Indian students going to UK, US varsities to go up by 50 percent

Indian students going to UK, US varsities to go up by 50 percent

Singapore: The number of Indian students going overseas for undergraduate and postgraduate studies is expected to increase by 50 percent over the next five years due to a manifold increase in their family incomes, a placement expert said here on Thursday.

“We see, conservatively, a 50 percent increase in Indian students going to the US and UK for undergrad and postgrad studies over the next five years. This is strongly supported by the growing disposal income of their families,” said Rohan Pasari, co-founder and CEO of Cialfo, a Singapore-based education technology (edtech).

Ciaflo, co-founded by Kolkata-born Pasari and Singaporean Stanley Chia, has placed more than 90 percent of its students in top universities in the US and 30 top universities in the UK.

 

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Pasari noted the Indian students’ strong interests in acquiring international education and experiences for placing themselves in the top range of professionals, both in India and globally.

He pointed out the 100 percent growth seen in Chinese students that entered universities in the US to acquire international education during the early pick up of the Chinese economy.

“It is the same scenario for Indian students from now,” Pasari said.

Caiflo, which is in the midst of A series fund raising, is linking up with Delhi-based educational institutions to help Indian students secure places in the US and UK universities, he said.

Caiflo’s fund raising is supported by Koh Boon Hwee, former chairman of Singtel, DBS Bank and Singapore Airlines, as well as NRI investor Anand Govindaluri of Govin Capital.

“We are expecting a strong market support for the A series funding as our edtech start-up has a potential to tap into the massive pool of students from India, China and South East Asia,” Pasari said.

“We will now reach more students, tapping into the multi-billion dollar a year opportunity of helping Asian students find their ideal university,” he said, estimating the annual Asian student market value at USD 4 billion in the UK and US universities.

Investors estimate the market value of global students in the UK and the US at USD 80 billion a year.

Indian students accounted for 4.3 percent or 21,000 of the 493,570 international students in the UK in 2013-14, according to the British Council.

There were 132,888 Indian students out of the 627,306 Asian students in the US in 2014-15, according to the Institute of International Education.

Aspiring for civil services? Do it fast as UPSC may cut upper age limit

Aspiring for civil services? Do it fast as UPSC may cut upper age limit

New Delhi: A key panel has recommended the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to reduce the upper-age limit of candidates aspiring to join the civil services.

The panel, headed by former education secretary BS Baswan, reportedly submitted its report to the UPSC on Tuesday.

“The report will first be examined by the commission. A decision will be taken by the government in consultation with the UPSC that will give its views on the report,” the Hindustan Times quoted a senior government official as saying.

The UPSC examination is conducted in three stages – preliminary, main, and interview — to recruit officers to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS),

Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.

Lakhs of candidates sit for the gruelling examination every year even though chances of clearing it is very less. Only the brightest of the brightest succeed.

Currently, the upper age limit for candidates from the scheduled caste and scheduled tribes is relaxed by five years while those from other backward classes get a three-year relaxation. Disabled candidates get up to 10 years.

Several panels in the past have advocated a reduction in the upper-age limit but successive governments have raised it, from 26 in the 1960s to 28 in the 1980s and now, 32, according to the report.

The BS Baswan panel has reportedly recommended that “the age limit be reduced in a phased manner spread over several years and not in one go”.

The step was reportedly suggested keeping in mind the thousands of people who spend years preparing for the examination and whose careers might be jeopardized if they found themselves ineligible for the test in the middle of the process.

Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme UP to give Rs 267.30 cr to 89,100 meritorious girl students

Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme: UP to give Rs 267.30 cr to 89,100 meritorious girl students

Lucknow: A staggering Rs 267.30 crore will be distributed among 89,100 meritorious girl students in Uttar Pradesh under the amended Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme, a state government spokesman said on Thursday.

This follows Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s instructions to officials to launch a drive under the amended scheme for the benefit of meritorious girl students.

Cheques for Rs 30,000 each will be given to girl students who have excelled in intermediate or equivalent examinations in the state. Programmes in this regard will be held at the district and tehsil headquarters between August 16-17 by the district magistrates and district inspector of schools.

The Samajwadi Party government has amended the Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme to include meritorious passouts of Class XII of state Secondary Education Council, Central Board of Secondary Education, Indian Certificate of Secondary Education, UP Madarsa Council and UP Sanskrit Education Council. Earlier, the scheme was meant only for UP Board students.

Lucknow: A staggering Rs 267.30 crore will be distributed among 89,100 meritorious girl students in Uttar Pradesh under the amended Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme, a state government spokesman said on Thursday.

