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Budget allocation for interest-free loans hiked to 2200 crores: Javdekar

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The annual budget to provide interest-free loans to 10 Lakh students would be increased to Rs. 2200 crore in the coming three years Union Minister Prakash Javdekar said addressing the 2nd Higher Education Human Resource Conclave.

Under ‘Operation Digital Board’, there will be the digitalization of over 15 lakh classes from Standard 9 to Post Graduation levels.

Javdekar added that this conclave was organised with an aim-

“To promote an environment of innovations,employability, and entrepreneurship across the country”.

There will be an increase in the annual allocation for interest-free loans to the students as well. Speaking about the government’s plan to further boost the budgetary allocation of the interest-free loans to students, he said; in 2014, over 4-5 lakh youths used to get interest-free loans amounting to the budget of Rs. 800 crore that has been increased to 1800 crore to benefit over 8 lakh students nationwide under the present BJP-led Government at the Centre.

The chairman of AICTE Anil Sahastrabuddhe attended the conclave as a special guest. Other attendees were numerous universities and colleges along with the HR managers, corporate leaders, and employers, start-ups, CSR agencies and venture capitalists from across the country, besides educationists and senior government officials.

Speaking more about the statistics Javdekar said that the HRD ministry has earmarked Rs 4,000 crore each for the first and second phase of ‘Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)’ while the phase-three scheme was an aqueduct.

The Budget Allocation of an amount of over Rs. 6,000 crores has been provided to Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Andaman, Rajasthan, and Bihar; by the Centre under ‘Technical Education Quality Improvement Program’ for providing quality education, he said.

Not only would the ‘digital classes’ improve the quality of education but will also bring about a radical change, said the minister. The Centre aspires at launching ‘Operation Digital Board’ in all schools in five years, said an official release earlier, adding the venture would “ensure quality, equity, accessibility and accountability in education by pro-active action and plan”.

Interacting with the college students in various districts of the state via video conferencing, Javdekar said: “the digital technology has changed our lives.”

The minister also extolled the improvement of the educational standards in Rajasthan, saying the state has entered a new era on the educational front.

“I am happy that Hindi and other Indian languages are being used more than English on Google.” -Prakash Javdekar

Manipur Higher Education Minister T Radheshyam Singh said that there are 40 cluster colleges under RUSA in Manipur besides one central University.

A cluster university is an initiative of the centrally-sponsored ‘Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA)’ to forge and reshape the new universities by upgrading the existing colleges and converting them into a cluster. This assists the colleges to introduce new courses and engage in more research work.

Also, Jammu & Kashmir have set up cluster universities.

The Higher Education Minister of Uttarakhand Dhan Singh Rawat said his state would organise ‘gyankhumb,‘ which is an important, two-day educational conclave, in Haridwar from November 3 to 5. The event will be inaugurated by the President of India Ram Nath Kovind.

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Foundation Stone Laid For Central University Of Himachal Pradesh

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The Union Minister said the Centre has sanctioned several national institutions in the state – IIIT sanctioned for Una, IIT for Mandi, Cluster University sanctioned for Mandi district. In addition to these, several Central schools have also been sanctioned.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday jointly laid the foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district. Mr Javadekar said the university would open new vistas of development in the area, besides providing quality higher education.

He said the Central government would provide all possible help to ensure that the university campus is completed soon.

The Union Minister said the Centre has sanctioned several national institutions in the state – IIIT sanctioned for Una, IIT for Mandi, Cluster University sanctioned for Mandi district. In addition to these, several Central schools have also been sanctioned.

He said the Union government was committed to provide digital boards in a phased manner in about nine lakh schools across the country.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said the Central University of Himachal Pradesh would have two campuses — Dehra and Dharamsala, both in Kangra district.

He said the first campus, to be spread over 750 hectares, would be at Jadrangal near Dharamsala. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

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Mr Thakur said about Rs. 1,300 crore would be spent on the construction of both these campuses that would be completed in three years.

He said the state was committed to provide quality education. For this, Rs.7,044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs. 7,600 crore has been made for the next fiscal.

(Source NDTV)

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Law Teachers Seek Permission To Practice In Courts

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Once the law teachers were permitted to take up the cases, it would be on a pro-bono basis and if a fee was charged, it would be shared between the university concerned and the law teacher in the ratio of 60:40, the release said.

The executive committee of a consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) has decided to seek permission from the Bar Council of India to allow full-time faculty to practice law in courts. The decision, among others, was taken by the committee at a meeting here Wednesday, a press release from the Nalsar University of Law here said Thursday.

(NLUs) has decided to seek permission from the Bar Council of India to allow full-time faculty to practice law in courts. The decision, among others, was taken by the committee at a meeting here Wednesday, a press release from the Nalsar University of Law here said Thursday.

Also, the committee resolved that the issue would be taken up with the Bar Council of India seeking an amendment to its Rule 49 which prohibits full-time salaried employees from practicing in courts.

The committee said that not allowing law teachers to practice in the courts of law was ‘harming’ the legal system as law teachers are as important stakeholders in the system as lawyers and judges and can contribute meaningfully to the legal system, the press release said.

Besides, the committee said that as the country badly needs litigation lawyers and also needs to bridge the gap between law in books and law in action, it is necessary that the teachers should themselves go to the court along with the students.

Vice-chancellor of Nalsar varsity and president of the consortium of NLUs professor Faizan Mustafa said the executive committee resolved that in case law teachers are not permitted to practice, a non-practicing allowance of 25 percent at par with medical doctors should be paid, according to the release.

Once the law teachers were permitted to take up the cases, it would be on a pro-bono basis and if a fee was charged, it would be shared between the university concerned and the law teacher in the ratio of 60:40, the release said.

(Source NDTV)

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9 Lakh Classrooms To Have Digital Blackboards By 2022: Prakash Javadekar

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He said that the government will work towards providing all these classes with facilities for digital boards by 2022, starting from the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence.

The Human Resource Development Ministry on Wednesday launched Operation Digital Blackboard, under which nine lakh classrooms in schools and colleges across the country will be equipped with digital facilities for teaching by 2022.

“Some 60-70 years back there was an ‘Operation Blackboard‘ because that was the need of the hour then. But the country has progressed over the years, and now we need an Operation Digital Blackboard,” Mr Javadekar said during the launch.

Last year, the ministry had formed a committee under Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala of IIT Madras to look into the need of digital blackboards in schools/colleges.

Emphasising the need for digital modes of education to improve the quality of education, Mr Javadekar said that the committee assessed a requirement for seven lakh digital blackboards in classes 9-12, and two lakh for classes in higher education institutions.

He said that the government will work towards providing all these classes with facilities for digital boards by 2022, starting from the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence.

(Source NDTV)

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