Kapil Sibal

All new schools, varsities to be disable friendly

KapilSibalNew Delhi, Dec 2 :All new schools and universities that will be established in the country will be disable friendly, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said Wednesday.

"All new schools and universities from here on have to be disable friendly. They will be absolute access in educational institutions," Sibal said on the sidelines of a book launch here.

"We will see how appropriate access is provided to these people in existing universities," he said.

The minister said his ministry would appoint a committee on measures needed to be taken for inclusive education.

Salman Khurshid to Sibal’s rescue on Jamia issue

Salman Khurshid Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday said the Capital’s Jamia Millia Islamia deserved to be a university with a minority character and his colleague Kapil Sibal, the human resource minister, did not have a stand to the contrary, as many Muslims think.

“Let me clear this misgiving. I am convinced Sibal has no such position on Jamia. In fact, he is of the view that those fighting for Jamia’s minority status should immediately approach high court and diligently explore all options,” said Khurshid at a meeting of a dozen MPs and Muslim leaders from Delhi.

Distance education could address dearth of teachers: Sibal

Kapil SibalNew Delhi, Nov 19 : Distance education, via cell phones and other technology geared to provide open access to education, could address the dearth of teachers plaguing the Indian education system, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said Thursday.

"There is a need for distance education (in India) because conventional teaching methods cannot meet the challenges of our young population," Sibal said.

The minister was speaking at a function of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of the country's largest distance learning provider, the Indira Gandhi National Open University
(IGNOU).

Sibal donates books to deprived kids

Sibal donates books to deprived kidsNew Delhi, Nov 16 : Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal donated books to underprivileged kids here today.

The programme was organised by the NGO, ''Save The Children''.

"It shows the extent of passion of the people who actually give away the books to those who have no access to them to be able to access them," said Sibal.

The five day initiative saw over 100,000 books being given away to deprived children. (ANI)

Sibal against for-profit educational institutions

Sibal against for-profit educational institutionsNew Delhi, Nov 9 : The government is not going to give up its opposition to for-profit educational institutions as any collapse of such entities would impact students.

"If profit means giving dividend to shareholders from fees that parents pay, then my position is no," said Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal here Monday.

Government to introduce reforms bills in winter session of Parliament

Government to introduce reforms bills in winter session of ParliamentNew Delhi, Nov 9 : The government wants to introduce major reforms bills, including one for the setting up of an overarching body in higher education, in the forthcoming Winter and Budget sessions of the Parliament, said HRD Minister Kapil Sibal.

Participating in a discussion on Higher Education Reforms at the India Economic Summit in New Delhi today, Sibal said the government would introduce a bill for setting up the National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER).

Reforms agenda in place for education sector: Sibal

Reforms agenda in place for education sector: SibalNew Delhi, Nov. 9 : Massive reforms are required across the spectrum in India’s Education sector, declared Human Resource Development MInister Kapil Sibal, at the plenary session on "Creating World-Class Education in India", at the 25th India Economic Summit, on Monday.

Indeed, most of the critical legislation relating to this sector would be in place by the end of the budget session of Parliament in March 2010, he said at the event jointly organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry and World Economic Forum in New Delhi.

Sibal in US, to seek partnership for innovation varsities

Sibal in US, to seek partnership for innovation varsitiesWashington/New York, Oct 28 - India's Human Resource Development minister Kapil Sibal is in the US to seek partnership with leading American universities for an initiative to set up 14 innovation universities in India to push research and development.

Sibal will meet senior officials at the Departments of State and Education as also presidents of several US universities as part of an endeavour to forge greater collaboration in the field of education.

He is also set to meet academicians of Indian origin.

IITs to decide eligibility criteria for entrance exams: Sibal

IITs to decide eligibility criteria for entrance exams: SibalNew Delhi, Oct 20 : Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal today clarified that the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will themselves decide the eligibility criteria for aspirant students appearing for the Joint Entrance Examination.

He said this while addressing a press conference at New Delhi on Tuesday (October 20).

Sibal also noted that the Government of India or HRD ministry can in no way make any proposal for such a decision.

