World Bank Urges More Funds For Reading Skills

Manager Education Sector at the World Bank group Harry Patrinos said on Saturday that globally more money has to be invested into primary school education with a focus on reading skills. Patrinos, at the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) here, said that the “government and education donors spend rising amounts of money into higher education, while investments into basic education remains stagnant, especially in the developing world,” Xinhua news agency reported.

World Bank Urges More Funds For Reading SkillsHowever, he added “a study conducted by the World Bank found out that it costs just 10 dollars per pupil per year to equip teachers in Malawi with tools to ensure no child is left behind in relation to achieve basic reading skills.”

The World Bank said Patrinos has therefore launched reading programmes in several developing countries.

The expert added that an estimated 25 percent of children in developing countries cannot read and write, while 50 per cent of all kids in middle-income countries are “technically illiterate”, meaning they are unable to understand or interpret small text.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, “we found out that 61 million people cannot read”, said Patrinos.

“The investments into reading skills shall not be regarded as losses, since the economic loss of creating generations of illiterate people goes into the trillions of dollars globally,” he added.

AMU, University of Sharjah Sign MoU For Academic Cooperation

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates for cooperation through the exchange of knowledge, academic programs, research and other activities. AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt General Zameer Uddin Shah and University of Sharjah, Chancellor, Professor Hamid Al Naimy signed the MoU. With the formal agreement between the two universities; international academic cooperation will take place in terms of exchange of faculty members, research scholars and students.

AMU, University of Sharjah Sign MoU For Academic CooperationThe MoU will also have the two universities in joint research activities and meetings concerning education and research besides having joint educational programs at the undergraduate, postgraduate, Phd and post-doctorate levels.

The MoU will also make the two universities carry out exchange of educational materials, research, publications, scientific information, residency training programs, fellowships, entrepreneurships and business and technology incubators, said a press release from the university on March 16.

On the occasion, AMU Vice Chancellor, General Shah said that the MoU shall facilitate networking and support collaboration between the two parties educational programs, research centers, institutes and affiliated hospitals associated with each party.

He added that for each project of collaboration, both parties shall discuss and agree on the objectives, implementation and any financial arrangements related to the project.

Meanwhile, AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali (Veteran) pointed out that the two universities shall designate a coordinator to serve as a point of liason for implementing projects related to the MoU. He added that at the University of Sharjah, the office of the Chancellor will be responsible while at the Aligarh Muslim University the offices of the Vice Chancellor and Pro Vice Chancellor will be responsible.

AMU has become a leader in nanotechnology research, recycling of waste water and solar energy for automotive purposes, the release also said.

AMU has also signed MoUs with University of Bristol (UK); Ohio State University (USA); Vigyan Prasar, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India; Michigan State University College of Engineering (USA); Morehouse College of Atlanta (USA); University of Wisconsin in Madison (USA); University of Massachusetts Medical School (USA); Youngstown State University (USA); Mercer University (USA); Al Mustafa International University, Qum (Iran); Mangalayatan University, Aligarh and National Informatics Centre Services.

BBAU Lucknow Admission 2017-2018: Apply Before March 31

Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU) has invited online and offline applications for the graduate, post-graduate and doctorate programmes for 2017-2018 academic year. The BBAU Lucknow has reserved 50% seats for SC/ST candidates in all the teaching programmes including research programmes. The university has a provision of one additional supernumerary seat in each course for Single Girl Child, BPL Student,Cancer, HIV and Thalassemia Patient.

BBAU Lucknow Admission 2017-2018: Apply Before March 31

BBAU is a central university.

BBAU Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Admission 2017-2018: Important Dates

Registration Open/Sale of Application: 1 March
Registration Closed/End of Sale of Application: 31 March
Last date of Receipt of Application form (by hand/in person): 31 March
Last Date of Receipt of Application Form by posts(speed post/registered post): 5 April
Download Admit Card (Online Application)/Issue of Admit Card (Offline Application): 15 April
Entrance Test: 26th May – 10th June 2017 (tentative)

BBAU Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Admission 2017-2018: How To Apply Online

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BBAU Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Admission 2017-2018 Open
Follow these steps to apply for BBAU courses:
Step 1: Go to the Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow website.
Step 2: Click on “Online admission system 2017” shown in the home page
Step 3: For registration of online application click “Register and Apply” and fill your details
Step 4: On successful submission of the application form and deposit the application fee, you will be able to view the complete application submitted by you including your Photo, Signature & Document along with the Registration No.

Please take a print out of this application form for future correspondence & Registration No printed on it.

