No room for intolerance, prejudice & hatred in our educational institutions: Pranab Mukherjee

The University of Mumbai on Thursday conferred an honorary LL.D (Doctor of Laws) to Dr MS Swaminathan at a special convocation ceremony in the hands of the President of India Dr Pranab Mukherjee. The event was held at the Sir Cowasjee Jehangir Hall in the University’s Fort campus on Thursday afternoon.

The President said it was a rare opportunity for him to confer the Honorary LL.D of University of Mumbai upon Dr. MS Swaminathan. “The University of Mumbai, whose alumni include Mahatma Gandhi has always recognised leaders who have played a transformational role in various fields. Those conferred Honorary D. Litt in the past include eminent scholars and social reformers like Sir RG Bhandarkar, Dadabhai Naoroji, Sir CV Raman and Sir M Visvesvaraya”.

The President also said the higher education sector has a crucial role in the national developmental effort. “Being the storehouse of traditional wisdom, as also the nursery of new knowledge, the higher education ecosystem will influence various growth centres of the economy. Growth of the economy depends on higher education in important ways. The quality of training provided to students employed by the economy determines the level of its competence. Induction of quality manpower is the first point of contact that the economy has with the higher education system. The graduates have to meet the skill-set requirements of the domestic economy. The course work in our campuses must be aligned to the needs of the industry” he added.

After accepting the honorary degree, Dr Swaminathan said that he had no words to describe his happiness. “It’s a privilege when you see an honorary degree from a university of this stature” he said. He added that students from the university should work towards addressing the issues of hunger and malnutrition. “So many people in the adjoining Thane district are suffering from hidden hunger due to loss of micro nutrients. Students should work towards addressing these concerns”.

President Mukherjee said, “Universities and higher education institutions are the best fora for free exchange of views. We should embrace free conversation and even argument, leaving behind narrow mindsets and thoughts. The lesson for a modern Indian university is to ensure that this great tradition finds new life and vigour within its precincts. There should be no room for intolerance, prejudice and hatred within the spaces of our educational institutions. They must act as flag bearers for the co-existence of multiple views, thoughts and philosophies”

Indian Institute Of Mass Communication (IIMC) To Begin Application Process For PG Diploma Courses In Journalism On March 15

Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) has notified the schedule for application process and entrance exam conducted for admission to its Post Graduate Diploma (PG Diploma) programs. The sale of application forms will begin on March 15, 2017. The Institute offers PG Diploma courses in Journalism, and Advertising and Public Relations. The courses are offered at the Delhi campus and five regional campuses of the institute. The admission to the PG Diploma courses at IIMC is through an entrance examination followed by an interview.

Indian Institute Of Mass Communication (IIMC) To Begin Application Process For PG Diploma Courses In Journalism On March 15

Important Dates

Sale of application form begins: March 15, 2017

Last date for sale and receipt of Application form: May 5, 2017

Entrance exam for Odia/Urdu/Marathi/Malyalam Journalism (9 am to 100 am): May 27, 2017

Entrance exam for the following courses will be on May 28, 2017
PG Diploma in Journalism Hindi/English (9 am to 11 am)
PG Diploma in Radio and TV Journalism (12 noon to 2 pm)
PG Diploma in Advertising and Public Relation (3 pm to 5 pm)
Interview Dates: Last week of June/First week of July, 2017

Eligibility Requirement
Candidate must be a graduate in any discipline. Those appearing in the final year/semester exam can also apply.

General category candidates should not be older than 25 years of age on August 8, 2017. For OBC candidates the upper age limit is 28 years and for candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD category the upper age limit is 30 years.

Entrance Exam Pattern

Although there is no set exam pattern for the written test, the test will cover the following areas:

For Journalism course:
General awareness
Aptitude and mental make-up
Language capability
Analytical and Comprehension skills

For Advertising and Public Relations:
General Awareness
Aptitude and mental make-up
Language capability
Analytical and Comprehension skills
Brand awareness and recall
Quantification skills

Jamia Millia Islamia JMI Admission 2017-2018: Filing Of Applications Ends On March 3

Filing of applications for admission in various Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Diploma/Certificate courses for the academic session 2017-18 in Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) will end on March 3, 2017. JMI began the process of filing applications online for various courses on February 2, 2017. Interested students can apply for various courses in Ph.D., M.Phil., Master (Postgraduate), Bachelor (Undergraduate), Advanced Diploma Section, Diploma Section and Certificate programmes of the university.

