Schools reopen after two years; govt schools see surge in new admissions

After a span of nearly two years, schools reopened in Tamil Nadu for classes 1 to 8, on November 1. To mark the significant occasion, not just teachers, even the legislators, district collectors and local body representatives landed up in the schools to welcome the children and allay fears of the COVID-19 pandemic.

JEE Advanced 2021 results out, Delhi’s Mridul Agarwal declared topper

Mridul Agarwal from the Delhi zone has topped the JEE-Advanced exams with 96.66 per cent, the results of which were announced on Friday. Agarwal scored 348 out of 360 marks in the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE)-Advanced, which is the entrance exam for different IITs across the country. Out of the 41,862 candidates who have qualified in JEE-Advanced t...

COVID impact: In 50 countries, classes have not gone offline yet

As the world tries to recover from the effects of the pandemic, nearly 50% countries still haven’t gone back to offline education, shows an international COVID-19 education recovery tracker led by Unicef. Online education has been the most convenient option while countries like India are now in the hybrid (a combination of online and offline) mo...

DU ends admissions under first list, 41,000 students secure seats

University of Delhi (DU) today informed that admissions under the first cut-off list have closed with a total of 41,211 candidates securing seats. Admissions were open for roughly 70,000 undergraduate seats in DU in the first list. According to university authorities, 31,172 seats have been secured by students from CBSE; 2,365 from the Kerala Bo...

‘Marks jihad’ jibe against DU aspirants from Kerala draws flak

A controversy has broken out over students from Kerala reportedly being denied admission in various Delhi University colleges on flimsy grounds, said the Students Federation of India (SFI) on Wednesday (October 7).

India’s school system under stress; 11.6 lakh teachers needed

India's school system continues to struggle with paucity of teachers as a new UNESCO report revealed that India has nearly 1.2 lakh single-teacher schools, nearly 89 per cent of them are found in rural areas. The report released on Tuesday (October 6) emphasised the fact that the country needs 11.6 lakh teachers to plug the current shortfall in schools

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CBSE to launch two year reading mission on September 20

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will launch a two-year reading mission across 25,000 CBSE-affiliated schools to encourage students to actively engage with learning.

JEE-Main results out: 44 students score record 100 percentile

Twenty candidates have been debarred from appearing in future examinations for a period of three years

You’d never guess which country has the largest number of Indian students

Most people would perhaps name the US or Britain. But the UAE is home to the largest population of Indian students outside of their home country, with Canada a close second

‘Child marriage to chores, long school closure hazardous for kids’

The hazards of not reopening schools after a long closure due to COVID-19 are "too serious to be ignored", a parliamentary panel has said noting that it has not only impacted social fabric of families in a negative manner, but also increased involvement of children in household chores. "The closure of schools for over a year has had a deep impac...

Digital divide: Over 3 crore students in India cannot access online education

Online education in schools may have become the norm but it is not inclusive in nature because of the digital divide prevalent in society. The fact was reaffirmed by Union Minister of Education Dharmendra Pradhan, who told Lok Sabha on Monday (August 2) that about 3 crore school-going children in 24 states do not have digital devices with Bihar con...

Delhi University to start admission process for UG courses from Monday

The Delhi University will commence the registration process of nearly 70,000 seats for undergraduate courses from Monday. The last date of registrations will be August 31. According to university officials, the admission portal is likely to go live by 3 pm on Monday. Like the portal for postgraduate admissions, this will also be interactiv...

PM introduces module in AI, freedom to enter, exit course

Prime Minister Narendra Modi marked the completion of one year of reforms under the National Education Policy 2020 by making a slew of announcements on Thursday (July 29). The National Education Policy replaced the National Policy on Education framed in 1986. The new policy intends to transform education in schools and colleges and make India a ...

Mom cooks, dad reads: Kerala plans gender audit of textbooks

The Kerala government is looking to inculcate gender neutrality with curriculum changes from the pre-primary to university level

Engineering can now be pursued in five regional languages; six more in the offing

Following the guidelines of the National Education Policy (NEP), engineering degree courses will now be made available in five regional languages with the All India Council for Technology Education (AICTE) preparing content for six more languages.

Preference of English medium instruction rises in South India except Karnataka

English became the most preferred medium of instruction in all southern states except Karnataka, where more than half of school-going children preferred Kannada as medium of instruction, as per the 2019-20 Unified District Information System (UDISE) released recently. Among the states, Jammu and Kashmir has nearly hundred percent enrolment in En...

IIT-Madras in caste row as Asst Prof Vipin Veetil quits citing discrimination

Veetil, an IIT-M economics faculty member, said he would pursue ‘appropriate action’ against instances of caste discrimination

SC: Candidates can opt out of CA exams if they, kin suffer from COVID

CA candidates can opt out of writing exams this year if they or their family members suffer from COVID, the Supreme Court has ruled

AP insists on conducting Class 12 exams. SC asks about its repercussions

If there is any fatality, we will hold the state responsible, the Supreme Court told the Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday after being informed of its decision to hold Class 12 board examination. A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari was informed that Andhra Pradesh and Kerala are the only two states which have till now dec...

TN take note: Centre may flag off CUCET, another common entrance test

The Tamil Nadu government has constantly locked horns with the Centre over the national medical entrance exam NEET, which they feel places marginalised and rural students at a distinct disadvantage. But, now they may have to contend with yet another centrally conducted common entrance test for admissions to undergraduate courses in 45 Central Universities in different States in the country.

NCPEDP announces three-year fellowship for youths with disabilities

The National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP), India’s leading cross-disability advocacy organisation, in collaboration with Azim Premji Foundation (The Philanthropy), has announced NCPEDP-Javed Abidi Fellowship on Disability on June 11. A press release by NCPEDP said that this would be a three-year, immersive, gra...

US embassy site crashes as students scramble to book slots

In a tweet the embassy said it was aware of the high demand for student visa appointments. “Please remember, do not refresh too often, as you may be locked out of your account. Appointments remain available at all posts, and we will continue to add appointments as conditions allow,” it said.

Karnataka schools worry about dropouts, lack of new admissions

A worsening economic condition, the need for online classes and the lack of supply of mid-day meals are forcing students to drop out from Karnataka schools

Explained: What is PGI, Centre’s go-to tool to gauge school education

Just like students are graded according to their performance in school, the Performance Grading Index (PGI) put in place by the Centre determines the status and quality of school education in states and Union territories. Punjab, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andaman Nicobar Islands were adjudged the top five achievers in PGI in the list fo...

CBSE panel to decide criteria for evaluation of Class XII students

Following the Centre’s decision, more states called off their board exams, a few others said they will take a call soon. Rajasthan, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha and Uttarakhand have also cancelled the Class XII board exams

Students, experts question Class X pattern for Class XII assessment

there is widespread concern about the new evaluation system. Teachers and students are skeptical about following a mechanism set up for class 10.