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NBE removes executive director Bipin Batra

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 National Board of Examinations (NBE) has removed Bipin Batra from the post of executive director. NBE has taken this stand stating that his appointment had not been approved by the central government

NBE is the apex examinations body for postgraduate medical education in the country. The governing body of NBE in its meeting decided to appoint Rashmi Kant Dave as honorary executive director with immediate effect.

Why Batra was Ousted

“The board decided to remove Dr Batra after the Union ministry of health and family welfare raised the issue of his illegal appointment. Even if the board decides to appoint someone as executive director, the central government has to approve it. Dr Batra joined NBE as a member in July 2016 but was unable to furnish his appointment documents from the health ministry for the past one year,” Dr Dave told Mint.

The board has also resolved to appoint Kirtiman Singh as the standing counsel for NBE as an interim arrangement. This ceases services of all other advocates/standing counsels who currently represent it.

NBE UNDER SCANNER 

The present board of the NBE was nominated on June 20, 2016. And since then many allegations have plagued the body. The NBE president, on behalf of the board, has apprised the central government and the administration on multiple occasions. This was regarding the various alleged misdeeds that have come to light.

The National Board of Examinations was established in 1975 with the objective of improving the quality of medical education. And also to establish standards of post graduate examinations in modern medicine on an all-India basis.

Last year, the governing body of the NBE was reconstituted by the government. It was asked to examine the problems restricting the expansion of postgraduate medical education in the country.

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DUTA Continues its Evaluation Boycott even after a month

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Delhi University Teachers Association, DUTA has decided to continue the Evaluation Boycott by adopting resolutions in favour of boycott by majority. DUTA has categorically demanded that the UGC’s Roster Notification of 5th March must be put in abeyance to ensure that no working ad-hoc or temporary teacher is displaced in the new academic session.

DUTA has been boycotting the evaluation for a month now to protest the new faculty reservation mechanism in universities and a host of other issues. In a General Body Meeting, the DUTA decided to continue its evaluation boycott by adopting a resolution, the teachers’ body said.

Meanwhile, the university again appealed to the teachers to end their evaluation boycott in the larger interest of students. This is the third time in two weeks that the varsity has issued such an appeal to the teachers

It has also demanded the immediate notification of revised allowances for teachers and workers as per 7 CPC. On other pending issues related to the counting of past services for promotions and absorption/regularization of all ad-hock and temporary teachers, DUTA has demanded urgent meetings with the VC that he has evaded so far. The MHRD and DU Administration have connived to prolong the suffering and anguish of teachers and attack the foundations of public-funded higher education.

 

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Private Sector to Fund and Aid in boosting Higher Education in India

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Higher Education in India might receive a significant monetary boost as the government is planning to rope in private companies and high-net individuals (HNIs) to finance and promote higher education across the country. The ministry of human resource development has prepared a draft of the plan and will present it before the Union cabinet for consideration.

Two government officials have stated the plan will be implemented through the higher education funding agency (HEFA), a non-banking financial company, under the human resource ministry.

Roping in HNIs and private companies might lead to improvements in higher education in India, and government officials seemed optimistic. “Bringing in industries or industrialists or high net-worth individuals for HEFA equity will have three benefits. One, structured and clean private funding. Two, outside experience of managing higher education funding. And three, curb chances of manipulation at the institutional level,” a government official told Live Mint.

In February 2018, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the education sector was a priority for the Indian government.

Why does this matter

In 2014,reports says that a mere 10% of students have access to higher education in the country. The article cited a report by a development economist Abusaleh Shariff, and mentioned that residents of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal have the worst access to higher education.

Report details that lax quality and a lack of accountability and widespread innovation is what ails higher education in India. Indian higher education seems to be suffering from a two-fold problem of quality and quantity. The Indian government seems to think that privatizing education is the only solution. However, along with private investment, the government also should look to invest more in education. India’s spending on education is much lower than that of other countries.

Perhaps some degree of privatization is the only way out for better higher education in India. However, along with adequate funds, the government must ensure the funds are being allocated to improve the quality of teaching offered to Indian students, thereby, improving accountability of the system.

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AKTU gets approved by AICTE to run design courses at UG and PG level

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AICTE has granted the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) to have design courses at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels from this academic session.

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) which was known as uttar Pradesh technical university,is a public collegiate university in lucknow in the Indian state of UP. It was first established as the uttar Pradesh technical university through the government of uttar Pradesh. Their main aim was to reduce workload and to ensure proper management. After that the university was bifurcated into separate universities, Gautam Buddha Technical University and Mahamaya Technical University. This university is also affiliated to approximately 800 colleges.

Approval Granted for AKTU

AICTE i.e. the all India council for technical education has granted the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU) to design the courses at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels from academic session. It has now became the first university in the country to have the Bachelor of Design (B.Des) and Master of Design (M.Des) courses. “The university has received the AICTE’s approval to run specialised post-graduate courses in Lucknow,” said university vice chancellor Vinay Kumar Pathak.Classes for B.Des and M.Des courses will be conducted at the UP Institute of Design in Noida, which was established last year. The B.Des course will take 40 students a year and the M.Des course will take 18, said institute official Virendra Pathak. On this way, the AICTE has also approved three specialised courses – M Tech in Computer Science and Engineering, M Tech in Nano Technology and M Tech in Mechatronics – at Lucknow’s Centre for Advance Studies. All the three courses have an intake of 18 each student.

Students who are pursuing post-graduate courses will also get a monthly scholarship of Rs 12,500 from the government. The GATE score sheet will be used for according admission in these courses.

 

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