Punjab public schools to receive free textbooks, internet; five new colleges to come up: CM

The Punjab government will provide free textbooks to all students, and introduce pre-primary classes, nursery and LKG, in government schools from the next academic session as part of its sweeping educational reforms. It will also provide free Internet service in 13,000 primary schools and all the 48 government colleges.

This was announced in the state Assembly today by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh who said his government would accord the highest priority to school education and, notwithstanding the constraint of resources, seek to increase budgetary support to the education sector. Five new colleges will be set up in the current financial year, he said.

He claimed that his government had inherited a virtually collapsed system of school education and expressed concern at the split in the society into haves and have-nots. He said the children of a favoured few get good school education and the opportunity to study in top institutions while the others being left with poor educational grounding.

As part of the government initiatives to improve education in the state, textbooks would be posted online, thus enabling students/parents to download the same free of cost, the chief minister said.

A comprehensive digital education programme will be launched to improve access to quality school education.

Smart classes, computer hardware, free Internet for 13,000 primary schools and digitalisation of school records is already in progress, he informed the House. Amarinder said special funds would be earmarked for providing proper infrastructure in terms of electricity, furniture, toilets and playgrounds in all government schools in the state.

English as the medium of instruction will be offered as an option in government schools. On a pilot basis, English medium will be started in atleast two primary, middle, high and senior secondary schools in each educational block from July onwards.

The government also proposes to set up two new sainik schools in districts Gurdaspur and Mansa, and another institute on the lines of the Maharaja Ranjit Singh Academy, Mohali, to train youth to join the armed forces.

In a unique initiative, the government also proposes to launch a programme–‘Padho Punjab. Padhao Punjab’–whereby young NRI graduates and people from across India and the world will be invited to dedicate upto one year by way of volunteer work to assist in teaching in the schools.

The government, said the chief minister, will aim to provide one college in each sub-division of the state. The syllabi of various degree courses, both technical and non-technical, will be reviewed and brought at par with the best in the country. To improve infrastructure, quality of learning and the capacity of teachers, the government proposes to set up an authority to regulate the functioning of private universities and colleges in the state.

This is also aimed at introducing greater transparency and accountability in the functioning of higher education institutions, said Amarinder, adding that the government will soon finalise a proposal in this regard in consultation with all stakeholders.

A Central Institute for Promotion and Development of Punjabi Language is proposed to be set up at Talwandi Sabo in Bathinda.

To promote technical education and skill development, the government has initiated a Mukh Mantri Vazifa Yojana for meritorious students studying in government polytechnics or PTU campus colleges, wherein 70-100 per cent rebate is provided on their tuition fee based on the performance of meritorious students.

The Department of Technical Education has already signed an MoU to provide free Wi-Fi on all campuses of government engineering colleges, government polytechnic colleges and government ITIs.

Skill development and industrial training in the state will be revamped in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode, and the department also proposes to set up a skills’ university at Chamkaur Sahib (Ropar), which will award certificates, diplomas, graduate degrees, post-graduate degrees and PhDs, the chief minister said.

The government is also in the process of setting up a Regional Vocational Training Institute for Girls at Rajpura and Regional Directorate of Apprenticeship Training at Mohali at a cost of Rs 35 crore, he added.

Bihar Board 10th result 2017: BSEB to grant 8 grace marks, results to release tommorrow

Bihar Board 10th result 2017: The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) will award 8 grace marks to matriculation students who wrote the Board exams this year. The Board will release the results of class 10 on Thursday, June 22.

The Board will likely release the results for the class 10 matriculation exams on June 22, 2017. The Board had sent a proposal to the state government requesting permission to award 8 grace marks, according to a report by Prabhat Khabar.

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BSEB had announced the intermediate class 12 board results on May 30 this year for which 13.5 lakh students had appeared and about 64 per cent of the candidates failed. The topper of the class 12 board exam from the Arts stream, Ganesh Kumar was also caught in the light of controversy for lying about his age.

TNUSRB constable, jail warder, firemen exam result 2017 to be declared at tnusrb.tn.gov.in and tnusrbonline.org

Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB) may release the results of police recruitment examination 2017 today. The examination was held on May 21 and the result will be announced at tnusrb.tn.gov.in and tnusrbonline.org. The board has earlier this month released the preliminary key and the candidates were given time to raise objections. Nearly 10 lakh candidates applied for the examination out of which 5.5 lakh have appeared.

The registration for the exam had begun on January 23, 2017 and the applicants were allowed to submit their applications till February 22, 2017. While class 10 or SSLC pass aspirants were eligible to apply for the post, the maximum age limit was set to 24 years (it was higher for candidates belonging to reserved categories).

Selection process: Successful candidates will be called for the Physical Measurement Test (PMT), endurance test and Physical Efficiency Test (PET). For the second stage of selection process, candidates will be called in the ratio of 1:5.

