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 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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Govt to formulate new education policy

Minister Of Human Resources Development, Smriti Irani A1JRF65CAKGY2XVCAVVM7F3CAJJGJRECA9JAWAQCAMEULG7CASY04O4CAH8D2EPCAME8JXCCAI9ZRHHCAK3Y6PLCAQMT0YACAE2WCB2CAHFEIENCA1BVGOICA22P214Source: Business Standard, Jul 30, 2014

The government is planning to formulate a New Education Policy aimed at meeting the challenges posed by lack of quality, research and innovation in our educational institutions, Minister for Human Resources Development, Smriti Irani told in the Rajya Sabha today.
The National Policy on Education 1986, as amended in 1992, has been the guiding document for the policies of the Central Government in the education sector.
The government has been following National Policy on Education 1986, as modified in 1992, which provides for National System of Education implying that up to a given level, all students, irrespective of caste, creed, location or sex, have access to education of a comparable quality.
The national system of education envisages a common educational structure. The 10+2+3 structure has now been accepted in most parts of the country.
However, in the last twenty years, the education scenario has seen a monumental change with the emergence of several new paradigms like rights based approach to elementary education, the endeavour to extend universalisation to secondary education, reshape the higher education scenario and its impact on the innovation environment.