Maharashtra government appoints committee to frame guidelines for improving new colleges and courses

In order to bring up new colleges, courses, additional divisions and satellite centres, an eight-member committee has been appointed by the state government.

Guidelines to be framed for improving new colleges and courses

Guidelines to be framed for improving new colleges and courses

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In order to bring up new colleges, courses, additional divisions and satellite centres, an eight-member committee has been appointed by the state government to frame clear and detailed guidelines and norms for the same. The new norms which this panel will form will be followed by the universities and department of higher and technical Education for approving new colleges and courses.

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As per an Indian Express report, Dr RS Mali, former Vice Chancellor of North Maharashtra University in Jangan will head the committee. It will study the old norms in detail before framing new guidelines.

It is expected to submit the draft to the state government by February 25.

The norms of sanctioning new colleges, courses, curriculums and additional divisions have been specified under section 81, 82 and 83 of Maharashtra Universities Act 1994. The same has been specified in the amended Maharashtra Public Universities Act 2016.

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Need for an expert panel:

“Even though norms and guidelines about sanctioning new colleges existed in the old act as well as the new one, the state government wanted an expert panel to study these guidelines and make them stringent to raise the quality of education across the state. Approving new colleges will not be a simple affair anymore,” said principal of a well known college in Mumbai and one of the members of the committee.

Approval of new colleges has been hanging fire for quite a long time. Experts have often alleged that approval of colleges without proper scrutiny has been increasing the burden on universities.

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‘Curb corporal punishment in schools’, Menaka Gandhi writes to HRD ministry

After the increasing cases of corporal punishments came into limelight, Maneka Gandhi has written to HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar in order to curb such punishments in schools.

Need to curb corporal punishment in schools

Need to curb corporal punishment in schools

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After the increasing cases of corporal punishments came into limelight, the Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has written to Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on the requirements to curb such punishment in schools, urging him to direct them to follow the national guidelines on the issue.

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Girls punished in a ‘derogatory’ manner:

A recent disturbing incident was reported by the media about a principal of a government school in eastern Uttar Pradesh, who punished girls for not memorising the Sanskrit shlokas and forced them to run on the playground without their skirts.

According to an official statement, Maneka has asked the HRD Ministry for widespread circulation and implementation of the Guidelines for Elimination of Corporal Punishment (GECP) prepared by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR).

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The guidelines:

The guidelines directed by the apex body for child rights in the country recommend formation of “Special Monitoring Cells” in schools to look into cases of physical punishment or harassment of children and prepare annual audit reports on complaints of physical punishment, harassment and discrimination.

As per the Right to Education Act, an act of “physical punishment or mental harassment” inflicted on a child will attract disciplinary action.

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Delhi,Nursery,Admissions:,HC,allows,admission,process,to,go,on

Maintaining that the order passed by the single judge was “totally wrong”, “erroneous” and “against the law”, the Delhi government sought a stay on Thursday on the operation of the interim order

Delhi Nursery admissions

Delhi Nursery admissions

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The Delhi High Court today, February 17 allowed 298 private unaided schools to go ahead with the nursery admission process but said that it will be subject to the final outcome of the city government’s appeal on the issue.

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A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, which was hearing the Delhi government’s appeal against a single judge’s interim order that had stayed its nursery admission directive on the neighbourhood criterion, said that the entire process to admit children will be subject to the final outcome of the matter.

“Having regard to the fact that the admission process is already been in operation, it would not be proper to stop it.

“We, however, make it clear that whatever steps have been taken by the parties will be subject to the final outcome of the appeal that is pending,” the bench said.

“We will examine the issue. Meanwhile, a copy of the petition be served on the respondents (including two school associations and the parents),” the bench said and fixed the matter for further consideration on February 22.

It also sought the response of the two school associations and the parents on the Delhi government’s appeal in the case.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain, appearing for the Directorate of Education (DoE), submitted that in the absence of the neighbourhood criterion, schools will accept admission in an arbitrary and opaque manner, and even justify charging exorbitant fees from the parents.

