Indian universities poised for a structural makeover

Source: LiveMint.com, Jun 10, 2019

NEW DELHI: India’s universities may undergo a significant makeover with the government phasing out the bewildering multilayered system with a simplified one in sync with global practices.

Universities, currently classified as unitary universities, affiliating universities, deemed-to-be universities, central and state universities etc, should be bundled into a single category—higher educational institutions (HEI)—a government committee has suggested.

The suggestions which are part of the draft new education policy report, underline that a university has only one definition worldwide, namely, a multidisciplinary institution of higher learning that offers undergraduate, graduate and doctorate programmes, and engages in high quality teaching and research. Read the rest of this entry »

Draft policy opens the door for foreign universities

Source: The Hindu Business Line, Jun 29, 2016

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday invited public comments on the measures that the Ministry of Human Resource Development aims to take under its much-awaited New Education Policy. It has uploaded the Draft National Education Policy proposals through its citizen engagement platform MyGovIndia and the last date for inputs from the people is July 31.

The measures include setting up an Education Commission every five years, creation of an Indian Education Service, Central Educational Statistics Agency and reorienting the National Council of Educational Research and Training, apart from possible for a foreign university to offer its own degree to the Indian students studying in India.

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New education policy soon, says Smriti Irani

indexSource: Business Standard, May 17, 2016

New Delhi: Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has said the government will unveil a new education policy soon.

“We have received suggestions from people living in 1.10 lakh villages and over 1,500 municipal bodies. We have prepared a document with the help of experts, including advice by education councils, to improve our education system. It will be unveiled in 15-20 days,” Irani said in an interview to All India Radio on Monday.

She said it is for the first time that a National Education Policy was being prepared after consulting people living in villages and far-flung areas.

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International aid to education in India nearly doubled to $806 million

Source: LiveMint.com, April 28, 2016

New Delhi: International aid to India for education is rising, bucking a global trend, data from the United Nations showed on Wednesday.

Data compiled by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) in a global education aid monitoring report showed that India received $806 million in 2014, nearly twice the $421 million it received in 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

HRD Ministry allows foreign aspirants to take entrance exams

Source: The Economic Times, Jan 15, 2016

NEW DELHI: Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are poised to open their gates wider to foreign students this year. The human resource development ministry has accepted a proposal to allow overseas aspirants to undertake entrance examinations for admission to the premier engineering institutes and even hold these standardised tests abroad.

Candidates aspiring for admission to IIT are required to undertake the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) at the bachelor’s level and the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) at the master’s and PhD levels. HRD Minister Smriti Irani, who is also chairperson of the IIT Council, has cleared the proposal and her ministry has issued a memorandum to all IITs.

The memorandum asks each institute to place the proposal before its senate or board of governors for approval. The proposal aims at adding about 10,000 seats in 18 IITs across the country as part of the drive to attract foreign students, mainly from South Asia, Africa and West Asia, especially at postgraduate and doctorate levels.

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India and Australia Sign an MoU on Cooperation in the Fields of Education, Training and Research

Source: IBEF.org, Aug 25, 2015

New Delhi: India and Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the fields of education, training and research. The MoU was signed by Smt. Smriti Irani, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India and Mr. Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education and Training, Government of Australia after the 3rd meeting of the Australia-India Education Council (AIEC), held in New Delhi today. The MoU will help intensify existing partnerships between India and Australia in higher education & research, including technical and professional education, schools, vocational education and training and will open up new and innovative areas of cooperation.

A Joint Communiqué was also issued at the end of the AIEC meeting. The Communiqué commended the significant progress made by the Working Groups across the key areas of skills, higher education and research, student mobility and welfare, quality assurance and qualifications recognition, and welcomes the extension of collaborative activity to include engagement in the schools sector. It highlights the development of the credit transfer database, hosted on the Australia India education links website (www.australiaindiaeducation.com ), as a practical way to encourage student mobility between Indian and Australian universities.

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EMC to set up 100 centres of academic excellence in India

EMC Source: Times of India, Feb 13, 2015

Chennai: IT storage solutions company EMC Corporation plans to establish 100 centres of academic excellence in India this year.These centres of academic excellence will be set up in leading IT institutes across the country to give students an opportunity to learn and practise key skills in the areas of cloud, data science, analytics, IT infrastructure and other leading technologies, a statement from the company has said.

Through its Academic Alliance initiative, EMC will offer the technical expertise, resources and study materials required for setting up the centres.Fast-paced increase in demand has resulted in a massive shortfall of skilled industry-ready professionals.

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India and the United Kingdom Agree to further strengthen the cooperation in education

Source: IBEF.org, Nov 14, 2014

New Delhi: The Sixth India-UK Education Forum Meeting took place in New Delhi today. Smt. Smriti Irani, the Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India, and Mr Greg Clark, the Minister for Universities, Science and Cities of the United Kingdom co-chaired the meeting. Both the countries discussed the existing bilateral cooperation initiatives in education and also agreed to further strengthen it by taking up several new initiatives. Both sides also acknowledged the cooperation mechanism through joint UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI).

Both sides also discussed the Chevening Scholarships for Indian students; two-way student mobility; Generation UK-India programme which will support up to 25,000 young people from the UK to come to India over the next 5 years and initiatives supported by DFID. The UK delegation confirmed that they will put in four times more resources for the Chevening scholarships for Indian students and make it the largest Chevening Programme in the World.

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Modi government plans to set up new IITs with foreign help

Source: The Economic Times, Sept 22, 2014

NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi-led NDA government plans to establish five new Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) announced in this year’s budget with the assistance of foreign countries, just as the Congress did in the 1950s and ’60s under then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s initiative.

The proposed IIT in Goa will come up in collaboration with well-known institutions in the United States, an official familiar with the matter said, adding that human resource development minister Smriti Irani will accompany Prime Minister Modi to America later this month to sign a joint declaration for this purpose.

The partner countries for the rest of the proposed premier engineering schools in J&K, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala will also be identified soon, the official added on condition of anonymity.

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Five new IITs and five new IIMS will be set up in the states

IITSource: IBEF.org, Jul 11, 2014

New Delhi: The Government has announced to set-up five more IITs in the Jammu & Kashmir, Chattisgrah, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. Similarly, five new IIMs will be set-up in the States of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Bihar, Odisha and Maharashtra. For this, a sum of Rs. 500 crore has been allocated in the Budget. Presenting his Maiden Budget in Parliament here today, the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley said that the country needs a large number of Centres of higher learning which are world class and accordingly declare to set-up Jai Prakash Narayan National Centre for Excellence in humanities in Madhya Pradesh.

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