Global experts to guide education ministries

A new group of education experts named as Atlantis Group, comprising 20 former Education Ministers and Heads of State who will provide advice on global education issues to current governments, was launched at the Global Education & Skills Forum (GESF) 2017, in Dubai on Sunday.

Members of the global group include Arne Duncan, former United States Secretary of Education under President Obama, former United Kingdom Education Secretary Michael Gove, former Greek President George Papandreou, former Lebanese Minister Elias Bou Saab, and former Peruvian Minister and incoming Head of the World Bank Education team, Jaime Saveedra.

The group will act as an advisory body to education ministries around the world who are dealing with issues relating to education in their own country, drawing upon the views and experiences of members to provide the highest quality expertise and recommendations.

The group will be advised by Irina Bokova (Director-General, Unesco), Andreas Schleicher (Director of Education and Skills, OECD), and Professor Fernando Reimers (Faculty Director, International Education Policy at Harvard University).

Initially, the group will work on future of education leadership at all levels, including the political leadership.

Rajasthan To Include ‘200 Historical Personalities In School Syllabus To Learn About The Glorious History’

As part of the school syllabus revision in Rajasthan, the Bharatiya Janata Party government led by Vasundhara Raje has decided to include the references of 200 historical personalities. According to Primary and Secondary Education Minister Vasudev Devnani, ‘slave mentality did not allow some books on history to come out’ and ‘now it is time for students to learn about the glorious history’, reported Press Trust of India.

Rajasthan To Include '200 Historical Personalities In School Syllabus To Learn About The Glorious History'The details of the ‘historical personalities’ whose names have been included in the new history syllabus are not yet known, but the minister said that appropriate space has been given to every religion and sect.

“Rajasthan has a glorious history. We need to rise above the slave mentality and to connect students with historic truths. Post Independence, several history books were not allowed to come out just because of the slave mentality,” the minister said.

According to the minister, the government of Rajasthan is pushing digital technology to reform the education sector. The change will happen in the school uniforms also from the 2017-2018 session, in which the light brown coloured uniforms are going to replace the existing khaki and blue uniforms.

The minister said that the change in uniforms will boost the student’s confidence.

According to reports, Modi government’s demonetization and digital economy plans have made into the Class XII textbook of economics in the state. Meghna Chaudhary, Secretary of the Board of Secondary Education Ajmer recently said that inclusion of digital economy lessons is part of government’s push for cashless economy.

Jawaharlal Nehru University To Be Presented Visitor’s Award For ‘Best University’ Tomorrow

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) will be awarded the the annual Visitor’s Award for the ‘Best University’ tomorrow. The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will present the Visitor’s Awards for the year 2017 at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 6, 2017, as part of the ‘Festival of Innovations’. The ‘Best University’ will receive a Citation and Trophy while winners of Visitor’s Award for ‘Innovation’ and ‘Research’ will receive a Citation and cash award of Rs. one lakh.

Jawaharlal Nehru University To Be Presented Visitor's Award For 'Best University' TomorrowPresident Pranab Mukherjee had announced institution of these awards in 2014 with the aim of promoting healthy competition amongst Central Universities and motivating them to adopt best practices from around the world in the pursuit of excellence, said a press release from President’s Secretariat.

Meanwhile an online petition filed by Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union President Mohit Pandey addressed to President of India asked to not to hand over the Visitor’s Award for best central university to JNU VC Prof. M Jagadesh Kumar.

Instead, the petition requested the President to nominate a joint delegation consisting of students, teachers, staff and workers of JNU to receive the award jointly on behalf of the JNU community.

“For past one year, JNU has witnessed unprecedented attacks and crackdowns on all these values, ever since Prof. M Jagadesh Kumar took over as Vice Chancellor of JNU,” said the petition.

Dr. Deepak Pant from Central University of Himachal Pradesh won the Visitor’s Award for ‘Innovation’ while the Visitor’s Award for ‘Research’ has been jointly won by Dr. Shyam Sunder from Banaras Hindu University and Prof. Niranjan Karak from Tezpur University.