Jamia Millia Islamia JMI Admission 2017-2018: Filing Of Applications Ends On March 3

Apart from various programmes, the University has also introduced following six new programmes from this academic session:
M.A. (International Relations-West Asian Studies) (Regular) – 30 seats.
LL.M. (Executive) (Self-financed) – 30 seats.
Diploma in Unani Pharmacy (Self-financed) – 40 seats.
Bachelor of Hotel Management (Self-financed) (BHM) – 30 seats.
Bachelor of Tourism and Travel Management (Self-financed) (BTTM) – 30 seats.
Master in Tourism and Travel Management (Self-financed) (MTTM) – 30 seats.
The e-Prospectus may be downloaded from the University website

Jamia Millia Islamia Admission 2017-2018: How to Apply

Candidates can got to Jamia Millia Islamia’s Website and submit their applications there. Application process consists of two phases; Candidates registration and Entrance application submission. Candidates will be intimated about the Admit cards for the entrance test via SMS. And the candidates will able to download them after it made available online.

Read: Jamia Millia Islamia JMI Admission 2017-2018 Notification Out
The Prospectus Committee chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, JMI in its meeting held on 7 February has decided to continue BA (Hons.) Arabic, B.A. (Hons.) Islamic Studies, B.A. (Hons.) Persian and B.A. (Hons.) Urdu as earlier in academic session 2016-17. There will be only one application form for all these courses and separate entrance test will be held for these courses.

The meeting has also decided to continue BA (Hons.) Economics, B.B.A, BA (Hons.) Sociology/Psychology/Political Science, B.A./B.Sc. (Hons.) Geography, B.A. program and B.Com. (Hons.) as earlier in academic session 2016-17.

Entrance tests for B.Sc. (Hons.) Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and B.Sc. program will comprise 10% questions from general awareness and 30% each from Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

Prakash Javadekar for more autonomy to premier institutes

Prakash Javadekar for more autonomy to premier institutes

Chandigarh: Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday stressed on the importance of research and innovation and said the Centre wants to give more autonomy to premier institutes of higher learning where the government’s role will be that of a facilitator, not controller.

Stressing on more autonomy to premier institutions of higher learning, based on their performance, the Union HRD minister said, “We want to give more autonomy to all institutes of higher learning, which are Centres of Excellence and the government’s role will be that of facilitator.”

“We don’t want to control institutes, we want to promote them to choose their own path to become real research and innovation centres,” he said at a press conference in Mohali.

“Those institutes which are doing a good job, will get more autonomy and those which are not doing a good job or about whom we receive negative feedback, will have be more regulations,” Javadekar said.He chaired the review meeting at IISER, here with the Directors of five Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research in Pune, Kolkata, Mohali, Bhopal and Thiruvananthapuram and the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

The Union Minister said the Prime Minister’s scholarship for research is being envisaged for IISERs on the same lines as for the IITs and IIMs.

“We have also decided to ensure a joint effort of all IISERs, IITs and IIMs so that the real strength of our institutes gets reflected in the international ranking,” he said.

Although many Indian institutes have more quality, it doesn’t get reflected in the international ranking because the feedback mechanism and the perception issues were not addressed earlier. But we have decided to do it jointly with all these institutes of higher learning, Javadekar said.

Asserting that the Narendra Modi government wants to give more stress on research and innovation, which are key to its ‘Make in India’ scheme, he said, as sustainable progress is achieved only by those nations which innovate.

“Sustainable progress happens in those countries which innovate and India wants to be an innovative nation. We have talent, we have ability, we have good institutes, we have good infrastructure, we want to strengthen it further give more impetus to this,” the Union Minister said.

Javadekar also interacted with the students and faculty of IISER, Mohali and got feedback on improving the performance of these institutions. He was accompanied by the Union Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey. IISER Mohali’s Director N Sathyamurthy was also present on the occasion.

We need to be cost effective for which we need to be more productive, which can happen only when we innovate, Javadekar said, adding, “Now more companies are focusing on research, I hope that these firms promote research and innovation not just for their own benefit, but for the country’s benefit also.”

About his interaction with students, he said, “They gave so many ideas about their research, passion. Their intent was very visible. Therefore, we will continue our dialogue with students and teachers and the education community.”

The Union Minister is also scheduled to meet the Vice Chancellors of 41 Central Universities at Banaras Hindu University on October 6.

The meeting will focus on actions taken and proposed for improvement of quality of education, research, internal resource generation, infrastructure, student-centric initiatives, and e-governance initiatives.

About private educational institutions mushrooming in various parts of the country, with some allegedly compromising on the quality of education, Javadekar said, “We are going to hold a meeting of education ministers of the states and this is going to be a big issue.”

“Only a few indulge in malpractices, but most provide quality education. We remain committed to improve the quality of education and check any malpractice,” he said.

On the proposal to make NCERT books online, Javadekar said, “I have assured that I will look into it, and after reviewing, I will take a call.”

