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Urdu varsity for exchange with Saudi universities

Hyderabad, Feb 20 (IANS) Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) Vice-Chancellor Mohammad Miyan Wednesday proposed academic exchange programme between his varsity and universities of Saudi Arabia.

UP set to distribute free laptops to 1.5 million school-leavers

Lucknow, Feb 20 (IANS) They'll cost the Utttar Pradesh government a whopping Rs.2,800 crore and their distribution is set to begin, but each of the 1.5 million recipients of the free laptops being given to school-leavers will have no doubt where they came from - what with tamper-proof images of ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on their covers.

Left slams Mamata decision to postpone students poll

Kolkata, Feb 19 (IANS) Slamming the West Bengal government's decision to postpone student union elections in colleges and universities for six months, the opposition Left Front Tuesday demanded immediate withdrawal of the directive.

Girls quiz Cameron on jobs for Indian women in UK

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron Thursday faced a barrage of questions from students at a girls' college here on job opportunities in his country for women from India.

US announces Fulbright-Nehru fellowships

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The annual competition for Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright fellowship opportunities has opened for study, research, teaching and professional development in the US.

Pre-exam stress can affect performance: Experts

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) Stress before an exam is normal. But in excess, it's bad - both physically and mentally - and can adversely impact on performance. With the CBSE board exams just two weeks away, doctors say that students have been approaching them for medical intervention for various stress-related symptoms, which, at times, are very serious.

Britain seeks to be India's partner of choice: Cameron

Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) British Prime Minister David Cameron, who arrived in India's commercial capital Monday at the head of a 100-member delegation, said Britain is looking to be "India's partner of choice" and he is impressed to see India's rise.

Delhi High Court verdict on nursery admissions Tuesday

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday will pronounce its verdict on a petition challenging two government notifications empowering unaided private schools to formulate their own criteria on nursery admission.

Same-day visa for Indian investors, no cap on students: Cameron

Mumbai, Feb 18 (IANS) In a measure to attract more Indian businessmen and students, British Prime Minister David Cameron Monday announced a same-day visa service for investors and no limit on the number of students from the country.

No relief to suspended principal of Kirori Mal College

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Holding the conduct of suspended Kirori Mal College (KMC) principal "contrary to maintenance of discipline in an educational institutions", the Delhi High Court has dismissed his plea to revoke his suspension.

India gifts 50 computers to central American nation college

Belize City (Belize), Feb 17 (IANS) India has presented 50 computers to a college in Belize City, the largest city in this Central American nation, a "timely gesture", a college official said, that would help the institution realise its dreams of becoming the premier educational institution in the country.

Students helpline to check pre-exam stress

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) A helpline will start from Feb 20 for students appearing in their board exams to provide psychological support and telephonic counselling to check pre-exam stress, a hospital here said Sunday.

Kerala's Consumerfed to launch institute for retailers

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 17 (IANS) The consumer cooperatives' federation in the state is all set to launch an institute for retail management. Kerala has so far said a firm 'no' to foreign direct investment in retail, and now hopes to train retailers.

Quality of higher education in India worrisome: Jamia VC

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) The quality of higher education in India is worrisome with the accent more on "job-oriented courses" rather than "broad-based, good, solid education" backed by "original quality research", says Jamia Millia Islamic vice-chancellor Najeeb Jung.

Will help AMU maintain its historical character, assures Sonia

Aligarh, Feb 16 (IANS) Congress chief Sonia Gandhi Saturday assured the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) community that she would lend support to the institution to preserve its historical character and its autonomy.

Elitism affecting West Bengal education sector: Amartya Sen

Kolkata, Feb 16 (IANS) Elitisim is one of the many issues plaguing the education sector in West Bengal, said Nobel laureate Amartya Sen Saturday.

Coca Cola, Salman Khan launch career forum for youth

Noida, Feb 15 (IANS) Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. (HCCBPL) has partnered with actor Salman Khan's Being Human foundation to empower rural, educated and underserved youth, a statement said Friday.

12th plan to restore value to degrees: Planning Commission adviser

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Public confidence in the value of educational degrees is diminishing, which the 12th five-year plan hopes to restore by improving quality of education and professional development of teachers, said Pawan Agarwal, adviser (education), Planning Commission, Friday.

Tight budgets make education investment tough: Bill Gates

Texcoco (Mexico), Feb 15 (IANS/EFE) Spain "is a good country" that is "going through tough times" amid economic stagnation and a 26.1 percent unemployment rate, philanthropist Bill Gates said in an interview with EFE in Mexico.

Over 260,000 Kenyan teachers to go on strike

Nairobi, Feb 15 (IANS) Over 260,000 primary and secondary teachers in Kenya vowed Thursday to go on strike starting next week due to non-implementation of the salary agreement their union reached with the government last September.

Jamia students begin cycle rally

New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) A group of 25 students, including six girls, from Jamia Millia Islamia Thursday kick-started a 12-day cycle rally to spread awareness about water conservation and protecting the earth, a varsity official here said.

Education sector suffers from leadership crisis: Survey

New Delhi, Feb 14 (IANS) The dire shortage of capable leaders is precipitating a crisis in our higher education sector, a situation not likely to be remedied until 2020, according to a global survey conducted by the Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI).

Nursery admissions not under Right to Education purview, court told

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) The central government Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that the Right to Education (RTE) law did not apply to nursery admissions and a state government may have its own policies for this class.

