IGNOU looks at tie-up with self-financing colleges

 Almost 24 years after St Albert’s College allowed Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou) to set up a study centre in the campus as part of its social outreach programme, the college has suddenly asked Ignou to move out causing inconvenience to over 4,000 students who are studying nearly 50 courses at the centre.“The college management, in a letter, informed that they would like to stop the study centre at the college. When we sent several letters requesting them to reconsider the decision, they wrote a letter stating that no Ignou activity will be taken up at the centre from January 1, 2017,” said M Rajesh, regional director, Ignou regional centre, Kochi.

However, St Albert’s authorities claimed that with autonomy, their range of activities had increased and it was difficult for them to accommodate Ignou. “With the college getting autonomy, the workload of teachers and staff have increased and it is not possible for us to run the study centre at the campus,” said St Albert’s college manager Fr Antony Arackal.

But this is not entirely true as the college rarely shared its teaching and nonteaching staff with Ignou.The classes and lab for students enrolled at Ignou are conducted on Saturday and Sunday. “With college readying a major expansion plan, it is not possible to share facilities,” said a college staff.

The Ignou centre ran ex clusive and popular courses like BA and MA in psychology that attracted many students every year, besides BSc in physics, chemistry and life sciences. While every year, nearly 500 students enrol for BA psychology at the centre, almost 300 students opt for BSc chemistry, physics and life sciences.

“We have now requested Sacred Heart College, Thevara, to take up BSc in phy sics, chemistry and life sciences programmes and are awaiting a response. It is a logistic nightmare for us. We are trying to accommodate students at the nearest possible centre,” said Rajesh.
 Already June admissions at the college’s centre have been stalled and students who had joined in January 2016 will be allowed to attend classes till December 31.
 Ignou authorities admit that they can’t start the course anywhere as they have to maintain quality, ensure good teachers and labs for the courses. “We are now also looking at self-financing colleges affiliated to a university.But, the issue of rent is a problem as we don’t provide rent. We only align with institutions that have a social orientation,” added Rajesh.
The MoU entered between IGNOU and colleges is such that the college will provide space to set up a study centre free of cost. Ignou pays an average sum of Rs 1,000 per month as power and water charges. Also Rs 10 per student per hour is paid for usage of college computer besides Rs 550 per student for using science lab for 15 days.

Jamia students protesting police ‘raids’ call off agitation

The 4-day long protest was called off on Wednesday after V-C Prof Talat Ahmad urged DCP for legal action against those cops and officers who had entered university boys hostel premises.  (TOI Photo)The 4-day long protest was called off on Wednesday after V-C Prof Talat Ahmad urged DCP for legal action again… Read More
NEW DELHI: Students at Jamia Millia Islamia who have beenprotesting since four days+against the “surprise checks” by police in the varsity hostels called off the agitation on Wednesday after the Vice Chancellor assured them of “zero police presence” on campus.Scores of students have been protesting at the varsity alleging that “surprise checks” were made by Delhi Police in their hostels last Saturday.

While the students dubbed them as “raids”, police officials maintained that they were part of routine checks being conducted in that area ahead of Independence Day.

 Taking exception to plain-clothed police personnel entering Jamia premises without permission, the varsity authorities had written to the Delhi Police demanding suitable action against them.
 “The four-day long protest was called off on Wednesday after the Vice Chancellor in a written letter to DCP asked for legal action against those cops and officers who had entered university boys hostel premises,” the students said in a statement.
 “We have been assured of zero police presence on the campus. No police will be allowed to enter the campus without fulfilling proper rules and regulations and no action would be initiated against any students who were involved in the protest directly or indirectly,” it added.
 The Dean of Students’ Welfare, Tasneem Meenai had informed the students that no “raid” was conducted in the Hall of Residence for Boys by police or Intelligence Bureau and the protest should be called off.

