US-India Farmington university row: ‘I fled after fake college raid’

The arrest of 129 Indian students in the US for enrolling in a fake university has sparked questions about how they ended up risking their future to study at a little-known institution. Veeresh (name changed at his request) was at home in California on 30 January when he heard the news – 130 students (the group included one Chinese national) enrolled at the University of Farmington had been arrested. The university had turned out to be a sham run by undercover agents investigating immigration fraud. He panicked, he says, because…

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Govt nod to 7th pay commission recommendations for state govt teachers

The Central government has approved a proposal to extend 7th Pay Commission benefits to teachers and academic staff of state governments and government-aided technical institutions. The revised pay scales will be applicable from 1.1.2016 and the annual financial liability on account of this measure will be about Rs 1,241.78 crore. Addressing a press conference HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said the government would reimburse 50 per cent of the total additional expenditure that would be incurred by the institutes for payment of arrears on account of the revision in accordance with…

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Tamil Nadu Collector Puts Daughter In Anganwadi, Not Private School !

Fancy play schools may be the buzzword for those in upper ranks of society to enroll their wards, but the District Collector in the Tirunelveli district, about 600 kilometres from Chennai seems to have set an example by opting for an ‘anganwadi’ for her daughter to study. A 2009 batch IAS officer, Shilpa Prabhakar Satish is the first woman Collector of this district and bats for anganwadis, saying they are “integrated child development areas” that keep track of the children’s health. “We (government) are the ones who promote anganwadis no,”…

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NTA Declares UGC NET December 2018 Results

New Delhi: The National Testing Agency (NTA) has declared the results of UGC National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) December 2018 examination. The results can be accessed on the official website of NTA http://ntanet.nic.in/ntaresults/root/LoginPageDob.aspx. The First UGC NET Examination was conducted by NTA from 18th December, 2018 to 22nd December, 2018 on two shifts per day across 235 cities in the country. The examination was conducted in 85 subjects. A total number of 956837 candidates registered for this examination. There were 598 examination centres across the country. A total number of…

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CBSE 2019: Exam dates for class 10, 12 out

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct Class 12 board exams from February 15 to April 3 and Class 10 board exams from February 21 to March 29. To give students sufficient time between consecutive papers, the CBSE has released the schedule seven weeks before the exam date. The Board said the exam schedule has been fixed in a way that it doesn’t coincide with the dates of competitive exams. Last year, the Board had to reschedule the Class 12 physics paper because it clashed with the JEE…

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From 1.5kg to 5kg, HRD Ministry Spells Out Weight Limit for School Bags Across India

From 1.5kg to 5kg, HRD Ministry Spells Out Weight Limit for School Bags Across India

New Delhi: The Department of School Education and Literacy under the HRD ministry has issued a circular instructing all states and Union Territories to frame guidelines for teaching and regulating the weight of school bags in accordance with the Government of India instructions. Schools are expected to make sure that students are “not asked to bring additional books — extra materials and weight of the school bag should not exceed the following limit,” said the circular. While the maximum weight of school bags for students of Classes 1 and 2…

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Government, RBI close to resolving differences: Sources

Government, RBI close to resolving differences: Sources

The government and central bank are getting close to ironing out some of their policy differences, said two sources familiar with the discussions, as they seek to defuse worsening tensions that had threatened to unnerve investors. While the rift is far from healed, the sources said enough progress had been made to avoid acrimony at a board meeting of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) next Monday. The threat that RBI Governor Urjit Patel would quit, as reported by some newspapers last week, is also thought to be off the…

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India Needs 1,500 More Universities by 2030 to Become Global Superpower: Study

Mumbai: With a staggering 140 million college going students by 2030, the country will need at least another 1,500 universities to meet the demand, which is going to nearly double by then, says a report. There are 736 universities in the country serving 28.6 million students now, according to a report released by the UK-India Business Council, Tuesday. To become a 21st-century global superpower, however, the country needs to place excellence, equal access and employability at the heart of expanding its higher education system, the report said. To achieve its…

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Tezpur University Ranked 146th Among BRICS Nations

Guwahati: Tezpur University on Wednesday said it has been ranked 146th among 400 universities in BRICS countries, which is an improvement over the previous year. “TU (Tezpur University) now ranks 146th amongst the BRICS nations (out of 400 institutions), which comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa,” the central university said in an official release. The rankings are for 2019, it added. “TU ranked 171-180th position in 2018 rankings. The ranking was declared on October 15, 2018. In India, TU ranks 36th position out of 75 higher learning institutions,”…

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‘Idiocracy’ among 1,400 new words in Oxford dictionary

‘Idiocracy’ among 1,400 new words in Oxford dictionary

Idiocracy – a government formed of people considered ignorant or idiotic – is among 1,400 new words, senses, and phrases added in the latest update of the Oxford English Dictionary. The dictionary records over 100 words derived ultimately from the Greek suffix -cracy, meaning ‘power’ or ‘rule.’ The new addition idiocracy, refers to a society consisting of or governed by people characterised as idiots, or a government formed of people considered stupid, ignorant, or idiotic. Words like democracy and aristocracy originated in ancient Greek, but by the 18th century, -ocracy…

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