Tuesday, 19 June 2012

April 2012

Give2Asia and Agastya Expand Partnership With New Education Initiative

SAN FRANCISCO, Apr 11, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Today, Give2Asia, a U.S.-based nonprofit promoting transformative philanthropy for Asia announces an expansion of its partnership with the Agastya International Foundation, which began in 2006. The new Agastya Bandhu Program will support mentorship opportunities for disadvantaged children in rural India by pairing groups of children with college students from the United States.

GE gives 1.6 mn dollar to Indian NGO
NEW DELHI: The charitable arm of American conglomerate General Electric has pledged $1.6 million in aid to the school education programmes run by Pratham, an NGO working for the education of children from weaker sections of the society.
The grant will allow young adults, especially women, complete their secondary education and improve their employment readiness through the schools run by Pratham, besides aiding the organization's Read India campaign in which these students will teach elementary-age children aged 3-14.

World Bank approves $500 million education project for India

WASHINGTON: In a bid to make quality education accessible to young people at the secondary level, the World Bank today approved a USD 500 million credit to support India's secondary education project.
The project will support all activities as envisioned in the USD 12.9 billion Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) programme, a flagship Government of India programme for gradual universalisation of secondary education.

ISB inks MoU with Karachi-based IBA
The Indian School of Business has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Karachi-based Institute of Business Administration (IBA) to provide executive education courses to senior management executives in Pakistan beginning from June 12.

Community college view sees good response

The Centre’s plan to set up 100 community colleges on pilot basis as an alternate system of higher education has received support from the states. The states expressed their “eagerness” to participate in the programme at a meeting here which was chaired by Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal. The ministry urged all the state governments to identify at least five institutions in their respective jurisdiction to start the proposed pilot projects. The HRD Ministry has formulated the community college programme in order to provide access to higher education especially to those from the disadvantaged sections.
India may ask universities to double intake
To produce larger numbers of qualified job-seekers to feed a growing economy, some Indian universities may have to double their student enrolment in the five years to March 2017, with students per acre of university campus being used as a measure of efficiency.
The University Grants Commission (UGC), which regulates higher education in the country, has said in a report that a majority of 556 universities don’t enrol enough students in spite of their large campuses. “The 43 central universities, except a few like Delhi University, are functioning with disproportionately low student enrolment compared to the campus area,” the report said. “A 100% increase in intake is feasible in 30 of these university campuses.”

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