Tuesday, 19 February, 2019
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IIT Delhi

Diversity deficit in IIMs, IITs — just 23 STs and 157 SCs in 9,640 faculty posts

Together SCs, STs and OBCs make up just 9% of total faculty in IITs and 6% in IIMs. Some of the institutes have no SC or ST faculty.  

Snoop on school bags for ‘anything red’ — Valentine’s Day diktat for Karnataka schools

The advisory, issued to private schools, calls for a crackdown, saying students may resort to lying and stealing to celebrate Valentine's Day.
High School Students

How do I deal with my panicky parents – students ask CBSE ahead of board exams

In just the first week since its launch, on 1 February, the CBSE helpline's new feature draws 4,000 callers. 
The Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication campus in Bhopal

Nehru is back as Kamal Nath begins to undo ‘saffronisation’ at top journalism school

Kamal Nath's Congress govt in MP is probing allegations of irregular appointments, wasteful expenditure, violation of UGC rules & unauthorised changes in curriculum.
Prakash Javdekar

Govt to file review petition in Supreme Court on faculty reservation in universities: Javadekar

The announcement comes in the wake of protests by teachers and students bodies after the petition seeking restoration of earlier mechanism of faculty reservation.
Ashoka University campus in Sonipat | AshokaUniversity/Facebook

New eminence tags for universities unlikely before Lok Sabha elections

The process, already delayed because of disagreements over the number of institutes to get the tag, is now likely to be put in abeyance till polls are over.
teachers day

Department-wise hiring in universities grave miscarriage of justice, Modi govt to argue in SC

In review plea, govt to tell SC that department-wise hiring will bring down faculty from reserved categories to zero in some institutions. 
Students of Panjab University during annual convocation (representational image) | Commons

Govt hikes research fellowship by 20% after protests by scholars

The hike — lowest since 2010 — however, has not gone down well with research scholars. It kicks in with effect from 1 January 2019.
Ashoka university's campus in Sonipat | Facebook

No decision on eminence tag to universities whose patrons IB identified as ‘anti-Modi’

UGC to ask govt to clarify if all 19 institutions recommended by expert panel, including 9 flagged by the IB, can be granted the Institute of Eminence tag.


PM Narendra Modi

India-Pakistan face-off over Pulwama is Narendra Modi’s biggest foreign policy challenge

New Delhi can pat itself on the back for persuading Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman to not fly directly from Pakistan.
shiv sena

Is pact with Shiv Sena sign of BJP’s desperation or smart manoeuvring ahead of elections?

The BJP and the Shiv Sena will contest the Lok Sabha and the Maharashtra assembly election in alliance. The BJP is also forming an alliance with AIADMK in Tamil Nadu.


Andaman and Nicobar Islands

7 islands in Lakshadweep and Andamans identified for seaplane operations 

Private sector participation was also invited for tourism-based projects in two archipelagos in the region. 
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.