Australia Tightens Student Visa Rules Amid Concerns of Misuse

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 04:31am on 11 Dec 2023,Monday Education

Australia announced tighter visa rules Monday that could halve immigration over two years as it overhauls a "broken" system that saw record arrivals peak at 510,000 in 2022-23. Home Affairs Minister Clare O'Neil said targeted reforms are already easing pressure, with official forecasts showing a sharp drop to 250,000 in 2024-25 and 2025-26. While driven mainly by students, the influx strained resources. Seeking more sustainability, PM Anthony Albanese said levels require scaling back. Under the policy, international students will need higher English scores and lose extensions. But a new fast-tracked visa for highly-skilled workers will aid business recruitment in one of the world's tightest labor markets. The balancing act aims to better align immigration with national priorities.

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No More Divisions & Distinctions: CBSE Changes Class 10, 12 Evaluation

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 10:00am on 01 Dec 2023,Friday Education

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has implemented major changes to the assessment system for Classes 10 and 12, ceasing to award overall divisions or distinctions. As per a new CBSE notice, focus will shift to individual subject performance instead of aggregate scores. The onus of choosing the best five subjects for grade calculation now falls upon the admitting institute or employer in cases where students opt for more than five subjects. The notice clearly states that the CBSE itself will not calculate or declare percentages, leaving any required percentage calculations for admissions or jobs to the concerned authorities. This move aligns with CBSE's decision last year to not publish merit lists or declare overall toppers. (Representative Image)

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University College London Announces 100 " New and Diverse" Scholarship Scheme For Indian Students To Study In The UK

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 11:53am on 22 Nov 2023,Wednesday Education

The University College London has announced a new scholarship scheme enabling 100 of India's "brightest students" to pursue Master's degrees there. Thirty-three exceptional graduates will be offered £5,000 funding in 2024/25, increasing to 100 over the following two years. UCL President and Provost, Dr Michael Spence said, “We are delighted to be able to offer these new and diverse opportunities that both illustrate our ongoing commitment to Indian students and strengthen our connection with India. Indian students are vital members of UCL’s global community and we are dedicated to providing more resources and support to help the very best of them share their knowledge and expertise with us in the UK." The India Excellence Scholarships aim to bring the country's "outstanding" academics to study across disciplines at the UK's top-ranked university.

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IIT Madras Makes History, Opens First Ever IIT Campus Abroad in Zanzibar

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 07:10am on 07 Nov 2023,Tuesday Education

IIT Madras inaugurated its first international campus in Zanzibar, Tanzania on Monday. The new campus, located in Bweleo district near Zanzibar Town, was opened by the President of Zanzibar Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi. It is part of the Indian government's efforts to expand the global footprint of the country's premier educational institutes like IITs. The Zanzibar campus will initially offer programs in Data Science and AI at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with 40% female students in the first batch. IIT Madras Director V Kamakoti and Tanzanian Minister of Education Adolf F Mkenda virtually attended the event. The campus has hostel, dining and medical facilities. IIT Madras aims to provide world-class technical education in Africa through this pioneering overseas expansion.

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Controversy Surrounds Proposal to Replace 'India' with 'Bharat' in CBSE Textbooks: NCERT Panel Chief Responds

Brief by Short91 Newsdesk / 04:51am on 27 Oct 2023,Friday Education

A proposal to change 'India' to 'Bharat' in CBSE textbooks ignites controversy in India, drawing criticism from opposition leaders. Professor CI Issacs, leading the committee behind the suggestion, defends it as a modernization effort aligned with the National Education Policy 2020. While proponents argue for educational evolution, critics fear political motives and call it an attempt to indoctrinate. The debate intensifies as historical and cultural identity becomes a focal point. The NCERT's decision is awaited, leaving the future of this proposed change uncertain amidst heated public discourse.

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From India to 'Bharat': NCERT Unanimously Approves Name Change For Textbooks

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 08:52am on 25 Oct 2023,Wednesday Education

National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) panel’s proposal to universally replace “India” with “Bharat” in all NCERT textbooks has garnered unanimous approval from its members. Panel member CI Issac said upcoming NCERT books will reflect the name change, proposed months ago amid debates over renaming the country. The move comes after G20 invites sent by the President used "President of Bharat." The panel also recommended highlighting Hindu victories in textbooks, using 'classical history' instead of 'ancient history', and introducing Indian Knowledge Systems into all subjects. Other proposals aim to correct alleged colonial distortions that depicted India as backward. The Constitution defines the country's name as "India, that is Bharat."

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Professor Ajit Lalvani Reappointed as Trustee to UK's Science Museum Group

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 09:07am on 15 Oct 2023,Sunday Education

Professor Ajit Lalvani has been reappointed by the Secretary of State as a trustee of the Science Museum Group in the UK. The infectious disease expert is renowned for his work on respiratory illnesses and has secured £40 million in research funding. As governor, Lalvani promotes public engagement with science. He also works to address health disparities by focusing on social determinants of health. Lalvani chairs the boards of The Bromley by Bow Centre and The India Alliance medical research organization.

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IIT Alumni Formally Launch PanIIT Europe Group, Inaugural Held in Netherlands

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 04:39pm on 09 Oct 2023,Monday Education

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) alumni in Europe have officially launched an alumni foundation called PanIIT Europe Alumni based in the Netherlands. Their inaugural event was held on October 7th in Delft, Netherlands, inaugurated by the Indian Ambassador Her Excellency Mrs Reenat Sandhu. The alumni group aims to foster connections and support their alma maters. Led by alumni across Europe, PanIIT Europe will focus on branding, business innovation, and personal growth. With an estimated 10,000 IIT families in Europe, it provides a platform to network, collaborate, and contribute. PanIIT Europe represents a major organizing effort to engage the significant IIT alumni community in Europe. Interested professionals can engage via their website: https://iit-europe.org/.

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Canadian Universities Reassure Indian Students Amid Diplomatic Crisis, Address Safety Concerns

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 12:25pm on 06 Oct 2023,Friday Education

Canadian universities are reassuring Indian students amid the diplomatic crisis between the countries. The dispute began when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested India's involvement in a Khalistani terrorist's murder. Over 100,000 Indian students planned to study in Canada, making up 40% of study permit holders, contributing over C$20 billion to the Canadian economy annually. Universities offer reassurance, with concerns about student safety and visa uncertainty. Consultancies like IDP Education are calming nerves via video messages. The crisis affects families in Punjab, a significant source of Indian students in Canada, leading to worries about their future prospects.

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Rising Rent and Limited Options: International Students in London Struggle for Affordable Housing, Advocacy Grows for Rent Controls

Brief by Shorts91 Newsdesk / 05:44am on 02 Oct 2023,Monday Education

London's housing crisis impacts international and UK-based students. High costs force students like Nazmush Shahadat from Bangaldesh and Rashavh Kaushik from India to share crowded, expensive accommodations, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation. Rashavh Kaushik from India will be studying law this year and has found a home with friends, but he's sharing a bedroom with another student. For that arrangement, they've had to pay £16,000 upfront and have had to get a guarantor to secure a place. "It's costly for us," he said. The National Union of Students (NUS) calls for rent controls, highlighting students' financial strain. Film student Giulia Tortoricei from Italy faced stress finding housing in London, emphasizing its exorbitant prices. Savills analysis reveals a scarcity of purpose-built student housing in London, exacerbating the issue. Student charity Unipol advocates for affordable options to prevent financial struggles and dreams falling apart. The Department for Education (DfE) encourages accommodation providers to address student needs, while Universities UK urges students to seek university support.

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