News of SSC Delhi Police Constable Exam 2016 leak was fake, Official notification released

The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has released an important notice for the Delhi Police Constable Exam 2016 regarding the paper leak news circulating. The official site of SSC clarified to the candidates who are appearing in the examination that there is no paper leak in the Delhi Police Constable Exam 2016.

The notification was released on the official site ssc.nic.in last night. A video was posted on the Youtube, allegedly saying that the leakage of question paper at one exam center in Delhi. In the notice, the SSC clearly said that the “youtube” video of ABP news is an old video of the year 2012 that is being circulated. The video talks about the paper leak in Rohini Sector 1, New Delhi, which is not even a venue for Delhi Police Constable Exam, the SSC cleared. They also added that there have been no such incidents and the security measures for the exam are also doing fine. “The news item is totally baseless and misleading and the Delhi Police Exam 2016 is being conducted by SSC seamlessly throughout the Country,” the Commission further added.

The notification also confirms that 1,95,857 candidates are writing the examination all over 57 centers in the country. It also added that all the security measures absolutely at its place and the examination are being conducted without any hassle. The news of paper leak is merely a rumor and there’s no truth in it. The SSC took the online applications for Delhi Police Constable Recruitment from September 10 to October 10, 2016. Firstly, the Delhi police conducted Physical Endurance and Measurement Test (PE&MT) at various places in the country. The candidates who qualified PE&MT were later issued the call letters by SSC.

 

More than 300 private engineering colleges are expected to shut down

More than 300 private engineering colleges would be asked to stop operations from the 2018-19 academic session. These institutions have been asked not to commence admission process for any fresh batch as they had witnessed less than 30% enrolment for last five years. Another 500 engineering colleges are also under the examination for not being able to fill up seats, as per a senior HRD official.

The All India Council for Technical Education has said to all such colleges to look out for substitute options like converting to science colleges or vocational educational institutions. According to the AICTE website, there are almost 3,000 private engineering colleges offering undergraduate courses in India, with a consumption capacity of 13.56 lakh of which there are about 800 engineering colleges whose enrolment percentage is less than 50%. As per the HRD sources, more than 300 institutions which would be asked to shut down operations as engineering colleges of which more than 150 have less than 20% enrolment.

As per the chairperson of the AICTE, the council has asked those colleges with less than 30% enrolment to look out for other options. Saying that closing down the institutions may lead to problems for the institutions, professor Anil D Sahasrabudhe, chairperson, AICTE said, “We are deliberating on the issue. Closure is an easy option, but that could also lead to many complications as they have invested money, have bank loans. Taking a holistic view, those institutions which are border line cases may not be asked to close down but they will be asked to choose alternate options on their own.”

The Council, however, would give alternatives like converting the engineering colleges to science colleges, skill development centers or vocational education institutions. This issue will be finalized by the end of 2017 afore the approvals are allotted to the colleges. Sahasrabudhe added that it is in for the benefit of the institutions to convert into another type of institutes as over the time their admissions have to undergo because they were not doing great.

CBSE UGC NET 2017, Expected cut-off

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted UGC NET November 2017 exam on 5th November. As per information collected from the officials approximately 9.5 lakh candidates applied for the exam but almost 75% candidates appeared that makes around 7 Lakh.

Number of candidates as per source:

  1. Male: 4,10,500
  2. Female: 5,20,500
  3. Transgender: 3

About NET Exam:

CBSE conducts NET exam every year. NET is known as National Eligibility Test conducted by CBSE on behalf of University Grant Commission (UGC) for assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship. This exam was conducted in 91 cities across the country.

NET November 2017 cut-off:

It is expected that exam cut-off will be decreased by 1 or 2 percent as compared to cut-off went in NET June 2017 exam. The cut-off is the maximum marks to be scored by the candidates to qualify ugc net exam. The cut-ff will be decided n the following points.

  1. The number of candidates appeared in an exam.
  2. difficulty level, if difficulty level will be low then cut-off will be high and vice versa.
  3. the number of candidates appeared in an exam per category that is ratio of the candidates.

