ASERF News Bulletin on Education

E-bulletin No - 49

 Date:      1st December – 15th December, 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. 


The Education Sector in India “Everybody is aware of the pathetic state of Education in our country. India has an adult literacy rate of around 65 percent and our communist neighbor boasts of literacy rate of upwards of 90 percent. Whenever any social or human parameter is considered, we are always ranked along with sub-Saharan African countries. This is something that our politicians are just not bothered about. The Prime Minister rants about the 7-8 percent growth rate that the economy will achieve but he does not even talk about ramping up budgetary allocation in education and health care (except in some random speeches). Though we had a head start when we gained independence (as compared to other south-east Asian countries) we failed miserably to build upon our illustrious heritage”..…………


·   Bank of India's Star Educational Loan

·   Can the Caste Problem be Solved?

·   Courtesy Government apathy,

·   Faculty Enrichment Programme questions ‘sense of value’

·   Government fails to secure national level institution

·   Government trips at walking the study talk

·   IISc - Celebrating 100 years of Excellence

·   Malnutrition in expecting mothers leads to higher risk of diabetes

·   PTTI crisis: Government awaits council’s approval

·   RTI fails to bail out hapless applicant

·   It’s Year of Education, but school kids fail challenge

·   St Helena's celebrates its centenary from December 2

·   Students opt to study abroad to wait out recession

·   Teacher gets PF benefits by using RTI

·   'Think before you leap': for the 'right' career

·   US agency recognises India’s bachelor’s degree

·   10-20% fee hike is all set to become an annual affair in LU

·   Can education stop child labour?

·   Double or quits

·   Nursing Council Relaxes Rules for Nursing Colleges     

·   One-third of institutes in Gujarat not approved by AICTE

·   Parliamentary panel pulls up AICTE

·   Pvt. medical, engineering colleges under purview of RTI Act


Analysis/Opinion/Innovative Practice

·   Indian president emphasises strong co-operation with VN

·   More young researchers needed: Hamid Ansari

·   Our society more divided, more violent: PM

·   PM bats for tolerant Indian polity

·   Political will lacking to put an end to child labour, says Brinda Karat

·   Gender imbalance highest among India's affluent: Harvard study

·   Concern over employability of tech students: Panel

·   Higher Education Dept to propose Common University Act in budget session

·   'Students should be imparted vocational education'

·   It’s time to go public

·   University for teachers taking shape

·   What happened to regular workers’ wages

·   India Vision 20-20 what we need is a pragmatic approach

·   Women still unhappy both in India and Bharat

·   Business books in India- Celebrity CEOs, sky-high advances

·   College students to learn morals again

·   International Workshop on Greenstone Digital Library Software inaugurated in Kerala

·   Online services for polytechnic admissions

·   Parliament panel pulls up AICTE

·   Students can’t play teacher: reverse appraisal in bin

·   University of Pune not to intervene in Alard institute row

·   UPTU colleges under scrutiny for awards

·   ‘Each One Teach One’

·   Education in India - New IITs



·   Geography Education in the High School

·   Indian Government subsidies for the rich : 10 % of GDP

·  Graphic Design Courses

·   International University for Human Transformation

·   ISB to set up a common research platform

·   McGraw-Hill HE Introduces Interactive Digital Learning Tool for Public Speaking Instruction

·   NIE meet on global education practices

·   TISS, Mumbai Launches MA-LIM and PGDDL

·   UK is an 'easy alternative' for wealthy Indian students

·   Study or Work in Europe – Hundreds of Scholarships Available for Indian Nationals

·   Uttar Pradesh mulls PPP in technical education

·   Haryana to invest heavily in education

·   College of Commerce to sign MoU with Korean Universities


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 2009. 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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Aditya Berlia                                                                                                                                                         Dr. Mithilesh Kr Singh

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