IGNOU to train 11,884 Tripura teachers, signs MoC with state for two-year diploma course

The School of Education (SOE) of the The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is collaborating with the government of Tripura on order to provide professional training to 11,884 teachers at the elementary level. The university signed a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) with the state government for this purpose on Friday.

Only those teachers “who possess the qualifications stipulated as per the NCTE norms and are working in government o government-recognized primary or elementary schools” will be considered eligible for the programme which is a two-year diploma in elementary education. Candidates of reserved categories will be subject to relaxation of marks for eligibility, according to a press release by the university.

The course will be imparted in the form of open distance learning (ODL) and aims to “familiarize all enrolled teachers with dimensions of elementary education in Tripura.”

IGNOU,, ignou admission, ignou mooc, teacher training, ignou teacher training, ignou tripura, education news, indian express“Two years down the lane there was not much Training Learning Materials (TLMs) available for training the untrained teachers. The challenge for us was to come up with something that was meaningful and totally required to professionally upgrade the untrained teachers,” IGNOU SOE and programme coordinator Poonam Bhushan said.

The IGNOU registrar and the director of SCERT Tripura on Friday signed the MoC which would ensure that the training would be conducted in phases and will enroll only 100 students at each programme study centre.

“Now, even the SCERT has developed a lot of materials for reference and IGNOU has also emerged to be strong. The DIETS/ teaching faculty are much trained today as compared to the past two years to carry forward this programme. While the SLMs can do their job, it is the practical component that should be organized by the state government for a successful completion of training them,” Bhushan said.

Gujarat NEET UG round 2 seat allotment 2017 to be displayed today at

The Admission Committee for Professional Undergraduate Medical Educational Courses (ACPUGMEC) of Gujarat will release the seat allotment for round 2 of admission to medical courses in the state today. Candidates who have applied for allotment can check the result from the official website.

Those who have cleared the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS and BDS courses are eligible for the counselling process. The committee called for choice-filling for available seats from August 14 to August 17, 2017.

Those who have gained an allotment are required to report to their respective help centers and educational institutions from 10 am on August 21 to 4 pm on August 23, 2017. During this time, candidates will also be require to submit their documents at the selected help center and pay the fees.

There are 15 help centers participating in round 2 of NEET UG admissions in Gujarat. These include AMC Medical College, BJ Medical College, CU Shah Medical College, GMERS Medical Colleges, Government Medical Colleges, Gujarat Adani Insititute of Medical Sciences, MP Shah Government Medical College, PDU Medical College, Pramukh Swami Medical College, Smt NHI Municipal Medical College, Suurat Municipal Medical College and GCS Medical College and Research Institute.

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– Go to the official website (

– Click on the link for the seat allotment result.

– Enter your details in the fields provided.

– Download the results and take a print out of the same for further reference.

Osmania University OUCET 2nd allotment result 2017 to release today at

Osmania University has announced that it will release the results for the second phase of allotment through the university’s Common Entrance Test (OUCET) 2017 for undergraduate courses today. Candidates who have applied can check their allotment from the official website.

“Second phase Allotment Result will be available on 19/08/2017 after 2:00 PM,” the university said in a notification. The facility for web options for the second round for all candidates who cleared OUCET 2017 was opened on August 9 and was closed by August 12 this year.

The university further announced that the manual counselling for admission to Master of Physical Education (MPEd) courses will be held from 9.30 am on August 24 at the Admissions Directorate. It added that the manual counselling for all postgraduate courses will be conducted on August 28 from 9.30 am.

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Step 1: Go to the official website of the university (

Step 2: Under the “Admissions” tab, click on the link for the “Directorate of Admissions.

Step 3: Follow the link for “OUCET 2017 notification”.

Step 4: In the new page, click on “OUCET 2017”.

Step 5: A notification will be available once the results are released. Click on the notification.

Step 6: Enter your details in the fields provided.

Step 7: Download the allotment result and save a copy.

IIFT MBA IB admission 2017: Exam on December 3, here’s how to prepare

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) recently announced that the written examination for admission to Master of Business Administration International Business (MBA IB) course will be conducted on December 3, 2017. With just a few months left for the exam, candidates should use this time to be prepare.

The exam will be conducted offline and the last date to apply for the same is on September 15, 2017.  Aspirants will be given 2 hours to attempt a 100-mark paper which has a negative marking of 1/3 for every wrong answer.

The exam will consist of four sections including quantitative ability, verbal ability, logical reasoning and general awareness. Here is what you can look out for in each section:

Quantitative ability section

The quantitative ability section tests the aspirants’ understanding of the core concepts and numerical ability and precision in calculation are the focal the points. Candidates need to have a good grasp on the fundamentals of arithmetic and modern mathematics with a hold over each concept and formula. To crack this section, candidates require practice in quadratics equations with attention to logarithms, probability, profit and loss, binomial theorem, algebra and geometry.

Verbal Ability section

This section is all about speed and accuracy of the candidate since there are nearly 3 to 4 comprehensions which need to be attempted. Candidates must pay heed to grammar, reading, vocabulary strengthening and parajumbles while they maintain a focus on questions based on analogies, fill in the blanks, sentence correction and vocabulary.

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Questions in the logical reasoning section encompass data interpretation questions as well. It must be noted that this section is often key determinant of the results obtained by IIFT aspirants. Since the questions are a conglomeration of data interpretation and logical reasoning section, therefore, focus on bar graphs, pie charts and combinations along with family trees, arrangements and complex data situations.

While attempting LR section, restrain from assumptions. Base your answer on the given facts only. This section is practice-intensive and requires complete attention.

General Awareness Section

It is often believed that the general awareness section is the easiest to attempt. However, it requires the intensive preparation and cannot be attempted until you have a firm grasp over the current happenings and events across the globe. Keep yourself updated with all the latest initiations. This section generally contains questions related to environmental science so learn about current and static components of the environment. You will also need to strengthen your knowledge on history, geography, economics and politics.

Maharashtra HSC Class 12th supplementary exam results 2017 declared, check online at

The results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) supplementary examination conducted by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) between July 19 to 28, 2017 are declared on Monday at across all nine divisions in the state. The overall pass percentage for supplementary exam is 24.96. A total of 93,271 students registered for the exam, of which 68605 are boys while 24666 were girls. In terms of performance, girls have outnumbered boys by scoring 28.72 pass percent while girls 23.61 per cent.

For the last couple of years, the re-examination or supplementary exams for HSC students who failed to clear March examinations are being conducted early.

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In an emailed press statement, Krishnakumar Patil, secretary of MSBSHSE said that the exam marksheet will be distributed to students in their respective junior colleges on August 24, post 3 pm. Those students who want to opt for revaluation of marks will have to do so between August 22 to 31 along with the prescribed fees at the divisional board office. For this, the students will have to attach a photocopy of the online marksheet. The students who to obtain photocopies of their answersheets, can apply between August 22 to Monday, September 11, along with a copy of the online marksheet and prescribed fees.

The note states that a complete rechecking of the answersheet is available but students wishing to do so have to apply with prescribed fees along with photocopy of their answersheet. Hence students have to first apply for photocopy and then apply for re-checking of the paper, within five days of receiving the photocopy. Additional details in this regard can be sought from schools or divisional board office.

Details will be conveyed at a later date for those students who have cleared the examination but want to appear for February-March 2018 exam under Class Improvement Scheme.

Among streams, the overall pass percentage of science is at 30.80 per cent, for arts it is 23.98 per cent while for commerce and vocational courses, it is 22.54 per cent and 24.62 per cent respectively.