Selection Procedure:

  1. The candidate have to score minimum qualification mark in aggregate of three papers that is at least 40% for general candidate and 35% for OBC/st/sc and other  candidate.
  2. For the qualifying candidates who scored minimum of 40%, a merit list will be prepared.
  3. 6% candidates amongst the test taker in the order of merit will be eligible for the Assistant Professor. Separate merit list will be prepare for JRE candidates

IIM Bangalore executes reservation quotas, Alumni asked other IIMs to implement as well

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore will now enforce government-mandated reservation quota for SC/ST/OBC candidates in its admission to the Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) course for the academic year 2018-19.

The Global IIM Alumni Network welcomed the move and said in a statement:

“This comes as a pleasant surprise after the Global IIM Alumni Network had recently called on all the IIMs to implement reservation in their respective FPM programs as one of the measures to deal with the appalling diversity deficit at both doctoral and faculty levels at all the IIMs. While commending the leadership at IIM Bangalore to be the first to comply with these statutory measures, we urge them to go beyond the letter of the provisions and take further steps to realize them in their spirit. These can include but may not be limited to putting in place an effective outreach initiative to publicize the admissions in all major institutions across the country, putting in place financial aid for those students who may have educational loan prohibiting them from pursuing a long-duration doctoral course and steps to foster an inclusive and welcoming academic environment for students from marginalized communities,” the statement said.

On the other hand, Alumni Network also expressed displeasure that IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta, and IIM Kozhikode have disrespected appeals several times to launch reservation quotas and have continued to have admission policies at alteration with the law.

The statement added that “We implore the leadership at these institutions to withdraw the existing notices and reissue them with reservation provisions as mandated by law. We would also urge other IIMs including IIM Lucknow and IIM Indore, which will be issuing admission notices for their doctoral programmes in the next few months, to follow the example of IIM Bangalore in taking the first step towards inclusion by implementing statutory reservations in the admission processes.”

The Global IIM Alumni association has written a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to put some further pressure for compliance, asking for their intervention to make sure execution of reservation quotas across all IIM institutes in the FPM programme as well as in faculty intake. As per the recently published data, there are only two SC and 13 OBC members amid 512 faculty members in all of ten IIMs. The more shocking data is the absence of a single ST faculty member.

NEET 2018: Tamil Nadu to begin Teachers Training from this Month

The Tamil Nadu government yesterday made an announcement that the Madras High Court the training programmes in the state for both NEET aspirants and teachers would start by the end of this month(November 2017).

Every year thousands of students appear for the said training and this year as per the NEET, counter-affidavit 1,422 agitations had been reported out of which 933 were staged by political parties in the state and 317 were by students.

By the end of this month, the Tamil Nadu government yesterday informed the Madras High Court the training programmes in the state for both NEET aspirants and teachers would start. The information was submitted by the additional advocate general in response to a petition relating to NEET which came up before Justice N Kirubakaran. The judge had earlier, posed several questions with relation to NEET to which the state health secretary filed a counter-affidavit.

In his counter-affidavit, J Radhakrishnan Secretary of Department of Health and Family Welfare, also submitted that the state has proposed to identify teachers in every district and give them proper training so as to enable them to provide adequate coaching to NEET aspirants.

The counter-affidavit also states that the government would establish exclusive training centres for NEET aspirants in all district central libraries at a cost of Rs. 72 lakh. The counter-affidavit also informed that the counselling process for all government quota and management quota seats in government and self-financed private medical colleges had been concluded and all seats were filled.

The court was also informed that a question bank for NEET exam had been prepared in English and is yet to be translated into Tamil. The judge has posted the matter for further hearing on November 8.

For more updates candidates can visit the official website.

From the last 5 years less than half of new MBA Graduates getting Jobs, Unemployment Soared

In India 93% of MBA graduates in India are unemployed, Data from across the country shows that the payoff of this course has not been promising. Almost one of two MBA graduates is not placed and unemployment is rising.

“You see some students who do not get placed take up small jobs; some others get placed in some company one or two years after graduating. Now, with mandatory internships, we feel the situation will improve as the students will get some kind of training while studying,” said Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairman of the All India Council of Technical Education.

Indian MBA graduates are earning a measly 8000 to 10,000 rupees per month, and previously they have spend lakhs of rupees on their management education, but after graduating, most of them are not able to find a placement.

