Indian B-School ranked number 10 in world by Forbes Global MBA program of SP Jain School of Global Management (SP Jain) has got a global Top Ten ranking by Forbes in its Best International MBAs: One-Year Program rankings (2015-16). SP Jain is also the only school of Indian-origin to be ranked in the world’s top 10.

For four years in a row now, SP Jain has featured in Forbes’ biennial rankings of the world’s top business schools. In 2013-2014, it was ranked number 11 in the world. SP Jain’s rankings in the regions it operates in are: India number 1, Dubai number 1, Singapore number 2 and Australia number 1.

Nitish Jain, President of the SP Jain School of Global Management said that, “In the last five years of our 11-year old history, we have consistently featured in top rankings by Forbes, Financial Times and Nielsen.”

“This is a tribute to the excellent performance of our alumni around the world. We are a young, innovative business school that has reimagined its MBA program to enhance the global employability and mobility of its graduates. Last year alone, we had over 100 graduates placed in countries like Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and the Middle East,” Jain added.

A unique highlight of the SP Jain education is its global learning model, he said, adding that all of its full-time undergraduate and postgraduate business programs offer students the unique benefit of studying in three world-class cities. “We believe that this global exposure develops young students in a manner that a single-city campus cannot. Not only does it add vital international experience to their resumes, it also enables them to develop important global skills. These skills have proven to lead to better jobs, salaries and better graduate outcomes,” Jain said.

The institute is one of Asia’s top-ranked global business schools with international campuses in Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney. In the competitive world of business education, SP Jain has carved a niche for itself as a young, modern and innovative business school offering world-class undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programs. All of these have a specific business focus and are taught by international faculty from top universities like Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and Duke.

In 2013, Forbes magazine ranked SP Jain’s Global MBA program number 5 in Asia in its Best International Business Schools Rankings. The same program was ranked twice, in 2011 and 2012, by the Financial Times in its Top 100 Global MBA Rankings.

The 21st Delhi Book Fair begins


Here’s an exciting news for all the book worms, who look forward to the beginning of the Delhi book fair every year. The book fair has begun today at 10:00 am at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi and will continue till September 6. The timings of the fair are from 10 am to 8 pm and the entry to the same will close at 7:30 pm.

This is the 21st edition of the Delhi book fair and the theme is ‘Skill development’, and will focus on the role of national and international publishers, librarians, researchers, academicians, writers, dealers and traders, students and general public.

Books focusing on skill development – hard and soft skills – would be available at the fair for all the age groups.

This edition of the book fair is being organized by the Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP) in association with India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO).

Visitors will also be able to attend book launches, debates, discussions, literary seminars and conferences at the fair. Various activities for children and author interactions will also be a part of the fair.

As per a newspaper report, according to a statement from the organizers, this year’s fair largely focuses on inculcating the idea of skill-based professions and career interests of the youth.

According to the organisers, the last book fair had attracted about three lakh visitors from India and overseas. Books, magazines, periodicals and eBooks from Indian as well as foreign publishers and booksellers will be found amongst the lot present there.

Primary pupils results edge upwards

Child writing

The performance of children in England in tests at the end of primary school has edged upwards, the government has announced.

More pupils than ever have achieved the literacy and maths scores needed for secondary school, according to figures from the Department for Education

Four out of five pupils got good grades in all the tests, says the DfE.

However, Schools Minister Nick Gibb said schools in some council areas had performed poorly.

May tests

The results of this year’s tests, taken in May by all 11-year-old state school pupils, show a one percentage point rise in those meeting the standard in mathematics (to 87%) and two percentage points in writing (to 87%).

There was a four percentage point rise in scores in the grammar, punctuation and spelling test (to 80%), while attainment in reading was unchanged on the year before, with 89% meeting the expected standard.

The government says 80% of pupils achieved the required “Level Four” standard or above in all subjects, compared with 78% in 2014 and 62% in 2009.

Primary school classroom


But Mr Gibb said schools in some local authority areas were still not doing well enough.

He announced a “crack-down” on councils, including Medway, Poole, Luton, Doncaster and Bedford, whose schools had performed poorly.

In these areas 73% of pupils achieved the required standard in all subjects, compared with in Kensington and Chelsea, the strongest performing area, where 90% of pupils met the grade.

Mr Gibb said the government was “committed to driving up standards as a matter of social justice”.

“That is why I will be writing to the director of children’s services and directors of education of councils that are bottom of the league tables and asking that they meet me as a matter of urgency to explain how they intend to improve the teaching of reading and arithmetic in the primary schools under their control,” he said.

Overall, Mr Gibb said, he was “delighted that 90,000 more children are starting secondary school with a firm grasp of the basics compared to just five years ago”.

