Centre to fund 10 institutes for next 3-4 years to help them find a place among top 100 on global academic rankings

NEW DELHI: The Centre will soon pick 10 higher education institutes with potential and provide them with substantial funding over the next four years so that Indian institutes can finally storm into the top 100 on global academic rankings like QS and Times like neighbours China and South Korea. The human resource development (HRD) ministry Read More

Chinese schools ‘robbing young of individuality’

Image captionThe Chinese school day starts at 7am and ends 12 hours later China’s education system is robbing its young people of the chance to become unique individuals, a leading educationalist says. Author and academic Sir Anthony Seldon says China’s strict schooling style needs to change or its youngsters will suffer, along with its economy. Read More

Stressed teachers being ‘reduced to tears’

Image copyrightThinkstockImage captionTeaching unions have long complained about workload leading to stress Stressed teachers are being reduced to tears and not being helped with their workload, a teachers’ leader says. Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL teaching union, says she has been told of one teacher crying every night at home and another being Read More

Per pupil spending ‘to fall by 8%’

Image copyrightThinkstockImage captionSchools face increasing costs tied to pensions, pay and national insurance Spending per pupil in schools in England is likely to fall by 8% in real terms over the next five years, the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns. It argues that school funding levels will feel quite different in the next five years Read More

Oxford University publishes sample interview questions

Image copyrightThinkstockImage captionInterview questions are not designed to catch candidates out, says the university Place a 30cm ruler on top of one finger from each hand. What happens when you bring your fingers together? Can archaeology prove or disprove the Bible? Two tricky questions of the sort asked at interviews for Oxford University places,which are Read More

FYUP rollback not my personal loss

NEW DELHI: Outgoing DU VC Dinesh Singh on Friday defended the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme, saying its rollback was not his “personal loss” even as he maintained that, contrary to the popular notion, all the approvals were obtained and views taken before its introduction. “There is this impression that one fine day we woke up and Read More

A single-day exam for CAT this year

NEW DELHI: The format for the Common Admission Test (CAT) will see major changes this year. The test, which has been conducted on multiple days over two sessions since 2009, when it became computer-based, will now be conducted in as many sessions in a single day. Introduction of non-multiple choice questions along with an on-screen Read More