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IIT-Dharwad to admit 250 students next year

BENGALURU: IIT-Dharwad, which will have 250 students in its first batch next year, is likely to be handheld by either IIT Bombay or IIT Hyderabad. Initially, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Dharwad will function from a temporary campus, sources in the Union HRD ministry said. The ministry is fine-tuning the aspects of launching the…

AP inks MoU with TISS to increase employability of students

HYDERABAD: The Andhra Pradesh government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). The MoU envisages implementation of programme activities of ‘Andhra Pradesh University Students Employability Skill Development Programme,’ a flagship initiative of the state government. The MoU was signed in Visakhapatnam yesterday on the occasion of Teacher’s…

Principals to get more power

NEW DELHI: Delhi Government is set to give more powers and freedom to principals of the schools it runs. School heads will no longer have to move files to the department for minor work in their schools. Steps will also be taken to ensure basic amenities are made available fast. The education minister, Manish Sisodia…

SC asks NAAC to grade deemed universities

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to issue grade certificates to 41 deemed universities which have come under its scrutiny for allegedly failing to fulfill various criteria required for getting recognition. A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and Prafulla C Pant directed the Council not to insist…

Private school heads condemn exam marking

The heads of leading independent schools say the exam-marking system for GCSEs and A-levels is “not fit for purpose”. Chairman Chris King will tell the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference “urgent reform” is needed to improve the reliability of exam grades. Last year more than 400,000 exam papers were challenged, with more than 77,000 grades being…

Equality Commission reports inequality in NI education

The Equality Commission (EC) says inequality in education has become worse in Northern Ireland since 2007. In a report, they highlight continuing, persistent underachievement by working-class Protestant children, and wider male underachievement in education. They also say that “prejudice-based bullying is a persistent problem”. They say the inequalities “have worsened over time” and have called…

‘Perfect storm’ warning over teacher shortages

Teacher shortages and rising pupil numbers will create “a perfect storm” for schools in England, a head teacher has told the Conservative conference. The crisis would harm children’s education and impair efforts to raise standards, said Allan Foulds of Cheltenham Bournside School. The president of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said the…