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UPSC cannot reject candidates for trivial slips, rules SC
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University copying books for teaching is not copyright violation: Delhi HC
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UPSC cannot reject candidates for trivial slips, rules SC

Deccanherald.com
NEW DELHI: Feb 19, 2017
The Supreme Court has said the Union Public Service Commission cannot reject a candidate for misspelling or entering a wrong date of birth on the job application.
A bench of Justices Adarsh Kumar Goel and U U Lalit dismissed a special leave petition filed by the UPSC against a Delhi High Court judgement, directing the country’s highest recruitment body to clear the selection of Ajay Kumar Mishra to the National Defence Academy. …

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Union HRD Minister launches ‘ShaGun’ – a web-portal for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

Jan 18, 2017
The Union HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar launched a dedicated web portal ‘ShaGun’ for the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan at New Delhi today. ‘ShaGun’ aims to capture and showcase innovations and progress in Elementary Education sector of India by continuous monitoring of the flagship scheme – Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). The Union HRD Minister also unveiled the ‘Toolkit for Master Trainers in Preparing Teachers for Inclusive Education for Children with Special Needs’, which has been prepared by World Bank in collaboration with Ministry of Human Resource Development.
On this occasion, the Union Minister also reiterated government’s commitment for improving the ‘Quality’ of Education. He said that in this direction Ministry of HRD will be codifying the learning outcome to set assessment standards for abilities with regards to comprehension, mathematics, language etc. and thus ensuring that “all children acquire at least the minimum levels of learning” from Class I to Class VIII under Right to Education Act, 2009.
Learning Outcomes are assessment standards indicating the expected levels of learning that children should achieve for that class. These outcomes can be used as check points to assess learning at different points of time. The learning outcomes would help teachers to understand the learning levels of children in their respective classes individually as well as collectively. Learning outcomes should be the point of reference for conducting achievement surveys. Hence it is necessary that the defined Learning Outcomes are also shared with parents and community at large. Ministry of HRD has uploaded draft document on its website in this regard to invite comments and suggestions through email address given. (feedback.lo@ciet.nic.in)
Shri. Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development launching this e-initiative termed it as a global democratic forum enabled by technology which will give a peek in the Indian elementary education scenario and spread constructive lessons. He highlighted that this first-of-its kind platform will give due recognition to people, State governments, schools, teachers working towards improving Elementary Education across the country. The Union Minister further emphasized that ShaGun will help monitor progress of implementation of SSA by assessing performance of States and UTs on key parameters and thereby serve as a platform for the central government for effective planning and deliver on the promise of providing quality education to all.
ShaGun, which has been coined from the words ‘Shala’ meaning Schools and ‘Gunvatta’ meaning Quality, has been developed with a twin track approach.
First, is the Repository with an engaging interface that focuses on positive stories and developments in the field of School Education. In this repository, best practices will be documented in the form of videos, testimonials, case studies, and images, which will display state-level innovations and success stories that are driving improvements in performance under SSA. This repository has a decentralized management structure that enables State governments to choose, upload and manage their own content.
Secondly, it has an online monitoring module to measure state-level performance and progress against key educational indicators. It has been developed to collect and report data which will enable the government and administrators to track the efficiency with which SSA funds are being utilized and the results that this is delivering. SSA is a centrally sponsored scheme providing universal access to education to children in the age group of six to fourteen years of age.
Also, ‘Toolkit for Master Trainers in Preparing Teachers for Inclusive Education for Children with Special Needs’ is the series of five training modules will provide the teachers with practical information on effective inclusion of CWSN and build those pedagogical practices that would address the needs of all children with special needs.
Shri Upendra Kushwaha, Hon’ble MoS, School Education and Literacy,  MHRD, also addressed the gathering and appreciated ‘ShaGun’ as right step forward to understand the program implementation and evaluate the gap between policy and action, which will supplement the government decision making.
The event also saw live interaction with Mr Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director, World Bank India through a video conference. He expressed his appreciation towards Ministry of Human Resource Development for introducing this platform that will allow for global learning from SSA lessons being shared.
Shri. Anil Swarup, Secretary, School Education and Literacy, GoI; Smt. Rina Ray, Additional Secretary, School Education, GoI; Smt. Shabnam Sinha, Lead Education Specialist, World Bank; senior policy makers and representatives of Autonomous Bodies such as NCTE, NCERT, CBSE and NUEPA, also attended the programme.  The SSA ShaGun web portal can be accessed at http://ssashagun.nic.in.
(Source: pib website)

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University copying books for teaching is not copyright violation: Delhi HC

Thehindu.com
Sep 17, 2016
Delhi University photocopy shop allowed to resume business as court dismisses suits initiated by three international publishing giants.
The Delhi High Court on Friday held that the photocopying of course packs prepared by Delhi University comprising portions from books published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor & Francis did not amount to infringement of copyright. …

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UGC approves new guidelines for Deemed universities

Indiatoday.intoday.in  
June 16, 2016
New Delhi, Jun 16 (PTI) The University Grants Commission (UGC) has approved new regulations for Deemed Universities as per which there will be no bar on the number of off-campus centres such institutions may set up, though quality has to be assured. …

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Coaching centres must go from residential areas: SC   

Timesofindia.indiatimes.com  
Mar 9, 2016
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday said coaching centres in residential areas were a nuisance to women and the elderly and must shift out to commercial premises or institutional areas. …

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the certificate, at the 7th Convocation of Vinoba Bhave University, at Hazaribag, in Jharkhand on January 09, 2016.
The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the certificate, at the 7th Convocation of Vinoba Bhave University, at Hazaribag, in Jharkhand on January 09, 2016. (Image Courtesy: pib website)

Bennett University ties up with edX   

Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 16, 2016
MUMBAI: Bennett University has collaborated with edX, a non-profit massive open online course (Mooc), to offer its courses to students, giving them direct access to teaching from blue-chip global universities. …

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Study material for higher education will be soon available free on app, Smriti Irani says  

Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jan 11, 2016
LUCKNOW: Union HRD minister Smriti Irani announced on Sunday that higher education course material will soon be made available free to students through mobile app and other sources….

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The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani releasing a brochure of UGC Scheme at the ‘State Education Ministers Conference’, in New Delhi on January 06, 2015.
The Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Shri Upendra Kushwaha, the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Prof. (Dr.) Ram Shankar Katheria and other dignitaries are also seen. (Image Courtesy: pib website)

UGC releases list of fake universities

Timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Jul 1, 2015
COIMBATORE; The University Grants Commission, the apex body for higher education, on Wednesday published a list of fake universities in the country for the benefit of students. …

Beware! That online degree may not be valid in India   Hindustantimes.com
Apr 01, 20145
Ever been tempted to take up an online degree course offered by a university in India? Those who have been taken in by advertisements of such courses in newspapers should be careful because education regulator University Grants Commission (UGC) does not recognise any course offered solely through the online mode.…

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