Delhi Government: Class 9 to 12 Students From Girls Schools Included In Mid-Day Meal

The Delhi government will provide the mid-day meal to students of classes 9 to 12 also in all its girls schools. Bananas and eggs will also be added to the meal. At present, students up to upper primary level, or class 8, are covered under mid-day meal scheme. “In first of its kind initiative we have decided to expand the mid-day meal scheme beyond primary and upper primary level and cover the girl students of classes 9 to 12 in this scheme,” Atishi Marlena, advisor to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds education portfolio, told reporters. The Delhi government will bear the cost of mid-day meal beyond class 8 and there will be a dedicated budget for this initiative.

Delhi Government: Class 9 to 12 Students From Girls Schools Included In Mid-Day Meal

Marlena said that the central government provides free ration and approximately Rs. 95 to 96 crore to the Delhi government for mid-day meal up to upper primary level.

“Now the extension of mid-day meal up to class 12th for girl students will attract extra expenditure for which government will spend an additional amount of approximately Rs. 50 crore,” she said.

On the reason behind the move, Marlena said that many principals informed the government that some students, after reaching Class 9, still ask for mid-day meals.

“Initially in the first phase, the extension of mid-day meal scheme will be for girl students only, but later, if required, we will expand it to boys’ school as well,” she said.
Marlena said that in another major decision the Aam Aadmi Party government has decided to give a banana and an egg to each student under mid-day meal scheme so that students could get more nutrients in their meal.

“We are doing this with an aim to fight malnourishment and anaemia, especially in female students. We will also measure the body mass index of the girl students,” she added.

There are around 1,000 government run schools in the city out of which around 450 schools are for girls. Total 16 lakh students study in these schools upto class 12.

Now study from the comfort of your home. Reasons to prepare for JEE digitally

Digital learning has become a new trend these days. It not only saves time but also gives an option to learn from the comfort of your home. No wonder, students are embracing them for several competitive exams like JEE and NEET. Students’ inclination towards this dynamic medium is the result of some quality e-learning solutions like IIT JEE app, e-books. virtual classes etc. In the digital era, there are severalE-learning resourcesavailable. Aakash iTutor and Aakash Live from the reputed Aakash Institute are few of them. The digital platform, Aakash Live, functional on internet speed as low as 100 kbps gives a virtual classroom like experience. Students have access to self-paced learning and save both travel time and money. On the other hand, Aakash iTutor is the best example of Internet-free flexible digital learning. The platform offers a memory card embedded with video lectures and eBooks. This memory card can be plugged into laptops, tablets, and mobile phones to learn the toughest of topics with ease. You can get deeper insights about Aakash iTutor through the Aakash appto strengthen your JEEpreparation.

The advantages of E- learning are manifold. Here’s the comprehensive list of its merits to give you a deeper insight about the medium.

  1. Study at your own pace

Digital coaching offers the advantage of strategizing your study plan. You can get access to video lectures and study materials and study at your own pace. You can rewind, pause and fast forward the video lectures at your own convenience and grasp the topics easily.

  1. Flexibility to subscribe to the entire syllabus or just a few topics

Unlike conventional coaching programs, a student can choose to either subscribe to the entire curriculum or opt a few chapters with e-learning platforms like Aakash iTutor. The rich content explains every topic in detail and you get an in-depth understanding of the chapters.

  1. Study anytime and anywhere

The best part about digital learning is the benefit that it offers in terms of preparing at anyplace, be it home or even while travelling. Digital learning reduces the time wastage as a student gets the leverage of studying at any time of the day. With easy access to useful study material, you can choose to study whenever, wherever. Especially, with modules and video lectures, stored in your memory chip, you have the advantage of accessing them any time, even while you are travelling or while you are relaxing in a café.

