Govt delays 5G auction, internet speeds to remain low

In a move that can potentially derail Reliance Jio’s plans to launch 5G services in the second half of this year, Government of India has come up with a plan to auction only 4G spectrum in March this year. The move to exclude 5G airwaves from the auction is likely to further delay the growth […]

Carvaan gets a kids edition with stories & rhymes

Record label Saregama India has launched Carvaan Mini Kids, the kids edition of its extremely successful Saregama Mini ‘radio’ product with built in digital audio content. Unlike Carvaan and Carvaan mini, which come with popular songs and similar content for adults, the Carvaan Mini Kids — priced at Rs 2,990 — comes with rhymes, stories […]

Lack of foreign students blamed for low ranks for Indian Universities

The country’s top decision-makers in education have blamed the poor show of Indian universities on the global rankings on a lack of “cultural diversity” on campuses, and called for the presence of more foreign researchers and academics at Indian institutions. Inviting more foreign students and researchers to Indian campuses is the only way Indian universities […]

Muslims protest No Hijab policy at Church-run college in Mangalore

St Agnes College, one of the top destinations for higher education for women in Mangalore, has invited protests by some Muslims for continuing with its ‘no hijab’ policy inside classrooms. The college, run by Sisters of the Apostolic Carmel Congregation, said students have to conform to the college’s dress code that has been in existence […]

Career Launcher unveils DU Admission guidance service

Career Launcher, which runs a host of test-preparation services, has announced a unique service to help and guide applicants to Delhi University colleges. Upon registering on the firm’s website, “students are redirected to a panel of expert counselors, who will analyze the individual’s profile and the options available, to help in deciding the best combination […]

Before leaving, Emmanuel Macron leaves a ‘Thank You’ message for Indians

Unlike other foreign leaders feted by Indian in recent years, French President Emmanuel Macron left a message directly to Indian people before stepping on to the plane back home. In a video message posted on Twitter, Macron sounded less like a politician and more like a ordinary person as he thanked everyone for making possible […]

UP under Yogi most aggressive in Madrasa upgradation ambitions

Uttar Pradesh has emerged as the most aggressive state in terms of targeting traditional schools known as madrasas for upgradation. In the last two years, the state has sought to upgrade 10,854 madrasas under the Center’s ‘Quality Education in Madarsas’ scheme. This is more than 70% of the total proposals submitted by all states under the […]

JEE applicants falls by 12% in 3 years; IIT seats go vacant

The number of people appearing for the Joint Entrance Exam for admission to centrally funded engineering colleges continues to fall, with the latest numbers showing a year-on-year decline of 3.3%. JEE 2018 saw only 11.35 lakh students appear for the exam, compared to the 11.86 lakh that appeared for JEE 2017. The Joint Entrance Exam […]

CBSE to change affiliation rules soon

The Central Board of Secondary Education, the country’s largest national-level school certification body, is tweaking its rules of affiliation, the government said. “Although no financial and organizational lacunae have been observed, still, considering the future needs, the Board is considering to revamp the affiliation byelaws,” Prakash Javadekar, union minister for human resources development, said. The […]

Centre okays new plan to set up residential schools for girls from SC communities

The Central government has agreed to fund the construction of residential schools for girls from the scheduled caste community in districts with large populations from the community. The center will provide the cost of constructing the school as well as for purchasing items such as furniture, recreation, garden, etc., minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot. Only classes […]

Boosted by Jio’s success, Mukesh Ambani unveils his future plans

Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest man, said telecom was the first of his big bet, and he will now use his resources to solve problems in three other difficult areas — agriculture, education and healthcare. Speaking at the HT Leadership Summit, Ambani said his primary motivation was not to make money. “Money has never meant much […]

TeamLease buys 40% of education technology start-up Schoolguru

TeamLease Services, one of India’s largest staffing companies, said it has agreed to acquire 40% of Schoolguru Eduserve Private Limited, an Online Learning company that works with 18 Universities. Established in 2012, Schoolguru provides services to Indian Universities to help them deliver online courses for their students. It targets open universities or those that have […]

UP Madrasas to teach NCERT Science, Maths textbooks

Madrasas in Uttar Pradesh state of India will soon start teaching from science and maths textbooks printed by the NCERT, deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma said today. “Madrasas will teach using NCERT text books. The board has started preparations,” Sharma said today. Science and maths have been made mandatory from high-school level in all schools. […]

Kejriwal’s bet on Delhi schools is paying off – survey

A survey by industry association Assocham has found that the majority of people who send their children to government schools are “overwhelmingly satisfied” with the performance of the schools. Improving the performance of government schools has been a high priority for the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi, and the task was taken up by […]

No exemption to Tamil Nadu on NEET: Health Minister

Exemptions to the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test cannot be given to any place or zones inside India as a common entrance test is required under the law, Faggan Singh Kulaste, junior minister in charge of health and family welfare said. “Section 10D of Indian Medical Council Act, 1956 prescribes conducting of a uniform entrance examination namely […]

HRD ministry says won’t interfere in college politics

The ministry of human resources development, which oversees educational institutions in the country, today refused to intervene in political protests and incidents in colleges. “These autonomous institutions are established under the respective Acts of Parliament and are competent to take action in the academic and administrative matters of the institutions, including student’s union activities, with […]

Permission sought to open 39 Ayurveda colleges in Uttar Pradesh

Various private entites have sought the central government’s permission to open 39 Ayurveda colleges in the state of Uttar Pradesh, according to data obtained from the ministry of alternative medicine or AYUSH. Uttar Pradesh is already home to 48 out of the country’s 341 Ayurveda colleges. Ayurveda, literally the study of life, is the traditional […]