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Plan panel: Quality of films declining

Indian cinema, be it Bollywood or regional films, may enjoy a widespread fan-following in the country, but the mandarins of the Planning Commission appear more concerned about Indian cinema pandering

Centre proposes wide reforms

Finding that the traditional university administration was still being run with 19th century tools, the government has proposed widespread structural and systemic reforms for good governance in higher education.

‘Nod’ to MPLAD for community radio

In an effort to increase the reach of grassroots radio in the country, the government has given in-principle approval to a proposal allowing MPs to donate part of their MPLAD funds to provide financial aid to community radios.
The information and broadcasting ministry has already proposed a corpus of Rs 170 crores for providing seed money or financial aid to community radios during the forthcoming 12th Plan period.

PPP models to expand higher education?

With education sector requiring an investment of over $150 billion in the next 10 years, the government has proposed new private partnership models for expansion of higher education sector in the coun

Modi breaks impasse over university land

Despite being the Centre’s favourite punching bag, it was Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, whose intervention has finally managed to break an almost two-year-old impasse over allotment of lands between Sharad Pawar-led agriculture ministry and Kapil Sibal-led HRD ministry in Gujarat.

Centre plans an education portal

In a first step towards establishment of a national network of universities and colleges across the country, the government has proposed to set up a National Educational Resource Portal, also creating

Community cell in all institutions soon?

With an aim to enhance the involvement of minorities, SCs, STs and OBCs in higher education at the student, faculty and administrative levels, the government has proposed to make it mandatory for all recognised institutions (Central universities, technical institutes and colleges) to have a Community Education Development Cell (CEDC).

20% Central varsity seats for ‘outsiders’

In order to promote national integration and check regionalism, the government proposes to keep a minimum 20 per cent seats in Central universities for students from states other than where these are located. It also wants 20 per cent of the faculty at each such university be recruited from other parts of the country.

Centre may give Jaya upper hand


Signalling a possible political realignment at the national level, the Centre is actively considering a demand of the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu to not revive the legislative council in the state

Centre likely to favour Jaya demand

As a signal to a possible political realignment at the national level, the Centre is actively considering the demand of present AIADMK-led Tamil Nadu government that Legislative Council in the state s

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