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Capital Base Of HEFA increased to Rs 10k Cr,Higher Education Sector to get more funds.

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A proposal has been approved by the Union Cabinet on Wednesday to widen the capacity of the HEFA by increasing its capital base from the present Rs 1,100 crore to Rs 10,000 crore, also it is the responsibility of HEFA to Mobilise funds of Rs 1.00,000 crore by 2022 for Revitalising Infrastructure and systems in higher education (RISE).

In a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Cabinet Committee on economic affairs approved a proposal to increase the scope of HEFA to all institutions particularly those set up after 2014, central universities having few internal resources and will also include schools and health institutions like the AIIMS and the Kendriya Vidyalayas.

For mobilising the extra-budgetary resources for establishing vital infrastructure in Government higher education institutions, The HEFA was set up on 31st May 2017 as a non-profit and non-banking financing company.

Prakash Javadekar, Minister Human Resource Development tweeted and said that this allocation towards research and academic infrastructure will enable India to Compete in the world stage. He also added that apart from the II T ’s, National Institute of technology, and the Indian Institute of Science Education and research which are already funded by the HEFA, for the first time HEFA will also fund the Kendriya Vidyalayas and the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas.

According to some people who have knowledge about this plan, this plan will consist of 5 financing windows, for example, The whole principal portion generated from internal budgetary resources will have to be repaid by the Technical institutions which are more than 10 years old.

25% will have to be repaid by technical institutions that started between 2008 and 2014 and in return will receive a grant for the balance principal portion.

Grant would be given for the complete servicing of loan for funding the construction of permanent campuses to the institutions that have been newly established (after 2014).   

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Cabinet Approves Two New AIIMS In Tamil Nadu And Telangana

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The AIIMS in Tamil Nadu was announced in the Budget Speech of Finance Minister in 2015-16 and Ministry of Finance conveyed its in-principle approval for establishment of AIIMS in Telangana in April, 2018.

The Union cabinet has today approved establishment of two new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Tamil Nadu and Telangana. The new AIIMS in Madurai, Tamil Nadu will be established at a cost of Rs. 1,264 crore while the government has announced a cost of Rs. 1,028 crore for the Institute in Bibinagar, Telangana.  The AIIMSs will be set up under Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), said a statement from the Union government.

The Union cabinet has also given its approval for creation of one post of Director in each of the above two AIIMS.

According to the official statement, each new AIIMS will add 100 MBBS seats and 60 B.Sc. Nursing seats and will have 15-20 Super Specialty Departments along with around 750 hospital beds.

As per data of current functional AIIMS, it is expected that each new AIIMS would cater to around 1500 Outdoor patients per day and around 1000 Indoor patients per month, the statement said.

The objective is to establish the new AIIMS as Institutions of National Importance for providing quality tertiary healthcare, medical education, nursing education and research in the Region.

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

The proposed institution shall have a hospital with capacity of 750 beds which will include Emergency / Trauma Beds, AYUSH Beds, Private Beds and ICU Speciality and Super Speciality beds.

In addition, there will be a Medical College, AYUSH Block, Auditorium, Night Shelter, Guest House, Hostels and residential facilities.

The timeframe for establishment of the new AIIMS Tamil Nadu and AIIMS Telangana will be 45 months, broadly comprising a pre-construction phase of 10 months, a construction phase of 32 months and stabilization/commissioning phase of 3 months, said the statement.

Construction, operations and maintenance of new AIIMS will be fully funded by the Central government.

Setting up new AIIMS in the states will lead to employment generation for nearly 3000 people in various faculty and non-faculty posts in each of the AIIMS.

Further, indirect employment generation will take place due to facilities & services like shopping centre, canteens, etc. coming in the vicinity of new AIIMS.

The construction activity involved for creation of the physical infrastructure for the various new AIIMS is also expected to generate substantial employment in the construction phase as well.

The PMSSY, a Central sector scheme, aims at correcting the imbalances in the availability of affordable tertiary healthcare facilities in different parts of the country in general, and augmenting facilities for quality medical education in the under-served States in particular.

The AIIMS in Tamil Nadu was announced in the Budget Speech of Finance Minister in 2015-16 and Ministry of Finance conveyed its in-principle approval for establishment of AIIMS in Telangana in April, 2018.

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UGC Changes Minority Scholarship Criteria, Releases New Notification

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University Grants Commission (UGC) has released a new notification in regard to the Maulana Azad National Fellowship (MANF) for minority students for the year 2018-19.

