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IITs, IISc need to fix practices and compete, not find fault with ranking process

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Sudarsanam Babu, former IIT alumni, was appointed to the US National Science Board | Twitter (@BabuSureshS)

Three IIT alumni part of top US science board now, Sudarsanam Babu latest to join

Sudarsanam Babu, who currently works at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been appointed as NSB member for 6-year term, White House says in statement.
IIIT Bhagalpur is one of the five institutes that is set to get the 'national importance' tag | Photo: iiitbh.ac.in

Lok Sabha passes bill to give 5 IIITs ‘national importance’ tag, power to grant degrees

The 5 institutes covered under the IIIT (Amendment) Bill are those in Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala and Raichur.
UGC building

Like IITs and IIMs, UGC wants its institutes to take alumni help for placement & funding

UGC letter says it is good for institutes to stay in touch with alumni holding top positions in govt, media or politics or those who have established businesses.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Kamal Kishore/PTI

More IITs, technical institutes for J&K as Modi govt readies special education plan

HRD ministry is working on a plan to improve the education infrastructure in J&K and Ladakh, which includes opening up of new colleges.
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DGCA ropes in IITs, five international firms to take on rogue drones flying near airports

Monitoring drones in sensitive areas is difficult since there is no way to communicate with or identify operators.
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Now, IIT graduates make a lateral entry into HRD ministry to work as consultants

Ten graduates have been hired from IITs and other top institutes to work on a higher education project on a salary of Rs 70,000 per month.
The Union Public Service Commission premises in New Delhi

IIT, IIM and Oxford alumni make way into govt as lateral entry specialists

In an announcement Friday, the UPSC named nine lateral entry specialists. ThePrint takes a look at some of the new joint secretaries.
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.  
IIT-Kanpur

IITs reject proposal to scrap JEE Advanced, B.Tech courses will continue in all institutes

IIT council rules that doing away with JEE Advanced, as proposed by HRD ministry, will make exam lose credibility.  

On Camera

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.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

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.

Defence

Representational image of the Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh, which borders on China | Photo: Commons

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.