Two Indian teens among global finalists at Google Science Fair

The Google Science Fair is a global online science and technology competition open to individuals and teams from ages 13 to 18. The Google Science Fair is a global online science and technology competition open to individuals and teams from ages 13 to 18.
WASHINGTON: Two Indians and four other Indian-origin teenagers are among the 16 global finalists for the sixth annual ‘Google Science Fair 2016’ to compete for the USD 50,000 scholarship.Fatima, 15, from the Sadhu Vaswani International School in Hyderabad has developed a control system to provide automatic water management system which controls the operation of the gates at the main reservoir and the supply at the field irrigation canals.

Shriank, 15, studying in high school at National Public School, Indiranagar in Bangalore, has developed KeepTab which is a wearable-device that uses a cloud-based deep-learning framework to aid human-memory recall the location of their day-to-day objects.

He was also a finalist at the FIRST LEGO League World Championships in 2012.

The Indian-American teens who have made it to the global finalist of the Google Science Fair are Anika Cheerla (14), Anushka Naiknaware (13), Nikihl Gopal (15) and Nishita Belur (13).

Indian-American Gopal, 15, from New Jersey was chosen as a finalist for his project, ‘Point of Care Testing for Malaria Using a Smartphone and Microfluidic ELISA.’

Cheerla from California has been selected for her project, ‘Automated Prediction of Future Breast Cancer Occurrence from Non-Cancerous Mammograms.’

Naiknaware, of Portland, Oregaon made it to the finals for her project, ‘Fractal Inspired Chitosan and Carbon Nanoparticle Based Biocompatible Sensor for Wound Management.’

Union HRD Minister backs accreditation body status for IITs, IIMs

Union HRD Minister backs accreditation body status for IITs, IIMs

Pune: Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday said the government will float an idea to enable IITs and IIMs become accreditation bodies so that burden of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) will be eased.

“Currently we have only NAAC as an accreditation agency and there are over 38,000 colleges and 700 universities in the country and on yearly basis 800 to 100 educational institutes are being assessed by NAAC,” Javadekar said while interacting with students at the Indira Group of Institutes here.

“Thus, we are going to float an idea in which Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) and Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) will be asked to become accreditation bodies so that there will be multiple choices in front of the institutes and accreditation will be completed in limited time and we can go for more quality education,” said the Minister.

Asked despite having quality institutes, Indian institutes lag behind in global ranking, he said at the global level while ranking the institute, 40 per cent weightage is given to perception.

“We have to fight a perception battle as there are two major rankings ? Time and QS and in both the rankings, 40 per cent weightage is given to perception … How your institute is perceived world over, so we have decided to use our alumni, Indian diasporas, we will use many things to build up that perception,” the senior BJP leader added.

According to Javadekar, for perception, a good presentation is also needed and we will ensure that proper quality of the institute is reflected on the minds of people who rank them.

Quizzed about the ‘brain drain’ issue, he said his ministry is emphasising on how to increase “brain gain”.

“There are several job fairs which take place world wide, so I have asked IITs and IIMs to take part in these job fairs and fetch good talent from there and assured them that proper platform will be given to such talent for research and innovation,” said the Minister.

Quality education focus of New Education Policy

Quality education focus of New Education Policy: Javadekar

Mumbai: Asserting that education is fundamental to bringing social change in society, Human Resources Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said, the government is giving final touches to the New Education Policy, which will lay thrust on quality education for all.

The minister said suggestions on the draft education policy are welcome and a deadline for comments on the draft was extended till September 15 this year.

Speaking at a function organised in Ruia College, Mumbai to facilitate meritorious poor students, Javadekar said that active participation of society was also essential for ensuring education for all.

Javadekar said the education policy should be in sync with contemporary realities and address the aspirations of the new generation.

He called active participation of society essential for ensuring education for all. “You cannot entrust the entire responsibility to government alone,” he said.

The minister expressed concern that there were 20 lakh vacancies of teachers at various levels from primary schools to IITs. He urged students to consider teaching as an honourable career option, not confining themselves to engineering and medical fields.

On the occasion Javadekar also handed over financial assistance to meritorious poor students who had scored high marks in SSC examination of Maharashtra Board, fighting against all odds.

NEET cut off 2016 Schedule for online counselling

NEET cut off 2016: Schedule for online counselling – Everything you need to know
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New Delhi: The National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test-UG (NEET-I) and National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test-UG (NEET-II) were declared on August 16 (Tuesday).

