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Age No Bar for Studying Law: Supreme Court

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Students aspiring to pursue law graduation for the coming academic session will now be able to apply for the admission irrespective of their age. Yes, you heard it right–the Supreme Court has stayed Bar Council of India’s (BCI’s) decision to fix upper age limit of 22 years for the five-year LLB course and 45 years for the three-year course.

Supreme Court’s Observations

A bench of Justices S A Bobde and L N Rao said three major things:

–Age restriction fixed by BCI prima facie seemed unreasonable

–Age bar would prevent students from pursuing law education

–Court will adjudicate constitutional validity of the decision and stayed its implementation till it decided the case

 

“It will not serve any purpose. What is big deal about fixing the age limitation.There is a demand from society (for doing away with age restriction) and you have to consider it. You go around promoting legal education and here BCI puts restrictions. We stay the decision. We appreciate the intent of BCI to catch the best talent at right age and we will examine the issue. We stay the notification of September 17, 2016 and all consequential acts taken thereof,” the court said.

Normally in cases when admission is allowed while a case is still pending in judicial forums, the court directs that the admission would be subject to the final outcome of the case. But in order to remove any uncertainty over the fate of students the court said, there admission would not be disturbed even if the BCI’s decision was declared valid.

The SC bench for now has stayed the BCI from implementing its new rule. The case has been posted for final hearing in the third week of July 2017.

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Government Approaches IITs, IIMs For Accreditation Process

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The Central Government might rope in private agencies for accreditation of educational institutes.

The Central Government might rope in private agencies for accreditation of educational institutes. The Union Minister for HRD, Prakash Javadekar said on Friday that the government had approached IITs and IIMs too in this regard. The Union HRD Minister had earlier also announced that more agencies will be roped in to speed up the assessment and accreditation process for Higher Education Institutes.

“To improve the quality of education, we are making the accreditation process more scientific and tough. The government wants to increase the strength of the National Board of Accreditation and the National Assessment and Accreditation Council so that more number of institutions can be accredited,” Javadekar said during the national conference on “Positioning India on the Global Education Map”.

Citing that ranking and rating of educational institutes, increases competitiveness, Javadekar said that this inspires institutes to invent ways to improve overall performance of the institute.

“Today, because of the National Institutional Ranking Framework, every institute has constituted an internal committee to improve their ranking. Students also take into account the institution’s ranking before taking admission,” he added.

READ MORE: Government Open To ‘Outside’ Agencies Taking Up Accreditation Of Institutions: Javadekar

He also said that graded autonomy will boost quality of education being imparted at Higher Education Institutes. With graded autonomy, institutes will remain under the aegis of UGC and still be free to design and offer new courses, off campus centers, skill development courses, research parks and any other new academic programmes.

“They will also have the freedom to hire foreign faculty, enroll foreign students, give incentive-based emoluments to the faculty, enter academic collaborations and run open distance learning programmes,” he added.

The bid to induct more accreditation agencies is not new. In August this year, UGC had notified University Grants Commission (Recognition and Monitoring of Assessment & Accreditation Agencies) Regulations, 2018 and had announced setting up of an Accreditation Advisory Council (AAC) for recognition of Assessment and Accrediting Agencies (AAAs).

(SOURCE NDTV)

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Government Open To ‘Outside’ Agencies Taking Up Accreditation Of Institutions: Javadekar

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The government is open to the idea of roping in “outside” agencies for accreditation of educational institutions, and IITs and IIMs have also been approached in this regard, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

The government is open to the idea of roping in “outside” agencies for accreditation of educational institutions, and IITs and IIMs have also been approached in this regard, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said here on Friday. “To improve the quality of education, we are making the accreditation process more scientific and tough.

The government wants to increase the strength of the National Board of Accreditation and the National Assessment and Accreditation Council so that more number of institutions can be accredited,” Javadekar said during the national conference on “Positioning India on the Global Education Map”.

“The government is open to other agencies taking the responsibility of accreditation, and IITs and IIMs have been asked about it … so that more and more institutions can be accredited,” he added.

READ MORE :Government Approaches IITs, IIMs For Accreditation Process

The Union minister said that ranking and rating of education institutions increase competitiveness among them for better performance.

“Today, because of the National Institutional Ranking Framework, every institute has constituted an internal committee to improve their ranking. Students also take into account the institution’s ranking before taking admission,” he said.

“Graded autonomy is another major step by the government to boost quality education in the country. Universities will remain within the ambit of the UGC but will have the freedom to start new courses, off campus centers, skill development courses, research parks and any other new academic programmes.

“They will also have the freedom to hire foreign faculty, enroll foreign students, give incentive-based emoluments to the faculty, enter academic collaborations and run open distance learning programmes,” he added.

(SOURCE NDTV)

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Centre Releases Rs. 260 Crore For Five New Medical Colleges In Jammu And Kashmir

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He said with the completion of the new medical colleges, 500 MBBS students would be annually added to the overall capacity of the course in the state.

The Centre Wednesday released Rs. 260 crore to the Jammu and Kashmir Health and Medical Education department for five new medical colleges being set up in as many districts of the state. With the latest release of funds by the Centre, the cumulative release of central share for these colleges at Anantnag, Baramulla, Doda, Kathua and Rajouri, till date has reached Rs. 765 crore, Principal Secretary, Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo said.

READ MORE : 5 New Medical Colleges To Be Functional By 2019: JK Governor

He said the Union ministry of Health and Family Welfare has sanctioned five new medical colleges in the sate at a cost of Rs. 189 crore each — out of which Rs. 139 crore is for civil works and Rs. 50 crore for machinery and equipment. The civil works in all these medical colleges are at different levels of progress and have been expedited of late to put the requisite infrastructure in place at the earliest, he said.

Mr. Dulloo said the department has initiated steps to provide infrastructure, equipment and human resource in these colleges as per the Medical Council of India (MCI) guidelines to start the first batch of MBBS admissions next year.

He said with the completion of the new medical colleges, 500 MBBS students would be annually added to the overall capacity of the course in the state.

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