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Government welcomes education act verdict, schools not too happy

The Supreme Court upholding the constitutional validity of the right to education act and mandating that unaided private schools keep 25 percent seats for students from economically and socially weaker sections has been welcomed by the government, but schools have expressed their reservations over the verdict. The apex court court made it clear that the quota would not be applicable ...

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IIM-Indore chairman and board member resign

 L.N. Jhunjhunwala, chairman of the Indian Institute of Management-Indore, has resigned from the board of governors over alleged mismanagement in the institute. Another board member and retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, M.N. Buch, has also resigned from the board. “When Jhunjhunwala, who had appointed me, has left what my significance would remain there so I made way for some ...

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Dual, integrated management courses for students

 Aiming to make higher education more industry-centric, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is now starting flexible dual degree and integrated courses in management, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said Thursday. A flexible management programme being offered by the AICTE after class 12 will provide an undergraduate degree in three or four years, followed by a masters ...

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NDA gets an Army Public School

India’s premier military training establishment, the National Defence Academy (NDA) here, Thursday announced that it has upgraded its NDA English School into an Army Public School, an officer said. “The NDA took another pioneering step in the field of education by establishing an Army Public Schools at the academy. On similar lines, the existing Tiny Tots School has been upgraded ...

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45,000 youth in northeast to get IT training

Benefiting around 45,000 students in the northeastern region, the cabinet Thursday approved a Rs.388.68 crore project to train the youth in the areas of information, electronics and communication technologies (IECT). The project will be implemented by the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), an autonomous society under the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Communications and IT Minister ...

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’14 innovation universities to be set up in India’

Fourteen innovation universities would be set up in the country during the 12th Five Year Plan, Union Minister of State for Planning, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Ashwani Kumar said here Tuesday. Addressing media here with Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Kumar said that he has asked the Haryana government to send a proposal to set up one ...

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500 000 students take IIT-JEE exam across India

More than 500,000 Indian students Sunday sat for one of the toughest entrance tests in the country as the Indian Institutes of Technology conducted their joint entrance test, IIT-JEE 2012, at 1,067 centers across the country. IIT-JEE came with 10 versions of test papers, coded 0 to 9, as a measure to prevent cheating. For the first time, the test ...

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Lessons in tabla, dholak in Trinidad schools

Nearly 167 years after Indians arrived here, the sounds of the tabla, dholak and harmonium will be heard in over 550 primary schools of Trinidad and Tobago which will now teach the Indian musical instruments to students. According to Education Minister Tim Gopeesingh, the cabinet has agreed to introduce a multicultural form of music in the primary school curriculum, representative ...

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German students offer ‘good grades through good sex’

 Three German students are offering a gigolo service to female students to ‘help’ them beat stress and improve their grades. The three students, from University of Mannheim in south-western Germany, are offering their services for free and claim they are champions of female sexual emancipation. “We are focusing on female students in particular, because they generally come out badly after ...

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Gitam seeks applications for science courses

By: Syed Najaf Ali Shaukat, Bureau Chief, Andhra Pradesh       GITAM Institute of Science has called for applications for  admission into Under graduate (UG), Post graduate (PG) and Research programs for the 2012-13 academic year. Selections will be based on merit in the GITAM Science Admission Test (GSAT-2012), Prof. N. Lakshmana Das, Principal, GIS stated in a statement ...

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Virginia Commonwealth University launches India Chair

The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) has launched a $1 million multi-year campaign to support an India Chair in Democracy and Civil Society, the first of its kind in the US. The India Chair in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, will lead the discussion about democracy by bringing experts on Indian art, culture, history, politics, economics, ...

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Chinese school bans contact between sexes

A Chinese school does not allow female and male students to show up on campus in pairs. A student complained that the school in Hangzhou also insists that the distance between boys and girls should be at least 50 centimetres and they cannot have meals at the same table, China Daily reported. The school’s vice headmaster, surnamed Yuan, said there ...

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Jamia launches new courses in nanoscience, nanotechnology

Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) will be offering a Ph.D. programme in nanoscience and nanotechnology and an M.Tech. in nanotechnology from July, an official said Wednesday. Launched in 2011, the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology would be offering the two programmes for the first time. “The Centre, a one of its kind at an Indian university, seeks to create the necessary ...

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Pearson, Micromax launch e-learning toy for kids

An digital education and entertainment device, “Funbook on Ice Cream Sandwhich”, combining learning and fun was launched here Tuesday by eucational publisher Pearson, Micromax Informatics and education company Everonn. The device, launched on the Android 4.0.3 digital platform, will help children watch their favourite movies, read books and play games at the same time, Pearson said in a statement Tuesday. ...

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