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Civil Services Examination Toppers Felicitated

Out of the 20 top rankers, 14 have an engineering background and 2 medical backgrounds.

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The Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh interacting with the Civil Services Toppers (2017), at the felicitation ceremony, in New Delhi on May 01, 2018. (PIB Photo)

NEW DELHI: The Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh felicitated the toppers of Civil Services Examination (2017) at a ceremony organised by Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, here today.

During the event, Jitendra Singh welcomed and congratulated all the successful candidates and described them as “architects of the New India”.

He urged them to utilise the opportunities available during their long careers for building a ‘New India’, which is going to be a superpower.

He noted that out of the 20 top rankers, 14 have an engineering background and 2 medical backgrounds.

Many of them had early education from government schools in small towns. This indicates that educational opportunities to excel are not just limited to the metro cities, he added.

He said that it has been a learning experience to interact with the young achievers during the felicitation, which is being organised by the Government for the last four years.

Singh said, during the last few years, Government has initiated the practice of posting IAS officers early in their careers as Assistant Secretaries to be mentored for a period of 3 months in different Ministries/Departments of Government of India.

It introduces the officers to various aspects of the functioning of the Central Government, he said. He wished all the candidates a great success for their future.

Addressing the toppers, Secretary, DoPT, C. Chandramouli said that the young officers have a lot to learn during their long tenure in civil services where they will meet various challenges in due course. He expressed confidence that they would find innovative solutions to these challenges. He wished the toppers best in their future career.

Senior officers of Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and parents & guardians of the young achievers were also present on the occasion.

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Issue of Bogus Teachers Under Review by AICTE and UGC

HRD ministry has forwarded the names of all 80,000 teachers with bogus Aadhar cards to the UGC and AICTE.

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NEW DELHI: The HRD ministry today rubbished some reports appearing in the online press that no action has been taken on the 80,000 bogus teachers who have been identified after introducing Aadhaar number verification on the Gurujan portal of AISHE.

The HRD Ministry has clarified that the fact mentioned in the report that no action has been taken is incorrect and it is not reflecting the actual position in the matter.

All the 80,000 names have been shared with both AICTE and UGC – the regulators, for taking up with the respective institutions and verify the reasons for incorrect entries.

Both the regulators are still on the job since the number of cases is very high.

It is also to be clarified that in this case an opportunity is being given to the institutions to rectify mistakes if any in showing entries in Aadhaar numbers.

This facility has been opened in the AISHE portal for making the corrections.

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‘Noon Assembly’ for Vitamin D Awareness Gains Pace in Delhi Schools

A change in lifestyle in metropolitan cities, the incidence of Vitamin ‘D’ deficiencies amongst children have seen a sharp increase.

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NEW DELHI: Schools in Delhi are increasingly coming together to spread the message of Noon Assembly where they spread awareness about Vitamin D and its health impact for children’s lifelong health.

From the time immemorial, school assembly has always taken place in the morning, but a change in lifestyle in metropolitan cities, incidence of Vitamin ‘D’ deficiencies amongst children have seen a sharp increase.

In order to fight the deficiency, schools in Delhi has come forward to hold the morning assembly at 11 am. According to research, 20 minutes of sunlight exposure between 11 am to 1 pm can produce five times more Vitamin D in the skin as compared to morning hours. A leading private school in Delhi held the Noon Assembly to increase the Vitamin D absorption.

Since its launch on April 9, the ‘Noon Assembly’ initiative has been seeing increasing participation. More than 35 thousand students from more than 40 schools have received over 700 thousand sun minutes.

Schools from Varanasi in UP and Dhanbad in Jharkhand have also conducted the Noon Assembly in their premises.

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PhD Must for University Teachers from 2021

NET will not be required to be cleared for all those who have a PhD degree from a university with a ranking among the top 500 in the World University Rankings.

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NEW DELHI: According to a draft policy document, a PhD will be a must for teaching at university level from 2021, even for assistant professors, which is the entry-level designation for instructors in universities.

Teachers will undergo a mandatory, month-long induction programme before starting work and also have to devote two hours for mentoring of students for community development/extra-curricular activities.

According to a senior Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry official who asked not to be identified, these changes have been made to enhance the quality of education in the higher education sector. This person added that the University Grants Commission (UGC) will soon define the minimum qualifications for teachers.

So far, at the entry level, the minimum eligibility requirement for an assistant professor was that they should have cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET) and have a Masters degree.

Now, the new qualifications required will be notified by the government along with other measures for the maintenance of standards in higher education.

A PhD should be the minimum eligibility for recruitment at universities as recommended by the Seventh Pay Commission.

According to the chairman of the pay review commission for the seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC) and the current chairman of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) VS Chauhan, NET as the minimum eligibility criteria is important for a diverse country because there are so many different subjects.

New Eligibility Criteria:

  • A simplified teacher evaluation grading system will be introduced
  • A system of providing academic scores for universities is also in the charts to improve research output
  • The Academic Performance Indicator (API) based appraisal system will also be removed
  • Promotions till the Associate Professor positions in colleges will be based on his/her teaching-centric metrics
  • In university-based teaching, the promotion will be based on and in universities teaching and research-centric metrics
  • A PhD is also mandatory now for promotions to the level of Associate Professor in colleges and Assistant Professor (Selection Grade) in universities

Special Provision: 

A special provision has been made in the in the eligibility conditions for recruitment of Assistant Professor posts in universities and colleges to encourage the return of the best brains, who made a mark in foreign universities.

NET will not be required to be cleared for all those who have a PhD degree from a university with a ranking among the top 500 in the World University Rankings (at any time) by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the Times Higher Education (THE) or the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Shanghai).

Such candidates will be eligible for direct recruitment.

However, those who obtained PhDs before 2009 will not be required to clear NET.

UGC, which had put up the draft regulations online for suggestions and objections, has incorporated all the changes and sent it to the HRD ministry for approval.

Some of the other features of the regulations include doing away with the Academic Performance Indicator (API) based appraisal, the introduction of a simplified teacher evaluation grading system, and the addition of an academic/research score for universities to improve research output.

In addition to this, promotion in colleges up to the level of associate professor will be based on teaching-centric metrics and in universities, teaching and research-centric. A PhD has also been made mandatory for promotion to the level of associate professor in colleges and assistant professor (Selection Grade) in universities.

To encourage the return of best brains who made a mark in foreign universities, a special provision has been made in the ineligibility conditions for recruitment of assistant professors in universities and colleges. All those who have a PhD degree from a university/institutions with a ranking among top 500 in the World University Ranking (at any time) by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the Times Higher Education (THE) or the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Shanghai) will be eligible for direct recruitment and not be required to clear NET.

“The Seventh Pay Commission had recommended that PhD should be the minimum eligibility for recruitment at universities. After much consideration, it was decided that it should be applicable from 2021. NET as the minimum eligibility criteria is important for a diverse country and as there are so many different subjects,” said VS Chauhan, who was the chairman of the pay review commission for the seventh Central Pay Commission (CPC), and is the current chairman of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

The government is likely to notify the new qualifications and other measures for the maintenance of standards in higher education soon.

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