  1. 4. Save on time and money

Digital IIT JEE preparationcuts down on the travel cost and time. Aakash Live enables you to study under the guidance of expert professionals while sitting at your home. You have access to live online classes where you can even interact with your peers and clearyour doubts in doubt resolution sessions.

  1. Get rich study material

Easy access to enriched study material is an advantage of digital learning.With E-learning platforms like Aakash iTutor and Aakash Live you have access to high quality video lectures and study material. The content is prepared by the highly experienced subject experts and is based on JEE pattern.

As IIT JEE is one the hardest nuts to crack, thereforeit demands big efforts. The digital learning methods come with several benefits and bolster your preparation strategy. However only choose reputed names like Aakash, to save yourself from any regrets later.

To avail scholarship, Aadhaar now mandatory for college and varsity students

To avail benefits under the Central Sector Scholarship Scheme for College and University students, applicants will now have to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar card or undergo Aadhaar authentication, the human resource development (HRD) ministry has said.


Those receiving these scholarships but who don’t have an Aadhaar card will have to apply for enrolment by June 30 this year, the ministry said in a notification. However, this will not be applicable in Jammu & Kashmir.

As per another notification issued by the ministry, students who wish to avail the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme will also have to apply for Aadhaar by June 30, though it exempts the states of J&K, Assam and Meghalaya.

According to officials, the move will bring in transparency and enable beneficiaries to get their entitlements directly in a convenient and seamless manner, and Aadhaar obviates the need for producing multiple documents to prove identity.

However, till the time Aadhaar is assigned to the students, they may get scholarships on the basis of documents like Aadhaar Enrolment ID slip, Aadhaar enrolment application, voter identity card, PAN card etc.

Similar provisions have also been made in the notification related to the Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme for schoolchildren.

The notification shall come into effect from the date of its publication in all states except Jammu and Kashmir.

Pmi Pba Certification Training For Business Analysts

The part of Business analyst is more important in the project management field. In today’s world, most of the project management practitioners turn to use business analysts in more numbers to define the needs of their business, to identify the business risks and chances, and to make sustainable solutions for their business problems.

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What the course is about?

The Project Management Institute – Professional in Business Analysis certification course reveals that the participant should have the right knowledge and skills in business analysis and can competently use Business analysis tools and techniques to enhance project success. This course teaches the participants the discipline of working with stakeholders to define the requirements of the business and shaping the output of projects to deliver the expected benefits.

This Pmi pba certification training course will provide the candidates the knowledge of business analysis concepts, tools, techniques and processes based on real world examples. Candidates will obtain support and training for making them be a specialized business analyst’s role within the project management team.

Participants of this course will learn about the basic fundamental principles and strategies that a business analyst wants to know. Participants are provided with a brief introduction to the roles of business analyst in an organization. Similarly, candidates will also learn and understand about the important concepts and principles of business analysis. They will be able to understand the business analysis domains at the end of this course.

This course also provides a high-level view of business analysis domains. The candidate of this training course will be given an overview of the domains. This will help the participants to know about the flow of Need assessment in business analysis.

What the participants will learn?

In this pmi pba certification course Lisbon, participants will learn,

  • Why the on going analysis of external and internal business environment is needed
  • How to investigate the problem and its opportunities
  • How to assess the current state of the organization
  • Able to identify the stakeholder’s hopes and fears for the present and conceptual situation and
  • Able to develop a business case that is aligned with MOST (mission, objectives, strategies and tactics) of the organization
  • How to set the expectations with Sponsor, Team and Key Stakeholders
  • Able to work to understand the context and project characteristics enough to ensure the activities of planning to sufficiently sized for the present situation
  • How to develop estimation context of a business analysis activities
  • How to gain buy-in and the support for business analysis process

Who can do this course?

If you work with project teams and manage the requirements or product development, or if you are a project manager or program manager who is performing business analysis role in your organization, then this certification course suits best for you. this certification course can also be pursued by,

  • Existing Project Managers
  • Aspiring Project Managers
  • Team leads and senior team members
  • Interested candidates those who looking for a career in Project Management
  • Project Management Professionals

At the end of this course, participants will receive course completion certification.

