2021 Round-up: Top 5 University news that made headlines

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Anupama Mehra
Assistant Manager – Content
Updated on Dec 31, 2021 14:30 IST

The year 2021 has been exceptionally a roller-coaster ride for education sector. From University admission getting delayed to online orientation, the year witnessed everything. In this article, we bring forward to you the five most important event that made headlines in year 2021.

CUCET to be conducted in 12 languages by NTA

The Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET) will be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) in multiple languages. The government has declared that all national-level exams in the country will be held in 12 scheduled languages-  Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Tamil ,Telugu, Urdu and Punjabi.

From next academic year, the University of Delhi (DU) will also conduct the admission process in the academic year 2022-23 through Central Universities Common Entrance Test, CUCET.

NIRF Rankings 2021: DU colleges dominates list, IISc retains first spot on Top Universities in India

The Ministry of Education released the NIRF Indian Ranking 2021on September 9. As per the NIRF Indian Ranking 2021, this year too, IISc Bangalore has bagged the first position in NIRF Rankings 2021 released for top universities in India.

In NIRF Ranking 2021 for colleges, along with Miranda House, four other colleges of Delhi University have secured their place in the top ten best colleges in India in NIRF Ranking 2021.

PhD not mandatory criteria to hire Assistant Professor for this year: Education Ministry

The Ministry of Education has lifted the criteria of having a postdoctoral degree of a PhD as an eligibility to be hired at the post of assistant professors across Indian Higher Education Institutes. The move comes considering that several Universities across the country have vacant posts and they are required to be filled on an urgent basis. 

UGC directs VCs to frame rules for granting maternity leave, attendance relaxations to female students

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed the Vice-Chancellors of all the Universities to frame appropriate rules and regulations for granting maternity leave and attendance-related relaxations to women students who are enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

The UGC has a provision in the UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of MPhil and PhD) Regulations, 2016, stating that "the women candidate may be provided maternity leave or childcare leave once in the entire duration of MPhil and PhD for up to 240 days," it said in a letter to VCs.

No plan to establish IISc at more places in the country: Education Ministry

The Ministry of Education has ruled out any plans to establish the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) at more places around the country. The then Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank informed Rajya Sabha in a written question regarding any plans to establish IISc at more places, on the lines of AIIMS, IITs and NITs.

“IISc, Bengaluru is a premier institute of higher learning and research, established in 1909, under the Charitable Endowment Act, 1890 (as a joint effort of Shri J N Tata, the government of Indian and the then Maharaja of Mysore), and subsequently brought under the purview of the University Grants Commission (UGC) Act, 1956,” the minister said.

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