ASERF News Bulletin on Education

E-bulletin No - 62

  Date:                  16th June – 30th June, 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. 


First, free education from licence raj “The best thing that has happened to Indian education in recent times is for Kapil Sibal to be appointed Minister for Human Resource Development. And, he has hit the ground running. Within weeks of his appointment there is evidence of new thinking, new policies and new energy. So much energy that the dead roots of the system appear to be stirring to life after long seasons of morbidity. This is excellent. But I am beginning to worry that our energetic new Minister could be falling into the clutches of manipulative mandarins whose main expertise lies in clipping the wings of ministers who try to fly. Why do I say this? Because the Minister seems to be doing too many things without focussing on the crux of the problem. The crux is that Indian education remains a victim of the licence-quota-permit raj...……


·   100-day agenda includes education system revamp

·   Academics react to new apex body formation possibility

·   Private universities under UGC radar

·   Call to improve quality of technical education

·   CII to showcase Indian education at Kuala Lumpur

·   Deemed university proposals of 229 institutions in limbo

·   Deemed universities under cloud, law being planned for PIO varsities

·   DoTE to process engineering admissions next year

·   DTE cautions against non-recognised institutions

·   Education monitors fight for survival

·   Higher education: Delhi, Mumbai hot with youngsters

·   HRD plans to raise bar for higher education institutes

·   HRD to review UGC's recognition giving process

·     India, Germany propose to set up joint working group on education

·     India, Malay to enhance cooperation in higher education           

·   More OBC students in JNU before reservation

·   NGOs demand higher budget allocation for social sector

·   Rural girls in Ludhiana drawn to professional education

·   Super regulator proposal gets mixed response

·   UGC has published faulty defaulters’ list

·   UGC reinvites TCS for e-governance bidding

·   UGC to regulate fee structure

·   WB govt. against making 10th Board exams optional

·   Yashpal panel scripts end of UGC

Analysis/Opinion/Innovative Practice

·   23 years on, same test

·   Allow only the best foreign universities: Yash Pal panel

·   'Art school education is underdeveloped'

·   Degree deals gone sour

·   Education reforms top priority, says Sibal

·   Education dept takes new avatar with a Japanese touch

·   FDI in education soon: Kapil Sibal

·   Getting the right people

·   Govt. for single board at national level, scrapping Class X boards

·   HRD Ministry’s proposals draw mixed response

·   India needs a higher education commission: Sam Pitroda

·   INDIA: Scandal results in university review

·   Indians at Oz vocational institutes targeted most

·   Life skills’ for teachers - Training to change bookish ways of teaching

·   Motivating teachers

·   Need to upgrade technical education

·   Outlining education reforms, Sibal says no need for Class 10 boards

·   Pvt. professional colleges harming education system: SC

·   'R&D work must benefit society'

·   'Salary differentials in educational institutions will be counter-productive'

·   The time has come for India to transform higher education

·   UGC tightens PhD norms, makes entrance test must

·   'Won't let UGC close like a factory'


·   Financial Assistance to Eligible Students through Post Offices or Banks

·   Gujarat adds 4300 seats in engineering colleges

·   Indian universities may soon open campuses abroad

·   Knowledge panel revamp

·   New fellowship scheme for minority M.Phil, Ph.D. scholars

·   Panel suggests UGC, AICTE be scrapped

·   Right to Education Bill to be enacted

·   Yashpal panel report will be implemented in 100 days

·   Steps initiated to restore old glory of Science College


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.

Applications from the eligible scholars are invited 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.


Apeejay Education Society launches courses in Biosciences & Clinical Research: Apeejay Education Society (AES), has now established an institute for Biosciences and Clinical Research to meet the growing demand for technical personnel in the Biosciences sector. The institute, Apeejay Svran Institute for Biosciences and Clinical Research, Gurgaon, (AIBCR) has been established in collaboration with leading companies in the industry, viz Martin & Harris, ASG Biochemicals and Walter & Bushnell Health Care.

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