New academic programs, collaboration between the institutes and major announcements took place in education this week. The National Medical Commission (NMC), the state government and the Ministry of Education also released important information. Here’s everything that happened this week:
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar was appointed chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC). A notice from the Department of Education states that the appointment is for a term of five years, or until he turns 65, whichever comes first. Kumar’s five-year term as JNU VC ended last January, but he was asked to stay on until his successor is chosen. The process of choosing a new JNU VC is underway.
NEET PG 2022, previously scheduled to take place on March 12, 2022, will now be held on May 21, 2022, between 9:00 AM and 12:30 PM. The notification came a few hours after the Ministry of Health announced that the NEET PG 2022 exam will be postponed after several candidates asked the authorities to postpone the medical admission test because it violated the counseling date. The NEET PG application deadline, which was previously slated to close on February 4, now runs until March 25 (until 11:55 PM).
The National Medical Commission (NMC) has announced that the academic calendar for the current batch of undergraduate medical students (2021-22) will be three months shorter due to the delay in admissions this year. According to NMC’s announcement, the academic session for MBBS will start on February 14 and end in June 2027, including the mandatory internship.
The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has released the date and time for the result of ICSE, ISC semester-1 exams 2022. The result will be announced on 7 February at 10:00 AM. Students can view their results at cisce.org, results.cisce.org. The ICSE semester 1 exams were conducted from November 29 to December 16, while the ISC exams were conducted from November 22 and concluded on December 20.
The Department of Education (MoE) wrote states and union territories with a learning recovery plan to ensure a continuum of learning and mitigate the impact of the pandemic. This includes financial aid to students, funds for primary school teachers to purchase tablets and Rs 20 lakh per state and union territory to conduct oral fluency (ORF) research.
A video of more than 400 students using the Examination Board Bihar School (BSEB) Class 12 exams for the headlights of cars parked at the exam center in Motihari in Bihar have surfaced on the internet. On the evening of February 1, students taking exams at Maharaja Harendra Kishore Singh college were required to write Hindi papers for the second sitting exam under the lights of vehicles.
The total funding allocation for the education sector for 2022-23 has been increased to Rs 1.04 lakh crore from Rs 93,224 crore (budget) in 2021-22 as the minister emphasized digital education methods to reverse learning losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic . The revised estimate for 2021-22 is Rs 88,001 crore.
This year, the budget allocation for teacher education and adult education has been slashed from Rs 250 crore in 2021-22 to Rs 127 crore in 2022-23. The allocation under India’s digital e-learning program which includes the PM e-Vidya scheme has been reduced to Rs 421.01 crore in 2022-23 from Rs 645.61 crore in 2021-22. The government has proposed expanding the ‘one class one TV channel’ program with 200 channels to provide additional education in regional languages in schools for grades 1 to 12.
The University of Delhi (DU) has been notified that an eight-member NTA coordination committee has been formed for the Central Universities Common Admission Test (CUCET). The committee is led by DU Registrar Vikas Gupta with Dean (Exams) DS Rawat as chairman.
This year, university admissions will be made through the CUCET. The committee is called the NTA (National Testing Agency) Coordination Committee. The NTA is charged with conducting the CUCET for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.