ASERF News Bulletin on Education

E-bulletin No - 56

 Date:      16th March – 31st March, 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. 


Young professionals are fast realizing benefits of higher education: “We don't need any education! So sang Pink Floyd in 1979 and this became some sort of an anthem for several generations of students. Cut to 2009 and you may just hear the song being hummed sans the words don’t and no. With minimal opportunities available on jobstreet, young professionals are fast realizing the benefits of higher education. But the advantages aren't limited to students. Large private groups involved in the education business too are cashing in on the advantages of being in this sunrise sector, which has left their fortunes intact...……”


·   13000 more seats in engineering stream in West Bengal

·   A Complete Source of Information on Higher Education in India

·   All India Institute of Medical Sciences Admission

·   Are Open University degrees at par with regular degrees?

·   'Education Institutes to Get New Accreditation'

·   Facilitation centres to woo student voters yet to be set up in colleges

·   Fearing salary downgrade, IIT teachers warn of agitation

·   God and Globalization in India

·   Higher education department ready to chart a revolutionary course

·   Helping students pass the stress test

·   How Arjun Singh’s HRD trashed PM’s education reform roadmap

·   How important are entertainment at ICT conferences & what form should it taken?

·   IIMs, IITs lease flats to accommodate quota students

·   India to have more IT professionals than U.S. in three years

·   India Higher Education Administrators Seminar, March 24, 2009

·   India seeks World Heritage Site status for Nalanda University

·   India slips 11 places as best country for business

·   Leaders to deliberate on commitment to education

·   More Malaysians Expected To Attend Programmes in India

·   New courses with an eye on jobs

·   New turn in minority colleges' appointment row

·   PhD Admission at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)

·   Promoting SAARC education

·   Ratan Tata goes back to school

·   RU statutes to clip autonomy wings

·   Several B-schools register growth in applications

·   Student moves SC seeking closure of institute not recognised by UGC

·   UGC plans anti-ragging regulations before new session

·   With funds hard to come by, EDUSAT is educating none

Analysis/Opinion/Innovative Practice

·   Access to quality secondary education

·   Ambassador says India ready to continue supporting Ethiopia’s dev’t     

·   An unhealthy trend: fewer students opting for medicine

·   A new roadmap for higher education

·   BHU, London University to exchange knowledge

·   CBSE Introduced Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) Questions

·   Deemed universities need restructuring urgently

·   Education Reform – Quantity and Quality

·   Focus on right human capital: AICTE chief

·   Governor laments sorry state of country's higher education system

·   Governor stresses on upgrading education quality

·     It’s time UGC asserted itself

·   Madras varsity adopts nationwide uniform academic calendar

·     Make It Better

·   Oracle Teams with LumenData to Develop MDMP for Higher Education Institutions

·   Role of IT sector in development of rural India

·   Skill development strategy

·   Students in higher education can complete course in different Institute

·   This year, no percentile route for college entry

·   Transfers of teachers go online.

·   UGC tells varsities to introduce semester and credit systems

·   UGC leash on prospectus fee - Watchdog rap for ‘unwanted burden’

·   UGC stresses on assessment of students' abilities

·   Update syllabi every 3 years to sync with world: UGC


·   Ancient India and Education

·   BVU to set up research centre in engineering

·   Celebs lend time to raise funds for rural education in India

·   In Bangalore, a BPO with a Heart

·   Study Multimedia & Animation, UGC Approved with Edu. loans & 100% Placement guaranteed


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

Director, ASERF                                                                                                                                                Editor, ASERF E-bulletin

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