UGC chief urges universities to improve community’s lives

The University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Ved Prakash said that the universities such as the Vellore Institute of Technology should help improve the quality of artisans and farmers living in the community around them.

Speaking at the University Day and Annual Sports Day at the VIT campus, here on Sunday, Prof Prakash who remits office in 15 days said that the expertise of the different disciplines in the university should benefit the people living in the community, so that they can improve the quality of their profession and also improve their standard of living.

Universities should also nurture the talent of the best students from the marginalised sections of the society so that they become assets to the society and the nation. Pointing out that the quality of an institution of higher learning is as good as the quality of the minds of their students, faculty and non-teaching staff, the UGC Chairman said that the universities needed to develop a sense of responsibility among the students so that they brought laurels to their families, institutions, the country and the entire human race. “We need universities which can provide talented workforce to the world.

We need universities which are connected to the society. If universities did not bring about an impact on the quality of the people, they are not fulfilling their mandate,” he said.

Is the concept of reservation justified?

Reservation is not a privilege. It is a compensation as per the Constitution. The advent of the reservation system began with trying to help the Scheduled Castes (SC) to enjoy equal opportunities as those who have not been systematically oppressed. With the introduction of OBCs in the mix and the Mandal Commission report, it changed the way we look at reservation in this country. OBCs have come forward to claim that they too have been victimised and deserve special protection. I don’t think this is justified as the SCs have been the real victims of discrimination in this country. I think women’s reservation is similar to SC reservation for they too have been oppressed and discriminated against. While I do agree that representation is necessary for a democracy, reservation is not the only way to get that. In fact, reports show that OBCs have sometimes been the oppressors in rural areas. This should be taken into consideration.

—D Ravikumar, Anti-caste activist and former TN MLA

A policy on reservation, or affirmative action as it is known in many countries are policies which aid the compensation of certain groups which have been discriminated against so that they feel more included in the realms of education, employment and civic life. We are not the only country which has this system in place. 110 others, including the US, UK, some parts of Africa and Asia too follow it. I think it is necessary as some people have been systematically oppressed in the fields of education and are consequently denied opportunities in the workforce due to this reason. Till today this kind of discrimination persists. They are denied jobs despite having the qualifications for it. How do you assure these people that their interests will be protected without a reservation system? Look at businesses for example. Reports have shown that Dalit entrepreneurs face discrimination when it comes to funding as well as sale of produce. They deserve a policy which protects them. People misunderstand and think that equal opportunity will be enough, but it’s not.

—Sukhadeo Thorat, Professor, JNU

I do think that reservation as a concept is justified, but it comes in various forms. For the longest time society did not allow Dalits and Adivasis into the system. There were riots all over the country, their homes and crops were burnt, they were chased out of schools. Now a few other segments of people, especially the Marathas and Jats have come up to say that they face the same kind of trouble and are demanding protection too. I agree that they do deserve representation in jobs and universities but they have to explain the obstacles they have faced so far in order to get such protection.

Andhra Pradesh Class 10th exam 2017 hall tickets: Download at bse.ap.gov.in

AP SSC hall tickets 2017: The hall tickets of Andhra Pradesh SSC exam has been released on the official website. The students can download the hall tickets by entering their full name and the names of the district and school they belong to. Andhra Pradesh Board of Intermediate (BIE Andhra Pradesh ) will conduct the exam in March 2017.

The exam is scheduled to held from March 26, 2017 with First Language Paper-1 and will end on April 16 with Vocational Course (Theory) paper.

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Steps to download Andhra Pradesh SSC hall tickets 2017:
Visit the official website mentioned above
On the homepage, click on the Andhra Pradesh Intermediate 1st and 2nd Year Hall Tickets
Enter your inter or SSC roll number and click on submit button
The hall ticket will appear on the screen
Download/Take a printout and carry to the examination.

Since the hall ticket contains important details such as the name of the candidate, venue details, photograph, name of subjects etc. If a candidate fails to carry the admit card, he/ she will not be allowed to enter the exam centre.

JEE Main 2017 exam: Admit card out, download now

The admit cards of the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) 2017 has been released on March 14. The candidates can download the hall tickets from the official website — jeemain.nic.in by entering their registration number. Central Board of Secondary Education will conduct the exam on April 2, 2017 (Sunday).

jee main, jee main 2017, jeemain.nic.in, jee 2017 admit card, jee main 2017 admit card, jee main 2017 login, jee main 2017 login admit card download, iit jee, cbse, education news,To qualify for JEE, students need to have at least 75 per cent marks or be in top 20 percentile in Class 12 examination. However, there shall be no weightage for the class 12 marks in calculating the ranks in the JEE (Main) examination 2017.

 

For SC/ST students, the qualifying marks would be 65 per cent in the class 12 examination. This year, JEE Advanced 2017 will be conducted by IIT Madras on May 21.

Steps to download JEE Main 2017 admit card
Visit the official website – jeemain.nic.in
On the homepage, click on the ‘Admit card’
Enter application number and password
Click on submit button
The admit card will appear on the screen.
Download/Take a print out and carry to the examination

Exam tips: In last two-three days after board exam, practice as many multiple-choice questions as you can. This in turn help the student manage their time as well as strengthen their subjects also help them analyse their weak area.