This follows Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s instructions to officials to launch a drive under the amended scheme for the benefit of meritorious girl students.

Cheques for Rs 30,000 each will be given to girl students who have excelled in intermediate or equivalent examinations in the state. Programmes in this regard will be held at the district and tehsil headquarters between August 16-17 by the district magistrates and district inspector of schools.

The Samajwadi Party government has amended the Kanya Vidya Dhan scheme to include meritorious passouts of Class XII of state Secondary Education Council, Central Board of Secondary Education, Indian Certificate of Secondary Education, UP Madarsa Council and UP Sanskrit Education Council. Earlier, the scheme was meant only for UP Board students.

RRB NTPC 2016

RRB NTPC 2016: Question papers, answer keys, candidates' response released

New Delhi: The Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) on Friday released the question papers, answer keys and candidates’ response for Non-Technical Popular Category (NTPC) examination 2016.

Candidates can raise their objections, if any, by logging on to the websites of RRBs by 11.59 pm on August 19.

The board will consider and evaluate the objections raised by the candidates, if any, before processing of results.

The RRBs will hold additional second stage examination (CBT) in terms of Paras 8.12 and 14.03 of CEN 03/2015.

The online written exams to fill 18,252 vacancies of RRB took place between March-May 2016.

About 92 lakh aspirants had applied for the RRB NTPC exam.

Academic experts deliberate on draft new education policy, give suggestions

Academic experts deliberate on draft new education policy, give suggestions

New Delhi: Academic experts on Friday suggested that the government should lay emphasis on setting up national academies for teachers’ training, preventing the spread of coaching centre culture and shifting the focus from scoring high marks to “learning”.

The advice came as the experts, from various universities and other spheres, deliberated on the draft of the New Education Policy prepared by the HRD Ministry. The governmenthas put it in the public domain and sought feedback and suggestions.

“There are set cadres for every profession but there is none for teachers. Similarly, there are no national academies for imparting training to teachers. If we are not investing in this area, how can we expect to reap benefits,” R K Khandal, former V-C of Uttar Pradesh Technical University, said.

Nupur Sharma, V-C, Delhi Women Technical university, spoke on the growing culture of coaching institutes and its adverse effects.

“Coaching centres today have become shops, paving way for a new industry, where students continue to suffer due to lack of a focused approach,” Sharma said.

N K Goyal, President of CMAI Association of India Communication and Infrastructure, said, “There is tremendous pressure on students to score high marks rather than learn. This should be changed. Similarly, the process of normalising the grades also need a revamping.”

A five-member committee headed by former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanium formulated the new education policy and submitted it to the HRD ministry in May.

CBSE making interim arrangements for Sringar schools affected due to curfews

CBSE making interim arrangements for Sringar schools affected due to curfews

New Delhi: Central Board of Secondary Education is making interim arrangements by engaging retired teachers for teaching class XII students studying in five affiliated schools in Sringar affected due to curfews and disruptions in normal life.

With winters approaching fast many schools are left with a limited window for teaching and completion of the courses by October 2016 for class XII students who have to appear in board examinations in March 2017.

“Taking suo moto cognisance of the requests received from the schools, the board has decided to arrange for subject teachers for all five schools in the valley which may take help after assessing respective need,” read a statement issued by Ministry of HRD.

It further stated, “the board is making efforts to engage and depute retired teachers from other parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Pathankot, Chandigarh and has even written to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for the same till the resumption of regular classes again.”

The schools will rope in these former teachers after assessing their respective needs.

Plan to raise number of IIT intakes to 1 lakh by 2020

Plan to raise number of IIT intakes to 1 lakh by 2020

New Delhi: If things go according to plan, the prestigious IITs may admit up to one lakhstudents by 2020.

The IIT council will consider a proposal according to which 30,000 additional non-residentstudents will be allowed to study in these institutes in the next three years.

According to sources, in the meeting of the IIT council, which is scheduled to take place on August 23, the proposal will be discussed which suggests taking in non-resident students.

“Right now, IITs admit up to 72,000 students in their undergraduate, post graduate or doctorate courses which are residential. However, it is being mulled that students, who will not stay in hostels should be admitted to these institutes,” a source said.

The plan is to increase the number by 10,000 per year so that the number of IITians touches 1 lakh by 2020.

“Rather than create infrastructure for hostel accommodation of 30,000 additional students, which will also take considerable time to come up, it is proposed to increase the intake of more talent by taking in non-residential students,” the source said.

“The increase will be without compromising on the teaching process and would be subject to availability of adequate teaching facilities,” the source added.

