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Neelam Pandey

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New Delhi, DL, India

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Past articles by Neelam:

UGC likely to ease teaching norms for direct PhD holders from IITs

IIT Kanpur professor Dheeraj Sanghi said it was an anomaly as PhD is a higher degree. “So if one has attained that why ask for a master’s? I am glad the UGC is looking into it. → Read More

CBSE Class 10 maths exam to have two test paper options

Students appearing for the CBSE Class 10 board exams in 2019 are likely to have the option to choose whether to answer a standard-level or a higher-level mathematics question paper. → Read More

Class 10 and 12 CBSE Board exams may begin in February next year

Around 2.8 million students are registered to appear for CBSE Class 10 and Class 12 examinations in 2019. → Read More

UGC panel for exam reform rules out ability test for graduates

The UGC committee on exam reform suggested that 75% of internal assessment should be used in conjunction with 25% of external assessment, as it would counter negligence and carelessness by external examiners. → Read More

‘But it was your rule’: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman counters Congress on Rafale deal

The Defence Minister has also held the previous UPA government responsible for HAL being overlooked for the jet deal. Sitharaman said both HAL and Dassault could not agree on production terms. “It is not for us but the UPA to answer as to why the agreement between Dassault and HAL did not happen,” she said. → Read More

HRD ministry to review performance of all central universities

The review is taking place in the context of an MoU that was signed between universities, the MHRD and the University Grants Commission. → Read More

School syllabus may be cut by 15% next academic year, says HRD minister Javadekar

NCERT is working towards giving the final touches to a curriculum rationalisation programme which will apply to all schools affiliated to the CBSE and state boards that follow NCERT syllabus, the minister said. → Read More

Got over 1 lakh suggestions on reducing NCERT syllabus, says Prakash Javadekar

The Union HRD minister hoped that in the new academic session 10-15% of the NCERT syllabus would be reduced. → Read More

Panel discusses how to improve minority education in India

The National Monitoring Committee for Minorities Education (NMCME) had held a meeting on July 6 and the minutes were issued on August 20. → Read More

Parents’ literacy, income level no bar for IIT entry, study shows

An analysis done by IIT Kanpur shows that the annual parental annual income of 8,531 students out of 31,988 who qualified for JEE Advanced was up to ₹1 lakh per year, the report accessed by HT shows. → Read More

National Education Policy maybe delayed for fourth time since announcement

The National Education Policy (NEP) is likely to be delayed for the fourth time since it was first announced, with the government-appointed committee entrusted with the task of drafting the policy getting yet another extension till October 2018, officials said. → Read More

Dates for JEE, NEET and NET exam announced

The exams for JEE Main I, JEE Main II, CMAT and GPAT, NEET (UG), and UGC (NET) will be conducted by the National Testing Agency, the human resources development ministry announced. → Read More

Now govt, semi-govt agencies to accredit educational institutions

This will be in addition to the National Assessment and Accreditation Council and National Board of Accreditation. → Read More

NCERT tells schools to introduce ‘yogic activities’ from Class 6

The guidelines have been shared with all states and union territories for implementation. → Read More

IIT Council to consider reforms in admission process

One of the proposals is for scrapping the advanced test under the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), passing which is a prerequisite for admission to the 23 IITs, three persons familiar with the development said on condition of anonymity. → Read More

IIMs set to admit graduates directly in PhD programmes

Earlier, the IIMs were being asked to adhere to the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) norms on award of PhD degrees. As per the commission’s, notification, only people with a master’s degree are eligible to pursue PhD. → Read More

NCERT issues guidelines to protect privacy of children in preschools

The document notes even children have access to technology as it has penetrated into India’s remotest corners through cellphones and interactive media. → Read More

Top Delhi University colleges without principals may face UGC wrath

Over 20-odd Delhi University colleges including Hindu, Gargi, Kamla Nehru College, Jesus and Mary College, Maitreyi, Aurobindo College and Moti Lal Nehru among others are yet to appoint principals. → Read More

All 40 central universities in India to hold convocation ceremony

The move is in response to President Ram Nath Kovind’s direction to the University Grants Commission (UGC) asking central universities to hold convocation ceremonies every year. → Read More

NCERT compiles manual to make schools more inclusive for children of minorities

The manual suggests changes such as including more celebrations of festivals of religious minorities to make schools more sensitive towards children of these communities. → Read More