Assam Makes Sanskrit Compulsory Subject Upto Class 8

In a cabinet decision taken yesterday, the Assam government led by Sarbananda Sonowal decided to make Sanskrit along with computer education, a permanent subject in the state schools. Teachers will also be appointed for this purpose. Assam Information Technology Minister Keshab Mahanta said in the state assembly that government is also planning to connect each panchayat of the state with Internet facility by the end of next financial year.

Assam Makes Sanskrit Compulsory Subject Upto Class 8

“To increase computer literacy, the government has taken a cabinet decision yesterday that all schools will have computer education and Sanskrit as permanent subjects. Accordingly, teachers will also be appointed,” Mahanta said.

In another report, Parliamentary Affairs minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said that the teachers will be appointed in high schools under Swachh Bharat Mission and they will be made responsible in maintaining cleanliness in schools in Assam state.

The cabinet meeting was chaired by CM Sarbananda Sonowal.

Keshab Mahanta has also said that ‘Knowledge Club’ will be opened in every panchayats and it would house all digital facilities as part of making each panchayat in the state connected with internet.
“We want to take Internet connectivity to each panchayat by next fiscal. Then we will expand it to each revenue village and then to every household,” Information Technology Minister Keshab Mahanta said in the Assembly, as reported by Press Trust of India.

Multiple SAT-style entrance exams in a year likely for engineering aspirants

Students aspiring to study at the country’s top engineering colleges are likely to get multiple opportunities in a single year to crack the tough entrance exam.

Engineering

The move will significantly shrink an aspirant’s waiting time for the next test in case of failure to clear the first attempt at the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main — conducted for admission to NITs, IITs and other centrally funded institutions.

For instance, if back-to-back exams are conducted in December, February and April, a candidate will be allowed to write all of them, or she can opt for one or two. The best marks from any of the three tests will account for the student’s all-India ranking, which decides her eligibility for admission.

The National Testing Service (NTS), a new overarching agency that the government announced in its annual budget this February to conduct all entrance exams for higher education institutions, might hold the JEE Main fully online from the next academic session.

The format will allow the NTS to hold the engineering test at least thrice a year, sources said. That way a student would not have to spend a full year studying for the test again.

At present, a student has the option of writing the JEE Main online or offline, but the exam is conducted just once a year. But only 125,000 of the almost 1 million students opt to take the test online.

“To ensure greater transparency and avoid instances of paper leak, the ministry is planning to conduct examinations through NTS on an online mode,” said a senior official in the human resource development ministry.

Sources said the NTS is likely to conduct all entrance examinations — including JEE, CAT, and UGC-NET — online from 2018.

Education experts welcomed the move, underscoring that several global screening tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and TOEFL are conducted up to seven times a year.

“This will ensure that a candidate is able to give his/her best if there are specific testing windows,” said Soumitra Roy of Prometric India, a global agency that had conducted tests such as CAT for premier business schools.

“This must be done provided there is adequate physical and technical infrastructure in a country like India with different demographics.”

To ensure students from rural areas don’t face obstacles in taking the online exam, NTS will help prepare them with through round-the-clock call centre support.

“NTS will establish an online testing mechanism which will be able to conduct online tests for at least 1 million students at a time with suitable systems for proctoring, instant display of marks and preparation of the merit list,” an official said.

The online system will ensure better safety mechanisms, according to Bipin Batra, executive director of the National Board of Examinations (NBE), which conducts entrance tests such as NEET PG and NEET Super Specialty for medical students.

Bihar intermediate exam: 360 students expelled for cheating on Day 3

At least 360 students were caught cheating across the state on Thursday during the intermediate examination conducted by Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB), which has been under the scanner over several scams in the past few years.

Bihar intermediate exam

The intermediate or state Class 12 board exam drew nationwide condemnation last year after the ‘toppers scam’ following interviews of students, who allegedly aced the tests, by television news channels.

The Class 12 arts ‘topper’ described her subject as ‘prodigal’ science and thought it was about cooking. Her classmate, a science topper, couldn’t explain the connection between H2O and water.

In 2015, parents and relatives of students in Hajipur district were photographed climbing school walls to pass on answers. The embarrassed state government had announced tough measures like fines and jail terms, intended to curb cheating.

The board said in a statement that 59 candidates were barred from the rest of the exam in Nawada district, followed by 35 in Gaya and 19 in Patna on the third day of the exam.

In Nawada district, around 32 girls were caught cheating in centre number 2311 at Seth Sagar Mal Aggarwal Women college in the first sitting of physics exam, the BSEB statement said. It cancelled the test at the centre.

Superintendent and assistant superintendent of the centre have been suspended and removed from exam duty. Along with them 17 invigilators of the Nawada centre have also been suspended and barred from duty.

The board also said that 5 people were arrested for allegedly impersonating as candidates in Jehanabad, Nalanda, Gaya and Darbhanga districts.

The BSEB, which has adopted zero tolerance policy against the use of unfair means in exams, expelled 204 students on Wednesday. On the first day, 267 students were expelled.

