UGC directs universities to introduce UG courses in line with CBSEs new academic subjects

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has notified the Universities under it to take action and pave way for new courses at undergraduate level in order to accommodate students who had opted for various new academic subjects at Senior Secondary level (classes XI and XII) introduced by the Central Board of Secondary Education in some of the previous sessions.

In the notice, Dr. Shakeel Ahmad, Deputy Secretary, UGC, notified all the Vice-Chancellors of universities to “take appropriate action for recognition of these new subjects for the purpose of admission of students in degree programmes.” He also mentioned that it is important that the new subjects “find a reflection in the subjects already being offered at the graduate level in various Educational Institutes.”

The Central Board of Secondary Education had introduced various new academic subjects at Senior Secondary level (Classes XI and XII) which included:

  • Knowledge Tradition and Practices of India
  • Legal Studies
  • Human Rights and Gender Studies
  • Theatre Studies
  • NCC
  • Heritage Crafts
  • Graphic Design
  • Creative Writing and Translation Studies
  • Functional English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Bio-technology
  • Fashion Studies
  • Mass Media Studies

The above mentioned subjects have been introduced by the CBSE keeping the industry and employ-ability avenues in mind.

Application process for India’s largest Entrance Exam (JEE Mains 2015) for Engineering Admissions starts

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The application Process for JEE Main 2015 , India’s single largest Entrance Exam For admission to Undergraduate Courses in premier Engineering Colleges started on November 7, 2014 and the last date for applying online is December 18, 2014

The Aspirants can download the INFORMATION BULLETIN from JEE MAIN 2015 website http://www.jeemain.nic.in

It may also be noted that JEE main is also an Eligibility Test for JEE ADVANCED, which is an entrance test for admission to BTech courses in IITs/ISM Dhanbad

Aspirants can apply for JEE Main online only on JEE Main website after following the simple process

Other than National Institutes of Technology (NITs), IIITs and other Centrally funded Technology Institutes (CTFIs), ther are many Private Premier Engineering Colleges in India , Which Conduct admissions through JEE Main Scores

More  Info – JEE Main 2015 Notification and Dates

An overview of All India Pre Medical Test 2015

The All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) happens to be India’s most important medical entrance examination for undergraduate medical programs because it allows aspiring candidates the chance to secure a seat in some the country’s best medical colleges. Like the past few years, CBSE will once again assume the responsibility of administering the exam with transparency and flawlessly. The board has already made available the details of the AIMPT 2015 and here’s a brief overview of what you should know before getting started with the application process. CBSE has advised aspiring candidates to carefully go through the information bulletin available for download on the official AIPMT website. Online submission of forms can also be done by visiting the same website  Also, after the online application form is submitted, the candidates are strictly advised to retain at least three print outs of the confirmation page of online application. Apart from that, the candidates should also retain scanned copies of their photographs. The email ID and mobile number used in the application form should be candidate’s own because the CBSE will be sending important information and updates regarding the exam by SMS and email only. All candidates in the age group of 17 to 25 years (as of December 31, 2015) will be eligible to sit in the exam. The upper age limit, however, is relaxed by five years for candidates belonging to Schedule Caste, Schedule Tribe and Physical Handicapped categories. Students from Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Jammu & Kashmir are not eligible for the 15 per cent all India quota. All candidates must be either Indian citizen, or Overseas Citizen of Indian (OCI). To be eligible for admission on the basis of score received in the AIPMT, the candidate must have passed his or her 12th (or equivalent) with Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Bio Technology. Those appearing in their 12th (or equivalent) can also sit in the examination, but they will have to furnish the details of their performance in the exam within a pre-specified period. AIPMT 2015 will be based on one paper comprising 180 multiple choice objective type questions. Equal weightage will be given to Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Each candidate will be provided with a machine generated question paper and he/she will have to select the correct answers from the list of available options using a ball pen. Candidates are allowed to choose either English or Hindi as their preferred language. Those who want to take the test in English will receive the test booklet in English only. On the other hand, those who choose Hindi will be given the test booklet in both English and Hindi. Admit cards for the exam will be issued online through the AIPMT website from April 1, 2015. CBSE has already made it clear that it won’t be sending physical copies of the admit card by post. Also, the board won’t issue duplicate copies of candidates’ admit cards at the exam center under any circumstance. Candidates are required submitting three of their preferred exam centers while submitting the application form. While, efforts will be made to allot a center in one of the places selected by the candidate, CBSE reserves the right to allot a different center outside candidate’s personal choices. The exam will be held on May 3, 2015 from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm. The schedule announced by the board will remain unchanged even if a public holiday is declared on the given date. The questions asked in the exam will be based on the common syllabus recommended by the Medical Council of India (MCI). The results are likely to be announced on June 5, 2015. The score cards will be made available for download on the official AIPMT website. The OMR answer sheets will be made available on the AIPMT website on any three days between May 20, 2015 to May 25, 2015. CBSE has advised aspiring candidates to keep visiting the website http://www.aipmt.nic.in from time to time for updates.

