Category Archives: Education

UPSC member Chhatar Singh resigns

Chhatar Singh took over as UPSC member on 2 September 2013. His term was due to end on 4 March, next year. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint New Delhi: UPSC member Chhatar Singh has resigned, over three months after he was questioned by the CBI in connection with alleged irregularities in the allotment of 14 industrial plots in Haryana’s Panchkula. President Ram Nath Read More


Govt weighs performance-linked funding for central universities

The government spends between Rs200 and Rs350 crore annually on each of the 43 central universities. File photo: HT New Delhi: Future funding of central universities could be linked to their performance as part of a plan to make these institutions more accountable. The performance parameters under consideration include quality of education, placement of students and revenue generation. As part of Read More


BHU violence: Govt unlikely to remove VC GC Tripathi

Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has been on the boil for the last week after some of its female students were molested by outsiders and a subsequent student protest was dealt with police caning them. Photo: AP New Delhi: The Union human resource development ministry is not considering the removal of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) vice chancellor G.C. Tripathi despite a students’ Read More


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Our benefits are similar to those the corporates offer, says Sourav Banerjee

Sourav Banerjee, country director in India for Room to Read. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint New Delhi: Sourav Banerjee, country director in India for Room to Read, a non-profit for children’s literacy and girls’ education with a presence across Asia and Africa, says the organization gives its workers the benefits that a corporate employee receives, like provident fund and gratuity, but in the Read More


No spiking of marks in class 10, 12: HRD ministry’s advisory to states

The advisory said the practice of awarding grace marks will continue for students who need just a few marks to pass their exams but this information has to be disclosed on the school and the state board’s websites. Photo: Hindustan Times New Delhi: The ministry of human resource development (HRD) on Friday issued an advisory to states and the Central Board Read More


Foreign languages not to be part of 3-language formula in schools

Foreign languages such as German and French may not be part of the three-language formula in schools from the next academic session. Photo: Mint New Delhi: Foreign languages such as German and French may not be part of the three-language formula in schools from the next academic session. The HRD ministry is believed to have communicated to the Central Board of Read More


The Battle Over Education in Afghanistan Is Decades Old and Still Only Heating Up

In a speech at the reopening of Kabul University in 1993, in the midst of a bitter civil war, Abddul Ali Mazari, founder of the Hezb-e-Wahdat political party spoke out on a conundrum that had been occupying his mind for some time. He quoted four famous Hadis (sayings) of Mohammad the Islamic prophet, who had emphasised the importance of education for all, including women. Then, Read More


Equal Education leads march for safety at Western Cape schools

Thousands of people marched in Cape Town on Friday because children are not safe at many Western Cape schools. Nongovernmental organisation Equal Education led a march‚ which included civil groups and teachers unions‚ to the gates of Parliament where they delivered a memorandum to the national departments of education‚ police‚ social development and finance. The demands included better allocation of Read More


UNESCO’s Education Monitoring Report Points to Growing Inequality in Education in India

UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report which came out this week points out to the various problems in the education system in India. The report calls high stakes tests and tuition as harmful for education in India. “There is extensive evidence showing that high-stakes tests based on narrow performance measures can encourage efforts to ‘game the system’, negatively impacting on learning and disproportionately Read More


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Pakistan’s youthful population creates education challenges

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani private schools, charitable institutions, and religious seminaries are stepping in to supplement government-run schools to help deal with the education needs of a fast-growing nation with an estimated 50 million school-age children. Despite 220,000 schools nationwide, Pakistan has over 20 million out-of-school children, according to a 2016 government report. The government has pumped money into schooling, Read More