Four IITs, IISc among Asia’s top 50 varsities. Check QS University Rankings for 2016 here

Four IITs, IISc among Asia's top 50 varsities. Check QS University Rankings for 2016 here

New Delhi: The Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and four Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are listed in Asia’s top 50 universities.

As per the QS University Rankings for 2016, IISc is at 33rd spot, while IIT-Mumbai has been ranked 35th, closely followed by IIT-Delhi (36th), IIT-Madras (43rd) and IIT-Kanpur(48th).

IISc had emerged as the top Indian institute last year as well when it was ranked 34th.

IIT-Kharagpur was placed 51st and two other IITs — Roorkee (78) and Guwahati (94) — made it to the top 100.

The Delhi University (DU), which had got 91st position last year, has jumped several steps and was ranked 66th.

The University of Calcutta was ranked 108th, a big jump from 149th last year, University of Mumbai 145th, while Banaras Hindu University is placed at 155th position. Panjab University is in the 251 to 300 bracket.

Overall, like last year, National University of Singapore (NUS) has been ranked the best university in Asia, followed by University of Hong Kong.

India’s performance in these rankings is the fifth best among the 17 countries that feature in the ratings.

While India has 23 universities in the list of 350, it is outperformed by Taiwan (34), South Korea (54), Japan (72) and China (82), who also dominate the list of top 10 institutions.

Other Indian institutions which figure in the rankings are Amrita University (169), University of Pune (176), Amity University (195), Manipal Academy of Higher Education (200) and Anna University (251-300 band).

Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, Pondicherry University and Andhra University are in the 301st-350th band.

QS had evaluated 920 universities from the Asia region for this year’s rankings.

The good news from the Indian perspective is that most of its institutions have climbed to higher positions from last year.

IIT-Mumbai has jumped 11 positions while IIT-Delhi has climbed six places from 42nd rank last year.

India to take 126 years to reach global education standards

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Going by the current pace of spending and factors like shortage of quality teachers, India will take a whopping 126 years to reach standards of education on par with developed nations, a report said today.

The paper by Assocham calls for “dramatic” changes in the country’s education system and claims that although India has made rapid strides, the yawning gap between the standards of education is not likely to be bridged soon as the developed world has not slowed down spending on education.

It said with India spending a mere 3.83 per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) on education, the amount is not sufficient to catch up with developed economies, adding that it will take “six generations or 126 years to catch up with developed countries if we do not change our education system dramatically”.

In contrast, the US spends 5.22 per cent of its GDP on education, Germany spends 4.95 per cent while for UK it is 5.72 per cent.

“With the high GDP base of these developed countries, the absolute money earmarked for education is huge. For instance the size of the US GDP would be something like seven times the size of the Indian GDP and above all, its ratio on education on a higher base would be very significant,” said Assocham Secretary General D S Rawat.

Noting that India has resource constraints, the paper suggests the country to reach the levels of spending as recommended by the United Nations, which wants countries to spend at least 6 per cent of their GDP on education.

Moreover, shortage of quality teachers is among the major challenges facing the education sector. At present, the shortage of teachers has been measured at 1.4 million.


Besides, 20 per cent of the teachers do not measure up to the standards of the National Council for Teachers’ Education (NCTE).

Also, due to absence of focus on effective skill development, India is one of the least skilled countries.

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The Director Land Records, Punjab has released a notification inviting applications for recruitment for Revenue/Canal Patwari posts on its official website – The eligible candidates have to apply online on or before October 4, 2016.

Punjab Patwari recruitment 2016
Revenue Patwari – 1227 posts
Canal Patwari – 857 posts

Eligibility criteria
Age: As on August 1, 2016, the candidate’s age should be 21 years to 37 years. There is age relaxation for reserved categories as per the law.

Education qualification: The candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university. They should also have 120 hours personal computer or Information Technology in office productivity applications or desktop publishing applications from a recognised institution.
Also a ‘O’ Level from DOEACC is a must. The Candidate should have passed matriculation with Punjabi as one of the subject or its equivalent level.

Selection process: The candidates will be selected on the basis of performance in the written examination and the interview round.


Examination fees
The general category candidate has to deposit Rs 800 while Rs 600 is for reserved category aspirants.

How to apply for revenue/ canal patwari posts
Log on to the official website
On the homepage, click on the link ‘Patwari recruitment’
A new page will open
Read the detailed notification
On the left side, click on the ‘registration for fresh candidates’
Enter the required details – name, mobile number, marital status, date of birth and other details
Get yourself registered and follow the instructions


Important dates

Online filling begins: September 10
Last date for online filling: October 4
Last date for depositing the application fees by system generated bank challan form: October 6

Swades Foundation inks MoU for better education system in Maharashtra

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The Swades Foundation, founded by Ronnie Screwvala and Zarina Screwvala, currently operates in six sub-districts – Mhasala, Tala, Poladpur, Shrivardhan, Mangaon and Mahad – and plans to extend to other parts of the state.

