Sikkim to have institute on organic farming

The agriculture ministry on Wednesday approved setting up of National Organic Farming Research Institute (NOFRI) in Gangtok, Sikkim, to extend research and technological support to organic farming systems in the country.  “The institute will undertake basic, strategic and adaptive research on efficient, economically viable and environmentally sustainable organic farming systems for improving productivity and quality of produce,” a ministry statement said. Agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh had announced the move to establish such an institute in Sikkim during the recently held 87th annual general meeting of Indian Council of Agricultural…

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UGC lets deemed private universities have 6 off-centre campuses

Barely three months after the University Grants Commission (UGC) issued notice to 10 deemed universities, including prestigious ones like the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, for having off-centre campuses without clearance, it has amended its regulation allowing private deemed universities to have six off-campuses. In case of government-established and managed deemed universities, the UGC’s ceiling of six off-campuses will not apply.  However, HRD ministry sources said allowing six offcampuses does not change the nature of the UGC notice to the 10 deemed universities. “Having off-campuses does not mean UGC and…

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Amity University plans 40 offshore campuses

Amity University on Wednesday announced it would to set up 40 offshore campuses. Atul Chauhan, chancellor of Amity University, said the university would open its campus in Australia within a year.  “Amity University already has global campuses in London, Dubai, Singapore, New York, California, Abu Dhabi, China, etc. We have decided to open a campus in Australia. This will be followed by campuses in Japan, Canada, Spain, Germany, France and some South African countries,” he said on the sidelines of a three-day International Business Horizon conference (INBUSH ERA – 2016)…

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The Sanskrit College and University Bill passed in WB assembly

In a bid to create a nodal center in learning of Sanskrit, a bill was passed in West Bengal Assembly today.  Sanskrit College and University, West Bengal Bill 2015 will enable complete up-gradation of the 191 year-old Sanskrit College along with its properties and liabilities.  The primary objective of the University will be to create a nodal center of study in the field of Sanskrit language, various other Indian languages, Indology, Indian philosophy, comparative literature, humanities and cognitive science, including study in various foreign languages which have close association with…

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UGC to rank all universities, irks watchdogs

In a controversial overreach, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has said it will rank all institutions across the country. Private colleges and universities will come under the ratings ambit. Predictably, the move has annoyed other regulatory bodies like AICTE (for engineering), MCI (medical), NATA (architecture) and the UGC’s own statutory authority. This is the first time the UGC has set out to rank educational institutions. Having come up with a National Institution Ranking Framework (NIRF) for universities and colleges, the UGC has directed all institutions to participate in the ranking…

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Christ universities get ‘B’ grade from NAAC

Unhappy with the ratings given by the National Assessment and Accreditation (NAAC), a statutory body of the UGC, some universities are planning to approach the appeals committee seeking revision. Two reputed institutions – Christ and Jain universities – have been given ‘B’ grade.  At its 71st executive committee meeting last month, NAAC had announced the list of 38 deemed universities recommended for accreditation in the country. Of those, 17 bagged ‘A’ grade, 20 ‘B’ and one got ‘C’ grade. All these 38 deemed universities were blacklisted by the Tandon Committee…

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IIM-L ties up with Harvard Business School

The Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM-L) has entered into an institutional alliance with the Harvard Business School after two IIM-L professors recently visited HBS to attend a faculty workshop on ‘Microeconomics of Competitiveness’ held at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, HBS.  Under the alliance, IIM-L like HBS, will offer an elective course on `Microeconomics of Competitiveness’ to students of different programmes from academic session 2016-17. The course will be taught by Prof Ashutosh Kumar Sinha and Prof Sanjay Singh of IIM-L. At present, the MOC course is being…

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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 PURSE Program in 2011.  “The telescope has a computerised equatorial mount system, Celestron Skyris 44SC Astronomical Camera and Optech SSP-3A UBVRI Photometer. With this advanced telescope students will be able…

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Gillian Anderson joins pupils at Islington Primary School in support of reading campaign

Today UCL celebrated the start of its 2016 Reading Recovery Read Aloud (Read Aloud) campaign, which is being led by the International Literacy Centre (ILC) based at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), to raise awareness of literacy issues of school children. Actor Gillian Anderson joined pupils and teachers at the William Tyndale Primary School in Islington, London to listen to students demonstrate how their reading skills have improved as a result of working with the ILC and its Reading Recovery programme. The visit was also attended by UCL President…

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Teachers question accuracy of baseline assessment

The test used to assess four-years old in reception class when they start school does not accurately reflect children’s ability at this age, according to research carried out by UCL for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and the National Union of Teachers (NUT). Teachers believe that valuable information about their new pupils is not provided by the assessment and that it disrupts pupils’ start to school when many are in education for the first time. The research, which was conducted by Dr Guy Robert-Holmes and Dr Alice Bradbury…

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