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Exam pattern: The exam carried a total of 80 marks and examinees were given 1 hours and 20 minutes to appear for it. The written exam comprised questions from general knowledge and psychology.

TNUSRB results 2017, here’s how to download
Step 1: Go to the official website mentioned above
Step 2: On the homepage, click on the ‘TNUSRB constable 2017 results’ link
Step 3: A new page will open. Enter your registration number and other details.
Step 4: The result will appear
Step 5: Download the answer key and take a print out.

Applying for admission? Take your social media posts seriously

Harvard University’s decision to rescind admission offers to 10 incoming freshmen because of offensive Facebook posts comes at a time of heightened attention to free speech and student conduct on US college campuses, and has stirred debate far beyond the halls of the Ivy League school. Other schools say it’s an eye-opener for those involved in the admissions process.

“We’re going to continue to watch how this unfolds and, with other higher education institutions, learn from it,” said Janet Bonkowski, spokeswoman for the University of Wisconsin in Green Bay.

Harvard rescinded the admission offers after discovering the students had traded offensive images and messages on a private Facebook group, student newspaper The Harvard Crimson reported. The posts were often sexually explicit and mocked Mexicans, the Holocaust, sexual assault and child abuse.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts, university declined to comment, but the school does tell accepted students their offers can be withdrawn if their behaviour “brings into question their honesty, maturity or moral character.”

Its decision may have been rare, but the situation it addressed was not: young applicants crossing lines in their social media posts. Mike Reilly, a former college admissions officer in Washington state and now an executive with the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, said Harvard’s move can be seen as incongruent with free speech.

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“We’re all humans. We’re all going to make mistakes and make poor choices in our lives, but there are consequences,” Beane said. “I’m not sure why we’ve decided people can say whatever they want, do whatever they want, and there are no consequences for it.”

In 2015, the national counselors association surveyed its members at more than 1,700 colleges and found less than a third reported rescinding an admissions offer each year. Nearly 70 percent of those colleges said it was because of a dishonest application, while 20 percent said it was over a disciplinary issue. Social media behavior wasn’t considered a reason to drop a student.

David Cruz, 22, who is studying hospitality management at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, said Harvard did the right thing. The transfer student pointed to colleges across the country that have been criticized for not doing enough when it comes to troublesome student conduct, from reported sex assaults to racist incidents.

“Their students acted on their own, but that also represents the school,” Cruz said. “Whatever you post, everyone can see it, whether you’re trying to hide it or not.”

Some admissions officers can and do use Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites when assessing applicants, though they generally don’t patrol the internet for damaging information. Instead, they consider online posts when something specific is brought to their attention.

Still, social media content being used to oust a student is uncommon. The University of Wisconsin, for instance, doesn’t check applicants’ social media accounts and doesn’t have plans to start.

In general, dropping an admitted student is a last-resort move, reserved for the most egregious cases. Even then, the college usually will attempt to keep the student by confronting them with the hope that an explanation and a slap on the wrist will resolve the issue.

Harvey Mudd College in California has never rescinded an offer because of a social media profile, said Peter Osgood, its admissions director. But he recalls one instance where school officials discussed an objectionable post with an admitted applicant.

“This matter was dealt with privately and discretely, and that student became a wonderful citizen for the college, even a much valued tour guide,” Osgood said.

Admissions in Haryana private varsities through centralised entrance exams

The Haryana state technical counselling society will conduct centralised entrance examinations for admission to technical courses being run by private universities in the state. The Haryana government has also decided that admissions to professional courses in medical and allied faculties in private universities would be done centrally by the medical education and research department, a higher education department spokesman said here on Monday.

The provisions in the Haryana Private Universities Act, 2006 stipulates that admissions in professional and technical courses in a private university would only be made through an entrance test conducted either by an association of the universities running similar courses or by a state agency, he said.

“However, the private universities have been making admissions in professional and technical courses through their own entrance test and thus flouting the statutory provisions of the Act,” the spokesman said.

It has also been observed that some of the private universities are offering professional courses in Agriculture Science for which Ch. Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University (CCSHAU), Hisar would conduct centralised admissions test.

In addition to medical, technical and agricultural courses, private universities also offer B.Ed, law and other professional courses.

“Private universities would make admissions to B.Ed through centralised counselling to be conducted by the state university authorised by the state government. “Similarly, all admissions in law would be made on the basis of Common Law Admission Test (CLAT) merit,” he said.

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“From the next academic session, all private universities would form an association of universities for conducting centralised entrance examination for such professional courses,” he said.

The spokesman said that vice-chancellors of the all private universities have been asked to adhere to these instructions strictly and send seat matrix in all courses of their university by June 25.

