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Now Students Can Pursue PhD After a 4-Year Undergraduate Course

Students who secured a CGPA score of 7.5/10 in their four-year-undergraduate programme (FYUP) are eligible for PhD admissions. According to the new regulations on the award of PhD degrees finalised by the University Grants Commission (UGC), it is not necessary to complete a master's program for the eligible students. In line with the trend of publishing in predatory journals, UGC guidelines recommend either patenting or publishing in peer-reviewed or referred journals. The University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of PhD degree) Regulations 2022 will be published by the end of June, this will come into effect from 2022 to 23 academic periods. In line with the National Education Policy (NEP), the regulations state that candidates seeking PhD admission require a mandatory CGPA of 7.5/10 after a 4-year/ 8 semester Bachelor’s degree while offering a relaxation of 0.5 CGPA score on a scale of 10 for candidates from SC/ ST/ OBC/ differently-abled as well as economically weaker sections. Candidates who secured a CGPA of less than 7.5, will have to do a one-year Master’s degree program to meet the eligibility criteria. This will Encourage four-year undergraduate students with a research bent of mind to do a PhD is important to improve the research ecosystem in HEIs stated by UGC Chairperson M Jagadesh Kumar. As per the new UGC regulations, 40% of the vacant seats can be filled through university-level tests. Two modes of admissions methods are recommended, first one is 100% based on national level entrance tests or 60-40 split based on national level entrance tests and university level or state-level entrance tests  If the total vacant seats are filled by the candidates qualifying in the national level entrance tests (conducted by UGC, CSIR, ICMR, ICAR, etc), the selection of such candidates will be based on a merit list with 100% weightage from the interview/ viva conducted by the higher education institution.    

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IISc Overtakes IITs As The Top Indian University In Global Rankings

In the 2023 edition of the QS World University rankings, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru emerged as the highest-ranked Indian institute. Rising 31 places in a year, pushing IIT-Bombay to the second and  IIT-Delhi to third position. Apart from IISc at 155th position, IIT-Bombay (IIT-B) and IIT-Delhi (IIT-D), have risen five and 11 places to rank 172 and 174 respectively and emerged as the only Indian institutes in the global league of top 200, in continuation of a trend since 2017. The total number of Indian institutes increased to 27 from 22 among the top 1000 institutes globally. Speaking to The Indian Express, QS spokesperson William Barbieri attributed the remarkable rise of IISc, which is one of the eight public Institutes of Eminence (IoE), to improvement across four out of six parameters based on which the rankings are prepared.  

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National Seminar on NEP 2020 on July 9th by University of Lucknow: Register by June 30

The University of Lucknow is organising a National Seminar on the National Education Policy of India, NEP 2020 on July 9, 2022, by the faculty of law and is making a call for papers for presentation during the seminar.

About the University of Lucknow

The University of Lucknow is one of India’s oldest government-owned higher education institutions. It is affiliated with University Grants Commission (UGC); the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), and the Distance Education Council (DEC). The University comprises 15 UG programs and 67 PG programs.

About Faculty Of Law 

The Faculty of the Law at the University of Lucknow is a pioneer legal institution in India. It was established in 1921 with three faculty members. The real architect behind this department was Prof. R. U. Singh who had great enthusiasm for organized teaching and research in the faculty systematically.

About the Seminar

The present National Education Policy of India 2020 (NEP 2020), aims at education reforms at school and higher education institutions. Through NEP 2020, the Government of India has paved the way for transformative and dynamic reform in the school and higher education institutions of our country. The National Education Policy 2020 was approved by the Union Cabinet of India on July 29, 2020. The new education policy is the replacement for the previous “National Policy on Education, 1986” which was the second only education policy in India. The first “National Policy on Education” was launched in the year 1968. This national seminar and call for papers aim to discuss the applicability and implementation of NEP 2020 effectively in educational institutions across India. The insights drawn from the seminar would facilitate the organizers, participants and other stakeholders in making suggestions, and legislative and policy-based interventions to bring about positive and wholesome transformation in both the social cum legal sphere

About the Call for Papers

Researchers, Academicians, and Professionals are invited to contribute research papers by the way of the call for papers on NEP 2020.

