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UGC stand is clear — universities will have to conduct final-year exams to hand out degrees

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

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‘How can universities grant degree without exams?’ UGC sticks to guns on final-year papers 

The University Grants Commission is firm on its decision that educational institutions conduct the final-year exams despite students’ and parents’ concerns about the prevailing Covid-19 pandemic, reports Kritika Sharma.

Mystery of 1966 Air India crash, that killed nuclear pioneer Bhabha, is unravelling bit by bit

Air India 101 crashed at Mont Blanc, at nearly the same spot as Air India 245 in 1950. Since the 1980s, big discoveries and bigger conspiracy theories have emerged, reports Srijan Shukla.

Army units that make military videos public, even unknowingly, won’t get citations or awards

Units in the Army found guilty of letting military videos pass into the public domain — even unknowingly — without proper clearance will be debarred from being granted unit citations, while their troops will also not get any military awards, reports Amrita Nayak Dutta.

iPhone 11 is now ‘Made in India’, but Modi govt must see it doesn’t get too taxing for Apple

The iPhone is a symbol of globalisation and inter-connectedness, not of any country’s self-reliance or self-sufficiency. The Modi government would do well to remember that, writes Nitin Pai.

Some deception, some posturing — the message from the Chinese military build-up in Ladakh

Barring some forward locations in Galwan Valley, Hot Springs and Pangong Tso, the Chinese presence in Ladakh has only grown since May this year with the deployment of additional equipment and defensive structures such as trenches and berms at existing encampments, reports Amrita Nayak Dutta.

Almost everyone in faculty is promoted in Indian universities. DU started the damage in 1970

Today, Delhi University has been relegated to the backwaters of all global rankings, with a similar story playing out in universities all over India. But there is a way out, writes Dinesh Singh.

Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

Critics say this is the RSS agenda of Hindi-isation. The defenders say the children comprehend much better in their native tongues. In any case, they argue that this is only a recommendation. Be that as it may, the cue is to pivot to domestic languages instead of English, writes Shekhar Gupta in this week’s ‘National Interest’.

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