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UGC directs central, state universities to fill up vacant SC, ST & OBC staff posts

UGC directs all universities to submit a follow-up update following reports that a large number of posts reserved for SCs, STs and OBCs among teaching and non-teaching staff were vacant.
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How to choose research topic, avoid plagiarism — new UGC document details good practices

Titled ‘Guidance document – Good academic research practices’, the UGC document also calls for setting up an office at each institution to ensure best practices.
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Will declare results of Class 12 compartment exam before 10 Oct, CBSE tells Supreme Court

The Supreme Court bench was also informed by the UGC that it will commence the academic calendar for UG courses from 31 October, by which time the results of the retest will be out.
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SC asks CBSE & UGC to declare results, ensure admission of students giving compartment exams

The top court asked the two education bodies to work in tandem to ensure that the careers of two lakh students isn't jeopardised in these exceptional times.
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UGC vs states — how the battle over final-year exams is playing out in Supreme Court

The UGC has mandated universities to conduct final-year exams by September-end. The states and students are fighting against this. The court reserved its verdict Tuesday.
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Not holding final year exams not fatal, won’t dilute standards — 4 states challenge UGC in SC

Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal and Odisha challenged UGC’s authority over its directive mandating that final year exams be held despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
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UGC can’t override disaster management directives during pandemic, Sena wing tells SC

UGC issued notification last month to hold final-year college exams by 30 September. Yuva Sena is among the petitioners who have challenged this.
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UGC questions legality of Maharashtra & Delhi deciding against conducting final-year exams

University Grants Commission seeks time to file a reply to the stand taken by the Delhi and Maharashtra governments. The matter will be next heard on 14 August.
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UGC stand is clear — universities will have to conduct final-year exams to hand out degrees

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
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UGC won’t alter decision on final-year exams, tells SC the move will protect academic future

In a 50-page affidavit, the UGC says it has taken into account the evolving situation of Covid-19 and sufficient time has been given to varsities to conduct the exams.

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Dear upper caste Indians, Hathras is not another Nirbhaya. It is a Khairlanji

From Kilvenmani massacre in 1968 to the Chunduru massacre in 1991 to the Khairlanji atrocity in 2006, Dalits have been vainly hoping to access legal justice in India.
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In ‘Diwali bonus’, govt waives interest-on-interest even for those who didn’t opt for moratorium

After its affidavit to SC, govt orders issues waiver norms including cashback by 5 November. All standard accounts up to 29 February eligible for benefits.

Defence

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Navy demonstrates combat readiness with video of missile destroying ship in Arabian Sea

The missile was fired by frontline corvette INS Prabal as part of a mega naval drill involving aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, attack helicopters, and aircraft.
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.