How schools are failing working parents — and how some are helping

How schools are failing working parents — and how some are helping

how schools fail working parents (Lidan Chen/for The Washington Post) I had gritted my teeth through most of the school-related demands at odds with my working mom life. The midmorning concerts and late-afternoon ­parent-teacher conferences. The mandatory “volunteer” slots at after-school drama club rehearsals. The half days that, for some reason, preceded every school vacation. The final straw came when a new after-school program didn’t have space for my son. I vented on Facebook and quickly learned I wasn’t alone. I heard from fellow working parents who had plenty of…

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Distance education courses of Mumbai University and 34 others ‘derecognised’

Distance education courses of Mumbai University and 34 others ‘derecognised’

Mumbai University. MUMBAI: With the University Grants Commission (UGC) cancelling the recognition of distance education coursesoffered by 35 state and central universities, the future of lakhs of higher education aspirants across the country now seems to be have plunged into uncertainty. The institutes have been given a month to submit their explanation to seek reversal of the UGC’s decision. On Friday, the UGC’s distance education bureau notified that universities not running the same/similar course in regular mode for the past five years would also not receive recognition. In case of professional courses such as…

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UGC allows universities and colleges to offer online degree courses

UGC allows universities and colleges to offer online degree courses

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved the UGC (Online Courses) regulations for degrees in non-technical disciplines. (Representative image) In a landmark reform, universities and higher educational institutions from this academic session will be able to offer graduate, postgraduate and diploma programmes online in non-technical disciplines. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved the UGC (Online Courses) regulations for such degrees. “The regulations will be made applicable from the academic session 2018-19,” the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. The higher education institutions, which have been…

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A student’s guide to taking and repaying an education loan

A student’s guide to taking and repaying an education loan

It’s easier and cheaper to get an education loan today than it was five years ago. This is largely because of the increased push by the central government to popularise such loans and greater competition among lenders following the entry of non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) into this space. Though better education loan availability is a plus, experts say borrowers need to carry out ‘due diligence’ that they would do before taking any other loan. These are the following steps that need to be considered. Several private institutes have education loan desks of…

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Mumbai: State colleges, institutes strive to improve ranking and grades to win Rs 271 cr funding

Mumbai: State colleges, institutes strive to improve ranking and grades to win Rs 271 cr funding

Mumbai: Students of colleges and various institutes may benefit as the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shikshan Abhiyan (RUSA) has supported the ‘Maharashtra Mission 500’ project of the state to improvise 500 colleges, institutes and universities. A budget of Rs 271 crore has been agreed upon by RUSA for developing and improving quality of higher education of the state. The state plans to seek advice from experts to help colleges and universities in securing better ranks and grades to gain this fund. The state has outlined its on-ground goals under RUSA 2.0 which include…

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Canadian university to partner with Chinese institutes on connected and autonomous vehicles

Canadian university to partner with Chinese institutes on connected and autonomous vehicles

Emanuel M Schwermer | DigitalVision | Getty Images The University of Waterloo in Ontario is to partner with two Chinese institutes to develop research into connected and autonomous vehicle technology. The Canadian university recently signed an agreement with both the Qingdao Academy of Intelligent Industries (QAII) and the State Key Laboratory for Management and Control of Complex Systems (SKL-MCCS). Research will focus on everything from automated vehicle testing to deep learning in automated driving and applied artificial intelligence. A “shared research center” for automated driving will be set up while…

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Rhodes scholarships opened up to students from UK and rest of world

Rhodes scholarships opened up to students from UK and rest of world

 Charles Conn, the warden of the Rhodes Trust: ‘We don’t think it’s our business to make apologies for Cecil Rhodes as a person. Our job is to support the scholarships.’ Photograph: Alicia Canter for the Guardian The Rhodes scholarship – the oldest and most prestigious international graduate award – is to be opened to applicants from Britain and the rest of the world for the first time, the Rhodes Trust is to announce. From their foundation more than 100 years ago, funded by a massive bequest from the imperialist tycoon…

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5 Career Decisions That Can Backfire And Crush Your Success

5 Career Decisions That Can Backfire And Crush Your Success

Part of the series “Finding Brave to Build Your Best Life and Career” Photo: iStock Dealing with the impact of career decisions that hold us back Before I mustered the bravery to reinvent my career from unhappy corporate VP, to success coach, writer and speaker, I was stuck in a corporate marketing career that was just plain wrong on so many levels. While it was “successful” on the outside (meaning, I made good money, had high-level responsibility, earned lots of perks and benefits, oversaw large projects, etc.), it was a…

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

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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NUC approves LASU open and distance learning and research institute

NUC approves LASU open and distance learning and research institute

THE National Universities Commission, NUC, has approved the establishment of the Lagos State University, LASU, Open and Distance Learning and Research Institute, ODLRI. The approval came after a recent visit by the universities’ regulatory body to assess facilities of the institute at the Main Campus of the University in Ojo. The ODLRI was established by the Prof. Olanrewaju Adigun Fagbohun-led administration to replace the now rested LASU External System, LASUES, and provide opportunity for millions of knowledge seekers who are desirous of pursuing their first degrees in the university, but…

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