‘Will save distance education courses’

Representative image MUMBAI: Distance educationinstitutes across the country are busy complying with the provisions of the UGC distance education regulations, which tighten quality standards. On Friday, the UGC released a list of programmes permitted to admit students for the academic year 2018-2019. The recognition period is two to five years, based on regulations. Missing in that list are programmes from 35 public universities and many of them are now awaiting the UGC’s clarification on programme-wise deficiencies. In a public notice issued on Monday, the UGC said its regulations had multi-step recognition…

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After 800 college closures, AICTE hints at mergers to save dying institutes

After its decision to shut down around 800 colleges over lower admission and poor quality, the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) have now decided for merger of colleges and even accepting buyout proposals, according to a media report. The council is on the verge of merging two colleges in the close vicinity and even seeking legal implications of the mergers and buyouts, according to a TOI report. “On receiving news of the closure, the colleges have put forth two suggestions. One is to consider the enrolment data for…

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People Have Come Forward In J&K To Save Schools From Arson

Jammu and Kashmir High Court pulled up Jammu and Kashmir state officials over continuing incidents of schools being targeted in the unrest-hit Valley even as it was informed that authorities are getting help from locals in keeping vigil at these buildings. The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, told the court that six out of 11 attempts to target schools had been stopped recently as there is overwhelming response from people towards safeguarding the schools. “Where were your officials when attempt was made to burn two more schools (on Sunday). “Compliance on papers…

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Kids ‘hack’ space tech to save Earth

Kolkata: Imagine tackling day-to-day environmental challenges in Kolkata by putting to use technologies that are already in place at the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting the Earth. That’s exactly what schoolkids from Bengal and California have done to tackle environmental issues and sustainability challenges in Kolkata and Oakland.   From cleaning up the air by replacing fuels in cars with hydrogen produced from air to filtering the highly toxic chromium ions in the tannery waste, Indian and American students have collaborated to churn out six demonstrable projects that will be…

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