Topics

  1. Salient features of NEP 2020
  2. Early childhood care and educational foundation of learning under NEP
  3. Holistic or wholesome approach and concept of education under NEP
  4. Efficient resourcing and effective governance through school complexes/clusters
  5. Setting up of standards and accreditation for school and higher education under NEP
  6. Provision for adult and elderly education in NEP
  7. Use of technology and online resources in the teaching and learning process
  8. Curriculum structure and credit-based marking strategy in NEP
  9. Critical analysis of NEP 2020 and its implantation
  10. Any other relevant topic or theme in the context of the seminar.1. Salient features of NEP 2020
  11. Early childhood care and educational foundation of learning under NEP
  12. Holistic or wholesome approach and concept of education under NEP
  13. Efficient resourcing and effective governance through school complexes/clusters
  14. Setting up of standards and accreditation for school and higher education under NEP
  15. Provision for adult and elderly education in NEP
  16. Use of technology and online resources in the teaching and learning process
  17. Curriculum structure and credit-based marking strategy in NEP
  18. Critical analysis of NEP 2020 and its implantation
  19. Role of teachers and professionals in NEP 2020
  20. Any other relevant topic or theme in the context of the seminar.

Registration Fee

  • For Academicians. Professionals/ Teachers/ Other Delegates: INR 1000
  • Research Scholars: INR 600
  • For U.G & P.G. Students: INR 400
  • For on-spot registration the same can be submitted in person at the venue – Juris Law Hall, New Campus, Jankipuram, University of Lucknow, Lucknow to the concerned registration authority on the date of the seminar i.e. July 9, 2022.
  • INR 100 will be charged extra on the above-mentioned fees for the spot Registrations.
Note: No accommodation, travel arrangement or travel allowance shall be provided to any participant.

Participation Rules

  • For participation, registration is mandatory. Only registered participants will be allowed to take part in the Conference.
  • Prior registration is to be made by making payment and sending an email of abstract at mcc.lucknowuniv@gmail.com
  • No abstract or Article/paper shall be accepted after the last date of submission.
  • The paper should not be plagiarized, and free from grammatical, spelling and other errors.
  • No TA/DA shall be provided by the University.

Submission Guidelines

  • Researchers, academicians and professionals from different fields are invited to contribute and make paper presentations on the seminar themes and are requested to submit their Abstract along with a duly filled registration form.
  • The abstract of the paper shall be maximum of 300 words, in MS Word 12 point Font in New Times Roman with 1.5 line spacing.
  • The full paper shall be within 3000 – 5000 words and should be typed in MS Word 12 point Font in Times New Roman with 1.5 line spacing on A4 size paper.
  • Abstract, full paper and duly filled registration form must be sent at mcc.lucknowuniv@gmail.com

Location

The conference shall be held in Juris Hall, Administrative Block, University of Lucknow, New Campus, Jankipuram Extension, Lucknow. 226021

Important Dates

  • Date of Seminar: Saturday, July 9, 2022
  • Last Date of Online Registration: June 30, 2022
  • Last Date for Abstract Submission: July 1, 2022
  • Last Date for Full Paper Submission: July 4, 2022
No online registration, abstract or full paper shall be entertained after the due date.

Contact Information

In case of queries, write at mcc.lucknowuniv@gmail.com  

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Top 10 IITs according to NIRF Ranking

According to NIRF, the Top Ten IITs classified in India are as follows. The universities are classified from  IIT Madras to IIT Bombay.

  1. IIT Madras: According to NIRF Ranking IIT Madras achieved India's Best Engineering Institute for the past three years in a row. Chennai's IIT Madras was founded in 1959 by the Indian government with the technical assistance of the West German government. IIT Madras is a residential institute comprises of 550 faculty, 8000 students and 1250 administrative & supporting staff
  2. IIT Delhi: In terms of top engineering institutes in India, IIT Delhi ranks the second position. IIT Delhi was earlier Known as the College of Engineering and Technology.  The institute is known as IIT since 1963. The institute is situated in Delhi with a beautiful campus.
  3. IIT Bombay: It is considered the second-oldest IIT in India, It was founded in 1958 and is located in Powai, Mumbai. Students can choose from several graduate programs offered at the institute. The institute comprises 17 departments. It Includes 13 multidisciplinary centres with three outstanding schools.
  4. IIT Kharagpur: The institute is situated in Kharagpur West Bengal, and was founded in 1951. The Institute comprises 19 departments. In Addition to that, there are eight multidisciplinary centres, thirteen schools of excellence, and 25 divisions of research. IIT Kharagpur has a large library.
  5. IIT Roorkee: The Institute was founded in the year 1847. IIT Roorkee includes 21 academic departments offering 11 undergraduate programs, one integrated dual degree program and 61 postgraduate programs. It was designated India's Fifth top  IIT in 2001.
  6. IIT Guwahati: Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, located on the Brahmaputra River's northern bank, was established in 1994. This makes it India's top sixth-oldest IIT. It is Including 11 academic departments and ten research centres. The institute is home to 215 faculty members and 300 support staff. 
  7. IIT Hyderabad:  IITH Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) is a premier institute of science and technology established in 2008 in Telangana's Sangareddy region. It is recognised for its academic reputation, research, and proximity to the country's major IT hub. This Institute comprises 14 academic departments including Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in nine fields, as well as 285 B.Tech degree spots.
  8. IIT Dhanbad: This is a public technical institution in Dhanbad India, including the main campus of 218 acres. IIT (ISM) is a Nationally recognized Institute with 18 academic departments including Engineering, Applied Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Management. This institute is used to be called the Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad.
  9. IIT Indore: It is one of the top Ninth Indian Institutes of Technology. IIT Indore was founded in 2009. IIT Indore is located at Simrol, Khandwa Road under  501.42 acres. IIT Indore offers a four-year B.Tech program in different engineering fields.
  10. IIT (BHU) Varanasi: The Banaras Engineering College, which is now known as the Indian Institute of Technology 2012, was founded in 1919 as the Banaras Engineering College. The institute comprises 14 academic departments including three multidisciplinary schools.
 

