higher education – The Education Store http://the-education-store.com/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 14:24:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://the-education-store.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/profile.png higher education – The Education Store http://the-education-store.com/ 32 32 Government’s education sector reforms deemed insufficient https://the-education-store.com/governments-education-sector-reforms-deemed-insufficient/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 13:46:28 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/governments-education-sector-reforms-deemed-insufficient/ Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government came to power claiming that it would bring reforms in the system in addition to revolutionizing the education and health sectors. Not to mention the civil service reforms, nothing special happened in the education system, except for the transfer of administrative departments from the Civil Secretariat. According to the documents, the […]]]>

Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government came to power claiming that it would bring reforms in the system in addition to revolutionizing the education and health sectors. Not to mention the civil service reforms, nothing special happened in the education system, except for the transfer of administrative departments from the Civil Secretariat.

According to the documents, the Punjab government has decided to relocate the two departments of education – higher education and school education – from the main secretariat to Lawrence Road. An esplanade was purchased to house these offices. According to an official letter addressed to the two Secretaries of Education, the Chief Secretary ordered them to move there. The HED would be on the first, second, and third floors while the SED would be on the basement, ground, fourth, and fifth floors.

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The Higher Education Department (HED) is located at the Main Secretariat while the School Education Department (SED) is located in the former Planning and Development Building. Previously, two health departments namely Primary and Secondary Health Care and Specialist Health Care were also moved from the Secretariat to Birdwood Road and Lawrence Road respectively.

The PTI government had affirmed that there would be a single, universal education policy. Additionally, he also formed a task force to bring about massive reforms in the age-old colonial civil service. However, he could add no feather to his hat other than introducing the unique curriculum. It was a good step towards unity and nationalism.

In the health sector, health insurance cards have been issued throughout the province. The government claimed that this initiative was another of its achievements. When we discuss the side of education, there is no universal education policy that could revolutionize ignored public sector institutions. All colleges and universities run education in the traditional way.

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The private sector, relative to the public sector, leads in all sectors, including education. Education has never been a priority area for governments, whether dictatorial or democratic. A former SED secretary told this scribe that for more than three years in power, the PTI could not bring sustained policies to the ignored education sector.

Although the government did not change ministers for the HED and SED, secretaries were frequently transferred. Sometimes the departments operated under a provisional arrangement.

Take the example of the current HED secretary, Syed Javed Iqbal Bukhari. When he reached the retirement pension, instead of assigning a full-time secretary, the head of the food department was given an additional charge from the HED office. From Imran Sikandar to Ghulam Farid, many secretaries were transferred to the SED. The same was true for the HED.

Nazira’s education was another initiative. Although the government wanted to teach the Holy Quran through the existing teaching staff, the court ordered the recruitment of separate Qaris for this purpose. The provincial government lacked science, math and information technology teachers. It also lacked fully equipped science laboratories and classrooms for early childhood education.

Moreover, when this newspaper spoke with a seasoned teacher, Shahbaz Ali, he opined that the government recruited “civil servants”, not teachers. They carry out their duties like other government employees and leave the premises. He said there should be a mechanism to drive out true teachers among the highly educated lot and there should be different merit for teachers.

When recruiting teachers, psychologists must advise recruiting committees whether or not a candidate is fit to practice the profession. Moreover, he felt that the teachers were depressed. He said they were an ignored segment of society and they themselves were also responsible for the sad state of the education system.

Iftikhar Ahmad, another teacher, said that the main job of the teacher is to motivate students, but now we see that despite all the efforts, enrollment in public schools has been declining. An educationally conducive and productive environment in publicly funded institutions must be ensured. He said government teachers are comparatively better paid than teachers in the private sector. But, he said they themselves were deeply unmotivated. They compare themselves to other segments like engineers, doctors and civil servants and are victims of inferiority complex.

In addition, governments hire teachers for extra-curricular activities like census, electoral duties, voter registration, exam duties and much more. There is no incentive for real teachers who really promote talent and motivate their students. They don’t just pass the time, rather they prepare students to be a good generation.

Tahira, an overseas-educated teacher, said some teachers prefer to get involved in politics. These days, teachers are on the road to demand an increase in their salaries, a disparity allowance in addition to the regularization of their services, and much more. Wasn’t it a crime for teachers to be absent from their lessons, she wondered. The loss of students didn’t bother them, she said.