Maintaining that the order passed by the single judge was “totally wrong”, “erroneous” and “against the law”, the Delhi government sought a stay on the operation of the interim order.

In two directives on December 19, 2016 and January 7, the Delhi government had made it compulsory for the 298 private schools built on Delhi Development Authority land to admit children for nursery who live in that neighbourbood or stay within a certain distance from the school.

Ordering an interim stay of the January 7 notification till the final disposal of the pleas challenging the Delhi government’s order, Justice Manmohan had earlier said that “a student’s educational fate can’t be relegated to only his/her position on a map” and had termed the criterion as “arbitrary and discriminatory”.

The school groups had alleged that the Delhi government had “discriminated” among schools as the neighbourhood criteria had been applied against only 298 schools and not been made mandatory for 1,400 other schools in the city.

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Bihar Intermediate Exam: 360 students expelled for cheating

Of the candidates barred from the rest of the examination, Nawada district accounted for the most (59), followed by Gaya (35) and Patna (19), the statement said.

Bihar intermediate exams

Bihar intermediate exams

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For using unfair means in the Intermediate examination, a total of 360 examinees, many of them girls, were expelled across the state on Thursday, the third day of the intermediate examination.

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5 arrested, many barred from the rest of examinations

Besides, five persons in Jehanabad, Nalanda, Gaya and Darbhanga districts were arrested for allegedly impersonating as candidates, a statement issued by the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) that conducts the examination said here.

Of the candidates barred from the rest of the examination, Nawada district accounted for the most (59), followed by Gaya (35) and Patna (19), the statement said. In Nawada district around 32 girl examinees were caught cheating in centre number 2311 at Seth Sagar Mal Aggarwal Women college in the first sitting of Physics examination, the BSEB statement said.

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The Board ordered cancellation of first sitting of test at the said centre in Nawada, the statement added. Superintendent of the centre, Assistant Superintendent have been put under suspension and removed from exam duty. Along with them 17 invigilators of the Nawada centre have also been suspended and removed from exam duty.

The intermediate or state plus two examination had drawn nationwide condemnation last year after the toppers scam broke out in which Arts topper Ruby Roy had described her subject as “Prodikal science” in place of political science which, she had said, was related to cooking.

Like in the past two days, BSEB Chairman Anand Kishore tried to ensure cheating-free examination this time by spending the day making surprise visits to several centres where he himself frisked examinees.

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Delhi Nursery Admissions: Government moves HC, says judgement ‘totally wrong’

Maintaining that the order passed by the single judge was “totally wrong”, “erroneous” and “against the law”, the Delhi government sought to set aside the order.

Delhi Nursery admission

Delhi Nursery admission

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Over the disagreement of a single judge’s interim order staying new nursery admission norms, Delhi government on Thursday appealed before a Delhi High Court division bench.

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Maintaining that the order passed by the single judge was “totally wrong”, “erroneous” and “against the law”, the Delhi government  sought to set aside the order.

What did the HC say?

The single judge had said that “a student’s educational fate cannot be relegated to only his/her position on a map.”

Terming the criteria as “arbitrary and discriminatory”, Justice Manmohan said it benefitted only those parents who lived close to good private schools.

The single judge bench had said the interim stay on the January 7 notification would remain in place till the final disposal of the pleas challenging the Delhi government order to private unaided schools to accept nursery admission forms based only on the neighbourhood or distance criteria.

What the government has to say:

The government’s appeal, which is likely to be taken up for hearing tomorrow, said “leaving it to schools to frame their own guidelines will only promote arbitrariness of private managements and lead to admissions in an opaque manner. This will help the school management to justify the exorbitant fees they charge”.