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48 foreign universities interested in UGC’s twinning initiative

NEW DELHI: In an effort toward internationalisation of Indian higher education by the government, 48 foreign universities responded positively to University Grants Commission’s (UGC) new guidelines for twinning, joint degree, and dual degree programmes between Indian and foreign universities. University of Glasgow, Scotland, expressed its interest in academic collaboration, and Deakin University, Australia, stated that the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 is a progressive policy to establish new relations with Indian institutions. Many foreign higher education institutions expressed interest in setting up satellite campuses in India in response to UGC reaching out to them. In April 2020, UGC introduced regulations for Indian universities to collaborate with their foreign counterparts to offer joint, twinning or dual degree programs. As per new guidelines, students will be able to earn a dual degree conferred by Indian and foreign higher educational institutions, separately and simultaneously. The University of Queensland, Australia, is meeting UGC officials in August for potential collaboration, According to UGC, a university from France has committed to set up a satellite centre in India soon. The University of Tokyo stated that the proposal is attractive and interested to be taken among all institutions in Japan. The University of Cambridge also stated its interest in NEP and is looking for new partnerships.  Bangor University, Wales, SOAS University of London, and the University of Manchester expressed their interest to discuss UGC Policy and support for twinning arrangements. Similar responses were received from the University of Jena, Germany and Durban University of Technology, South Africa.  

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A two-day conference on National Education Policy (NEP 2020) started in Gujarat

A two-day conference on NEP 2020 started on Wednesday, the conference is held at Gujarat’s Gandhinagar by education ministers to discuss the implementation of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

Apart from Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Minister of State Skill Development Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the education ministers of all other states and UTs are attending the conference.

The education minister stated that the conference is expected to witness deliberations on strengthening the education method in the country with a focus on the implementation of National Education Policy 2020, skilling in schools and digital initiatives. He also stated that the Gujarat government to conduct workshops for learning best practices in governance & technology-enabled learning from all states and Union Territories to improve learning outcomes across the country.

The ministers also plan to visit the Vidya Samiksha Kendra (VSK), the Gujarat government’s command control centre for school education and Bhaskaracharya National Institute for Space Applications Geo-informatics (BISAG), during the two-day event.

 

 

 

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UGC ask HEI to Implement the Academic Bank of Credits(ABC)

The University Grants Commission (UGC) urges all higher education institutions to register on the Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) platform portal and upload the student credits earned during or after the 2021-22 academic year.

The UGC had given a deadline of July 28, 2021, to inform all higher education institutions about the setting up of credit banks. The Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) platform has been developed and launched by the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) under the DigiLocker framework.  Academic Bank of Credits(ABC) is an online virtual store that contains credits earned by individual students throughout their academic program. This helps award degrees/diplomas/certificates considering credits earned by students. Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) will ensure the opening, closure, and validation of the Academic Bank of Accounts, verification, accumulation, and transfer or redemption for students. ABC allows students to choose their own learning path in their area of interest to attain a degree/diploma/certificate working on the principle of multiple entry-multiple exits of a course according to NEP 2020. For the immediate Implementation of  Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) programme the UGC has issued an urgent notice to higher education institutions.

