Install alarm bells in hostels to check ragging: UGC to universities

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked the universities across the country to install alarm bells in hostels to identify troublemakers as part of the anti-ragging measures. The commission issued a circular on Wednesday, asking all the higher educational institutes to take steps to prevent ragging and warned them of punitive action if they failed to take action against those found guilty. “Any violation of these regulations will be viewed seriously. If an institution fails to take adequate steps to prevent ragging or does not act in accordance with these…

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UGC urges universities, colleges to apply for innovation funding scheme AIC

New Delhi The University Grants Commission (UGC) has urged all public universities and the colleges under them to apply for aid from the Atal Incubation Centre (AIC), an innovation funding scheme formulated by the Niti Aayog last year. In a letter issued on Wednesday, the central funding agency for the universities asked the latter to “encourage the academic fraternity of your esteemed University and your affiliated colleges” by applying to the scheme, which provides for a grant-in-aid of up to Rs 10 crore for a maximum period of five years. “The…

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UGC tells universities to celebrate Matribhasha Diwas

Universities across India will celebrate “Matribhasha Diwas” to promote the use of mother tongue on March 3 this year as February 21, the day declared by UNESCO as Mother languages day, happens to be a Sunday.  In a letter written to vice-chancellors, University Grants Commission (UGC) has said that since February 21, which is celebrated as the Mother Languages Day falls on a Sunday, it has been decided to celebrate “Matribhasha Diwas” on March 3.  You are, therefore, requested to kindly ensure celebration of Matribhasha Diwas on March 3, 2016,…

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New Zealand universities showcase academic offerings

Education New Zealand (ENZ), the lead government agency for international education conducted its first university roadshow in Pune highlighting what New Zealand institutions have to offer Indian students.  Besides being a preferred educational destination with all universities in the top three per cent of universities worldwide, New Zealand is also a safe and welcoming country which is an important consideration for students thinking about studying abroad.  New Zealand universities engaged with principals and student counsellors of prominent Pune schools telling them more about the engineering and management courses available at…

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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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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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Why the EU matters for universities

Why do I care about our future in Europe? Because it’s in my blood. In my mind, I see my grandfather sitting on the wall a century ago opposite the familiar scene of King’s College, Cambridge, reading. An agricultural labourer from a working-class family in Shepreth, self-taught, like so many of his generation. Hungry for learning – but shut out from great institutions like the University of Cambridge. I have many of his Penguin paperbacks, which my mother saved, now dry and dusty. They still have bus tickets acting as…

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