Third gender: MPhil students to study Laxmi’s autobiography

AHMEDABAD: This year’s master of philosophy (MPhil) students of department of sociology will study ‘Me Hijra, Me Laxmi,’ autobiography of transgender Laxmi Narayan Tri pathi, face of India’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, as one of the two mandatory research readings for the course. Gujarat University is perhaps the first institution to have Read More

South Korean scholars boycott state-issued textbook project

Professors from more than 20 South Korean universities said they would not contribute to the textbooks. SEOUL: Hundreds of South Korean scholars have declared they are boycotting the writing of state-issued history textbooks out of concern that that they will teach distorted views on the country’s recent past. Conservative President Park Geun-hye’s government plans to Read More

Maharashtra refuses nod for extra divisions in colleges

MUMBAI: The state government is not interested in expanding higher education resources. This year, it has refused to grant permission to any public university interested in starting additional division in their affiliated colleges. An RTI application filed by activist Anil Galgali has revealed that the government turned down all applications for additional divisions. Put together, Read More

2-year limit for backlog papers in UG, PG courses?

Undergraduate and postgraduate students across the country will now get a two-year grace period beyond the scheduled duration of their degree programmes to clear their backlog papers. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued guidelines to this effect to bring in uniformity over the grace period across universities. Universities and higher education institutions are expected Read More

Girls in government schools in UP to get free sanitary pads

LUCKNOW: In a laudable move, the Uttar Pradesh government will soon provide free sanitary napkins to reduce the absenteeism of girls in schools during their periods, an official said, adding the move follows growing concerns over personal hygiene of girls attaining puberty. Nodal teachers will be appointed by the education department to distribute sanitary napkins Read More