Delhi government cuts funding of 28 Delhi University colleges

The Delhi government today ordered a freeze on funding of 28 Delhi University colleges which are either fully or partially funded by it following the varsity’s failure to appoint governing bodies since months. As first reported by The Indian Express on July 20, even after 11 communications in the past 11 months yielded no result, the Delhi government has directed that “all funds” to 28 government-funded colleges in Delhi University be stopped by August 1 unless the university constitutes governing bodies before that. Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish…

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Delhi government launches ‘merit cum means’ scholarship scheme

Delhi government on Tuesday launched ‘merit cum means’ scholarship scheme in the national capital, with an aim to benefit the students from poor and moderate means of income group. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, while making the announcement in New Delhi, said the scholarship scheme would be a fee waiver scheme for the needy students who pursue higher studies in any of the state universities of Delhi, namely GGS Indraprastha University, Delhi Technological University, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Ambedkar University, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technological University for Women and Delhi…

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Government Asks Traders To Issue Advertisements About Price Hike Post GST

New Delhi: The government on Friday asked traders and businesses to immediately issue advertisements informing the public about increase in maximum retail price (MRP) on mass consumption products post implementation of GST. To clear pre-GST stocks, the government had earlier this week allowed use of dual stickers reflecting the new rate along side the old printed price of a product for three months. Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said the law provides for indicating the maximum retail price (MRP) of a product clearly on every product. With rates of some products undergoing…

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Government working on aptitude test for school students

The HRD ministry is developing an aptitude test which will help school students assess their areas of interest so that they can choose and pursue the right courses. The ministry has formed a task force comprising officials of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and psychometric experts for developing a “prototype” of this proposed assessment test, official sources told PTI. At present, the team of experts is working on creating the items and content for a test for Class IX, they said.…

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‘School managements welcome stay, government will appeal’

Delhi’s private school associations have added yet another court win to their list with the High Court on Thursday deciding to stay the Delhi government order scrapping management quota. School managements are, naturally, pleased with the outcome in the present case but also expect more trouble ahead. “This government will not accept this,” says a principal. That prescient observation is confirmed within minutes as education minister Manish Sisodia tweets that while they “respect the decision of the court”, the government will appeal. Sisodia had himself appeared in court several times…

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‘School managements welcome stay, government will appeal’

Delhi’s private school associations have added yet another court win to their list with the High Court on Thursday deciding to stay the Delhi government order scrapping management quota. School managements are, naturally, pleased with the outcome in the present case but also expect more trouble ahead.  “This government will not accept this,” says a principal. That prescient observation is confirmed within minutes as education minister Manish Sisodia tweets that while they “respect the decision of the court”, the government will appeal. Sisodia had himself appeared in court several times…

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Jammu and Kashmir government directs education department to make schools tech-friendly

Jammu and Kashmir government today directed the state education department to roll out new technology-driven initiatives in the educational institutions to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Minister of state for Information, Education and Culture, Priya Sethi visited the rural and border schools, and said the J&K government has started setting new standards in state’s education sector. Interacting with the functionaries of the Education Department during her visit to various schools in district Samba, the minister said that the government has initiated various measures to transform the education sector…

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More than 40,000 pre-school children ‘missing out on free childcare promised by the Government’

More than 40,000 pre-school children are missing out on free childcare promised by the Government, and the problem is set to worsen with many local authorities unable to provide enough places, according to a new report. The number of local authorities in England with insufficient places for three and four year olds has more than doubled in the past year, from 23 to 59, states the report by the Family and Childcare Trust. Some 41,300 three year olds are not getting free early education in England, and more than a…

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Government visa rules are making Britain a ‘difficult and unattractive’ study destination for international students

The Government’s “damaging” visa policies are making Britain a “difficult and unattractive” place to study for international students, a new report has warned. According to the findings from the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), last year’s business school student intake from outside the EU “fell sharply” by almost nine per cent. This, in turn, could have a detrimental effect on postgraduate taught programmes – such as the MBA – where 52 per cent of students are international. Despite business and administration courses being among the most popular in the UK,…

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Government report reveals a narrow view on data

The Government’s Science and Technology Committee published its latest report, ‘The big data dilemma’ on 12th February. The report states there is a drastic skills shortage in the digital market. This is not a new problem and the industry has been talking about it for a long time. Go On UK, a charity set up to promote digital skills, last year found that over 12 million people and a million small businesses in the UK do not have the skills to prosper in the digital era. The government’s report highlights…

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