About scholarships granted to students from Jammu and Kashmir this year, he said, “Under the Prime Minister’s scholarship Yojana, 3,800 scholarships have been granted this year.”

“We have increased number of engineering colleges. Around 1,800 students of J&K got admissions in engineering colleges with this scholarship. Students have also gone in medical, hotel management, nursing and general education stream,” Javadekar said.

About the New Education Policy, he said, “Suggestions will come till September 30 and then we will have a one-day workshop of the MPs, where they will give their suggestions. We will scan all these and come up with a formal draft.”

“I hope within the next three to four months, the main draft will be ready,” he said.

About the fund crunch in Punjab University, the Union Minister said, “If the Centre has to play a role in this, we will see.”

IITs to count PhD scholars as faculty to improve student-teacher ratio

IIT, IIT faculty, IIT student teacher ratio, IIT teachers, IIT Phd, Phd at IIT, iit phd students, hrd ministry, prakash javadekar, iit educationCurrently, there are 2,600 faculty positions lying vacant across all IITs.

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will now count their doctoral students as part of their faculty in a bid to improve their student-teacher ratio.

The decision was taken at the last meeting of the IIT Council held on August 23. Sources said that the HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has accepted the proposal to count five PhD students at as one faculty member at any IIT for the purpose of calculating the student-teacher ratio. The decision will be notified soon and will also be communicated to ranking agencies such as Times Higher Education and Quacquareli Symonds(QS).

“Every PhD scholar has to teach undergraduate students for 10 hours per week. A regular IIT faculty member has a teaching workload of 40 hours per week. So five research scholars can easily be counted as one faculty member for the purpose of faculty-student ratio. Renowned institutions such as Stanford and MIT also do this,” said a senior HRD Ministry official, on the condition of anonymity.

Currently, there are 2,600 faculty positions lying vacant across all IITs. The student-teacher ratio stands at 15:1 as against a desirable 10:1. Once the proposal implemented, the 26,000 PhD scholars at IITs will count as an additional 5,000 faculty members. “This will help the IITs achieve the desired faculty student ratio,” the official added.


The HRD Ministry hopes that an improved student-teacher ratio this will also help better the performance of IITs in the international rankings. Out of the seven IITs which figured in the top 700 of the QS world rankings this year, six have slipped several places compared to last year. IIT Madras was the only exception which improved its ranking by five places to join the top 250 club.

White pupils ‘least likely to go to university’

Image captionThe poorest Chinese pupils are more likely to go to university than the richest white pupils

White British pupils on average are the least likely ethnic group to go to university, says an analysis from the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

It shows that youngsters from Chinese and Indian backgrounds are the most likely to enter university.

The poorest Chinese pupils are more likely to go to university than the richest white pupils.

The study says the proportion of ethnic minority youngsters going to university is “very high on average”.

Report authors Claire Crawford and Ellen Greaves say that the difference is greater than any previous gap in exam results, suggesting there must be “other factors that are more common amongst ethnic minority families than amongst white British families”.

The study looks at the differences in terms of social background as well as ethnicity.

It found that white British pupils from the poorest families were the least likely to go to university.

But almost as high a proportion of the poorest Indian youngsters went to university as the wealthiest white British pupils.

The analysis shows that the ethnic categories of black African and black Caribbean both have higher rates of going to university than their white British counterparts.

University entry rates by ethnic group
Poorest Average
White British 12.8 32.6
Black African 53.1 56.6
Black Caribbean 29.9 37.4
Indian 53.3 67.4
Pakistani 36.4 44.7
Bangladeshi 45.3 48.8
Chinese 65.5

Robotics workshop by IIT Kharagpur students

Kshitij is the annual techno-management fest of IIT Kharagpur. Since its inception in 2004, Kshitij has grown exponentially to become Asia’s largest techno-management fest.

Its magnitude can be understood by its last year’s huge prize money which was worth more than rupees 65 Lakhs and the total participation of more than 65000 students from 1400 colleges of India. The kind of impact Kshitij has created is evident from the patronage it has gained by UNESCO, SAYEN and CEE.

The complete fest, in short, comprises of events, guest lectures, workshops and exhibitions. Every year Kshitij bestows its opulence filled with immense knowledge, great opportunities, experiences and lots of fun on masses of students coming all the way from different places. The team Kshitij organizes workshops in the major cities of India and has a wonderful track record of successfully organising robotics workshop in Kolkata every year.

Last year’s workshop had seen the presence of over 1,200 participants and the count for this year is expected to surpass it.

The workshop is aimed towards learning and applying the intricacies in the world of robotics. The workshop will not only introduce the students to the world of robotics but will also help them take the cardinal step in this field of technology.