Govt schools adhering to RTE Act norms: Centre tells high court


The ministry said that government schools were substantially complying with the norms of the RTE Act.The ministry said that government schools were substantially complying with the norms of the RTE Act.
NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday claimed in Delhi high court that government-run schools in the country were adhering to norms mandated under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act and regular monitoring and review was being done to check compliance.

In its affidavit, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) said after the RTE Act came into effect from April 1, 2010, over 44,400 schools building and seven lakh additional class rooms were sanctioned to states and Union Territories (UTs) under the ‘Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyan’.

MHRD sought dismissal of a PIL which has sought that schools owned or controlled by government or local authorities should obtain a recognition certificate under the Act like private educational institutions, saying it was “devoid of merit”.

“Since RTE Act, 2009, came into effect from April 1, 2010, 44,495 schools buildings, 7,00,460 additional class rooms, 5,46,513 toilets and 34,671 drinking water facilities have been sanctioned to states and UTs under Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyan programme to augment the school infrastructure for compliance with provisions of RTE Act,” it said in its affidavit filed before a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, which did not sit on Monday.

The ministry further said that government schools were substantially complying with the norms mandates by the RTE Act and its schedule and the substantial degree of compliance was reflected by regular monitoring and reviews done by the central government to check compliance.

The government’s response came on a PIL filed by an NGO, Independent Thought, which alleged that exclusion of the government-run schools under Section 18(1) of the RTE Act from obtaining a recognition certificate violated the Constitution.

The plea alleged that section 18 of the RTE Act would show that all schools owned or run by government and/or its agencies have been excluded from the ambit of sections 18 and 19 of the Act.

The Act, which came into force in April 2010, makes it mandatory for all private schools to seek state government’s recognition. The law stipulates that all schools must procure a “recognition certificate” from the government which would be renewable every three years.

Institutions failing to obtain the certificate can be deemed derecognised and heavy fines could also be slapped on them under the provisions of the Act.

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HRD to soon take call on compulsory CBSE class X board exam, says Prakash Javadekar


Union HRD minister, Prakash Javadekar addressing the 64th Meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)Union HRD minister, Prakash Javadekar addressing the 64th Meeting of Central Advisory Board of Education, in N… Read More
NEW DELHI: The Union HRD ministry will soon take a call on whether the Class X board examination should be made compulsory for students of CBSE schools.

Speaking to reporters after the 64th CABE meeting on Tuesday, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said that many state boards are already conducting Class X exams.

“Since the matter relates to Class X exams for CBSE, which comes under the HRD ministry, we will soon take a decision in this regard separately,” Javadekar said when asked if any decision related to Class X board exams was taken today.

There were reports that a decision regarding the compulsory CBSE Class X board examinations, which was scrapped in 2010 in order to reduce pressure on students, is likely to be reintroduced.

Javadekar, however, suggested that the Board exams, if they are introduced may be brought in only from the next session.

In the education sector, changes are generally made with regard to the upcoming session, he said.

Sources suggested while there is a view in the ministry in favour of making the CBSE class X examination compulsory, a final decision may be taken in consultation with the CBSE.

A press release issued by the HRD ministry after the CABE meeting also mentioned that a presentation on Compulsory Board examination in class X was also made.

Admit cards now available, download here

  • CAT 2016: Admit cards now available, download here

    New Delhi: The admit cards for the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2016 were released on Monday at 1 pm.

    Candidates can download the CAT admit card from the official website –

    The examination, scheduled to be held on December 4, will be conducted by the Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore (IIM-B).

    Steps to download CAT 2016 admit card:

    Visit the official website:

  • Click on the link ‘CAT 2016 admit cards’
  • Enter the required details
  • Download the admit card
  • Take a print out

The IIM-B has received 2,32,434 applications this year.