CBSE’s next ‘Expression Series’ pays tribute to Sardar Patel

CBSE’s next 'Expression Series' pays tribute to Sardar Patel New Delhi: Continuing with their `Expression Series` programme, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced that the next in line will be held to pay a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31.

“The history of India would have been different had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel not been the Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister when India became independent in 1947. Sardar Patel consolidated the country into one united whole in a unique manner. On his birth anniversary, the Central Board of Secondary Education announces CBSE Expression Series on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on 31 October 2015,” the circular issued by DT Sudharsan Rao, CBSE joint secretary and in-charge (academic and training), said.

The participating CBSE students can submit an essay, poem, or drawing.

The following could participate in the competition:

  • Class 1 to 5 students and the topic for them is ‘Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel: the Iron Man’
  • Class 6 to 8 students, for them the topic is ‘Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s role in Indian freedom struggle’
  • Class 9 and 10 students and the topic is ‘Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel: the architect of united India’

The circular says that best 36 entries will be awarded with Rs 2,500 and each student will get merit and participation certificate.

The students can participate in the programme through their schools and can also submit their entries online.

The Central Board of Secondary Education organises expression series on great leader of India for the holistic development of students and to make them aware about the selfless and valiant services of the women and men who have served the nation.

Declare class 12 results by May 31: HRD Ministry to state education boards

Declare class 12 results by May 31: HRD Ministry to state education boards

New Delhi: The state education boards have agreed to declare the results of higher secondary examinations (Class 12) by May 31, a suggestion given by the HRD Ministry to avoid delays in counselling for admissions to centrally funded technical institutes through JEE.


At a meeting of over 40 all-India and state education boards, however, no decision could be reached at checking the trend of excessively high board exam scores.

The meeting was called by the HRD Ministry against the backdrop of growing anxiety among parents and their wards about the high cut-offs year after year.

The issue figured prominently at the meeting chaired by senior Ministry officials, sources said, but several such meetings would be held in the coming months before a solution was found on modulation of marks.

The Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE) would hold another round of meeting next month to carry forward the discussion.

A committee was, however, formed to design a question format which could be emulated by other state boards.

The state boards, however, agreed to the Ministry’s suggestion of declaring the higher secondary results by May 31 every year so that the data relating to students’ marks was tabulated by the CBSE in time before the counselling for NITs, IITs and other centrally funded technical institutes begins.

Delay in declaring results by state boards this year had led to the postponement of the counselling for admission to these institutes.

The meeting also decided to set up three other committees, of which one would look into adoption of best practices to check malpractices during the exams, the other would look into the teacher training aspect and the third will deliberate upon designing a core course curriculum.

While deliberating on the record marks secured, a few state boards were understood to have discussed strategies on “neutralising” the marks though they were at the concept level, sources said.

Around 8,917 of the 12 lakh students who took CBSE Class 12th board exams this year had secured more than 95 per cent. The first cut-off for admission to leading Delhi University colleges has for years been set above 95 per cent.

AMUTA condemns Varsity’s decision to suspend its secretary

AMUTA condemns Varsity's decision to suspend its secretary

Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim University Teachers’ Association (AMUTA) on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning unequivocally the decision of the varsity to suspend the Association’s secretary.

The University Vice-Chancellor Gen (Retd) Zameer Uddin Shah has suspended AMUTA secretary Mustafa Zaidi yesterday for the latter’s ‘gross misconduct’.

AMUTA’s resolution, which was passed during an emergency meeting held by AMUTA’s executive committee, termed the move to suspend Zaidi as a “blatant attempt to intimidate” teachers and prevent them from highlighting irregularities in the University administration.

In a statement issued here today the AMUTA alleged that the University administration penalised Zaidi without giving him a chance to explain his point of view.

The AMUTA charged the V-C of manipulating rules and regulations for crushing genuine dissidence on the campus.

Earlier on October 13 the AMUTA had held a dharna demanding a CBI enquiry into alleged irregularities in admissions during the current academic year.

The AMUTA had alleged that the university was shielding officials involved in the alleged irregularities.

Yesterday the V-C denied allegations of irregularities in admission as “baseless”.

He said, “Such allegations are emanating from persons who wish to discredit the present Controller of Admissions and Examinations because they are eying this post themselves.”

The AMUTA is holding a General Body meeting tomorrow to chalk out its future course of action and has welcomed the decision of the Federation of Central Universities’ Teachers’ Associations (FEDCUTA) to support their demand.

Jamia to admit engineering students through JEE

Jamia to admit engineering students through JEENew Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia is likely to do away with its entrance exam for engineering courses and admit students through the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).

The JEE-Main which is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is used as a selection examination for all central government-funded technical schools, including the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), while students opting for the IITs need to clear the JEE-Advanced exam.

“We have initiated process for the same and have approached the concerned authorities. There are certain procedures that need to be followed, hopefully we will be able to admit the students through JEE exam from the next academic session,” Jamia VC Talat Ahmad told reporters here.

“It will not only help us deal better with chances of paper leak but also the recognition of courses offered by Jamia will improve significantly since the students will be admitted through JEE,” he added.

About the varsity’s plan to come up with a medical college, the Vice Chancellor said he his waiting for the land dispute to be resolved.

Jamia’s ambitious bid of opening a medical college-cum- hospital had suffered a setback after the Supreme Court in October 2014 disapproved of the haste shown by Delhi government in acquiring and transferring the disputed land in south Delhi to the university.

Questions regarding the title of the 114 acre property, where the proposed medical facility was supposed to come up, arose after Uttar Pradesh government claimed the land was owned by it and it also had the possession.

“We are waiting for the land dispute to be resolved. As soon as we have clarity on the same, we will approach the Medical Council of India (MCI),” he said.

The varsity which is celebrating its 95th Foundation Day on October 29 is also planning to introduce a Global Jamia Alumni Network (GJAN), an online interactive platform for the alumni to connect with each other.

“GJAN will be launched during the three-day foundation day celebrations starting from October 29. The network will enable the institution to co-opt distinguished alumni on various statutory bodies to strengthen interface with industry,” Ahmad said.

The Vice Chancellor said plans for a Sanskrit Department, expansion of the APJ Abdul Kalam Scholarships and introduction of Mass Online Open Courses (MOOCs) are in the pipeline.

“Having got the NAAC accreditation with Grade A we are now aspiring for the International ranking. In this regard, we are engaged with agencies such as Times Higher Education and QS Ranking,” he said.

The foundation-day celebrations will be inaugurated on October 29 by Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh.

Book fair, grassroot innovation exhibition, photography exhibition, film screening, plays, career expo, ghazal and mushaira performances, and public lectures will be the highlights of the programme.