Following are the  Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) guidelines

  • Register the HEI on ABC (www.abc.gov.in).
  • Upload student credits obtained during or after the academic year 2021-22.
  • Give Awareness to students about the ABC facility and encourage and handhold them to open the Academic Bank Account on the ABC portal (www.abc.gov.in).
  • Create a hyperlink to the ABC portal from the institution's respective website's home page.
  • Assign nodal officers for the effective implementing ABCs. Students need to fill in ABC ID on all examination forms.
     

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Undergraduate Students can now do internships with researchers and scientists

UGC allows four-year undergraduates to do work with scientists, and industrial R&D labs

 According to NEP 2020, guidelines students can avail of multiple entry and exit during a four-year degree course. This will enhance their role in catalysing interdisciplinary research culture. This will help to gain hands-on experience in innovation and research and to learn research techniques early. The internship is provided after the second or fourth semester for  8-10 weeks of 10 credits. This is mandatory for students who wish to exit with a certificate or diploma. Students continuing education will go for optional research internships after 2nd or  4th semester in research institute/industrial R&D labs,” as per the UGC draft guidelines. According to the draft guidelines by chairman M Jagadesh Kumar, the institutionalisation of a research internship at UG levels will act as a catalyst in interdisciplinary/multi-disciplinary/trans-disciplinary research culture according to the new education policy. It will help students to get familiarised with different research methods, analytical tools and techniques, This will help to train students to write research proposals, scientific reports, presentations and manuscripts. This intern will help researchers in HEIs, research organisations, and R&D labs to look for innovative solutions A minimum of 20 credits are required out of  160 of the 4-Year degree course through this practical-oriented immersion initiative.

NEP focus on Internship

These internships are provided to focus primarily on the employability of students. The newly shaped course structure in NEP2020  provides integration of research components also in four-year degree programs. This will enhance the research competence among students. The guidelines and framework would specify how HEIs can support interns as a provider or as an organiser. Also how research organisations or research centres/laboratories can support research internships as providers, as the UGC guidelines underline.

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Updates for AQAR and SSR submission to NAAC

NAAC has announced the incorporation of 'Institutional preparedness for implementing NEP 2020' in its AQAR Guidelines for all types of HEIs. This will be applicable for all AQAR submissions starting from the Academic Year 2021-2022. Previously, similar changes were introduced in the SSR manuals of all HEIs, with effect from 1st December 2021, to incorporate NEP parameters. NAAC has also announced a revision in manuals for Institutional Accreditation. It is in the process of publishing the updated manuals and these will be available in the Apply Now link on the NAAC website, when ready. These new manuals for the SSRs (Self-Study Report) will become applicable for Affiliated/Constituent Colleges if they begin the IIQA process after 1st June 2022
 

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UGC Published Guidelines On Pursuing Two Degrees Together

The new University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines allow college students to opt for two degrees simultaneously in line with  National Education Policy (NEP) the higher education will bring more flexibility to their higher education Highlights of the new UGC guidelines regarding pursuing two courses for students as discussed in the virtual meeting are:

  1. Students can attend two full-time academic programs in the physical mode without overlapping the class time
  1. Students can pursue two UG or PG degrees/diplomas simultaneously in physical+physical mode or physical+online mode or online+online mode.
  1. Students can pursue two programs in  similar disciplines or different discipline
Some of the other answers to the doubts regarding the new UGC guidelines are as follows
  1. while permitting students for two programs, if  students enabled for one program apply for the second program, they should be allowed only  after giving first  priority to students who opted for only one program
  1. students can choose either a multidisciplinary Four-year undergraduate program or two-degree programs simultaneously
 

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Regional News

A diploma certificate is available for those who exit in the middle of B.Tech, a new flexible Educational policy

Hyderabad: From the year 2022-23, those students who exit in the middle without completing the B Tech course after two or three years will be given either a diploma or a certificate. A full-time degree certificate is awarded to those who complete a full four years. Till recently the courses’ internals were of 25 per cent marks which have been increased to 40 per cent.  The final exam will be conducted for 60 per cent marks only B.Tech has been allocated 160 credits.  For designing the new course, 13 BOCs were set up.