BBAU Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Admission 2017-2018: How To Apply Offline

Candidates can purchase form from the Admission Cell, 3rd Floor Gautam Buddha Central Library, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Lucknow 226025 by Cash or by DD in favour of Finance Officer BBAU Lucknow. Application forms can also be downloaded from the University website www.bbau.ac.in and filled in application forms shall be sent to Admission Ce11, 3rd Floor Gautam Buddha Central Library Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University Lucknow 226025, along with DD of Rs.1000 for GEN / OBC Candidate or Rs.500 for SC/ST/PH Candidate in favour of Finance Officer, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow.

Notices to 279 institutions running without approvals

New Delhi: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has issued notices to 279 institutions found to be running without statutory approvals, Rajya Sabha was told on Thursday.

In a written reply to a question, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said the notices have been issued to the institutions to close down programmes or fulfill the mandatory requirements and approach AICTE for approval.

Responding to another question, Irani said there is no provision in AICTE Act for blacklisting higher education institutions.

She, however, said in case norms are not followed action can be taken, including suspension of approval for supernumerary seats, no admission status in respective courses for one academic year, withdrawal of approval in the respective course, reduction in seats intake, withdrawal of approval of the institution and its closure.

“121 such technical institutions have been closed during 2015-16,” she said.

In response to another question, the HRD minister said that as per an independent survey commissioned by it in 2014, 60.64 lakh children were out of school in the age group 6 to 13 years.

20 education institutions to be helped to become world class

20 education institutions to be helped to become world class: Smriti Irani

New Delhi: Ten educational institutions each in the public and private sectors would be supported to make them world-class, HRD Minister Smriti Irani said today, as Rajya Sabhamembers expressed concern that Indian institutions did not figure in the global top ranking list.

She also said that national ranking framework was being designed and some standards being set up for Indian institutions, with over 5,000 of them adding themselves to the framework.
Irani said the government has announced in the latest budget that 10 institutions each in the public and private sectors will be supported to make them world class.

Replying to a private member’s bill seeking to regulate private professional educational institutions moved by CPI(M) member K K Ragesh, she said “unfortunately, many in this House and across the country will accept that education has become more or less a pursuit of certification and less about pursuit of excellence.”

Regarding the exorbitant fees charged particularly by the private engineering and other colleges, she said a regulatory mechanism was already in place to keep a check on such institutions and the issue was being further addressed in the proposed New Education Policy (NEP).

She also said that UGC had last year identified 21 fake universities in the country and a public notice was put up warning students about them.

“Irrespective of us giving strict guidelines, if any violation brought to our notice, the regulator in the state concerned does take action against those institutions. There is a measure already in place,” Irani said.

To ensure that technical courses are offered at lower fees for disadvantaged communities, she said the government would launch ‘SWAYAM’, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform from the next academic year.

Training programme on research starts at Central University of Kashmir

Training programme on research starts at Central University of Kashmir

Srinagar: A 10-day training programme on Research Methodology in Social Sciences kicked-off at the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) on Monday.

The training programme was inaugurated by Professor Muhammad Aslam, Director, Research and Development, Central University of Kashmir.

The programme has been organised by the Department of Economics and is being sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Aslam said yesterday that the university has been trying to produce quality researchers and research, aimed at the contributing to the overall development of the society.

“The research conducted by the scholars of CUK shall have to be for public consumption and necessarily have to make a difference to the society,” he said, as per Kashmir Reader.

‘Nationalism’ to be part of syllabus in educational institutes in Rajasthan

'Nationalism' to be part of syllabus in educational institutes in Rajasthan: Minister

Jaipur: In view of the JNU episode, The BJP government in Rajasthan is planning to promote ‘nationalism’ in educational institutes in the state.

“Have requested educational institutions to formulate syllabus in a way that helps promote nationalism,” Minister of State for Education V Devnani said.

The minister added that the decision is aimed at preventing a ‘JNU like situation’ in Rajasthan.

On the issue of the beef controversy at Mewar University, Devnani said, “It is important to follow norms in Universities, care must be taken that religious sentiments aren’t hurt, so if beef was cooked there, its wrong.”

Four Kashmiri students of Mewar University were arrested following rumours that they had cooked beef in their college hostel room. They were released after questioning.

PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES, COLLEGES FORGE NEW PATHS TO RAISE QUALITY OF HIGHER EDUCATION

State and centrally-funded institutions from Tamil Nadu may have made it to the top in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), but a large number of private universities and colleges have also ranked among the top institutions. And at a time when the state has faced criticism on increasing vacancy in engineering colleges, some of these private institutions lead the way in improving the quality of higher education. VIT University, Vellore, has been ranked 13, only after the 11 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and one National Institute of Technology (NIT).

VIT has worked out innovative teaching-learning methodologies, improved its research activities, and implemented practical-oriented learning to emerge as one of the leading private engineering institutions in the country, its chancellor G Viswanathan said.