In particular he highlighted improvements in sponsored primary academies, which have taken over some of the most seriously underperforming schools.

Sponsored academies that had been open a year saw a rise of five percentage points (to 71%) over the schools they replaced, the statistics suggest.

“These results vindicate our decision to expand the valuable academies programme into primary schools with thousands of children on course to receive a better education,” he said.

“Our reform programme is driven by social justice, and we will continue to raise the bar so young people are prepared to succeed in modern Britain.”

This year, some 580,000 primary pupils took the tests, but this is the last year these tests will be used.

From next summer, pupils will be assessed on a “tough” new national curriculum, which came into effect in September 2014, and will be given a scaled score where 100 will represent the expected standard.

No stress during exams now: 3,000 exam helplines to be established

Taking steps to revolutionise education and make it accessible to all, the Punjab government finally approved the setting up of 300 state-of-art-counselling centres. Each centre would take care of students from 10 to 13 schools.

Presiding over a meeting of career guidance and counseling cell, the State Education minister Daljit Singh Cheema said each counseling unit would be fully equipped with modern technology. Besides a fully qualified counselor, a experienced resource specialist would be made available in each of these units. The resource person would assess strengths and weaknesses of each student and provide career guidance accordingly.

Cheema stressed on the availability of a 24×7 career helpline, just so students could avoid the stress during preparation of exams and results.  He said that in the era of modern technology and fast changing economic environment, students need to be updated about new career opportunities, as well.

They cannot afford to adopt herd mentality and opt just for medical or engineering courses. The new economy and global environment has opened up opportunities for students and they can opt their career according to their talent and choice, Cheema said, as reported in the PTI.

The minister added that when students seek counseling, it is necessary to keep them anonymous, especially during examination and result days.
Meanwhile, to standardise education the state Punjab government also  increased the duration of B.Ed. course from one year to two years besides making it mandatory to clear Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) after passing out.

Teachers delivering poor results to face action: Himachal Pradesh CM


On August 27, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh  said that the government has brought in a policy to review results of Class nine to 12, providing for action against teachers showing poor results and issuing appreciation letters to teachers for good results.

he CM said this while replying to discussions on a private member’s resolution moved by Inder Singh (BJP) in Assembly, urging the government to formulate a policy to bring improvement in quality of education. He also said that the HP government had already implemented the National Education policy of 1986 and 1992. They had introduced free and compulsory education under the same and the National Curriculum Framework has been adopted.

He further added that SSA, RMSA and RUSA have been implemented for qualitative improvement. And also that teachers are being appointed as per the NCTE guidelines. In order to meet the shortage of teachers, the state has appointed 13,536 teachers, while process has been set in motion to appoint 1,239 teachers.

At present the state has 89 colleges, five Sanskrit Colleges, 1,612 senior secondary schools, 880 high schools, 2,236 middle schools and 10,776 primary schools. A total of 9,59,147 students have been enrolled in these institutions,  out of whom more than fifty percent are girls, Singh added.

Sushma Swaraj on a high wave: Germany to now teach Indian languages in educational institutions


A major announcement is underway for the Indian citizens. Germany will now promote Indian languages including Sanskrit in its educational institutions as part of a new initiative while working towards resolving the controversial German language issue that soured between the two countries,  last year.

The resolution reached its end in a meeting between our External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in with the German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeir and German Education Minister Johanna Wanka.  As per the broad understanding between the two sides, India will continue to teach German as an additional language while Germany will promote Indian native languages in its institutions.

“We are almost close to resolution of the issue. Both sides hope to make the announcement during Chancellor Angela Merkel’s upcoming visit to India,” official sources told PTI.

Germany and India went through a national-tiff when the Human Resource Development Ministry had in November decided to discontinue teaching of German as an alternative to Sanskrit and cited “national interests” for its decision.

Germany had criticised the decision and the issue was also raised by Merkel during her meeting with PM Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Brisbane in November last year.

Meanwhile, Sushma Swaraj too raised issues faced by some of the Indian students in pursuing their studies in Germany like residency status, renewal of visa and accommodation as both sides discussed new initiatives to enhance cooperation in the education sector. At the end of it all, both sides also decided to promote exchange of students as well collaboration between educational institutions of the two countries.

The German government is also planning to set up a centre for advance studies in humanities and social science in India as part of a series of new initiatives in education and Science and Technology.

Smriti Irani makes laws stricter: Schools to declare their assets and fee structure in an interrogation

The well-established private schools of  Delhi might well be under the radar, as the government will soon be conducting interrogations on their assets, fee structures, admission procedures and on teachers’ qualifications.

