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ASER Report 2021: Students turn to private coaching during pandemic



Nearly 40% of school students enrolled in private tuitions to supplement their education in 2021, according to the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). This is significantly higher than the levels recorded in 2020. Also, between 2018 and 2021, students who took tuitions increased, regardless of their grade, school type, and gender. There was a substantial rise in the number of children whose parents have relatively poor education levels taking tuitions. In all the States except Kerala, the proportion of children opting for private coaching increased in 2021 compared to 2018.

Grade-wise share

The share (%) of school students who took private tuitions in 2021 increased by 10.6% points compared to 2018. Over one-third of students in all grades took private coaching classes in 2021. Around 39% of students between Grade III and V took private tuition in 2021, which is an increase from 27.7% in 2018. Compared to the 37% in 2021, less than one-fourth of students studying in Grades I-II took private classes in 2018.


By school type

The share of government school students and private school students who took coaching classes increased by 9.9% points and 11.5% points, respectively, in 2021 compared to 2018. The share of students from both govt. and private schools taking private coaching has steadily increased since 2018.


Parents’ education

The chart shows the share (%) of children taking tuition by parents’ education. ‘Low’ parental education includes families where both parents have completed Grade V or less. ‘High’ parental education comprises families where both parents have completed at least Grade IX. All others are grouped together in the ‘medium’ category.


Gender-wise share

The chart shows the share (%) of students taking private coaching by gender. In 2021, 37.9% of girls and 40.3% of boys took private tuitions.


State-wise share

The scatter chart plots the share of enrolled students taking private coaching in 2021 across all the States against the change in the share of such students from 2018. Kerala was the only State where the share of students using private coaching fell in this period.



Source: The Hindu


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Upper age limit for NEET-UG removed by National Medical Commission





The upper age limit for taking the National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (Undergraduate) [NEET-UG] has been removed. After a meeting on Wednesday, the National Medical Commission (NMC) issued a circular announcing the decision.

Pulkesh Kumar, Secretary, NMC, has written to the National Testing Agency (NTA) requesting to remove the maximum age criteria from the information bulletin of the NEET-UG.

The NMC, which supervises medical education and medical professionals in India, said in a letter on Wednesday that it was “determined at the 4th NMC meeting held on October 21, 2021 that there should not be any specified upper age restriction for sitting in the NEET-UG test.” As a result, the information bulletin may need to be adjusted. In addition, the procedure for obtaining formal notice to alter the Graduate Medical Education Regulations of 1997 to this effect has started.’

“The decision would significantly assist aspiring doctors and aid in developing medical education in the country,” Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted.

Earlier, the age limit for general category applicants was 25 years, while for reserved category candidates it was 30 years.

Source: The Hindu

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ARIIA 2021: IIT-Madras tops again as most innovative educational institute




The Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA) 2021 was announced on December 29 by the Ministry of Education’s innovation cell. Participating institutions are divided into two groups by ARIIA 2021: technical and non-technical.

In a technical rating, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) has been named India’s Most Innovative Educational Institute. IIT Madras has won the top spot for the third time in a row. The IITs of Bombay and Delhi were ranked second and third, respectively.

Subhas Sarkar, Union Minister of State for Education, Government of India, practically declared the ranking today. He encouraged higher educational institutions to foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship among students and to equip faculty members as innovators, out-of-the-box thinkers, creative problem solvers, entrepreneurs, and job creators while speaking at the virtual event.

Institute of National Importance, Central Universities & CFTIs

Rank 1: IIT-Madras

Rank 2: IIT-Bombay

Rank 3: IIT-Delhi

Rank 4: IIT, Kanpur

Rank 5: IIT-Roorkee

Rank 6: IISc

Rank 7: IIT-Hyderabad

Rank 8: IIT-Kharagpur

Rank 9: NIT-Calicut

Rank 10: Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology

In government and government-aided universities, the rank-holders were –

Rank 1: Panjab University

Rank 2: Delhi Technological University

Rank 3: Netaji Subhas University of Technology

Rank 4: Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University

Rank 5: Avinashilingam Institute For Home Science And Higher Education For Women

Rank 6: Institute of Chemical Technology

Rank 7: Gujarat Technological University

Govt. and Govt. Aided College/Institutes

Rank 1: College of Engineering Pune

Rank 2: PSG College of Technology

Rank 3: L. D. College of Engineering

Rank 4: Thiagarajar College of Engineering

Rank 5: Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute

Private or Self-Financed Universities

Rank 1: Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology Khordha

Rank 2: Chitkara University

Rank 3: Lovely Professional University

Rank 4: S.R.M. Institute of Science And Technology

Rank 5: Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University

Private or Self-Financed College/Institutes

Rank 1: G H Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur

Rank 2: R.M.K. Engineering College

Rank 3: KIET Group of Institutions

Rank 4: Sri Krishna College of Engineering And Technology

Rank 5: Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology

Institute of National Importance, Central Universities & CFTIs (non-technical)

Rank 1: Indira Gandhi National Open University

Rank 2: Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode

General (Non-Technical): Top 5 Ranks

Rank 1: Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

Rank 2: Sree Narayana College

Rank 3: Mahatma Gandhi University

Rank 4: PSG College of Arts And Science

Rank 5: Holy Cross College, Tiruchirappalli

For the first time, ARIIA had a category for non-technical higher educational institutions. The other five categories are — centrally-funded institutions, state-funded universities, state-funded autonomous institutions, private/deemed universities, private institutions.


Source: The Indian Express

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Rajya Sabha passes National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021




The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2021, was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, under which six more institutes of pharmaceutical education and research, in addition to the one in Mohali, will be designated as institutes of national importance, undergraduate and diploma courses will be introduced, and an advisory council will be established.

A voice vote was used to pass the bill. The Lok Sabha approved it on December 6.

“During COVID-19, we conducted discussions with pharmaceutical producers and guaranteed them that we would eliminate all barriers to study and manufacture vaccines in record time,” Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya stated in response to a debate on the Bill. He stated that 85% of the eligible population has gotten at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination as a result of the government’s policy.

He further stated that three out of every ten scientists at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in the United States were Indians, and that worthy applicants had previously been denied opportunities in India.


Source: The Hindu

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