Make martial arts compulsory in schools: Rani Mukherji

Mumbai, Feb 13 (IANS) Actor Rani Mukerji is in favour of making martial arts and other self-defense methods compulsory for school children to help them fight for themselves and also stay fit.

India's universities crying for better leadership

India's higher and professional education system is passing through a phase that is turbulent, non-directional and unsustainable.

Clarify whether RTE Act applies to nursery admissions, asks court

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) The Delhi High Court has asked the central government to clarify by Wednesday whether the Right to Education Act applied to nursery admissions and if it did, what procedure was to be followed for it.

Nalanda University to get special funds in budget: Khurshid

Patna, Feb 12 (IANS) A special provision of funds will be made in the union budget for the upcoming Nalanda University in Bihar, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said Tuesday.

Raped Goa minor's father wants school officials booked

Panaji, Feb 12 (IANS) The father of a seven-year-old girl who was raped in a school toilet here last month has demanded the arrest of school officials for destroying evidence after the tragedy.

Socio-political factors govern choice of VCs: Ex-UGC chairman

New Delhi, Feb 12 (IANS) Visionary vice chancellors may be appointed by chance but then socio-political factors govern their selection in most cases, says Arun Nigavekar, former chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Put Nalanda ruins in UNESCO heritage list: Khurshid

Patna, Feb 12 (IANS) The ruins of the ancient Nalanda University in Bihar should be in the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites, External Affairs Minister Salman Kuurshid said Tuesday.

Cochin varsity to set up innovation centre for NRIsNational

Kochi, Feb 12 (IANS) The Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) has decided to set up a centre for innovation and transfer of technology following a huge demand from the NRIs based in the US, Europe and the Middle East, its vice-chancellor said.

Summit to discuss challenges in higher education

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) More than 200 academic leaders will deliberate on the challenges facing the higher education sector in India at a two-day summit being organised at the India International Centre here Feb 14 and 15.

Include autism in medical curriculum: Health minister

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) The central government will ask the Medical Council of India (MCI) to ensure that under-graduate and post-graduate medical curriculum includes autism, a development disorder in children, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said Monday.

Boy beaten to death by teacher, NHRC demands report

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) The NHRC Monday asked Bihar's director general of police to submit a report on the alleged death of a boy who was beaten by his teacher.

Marathon in Delhi University for free Tibet

New Delhi, Feb 11 (IANS) Over a hundred Indian and Tibetan students from Delhi University (DU) participated in a marathon here Monday to celebrate the beginning of the 100th year of the Tibetan proclamation of independence.

Packed lunches may be banned in British schools

London, Feb 10 (IANS) Britain's top education official is considering banning students from bringing packed lunches to school and making cooking lessons compulsory for children aged seven to 14.

Students to 'evaluate' teachers at Panjab University

Chandigarh, Feb 10 (IANS) Teachers in Panjab University (PU) will soon get some lessons from students with a new teacher feedback system.

Haridwar student gets NASA honour

Haridwar, Feb 9 (IANS) A school here said Saturday that an essay related to Saturn by one of its Class 7 students has won recognition from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Quickly fill university teachers' posts, says president

New Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee has urged central universities and the human resource development ministry to fill all vacant posts of teachers in six months, an official statement from Rashtrapati Bhavan said Thursday.

Soon, a national mission on teachers, says Pallam Raju

New Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) Stressing that the quality of education in the nation's schools and colleges rested on sound teaching, Human Resource Development Minister M.M. Pallam Raju Thursday said the government would soon launch a national teacher's mission.

Sikh university caught in controversies galore

Chandigarh, Feb 7 (IANS) From bitter feuds between its vice chancellor and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) to its website being hacked, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University, the first and only Sikh university, has been grappling with controversies almost from day one.

SRCC students want Modi as next prime minister

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) After hearing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's speech on rebranding India to make it a global power, some students of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) said he should be the next prime minister.

Protests outside SRCC over Modi's visit

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) Left-wing students outfits staged protests outside Delhi University's Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) against Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's visit. ABVP activists also thronged the site to support Modi.

With eye on 2014, Modi for re-branding of India

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) In a speech with barely disguised claims of what he was capable of, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday appealed for a re-branding of India to make it a global power.

Need to address 'major concerns' in education: PM

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) There were "major concerns" relating to equity in education that need to be addressed even as access to primary education becomes "almost universal" with the Right to Education (RTE) Act, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Wednesday.

German minister stripped of doctorate over plagiarism

Berlin, Feb 6 (IANS) The University of Dusseldorf Tuesday announced its decision to withdraw the doctorate degree of German Education Minister Annette Schavan after an investigation into the minister's 1980 dissertation.

Obama's top Indian-American science aide quits

Washington, Feb 6 (IANS) Subra Suresh, President Barack Obama's top Indian-American science official, has resigned as director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to become the president of Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).

Indian school team to bid for Everest world record

Chandigarh, Feb 5 (IANS) A six-student team will make a bid for a world record to become the first school team to scale Mt. Everest, the highest peak in the world.

'Too early to conclude on Arab uprisings'

Kottayam (Kerala), Feb 5 (IANS) Putting the Arab uprisings into categories such as "democratic revolutions" or "Islamist revolutions" leads "to distorted expectations and understandings" about the issue, according to an expert.

Modi to speak at Delhi University Wednesday

New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who some party colleagues want to see as prime ministerial candidate, will speak at a leading Delhi University college Wednesday.


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