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The decision for NEP must be taken seriously by the State govt: Thiruvasagam

Association of Indian Universities president G. Thiruvasagam stated that the Tamil Nadu State government should take decisions about implementing NEP seriously. It will cause problems for higher educational institutions for wrangles between the State and the Centre over the National Education Policy. University Grants Commission and the National Assessment and Accreditation Council had revised institutional grading criteria, to implement the National Education Policy NEP 2020, said the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Madras. The V-Cs are in a critical situation as there is no clarity on when the state committee will meet and make a decision universities with NAAC grades are required to submit the Annual Quality Assurance Report quarterly. Until last year, the report submission was yearly. The NAAC’s new manual contains 40 questions with around 800 marks related to NEP. It does not allow multiple entries according to guidelines.  About 70% of the response to AQAR would be used for ranking and physical verification will be based on the report. V-Cs are not able to fill in the required information without the government’s permission. They require approval from the academic council that contains government nominees. The Association of Indian Universities has appealed that the manual should not be revised until all States implement the NEP in higher education institutes. He also stated If The NAAC accreditation ranking is lost for the universities it will seriously affect students and faculty members.  

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Kerala Govt may bring new law on sanctioning deemed universities

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government mulls introducing a new law to regulate the approval of de... Read more at: https://www.onmanorama.com/career-and-campus/top-news/2022/04/01/kerala-govt-might-bring-new-law-on-sanctioning-deemed-universiti.html

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UGC drafts guidelines for multidisciplinary higher education

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has formulated the draft guidelines outlining its plan to encourage growth of multidisciplinary higher education institutions that will offer a diverse range of subjects.

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Need for NAAC teams in all institutions

CHANDIGARH: While suggesting that every activity performed by an educational institution should be documented, 

Krishan Kumar, Secretary Higher Education, Punjab , on Wednesday suggested that active teams should be constituted for National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in all institutions.

 

 

 

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Chandigarh University becomes India’s first private university to bag NAAC A+ & NBA accreditations

First Private varsity in Punjab to bag NBA accreditation for all its engineering, MBA Programs CHANDIGARHIndia, Feb. 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Asia's fastest growing higher education institution, Chandigarh University's Engineering and MBA degrees would have international recognition under Washington Accord, as it received accreditation from the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) for all its Engineering and MBA programs, making it the only university in the entire country to have both NAAC A+ and NBA accreditation. It is also the only university in the entire North India to have all of its engineering courses including Mechanical EngineeringElectrical EngineeringCivil Engineering and Electronics and Communications EngineeringMechatronics Engineering, Aerospace EngineeringComputer Science EngineeringInformation Technology Engineering and Chemical Engineering, besides MBA courses, NBA accredited. Chandigarh University has positioned itself amongst India's elite and prestigious higher education institutions. It is the youngest university in the country and first private university in Punjab, to be ranked among the top 5% universities across the nation after been awarded A+ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), and has become the youngest university of Asia to feature in the QS-ranking in 2021, that too in its very first attempt.  

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How DU’s Undergraduate Curriculum Framework will help India’s higher education keep up with international standards .

Mahatma Gandhi said, “All good ideas and measures are nothing without implementation.” This statement stands true for the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, prepared under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to bring about a change in the education system of the country, unveiled one and a half years ago. It was acclaimed all across, but at the same time it was also evinced that its implementation would be a huge challenge.

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Explained: What’s new in the draft Undergraduate Curriculum Framework 2022 released by Delhi University

The Delhi University (DU) on Friday released a draft Undergraduate Curriculum Framework 22 (UGCF-2022) keeping in line with the National Education Policy (NEP) and has invited feedback on it from stakeholders till January 30. The new UG curriculum will come into force from next year when the university shifts to a four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).

What is the new UGCF-2022?
The UGCF provides the curriculum framework that will be adopted in the 2022-23 academic session when DU shifts to an FYUP. This, however, does not include the syllabi for courses, which is prepared independently. The objective of the UGCF is to “align with the NEP” so as “to promote each student’s holistic development in both academic and non-academic spheres”, “provide flexibility to students so that learners have the ability to choose their learning trajectories and programmes”, “eliminate harmful hierarchies among disciplines/fields of study and silos between different areas of learning”, among others. The UGCF is an attempt to include two of the most talked about features of the NEP – multi-disciplinarity and multiple exit points (leaving the course at the end of each year with a different degree).

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Delhi University’s NEP challenge and opportunity

The University of Delhi (DU) — which is among the most sought-after higher education institutions in the country — is witnessing a churn. The new vice-chancellor, Professor Yogesh Singh, who assumed office in October, has come with new ideas to take the university to new heights and a strong resolve to implement them. Recently, he also finalised his new team and announced their names in an executive council meeting.

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Bengaluru college gets A++ accreditation from NAAC

It is the second institution in the country and the first in Karnataka to have achieved the highest CGPA

 

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