University Grants Commission bans distance learning degree programmes in agriculture

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited imparting distance degree programmes in agriculture.(Thinkstock) The University Grants Commission (UGC) has prohibited imparting distance degree programmes in agriculture. The decision was taken by the higher education regulator at its last meeting on the ground that a degree programme in agriculture is technical in nature as it requires practicals or laboratory courses. “The Union agriculture ministry had referred the matter to the commission, requesting it to consider prohibiting universities from offering Open and Distance Learning (ODL) degree programmes in agriculture,” a senior commission…

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Nalanda Open University releases BEd distance admit card: How to download

Nalanda Open University admit card released! The Nalanda Open University, Bihar has released the admit card for the Common Entrance Test (CET-B Ed 2019) on the official websites, nalandaopenuniversity.com or cetbeddistance.com. The candidates can download the admit card directly through the official website by using their application form number and mobile number. Steps to download Bihar BEd distance program admit card: Step 1: Visit the official website nalandaopenuniversity.com, cetbeddistance.com Step 2: Click on ‘download admit card’ link Step 3: Enter application form number and mobile number Step 4: Admit card will appear on the…

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Writing their way for a better tomorrow: Pune authors who made an impact in 2018

About the book: If you ever thought that women in their 50s must lead dull, boring lives, Feisty At Fifty busts your myths and shows you that life, indeed begins at fifty. Join this witty fifty-something woman who is pursuing middle-aged sexiness, nailing the work-life balance, taking on the FOMO (fear of missing out), celebrating mid-life discoveries and generally feeling great about ourselves. Hilarious yet poignant, Feisty at Fifty, is both a moving personal story and the ultimate guide to making the fifties the most fabulous decade of your life.…

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Campus connect: E-learning gets thumbs up from Pune’s student community

However, in the midst of increasing e-learning centres in the city, many have raised concerns about the challenges posed to the traditional methods of learning. “The education sector is changing everyday and in a few years, it is bound to experience a drastic change when students can literally shop online for the courses they want to study. That can pose a threat to traditional forms, but the paradigm shift in the scenario needs to be adapted to,” said Swati Mujumdar, director, Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning and principal director of…

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SNDT university opens distance learning programmes for transgenders

While applying for a Masters of Commerce course at the University of Mumbai in 2008-09, Sonalee Chaukekar, a programme manager at Kinnar Maa Ek Samajik Sanstha, a group representing the transgender community, marked the gender column in the admission form as female. This year, when she registers for the post-graduate diploma in Human Resource Management (HRM) at SNDT Women’s University’s distance learning programme, she will have the option of ticking the ‘others’ box. Chandrakant Puri, director, Centre for Distance Education, SNDT Women’s University, said only transwomen (male to female) will…

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Burari’s Nirankari Ground: A not-so-central park for many amusements in Delhi

On a bright December afternoon Shristi Sharma and her friend Asif Rihan were riding to Murthal along the Outer Ring Road near Burari when, on their left, they came upon a vast open, low-lying ground. Except that it wasn’t empty. In their own words, it was like a circus. Children and adults flew kites, some were learning to drive, others were playing cricket, or cycling, or jogging. Around them, cows, buffaloes, and a few horses galloped gaily. “We had never seen a huge open space like this in the city.…

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NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft zips past most distant world known to mankind

A NASA spacecraft on Tuesday flew past the most distant world ever studied by humankind, Ultima Thule, a frozen relic of the early solar system that could reveal how planets formed. “Go New Horizons!” said lead scientist Alan Stern as a crowd cheered at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland to mark the moment at 12:33 am (0533 GMT) when the New Horizons spacecraft aimed its cameras at the space rock four billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers) away. “Never before has a spacecraft explored something so far away.”…

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Illegal mining case: UP govt unaware of IAS officer Chandrakala’s whereabouts, CBI believes she’s at her Noida flat

Indian Administrative Services officer B Chandrakala, who has been accused of corruption in the illegal mining case being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), is on education leave as she had enrolled herself as a student of MBA in IIMT University, Meerut in August last year. A university official, on the condition of anonymity, said that Chandrakala got enrolled in the two-year MBA course in August last year after approval of her study leave. The official claimed that she was a bright student and attended classes regularly till…

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