Only 57% students have computers to attend online classes, finds survey

New Delhi: Only 57 per cent students in the country have required hardware like computer, router and printer at home to attend online classes being conducted during the coronavirus lockdown, according to a survey.

Medical entrance exam NEET postponed due to coronavirus outbreak

New Delhi: The Union HRD Ministry on Friday (March 27) postponed the national medical entrance exam, NEET, in view of the countrywide lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, officials said.

Amid COVID-19, Janata curfew, math connects Super 30 founder to studen...

What turned out to be a fun Sunday (March 22) for students across the country amid ‘Janata curfew’ in view of the coronavirus outbreak, ‘Super 30’ founder Anand Kumar challenged children to solve a mathematics question via social media.

AICTE bars universities from offering PGDM and MBA courses simultaneously

Government or private universities will no longer be able to offer both PGDM and MBA courses simultaneously and will have to choose either of the two, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) said on Tuesday (February 18). The technical and management education regulator of the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has sai...

MCA programme reduced to two-years

A sign of relief for the students of Master of Computer Application (MCA) from the upcoming academic year. Now, the three-year course has been reduced to two-year, to benefit the students and colleges. In addition, the deployed faculties will be posted for newer programmes and classrooms meant for the three-year course will be used for other cou...

Five IIITs given INI status; Can award M Tech and PhD degrees now

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday (February 5) gave its approval to confer the status of Institution of National Importance (INI) to five Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs).

FM Nirmala Sitharaman allocates ₹99,300 crore for education sector in FY21

From steps to attract external commercial borrowing, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the education sector to online education programmes, the education section of the budget has set a few ambitious targets.

UGC seeks higher allocation for education in budget

Vadodara: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has been undertaking efforts to make higher education relevant to the societal and national needs, its chairman DP Singh said on Wednesday (January 29).


Tele counselling center in Chennai checks on home quarantined

A COVID-19 Tele Counselling Center set up by the Greater Chennai Corporation in association with social workers from Loyola College has been offering support to those home quarantined since the lockdown.

COVID-19 is changing consumer behaviour and how

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown is changing consumption patterns of people and may have a long-lasting impact on certain industries.

Withdrawal hits tipplers in Telangana as lockdown keeps booze out

Hyderabad: Tipplers in Telangana are on the edge. With all wine shops and toddy outlets being closed since March 22, following a shutdown announced by the state government, the habitual boozers are going through severe withdrawal symptoms.

‘Time travel’ to a post-COVID-19 society may hold many surprises

The aim of this piece is not to scare you but to contemplate the possible future scenarios of COVID-19. I am sure, scientists will find a cure for COVID-19 and we will back to our regular lives – get the jobs and housemaids back and give a break to our beloved family members by going to the office.




UGC to launch 10 women-centric chairs to motivate girls to go for higher studies

On the occasion of National Girl Child Day on Friday (January 24), University Grants Commission (UGC) announced the establishment of 10 women-centric academic chairs in various universities.

Special children taking class 10, 12 CBSE exams can use calculators 

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE) will allow children with special needs appearing for class 10 and 12 exams to use basic calculators from this year, officials said. “The board has decided to facilitate students under Children with Special Needs (CSWN) category by permitting the use of simple basic calculator during Class X and C...

Thugs, fascists, storm troopers: Oppn slams govt on JNU ‘terror attack’

Opposition leaders strongly condemned the hooliganism in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Sunday (January 5) unleashed by masked goons who attacked students and teachers and vandalised property and left around 20 students injured. "Fascist", "cowardly act", "thugs", "goons", "storm troopers" were some of the terms alluded to the government a...

Resignation of Allahabad University VC accepted: HRD Min

New Delhi: The resignation of Allahabad University Vice-Chancellor Ratan Lal Hangloo, who was under the scanner over alleged financial and administrative irregularities, has been accepted.

Pressure mounts on students as TN public exams approach for class V, VIII

Chennai: The students of class V and VIII in Tamil Nadu may have already started dreading the new year – for they will have to take a public examination in March and April respectively.

Cyber crime topics should be part of school & college syllabus: Ex-SC Chief Just...

Coimbatore: Cyberspace and cybercrime, its control, impact and all other aspects should be made part of the school and college syllabi to make students aware of the field, former Supreme Court Chief Justice Dipak Misra said on Saturday.