More on report

The order had come on petitions filed by parents and two school groups challenging the Delhi governments December 19, 2016 and January 7 notifications that made 298 private schools, built on Delhi Development Authority land accept nursery admission forms based only on the neighbourhood or distance norm.

The school groups had alleged that the Delhi government “discriminated” among schools as the neighbourhood criteria had been applied against only 298 schools and not been made mandatory for 1,400 other schools in the city.

The Delhi government and DoE had defended its decision by saying it was taken in the larger public interest.

However, the court had disagreed to the contention and said “children are uniformly affected by alleged factors of public interest and it cannot be said that public interest is to be served only in the case of children going to 298 schools and not to the other 1400-odd schools.”

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This 21-year-old Delhi boy got a Rs 1.25 crore placement offer from Uber

21-year-old Sidharth, a computer science engineering student has been offered the job of a software engineer at the Uber’s San Francisco office. He will get an annual package of Rs 1.25 crore with other benefits.

In picture, 21-year-old Sidharth ( Image source- HT)

In picture, 21-year-old Sidharth ( Image source- HT)

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A student of Delhi Technology University (DTU) has received a placement offer of Rs 1.25 crore from Uber.

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21-year-old Sidharth, a computer science engineering student has been offered the job of a software engineer at the Uber’s San Francisco office. He will get an annual package of Rs 1.25 crore with other benefits.

“It was a delight to have received the job offer and I am now looking forward to move to San Francisco,” Sidharth.

“I had actually done a seven-week internship with Uber earlier. So this is a pre-placement offer that I have received. Along with me, I think there is someone from one of the IITs,” he said.

Sidharth is an alumnus of Delhi Public School and had cleared the class 12 examinations with a glaring marks of 95.4 per cent. After clearing theJoint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main, he took admission into Delhi College of Engineering.

Sidharth told HT, “From the beginning, I wanted to do computer science engineering and with my score I was not getting the subject at any of the IITs. Moreover, I love Delhi and did not want to move from here,” he said.

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West Bengal: Make changes in new bill, teachers request Education Minister

Several teachers including a former university vice-chancellor were badly beaten by police when they refused to call off their rally, said WBCUTA general secretary Shrutinath Prahara.

In picture, Teachers protesting in Kolkata against the new education bill

In picture, Teachers protesting in Kolkata against the new education bill

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After meeting education minister Partha Chatterjee in the state legislative assembly on Wednesday, a five-member team of various teachers’ organisations submitted a seven page deputation requesting to introduce changes in the new education bill that was passed recently.

However, several teachers’ organisations participated in a march to assembly that was stopped by police at Y-channel in Esplanade, and the teachers alleged police for using force.

Views of WBCUTA general secretary

Several teachers including a former university vice-chancellor were badly beaten by police when they refused to call off their rally, said WBCUTA general secretary Shrutinath Prahara.

“The police used force to stop us from marching towards Assembly. Later a five-member delegation was allowed to meet the education minister. We have requested him to look at our demands and make a few changes in the West Bengal Universities and Colleges (Administration and Regulation) Bill, 2017. He gave us a patient hearing and also condemned the act of the police,” Praharaj said, as reported by Indian Express

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High Court scrapes Lucknow University law admission ordinance

In the writ petition filed by one LLM aspirant, the petitioner challenged the validity of the university ordinance that provides 80 per cent seat reservation only to LU law graduates.

High Court scrapes Lucknow University law admission ordinance

High Court scrapes Lucknow University law admission ordinance

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After a writ petition filed by one LLM aspirant challenging the validity of the ordinance that provide 80 per cent seats to LU law graduates, the High Court Lucknow bench has annulled the ordinance duly.

Moreover, the High Court bench headed by Justice DK Upadhyay also directed the university to scrape the ordinance by this academic session 2017-2018.

While the court asked the varsity to complete the current admission process, which is delayed due to the court’s interim direction at the earlier point of time, the teachers are anticipated to cooperate in finishing the course in order to hold the examinations as it has been scheduled.

