Top 5: Release pending sum of post matric SC scholarship, says Punjab CM

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, requesting the release of the outstanding post-matric scholarship funds for scheduled caste students.

Top 5: Release pending sum of post matric SC scholarship, says Punjab CM
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1. Visva-Bharati University Pre-Degree Exams To Be Held Online From July 5  

With numerous boards cancelling or postponing class 10 and 12 exams due to the pandemic, Visva-Bharati University stated on Thursday that the pre-degree exams of its two schools Patha Bhavana and Siksha Satra will be held online starting July 5, according to a notification. The notification was released at a time when the West Bengal School Education Department has yet to come up with an alternative evaluation system for candidates who have already had their Madhyamik and Uchchya Madhyamik examinations cancelled. The pre-degree examinations for Patha Bhavana and Siksha Satra will begin online from July 5, according to a meeting conducted by the vice-chancellor on June 8 and attended by directors, principals, proctors, dean of students’ welfare, and other officials involved in the exams or evaluation process.

2. Release Pending Sum Of Post Matric SC Scholarship: Punjab Chief Minister  

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, requesting the release of the outstanding post-matric scholarship funds for scheduled caste students. He also urged the Centre to implement the revised Post Matric Scholarship for Scheduled Caste Students (PMS-SCs) sharing scheme for the 2017-2020 academic year. Singh said in his letter that, while the Centre had changed the revised sharing pattern between the Centre and the states to a 60:40 split, the change would not take effect until April 1, 2020. However, no decision on the problem has been communicated for the period April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2020, putting lakhs of SC students’ futures in jeopardy, he added in the letter.

3. NEET: Panel To Submit Report In A Month, Says Tamil Nadu Government 

Tamil Nadu government stated on Thursday that a high-level committee led by former Madras High Court judge A K Rajan will submit recommendations in a month on the impact of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test on candidates from socially disadvantaged sectors in medical admissions. There will be eight other members on the panel, including Dr G R Ravindranath (Doctors Association for Social Equality), Jawahar Nesan (educationist), and six high government officials, including the Principal Secretary of the Department of Medical and Family Welfare. According to an official release, the panel would study data on medical admissions in the state and make necessary recommendations within a month to protect the interests of students from underserved areas, and “the government will initiate the next course of action after considering the recommendations.”

4. NIFT 2021 Final Result Announced For BDes, Other Programmes 

The results for admission to BDes, BFTech, and other programmes have been released by the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT). Students who qualified for the interview phase after passing the preliminary admission exams can check their status on the official website, nift.ac.in. In March, the results of the NIFT entrance exam for BDes programmes such as Accessory Design, Fashion Communication, Fashion Design, Knitwear Design, Leather Design, and Textile Design, as well as Bachelor of Fashion Technology (BFTech) and three Masters programmes – Master of Design (MDes), Master of Fashion Management (MFM), and Master of Fashion Technology (MFTech) – were released.

5. Bar Council Of India Accepts Recommendations Of Panel On LLB Exams 

The Bar Council of India has approved the recommendations of its panel, which stated that LLB examinations should be allowed to be conducted by universities based on resources available and the current Covid-19 epidemic condition in a certain area. The panel, led by Justice Govind Mathur, a former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, recommended that each university and centre of legal education conduct intermediate and final year law students’ examinations at their own discretion, depending on resources and the impact of Covid-19 in that region. While maintaining that an end-term examination was mandatory to be conducted by all law schools, the committee further said that “university/centres of legal education are free to determine the mode of examination online/offline/ blended/online open book exam/ assignment based evaluation/research papers)”.

(Gauri Dhiman)