Don't need 80 percent for taking IIT entrance exam: Sibal

Don't need 80 percent for taking IIT entrance exam: Sibal New Delhi, Oct 20 : Retracting from his stand about raising the cut-off percentage for appearing in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) entrance exam, union Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal Tuesday said that scoring high would not be a prerequisite.

"Any reports indicating that students would need to score above 80 percent for appearing in the joint entrance exams are baseless," Sibal told reporters.

IITs should give more weightage to class 12 marks: Sibal

IITs should give more weightage to class 12 marks: SibalNew Delhi, Oct 19 : Indian Institutes for Technology (IITs) should give more weightage to the class 12 exam marks for admission to their undergraduate courses, union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said Monday.

According to a senior ministry official, Sibal stressed that the IIT admission procedures should give more weightage to class 12 exam marks and also consider raising the cut-off percentage for students to appear in the IIT-Joint Entrance examination.

IIMs free to set up overseas campuses

IIMs free to set up overseas campuses

Finally, roads have been cleared for the prestigious business schools to open their campuses in foreign countries as central government, in principal, has given its nod by addressing long pending demand of Indian Institutes of Management.

IIM council is scheduled to meet next year to complete modalities and prepare a blue print for setting overseas campuses.

Sibal meets Burns, Indo-US education council on anvil

Sibal meets Burns, Indo-US education council on anvil  New Delhi, Oct 15 : The setting up of an Indo-US education council to boost bilateral relations was discussed in a meeting between William Burns, the US under secretary of state for political affairs, and Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal here Thursday.

The US delegation led by Burns conveyed that many American universities are keen to know about India's road map for the education sector.

Sibal asks new central universities to have common entrance test

Sibal asks new central universities to have common entrance testNew Delhi, Oct 13 : Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal Tuesday said the new central universities should conduct a common entrance test for admissions, while having different courses from one another.

"The new central universities should look at conducting a common entrance test for admission to their courses, to enable common counselling so that students and their families are saved the trouble of going to various locations for tests and counselling," Sibal said.

IITs want PM’s intervention to resolve all issues

Kapil SibalThe IIT federation, fighting for high wages and autonomy, urged Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to intervene in the matter. The move came just a day after Union Human Resources Minister, Kapil Sibal, announced to keep status co over salary issues at this point of time. He had said that the government is not financially sound enough to address wages issue of IIT faculty.

Central Madarsa Board to be set up after consensus: Sibal

Central Madarsa Board to be set up after consensus: SibalNew Delhi, Oct 4 : Union Human Resource Minister Kapil Sibal has said that setting up of a Central Madarsa Board to oversee Muslim education would be made only after a consensus.

Sibal meets IIT faculty members, says all issues resolved

Sibal meets IIT faculty members, says all issues resolvedNew Delhi, Oct 2 : Union Human Resource Minister today held a meeting with faculty members of the Indian Institutes of Technology and said all issues have been resolved.

Sibal's initiative was aimed at ending the deadlock between IIT faculty and the Central Government.

Briefing the media after the meeting, Sibal said: "All issues have been resolved. There''s no disagreement, we''re on same side."

Sibal agrees to meet IIT faculty on Friday

Sibal agrees to meet IIT faculty on FridayNew Delhi, Oct 1 : Union Human Resource Minister Kapil Sibal has agreed to meet agitating faculty members of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) on Friday.

Sibal's move comes in a bid to end the stand-off between the government and agitating IIT faculty.

According to the HRD Ministry, the IIT faculty has been informed about the development, the ministry said.

Sibal to meet agitating IIT teachers Friday

Sibal to meet agitating IIT teachers FridayNew Delhi, Oct 1 : Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal has agreed to meet a federation of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) teachers, who are protesting the government's rejection of their demand for pay parity with the scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

"In reply to the IIT faculty's telegram seeking an appointment with Sibal, the minister had agreed to meet them Friday," a HRD ministry official said.

Kapil Sibal says no to hike salary for IIT faculty

Kapil Sibal says no to hike salary for IIT facultyThe stand-off between Union Human Resource Development Ministry and the on-strike IIT faculty may further aggravate as MHRD, under Mr. Kapil Sibal, ruled out any possibility of hiking salaries for IIT Professors. However, the ministry urged the faculty to come to the table for resolving all issues such as institutional autonomy and wages.




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