Debate forum changes topic citing “prevailing political climate”

The Indian Union Debate Forum had to change the topic for one of the two debates it is organizing on Saturday, after a politician they invited to speak, a member of the BJP but not of Parliament, accused them of “inciting anti-India sentiment.” Another, also from the Hindu Right, wondered if they were “being funded by ISI.” The IUDF — ... Read More »

Chennai floods: Karunanidhi urges PM Modi to postpone civil services (mains) exam

A day after the Centre announced that the Union Public Service Commission would conduct civil services (main) examination at 23 centres from December 18 to 23, DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to postpone the exam in view of heavy rain and floods in Chennai and nearby districts. In a letter to Modi, Karunanidhi said: ... Read More »

HRD ministry signs MoU to set up 3 IIITs on PPP mode

The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding with some private players for setting up of three Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) in Ranchi, Nagpur and Pune on public-private partnership (PPP) mode. The three institutes would be set up in collaboration among state governments, industry, and the Centre and are expected to bring out ... Read More »

IIT Roorkee introduces new grades in its marking system

The Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT-R), which was in the eye of a storm recently over the expulsion of 71 students from the institute for not scoring the minimum 5 CGPA, has now introduced two new grades in its Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) grading system. Although institute officials aren’t willing to disclose much about the reason for the ... Read More »

CHARUSAT kicks off workshop on French language

Charotar University of Science and Technology (CHARUSAT) is organizing a workshop on French language. During the nine-days long workshop that began on December 7, Kalpesh Patel, a renowned expert of French language is providing functional knowledge of the language to the students. Keeping in mind the increasing demand of French language across the globe, the Department of Humanities and Social ... Read More »

More girls joining NIT-K

The premier technical institution National Institute of Technology-Surathkal (NIT-K) has seen a sudden rise in girl opting for NIT from past three year, so much so that institution is finding difficult to accommodate them. Numbers are seen rise in graduation, masters and even doctoral studies in engineering streams. The more demanded subjects among girl students’ are civil, chemical, computer and ... Read More »

National uniform education policy for regional languages

The government has undertaken a collaborative, multi-stakeholder and multi-pronged consultation process for formulating the New Education Policy (NEP), which included online, grassroots and national level thematic deliberations. A press statement issued by human resources department stated that out of the 33 themes, one theme under School Education “Promotion of Languages” and one under Higher Education “Promote cultural integration through language” ... Read More »

Madrassa students get trained to aid in time of natural calamity

Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, one of India’s leading Islamic organization, is giving training to students enrolled in government-aided madrassas to become scouts and guides. The madrassa students are being trained to help people during emergencies and natural calamities including floods and earthquakes.At present, the Jamiat is offering training to 50 students enrolled at madrassa Ashfaqia in Bareilly. Similar training had already been ... Read More »

Calcutta University advanced mathematics department gets advanced telescope

The Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Calcutta, installed an advanced 14″ Cassegrain Schmidt Telescope at its APC Road campus on Monday. This telescope will help students train for the observational part of Astrophysics so they may opt for this subject during their research career. The university had sanctioned the purchase of this telescope and related accessories under the DST ... Read More »

Study ill-effects of crackers in college

Students of around 400 universities will study the ill-effects of fireworks. The UGC has instructed all universities and colleges to include a module on the ill-effects of firecrackers in the paper on environmental studies, a compulsory subject for all undergraduate students. UGC secretary Jaspal S Sandhu says the UGC wants varsities and affiliated colleges to organize forums, discussions and presentations ... Read More »