The minimum qualifying criteria of NEET-UG 2016 are as follows:


Others: Marks Range 685-145 / Qualifying Criteria – 50th / Percentile No. of Candidates – 5171329

OBC: Marks Range 678-118 / Qualifying Criteria – 40th Percentile / Percentile No. of Candidates 175226

Scheduled Castes: Marks Range 595-118 / Qualifying Criteria: 40th Percentile / Percentile No. of Candidates: 47183

Scheduled Tribes: Marks Range 599-118 / Qualifying Criteria: 40th Percentile / Percentile No. of Candidates: 15710

UR & PH: Marks Range: 474-131 / Qualifying Criteria: 45th Percentile / Percentile No. of Candidates: 437

OBC & PH: Marks Range:510-118 / Qualifying Criteria: 40th Percentile / Percentile No. of Candidates: 597

SC & PH: Marks Range: 415-118 / Qualifying Criteria: 40th Percentile / Percentile No. of Candidates: 143

ST & PH: Marks Range: 339-118 / Qualifying Criteria: 40th Percentile / Percentile No. of Candidates: 36

Schedule for online counselling (Allotment process) for NEET (All India Quota) UG (MBBS/BDS) Seats – 2016

1. Main Counseling Registration, Choice Filling & Indicative Seat – 22nd August to 25th August, 2016 (Registration will be open up to 05:00 PM of 25th August 2016 only)

2. Exercising of Choices and Locking – 26th August, 2016 (up to 05:00 PM of 26th August, 2016)

3. Process of Seat Allotment Round 1 – 27th August, 2016

4. Round 1 Result Publish – 28th August, 2016

5. Reporting at the Allotted Medical/Dental College against 1st Round – 29th August to 3rd September, 2016 (up to 05:00 PM of 3rd September, 2016)

6. Exercising of Choices and Locking(Round 2) – 9th September 2016 to 10th September 2016

7. Process of Seat Allotment (Round 2) – 11th September, 2016

8. Round 2 Result Publish – 12th September, 2016

9. Reporting at the Allotted Medical/Dental College against Round 2 – 13th to 20th September, 2016 (up to 05:00 PM of 20th September, 2016

10. Transfer of vacant seats to State Quota – 20th September, 2016 (After 05:00 PM)

Commencement of MBBS/BDS first year session – from 13th September, 2016

The AIPMT-2016/NEET- I was conducted on 1st May, 2016. NEET-II was conducted on Sunday, the 24th July, 2016.

seats still vacant, DU to come up with three more cut-offs

With seats still vacant, DU to come up with three more cut-offs

New Delhi: With seats still remaining vacant, Delhi University today announced it will be releasing three more cut-offs for admission to undergraduate courses with the sixth list being released on Saturday, a month after the varsity started the new academic session.

The sixth cut-off will be announced on August 20 and admissions will be conducted on till August 22. The University has already announced five cut-off lists.

DU had earlier announced it will only announce five cut-off lists and admissions on the vacant seats will be done on merit system. The admissions under the fifth cut-off list got over on July 22.

The admissions on the vacant seats were done by merit system after the fifth cut-off. Registered students had to apply again for vacant seats and a merit list was brought by college.

The admissions under the merit system got over on August 16.

“We are restarting the cut-off system for admissions. Many students have withdrawn admissions due to which there are vacant seats in different in many colleges. There will be three cut-offs,” said a University official.

The seventh cut-off list will come on August 24 and admissions will happen till August 26. The eight cut-off list will be out on August 29 and admissions under this cut-off will be completed on August 30.

Students from Kota institute top NEET

Students from Kota institute top NEET

Kota: After claiming the top three positions in JEE-Advanced- 2016 examination, students from Kota coaching institutions have yet again managed to secure the first three ranks in the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to undergraduate medical courses.

Het Shah (18) from Gujarat scored 685 out of 720 marks to grab the All India Rank (AIR) 1 while Ekansh Goyal (18) from Odisha and Nikhil Bajiya (17) from Rajasthan bagged AIR 2 and 3 respectively in NEET, results of which were announced yesterday, said Brajesh Maheshwari, director of Allen Career Institute.

