ASERF News Bulletin on Education

E-bulletin No - 52

 Date:      16th  January – 31st January, 2009

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 YEAR THAT WAS -THE YEAR 2008 WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR THE ECONOMIC MELTDOWN AND THE CHANGES IT BROUGHT TO THE EDUCATION SECTOR: As news of the economic slowdown hit Indian shores, the education sector, along with many other industries, underwent several changes. Whether it was students temporarily abandoning their study abroad plans, professionals choosing to go back to school to spruce up their qualifications, institutes reporting a negligible slowdown in their placement rates, or the undecided fate of industry-academia tie-ups, there were both triumphs and tribulations in 2008…………


·   E-Knowledge content to be made available free of Cost

·   2008: A positive step in the right direction

·   College teachers hold rally demanding UGC pay scales

·   Computer Engineering Scholarships, Scholarship in Bachelor and PhD

·   Indian design school officer selected for British award

·   It's 50:50 for engineering, 42:58 for medical

·   Establishment of new Central Universities

·   Rs. 400 cap likely on fee hike

·   Government Issues Ordinance on Central Universities

·   Government may launch 'virtual academy' for teachers

·   Govt. keen to raise secondary school enrolment

·   Harvard Business Publishing enters India

·   IFC to help Gujarat set up rural university

·   IIM Indore revises norm for Fellow Programme to widen appeal

·   IIM Lucknow to mentor 60 bright students from schools across India

·   IITs will now be accredited to National Board of Accreditation

·   India: Students Enrolling in Higher Education without Fail

·   Indian universities to have visiting faculty from think-tanks, industry

·   ITI institution of Ropar to be ready for admissions from next session

·   Microsoft to Invest In Gujarat's Education Sector

·   Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship Program

·   Public schools keep out weaker sections

·   Rs 500 laptop display at the launch of National Mission on Education through ICT

·   'Scenario of higher education in for a sea change'

·   Towards no Quota for Senior Faculty Posts

·   UGC warns students of fake universities

·   UGC-CSIR fellowships doubled to 3,200

·   UGC Reforms on Deemed Universities

·   Universities to introduce new mark normalisation system

·   Women in entrepreneurship

Analysis/Opinion/Innovative Practice

·   A New Chapter: The issue of modernising the madrasa education system

·   Amethi notebook - Miliband's 'other' India

·   A real force for change

·   Change V-C selection process

·   Can education stop child labour?

·   Dealing with advancing years

·   Demand from India will help UK through recession

·   Develop human resources through cooperation'

·   Development process should be inclusive

·   Education that Nurtures Human Values

·   Evaluate your goals

·   Expand knowledge, develop inner values'

·   GIS is important for effective coastal management

·   Govt. should deregulate higher education in India: Assocham

·   Heal with song & dance

·   Hope for students of second shift polytechnics

·   Higher Education Reforms

·   India needs global universities

·   The Indian elite in exit mode

·   MHRD vs Knowledge Society

·   Mobile calls hurting growth of data services

·   New B.E. colleges still not fit to teach

·   UP a step closer to PPP model in tech education

·   Rapid Inclusive Economic Growth: The Only Way Forward

·   Right to education more rhetoric than action

·   Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) for universalising access to secondary education

·   Skilled Workforce – A National Priority

·   Students: Consumers of Education

·   Sub-mission on Polytechnics under Coordinated Action for Skill Development

·   The culture of giving

·   The Capitalist/IT services and the threat from China

·   Top of the class

·   UGC, DU mull plan to make BSc 4-yr course

·   Ultimately, efficiency will prevail in autonomous education system

·   Yash Pal Committee: "Dissolve AICTE, UGC


·   The Demographic Dividend

·   Data of D.I.S.E. on Elementary Education for 2007-08 Released

·   Government to look into Education-comp accounts-fudging report

·   India switches on knowledge grid

·   Industry Ready

·   India, Its Concept of Peace and Gandhi

·   Meet stresses on global approach to studies

·   At most colleges, there’s no quality to be assessed

·   More Muslim children enrol in schools: Govt. report

·   National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology

·   Granting formal recognition to Madrasas: The  benefits & Challenges

·   Importance of research in science

·   The Role of Education Quality in Economic Growth

·   Inadequate spacing between babies affecting health of women: UNICEF

·   Students Enrolling in Higher Education without Fail

·   Students' exodus costs India forex outflow of $10 bn: Assocham

·   Balancing benefits and invisible overheads in “Sustainable ICT in Higher Education” report

·   The Importance of India

·   Universities of India 2008” – a compendium on Indian Universities launched


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.


Dear Partners,

The Apeejay Stya Education Research Foundation (ASERF) invites news, articles, resource material, opinions and analyses on relevant educational issues in the Indian context that can be highlighted in our weekly e-bulletins and on the ASERF portal.

We request if you could spare a few moments of your valuable time to have a look at our website and guide us on our regular initiatives.

You can  also send your feedback at [email protected]

Aditya Berlia                                                                                                                                                         Dr. Mithilesh Kr Singh

Director, ASERF                                                                                                                                                Editor, ASERF E-bulletin

News Bulletin: Vol. 1 ;  2 ; 3 ; 4 ; 5 ; 6 ; 7 ; 8 ; 9; 10 ; 11; 12 ; 13; 14 ; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21;22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 30; 31; 32; 33; 34; 35; 36; 37; 38; 39; 40; 41; 42; 43; 44; 45; 46; 47; 48; 49; 50; 51

Apeejay Stya Education Research Foundation
Apeejay Stya House

14 Commercial Complex, Masjid Moth, Greater Kailash, Part - II

New Delhi - 110048
Phone: 011-29228296/97/98; Fax: 011-29223326

E-mail: [email protected]; Website: