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Gaps In Quality Education Despite Vast Network Of Colleges: President Kovind



The President noted that India has a massive network of 903 universities and 39,050 colleges.

President Ram Nath Kovind said India has a vast network of universities and colleges but gaps still exist in attaining world-class excellence in education. To achieve global standards, the government has taken a decision to promote 20 institutions of higher education as “institutes of eminence”, Kovind said at the 15th convocation ceremony of the Symbiosis International University here.

The President noted that India has a massive network of 903 universities and 39,050 colleges.

“But the fact is there are still gaps in quality and in attaining world-class excellence across the spectrum,” he said.

“In this context, the government has taken a decision to promote and support 20 institutions of higher education as ‘institutes of eminence’, to grant them recruitment and curricula flexibility in order to reach best-in-class global standards,” he added.

After a competitive process, the first few of these institutes of eminence were announced recently. There will be future rounds as well, he said.

Underlining the performance of girls in higher education, he said as president, he made a conscious effort to visit universities and educational institutions across the country to meet and interact with students and future thought leaders of the country.

“One of my findings has been that the academic performance of girl students tends to exceed that of boys. Today too, of the nine gold medals awarded at this convocation, six have gone to graduating girls. This is commendable and a happy sign for our society,” he said.

He also asked students to use their education to help fellow citizens.

“Your education gives you responsibility to help those less-privileged and less-fortunate. How you choose to do this is entirely up to you, but remember that your empathy for fellow citizens is as much a test of your scholarship as your mark-sheet or your degree,” the president said.

He said knowledge has no gender or geographical boundaries and that India has been a centre of learning for centuries.

From Taxila to Nalanda, the subcontinent’s age-old universities attracted students from different parts of Asia and beyond, he noted.

“In modern times as well, our campuses have been open to and welcoming talented young people from many countries, specially those in our neighbourhood and in Africa, a continent with which we have a special relationship, shaped in classrooms,” Kovind said.

He said it was worth noting that 46,144 international students from 166 countries study in various colleges, universities and institutions of higher learning in India.

“Of those who are graduating today, 329 students are from 33 countries other than India. This adds to the multicultural and cosmopolitan atmosphere of your (Symbiosis) campus, and promotes goodwill among nations,” he said.

He congratulated the graduates hailing from other countries, specially one from Uganda who won the ‘Outstanding Foreign Student’ Award.

“You arrived here as students. I am confident you are departing as lifelong friends and unofficial ambassadors of India,” he said.

He said the story of modern India owes much to the progressive ideas that have flowed from Pune, and for which “our nation is truly appreciative”.

He hailed social reformers like Jyotiba Phule and Savitribai Phule, M G Ranade, Vasudev Balwant Phadke, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Gopal Krishna Gokhale for taking the “lamp of learning” far and wide.

For each of them, the “spread of education was non-negotiable”, he said, adding that “breadth of Indian higher education is appreciable”.



NIT Srinagar is hiring for faculty recruitment 2019: Apply now for 76 posts @



NIT Srinagar vacancy

NIT Srinagar recruitment 2019: The National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar has advertised for various faculty vacancies. Candidates who wish to apply for the same can apply at the official website,

NIT Srinagar recruitment 2019: Important dates

  • Application process starts: February 20, 2019
  • Last date to apply: March 20, 2019

Total number of vacancies: 76 vacancies

NIT Srinagar recruitment 2019: How to apply

  • Go to the official website,
  • On the homepage, click on ‘advertisements/jobs’
  • Click on ‘faculty positions’
  • A PDF will open, read instructions carefully and click on a link
  • Link will redirect you to a new page
  • Click on the post you are applying at and select apply online

The application link is not activated yet and will only work post-February 20, 2019.

Candidates need to download the application form online and submit it to – Registrar, National Institute of Technology Srinagar, Hazratbal Srinagar 190006 by speed / registered post. Applications reached post 4pm of April 1, 2019 will not be accepted.

