ASERF News Bulletin on Education

E-bulletin No - 57

 Date:                    1st April – 15th April, 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. 


Does high IQ + semester system = Nobel genius? The University Grants Commission (UGC) wants Indian universities to adopt semester system-based courses with the choice-based credit system (CBCS) within two years. Educationists agree that higher education needs to be reformed, but is the semester system with its continuous routine of grading and assessment the only way India can move away from the tendency to learn by rote? ....……”


·   All about education loans

·   Appellate Authority to be set up at IITs

·   20 Australian institutes face immigration department's probe

·   CSMU colleges demand curriculum upgrade

·   College mulls day care centre - Attempt to cut teacher absenteeism

·   Delhi HC directs foreign technical institutes to register with AICTE

·   Delhi Municipal School children to get computer savvy

·   DTE accepting applications for GCET

·   Faculty crunch: panel moots pay hikes, incentives

·   Foreign diplomats need student visa to study in India

·   M.Phils, PhDs exempted from NET, SLET

·   Govt. watchdog to monitor school fees

·   Governor Jamir Calls for Reform in Higher Education

·   IGNOU now to offer Animation Degree and Courses

·   IIM-L course fee to cost Rs. 8 lakh

·   IIT Bombay gears up to woo industry

·   Imperial College goes international

·   Indian IT industry to help in US economic recovery

·   Inter-Council committee soon to check ragging

·   Jittery HRD ministry pulls report off web

·   Joint seminars planned

·   New Zealand draws Indian students

·   New University seeks nod for nine courses - V-C scouts for land

·   New rules for teacher education centres

·   Panjab University to implement semester, credit system

·   Pune colleges get notices on 'illegal' foreign students

·   UGC, AICTE express reservation over proposed HEC

·   UGC to introduce the choice-based credit system

·   UGC links grants to transparent admissions

·   UGC on retirement age of teachers

Analysis/Opinion/Innovative Practice

·   Accreditation is a key element

·   Coaching classes: The sweat shops of education

·   Education in changing times   

·   Educational Equity and Educational Equality

·   E-learning in India: The electronic way to learning

·   Experience World Class Education in India

·   Gandhi on education: relevant but still ignored

·   Getting Involved at Your Child’s School

·   Hands off academic matters: Court

·   'Higher Education Sector Suffers from Dearth of Teachers'

·   Higher FDI in India an unrealistic expectation: CII

·   'India yet to open up higher education sector to foreign University'

·   'International universities must abide by desi rules'

·   Making reforms meaningful

·   Offshore Outsourcing Work to India in Software and IT Space

·   Skilled Indian students have good scope abroad: Stagg

·   State higher education in dire need of target intervention

·   Student exchange program between Bharati Vidyapeeth and German school

·   Teaching the Children

·   The need for proper HR practices in education

·   The religion of man

·   The State of Indian Education

·    ‘With recession, higher education is now a realistic option ’


·   Banks see no slowdown in overseas education loan portfolio

·   Biotech Scholarships 2009 - Korean Government - Indian Students

·   IITs seek raise for researchers

·   Indian applicants for US higher education fall, says survey

·   Online education service providers help students

·   Urban-India leads in unemployment; Retail largest employer

·   Vel Tech University launches engineering scholarship


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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