Job offers for fresh management graduates in India are at a five-year low, official data show, trend experts blame on a sluggish economy as well as a mismatch between the years-old curriculum and industry expectations.

Unemployment

In 2016-17, just 47% of Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduates got placed on the campus, a dip of 4% over the previous year, marking a five-year low. At 12%, the drop was far sharper for postgraduate diploma holders.

The campus placements of management students have been declined as shown in the table below:

% of students placed 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
PGDM: Post-Graduate Diploma in Management

 

73 76 60 72 60
MBA: Master of Business Administration

 

49 51 52 51 47

 

About 200,000 students passed out of these institutes in 2016-17 from the 5,000 management institutes across the country. The data does not include the premier Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) that are not affiliated to the main regulatory body, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The trend has AICTE officials worried.

A senior AICTE official on the condition of anonymity, because he is not authorised to speak to journalists, said, “It is a market-driven process and hence placements are dependent on that. We have taken cognisance of that (and) are updating and reviewing the curriculum so that it meets the requirement of the industry”.

Pankaj Bansal, co-founder and CEO, PeopleStrong, a leading HR company said “The industry is on the lookout for job-ready people which most MBA grads are not (barring those in IIMs and other top B-schools where placement is high),” With the decline in the job opportunities, as per the Human resources the quality of graduates also diminished.

About 10 years ago, In India, some top private institutes and the IIMs only provide the management studies courses and with the economic growth of the country, the demand for the management courses soared, which lead to a change in new private and government-backed institutes.

But there was no sufficient faculty and industry training facilities, most of the students who completed their graduation from B-schools were very much far from being job-ready.

The same problem prevails with the engineering students also, the number of graduates has over the past years has been declined. As per the current status, India produces around 700,000 engineers from its 3,000 institutes but barely half of them are employable.

A second AICTE official said “We have almost completed work on the model curriculum for management institutes keeping today’s demand in mind. The revised curriculum focuses more on skills and training the students rather than theory,” AICTE officials commanded to manage them for 3,500 affiliated institutes, to make it updated, as per the education experts it will be very much helpful.

Kamal Singh, executive director and CEO of United Nations Global Compact, India, a UN organisation looking into quality education said “The major issue is the quality of these institutions as they not being able to align with the industry expectations. What the industry needs today they are not able to provide, those who are not able to provide the first-hand internship to students in good companies also suffer when it comes to placements.”

To provide equitable access: After IITs, NITs to allocate Special Seats for Women from next Academic session

From now onwards girls will be getting more chance to get admitted in top engineering colleges in the country, As the percentage of girls will be increased from the next academic year on 2018-19.

The move or decision is taken by the government is to provide the equitable access to the girls, as the number of girls has been decreased in comparison to the last year, so decisions have been made to provide special supernumerary seats for female candidates by the 31 National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur (IIEST).

A senior Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry official, while exchange his words on the current matter said that the seats for male students will not be reduced, and the seats will be created for the girls only if the percentage of girl students falls below 14% in any NIT, otherwise no reservation will be made by them, and this percentage will gradually increase to 17% in 2019 and 20% in 2020.

This year, of 17,061 total students, 2,440 female students took admission in the engineering colleges.

The number of female students has been decreased in comparison to the last year, as last year the number of girls was 22%. This year only 14% female candidates took admission in the 31 NITs, as per the current sources. During this year admissions, 2017, (14) NITs out of the (31) including the well-established ones at Suratkal, Allahabad and Patna saw the percentage of girl student admissions rapid decrease to 14%.

Even in IITs, 4% of seats will be reserved for women candidates which means a total of 1,540 girls are likely to take admission compared to 1,100 this year. There will be an increase of 440 seats for women candidates from next year.

The IIT council approved a hike in the number of seats allotted to women. As per the orders “To improve girls’ enrolment in NITs and IIEST, Shibpur a study has already been conducted by the IITs and the recommendations have also been accepted by the Council of IITs… it has been decided to adopt the following course of action,” According to the order, the statutory reservation:

  • Scheduled Castes (SCs)
  • Scheduled Tribes (STs)
  • Other Backward Classes (OBCs)
  • Physically Handicapped (PH)

For the above categories will be same and the only change will be in the reservation of girls, as with the latest move, at least another 300 girl students are expected to get a seat.