Race to the Top Finalists

San Francisco (GaeaTimes.com) – The Race to the Top, the ultimate education game show is gathering some heat. The State Finalists are being chosen this week. According to some officials, the competition has spurred some innovation in public education by luring funding during these tough financial times. Several States are now lifting limits on charter schools and an overhaul is made on the ancient teacher evaluation system taking steps toward performance pay. Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, announced at 10:30 a.m. that 16 states have been selected as finalists in the  federal Race to The Top education stimulus for money. The news was received with a cautious welcome when the districts are dealing with huge deficits and continuously slashing their budgets to get state education cuts. $4.35 billion will be awarded to states that promise to implement innovative education reform plans over two rounds.

Ensure urban amenities in rural areas, Kalam tells students

LUCKNOW - Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Tuesday asked students in Uttar Pradesh to emulate a development model he had successfully implemented in Tamil Nadu years ago to bring urban amenities to rural areas.

Nursery admissions: parents and school body at loggerheads

NEW DELHI - Just a week after the nursery admissions process began in the capital with the promise of being “much smoother” than previous years, complaints have started pouring in from parents about irregularities in different schools. School bodies, however, deny the allegations.

Driver held in IIM-Indore professor murder case

BHOPAL - Madhya Pradesh Police Tuesday arrested the driver of the IIM-Indore professor who was found killed in her residence last week, police said.

Uttar Pradesh students to be picked for science programme

LUCKNOW - The Indian Institute of Information Technology-Allahabad (IIIT-A) will select students from Uttar Pradesh for the national award programme ‘Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research’, an official said Monday.

Children in Bihar appeal to Maoists not to target schools

PATNA - Hundreds of poor school children in Bihar’s Aurangabad district have appealed to Maoist guerrillas not to damage or target their schools as it impacts their education badly.

Youth come forward to educate Karnataka’s poor children

BANGALORE - Like any other teenagers, Anitha and her classmate Mamtha, both school students in India’s tech hub Bangalore, dream to achieve ”big” in life but are shackled by poverty. Now help is at hand for such poor children in Karnataka to achieve education.

Punjab to open 21 schools in backward areas

CHANDIGARH - The Punjab government has sanctioned Rs.23.73 crore (Rs.237.3 million) for construction of 21 model schools in educationally backward blocks, a state minister said here Sunday.

Sanskrit varsity head gets fourth tenure, ignites row

NEW DELHI - The vice-chancellor of one of India’s leading institutes of Sanskrit learning based here has got his fourth extension, reigniting charges that he has stayed on in the post too long.

Amartya Sen for curriculum review in primary education

KOLKATA - Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen feels there is an urgent need to review the curriculum at the primary level to make home task redundant and private tuition unnecessary.

Most B-school students fear recession has hit placements

NEW DELHI - A survey amongst 1,362 students in 40 business schools across the country reveals that 74 percent of them fear that recession has affected their placement opportunities.

Mid-day meals in Bihar schools for rescued child labourers

PATNA - Rescued child labourers, studying in about 1,400 schools in Bihar, will be provided mid-day meals, an official said Friday.

Admission form fee fixed at Rs.100 in Chandigarh schools

CHANDIGARH - To curb the tendency among private schools to mint money through sale of highly priced admission forms, the Chandigarh administration has fixed a ceiling of Rs.100 per form for all schools in the union territory, officials said Friday.

IIM Calcutta’s programme for chartered accountants

NEW DELHI - The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta has announced a satellite-based management programme for chartered accountants and other accounting professionals, an official said Thursday.

St. Stephens’ teachers launch protest against bishop

NEW DELHI - Teachers of one of India’s top educational institutes, the St. Stephen’s College Thursday launched a protest campaign against the bishop of the college, alleging “reckless” interference in its administrative and financial matters.

Indian universities must become hub of research: Sam Pitroda

NEW DELHI - National Knowledge Commission chairperson Sam Pitroda Thursday said Indian universities must become the hub of research to capture the synergies that exist between teaching and research.

Government asks CAT committee to furnish daily report

NEW DELHI - The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry has asked for a daily update on the online Common Admission Test (CAT) for Indian Institutes of Management that was marred by technical glitches.

NIT-Warangal signs MoU with Swedish university

HYDERABAD - National Institute of Technology, Warangal (NIT-W), Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Malardalen University (MDH), Sweden, to promote collaboration in innovation, design and engineering in embedded systems, real-time systems and software engineering.

Indian, at 36, is Germany’s youngest university chief

GIESSEN - Joybrato Mukherjee, a 36-year-old professor of English whose parents immigrated from India, became Germany’s youngest chief executive of a university Wednesday.

Dental student attempts suicide in Ghaziabad

GHAZIABAD - An 18-year-old girl student of a dental college in Ghaziabad attempted suicide by hanging herself allegedly because of her poor academic performance, family said.

IIMs to conduct retest of students who could not appear for CAT

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Granth Sahib University to commence session March 2011

CHANDIGARH - Over a year after its creation was announced, the management of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University Wednesday said the institution would start functioning from the March 2011 session.

Granth Sahib University to commence session March 2011

CHANDIGARH - Over a year after its creation was announced, the management of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib World University Wednesday said the institution would start functioning from the March 2011 session.

Government open to IITs starting branches abroad: Sibal

NEW DELHI - Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal Wednesday said the government is open to Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) opening their branches abroad.

Private schools continue shutdown in Punjab

CHANDIGARH - Over 2,600 private schools across Punjab Wednesday continued their shutdown for the second day after the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) recently disaffiliated 187 schools for not complying with its rules.

Education a headline hogger in 2009 (Flashback 2009)

NEW DELHI - It was a year of reform in the field of education. From the laudable Right to Education Act to controversial faculty quota in IITs and IIMs, the education sector remained a headline hogger across India. As the curtains come down on 2009, IANS revisits some of the major events:

Excursions for Haryana students at government expense

CHANDIGARH - School students in Haryana can look forward to some fun while learning. They will soon get outdoor education with the state government initiating a scheme to take them on excursion tours.

AMU ties up with Indonesian institute

ALIGARH - The Aligarh Muslim University Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indonesia’s Darussalam Institute of Islamic Studies to jointly organise conferences and cultural programmes and exchange faculty members.

Nursery admission process begins in Delhi

NEW DELHI - The race for nursery admissions began in the capital Tuesday with the sale of admission forms in different schools.

Punjab government disaffiliates 187 schools

CHANDIGARH - The future of thousands of students in schools across Punjab hangs in the balance with the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) deciding to disaffiliate 187 schools in the state for not adhering to rules.


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