The workshop is scheduled on November, 8 between 9:30 am and 1 pm at Vidya Mandir Auditorium, Kolkata.

University of Buckingham to house Thatcher centre

Margaret Thatcher
Image captionMargaret Thatcher, pictured in 2010, was a former chancellor of Buckingham University

The University of Buckingham says it is going to house a library and museum dedicated to the life of Margaret Thatcher.

Lady Thatcher, who died in 2013, was a former chancellor of the private university.

The university says it has been in talks with Margaret Thatcher Centre trustees about housing its collection.

Buckingham’s vice-chancellor, Sir Anthony Seldon, said the centre would become a “huge attraction”.

Donal Blaney, head of the Margaret Thatcher Centre, said the University of Buckingham would be a “natural location” for keeping its collection.

Lady Thatcher was prime minister when Buckingham became the UK’s first private university in 1983.

The centre, with its resources for education and research, will be modelled on the libraries and foundations dedicated to former US presidents.

The university says it expects the centre to be open by 2019, 40 years after Mrs Thatcher, as she then was, became prime minister.

The announcement follows a decision by the Victoria and Albert Museum to turn down the chance to exhibit some of Lady Thatcher’s clothes.

The London museum said it had been involved in discussions about acquiring some items from her wardrobe.

More than 300 items, including handbags, will now be sold at auction next month instead.

Manchester university staff in strike ballot over job cuts

Manchester University front
Image captionMore than 250 staff fear for their jobs, say union leaders

Staff at the University of Manchester are being balloted on strike action over redundancies.

The University and College Union says more than 250 staff are in fear for their jobs after managers ignored agreed procedures.

“We now feel we have no alternative but to ballot for industrial action,” said UCU regional official Martyn Moss.

A university spokesman said management had offered “further discussions to try to resolve any issues”.

The dispute began in April, when the university announced 37 staff who had been on its redeployment register for three months or more could face redundancy.

“The move was a dramatic departure from the university’s policy of allowing staff to remain on the register until redeployed in a new role without fear of redundancy,” says the union.

Jobs at risk

It says university managers rode “roughshod” over agreed procedures while the redeployment policy was in the process of being revised.

The union is angry that instead of waiting for the revisions to be finished, managers “simply went ahead and issued 37 ‘at risk of redundancy’ notices”.

The dispute intensified in July, when 219 staff in the computer support and maintenance team were told the university wanted to cut 68 jobs.

“Out of the blue, 37 people who thought they were safely on the books of the university suddenly faced a redundancy process… to make it worse, another 219 staff are also at risk of losing their jobs,” said Mr Moss.

But the university denies anyone will face compulsory redundancy – and says the letters were in fact requests for volunteers.

Talks broke down last month, and UCU members now have until 20 November to vote on industrial action.

Both sides say they are committed to more talks, possibly through the arbitration service, Acas.

JNTU ultimatum to colleges to pay fee before semester exams

HYDERABAD: Authorities at the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) on Monday asked representatives of 100 colleges to pay one-fourth of the Rs 40 crore dues in common service fee before the semester exams begin on November 9.

In case the amount is not paid, JNTU officials made it clear that customised answer-sheets and other stationary would not be given to colleges. Such a scenario could directly impact 45,000 students.

“We have asked the colleges to pay minimum of 15% of pending dues in order to get stationary for the semester exams. Even the university needs money to issue stationary to the colleges,” N Yadaiah, registrar of JNTU told TOI. “The dues have been pending for the past three years,” he added.

After deliberations by college managements and the university, answer sheets and other stationary for the practical exams were later issued on Monday to the colleges. Meanwhile, in the meeting held between members of Private Engineering Colleges Association (PECA) and the university officials, the latter was told that many colleges were not in a position to pay the amount.

“On this issue, the university has asked us to submit a list of such colleges who are not in a position to pay even one-fourth of the pending dues. Later, the university will take a decision on the issuance of stationary to them,” said Gowtham Rao, president of PECA.

While colleges blame the Telangana government for delay in fee reimbursement, the university claims that the colleges have spent the amount on paying the salaries and other expenses. “As per GO 78 issued in 2013, the common service fee was delinked with the fee reimbursement scheme. The colleges have been collecting this amount from the students and not submitting the amount to us,” said Yadaiah.

However, private engineering colleges maintain their stance and say that the amount was never collected from the students. “Until 2011, students received Rs 4,500 in the first year and Rs 2,500 from second year onwards. This amount was paid by us to the university. From 2012, the government stopped giving this amount so even the colleges stopped paying the university,” said Syed Jamshed, secretary of Syed Hashim College of Science and Technology, Gajwel.