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Indian universities didn’t need NEP to change things. But feared UGC too much

There are two factors why Indian universities couldn’t do what a national education policy is now trying to achieve. Before implementing NEP, let's understand those first.
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90 lakh govt college students can’t access online lessons, report states, urges aid

The report has been prepared by a professor at National Institute of Educational Planning & Administration, a central govt institute involved in research on education.
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Australia to open borders for one group: International students

Australia’s higher education sector has become increasingly reliant on overseas students with 40% of revenue coming from the higher fees they are charged.
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IIT Bombay goes fully online for next semester, IIT Delhi could soon follow suit 

In a midnight Facebook post, IIT Bombay director Subhasis Chaudhuri made the announcement and appealed for donations to help economically lesser privileged students.  
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Study shows how India’s higher education enrollment can jump to 65% from 27%

Study says India should adopt Eligibility Enrollment Ratio instead of Gross Enrollment Ratio, stressing that the former is ‘more realistic projection of college enrollment numbers’.
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Why Modi govt is planning to take its university ranking system NIRF global

The rankings issued by international agencies like QS accord a heavy weightage to ‘perception’, a factor that has fallen foul of the Modi govt. 
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UGC pitches SWAYAM, govt’s online courses portal, to colleges so classes can start in July

According to a letter from the UGC to colleges and universities, there are 82 courses for undergraduate students and 42 for the postgraduate students on SWAYAM.
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Students can now study engineering and economics together as UGC approves dual degrees

The UGC has approved simultaneous dual degrees for students but one has to be through the regular mode and the other has to be through online distance learning. 
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Zoom, Google Meet classes ‘next to impossible’ as J&K students struggle with 2G speed

Teachers and students in the Valley complain that it takes hours for them to upload and download files due to the poor internet speeds. 

H1B row: Will Covid, recession dampen Indian students’ desire to study and work abroad?

Due to Covid-19 crisis and global recession, over 20-25 per cent of H1B employees in the US could be laid off in the coming weeks and forced to return to India.

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Where’s the sympathy for lonely young people hit by social distancing?

Younger people report higher rates of anxiety and depression when compared with the elderly, and the pandemic hasn’t changed that.
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Allow us to restructure loans but no need for blanket recast, banks tell RBI

The Indian Banks’ Association has written to RBI, saying debt recast needs to be completed by September to prevent fresh bad loan creation.

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Himachal’s plan to counter China — train personnel in Chinese, residents in guerrilla warfare

Plan with 12 ‘high points’, drawn up by Himachal DGP Sanjay Kundu at the behest of Governor Bandaru Dattatreya, sent to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for action.
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Modi govt’s NEP is out of touch with reality, Indian voters want English-medium education

State leaders with their ear to the ground, like Nitish, Mamata and Yogi, have shown that the push for native language education is not what voters want.