Weekly Update on Education (Issue No 249)

17 Sep 2013
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Opening of Campuses by Foreign Universities
Gazette of India, 10 Sep 2013

The HRD Ministry has sent proposals to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and the Department of Economic Affairs to permit foreign universities to open their campuses in the country as companies as provided under the Companies Act.

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Poor quality of curriculum hindering higher education system: Parliamentary Panel
The Economic Times, 10 Sep 2013

The letter sent by the affiliation department of CBSE says, "It has come to the notice of the Board that some of the schools have not yet developed their own website and have not uploaded the required information. Therefore to ensure the effective compliance, the Board has now decided to link compliance by the school with the registration of std IX and std XI candidates of each affiliated school. The school failing to comply with the above directions will not be able to register their candidates for board's examination and responsibility would lie with the school management".

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Creating World Class Education Infrastructure
Digital Learning, 13 Sep 2013

“India is playing a highly constructive role in Afghanistan. Other countries in the neighbourhood should look at the kind of relationship that exists between India and Afghanistan and learn a lesson from it,” says Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India, in conversation with Mohd Ujaley.

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No Indian university figures in top 200 global list
The Times of India, 11 Sep 2013

The QS World University Rankings published on Tuesday has miserable news for India's education system. Around 11 Indian institutes feature in the top 800 of the global list with the highest ranking going to IIT Delhi which is placed 222 in the list.

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The Status of Institute of National Importance will enpower NCERT
Digital Learning, 13 Sep 2013

NCERT is in the process of becoming the Institution of National Importance which will empower it to be more flexible and offer degree courses says Prof Parvin Sinclair, Director, National Council of Educational Research & Training (NCERT) in conversation with Mohd Ujaley.

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Employability a great challenge in India: Jitin Prasada
IANS, 10 Sep 2013

Employability is a challenge and distance education is the only way forward, the minister said in an address at the third National Conference of Vice Chancellors of open universities."Employability is one such challenge, which has grappled India. Around eight million students join the workforce but only 10 to 15 lakh get jobs. It is a very concerning thing, as discontent will increase. I am sure distance education is the way forward to solve the problem," he said.

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PM’s greatest legacy: Initiative on education launched with Barack Obama
The Economic Times, 13 Sep 2013

PM Manmohan Singh, who, later this month, is scheduled to make what may be his final official visit to Washington, is one of the architects of the much-trumpeted India-US civil nuclear deal, signed in October 2008. But Singh’s greatest contribution to the India-US relationship might not be the nuclear deal that his government painstakingly negotiated with the administration of President George W Bush.

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No longer bottom of the class
The Economist, 09 Dec 2010

IN 2000 the OECD, a group of mostly rich countries, decided to find out how much children were learning at school. At the time, only half of Brazilian children finished primary education. Three out of four adults were functionally illiterate and more than one in ten totally so. And yet few Brazilians seemed to care. Rich parents used private schools; poor ones knew too little to understand how badly their children were being taught at the public ones.

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  • Kerala decided to earmark Rs 500 crore for entrepreneurship schemes of the young.
  • Private institutions account for 64% of the total number of institutions in India and 59% of enrollment in the country (2012).
  • India achieved a Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) of 17.9% by 2012.

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Skill Vouchers - Global Experiences and Lessons for India
Leah Verghese and Parth J Shah)
A study of the role that skill vouchers can play in catalysing demand for quality skill development services. This study examines global experiences with skill vouchers and draws lessons for India from these experiences.

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Reservation in Private Schools under the Right to Education Act: Model for Implementation
Shekhar Mittal and Parth J Shah)
A comprehensive analysis on reservation in private schools under the Right to Education Act, providing a seven-step model for 25% implementation.

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School Vouchers for Girls
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