In addition, the government should enforce the newly notified delisting policy on dead wood present in the community. Those who prefer politics to performance in schools should also receive show cause notices, she demanded. The need she suggested is to introduce a system of conductive education, developed in Hungary by András Petö. In this system, teachers or conductors teach children and adults with motor impairments to function independently. They guide them to achieve their goals in their own way.

During the period of former Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, education authorities were constituted at the district level. Even after many years, these authorities did not have a significant impact as education remained centralized. Decision-making should be delegated to district education authorities. They should have prepared their own education plans, but the school education department remained in charge.

Babar Ali, a factory manager, said teachers were on the road.

“They announced that they were organizing protest demonstrations in front of the civil secretariat. There is, it seems, no difference between clerics and teachers because the mode of claims is the same. Both are chanting slogans, hanging banners and boycotting their workplaces,” he said. He added that teachers should perform first and then demand.

Ejaz Hussain, Deputy Headmaster of Dar-e-Arqam School, said there should be very strict mechanism and criteria for enrolment, training, regularization and promotion of teachers. He added that the government should also carry out a survey of the children of government teachers, whether they are enrolled in public sector schools or in the private sector.

Surprisingly, he argued, the teaching community did not like enrolling their own children in public schools. “How can they motivate other parents to send their children to public sector schools,” Hussain was asked. The government should surrender to the protesters, he predicted.

The government should, at a minimum, notify a policy for the education sector and the teaching community that serves in the government sector. To revolutionize the education sector, there can be a separate education group in higher departments like customs, police, etc. Moreover, the government should also organize their training, refresher courses and engage them in research-related activities. Otherwise, the billions of rupees spent in the education sector would remain counterproductive and the state-funded system would lag far behind the commercialized private sector.

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Javed Iqbal is a special correspondent covering the government of Punjab with a particular focus on bureaucracy. He uncovered a number of mega-scams while working with mainstream media. He tweets @javedjahangiri and can be reached at [email protected]

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The winning international language education startup really sings https://the-education-store.com/the-winning-international-language-education-startup-really-sings/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 00:00:20 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/the-winning-international-language-education-startup-really-sings/ lyrical is a mobile application that teaches all the building blocks of a language through music. Inspired by a hit TV show, shark tankan annual virtual technology competition called LaunchPad, conducted by the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center (Technical Center) in the College of Arts, Languages ​​and Letters at the University of Hawaii in Mānoa, […]]]>

lyrical is a mobile application that teaches all the building blocks of a language through music.

Inspired by a hit TV show, shark tankan annual virtual technology competition called LaunchPad, conducted by the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center (Technical Center) in the College of Arts, Languages ​​and Letters at the University of Hawaii in Mānoa, welcomed new contractors to refine their bids. Four startups showcased technology products intended to impact language education around the world.

“We believe it is important for fledgling businesses to receive early feedback from the profession,” said Julio Rodriguez, director at the Tech Center. “It’s a win-win situation. Companies receive feedback to better align their products with research and language education needs; and language teachers have the opportunity to shape new products in the way that best suits their needs. »

The competition’s panel of highly specialized judges reviewed submissions ranging from apps that help learners jump-start their Mandarin skills, an English vocabulary and pronunciation platform, conversational language activities to using popular music to master a new language.

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Tech Center faculty announce Charlala won the audience award 2022

Mobile app lyrical earned top marks from the judges and won the LaunchPad award by capturing the honorary plaque. The digital platform combines the basic language components with the lyrics of different popular music tracks. The company is founded on the principle that songs make language memorable. With each song, users learn vocabulary, grammar, and listening comprehension in context, hoping to be reinforced with each listen.

lyricalrepresents a unique approach that leverages both self-directed and teacher-facilitated learning,” said Richard Medina, project manager and specialist at the Tech Center. “Their contribution fills a niche in the world of language learning technology that really impressed the judges. We’re excited to see where they go from here!

Products are judged on a variety of criteria, such as product alignment, quality of pitch, innovation, user experience and potential for use in Language Flagship, a network of 31 flagship programs across 23 language schools. higher education across the country, including two programs at uh in Chinese and Korean.

