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First time in 8 years: Ambedkar University to hold student union elections

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First time in 8 years: Ambedkar University to hold student union elections

Last date for filing nomination papers is 2 pm on April 13, and the last date of withdrawal is April 16. The elections are due to be held on April 18 between 9 am and 3 pm.

Written by Aranya Shankar

Eight years after it was established, Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD) is all set to hold its first student council elections on April 18. University officials and teachers who are helping with organising the first election said they had been mulling the idea since last year, but decided this was the “right time”.

“AUD was established in 2008, but it was only in 2011 that many students decided to opt for admission in the college. There were certain demands from students, and we too felt that it would be better for students to have their own union where they could debate and discuss issues,” said a teacher.
He added that at the initial stage, each programme would choose one student representative. “We have 40 programmes in total (undergraduate and postgraduate), so elections will be held for one student representative from each programme on April 18,” he said.
The 40 representatives would then be required to draft their own constitution and eventually elect the ‘union’. “They will be given the task of drafting their own constitution and then eventually elect the four central office bearers – president, vice-president, secretary and joint-secretary. The idea is to allow them their own process,” said a faculty member.
However, the university has not fixed a timeline for the central panel election and has left it to the prerogative of the students. A university official, however, said this process would take time and is not on the university’s immediate agenda. The last date for filing nomination papers for the council elections is 2 pm on April 13, and the last date of withdrawal is April 16. The elections are due to be held on April 18 between 9 am and 3 pm. The results would be declared the same day at 10 pm.
ASIAN AGE, APR 11, 2016

OBCs not to get benefit in entrance tests in JNU
From the upcoming academic session, JNU will not provide any relaxation to the OBC candidates in the entrance examinations for M.Phil and Ph.D. courses, but they will be entitled to a concession of five marks in the eligibility criteria.
Last week, a decision in this regard was taken at a standing committee meeting attended by the deans of various schools.
At present, the university treats both OBC and general candidates at par when it comes to eligibility criteria for admissions to various courses. They need to have secured a minimum of 55 per cent marks in the qualifying examination.
However, the SC/ST candidates are given a relaxation, as they only require passing the qualifying examination with 34 per cent marks. However, the OBC candidates are offered a 10 per cent relaxation in the entrance examination or at the interview stage.
Therefore, while candidates in the general category are required to secure 40 marks, OBC students had to secure a minimum of 36 marks. The OBC students have been demanding a concession at both the stages since long. Last year, a candidate had also approached the court challenging denial of admission by the JNU as he had stood second in the entrance exam, but did not meet the eligibility criteria.
A source said, “It will be unfair to give the concession at both the stages, so it has been decided that the OBC candidates will be given a relaxation in eligibility, but they will have to compete with the general category students in the entrance exam or the interview.”
HINDU, APR 12, 2016

Bar Council of India suggests ‘proper’ dress code for law students

The controversy over what makes “proper” dressing on campus refuses to die down. The Bar Council of India (BCI) has noted that “the standard of dresses by the students of law all over the country is gradually detracting.” A letter has been shot off to principals and Registrars of law colleges and universities suggesting that a dress code of white shirt and trouser on campuses will be “preferred.”

IIT fee goes up from 90,000 to 2 lakh

Studying at the IITs is set to leave your pocket lighter as the annual fee has been increased from ₹90,000 to ₹2 lakh.

“The report of the committee on funding of IITs and the recommendations of the Standing Committee of the IIT Council (SCIC) for revision of annual fee in IITs to ₹3 lakh per year from the current ₹90,000 has been examined,” a statement from the Ministry of Human Resource Development said on Thursday.

It has been proposed that the increase is capped at ₹2 lakh per annum, the statement added.

“The SC/ST/differently abled students shall get complete fee waiver. The most economically backward students (whose family income is less than ₹1 lakh per annum) shall get full remission of the fee. The other economically backward students (whose family income is between ₹1 lakh and ₹5 lakh per annum) shall get remission of 2/3rd of the fee,” it added.

All students shall have access to interest-free loan under the ‘Vidya Lakshmi Scheme’ for the total portion of the tuition fee payable, it said.

Rohin Kapoor, Director, Deloitte in India, said, “Higher education in Indian public institutions is highly subsidised resulting in an additional burden for the income tax payer. With collateral free education loans easily available, the students of such premium institutions can effortlessly fund their studies. The extraordinary salaries offered immediately after graduation to most of the students can be used to repay such loans.”

The Ministry has asked all IITs to use the increased student fee for infrastructure development with the assistance of funds from the Higher Education Funding Agency.


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