IIT-KGP offers joint PhD programme with Auckland University

Kolkata: IIT-Kharagpur has launched a joint PhD programme with Auckland University of New Zealand to strengthen the economic and research ties between the two countries, an official of the institute said on Wednesday (December 18). Admission of students to the joint PhD programme, a first between the two countries, will begin in the autumn of next year....

HRD Ministry defers decision to hike MTech fee in IITs

The HRD ministry has deferred the decision to hike the MTech fee in the IITs for further discussion on the issue. While the ministry had, in September, announced the decision of the IIT Council that it will implement the fee hike, the issue will again be taken up at the next meeting. The development comes against the backdrop of protests by Jawa...

Is playback theatre changing teacher-student relationship in Khammam?

For years, Jarpala Kumar has been teaching English and life skills to students, mostly children of farmers, in Rayagudem village in Khammam, Telangana. All along, he had focussed only on their studies. But now, he has realised the need to understand their personal issues and help them evolve as confident individuals. This change in attitude is a...

Vice President laments poor world ranking of Indian varsities

Pune: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday (December 8) said it was sad that no Indian university figured among the top 300 in this years Time World University Ranking, and stressed on the need to improve quality of education in the country. Addressing students at the 16th convocation ceremony at Symbiosis International University here, Naidu sai...

Not possible to have uniform education syllabus, says HRD minister

Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Monday (December 2) said it will not be possible to have a uniform education syllabus in the country. "The National Curriculum Framework (NCF), developed by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), sets guidelines and direction for development of syllabi and ...

UK varsity explores potential Indian entrance tests for admission

Indian students planning to study abroad may soon get admitted to UK's Belfast University by cracking entrance exams in their homeland. A team from the varsity is working on identifying entrance tests conducted in India whose scores can be accepted by it in its admission criteria, its Vice-Chancellor Ian Greer has said. Earlier this year, the...

Education Adalats begin today in Belagavi to clear pending files of teachers

Bengaluru: Education Adalats will be organised in Karnataka’s Belagavi division, beginning Saturday (November 16), to clear long-pending files of teachers. The ‘adalats’ will be set up by the department of public instruction to provide a single-window system to dispose of such files.

HRD minister launches draft ‘Industry Guidelines on Digital Learning’

New Delhi: The draft ‘Industry Guidelines on Digital Learning’, developed by the UNESCO and Delhi-based MGIEP, was launched at a ministerial roundtable in Paris by Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal on Friday (November 15).

Sports to be a part of new education system in CBSE: Minister Rijiju

Chennai: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday (October 29) said a system was being prepared by the BCSE to ensure sports become a substantial part of the education system to determine the achievements of a student.

Gender stereotyping should be eliminated at play school level, says NCERT

New Delhi: Gender stereotyping should end at the pre-school level itself to ensure children are not gender-biased when they grow up, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) said on Thursday (October 17). The HRD Ministry's curriculum developing body has made "gender equality" recommendations in the new guidelines for pre-school ed...

NCERT to revise 14-yr-old curriculum framework

New Delhi: The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is planning to review the 14-year-old National Curriculum Framework (NCF) in accordance with a new national education policy (NEP) and set up a committee for the purpose. According to NCERT Director Hrushikesh Senapaty, the council is going to announce a committee by the end of th...

No child in pre-school should be made to take written or oral test: NCERT

New Delhi: No child in pre-school should be made to give any written or oral exam, the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has said, terming it as a harmful and undesirable practice resulting from misguided parental aspiration. According to the Council which is the HRD Ministry's curriculum developing body, the purpose of evaluati...

Intimate foreign medical students about admissions in India by August 15 every year: ...

New Delhi: Taking serious note of delay in communication to medical students from foreign countries as also the North East regarding admissions to government colleges, the Supreme Court has directed the Centre that they be informed about the status by August 15 every year, giving them time to join. The apex court noted that the last date for admission in f...

Allow student entrepreneurs with less attendance to sit for exams: AICTE

New Delhi: The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has directed engineering colleges and technical institutions to allow student entrepreneurs to sit for examination even if their attendance is short. The colleges have also been asked to explore provisions of on-campus accommodation to student entrepreneurs and permitting semester break for wo...