The Audience Award went to Charlala, which garnered the majority of votes from the contest’s online audience. Conversational language app converts any device into a digital canvas to engage students in authentic conversations through a variety of communication activities, including card talks, weekend talks and stories.

Participating startups are exposed to thousands of language educators and several successful companies in the field. uh‘s Tech Center launched the LaunchPad competition in 2017, inspired by the popular Japanese TV To display The dragon’s lairand his American successor, shark tank. The annual event is designed to facilitate early dialogues between start-ups and language professionals around the world.

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ICPC accuses Labor Department and UCH as reps investigate MDA rolls of names https://the-education-store.com/icpc-accuses-labor-department-and-uch-as-reps-investigate-mda-rolls-of-names/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 02:26:00 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/icpc-accuses-labor-department-and-uch-as-reps-investigate-mda-rolls-of-names/ The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, alleged on Thursday that the Federal Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity and Ibadan Teaching Hospital had fulfilled their nominal lists. This is just as the chairman of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta, has called for […]]]>

The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, alleged on Thursday that the Federal Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity and Ibadan Teaching Hospital had fulfilled their nominal lists.

This is just as the chairman of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, Ekpo Nta, has called for more funding to monitor the personnel budget of federal government ministries, departments and agencies.

Owasanoye and Nta spoke at an investigative hearing convened by the House of Representatives Committees on Anti-Corruption and Public Service Issues on the high level of corruption in the nominal rolls of MDAs.

Owasanoye said the ICPC is already investigating MDAs and their rolls of names at the request of the Office of the Head of the Federation Civil Service.

The ICPC boss revealed that the MDA agencies under investigation include the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity; the Ministry of Health; the Ministry of the Interior ; the Ministry of Information and Culture; and University College Hospital, Ibadan.

He said that so far the Department of Labor and UCH have been found guilty of inflating their rolls of names.

“They were referred to us by the HoS. The interior did not recruit. We are not done with Health. But Labor and UCH were definitely involved. Those two were definitely involved,” Owasanoye said.

In addition, Nta also told the committee that several MDAs award themselves non-regular salaries and allowances without resorting to the NSIWC.

He said: “The Commission carries out salary inspections every year in some MDAs but this was insufficient as it should be done more frequently. We need to start looking at compensation processes for supervisory staff. Last year, my Commission had N24 million to oversee personnel budgets that amounted to trillions. You can’t go around the country with that kind of money.

“If we could get 0.005% of the budget, most of the issues we’re looking at here would have been significantly resolved. In one place where I get N24m what I have calculated is that we need around N184m minimum to have done the rounds and then work on the electronic platforms.

“We need to monitor the personnel budget a little more in the same way that we monitor capital budgets and overheads. Thus, agencies involved in monitoring should receive more funds to carry out routine monitoring. You don’t have to wait until the end of the year. »

Nta pointed out that if the funds for this padding were saved in the higher education and health sectors and managed wisely, “we won’t have all these unnecessary strikes.”