The state government and the NGO signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen efforts to better school education in its target areas.

Presently, the NGO supports 1,275 schools, 806 Anganwadis and 39 junior colleges in the six sub-districts of Raigad, impacting around 124,000 students.

Under the initiative, efforts will be made to change mindsets via principals and teachers training, strengthening of Anganwadis, school management committees, bal panchayats and library management committees; create a joyful and enabling atmosphere for experiential learning and ensure better career for children through counselling and scholarships for higher studies.

Principal Secretary, School Education & Sports Nand Kumar said the state government looks forward to taking Swades Foundation’s holistic education model forward and its initiatives are in tune with the ‘Pragat Shaikshanik Maharashtra Programme’.


Founder Trustee Zarina Screwvala said Swades Foundation would ensure all children receive an education that helps them fulfil their dreams when they enter the workspace and make them socially aware citizens of the country.

The Swades Foundation functions with 1300 community volunteers and 300 staff members which include specialists as well as professionals. Most of these work at the grassroots level.

Result of second round of seat allotment declared at

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The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) results of second round of seat allotment has been released on the official website — NEET 2016 counselling was conducted for approximately 5698 MBBS and BDS seats.

The reporting at allotted medical/ dental college for second round participants will begin from September 13, 2016 and ends on September 20, 2016 at 5 pm. After the second round, vacant seats, if any, will be transferred to the state quota on September 20, 2016. MBBS/ BDS session begins on September 30, 2016.

Steps to check NEET 2016 2nd round of seat allotment results 2016
Log on to the official website
Click on the ‘Allotment result round 2’ link
A pdf file will open displaying alloted college against the roll number of the candidates
Check carefully
In case you have made it to the list, arrange all documents required for admission

The candidates whose category has been up-graded in the same institution and subject are required to get online generated relieving letter and get admitted on the upgraded category seat from the allotted institution.

Such candidate must get fresh online generated admission letter for the up-graded category seat otherwise the allotted seat will be cancellaed due to non-admission.


After allotment of your seat, you will be required to present the following documents while reporting to your allotted college:
NEET 2016 admit card, result/rank letter issued by CBSE, proof of date of birth (if not mentioned in the matriculation certificate), proof of identity, Class 10 certificate, 10+2 Certificate, 10+2 marksheet, 8 passport-sized photographs (to be affixed on the application form), provisional allotment letter (to be generated online after allotment), migration certificate from the University/Board last attended by the candidate, one set of self-attested copies of all the certificates.

UPSC refers Baswan panel report on civil services exam to DoPT

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The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has referred the report of Baswan committee, that has suggested changes in civil services exam pattern, to the government for final decision.

The UPSC had constituted the expert committee under the chairmanship of former Human Resource Development Secretary and retired IAS officer B S Baswan in August last year.

The panel had submitted its report to the UPSC last month in a sealed cover and it has been sent to the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) for a final decision on the committee’s recommendations, official sources said today.

The committee is understood to have recommended reduction in upper age limit of 32 years to appear in the civil services exam, they said.

Lakhs of aspirants appear in the examination conducted annually by UPSC in three stages–preliminary, main and interview–to select officers for Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.

A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 32 years on the 1st of August, 2016, as per the latest notification for the exam.


The upper age limit is further extendable for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Other Backward Classes, and those who had ordinarily been domiciled in Jammu and Kashmir during the period from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989.


The Baswan committee has examined the plan of examination, number of papers, their structure and duration, marking scheme, weightage of marks and system of evaluation among others, the sources said.


The committee was earlier asked to submit its report within six months but it was given an extension for a further period of six months, till last month end. It submitted the report on August 9.

Himachal Pradesh: Fate of 150 MBBS aspirants in limbo due to fees hike

student_480A private medical college in Solan has allegedly denied admission to 150 medical aspirants, who were selected after counselling by Himachal Pradesh University, over the demand of fee hike, which has been struck down by the state government. The parents of the students have complained that the college was not admitting students and have approached the government.

Principal Secretary (Health), Prabodh Saxena has directed the college to admit the selected students under both government quotas (75 seats) and management quota (75 seats including 13 NRI seats).

“The management of the college has demanded hike in fee but we have made it clear that no change can be made in the fee structure after the prospectus is published and counselling was over and have asked the college to complete the admission process,” Saxena said.

The state BJP president Satpal Singh Satti has accused the government of mishandling the issue and said it should ask the college to admit the students and also no extra fee is paid for the seats under quota.

“The tussle between the government and the University is hurting the interests of the students and it is high time that the government intervened and admission to 150 seats is made and students were not burdened with hiked fee,” he added.


