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US to probe Harvard’s admission process

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Yes, we smell something fishy as per the reports. The US Justice Department will probe allegations against the prestigious Harvard University. The allegations were that the Ivy League institution discriminates against Asian- American applicants in its admission process. These were levelled in 2015 against the university by a coalition of 64 Asian-American groups, including four Indian-American organisations.

Among the 64 organisations were four Indian-American community associations—

1. American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin

2. BIT Sindri Alumni Association of North India

3. Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin-Los Angeles Chapter

4. National Federation of Indian American Associations.

WHAT JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYS

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division will investigate the allegations. The Crimson report said that the university has repeatedly and emphatically denied allegations that it uses racial quotas in its admissions process.

“The posting sought volunteers to investigate one administrative complaint filed by a coalition of 64 Asian- American associations in May 2015 that the prior administration left unresolved,” Justice Department spokesperson Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement.

“This Department of Justice has not received or issued any directive, memorandum, initiative, or policy related to university admissions in general,” the statement said. The complaint had been filed on behalf of Asian-American students “who, because of their race, have been unfairly rejected by Harvard College because of such unlawful use of race in the admissions process, and/or who seek the opportunity to apply for admission without being discriminated against because of their race”.

Department of Education said that this was similar to an ongoing and separate federal lawsuit filed against Harvard.

WHAT HARVARD SAYS

“To become leaders in our diverse society, students must have the ability to work with people from different backgrounds, life experiences and perspectives. Harvard remains committed to enrolling diverse classes of students,” Harvard spokesperson Rachael Dane said.

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CAT 2017 Results ARE OUT -How To Download Score Card

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IIM Lucknow has released the score card for candidates who appeared in the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017. Candidates would need their login id and password to login to their account and download their score card. CAT result is declared in the form of percentile score with 100 percentile being the maximum.

How to check CAT 2017 Result?

Step one: Go to official CAT 2017 website: www.iimcat.ac.in

Step two: Click on the link for CAT 2017 Score Card.

Step three: Enter your login id and password.

Step four: Click on Submit.

Step five: View and download your score card.

Many students may find that the website is still displaying the link for CAT 2016 Score Card. In that case, candidates are advised to clear their cache or open the website in incognito mode and access the result link for CAT 2017.

Last year, 20 students had scored 100 percentile in CAT 2016. The number of 100 percentile scorers this year remains to be seen.

WHAT NEXT..

Now, the IIMs will begin the shortlisting process for selection rounds. The ensuing selection process comprises Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI). Candidates are selected for selection rounds primarily on the basis of their CAT percentile and academic performance.

WHAT IS CAT

CAT is conducted by IIMs for admission to post graduate management programmes at 20 IIMs. CAT scores are also used by non-IIM institutes such as MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, JBIMS Mumbai, FMS Delhi etc. CAT scores are valid for one year and can be downloaded from the website within a period of one year.

 

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Parliamentary Panel For Statutory Status To NCVT 

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A parliamentary panel has recommended to accord statutory powers to the National Council for vocational training (NCVT). This is being done so that NCVT could play the role of a regulator for skill education, on the lines of bodies like the UGC and the AICTE.

The panel chaired by Kirit Somaiya is of the view that the NCVT should be further empowered by bringing its powers under the ambit of law since this would help it to perform better regulatory functions and oversight over the industrial training institutes (ITIs) in India. At present, there are nearly 14,000 ITIs in the country, both public as well as private, and their numbers are on the rise.

THE RECOMMENDATIONS

— the star rating system should not be left to be voluntarily adopted by ITIs but made applicable on all of them to improve the quality of skill training.

— an alternative approach while dealing with ITIs who fail to comply with norms related to infrastructure facilities and faculties for training instead of de-affiliation by the Directorate General of Training. This being suggested since the de-affiliation adversely impacts the trainees enrolled in such institutes.

GRADING OF INSTITUTES

The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship began grading the industrial training institutes across the country by giving them star ratings based on their facilities, performance and placement record last year. The government’s vocational training programmes are administered by ITIs, which cater to about 36 per cent of the 7 million people enrolled in various training programmes in India.

GRADING-THE METHOD+ BENEFITS

The evaluation is done in two phases, a self-appraisal followed by an in-depth assessment by the Directorate General of Training, the umbrella body overseeing the functioning of ITIs and other training institutes.

The grading of ITIs helps the students to choose from the best institutes, and employers by providing them the formal governmental recognition for the level of quality of training and facilities provided at the institutes.

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Jamia Polls won’t violate HC order: JAC

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A Joint Action Committee (JAC) of students, formed to reinstate students’ union elections at Jamia Millia Islamia, has submitted the legal opinion of Supreme Court lawyer Sanjay Hegde to the university administration. They have also asked the university to announce the date of elections.

WHAT JAC REPORT SAYS

In the communication, Hegde has said:

— Elections in the institute would not violate any High Court order

— Students’ union polls at Jamia have been banned since 2006, allegedly because students had started interfering in administrative matters

— The university has cited a 2012 writ petition filed in the Delhi High Court

— University argues that they cannot hold elections till the petitioner withdraws the petition

LAWYER HEGDE ARGUES…

Hegde has said, “There is nothing on record to suggest that conducting student elections would violate any order of the honorable court. To the contrary, they would only be in furtherance of the assurances given to the court by JMI, in its affidavit dated July 20… for more than six years after filing of this affidavit, the matter appears not to have proceeded further in the court. Unless there is a specified direction of the court to stop the process, the university must endeavour to fulfil the general directive towards conduct of fair and free elections.”

Meeran Haider, a JAC member, who, along with others, had gone on a hunger strike for seven days over the issue, said the legal opinion had been submitted to Dean of Student Welfare. Jamia media coordinator Saima Saeed said the matter would be looked into when the university reopens on January 16.

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