ASERF News Bulletin on Education

E-bulletin No - 31

 Date:      16 th  February    – 28 th   February, 2008

Welcome to ASERF News Bulletin on Education, a free By-Monthly E-Bulletin to keep you abreast of the relevant and latest Educational - news, views and policy research - from India and abroad. 


Vocational Taining Key to Sustinable Gowth: At a time when the burden of an ageing population is pulling the growth rates of many countries down, India has over 550 million people who are 25 years or younger. It has been estimated that during 2006- 2010, 71-million youth will enter the working-age population. And herein lies a paradox. The country has a huge shortage of skilled people and this talent deficit is already hampering the manufacturing and services sectors’ growth prospects. India’s education system has been unable to support the rising demand for skill sets. There is also a big question mark on the employability of students who receive higher education……………


·   Rs 172 cr for higher education from plan sector

·   AICTE nods for four engineering colleges

·   Delhi's Polytechnic to be upgraded as college

·   DU not opposed to panel to examine Hindi textbook issue

·   Finance ministry has no clue on the education cess pool

·   Fine tuning School Education: Govt. schools set to fall in line with uniform timing

·       FLAME nestled in the picturesque valley imparts excellence in Education

·   Knowledge Commission Recommends Scrapping of AICTE

·   Haryana to start double shift in polytechnics

·   IGNOU to set up three institutes for northeastern states

·   Jammu and Kashmir Govt. to open more ITIs

·   Massive investment for higher education in 11th Plan

·   More tech institutes for girls

·   Muslim Enrolment In School Education

·   NRIs in Saudi Arabia to educate poor in India

·   Panel set up to re-draft Right to Education Bill

·   Pharmacy colleges to be relieved of dual control

·   Quota for SCs/STs in MBBS, BDS

·   SSA rolls up its sleeves

·   Stress on autonomy for school education

·   UGC asks deemed varsities to follow its regulations

·   UGC asks universities to launch course on disaster management

·   UGC on Fee Structure

·   UGC working on plan to reform higher education

·   UP Technical University sets up NOIDA centre

Analysis/Opinion/Innovative Practice

·   New initiative by JNU

·   Allot education loans within a month, FM tells banks

·   Ansal API & Educomp in strategic tie-up for School venture

·   Arguments over in NET/SET plea

·   Choice-based credit system to be made mandatory from 2008-09

·   Distance education is a critical link: Vice-President

·   Education loans may come with insurance

·   Future speak

·   Launch criminal prosecution against private school: court

·   'More funds for primary, higher education'

·   New curriculum will jeopardize a generation

·   NKC for more funds to state Govts

·   PMs Remarks at the Mahindra United World College of India

·   Public-private model can give required fillip

·   Reform of higher education

·   School education needs greater focus in Budget

·   School stake a passage to India while students go to Europe and US

·   State must provide access to education

·   Steps taken to overcome lack of quality engineers in IT sector

·   Most technical education teachers lack teaching skills

·   Think out of the box

·   Urban-rural gap stands out

·   Vocational training key to sustainable growth

·   We need schools for all our children

·   Where the candidates stand on education


·   4822 govt schools without buildings

·   Bhopal Archdiocese releases Catholic Education Policy

·   Education Bill to be tabled in Budget session

·   FACTBOX - India's upcoming 2008/09 federal budget

·   Globalisation of classrooms

·   Google, Gates, Indian Diaspora Bet on Children

·   Industry and Academia: A Collaborative Effort

·   Legal education in India and questions of affordability

·   Online Education Takes Off in India

·   Punjab score highest in school dropout rate

·   Can you read this for me? : Teaching Indian Kids


Apeejay Stya Education Research Foundation (ASERF), has instituted ‘Dr Stya Paul Young Educationist Award’ for honouring Young Educationists who have demonstrated their potential by making an impact on Indian education.

A Citizen of India below the age of 45 years, who has published books, research papers in Indian or international journals on any aspect of Indian education such as Early Childhood education, elementary education, teacher education, higher education, technical and professional education, is eligible for consideration for the award. The published work should be such as is indicative of the author’s original contribution to the advancement of educational thought or improvement in educational practices in the Indian context. The Award comprise a cash amount of Rs. 50,000/-, a robe of honour and citation.


ASERF invites application from the eligible scholars for the Award of the year 2008. The prescribed format along with the terms and conditions can be downloaded from the ASERF Website or obtained from ASERF’s office.


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