Monday, July 15, 2019

Our PhD is not through distance education mode: IGNOU

NAGPUR: Since University Grants Commission (UGC) does not recognize PhD or MPhil done through distance education, some city students expressed concern over open universities continuing to offer both these academic programmes. 

Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou) and Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) hold entrance exams and/or interviews before selecting candidates for PhD and MPhil. But the UGC ban may not be applicable here because when it comes to PhD, there is nothing ‘open’ about the open universities.

Make SOL affiliated college, says Centre

NEW DELHI: Delhi University has received a letter from the human resource development (HRD) ministry asking it to amend its statutes and make School of Open Learning (SOL) a university-affiliated college.
The letter was sent on February 18 along with another letter from University Grants Commission (UGC) dated January 2018. Once the change is approved by DU’s executive council (EC), SOL’s executive director will be redesignated as a principal. The academic council (AC) is likely to take up the matter on June 22, and following its approval, it will be sent to EC.

The ministry’s letter followed a DU communication for the resolution of the issue of approval of SOL’s teaching and non-teaching positions pending since 2013. DU wrote to the ministry to ensure that SOL gets 100% funds from UGC as a university-maintained college, stated an AC meeting document. This will also help streamline SOL’s admission process.

Janmejoy Khuntia, secretary of SOL’s staff council, however, said that in 1999, the then NDA government had approved DU’s request to convert School of Correspondence Courses and Continuing Education into a department. According to a university document, School of Correspondence was converted into SOL, as a university-maintained constituent college, in 2004. But Khuntia said it was not converted into a department. “Many went to court against this. That case is still on and DU is claiming that 96 positions will be filled up.”

Khuntia alleged that the post of the executive director was created to present SOL as a department. “But UGC doesn’t accept it as a department and doesn’t give it grants. The university and the VC should go by the norms and complete the process of converting it into a department,” he added.

V K Agarwal, the head of DU’s finance committee, has also written to UGC and the vice-chancellor not to go ahead with the change as it will amount to the violation of a presidential order.

Karnataka State Open University

BENGALURU: With the future of over 95,000 students of the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) still hanging in the balance, a delegation led by Union minister of state for railways Suresh Angadi met UGC chairperson DP Singh on Wednesday and sought for an early solution. 

The recognition of KSOU was withdrawn in 2015, with retrospective effect from 2013. It meant that students who had enrolled in KSOU to graduate in 2013 or after would not get a degree or certificate. Though the recognition of KSOU was restored in 2018, the fate of the students who got enrolled until 2015 remained uncertain.

UGC launches STRIDE to boost research in Humanities

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has launched an initiative to support and foster trans-disciplinary research in Indian institutes and universities. The Scheme for Trans-disciplinary Research for India’s Developing Economy (STRIDE) will fund socially relevant and need-based research projects. The complete details of the scheme will be available on the UGC website on July 8, 2019.


Research proposals under the scheme will be invited online by July 20, 2019 and the funding will be provided after careful evaluation through peer reviews and assessments. “Building a culture of trans-disciplinary research is becoming crucial. It requires investigators to develop concepts and theories that go beyond disciplines. STRIDE is UGC’s flagship scheme to decide the funding for project-based research,” says Bhushan Patwardhan, vice chairman, UGC.

Big budget lift for research eco-system, top universities

Networks of 7,000 universities declare climate emergency

Brendan O’Malley  10 July 2019

Networks representing more than 7,000 higher and further education institutions from six continents have announced that they are declaring a ‘climate emergency’, and agreed to undertake a three-point plan to address the crisis through their work with students. 

The three-point plan, published in an open letter on 10 July, includes:

  • • Committing to going carbon neutral by 2030 or 2050 at the very latest.
  • • Mobilising more resources for action-oriented climate change research and skills creation.
  • • Increasing teaching and learning about environmental and sustainability education across curricula, campus and community outreach programmes.

The letter says: “The young minds that are shaped by our institutions must be equipped with the knowledge, skills and capability to respond to the ever-growing challenges of climate change. We all need to work together to nurture a habitable planet for future generations and to play our part in building a greener and cleaner future for all.”

Admissions Open For July 2019 Session

Sunday, July 14, 2019

इग्नू के नए शैक्षणिक सत्र में प्रवेश शुरू

इग्नू की ओर से जुलाई 2019 से आरंभ होने वाले शैक्षणिक सत्र में प्रवेश की अधिसूचना जारी कर प्रवेश प्रक्रिया शुरू कर दी

एससी व एसटी के विद्यार्थियों के लिए प्रवेश निशुल्क है। वे ऑफलाइन आवेदन आरआर कॉलेज स्थित इग्नू अध्ययन केंद्र से प्राप्त कर सकते हैं। पूर्व विद्यार्थियों के पुन: पंजीयन के आवेदन की अंतिम तिथि 30 जून से बढ़ाकर 31 जुलाई कर दी गई है। 

Admissions Open for July 2019 Session

UGC-NET June 2019 results announced, nearly 51,000 qualifies eligibility for Asst Prof

NEW DELHI: Nearly 51,000 candidates have qualified for eligibility for assistant professors, while 4,756 of them have qualified for the Junior Research Fellowships. The National Testing Agency (NTA) had announced the University Grants Commission – National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) June 2019 results on Saturday. For the first time a qualification list for economically weaker section category has been announced. While the number of females who took the exam are significantly higher, the success rate is in favour of the males.