More on the news:

  • In the writ petition filed by one LLM aspirant, the petitioner challenged the validity of the university ordinance that provides 80 per cent seat reservation only to LU law graduates
  • The petitioner, considering Supreme Court’s directives, had pleaded that only 50 per cent of reservation are permitted to the institution
  • The university defending its ordinance pleaded that their students who generally secured 70-75 per cent are unable to secure admission in other universities as national law universities and other universities including the private ones adopted grading system which rendered their students an edge over LU’s students
  • The High Court however dismissed LU’s plea and observed that, “No study appears to have been conducted by the university before framing the impugned ordinance, neither any such material has been supplied to conclude as to how in the absence of a grading system to evaluate LLB examination is resulting in irreparable disadvantage to Lucknow University law graduates,” as reported in TOI.
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Mumbai: 25 per cent seats reserved for EWS in school admissions

Withstanding the technical glitches in the online application process which had deterred the admission process, the education department of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to conduct the first round of seat allocation on February 28.

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As the admission for the economically weaker sections began in Mumbai on February 9, 2017, over 3,000 applications have been received so far.

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Under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 25 per cent seats are reserved for the economically weaker sections.

Withstanding the technical glitches in the online application process which had deterred the admission process, the education department of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to conduct the first round of seat allocation on February 28.

“We plan to hold the first round of lottery on February 28, three days after the last date of application,” said Prakash Charhate, deputy education officer, as reported in Hindustan Times.

Charhate further reiterated that first round of admission will be confirm in four days before the second round of seats allocation.

More on the news:

  • While 9,664 seats are available under the RTE admission last year, only 7,449 seats are available for this year
  • The numbers of schools have gone up to 334 from 317
  • The number of seats in pre-primary sections have also reduced to 1,884 from 3,359
  • Unlike in the previous years, government allowed schools to choose to reserved seats in the pre-primary level and in Class 1
  • Following this, several schools have decided Class 1 as their entry level
  • According to RTE Act, 25 per cent seats are reserved for the economically weaker section to promote free and compulsory education
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Tata,Motors,shares,tank,over,10%,,mcap,dives,Rs,15,068,crore

Tata Motors shareholders reject pay proposals of 3 executivesTata Motors shareholders reject pay proposals of 3 executives
NEW DELHI: Shares of Tata Motors on Wednesday plunged over 10 per cent, wiping out Rs 15,068 crore from its market valuation, after the company reported a 96.22 per cent decline in consolidated net profit for the December quarter.

The stock tanked 10.32 per cent to end at Rs 436.55 on BSE. During the day, it nosedived 10.64 per cent to Rs 435.

The stock was the worst performer among the 30-sensex components.

At NSE, shares of the company dived 9.45 per cent to close at Rs 436.45.

Led by the sharp dip in the stock, the company’s market valuation plummeted by Rs 15,067.81 crore to Rs 1,25,488.19 crore.

In terms of volume, 36.29 lakh shares of the company were traded on BSE and over 3 crore shares changed hands at NSE during the day.

The stock had lost 5 per cent in the previous session as well.

“TAMO reported another weak quarter with both standalone business and JLR performance coming well below our/street expectation,” Kotak Securities said in a report.

Homegrown auto major Tata Motors on Tuesday reported a 96.22 per cent decline in consolidated net profit to Rs 111.57 crore for the December quarter, dragged down by losses in domestic operations and lower profit of its British arm JLR.

It had posted net profit of Rs 2,952.67 crore in the same quarter of last fiscal, Tata Motors said in a BSE filing.

The company’s consolidated sales during the October- December quarter were down 2.2 per cent to Rs 67,864.95 crore as against Rs 69,398.07 crore in the year-ago period.

On a standalone basis, Tata Motors’ loss after tax widened to Rs 1,046 crore in the third quarter of 2016-17, from Rs 137 crore a year ago

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