BSEB chairperson Anand Kishore has tried to ensure cheating-free exam this year by making surprise visits to several centres and frisking students himself.

The exams are being held at 1,274 centres across Bihar and would end on February 25.

UPSC Civil Services 2016 preliminary exam results declared

UPSC Civil Services 2016 preliminary exam results declared

New Delhi: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has declared the results of Civil Services preliminary examination on its official website.

Candidates can check the results by logging on to the official website www.upsc.gov.in

Steps to check the results:

 Click on the link ‘UPSC Civil Services Prelims Results 2016’

Enter the details like application number, gender

Click on submit

Admit Card will be displayed on the screen

Save it and take a print out for further reference

The candidates who have cleared the exam successfully will have to appear for the (Mains) exam and a personality test/interview round. The main examination is scheduled to be held on December 3.

The candidates who will clear all the examinations successfully will be hired for the respective posts.

About UPSC:

Union Public Service Commission works under the government of India to recruit staff for various posts in the various ministries and departments of the Government of India and in subordinate offices. The commission also conducts examinations for the recruitment in various government departments of the country.

Schools asked to make Divyang-friendly facilities: Javadekar

Schools asked to make Divyang-friendly facilities: Javadekar

Mumbai: The Centre will make a slew of provisions for Divyang students in the upcoming education policy and has already asked schools to provide adequate facilities to them, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday.

“We will make a lot of provisions for Divyang students across the country in our upcoming new education policy. We have asked the management of schools to provide ramps in buildings, make available separate toilets for them or modify/upgrade the existing toilets and facilitate their easy movement on the premises,” he said.

Javadekar was talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event where he met and interacted with over 100 visually impaired girls at a city school.

He said interaction with Divyang students was part of BJP’s decision to celebrate September 17, the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as Sewa Diwas.

“Our MPs, MLAs and other leaders decided to celebrate our Prime Minister’s birthday as Sewa Diwas. Therefore, we decided to reach out to Dalits and those oppressed and underprivileged,” he said.

Javadekar was impressed with the training facilities available for students at the 116-year-old Kamla Mehta School for the Blind in Dadar.

Lauding the efforts and aspirations of the girls and their teachers, the minister said, “What we all need is just commitment and zeal to move ahead in our life. These girls are a source of energy and inspiration.”

Maharashtra Minister for Social Justice Rajkumar Badole, BJP MP from Beed Preetam Munde and officers from the office of Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities were present on the occasion.

Javadekar also briefly highlighted what the NDA government was doing for the uplift of Divyangs (persons with disabilities).

“Our government has undertaken ‘Sugamya Bharat’ initiative to achieve universal accessibility (of infrastructure) for Divyangs.

“The government is providing needful support by appointing teachers for Divyang students. And now the need of the hour is to go for mapping of such students, bring them to schools and impart them with necessary skill sets.”

SC orders status quo on medical counselling in MP

SC orders status quo on medical counselling in MP

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered status quo in admission to undergraduate medical courses in private medical institutes in Madhya Pradesh on a plea of contempt of court filed by the state government.

The state government had contended that private medical colleges were not admitting students on the basis of centralised counselling being conducted by it, and were thus acting in “wilfull and deliberate disobedience of top court’s May 2 verdict.

The constitution bench comprising Justice Anil R Dave, Justice AK Sikri, Justice RK Agrawal, Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice R Banumathi issued notice to the private medical colleges, their association and deemed universities based in the state returnable before September 19 when the bench would hear the contempt plea.

The order of status quo is effective both on the counselling being conducted by the respective private medical colleges and the centralised counselling being done by the state government.

Alleging “wilfull and deliberate disobedience” of top court verdict, Additional Solicitor General PS Patwalia told the court said that the private medical colleges were repeating their defiance of the top court’s order.

He referred to an earlier judgment of the court wherein some of the private medical colleges were hauled up for their defiance of the court’s order.

Appearing for the private medical colleges, senior counsel Kapil Sibal said that it was the fundamental right of the private colleges to admit students through their own counselling.

To buttress his point, Sibal told the bench that private medical college had a different fee structure, and the state government, after counselling, send a student for admission but he may not be able to afford to pay the fee being charged by the college. Same thing may happen in the second counselling.

Before the issuance of notice, Justice Sikri told Sibal that he had a “point which needs to be considered”.

Alleging that government was destroying education, Sibal said that when everything starting from NEET to admission was being done by the state, then why would private entrepreneurs establish private institutions, adding that entire the state-led counselling was contrary to the statute and the regulations.

At this Patwalia said that private medical colleges could not challenge the provision of statute and regulations in a contempt plea.

Madhya Pradesh government, in its petition, seeking contempt proceedings against private medical colleges has said that the top court in its May 2 judgment had said that the centralised counselling by the State government does not violate any fundamental right and is in public interest.

The state government in its petition said that by September 2 communication to the state government, the Association of Privates Medical and Dental Colleges said that they would be holding their own counselling as the counselling being conducted by the State government was not in accordance with law.

The petition by the state says that the central government by its August 9 circular had directed combined centralised counselling on the basis of merit of NEET.