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Netherlands: The Netherlands will help boost the state’s higher education sector | Thiruvananthapuram News https://the-education-store.com/netherlands-the-netherlands-will-help-boost-the-states-higher-education-sector-thiruvananthapuram-news/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 22:30:00 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/netherlands-the-netherlands-will-help-boost-the-states-higher-education-sector-thiruvananthapuram-news/ Thiruvananthapuram: The Netherlands will support the state’s efforts in creating centers of excellence in the higher education sector, Dutch Ambassador to India Marten Van den Berg has assured Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan when meeting with him on Tuesday.The ambassador agreed to the CM’s request to bring more Dutch investment to the state. The Chief Minister […]]]>
Thiruvananthapuram: The Netherlands will support the state’s efforts in creating centers of excellence in the higher education sector, Dutch Ambassador to India Marten Van den Berg has assured Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan when meeting with him on Tuesday.
The ambassador agreed to the CM’s request to bring more Dutch investment to the state. The Chief Minister has also invited tourists from the Netherlands to the state. Chief Minister says suggestions and help from the Netherlands after the 2018 floods have been of great help to the state, and the concept of “place for the river” has helped the state to make great strides in its efforts to control the flood. situation in Kuttanad.
The state has already launched a center of excellence at Ambalavayal in Wayanad with the cooperation of the Netherlands, to develop modern value-added technologies in fruit growing and floriculture. The Netherlands also offered state assistance in agriculture, water resources, technical education and climate change, during talks with the chief minister on Tuesday.
On Monday, the Dutch team held discussions with representatives from various state government departments to explore areas in which the state and the Netherlands can cooperate.
The meeting discussed the progress of cooperation in various sectors, with particular emphasis on disaster management and water resources management. A state proposal for a center of excellence in animal husbandry and collaboration on agriculture below sea level was also explored.
Cooperation with the National Archives of the Netherlands, state support in museums and a discussion of Cosmos Malabaricus, collaboration in football and hockey and cooperation in other areas such as renewable energies and initiatives start-ups were also on the agenda for Monday’s meeting. .
The cooperation between Kerala and the Netherlands started after the 2018 floods. The Chief Minister and a team of officials had visited the country to learn more about water resource management, as the Dutch are considered pioneers in flood control by managing their water resources.
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Wronged students shut down NASS and Ministry of Education – The Sun Nigeria https://the-education-store.com/wronged-students-shut-down-nass-and-ministry-of-education-the-sun-nigeria/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 15:18:39 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/wronged-students-shut-down-nass-and-ministry-of-education-the-sun-nigeria/ By Fred Ezeh Abuja On Monday, aggrieved university students under the umbrella of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) disrupted official activities at the National Assembly Compound and the Federal Ministry of Education, both in Abuja, during a a peaceful protest. They completely blocked the entrance gates to both buildings for several hours, demanding […]]]>

By Fred Ezeh Abuja

On Monday, aggrieved university students under the umbrella of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) disrupted official activities at the National Assembly Compound and the Federal Ministry of Education, both in Abuja, during a a peaceful protest.

They completely blocked the entrance gates to both buildings for several hours, demanding the attention of senior government officials to their whereabouts.

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They explained that the peaceful protest was intended to register their displeasure at the periodic industrial action by university professors under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the failure of the federal government to meet their demands.

Students by the hundreds marched through the streets of Abuja with placards bearing different inscriptions, chanting songs of solidarity and demanding an end to periodic academic interruptions in the university system.

The aggrieved students were also carrying mattresses, cooking gas and other utensils ready to keep NASS and the Federal Department of Education busy until they were assured of concrete action to end the nationwide strike.

NANS President Sunday Asefon, who led the protest, said it was disheartening that ASUU had been on strike for more than four years since 1999.

“The consequences of this development are severe on the part of the students who are victims of these industrial actions by ASUU following a labor disagreement with the federal government. The resulting effect of these strikes is inconsistency in the results of scholarship, research and learning.

“At the end of each strike action, ASUU members receive their salaries, government officials and politicians receive theirs, Ministers of Education and his Labor counterpart receive their salaries and allowances for meetings “unproductive” with ASUU, but students receive nothing but inability to mobilize for NYSC due to age limit, limited job opportunities due to age limit, untimely death of students needlessly traversing the bad Nigerian roads, all in the wake of the ASUU’s relentless strike.

“Most of the industrial action could have been avoided had the government been responsible enough to keep the promises/agreements freely entered into with ASUU over the years and fulfill its end of the bargain.

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“Public tertiary institutions in Nigeria have taken a downward slope in recent years and there is an urgent need to fix the system. Many students no longer trust the academic results of higher education institutions due to strikes and neglect of infrastructure by the government.

“These developments explain the high level of migration of Nigerian students abroad in search of stable and quality education. Many of our students are trapped in war-ravaged Ukraine due to strikes at our universities and lack of adequate infrastructure development.

The students therefore called on the federal government to honor the freely entered into agreement with ASUU and renegotiate areas that need to be renegotiated, while ASUU be open-minded, progressive, and realistic in its terms.

They suggested that the federal government do whatever it takes to convince ASUU to suspend its strike and return to the classroom to ensure continuity of the academic calendar, and also consider urgent investment in the revitalization of public institutions of higher education in Nigeria to meet population growth and emerging needs.

“We demand that Nigerian students who are victims of the ASUU relentless strike be represented in all negotiations between the Federal Government and ASUU, and both parties must prove that their children have attended or are attending a public university in Nigeria” , they said.

The students therefore pleaded with ASUU to call off the strike while they find new ways to hold the government to account without necessarily going on strike.