“The government has already fixed an exorbitant fee of Rs 5-lakh per annum for government quota seat which is nearly 10 times the fee charged by the government colleges, negating the very concept of government quota, said a parent whose son has been nominate against government quota seat.

The process of admissions in three government medical colleges has been completed and classes would start from tomorrow but the students seeking admission in the college have been left in the lurch, said another parent.

Monthly evaluation exercise to replace Gujarat government annual drives

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Data collection forms for the purpose have been issued to each district education office. “The main aim of this project is to improve the quality of education as well as resolve all cases, be it of teachers or parents, or even private schools. The state has been divided into four zones — south, north, central and Saurashtra — each has been handed over to a team headed by deputy director. This will continue till all areas are covered for at least an year,” said director primary education M I Joshi.

Though the state education department continues to claim that there’s no shortage of faculty, the form also seeks details of government primary schools with no teacher and one teacher. Each team is led by deputy director (primary education) who will monitor the four zones. The two-day drive will be conducted on Thursday and Friday of every month for each four zones, respectively. Having already kicked off since last Thursday (September 8) for the South zone, the first round will conclude on September 29-20 with Saurashtra zone.”

On first day (Thursday), teams will visit two private and government primary schools to record students’ performance levels. They will then have a meeting with the teachers’ associations in the evening. On day two, review meetings with the District Primary Education Officers (DPEOs), Taluka Primary Education Officers (TPEOs), Block Resource Centre (BRCs) and all education inspectors of each zone will be held. Other details to be discussed and sought from the education officials include efforts put in for 100 per cent enrolment during Shala Praveshotsav, status of dropouts and feedback of Shala Praveshotsav from the visiting officers.

Further, details of corrective measures taken post Gunotsav, monitoring of corrective measures, actual status of schools and the future plans have also been sought. After receiving flak for lapse in the implementation of 25 per cent reservation of Economically Weaker Section (EWS) under Right to Education (RTE) Act, this also forms a major component of the data collection.

For instance, details of all students admitted in private schools under RTE Act in the last three years, problems related to admissions, constructive measures and its notifications, RTE grant issued and received, future planning for the implementation will also be part of the date collection. Apart from complaints and pending issues, education and education-related achievements are also to be taken note of, along with innovative measures adopted by schools to improve quality of education and documentation of innovations after discussion with teachers.

The date collection forms also seek details of all complaints “referred by the chief minister, minister, member of Parliament and even member of legislative assembly”. They also seek details of complaints older than a month or more, pending legal cases in the Gujarat High Court and all pension cases — pending for more than one year, six months and even 30-10 days (all under separate categories) — along with the reasons for their pendency.

HP government summons college management

admission-480Amid allegations of a private medical college in Solan denying admission to 150 MBBS students under government quota over demand of fee hike, the government has summoned the representatives of the college management for talks here tomorrow.

“Some parents of the students, who have been listed for admission to the MBBS course under 50 per cent government quota, met me today and I was apprised of the matter and the representatives of the college management have been called for talks with the Secretary (Health),” Chief secretary V C Pharka said.

The college management, which is charging Rs five lakh per year for the seats under government quota as against Rs 50,000 charged by three government medical colleges in the state, has requested for a further hike in the fee.

However, the government had turned down the request saying no changes can be made in the fee structure after counselling and publication of the prospectus.

Out of 150 MBBS seats, 75 seats under government quota and 75 seats including 13 NRI seats under management quota are to be filled on the basis of NEET merit, the counselling for which was done by Himachal Pradesh University but the college has refused to admit the students.


The parents of the students, seeking admission in the private college, have been left in the lurch and they have approached the HP Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission and sought its intervention.

The Commission is aware of the matter and is likely to ask the representatives of the college management to appear in person.

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The Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad (JNTUH) will release the results of TS EAMCET 3 today at 5 pm. The candidates can check the results on the official website – The exam was held on September 11, 2016 from 10 am to 1 pm in 12 cities with 96 test centers in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

As per the press release, about 54,000 students have downloaded hall tickets. JNTUH had released the answer keys on September 12. The last date to send the objections through email was September 14.

TS EAMCET is the common entrance test for admission into MBBS and BDS courses on behalf of the Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE).

The exam (TS EAMCET II) was earlier conducted on July 9 and the results were declared on July 14. But due to paper leak, the exam is held again.

Read: HRD to ask central varsities to admit more students

Steps to download TS EAMCET 3 results 2016
Visit the official website –
On the homepage, under the application section, click on the link ‘Results’
A new page will open
Enter your roll number/ hall ticket number and other required details to check the result
Carefully check your result and take a print out

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So far over 19 people have been arrested for the paper leak. As many as 56,153 candidates had applied for TS EAMCET 2, 2016.