Compared to December 2018 test, while the number of candidates registered have decreased by around 14,000, the number of candidates qualified for assistant professorship has increased by over 10,000. The number of candidates qualified for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and/ or assistant professor has also increased from 3,946 to 4,756.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Certificate in Phlebotomy Assistance (CPHA)

Programme Overview

The Phlebotomy Assistant program is a short duration skill based training program, with an objective to develop a pool of trained workforce which can be employed by diagnostic/ healthcare service providers to assist medical laboratory technologist/pathologist. This program focuses on the acquisition of skills necessary to draw quality blood samples from patients, storage & transport to laboratory for medical testing.


The program aims at making a student competent to perform the following skills:
  •  Demonstrate the ability to collect. Storage, transport, receive, accept or reject and store blood, etc.
  •  Practice infection control measures including collection, segregation, storage, transportation and disposal of the Biomedical Waste in the lab/unit, techniques to maintain the personal hygiene & use of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at work place.
  •  Demonstrate Basic Life Support (BLS) measures & first aid in the event of emergencies.
  • Minimum Duration : 6 Months
  • Maximum Duration : 2 Years
  • Course Fee : Rs 7,500
  • Minimum Age : No bar
  • Maximum Age : No bar
  • Eligibility : 12th Pass with Science

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainability Science (PGDSS)

Humanity faces many overlapping crises of environmental sustainability, including climate change as the result of human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases, massive environmental pollution, loss of biodiversity, the depletion of natural resources including energy (oil, gas, coal) and groundwater. Sustainable development is the only viable path for humanity and Sustainability Science is an emerging discipline that seeks to understand the fundamental characters of interactions between nature and society to accommodate sustainable development.

 It is observed that the lack of integration across sectors in terms of strategies, policies and implementation has long been perceived as one of the main pitfall of previous approaches to sustainable development. 

Certificate in Geriatric Care Assistance (CGCA)

Programme Overview

A Geriatric Care Assistant (GCA) can be defined as a trained and certified health-care worker who usually works in a hospital, home or Old Age home environment and provide care to the elderly or old age patients. Internationally they may be called by similar names such as Elderly Care Attendants, Geriatric Nursing Aides or Patient Care Assistants.


The program aims at making a student competent to perform the following skills:
  •  Demonstrate skills in basic geriatrics care such as assessment, patient positions, movements, preparation of facilities/environment of the patient, feeding, hygience, grooming, dressing, bathing and elimination needs of the geriatric patients, oral care, hari care, eye and ear care, skin, nail and foot care of geriatric patients.
  •  Demonstrate skills in management of positions & pressure points, disabilities and well being of geriatric patient, including counseling skills and management of mental health issues in geriatric patients as well as Basic Life Support(BLS) measures & first aid in the event of emergencies.
  • Minimum Duration : 6 Months
  • Maximum Duration : 2 Years
  • Course Fee : Rs 6,500
  • Minimum Age : No bar
  • Maximum Age : No bar
  • Eligibility : 12th Pass with science

Certificate in General Duty Assistance (CGDA)

Programme Overview

The General Duty Assistant (GDA) program is a short duration skill based training program, with an objective to develop a pool of trained workforce which can be employed by hospitals and healthcare facilities to provide support to nurses, doctors as well as other healthcare team members in ensuring quality care to the patients. The program focuses on the acquisition of skills necessary to provide support by undertaking non-clinical tasks or the activities that that have been directed by the healthcare team members.


The program aims at making a student complete to perform the following skills
  •  Demonstrate skills in patient positions and use of assistive devices, preparation of patient care unit, skills in transporting a patient, handling of samples, drugs and linen and use and after care of equipments
  •  Demonstrate skills General Hygiene and Grooming, bathing procedures and guidelines, mouth, Eye, Ear, Skin, Hair, Nail and foot care, feeding the patient, taking care of elimination needs and procedures
  •  Practice infection control measures, promote safety and demonstrate right methods of bio-medical waste management.

  • Minimum Duration : 6 Months
  • Maximum Duration : 2 Years
  • Course Fee : Rs 6,000
  • Minimum Age : No bar
  • Maximum Age : No bar
  • Eligibility : 12th Pass

Related Information

Every healthcare setting big or small needs GDAs to undertake and manage non-clinical activities within a healthcare setting (eg. Patient sample transportation, documentation, infection control and cleanliness).
The GDA program is thus a platform for gaining knowledge, understand the operations and types of services provided by a healthcare setting. The GDA can progress to take up similar profile such as Home Health Aide, Nursing Aide and assistants or can also have vertical progression by taking up more responsibilities such as GDA supervisor, Floor supervisor etc after adequate experience.