They insisted that if their positions are not reviewed and implemented immediately, they will continue to protest every week, and even choose a more strategic location that will have a significant impact on the economy.

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ASUU strike: FG urged to convene emergency meeting of education sector stakeholders now https://the-education-store.com/asuu-strike-fg-urged-to-convene-emergency-meeting-of-education-sector-stakeholders-now/ Sun, 27 Feb 2022 18:17:45 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/asuu-strike-fg-urged-to-convene-emergency-meeting-of-education-sector-stakeholders-now/ As the warning strike launched by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) continues, the need to convene an emergency meeting of stakeholders in the education sector has been stressed. The reason for convening the meeting is to propose a lasting solution to the myriad of challenges that militate against the smooth functioning […]]]>

As the warning strike launched by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) continues, the need to convene an emergency meeting of stakeholders in the education sector has been stressed.

The reason for convening the meeting is to propose a lasting solution to the myriad of challenges that militate against the smooth functioning of the country’s education sector, particularly the persistent strike actions that have held back higher education institutions. .

In the same vein, members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have been called upon to listen to the government for the general benefit of Nigerian students.

The call was made by the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) during a press conference held on Sunday at the Secretariat of the Student Union (SUG) Government of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), in Bauchi.

NANS National Director of Administration and Strategy, Prince Mohammed Sani Hassan, speaking to reporters, lamented that “the university strike in Nigeria is becoming a norm with successive governments, including the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, which has failed to respond to demands and the 2008 Agreement signed by the Federal Government and ASUU.

He added that “this strike has continued to hurt more, the students and their parents who have worked very hard and ultimately have little in their pockets to support their respective children in Nigerian universities.”

Mohammed added that “it is in light of the above that the ASUU strike appears to be a festival in Nigeria that happens every year, leaving the consequences directly on the students.”

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According to him, “It is an incontrovertible discussion that a four-year course now takes no less than 7-8 years for a Nigerian student who is struggling tooth and nail to survive in the current economic realities.”

“We therefore deem it appropriate and necessary, as stakeholders in this struggle, to speak to you about these continuing clashes between members of the Universities Academic Staff Union and the Federal Government to end this long-running feud that is alienating Nigerian students. of their classrooms. “, he underlined.

He said that “the federal government, through the Federal Ministry of Education under the competent supervision of Mallam Adamu Adamu and the Minister of Labor, Chris Ngige, should guarantee the respect of the agreement adopted previously”.

“Government and ASUU are stakeholders and at the same time team players in this game which has made this government its reputation in the education sector after being pro-ASUU in the past,” said he added.

The NANS director said that “we have not yet emerged from the negative effects of the similar action last year, as this strike is never expected to end anytime soon. We all saw what happened last year when this type of strike happened and the federal government and ASUU ended it at a roundtable.

He pointed out that “this strike has continued to greatly affect the chances of the less privileged to reach the top of their careers because all the students currently at home are those of the underdogs”.

Mohammed said that “ASUU leadership needs to call its members to order and let them know that there is an increasing number of graduates sitting at home and given the scarcely available job opportunities, this should serve as a warning signal to university professors”.

“The government must know that education is a right of every Nigerian child, so it must be a priority to secure the future of the nation amid growing insecurity,” he said.

According to him, “Illiteracy and increasing unemployment have been identified as the main factors that continue to traumatize Nigerians, then it becomes more necessary for the government to create millions of investments in the education sector and to ensure wealth creation through empowerment programs”.

Sani Mohammed concluded that “As stakeholders, we will continue to be team players in creating the best platform for peace and unity to struggle in the country through our position to ensure that justice for Nigerian students cannot be compromised”.

He said “the sad reality is that many are losing out to serve their country through the compulsory national youth service program because of these persistent strikes which are about to cripple our education system.”

He went on to appreciate the efforts of Bauchi State Governor Sen Bala A Mohammed and security agencies for their efforts to secure peace in Bauchi State.

