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Govt Approves Establishment Of 14 New IIITs

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Here is good news for all those aspiring to pursue a career in information technology. The government has approved the proposal to establish 14 new Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIIT) in different states. ,

The decision was taken during the winter recent session of Parliament.

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor said, “Under the approved scheme of setting up 20 IIITs on a not-for-profit public-private partnership, the central government has given approval for establishment in 14 states”.

Following the proposal, the new IIITs would be launched in Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Tripura.

According to the scheme, the state governments will provide 50 to 100 acres of land free of cost to set up the IIITs.

TCS Initiative To Revamp Curriculum Is In The Right Direction

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Of late, there has been an increasing realisation in the country that all is not well in higher education system. Year after year the system produces graduates and post graduates but the quality of education seems to be far from satisfactory. What is intriguing is that we never tire of boasting our higher education system, while the industry remains skeptical about the employability quotient of the pass outs.
Under these circumstances, the initiative of software major Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to come up with a model of curriculum for higher education syllabus is a step in the right direction. Through the new curriculum Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) promises to help educational institutions bring out quality students in line with the expectations of industry.
“The company has been working out the specifics of the model over the last 18 months under my guidance to impart a change in curriculum in an effort to revamp the higher education syllabus to enable educational institutions roll out quality students in line with expectations of industry,” N Chandrasekaran, MD and CEO of TCS said.
N Chandrasekaran was speaking after receiving the award for the ‘most distinguished alumnus’ of NIT-Trichy. When asked if his company was likely to put up a software or delivery facility in the city, he said, “TCS could consider putting up a delivery facility here as and when required.”
A thorough overhaul of the curriculum is long overdue. While there is a realization for the same in political circles about the need for new approach to higher education, none has so far taken the proverbial first step to take the bull by the horns. Against this backdrop, the software giant’s initiative is a welcome move. At least there is someone out there who wants to free the system from the mess it is in today.
At a time when the credibility of the system itself is at stake, the administration should take a cue from the TCS move and does something to redeem the education system before it is too late especially.

UGC Directs Universities To Exclude Animal Dissection From Course Curriculum


Incensed by non-compliance of its guidelines for blanket ban on animal dissection, the University Grants Commission (UGC) recently sent a letter to all the affiliated universities reminding them about its two-year-old guidelines. The letter deplored the educational institutions for

Despite strict the guidelines, universities continued with the practice.

Seeking discontinuation from the animal dissection and experimentation in zoology and life science courses, the apex body to regulate for higher education had released a set of guidelines in November 2011. The guidelines had recommended that animal dissection and experimentation for university and college zoology and life sciences courses should be phased out.

The guidelines had also suggested replacement of animal dissection with use books, models and films instead for the same. (more…)

CCEA Gives Go-Ahead To Add 4,000 More Medical Seats

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) gave approval to the proposal for increasing the number of postgraduate seats at medical colleges and establishment of a new cancer centre in Kolkata. The decision was taken at a CCEA meeting held on 6 February 2014.

Under the Centrally-sponsored scheme to be undertaken at a total expenditure of Rs 1,350 crore the funding pattern will be 75:25 by Central and state governments respectively. Launched in 2009-10, the scheme is aimed at upgradation of  state government medical colleges and improvement of health care in India.

An official release of the Central Government claimed that the new scheme will produce enough resources to add 4,000 additional postgraduate medical seats.

CCEA also sanctioned the development of the first phase of the second campus of the Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute in Kolkata, the approximate cost for the infrastructure and other expenses would incur Rs 534 crore, out of which the centre will contribute Rs 400 crore.

At the meeting, the cabinet also decided to build infrastructure facilities for burn management and rehabilitation in state government medical colleges. Besides, government hospitals on national and state highways will also have Trauma Centers.

The MBBS medical course in India spans for a duration of four-and-a-half years followed by one year of Compulsory Rotating Residential Internship (CRRI), after which the medical student can pursue post-graduation course in surgical specialties such as MS or MD and DNB (Highly qualified P.G. and Super specialization).