A new law in its initial stages is being worked out which will require private-run and government schools to give a number of disclosures and also introduce measures that are student-friendly.  In order to  bring in more transparency in the system, the bill which is yet to be introduced will talk about full information regarding the admission process. The provision to restrict schools from charging a full-year’s fee for students who change schools before the academic year finishes might also be applicable under the new law.

A new set of guidelines will also be set for the teacher recruitment procedure.  Kapil Sibal too wanted to check the ‘unfair practices’ in the education system but his where the proposed law did not get parliamentary nod.

Meanwhile, pre-schools and pre-primary schools running on land allotted by Delhi government have been asked to submit a report on admissions undertaken by them in the last three years within two weeks or face the prospect of cancellation of their lease deeds.

The schools cannot charge the EWS quota students any fee for registration or prospectus. If they are not able to admit any applicant under the quota the schools will be require to give an explanation for the same.

Less time to the syllabus, more to skill development: Manish Sisodia suggests new changes in the syllabus


The students of Delhi schools might now be facing much less pressure as the Delhi Government is working on cutting down the syllabi of Class 9 to Class 12 to allow students to work on skill education, according to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

Addressing a session on ‘Making Delhi the Knowledge Hub of India’, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), he claimed that barring a few private and government schools, there is “no quality education” being imparted in other schools. “When I had recently met former President the late A P J Abdul Kalam, he suggested me that if syllabi of classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 is reduced upto 25 per cent, you can save one year of students and this time can be used for skill education. I also want to do this”, as quoted in the PTI.

Mr Sisodia added that research on education is the need of the hour so that it could be taken forward. He said, “There has been no research on the progress of education in the country, there is no shortage of talent. We should research on education to take it forward.”

Meanwhile, in a meeting held recently, he also suggested private schools to run their institutes in two shifts.

This is not the first time such reforms are being brought into the system as the AAP government had earlier pushed the idea of reducing curriculum of students to see space and time available in schooling, which could be used for holistic development of children.

Malala makes us proud yet again: Becomes the 1st to receive World’s Children Prize


Malala Yousafzai, the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize is definitely a messiah sent to the Earth. She has added yet another feather to her cap by donating $50,000 (nearly Rs 33,00,000) towards the reconstruction of schools in Gaza.

The money towards this noble effort will be channelled through the United Nations relief agency UNRWA to help rebuild 65 schools in the Palestinian territory. Malala, who now lives in the UK, also has her own ‘MalalaFund’ to help small scale organisations and funding in a number of countries. She told the media how the money would help children get “quality education” and continue their life, despite the wars.

The first human being to ever receive the World Children’s Prize for the rights of the child, Malala won by a heavy percentage of votes by millions of children around the world who voted for her. The children’s prize also announced two honorary laureates. John Wood, who quit his job as a Microsoft manager and spent 15 years working for books, school libraries, and schools for millions of children and Indira Ranamagar from Nepal who has fought for 20 years for the rights of the children of convicts.

According to the UNRWA website, Malala said the organisation was performing “heroic work” to serve children in Gaza and that more than half of Gaza’s population is under 18 years of age and deserves quality education, hope and real opportunities to build a future.

Malala also recently secured the highest grades possible in UK’s national school exams and did particularly well in Sciences, with top A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as in religious studies.

Rajnath Singh stated Sanskrit to be Useful Language for Science and Technology


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has recently said that Sanskrit is one of the most scientific languages in the world and it has even been said by foreign scholars as well. He sounded advocating the importance of language to while speaking at an event.

Rajnath Singh further stated that he would launch a ‘Mahaabhiyan’ to take Sanskrit at every doorstep. The Mahaabhiyan would be led by an educational institute in Lucknow. He said pointing towards the ‘Mahaabhiyan’ saying, “There is no other language which provides answers to complex philosophical questions like epics written in Sanskrit. Be it art, literature, science or technology, people are admitting Sanskrit is most useful.” He further get on to saying that even NASA while building a super computer said that Sanskrit was the most suitable language for doing it. “But it is irony in our country that we are getting away from it in India”, he said.

Further advocating about the language he pointed out that Sanskrit does not have issues related to spellings like other languages such as English and is pronounced in a similar tone and manner everywhere around the world. For other languages pronunciation varies from region to region, but in case of Sanskrit it is universal. He added, “Even youths in US and UK are reading Sanskrit”.

He added saying that during his tenure as Education Minister in Uttar Pradesh Government he had introduced two chapters on Vedic Mathematics at the school curriculum. The chapters were later removed by the subsequent governments. He concluded saying that if there is a will to learn the language it can be taken to each and every house of the country and given back its glory it once deserved