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EdCIL Hosts “Study in India” Diplomatic Conclave to Showcase India’s Education Sector | India News https://the-education-store.com/edcil-hosts-study-in-india-diplomatic-conclave-to-showcase-indias-education-sector-india-news/ Sat, 26 Feb 2022 07:24:24 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/edcil-hosts-study-in-india-diplomatic-conclave-to-showcase-indias-education-sector-india-news/ New Delhi: As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava, India’s 75th Independence Day celebrations, EdCIL organized the “Study in India” Diplomatic Conclave to showcase India’s education sector, especially the policies and programs aimed at providing educational opportunities to foreign students in India. The event was held at Sushma Swaraj Bhawan in New Delhi on Thursday, […]]]>

New Delhi: As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava, India’s 75th Independence Day celebrations, EdCIL organized the “Study in India” Diplomatic Conclave to showcase India’s education sector, especially the policies and programs aimed at providing educational opportunities to foreign students in India.

The event was held at Sushma Swaraj Bhawan in New Delhi on Thursday, February 24 with the participation of diplomats from 20 countries around the world.

Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Education Rajkumar Ranjan Singh presided over the opening ceremony attended by Saurabh Kumar – Secretary (East), Anil Kumar Rai – Deputy Secretary (Coord and Parliament ) and senior officials of EdCIL (India) Limited.

In its opening remarks, the MoS highlighted the opportunities offered to international students under the Government of India’s “Study in India” scheme to enhance partnership between countries in the education sector.

Singh said the Conclave is organized to showcase India’s association with friendly foreign countries through exchanges and educational ties.

The objective of the ‘Study in India Diplomatic Conclave’ was to promote the sharing of best academic and research practices through interactions between various education systems through foreign dignitaries who also helped to understand the systems of higher education in various international markets.

The admission process for “Study in India” is entirely online where a student has to go to the website (www.studyinindia.gov.in), register, login, fill in student information, choose fee waived courses in the best institute of your choice and submit the application. After the mock and final consultation rounds, your chosen colleges will respond to you with the award letter. The whole process is free.

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Authorities have assured us that students will be rescued soon,’ say Indian parents who want their stranded children to return home https://the-education-store.com/authorities-have-assured-us-that-students-will-be-rescued-soon-say-indian-parents-who-want-their-stranded-children-to-return-home/ Thu, 24 Feb 2022 15:56:38 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/authorities-have-assured-us-that-students-will-be-rescued-soon-say-indian-parents-who-want-their-stranded-children-to-return-home/ Parents of Indian students stranded in Ukraine are worried about the safety of their children as the country has reported explosions, missile attacks and clashes with Russian forces in different parts of the country. In a statement, Indian Ambassador to Ukraine Partha Satpathy urged Indians in the country to remain calm and face the situation […]]]>

Parents of Indian students stranded in Ukraine are worried about the safety of their children as the country has reported explosions, missile attacks and clashes with Russian forces in different parts of the country.

In a statement, Indian Ambassador to Ukraine Partha Satpathy urged Indians in the country to remain calm and face the situation with courage and asked them to stay in their familiar places. “As of now, the Government of India, the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Embassy are seized of the situation and are working in mission mode to find a solution to this difficult situation,” the Ambassador said in the statement. communicated.

Mohammad Shafi, a parent of a student stranded in the country, told the Free Press Journal that his son who is currently at Uzhhorod National University tried to book an Air India ticket but was unable to do so. due to flight unavailability. “Although the university has cleared students to leave, no tickets are available for students at this time. As bombs were dropped on Kyiv airport, several students who had booked their flights for today have been accommodated by the Indian Embassy for the time being,” said Mohammad, who added that due to cash withdrawal limits announced by the Government of Ukraine, several people lined up ATMs in the city.

Another parent, Tehsin Ali, from Uttar Pradesh, said he had contacted the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) hotline for information on student safety in Ukraine and had been informed that it was planned to airlift the students by this evening. Ali added that many parents in the region, who have sent their children to Ukraine to pursue higher education, are extremely worried and plan to travel to Delhi if things are not resolved quickly. “As the authorities have assured that our children will be brought back safe and sound, we hope to see measures in this regard,” added Ali, whose son is studying at Ivano-Frankivsk University.

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CT University System Seeks Budget Help as Enrollment Falls https://the-education-store.com/ct-university-system-seeks-budget-help-as-enrollment-falls/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 22:18:17 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/ct-university-system-seeks-budget-help-as-enrollment-falls/ HARTFORD — The state university system is looking to the state to help fill a budget gap that could affect Connecticut’s most vulnerable students. As enrollment declines and the pandemic continues to impact higher education, Connecticut State’s colleges and universities initially projected a $268 million shortfall attributed to labor contracts and the loss of tuition […]]]>

HARTFORD — The state university system is looking to the state to help fill a budget gap that could affect Connecticut’s most vulnerable students.

