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Modi govt now says PhDs on ‘national priorities’ was a bureaucratic blunder

Minutes of an HRD meeting mention 'national priorities' but govt never issued a circular nor an order directing universities to comply with it.
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PhDs in ‘national priorities’: How does Javadekar-led HRD stand affect Indian scholarship?

A circular issued by the Central University of Kerala asking all the departments to prepare a list of projects for PhD scholars in line with "national priorities" has triggered a national debate.
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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.
Prakash Javadekar addresses a press conference regarding NEET and JEE examinations, in New Delhi | PTI

Nirav Modi, Vijay Mallya, Mehul Choksi will be brought back just like Michel: Javadekar

Union minister Prakash Javadekar assured that the government will recover all of the "looted money", and their properties attached to ongoing cases.
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HRD ministry to increase university seats by 25% to implement upper-caste quota move

Union minister Prakash Javadekar said that along with the upper caste reservation, 25 per cent seats will be increased in higher educational institutes to prevent disturbances in existing quotas.
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Javadekar promises thousands of seats in higher education institutes as per new 10% quota

The union HRD minister termed the 10% reservation for economically backward section in general category a move towards social justice.

In Photos | MPs in Parliament for the extended winter session of Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha MPs were in attendance in Parliament Wednesday morning after the government extended the winter session by a day.
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Adding zeroes to a zero cannot produce a hero: Prakash Javadekar on anti-BJP opposition front

The union minister also said that the proposed opposition alliance for the 2019 polls lacked an agenda and its sole objective is to oust PM Modi.
Delhi University | Commons

Modi govt to move bill to skirt SC and allow institution-centric quotas in universities

The bill, to be tabled in the upcoming winter session, is also meant to allow universities to continue hiring teachers.

Govt to tweak MPhil & PhD admission rules, now exam will hold more weight than interview

Under current rules, the exam for admission to MPhil and PhD courses in central universities only serves as a qualifying role for the interview stage.

On Camera

File photo of Smriti Irani | Facebook

Smriti Irani’s makeover: From being most disliked Modi minister to dynasty slayer in Amethi

After causing the biggest upset in 2019 elections, Smriti Irani has ensured she can no longer be ignored by PM Modi and Amit Shah.
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Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

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On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.