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Kapil Sibal meets country’s consular heads posted abroad

Union Minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal met the country''s envoys, who are posted abroad, on the concluding day of the Conference of the Heads of Missions (HoMs) here on Sunday.

About 119 HoMs from Indian Embassies and High Commissions participated in the three-day conference, conceived to brainstorm on the course of the national foreign policy and chart its future course.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defence Minister A K Antony and Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, addressed and interacted with the delegates during the course of the three-day conference.

Indian Education Sector Needs Reform, Requires Priority Lending Rates

Indian Education Sector Needs Reform, Requires Priority Lending RatesKapil Sibal, The Union Human Resource Development Minister is urging for huge investments in the education sector and desires that the banks to provide it at priority lending rates.

The Minister aims to extract huge sums to persuade the reform movement in the education sector and strongly feels that commercial rates of interest should not be applicable for the educational institutes.

Kapil Sibal has asked IIMs not to hike fees

Kapil Sibal

Union Human Resource and Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal has asked the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) to continue with the current fees.

The prestigious business study institutions of India have been asked not to hike any fees further. Sibal has said that the fee for the IIMs' Post-Graduate Management Program is going to hurt the students coming from middle class families.

Government to soon grant IIT status to IT-BHU: HRD Minister

Kapil SibalUnion HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said that revamping country's education system is his top agenda and it should not be misconceived as political agenda of any political party.

Government's education policies would be designed based on the needs of the land for making the system more efficient and pragmatic.

Single National Level Entrance Test By 2013 For Undergraduate Courses: Kapil Sibal

Single National Level Entrance Test By 2013 For Undergraduate Courses: Kapil SibalUnion Home Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal announced that efforts were underway to carry out single national level entrance test by 2013 for pupils looking for admission into engineering and medical courses.

While speaking on the sidelines of ''Review Meeting on Core-curriculum for Science and Mathematics for +2 Stage'', Mr. Sibal said that if pupils want to succeed with equal chance, they should be admitted into the engineering and medical institutions via single test.

Curriculum in all schools to have common science and maths

Curriculum in all schools to have common science and mathsAll school boards across India are likely to have a common science and mathematics syllabus from the coming academic session, which will help students compete on an equal footing in the

national level entrance tests.

Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said," We have reached 90 percent consensus (on the issue) and by evening we hope to agree upon a common syllabus in maths and science

Paradigm shift in education policies in 2010, says Sibal

Kapil SibalNew Delhi, Jan 11 : Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal Monday announced that there would be a vast change in education policy making of the government in 2010.

"You will see a paradigm shift in education policies. It will be an epochal year," he said.

Describing the year 2010 as very important for his ministry, Sibal said that researchers and faculty would be given a stake in the system to boost higher education and research which are vital for a nation's development.

Sibal asks varsities to make tech colleges autonomous

Sibal asks varsities to make tech colleges autonomousNew Delhi, Jan 11 : The universities must make engineering colleges autonomous to boost research in the field, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said Monday.

"The number of students doing research is far below than the national requirement. The universities must free engineering colleges from the affiliation process," Sibal said after releasing a book 'Engineering Education in India' at the Observer Research Foundation here.

Sibal said less than one percent of our engineering students were doing research in the field.

CCEA clears PepsiCo’s $200 million proposals

The Union Cabinet, in its recently held meeting under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has approved the proposal of soft-drink maker PepsiCo in which the firm had sought injection of an additional $200 million in PepsiCo India holdings, the Indian subsidiary of group, in coming three years.

The company's global Chief Executive Officer, Ms Indira Nooyi had announced $500-million investment plan in September 2008.

Australia must match action with words, says Sibal

Kapil-SibalNew Delhi, Jan 7 : Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal Thursday said the Australian government has assured him it would take action against attackers of Indian students, but "their actions must match words".

"They have spoken to me. They told me that they take this issue seriously. But what we want is that their action must match words," Sibal told reporters here.

There are several cases of Indian students being attacked in Australia in 2009. In the most recent case last week, Nitin Garg was stabbed to death in Melbourne.

Kapil Sibal briefs Lord Mandelson on India’s education sector

KapilSibalNew Delhi, Dec 22: Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday called on U. K. Business Secretary Lord Mandelson in the national capital and underlined India’s intent to expand education sector without compromising the quality.