NIT Srinagar recruitment 2019: Eligibility criteria

Candidates need to have a PhD degree to be eligible for the posts. Additionally, candidates must have at least 60 per cent marks in preceding degrees.

NIT Srinagar recruitment 2019: Application fee

  • Candidates will have to pay Rs 1000 as application fee
  • For candidates belonging to the reserved category, the fee is Rs 500

NIT Srinagar recruitment 2019: Candidates will have to pay Rs 1000 as application fee.

(Source India Today)

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India-Singapore To Sign Pact For Skilling Indians In Aviation



Skill India

India and Singapore will sign an agreement for skilling Indian youths in the aviation sector at the Aero India Show next week.

India and Singapore will sign an agreement for skilling Indian youths in the aviation sector at the Aero India Show next week. Academies will be set up in Bengaluru and other places in India that will act as regional hubs for the training of Indian youths for domestic and overseas jobs in these sectors.

National Skill Development Corporation of India’s (NSDC) Aerospace and Aviation Sector Skill Council in collaboration with Singapore Polytechnic and a Singapore-based private sector firm will signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on February 22 to establish skill development centers.

Aero India show 2019 will be held in Bengaluru from February 20-24. It will provide a significant platform in bolstering business opportunities in International aviation sector.

These ”Centers of Excellence in Advance Skilling” will provide training and certification drawing from Singapore curriculum and standards in sectors such as aerospace and aviation, emerging technologies, automotive and logistics.

“These are all priority sectors under ”Skill India” and ”Make in India” programmes, which require large workforce with advanced technical skills,” India‘s High Commissioner in Singapore Jawed Ashraf said here on Friday.

He said that these sectors also provide more productive and remunerative employment opportunities.

Singapore is a leader in aviation services including maintenance, repair, overhaul services as well as skill development across various sectors, Ashraf said.

This is one of the many collaborations between India and Singapore in the crucial skill development sector following the signing of two MoUs between NSDC and Singapore Polytechnic to establish state-of-the-art Trainer and Assessor Academies across India.

“Skills development is one of the new areas that have gained prominence in the bilateral engagement with many countries, but especially with Singapore, not only at central but also at state level,” the envoy said.

There are several institutional engagements including plans for setting up the first Indian Institute of Skills in Mumbai in collaboration with Singapore‘s Institute of Technical Education Services (ITEES); training programmes for state government officials in public administration and governance; urban planning, logistics and infrastructure development in collaboration with many Singapore-based institutions, including Institute of Technical Education, Singapore Cooperation Enterprise and Civil Service College.

Singapore has also opened three internationally acclaimed Skill Centers in India (New Delhi, Udaipur and Guwahati) and more coming up, Ashraf said.

The World Class Skill Centre (WCSC) in New Delhi has seen hundreds of students clearing the courses in the areas of Hospitality and Retail Sectors with 100 percent employment rate. There are plans to move WCSC to a new site and further expand it, he said.

Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Assam and Odisha are also working with ITEES and Polytechnics in Singapore to develop skill centres. Odisha conducted training of 100 officials from ITI in Singapore last year.

“The close ties between India and Singapore have a history rooted in strong commercial, cultural and people-to-people links, reinforced by convergent strategic interests,” Ashraf said.

The relationship, elevated to a Strategic Partnership in November 2015, has gained a new momentum and direction in last three years, he said.

“The initiatives in skill development taken during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in 2018 are now showing results,” Ashraf added.

(Source – NDTV)

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Uttarakhand To Get National Law University (NLU)



national law university in Uttarakhand

The Centre has decided to set up a National Law University in Uttarakhand, an official statement said here on Wednesday.

The Centre has decided to set up a National Law University in Uttarakhand, an official statement said here on Wednesday. “Here is good news for all those youths who want to make a career in law. The Chief Minister has informed that a National Law University will be opened in Uttarakhand,” the statement said. 

Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving his nod to open the university in the state, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that Modi had special love for Uttarakhand.

India has 21 national law universities, admissions to which are held through a Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). 

(Source NDTV)

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