As enrollment declines and the pandemic continues to impact higher education, Connecticut State’s colleges and universities initially projected a $268 million shortfall attributed to labor contracts and the loss of tuition fees. Since then, Gov. Ned Lamont has proposed a $93 million set aside that officials told the Legislature Tuesday was insufficient to fill those budget holes.

“While we appreciate the Governor’s generous support for our system and our students — there are several important and worthwhile investments in the Governor’s proposed budget — the system is still expected to experience a deficit of $174 million,” Terrence said. Cheng, chairman of the system.

While some lawmakers have questioned when there will be fewer students to serve, Cheng pointed out that the system combines access, quality and affordability for students who generally continue to live and work in the state.


“We can’t take this for granted,” Cheng told the appropriations committee, which will make recommendations to Lamont on his plan in the coming months.

The proposed budget adjustments also include financial support for specific initiatives, ranging from student financial aid to workforce development programs. But system officials said that still leaves non-discretionary costs on the table.

“These – while substantial and welcome – do not help us close our base deficit that we face for the coming year as a result of the pandemic, and the confluence of this with rising marginal costs and wages,” said Ben Barnes, the system’s chief financial officer.

One of the most significant impacts of the pandemic has been on full-time equivalent enrollment, which fell 6% at community colleges and nearly 9% at state universities from fall 2020 to 2021. , according to system data.

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Investments in the state system would be an investment in the future | Editorials https://the-education-store.com/investments-in-the-state-system-would-be-an-investment-in-the-future-editorials/ Sun, 20 Feb 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://the-education-store.com/investments-in-the-state-system-would-be-an-investment-in-the-future-editorials/ When a company hands out pink slips, they sometimes say they’re “adjusting” their company, if only because that seems a lot less harsh and more forward-looking than saying they’re sending some of its unemployed workers. So even though the term “adjustment” has the nasty smell of corporate jargon surrounding it, it’s a fairly apt description […]]]>

When a company hands out pink slips, they sometimes say they’re “adjusting” their company, if only because that seems a lot less harsh and more forward-looking than saying they’re sending some of its unemployed workers.

So even though the term “adjustment” has the nasty smell of corporate jargon surrounding it, it’s a fairly apt description of what the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has done to the over the past two years. . Faced with declining enrollment that shows no signs of going the other way any time soon, the system has combined six of its 14 campuses, with the University of California, Pennsylvania joining Edinboro and Clarion universities to become the University Pennsylvania Western starting next summer. The other three combined campuses, all located in the eastern part of the state, have yet to receive a new name.

Alumni, students, faculty, and staff have all expressed concern over the loss of each campus’ academic identity and programs, among many other concerns. But combining the campuses – “scaling” them – seems to have been the best option available.

With 30,000 fewer students on PASSHE campuses over the past decade, public universities like Cal U. have long struggled with declining state support, both in Pennsylvania and across the country. If you were lucky enough to attend a public college or university in the United States from the 1960s to the 1980s, you might have been able to graduate without racking up any debt. However, as lawmakers in many states have cut funding for higher education, tuition costs borne by American students and their families have risen more than 200% since the late 1980s. Specifically, the cost attendance at a PASSHE institution over the past decade has increased by 50%. As Cynthia Shapira, chair of PASSHE’s board of directors, pointed out, this high price “puts a degree from the state system out of reach for many low- and middle-income families.”

As part of a larger package that would increase education revenue at all levels, Gov. Tom Wolf proposed in his budget speech last week that PASSHE schools receive a $550 million increase, or 15%, of the funding in the 2022-23 budget. That wouldn’t propel Pennsylvania to the top spot in public school funding, but it would at least get it out of the bottom five. More than a matter of pride, however, it would represent a much-needed investment in the state’s public universities.

Marc Steir, director of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, noted a few years ago that if the Commonwealth increased funding for higher education, it would see higher wages, higher gross state product and income of the state,” and that is the virtuous circle of investing in higher education.

With a labor shortage and constant demand for skilled workers, investing in higher education must be one of Pennsylvania’s top priorities.

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