Conflicts break out as institutes take over coastal lands

Conflicts break out as institutes take over coastal lands

The social and economic problems related to acquisition of private property have gained much media attention in recent years. The debates have shown that government decisions over property are not the last word. However, what has been far less stated is how the government deals with lands that are not under individual ownership. Coastal common lands A big part of India’s development story unfolds in what is called common lands, popularly known as the ‘commons’. They come in myriad forms such as forests, grasslands, riverbeds or wetlands and have been…

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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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Indian institutes pay heed when foreigners point out flaws but ignore our researchers

Indian institutes pay heed when foreigners point out flaws but ignore our researchers

Interestingly, Indians are not bad at spotting bugs but are just wary. Indian hackers have topped bug bounty charts of Facebook, Uber, Google and others. BENGALURU: Indian ethical hackers are reaching out to Baptiste Robert, a French cyber researcher, to alert firms of flaws in their online assets as they fear local laws in the country does not give them protection for calling out such vulnerabilities. Organisations such as Bharat Sanchar Nigam(BSNL), the India Post and Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) have fixed those flaws after Baptiste Robert flagged the chinks in their…

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Panel allows fee hikes at medical, dental institutes

Panel allows fee hikes at medical, dental institutes

One institute has decreased their fee by Rs 10,000 this year compared to last year.(HT File/Representational Image ) The state Fee Regulating Authority (FRA) has announced the fees of private medical and dental institutes in the state for the academic year 2018-19 with most being allowed a marginal hike anywhere between Rs10,000 and Rs50,000 per year. One institute has decreased their fee by Rs 10,000 this year compared to last year. Until last year, various colleges were made to slash their fees by 10-50% to bring uniformity to the fee…

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Indian institutes consistently fare poorly on global rankings

Indian institutes consistently fare poorly on global rankings

Indian educational institutions continued to lag behind their Asian and global peers in the QS World University Rankings 2018. This was a repeat of their performance in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 released a few weeks ago, where Indian institutes’ performance deteriorated from 2017. In the QS World University Rankings 2018, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), followed by Stanford University and Harvard University topped the list, thereby putting United States at the top of the league table. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi (rank 172), followed by…

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Can’t intervene directly in regulating pvt coaching institutes: Centre

Can’t intervene directly in regulating pvt coaching institutes: Centre

The Centre has ruled out any intervention in regulating private coaching institutes saying they do not come under its purview.Minister of State for HRD Satyapal Singh, said in a written response to a question in Rajya Sabha that the government is not contemplating making any law to regulate private coaching institutions.”Private coaching institutes do not come under the purview of the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Many of these operate at the school level and hence are under the direct purview of the state governments,” Singh said.”Accordingly, all state governments have been asked…

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UGC Asks Higher Education Institutes To Make Accreditation Status Public

UGC Asks Higher Education Institutes To Make Accreditation Status Public

UGC Asks Higher Education Institutes To Make Accreditation Status Public NEW DELHI:  Going a step ahead to reform higher education in the country, University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked Universities and affiliated bodies to make their accreditation status online. Irrespective of whether they have an accreditation grade or not, the Commission has asked the educational bodies to make it public on their websites and ‘in every material pertaining to the concerned institution for public information.’ This also includes those institutes who are eligible but have not applied for the accreditation. ‘One…

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Government Institutes Among 800 Sent Notice For Closure By AICTE

Government Institutes Among 800 Sent Notice For Closure By AICTE

AICTE had earlier said that institutes with less than 30 % seats filled will be closed down. NEW DELHI:  As many as 800 technical institutes, including around 80 run by the government, may face closure if they do not find enough students to fill their seats as they have been served notice for poor performance, technical education regulator AICTE said on Monday. Faced with a large number of institutes which are not able to fill their seats, the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) served notices to 800 technical institutions…

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

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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Now, private institutes can issue degree in employable skills

Now, private institutes can issue degree in employable skills

The Maharashtra government has decided to allow private institutes to issue degree instead of certificates in employable skills. Till now, thousands of vocational training providers (VTP) have been offering certificates under various programmes initiated by the skill development department. Now, applications will also be invited to convert certificate courses into degree affiliated to various institutes of the Union Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). Senior officials said they hope the number of private partners willing to impart training to the youth will reach 9,000 once they are allowed to…

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