Competitive Exams Question Papers – Previous Years Solved Papers

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Competitive Exams Question Papers – Here are a few  Links for Solved Question Papers of Previous Years of Respective Competitive Entrance Exams

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PGI Chandigarh announces application procedure for MD and MS 2014 session

The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, is seeking applications from interested candidates for its MD and MS programs. Read more..

The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, has invited applications from interested candidates for its postdoctoral (MD) and postgraduate (MS) programs (July 2014 academic session). Check out PGI MD MS Notification

According to the notification released, the institute is offering admission to the following programs: Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Surgery (MS), DM/ M.Ch. Master of Hospital Administration (MHA), M.Sc/ M.Sc MLT courses, and MDS/ House Job (OHS)

Anybody with a MBBS or Bachelor’s degree in Medical from a institute/university recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI) can apply.

The application fee for MD/MS/MHA programs is INR 1000/ for General Category candidates and INR 800/ for those belonging to SC/ST categories. For DM/M.Ch programs, the application fee is INR 1000/ for all candidates.

All application forms must be filled-up online. After filling the online application form, candidates  are required to get the bank challan and then deposit the application fee in any State Bank of India (SBI) branch.  They will also require downloading and taking a print out of the properly filled application form and then paste a photograph on it as per instructions given. They will also have to sign the application form before sending it to “Professor In-Charge, Academic Section, PGIMER, Sector – 12, Chandigarh – 160012″. The application form must be accompanied by the challan and other relevant certificates.

 

CBSE Class X and XII Board Exam Schedule released

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced the dates of the board exam for classes X and XII, thus ending all rumors and speculations about the exams being advanced.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced the dates of the Class X and XII board exams, thus ending all rumors and speculations about both exams being advanced.

 CBSE confirmed on Wednesday that it intends to stick to the same schedule as in the previous years.

The exams for both the classes will start from March 1. While Class X boards will be over by March 19, the Class XII examination will continue till April 17. This, according to the notification issued by the Board, will be applicable to all CBSE affiliated schools in India and abroad.

Apparently, no major changes have been made to the exam schedule compared to the 2013 boards.

Prior to this announcement, rumors and speculations were rife in Gulf countries including Qatar about the possibility of the examinations being advanced in the awake of the Indian parliamentary elections that will be held in the coming April or May. After CBSE denied all these rumors, many students from Gulf-based CBSE affiliated schools commented online that they were finally relieved knowing that the schedules won’t change.

However, some Class XII students complained that they could certainly use longer gaps between the main subjects such as, Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry.

“If we had a few more days in between chemistry, biology and mathematics, it would have been fantastic. All the major science subjects are completed by April 20,” said a student of an Indian school in Doha, Gulf Times reports.

Approximately 226,000 students across the Gulf countries registered for the CBSE Board Exam as compared to 217,000 students last year.

 The increase in number of students appearing in the boards, according to experts, resulted from more schools joining the CBSE bandwagon.

CBSE’s new test method for evaluating ‘strength’ of students

The first ever Open Text Based Assessment (OTBA)  also called the CBSE Open Book Exam will be administered by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) next year in March. More commonly referred to as the open book exam, this new method of assessment was termed by the Board as a feasible way to “cater to the varied abilities of individual strength of learners”, in addition to incorporating theoretical and analytical skills that drastically moves away from the memorization approach.

However, the teachers in Bangalore-based CBSE schools are of the opinion that the move lacks in clarity when it comes to the mode of assessment as well as the type of teaching strategies that would eventually be needed to accomplish the objective of developing a thorough evaluation process.

According to the circular issued to the heads of institutes affiliated to the Board, the new mode of assessment would be an integral part of the session-ending exam and comprises of 10 marks. Students will also be granted additional half-an-hour to attempt the OTBA question.

CBSE has already made available study materials in the form of diagram, case studies, pictures, cartoons etc. All questions in the exam will be subjective, open-ended or creative.

Meanwhile, J. Anantha Padamanabhan, principal, Kendriya Vidalaya, M.G. Railway Colony  said that the new assessment method demands a drastic change in the conventional way of teaching.

“Teachers need to be trained to make students think analytically. This is not a mere fact-finding or information-gathering exercise. The OTBA aims to develop an analytical line of thinking among students,” he noted. 

Because the themes are much broader, many teachers are of the opinion that there are a number of grey areas about how they are supposed to train the students.

“The CBSE has introduced several new programmes, from Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation to OTBA; they are introducing these concepts without providing any clarity. When our teachers themselves are unsure of how the assessment would be, how can we prepare for it?” said a class XI student while talking to The Hindu.

However, CBSE is arranging workshops in order to train teachers about the various aspects associated with OTBA.

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