Sibal said that the Indian entrepreneurs and industry will need to get involved more in education in order to supplement the Government’s efforts, which is required for adequate capacity building in education.

The Minister also emphasized that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said that 500 million Indians must be skilled by 2010.

Government plans to introduce semester system in universities

Government plans to introduce semester system in universitiesAlthough being opposed by some teachers and other lobbies, the government is determined to introduce the semester system in universities across the country.

Government considers it to be a major academic reform step to boost the quality of higher education.

While speaking in the Rajya Sabha, HRD minister Kapil Sibal said that since the universities were independent bodies, a rigid timeline for implementing of the semester system cannot be imposed on them.

Mainstream schools to admit autistic children: Sibal

Mainstream schools to admit autistic children: Sibal New Delhi, Dec 19 : Mainstream schools in the country may soon have to admit autistic children, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said Saturday.

''We are trying to bring autistic children within the mainstream schools,'' Sibal said at an event attended by President Pratibha Patil.    

Sibal said his ministry was making all efforts to put in place necessary rules to allow such children lead a normal school life.    

Despite resistance, government committed to semester system: Sibal

Despite resistance, government committed to semester system: SibalNew Delhi, Dec 18 : Admitting to resistance to the semester system in universities across the country, the government asserted Friday it was committed to its introduction but shied away from laying down a timeline for this.

"We want to send out a message that we are committed to implementing the semester system. It is good for the student community. We want teachers to cooperate and embrace a system that will benefit students," Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal declared during question hour in the Rajya Sabha.    

India taps Singapore to set up 'innovation universities'

Kapil_SibalNew Delhi, Dec 16 : India and Singapore will cooperate with each other in setting up 14 "innovation universities" in India, Minister of Human Resource and Development Kapil Sibal said Wednesday.

Sibal said India needs 21st century universities to bridge the huge skill shortage and added that Singapore can be the best country to partner with in this area. The minister was speaking at the inaugural session of the Singapore Symposium organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here.

Sibal identified infrastructure, education, and skill development as the potential areas of cooperation between India and Singapore.

Government open to IITs starting branches abroad: Sibal

Government open to IITs starting branches abroad: Sibal New Delhi, Dec 16 : Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal Wednesday said the government is open to Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) opening their branches abroad.

"The government is not opposed to IITs opening their branches outside of India," Sibal said here.

India hopes to end secondary school dropouts from 2020

Kapil SibalNew Delhi, Dec 9 : The government hopes to end dropouts from schools at the secondary level by 2020, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said Wednesday.

Around 50 percent of students drop out of secondary level schools in India. The minister said in the Lok Sabha: "We are trying for 100 percent retention in secondary level by 2020."

But the minister said central government seeks the help of states, civil society and private organisations to improve the state of affairs. "Who knows, we may achieve it before (2020)."(IANS)

Hindi versus English in Lok Sabha

Kapil SibalNew Delhi, Dec 9 : Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal Wednesday declined to answer a question in Hindi, saying he never forced MPs to speak in English.

As the minister spoke in English over matters related to education, Samajwadi Party members asked him to reply in Hindi. A furious Sibal said that answering in any language was his prerogative.

"Why should I answer in Hindi? Am I asking you to ask questions in English?" he retorted.(IANS)

Education for all could cost Rs.171,000 crore: Sibal

Kapil SibalNew Delhi, Dec 4 : A landmark act providing for free and compulsory education for children aged 6-14 could cost Rs. 171,000 crore anually to implement but the share of the centre and the states in this has yet to be decided, the Rajya Sabha was informed Friday.

Sibal to rope in Nilekani to map disabled

KAPIL SIBALNew Delhi, Dec 2 : Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal Wednesday said the government is in talks with Unique Identification Authority chief Nandan Nilekani to map disabled children in the country to record their educational growth.

"We are talking to Nandan about it. If we can map these differently-abled people, then their educational growth can also be recorded," Sibal said here.

"If we can do it through Unique ID, then it can later be linked to their health condition. This will make thing easier," the minister said after unveiling two books on inclusive education by Mithu Alur.

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