Protest against non-payment of salaries: Sinhgad Institutes ‘fail to keep promise’, staffers resume strike

Nearly a month after teachers of the Sinhgad Institutes called off their “non co-operation” strike to protest the non-payment of salaries, the protest reared its head again. “The management of Sinhgad Institutes, which had promised to clear salary dues of over a year towards teachers, failed to meet their promise of payment by January 24,” a group of striking teachers said on Monday. They have refused to resume lectures “until full payment is received”. Meanwhile, the management has called off its popular festival — Sinhgad Karandak — an annual affair…

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MU’S DISTANCE LEARNING ENROLMENT DROPS BY 11%

Mumbai University’s Institute of Distance and Open Learning Only 68,000 students enrolled in IDOL in 2017, down from 76,000 in 2016; result delays due to online assessment one reason. The University of Mumbai’s distance learning programme, IDOL (Institute of Distance and Open Learning), has witnessed a drop in its enrolment numbers, from 76,000 in 2016 to 68,000 in 2017 – a drop of nearly 11 per cent. This is the first time that the varsity has experienced such a reduction in enrolment. The figures for 2015 and 2016 had hovered…

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10,013 Students For Distance Learning Programmes

The Institute of Distance and e-Learning of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Kumasi Campus, has admitted 10,013 fresh students to pursue various under-graduate and post-graduate programmes. They are drawn from three regions – Ashanti, Brong-Ahafo and Western. The acting Vice Chancellor, the Reverend Father Professor Anthony Afful-Broni, said the goal was to provide opportunity for everybody to access university education conveniently from their doorstep at manageable cost. Performing the matriculation ceremony in Kumasi, he said this was being done without sacrificing quality. He expressed discomfort with the practice where…

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Why I’ve got designs on distance learning

n a rare burst of enthusiasm I have signed up for a ten-week Harvard University distance learning course in the history and theory of architecture. It requires a commitment of three to five hours a week and comprises videos, online tests, rudimentary design and some model-making. My reasoning is that I often commit that much time a week to watching a TV box set while sitting slumped on a settee with a bowl of crisps, so why not do something more worthwhile instead? Another motivation is the realisation, stronger with…

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More than $1M from USDA to expand distance learning in Maine​

Bullying affects nearly one in three American schoolchildren in grades six through 10. SOURCE: WMTW Image BELFAST, Maine —Communities around Maine are getting more than $1 million in distance learning grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to expand opportunities for learning in rural areas. Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree says the grants will help rural parts of Maine access new technology. A $440,000 portion of the grant will be used to help set up a distance learning network with two hubs in Belfast. Pingree says it will connect to 30…

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NMC vacancies: 9,053. Recruitment nod: 201

NAGPUR: The staff crunch at Nagpur Municipal Corporation(NMC) will continue to hamper work for the foreseeable future, as the state government is likely to approve recruitment of only 201 staffers as against requirement of 9,053. The state’s urban development department (UDD) on Saturday held a meeting on NMC’s proposal seeking approval to new Establishment Schedule, also called as Staffing Pattern. Principal secretary Manisha Mhaiskar, municipal commissioner Ashwin Mudgal and other officials from UDD and NMC were present. Mudgal told TOI NMC is hopeful of getting approval for 201 new posts soon. “NMC’s establishment cost…

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Recruitment delay threatens safety systems in SCR

Over 6,000 posts related to safety upkeep and maintenance lying vacant Focus is on safety for the Indian Railways after Ashwini Lohani took charge of the Railway Board as its new chairman, but if the South Central Railway (SCR), consistently outperforming other zones in various parameters, says scores of posts dealing with safety and civil engineering sections have to be filled pending approvals, it is time to sit up and take note. Over 6,000 technical and other on-ground personnel dealing with key safety upkeep and maintenance have to be recruited…

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TCS bets on ‘localised recruitment’

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) hired more than 20% of its recruits in the last one year in international markets as part of its “localisation initiatives.” In the October-December 2017 quarter alone, the firm recruited almost 3,000 people from outside India. “Overall, in the last 12 months, we have recruited 59,700 employees, which includes 12,700 outside India, a good indicator of how our localisation initiatives are progressing,” CEO & MD Rajesh Gopinathan said at a recent investor call. He added that the company had “always prided ourselves in our ability to…

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Sen. Doug Jones announces $1.1 million in distance learning and telemedicine grants for Alabama

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones today announced more than $1.1 million in USDA grants to support distance learning and telemedicine in Alabama. The grants are part of the USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) program. The grants will expand access to job training, educational and health care opportunities for rural communities. “These grants can help provide a lifeline to health care for Alabama’s rural communities,” Jones said. “By using cutting-edge technology like telemedicine, we can better serve some of our most vulnerable Alabamians and expand access to quality health care, no…

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7 Types of Student Loans Offered By the Department of Education

Paying for school can feel like a huge burden, especially as the cost of college continues to increase. Even public universities — typically a much cheaper option than private schools — saw a 7.2 percent price hike during the 2015-2016 school year. With a higher education costing more than ever, finding affordable financing options is essential. One of the best places to start is the federal government. Department of Education student loans tend to have lower interest rates and more generous repayment terms than private loans, making them a smart way…

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