IIM Calcutta EYPM 2017: Applications open for 20th batch, apply by August 4

IIM Calcutta EYPM 2017: Indian institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta has announced that it will launch the Executive Programme for Young Managers (EPYM) for the batch number 20 this year. Candidates who are interested can apply for the course from the official website of Hughes Interactive Onsite Learning platform where the programme will be hosted.

“EPYM is designed to equip the young professionals with both perspective and managerial skills to successfully meet the challenges of today’s dynamic global business environment,” IIM professor Ritu Mehta said adding that it will help students enhance their ability to take on current and future challenges in management. The course will provide an overview of core business functions, key concepts, tools, and techniques, and enhances skills required for their fields.

IIM, iimcal.ac.in, iim admission 2017, iim admission, iim calcutta courses, online management courses, online mba, study mba online, study management online, iim education, education news, indian express“This programme is designed for young professionals who have recently entered the workplace or who have lately assumed managerial responsibilities,” Mehta said. The programme is offered by HGEIL and participants from across the country can directly interact with IIM Calcuta faculty live.

Eligibility:

– Candidates should be working professionals or self employed. The course is also open for executives with work experience of one to five years.

– Candidates should have completed their graduation (10+2+3) from any recognised institution

– Candidates should have a post graduate degree in any discipline with at least 50 per cent aggregate marks from any (UGC/AICTE) recognised institution.

The last date of application for the programme is August 4, 2017.

JoSAA mock seat allocation 2017 released at josaa.nic.in

JoSAA 2017: JoSAA mock seat allotment has been published today at josaa.nic.in. The online registration facility and the choice filling was started on June 15. About 36000 seats are available in 23 Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), 31 National Institute of Technology (NITs), 23 Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIITs) and 20 government funded technical institutions (GFTIs) are offering admissions to the students this year.

The first round seat allocation will be out on June 28. Thereafter, the candidates will have to secure admission for their desired institute by July 3.

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Step 1: Visit the official website mentioned above

Step 2: Enter the required details gender, state code of eligibility and nationality

Step 2: Remember to fill your choices of institutes and branches in decreasing order of preference.

Step 4: Once done, the candidate must ensure to lock their choices.

The Joint Seat Allocation Authority (JoSAA) is set up by the HRD Ministry to regulate centralised admissions in premier engineering institutions will publish JoSAA 2017 mock allotment for the registered students. After the publication of JEE Main ranks, the students were asked to register themselves and provide choices of preferred institutes and courses at JoSAA website. Read | JEE Advanced 2017: This Ranchod will remind you of Aamir Khan’s role in 3 Idiots

JNU needs academic autonomy, academia-industry interface: New VC

Newly-appointed Chancellor of the Jawaharlal Nehru University V K Saraswat has said that vice chancellor should be free to decide “whom to teach, what to teach and who will teach”. During his maiden visit on Monday, he also stressed on the need for academic autonomy and developing an interface between academia and industry. He said that value addition to social goods should be one of the goals of the varsity.

“Education and research should be socially relevant and the knowledge generation should go beyond the individual excellence and translate into various positive benefits for the society,” Saraswat was quoted as saying in a release issued by JNU administration.

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The HRD Ministry had last month appointed scientist and former DRDO chief Vijay Kumar Saraswat the Chancellor of JNU. Saraswat replaced ISRO chief Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan whose five-year term ended on March 30.

UGC asks universities to send reports, photos and video clips of yoga day events

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked universities and higher education institutions to send reports, along with videos and photographs, on events organised by them on the International Yoga Day. In run up to the International Yoga Day on June 21, universities were last month asked to prepare “elaborate” plans for the day, including mass Yoga performance, as well as discourses, lectures and talks by eminent experts.

In a fresh communication to varsities, the UGC has asked them “to submit details of the programmes conducted in a prescribed format and upload videos and photographs as well”.

From Central Park in Connaught Place to Central Park in New York, the stage is set for the third International Day of Yoga tomorrow with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the celebrations – and 55,000 enthusiasts – in performing asanas in Lucknow.

CBSE sets up two panels to study loopholes in evaluation process

Amid complaints by students of evaluation faults in their class XII results, the CBSE on Tuesday set up two committees to study the loopholes in the evaluation procedure. “The board has taken a prompt decision to set up two committees comprising senior officers to look into the problems related to the evaluation processes being followed,” a senior CBSE official said.

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“The two committees will submit their report within two and three months respectively. On basis of the findings and suggestions of the committees, major changes may be introduced in the evaluation process,” the official added.

Amid complaints by students that they have suffered due to “faults” in evaluation process, the CBSE had on Monday admitted that “in spite of best efforts made by the experienced subject teachers, there may be possibility of human error in transferring marks to the title page of the answer scripts, summation of marks and manual posting of marks in the computer system”.

It had, however, said that it had received requests for verification of marks from only 2.47 per cent of the students. According to the CBSE, the percentage of students applying for verification of marks in 2014, 2015 and 2016 was 2.31, 2.09 and 2.53 respectively.