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IITs personal letter to Girl JEE Qualifiers

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Attempt to bridge gender divide

MUMBAI: ‘Congratulations on your earning a rank in the prestigious JEE(Advanced) 2017. You may be wondering what it is like being a girl student in an IIT….,’ reads a mail that IITs has sent to the 7,137 girls who qualified in JEE (Advanced) 2017. This is a first ever attempt to reach out to girl qualifiers.

Highlights of The Mail

1. Advises girls on ‘how to make the right choice of institutes’

2. Debunks some pre-conceived notions and apprehensions

3. Sent on June 12, a day after JEE (Advanced) results were announced

4. Contains information about an online ‘female helpdesk. Here details of current girl students on various IIT campuses, women faculty members and some alumni are listed.

Boost Female Numbers at Campus

IIT-Mandi’s director Timothy Gonsalves informed, “Last year’s admission statistics show that 62% of the 2,200 girls who had ranks good enough to get a seat at an IIT chose to opt out of it. But 68% of the qualified boys opted for IITs. Since the mails were sent, IIT-Mandi alone has got about 800 email queries and several phone calls.” It was Gonsalves’ idea to launch the helpdesk.

While IITs only have about 8% girls on their campuses, the representation of girls on National Institutes of Technology is about 20%.

“Parents prefer sending girl child to institutes closer home. We want to ensure they join our institutes in large numbers. We are hoping that the ratio improves once the 14% reservation is introduced in 2018,” hoped a professor, associated with the JEE process.

Suparna Mukherji, professor at IIT-Bombay told us about getting queries regularly from students seeking advice. Sravya Devulapalli, an IIT aspirant ranked at 595, said, “There are pre-conceived notions that girls do not choose some branches like mechanical engineering as there are not females in the class.”

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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.

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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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