“In 2003, when we implemented the entrance exam, we received 7,500 applications, and this year it touched 2.12 lakh. This is because of a fully flexible credit system that we have implemented on our campus which allows students to choose their subjects according to the credits they would like to earn, choose their faculty and timing of lecture as well,” he said.

The university also believes in practical-oriented learning. “Many engineering institutions follow the same 10-year-old experiments for the laboratory sessions. But, at VIT, we closely follow industry problems in each sector, and introduce them as our lab experiments,” Viswanathan said.

A similar factor is Coimbatore’s PSG College of Technology’s USP. The college took the 24th rank. “Our relation with the industry allows us to stay ahead of others. The fact that we are an autonomous institution gives us the advantage of designing our courses as per industry needs,” principal R Rudramurthy said. “We could also set up 45 centres of excellence across different fields of engineering and technology. This boosts our research, and in-turn, our students get good placements,” he said.
 Another factor that leading technical institutes are focusing on is the intellectual property rights of their research. Dean, planning and development, SASTRA University, Thanjavur, S Vaidhyasubramaniam says the university will try to increase its patent count in the coming years.
“In the next two to three years, our focus will be on converting more research work into patents,” he said.

AICTE TO RESERVE 10 SEATS FOR JAMMU & KASHMIR IN ALL INSTITUTES

AICTE to reserve 10 seats for Jammu & Kashmir in all institutes

At a time when Kashmiri students are pitted against the non-Kashmiris in NIT Srinagar, the All India Council of Technical Education has decided to rework the scholarship scheme for J&K students.

Starting this academic session, the AICTE will allow up to 10 students — instead of just two — from the region to study at an institute outside the state.

 The move is aimed at ensuring that students do not feel “isolated” on a faroff campus. The AICTE is cautious that the upper ceiling must be 10 so that there is no “bunching” of students, or “incidents” like the cricket-cheering controversy at a Meerut institute in 2014. “As of now, there are two seats per college or institute under the scholarship scheme. As agreed by the interministerial committee, from this year we will allow 10 J&K students on scholarship in the same institute. Students will then not feel isolated and have a support system when ill or when travelling back home,” AICTE chairman Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe told ET.
 “Also, we will not exceed the ceiling of 10 as we do not want any bunching of students since they could lead to certain incidents as seen in reports of an institute earlier,” the chairman said.
 As per the ‘bunching’ norms, only two students per institute are awarded this scholarship to “avoid bunching in any one particular institute and to have an even distribution of students among various institutes of the country”.
 The ceiling was reviewed in a meeting of the inter-ministerial committee in November 2015. In the last academic year, about 1,600 of the 5,000 available scholarships were taken.
 The panel decided there should be a “supernumerary quota of two seats in all universities/colleges/institutes, for all courses, for students hailing from J&K” and “the limit of two supernumerary seat may be increased by the regulators to 10 per institute”. While AICTE has decided to increase seats, other regulators are yet to move on it.

AICTE to reserve 10 seats for Jammu & Kashmir in all institutes

AICTE to reserve 10 seats for Jammu & Kashmir in all institutes

At a time when Kashmiri students are pitted against the non-Kashmiris in NIT Srinagar, the All India Council of Technical Education has decided to rework the scholarship scheme for J&K students.

Starting this academic session, the AICTE will allow up to 10 students — instead of just two — from the region to study at an institute outside the state.

The move is aimed at ensuring that students do not feel “isolated” on a faroff campus. The AICTE is cautious that the upper ceiling must be 10 so that there is no “bunching” of students, or “incidents” like the cricket-cheering controversy at a Meerut institute in 2014. “As of now, there are two seats per college or institute under the scholarship scheme. As agreed by the interministerial committee, from this year we will allow 10 J&K students on scholarship in the same institute. Students will then not feel isolated and have a support system when ill or when travelling back home,” AICTE chairman Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe told ET.
 “Also, we will not exceed the ceiling of 10 as we do not want any bunching of students since they could lead to certain incidents as seen in reports of an institute earlier,” the chairman said.
As per the ‘bunching’ norms, only two students per institute are awarded this scholarship to “avoid bunching in any one particular institute and to have an even distribution of students among various institutes of the country”.
The ceiling was reviewed in a meeting of the inter-ministerial committee in November 2015. In the last academic year, about 1,600 of the 5,000 available scholarships were taken.
 The panel decided there should be a “supernumerary quota of two seats in all universities/colleges/institutes, for all courses, for students hailing from J&K” and “the limit of two supernumerary seat may be increased by the regulators to 10 per institute”. While AICTE has decided to increase seats, other regulators are yet to move on it.