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‘Will give students what they get abroad’ — India plans tie-ups with top 100 universities

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said 7-8 lakh Indian students go abroad for higher studies every year but they would stay back if they get similar facilities here.
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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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Common entrance test for college ruled out, DU, AMU, BHU will have to continue own admissions

Plan to hold single entrance examination for all higher education institutions was suggested to UGC by an expert committee.
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UGC likely to give universities freedom to decide exam plan, but there may be no winter break

UGC secretary Rajnish Jain said guidelines for universities and colleges will soon be issued but everything will depend on the local Covid-19 situation.
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Indian educational institutes should break norms in Covid times, not conduct online exams

Universities like to constantly evaluate students but during the Covid crisis, they can be a little empathetic and cancel exams.
Representational image | A research assistant at the artificial heart development laboratory at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur | Photo: Sumit Dayal | Bloomberg

Johns Hopkins to Peking — Universities are at forefront of COVID-19 fight. But not in India

Look at the website of any top science and medicine college in India, and you won’t see coronavirus updates. DU wants students to wash hands, but taps run dry.
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JNU fee row should make us ask if public and private universities are really any different

JNU debate can’t be restricted to which university charges more fees. Reality is public universities today are hard put to maintain financial equilibrium.
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India to launch GRE-like aptitude test InSAT for foreign students from next year

India hosts about 54,000 foreign students, but most universities use different criteria for admission. Govt says common entrance test will make things uniform.
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Forget top 100 list, India doesn’t even have a mechanism to identify research universities

Indian research universities lack voice to represent their views. Carnegie Classification in the US will be a good starting point for India to learn from.
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Modi govt claims good response from foreign faculty to its advanced joint research plan

Over 500 applications have been received under VAJRA scheme since 2017. Last year, 44 foreign faculty worked alongside Indian researchers.

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Harley-Davidson riding away reflects poorly on both US icon and Modi’s ‘Make in India’

Modi’s ambitious plans to ‘Make in India’ could have been helped by a symbolic gesture to hold on to Harley, a premium manufacturer with an outsize brand.

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India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
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Suspect all, fix all? Is that the motto of our new ‘National Suspicion State’?

It’s not just Modi government or BJP, but even state governments, judiciary are getting caught in a ‘we suspect all’ mindset. Is India becoming a National Suspicion State?