Soon, exam reward for distance learning SC/ST students

Worried at the low pass percentage among Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) students pursuing higher education through open and distance learning (ODL) mode, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is proposing changes to tackle the problem, including rolling out a new scheme. One of the changes proposed relates to the tuition fee. Students belonging to the SC and ST communities currently get a 50% waiver in the tuition fee at the time of admission in ODL programmes offered by government institutions. The remaining 50% paid by them is returned…

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Distance education mess

Recently Professor NR Madhava Menon, the founding Vice Chancellor (VC) of my alma mater, the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata and one of the founders of the national law university (NLU) project, passed away. Few remember that Professor Menon was also the author of modern regulations governing open and distance learning (ODL) in India. Tragically, this legacy is being tarnished at NUJS, which has been a persistent violator of ODL regulations of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and University Grants Commission (UGC) since 2008. The regulatory…

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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Jobs, education top priority for first-time voters

Priyanka Singh, another 18-year-old voter, said she didn’t know – or care – much about the past performance of political parties.(HT Photo) Excited about finally being able to cast her franchise, and in turn, be part of the process of choosing the country’s next Prime Minister, 19-year-old Meghna said she voted in favour of development and better employment opportunities in the future. Not being able to contain her enthusiasm, she said she landed up at her polling booth, a government school in Sohna, at 7am. “I wanted to be the…

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Online Distance education Market Is Thriving Worldwide by 2025 | Educomp Solutions, NIIT, IGNOU, BYJU’s, Next Education, Meritnation

Online Distance education or long-distance learning is the internet and online education of students who may not always be physically present at a school. Traditionally, this usually involved correspondence courses wherein the student corresponded with the school via post. Today it involves online education. Courses that are conducted (51 percent or more] are either hybrid, blended or 100% distance learning. The Online Distance education market is expected to grow worth of USD +20 Billion and at a CAGR of +20% over the forecast period 2019-2025. This report studies the Online Distance…

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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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