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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 plans gender audit in universities in push for women empowerment

According to a govt official, the audit will involve analysing the recruitment process, the infrastructure and gender ratio of the university.
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TalkPoint: Will autonomy guarantee greater academic excellence?

Experts weigh in on UGC's decision to grant autonomy to various universities like JNU and HCU. The move will increase their decision-making powers.
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India has 42 universities in Asia rankings but widening gender gap is a matter of concern

IIT-Kanpur has the worst female-male ratio at 14:86, says report; HRD ministry asked IITs to create 550 extra seats exclusively for women.
A professor who finds himself on a list of alleged perpetrators of sexual harassment speaks up.

The ‘sexual harassers’ list only trivialises the fight against sexual harassment

A professor, who finds himself on a list claiming to name those guilty sexual harassment in Indian universities, writes about its perils and his experience.
Centre plans to regulate fees of private medical colleges

Centre plans to regulate fees of private medical colleges

UGC asked to form a committee, to be headed by retired HC judge, to work out fee structures for private medical colleges.

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Priyanka Vadra, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Robert Vadra

Not Gandhi dynasty, but a Narasimha Rao-like figure can save the Congress now

The Congress needs someone who can re-build its image and appeal as a credible opposition without totally sidelining the Gandhi family.
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With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.

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RAW & IB chiefs, cabinet & defence secretaries — the key appointments awaiting new govt

The new govt will also appoint the IAF chief after incumbent Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa retires in September. 
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If Pragya Thakur wins this Thursday, Modi is in for an embarrassing 5 years

Never has one constituency had such a bearing on Indian nationalism and the pretence of a Gandhian polity. So what if PM Modi doesn’t forgive her in his heart?