ASERF News Bulletin on Education

E-bulletin No - 60

 Date:      16th  May – 31st May, 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. 


His next class act:In his first innings as a politician, Dr Manmohan Singh liberated our economy. In his second, as prime minister, he brought about a paradigm shift in not only our foreign policy, but also our entire worldview. In each case, he persisted with change at great risk to his neck, and reputation. So what will be the change in his third stint in public office? Or, rather, what should he?

Our guess, and wish, is that he now does to our higher education what he did to our economy and foreign policy in 1991 and 2008, respectively. It is fashionable in India now to talk of our demographic dividend. By 2020, we will be probably the youngest nation in the world with an average age of 29...……”


·   AICTE slashes 580 seats in engineering colleges

·   Another ragging case: Junior beaten up with iron rods

·   Appoint varsity lecturers or face action, NU to colleges

·   AU wakes up to needs of foreign students

·   Back in India, academics apply to UGC for teaching jobs

·   BHU to mark World Biodiversity Day

·   CoEP seeks DU status

·   Education circle slams incident

·   Education in India

·   Education reforms may be fast-tracked

·   GNDU Academic Staff College gets second place in northern region

·   Govt. asks varsities to set up international students centre

·   Govt. names directors of six new IITs

·   HC seeks clarification on law varsity issue

·   Illiteracy awareness campaign from today

·   Kapil Sibal takes over as HRD Minister

·   National college to give students `competitive' edge

·   Panel fixes ad hoc fee for new colleges

·   Ranked 60th in Asia, DU no match for Chinese varsities

·   Red tape delays DU quota expansion

·   School for 'Untouchables' Makes Academic History in India

·   SC stays HC order on new polytechnics

·   Sibal puts focus on NKC

·   Spreading financial literacy

·   State varsities are neglected: NAAC director

·   This one’s for the bright and talented

·   UGC plans more media centres to enhance its reach

·   UGC scales extended to Degree College lecturers

·   UGC seeks suggestion for up-gradation of colleges

·   UGC in CVC net for violation of norms

·   Unfettered start

Analysis/Opinion/Innovative Practice

·   Accountability Initiative

·   2 chapters in History text book under review

·   91 percent primary schools in state are ‘headless’

·   Call for curtailing Govt., UGC control

·   Can higher education in India stand privatisation, semester system?

·   CBSE vocational subjects don't pass muster with DU

·   Database on institutions of higher education on cards

·   DU to conduct its first online exam

·   Engineers: Quantity over quality?

·   Foreign education bill may see the light of day

·   Global: Academic migration is no easy ride

·   Health guidelines for schools

·   Labour Bureau Report on Effect of Economic Slowdown on Employment in India

·   Implement government’s reservation policy: UGC          

·   India Moves to Boost Engineering Prowess

·   M.Phil holders must clear NET/SLET for lectureship: UGC

·   'Make inter-disciplinary transfers easy for students'

·   Makeover for degree courses soon

·   National Policy on Skill Development – 2009

·   New govt. to focus on making education accessible, affordable

·   New Models in Higher Education

·   No signs of recovery from economic downturn: Experts

·   Plan Panel identifies 4 PPP models for higher education

·   Powering corporations with research

·   ‘Remove boundaries between subjects for innovation in education’

·   Services beyond voice to change users’ lives

·   Tougher PhD norms kick in

·   Transforming distributed learning in India

·   Teach India: Make free education for all a reality

·   UGC readies regulations for deemed universities

·   UGC wants single-window system for foreign students

·   Why placement data is important


·   12 semi-self-financed engineering colleges to start soon

·   7,000 more seats in DU

·   Encyclopedia of Dalits in India

·   Nearly USD 13 billion spent by Indians to study abroad

·   Tamil Nadu gets 18 more MBA colleges, 3 MCA institutions

·   UGC plans to get foreigners to teach in Indian varsities

·   UGC approves budget for new 15 Central 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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