All three top rankers had been studying in Kota for two years for NEET preparation, he added.

“Kota gives a road map to success for entrance in prestigious medical and engineering colleges,” said AIR 3 holder Nikhil Bajiya.

“Regular and concentrated studies for 5 to 6 hours can lead one to success,” Nikhil said.

“Het never bothered about rank but his focus was on performance,” Het?s father Sanjay Shah said.

“We never pressurised our son to secure a rank but Het decided to come to Kota two years ago,” he added.

For Sanjay Goyal, father of AIR 2 holder Ekansh Goyal, son’s success in NEET is “unbelievable” and “extremely amazing”.

“Securing AIR 2 out of lakhs of aspirants is really unbelievable and amazing”, Goyal said.

CBSE declares NEET results

CBSE declares NEET results, Gujarat's Het Shah tops examination; CHECK cbseresults.nic.in, aipmt.nic.in

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Tuesday declared the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test NEET phase I and NEET phase II results 2016.

Het Shah from Gujarat emerged as the country topper with a score of 685 out of 720, followed by Ekansh Goyal from Odisha scoring 682 and Nikhil Bajiya from Rajasthan scoring 678.

Although the NEET I and II results 2016 were scheduled to be declared by the CBSE tomorrow, the board declared the results a day earlier.

All those candidates who appeared for the NEET – I exam on May 1 and the NEET- II on July 24, 2016 for admission to MBBS/BDS Courses in Medical/Dental Colleges can now check their results online on the official website.

Candidates can log on to AIPMT official website aipmt.nic.in. or CBSE websitecbseresults.nic.in to check their combined NEET 2016 exam results online.

Also the NEET I and NEET II 2016 results will also be available on DigiResults via the website Results.digilocker.gov.in. This website is a CBSE initiative in collaboration with DigiLocker.

So candidates can access their NEET I and NEET II 2016 results digital rank letters in DigiLocker on the website digilocker.gov.in. Those who have  qualified under 15 percent All India quota seats can access the NEET rank letter online by logging on to the above mentioned website.

Candidates will have to sign up for DigiLocker account using Aadhaar number.

How to check NEET I, NEET II 2016 results:

– Log on to AIPMT official website aipmt.nic.in. or CBSE website cbseresults.nic.in.

-Click on CBSE NEET (UG)– 2016 RESULTS.

-Enter and submit roll number and date of birth to view the NEET 2016 results.

-The Digital documents have legal validity under Indian IT (Amendment) Act, 2008.

-Students can contact the board for any queries on Help desk 011-22041807,011-22041808 or Toll free number 1800118002.

Zee Media wishes all candidates best of luck.

Plan to raise number of IIT intakes to 1 lakh by 2020

Plan to raise number of IIT intakes to 1 lakh by 2020

New Delhi: If things go according to plan, the prestigious IITs may admit up to one lakhstudents by 2020.

The IIT council will consider a proposal according to which 30,000 additional non-residentstudents will be allowed to study in these institutes in the next three years.

According to sources, in the meeting of the IIT council, which is scheduled to take place on August 23, the proposal will be discussed which suggests taking in non-resident students.

“Right now, IITs admit up to 72,000 students in their undergraduate, post graduate or doctorate courses which are residential. However, it is being mulled that students, who will not stay in hostels should be admitted to these institutes,” a source said.

The plan is to increase the number by 10,000 per year so that the number of IITians touches 1 lakh by 2020.

“Rather than create infrastructure for hostel accommodation of 30,000 additional students, which will also take considerable time to come up, it is proposed to increase the intake of more talent by taking in non-residential students,” the source said.

“The increase will be without compromising on the teaching process and would be subject to availability of adequate teaching facilities,” the source added.

Among other key proposals that the IIT council is going to consider is project ‘Vishwajeet’ which seeks to provide assistance to top 7 IITs to boost their international ranking.

Another move relates to campus recruitment of PhD students from IITs with an eye to fill up vacancies, the sources said.