University Grants Commission (UGC) has released a new notification in regard to the Maulana Azad National Fellowship (MANF) for minority students for the year 2018-19. According to the latest announcement, all candidates belonging to one of the minority communities who are enrolled for full time research programmes with UGC NET or CSIR-NET can apply for the scholarships now.

Yesterday students and student organisations questioned UGC’s logic in choosing only two editions of NET exams, that too, only CSIR NET, as criteria for awarding these monthly scholarships for a five year period.

The first notification had prescribed qualifying “CBSE-UGC-NET/JRF/CSIR-NET/JRF held in December 2017 and June 2018” as criteria for the scholarship. CSIR NET is conducted for the Science students while UGC NET is organised for the students belonging to Humanities background.

After students and student organisations criticised UGC, the Commission released a new notification on December 17, 2018.

After a two year interval, the UGC invited applications for the award of 1000 fellowships (an increase from 756) under the MANF scheme.

READ MORE: Separate Process To Rank Small Universities In Future: Education Minister

“All candidates who belong to one of the minority communities i.e. Muslim, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist, Christian and Jain and who are enrolled for full time MPhil / Ph.D degree in Indian Universities/ Institutions/ Colleges recognized under Section 2(f) and Section 3 of UGC Act, 1956 and CBSE/NTA-UGC-NET/JRF or CSIR-NET/JRF may apply,” said the latest notice.

The new notice however, did not mention anything about the complaints researchers talked about the time window or using NET itself as a criterion.

Last date for receipt of applications is December 31, 2018.

The applications can be submitted through the link: https://ugc.ac.in/ugc_schemes/.

“Decision of the Commission with regard to selection of candidates for the award of fellowship shall be final,” said the notice

(SOURCE NDTV)

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UGC has in last week invited applications for awarding 1,000 MANF scholarship for minority students for the academic year 2018-19 after an interval of 2 years.

Latest UGC notification on research fellowships for minority candidates has run into trouble after several researchers and student organisations raised questions about the criteria advertised by the Commission. The researchers questioned the University Grants Commission or UGC’s logic for making NET as criteria in general and its ‘December 2017 and June 2018’ exams in specific for the Maulana Azad National Fellowship (MANF) awards.

READ MORE : UGC To Grant 1,000 Research Fellowships To Minority Students, Notification Released After 2 Years

UGC, the higher education regulator, has in last week invited applications for awarding 1,000 MANF scholarship for minority students for the academic year 2018-19 after an interval of 2 years.

An earlier notification by the Commission has fixed qualifying National Eligibility Test (NET) as criteria for the fellowship.

Nahas Mala, president of a student body, said all criteria regarding MANF scholarship indicate UGC’s arrogance and minority students felt humiliated by this notification.

“As per new notification, only those who qualified net in December 2017 and June 2018 only can apply. Many scholars who have qualified in earlier net exams will face trouble,” Mr Nahas from Students Islamic Organisation said.

“What is the logic behind making UGC NET December 2017/June 2018 as the criteria to apply for the fellowship? What mistake has been done by those who had qualified it in the previous time?,” a research scholar from Jawaharlal Nehru University who is planning to apply asked.

“Was there any difference in between the NET exams conducted during those times and the previous ones in terms of indicating candidates’ merit?,” he wondered.

Mr Nahas also added that the organisation will continue its struggle with its earlier demand of increasing the number of fellowships to 3,000 and the demand for dismantling the criteria of CBSE-UGC NET for MANF.

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Another sub-criteria regarding NET clearance released by the Commission has also created confusion among applicants.

“The candidates who have qualified CBSE-UGC-NET/JRF/CSIR-NET/JRF held in December 2017 and June 2018 are eligible to apply,” said the UGC notification released on Monday.

But, the CSIR NET exams were held in December 17 and June 28 while UGC NET exams were held in November 2017 and July 2018.

CSIR NET is conducted for the Science students while UGC NET is organised for the students belonging to Humanities background.

“How many competitive examinations I need to qualify before getting a scholarship from the government? I am a science researcher and I am here after qualifying GATE and JEST,” said another applicant.

Another researcher complained about the time window provided for the applications. The applicants have been asked to submit the forms in twenty days’ time.

“Why is there only a gap of 20 days for applying? That too, in the month of December, when students and faculties go for vacation and field works. In universities, to get signatures of supervisors, chairpersons, deans and registrars, it takes so many days,” he asked.

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