Among other key proposals that the IIT council is going to consider is project ‘Vishwajeet’ which seeks to provide assistance to top 7 IITs to boost their international ranking.

Another move relates to campus recruitment of PhD students from IITs with an eye to fill up vacancies, the sources said.

CBSE declares NEET results

CBSE declares NEET results, Gujarat's Het Shah tops examination; CHECK cbseresults.nic.in, aipmt.nic.in

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Tuesday declared the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test NEET phase I and NEET phase II results 2016.

Het Shah from Gujarat emerged as the country topper with a score of 685 out of 720, followed by Ekansh Goyal from Odisha scoring 682 and Nikhil Bajiya from Rajasthan scoring 678.

Although the NEET I and II results 2016 were scheduled to be declared by the CBSE tomorrow, the board declared the results a day earlier.

All those candidates who appeared for the NEET – I exam on May 1 and the NEET- II on July 24, 2016 for admission to MBBS/BDS Courses in Medical/Dental Colleges can now check their results online on the official website.

Candidates can log on to AIPMT official website aipmt.nic.in. or CBSE websitecbseresults.nic.in to check their combined NEET 2016 exam results online.

Also the NEET I and NEET II 2016 results will also be available on DigiResults via the website Results.digilocker.gov.in. This website is a CBSE initiative in collaboration with DigiLocker.

So candidates can access their NEET I and NEET II 2016 results digital rank letters in DigiLocker on the website digilocker.gov.in. Those who have  qualified under 15 percent All India quota seats can access the NEET rank letter online by logging on to the above mentioned website.

Candidates will have to sign up for DigiLocker account using Aadhaar number.

How to check NEET I, NEET II 2016 results:

– Log on to AIPMT official website aipmt.nic.in. or CBSE website cbseresults.nic.in.

-Click on CBSE NEET (UG)– 2016 RESULTS.

-Enter and submit roll number and date of birth to view the NEET 2016 results.

-The Digital documents have legal validity under Indian IT (Amendment) Act, 2008.

-Students can contact the board for any queries on Help desk 011-22041807,011-22041808 or Toll free number 1800118002.

Zee Media wishes all candidates best of luck.

Students from Kota institute top NEET

Students from Kota institute top NEET

Kota: After claiming the top three positions in JEE-Advanced- 2016 examination, students from Kota coaching institutions have yet again managed to secure the first three ranks in the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to undergraduate medical courses.

Het Shah (18) from Gujarat scored 685 out of 720 marks to grab the All India Rank (AIR) 1 while Ekansh Goyal (18) from Odisha and Nikhil Bajiya (17) from Rajasthan bagged AIR 2 and 3 respectively in NEET, results of which were announced yesterday, said Brajesh Maheshwari, director of Allen Career Institute.

All three top rankers had been studying in Kota for two years for NEET preparation, he added.

“Kota gives a road map to success for entrance in prestigious medical and engineering colleges,” said AIR 3 holder Nikhil Bajiya.

“Regular and concentrated studies for 5 to 6 hours can lead one to success,” Nikhil said.

“Het never bothered about rank but his focus was on performance,” Het?s father Sanjay Shah said.

“We never pressurised our son to secure a rank but Het decided to come to Kota two years ago,” he added.

For Sanjay Goyal, father of AIR 2 holder Ekansh Goyal, son’s success in NEET is “unbelievable” and “extremely amazing”.

“Securing AIR 2 out of lakhs of aspirants is really unbelievable and amazing”, Goyal said.

seats still vacant, DU to come up with three more cut-offs

With seats still vacant, DU to come up with three more cut-offs

New Delhi: With seats still remaining vacant, Delhi University today announced it will be releasing three more cut-offs for admission to undergraduate courses with the sixth list being released on Saturday, a month after the varsity started the new academic session.

The sixth cut-off will be announced on August 20 and admissions will be conducted on till August 22. The University has already announced five cut-off lists.

DU had earlier announced it will only announce five cut-off lists and admissions on the vacant seats will be done on merit system. The admissions under the fifth cut-off list got over on July 22.

The admissions on the vacant seats were done by merit system after the fifth cut-off. Registered students had to apply again for vacant seats and a merit list was brought by college.

The admissions under the merit system got over on August 16.

“We are restarting the cut-off system for admissions. Many students have withdrawn admissions due to which there are vacant seats in different in many colleges. There will be three cut-offs,” said a University official.

The seventh cut-off list will come on August 24 and admissions will happen till August 26. The eight cut-off list will be out on August 29 and admissions under this cut-off will be completed on August 30.