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How JNU and DU Plan to Modify Academic Calendars Due to Delayed Admissions: Check Now!

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How JNU and DU Plan to Modify Academic Calendars Due to Delayed Admissions: Check Now!
How JNU and DU Plan to Modify Academic Calendars Due to Delayed Admissions: Check Now!

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the announcement of the CUET UG results, universities in the nation’s capital, notably JNU and DU, intend to hold weekend classes and have a shorter winter break in anticipation of delayed admissions.

The National Testing Agency (NTA), the body that conducts the entrance exam, announced on Sunday a re-test for over 1,000 CUET UG candidates on July 19, following complaints from candidates, including issues of time loss due to the distribution of the wrong question paper.

The agency, however, has not clarified on the declaration of result, which was originally scheduled to be released on June 30, and has now been delayed by over two weeks. The final answer key of the undergraduate admission test has not been notified yet.

A senior JNU official said the delay in the declaration of results will impact the university’s plan to release an unified academic calendar for all the batches of students.

The university will have to rely on extra classes on Saturdays and may have to shorten its winter break to cover up for lost time to complete the syllabus, the official said.

“Instead of five-days a week, we may have to teach six days a week and utilise Saturdays to cover up the syllabus. We will also consider shortening the winter break if need be.

“JNU had planned to release an unified academic calendar for all the batches from this year onwards to bring symmetry in the admission process. The practice was discontinued due to the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Things will become clear once the result dates are announced,” the official said.

Ambedkar University also plans on taking extra classes in the evening and weekends, and have fewer holidays to cover up for the delay if required, Vice Chancellor Anu Singh Lather said.

“There would be a delay of about two weeks or so due to the re-test. I don’t think that is much of a time and can easily be compensated with some extra classes.

“Originally, the session was supposed to start from August 1 for first year students and but if the results are not announced in the next two weeks, we will hold extra classes for them in the evening after regular classes on weekends and also reduce the number of holidays to cover up,” Lather said.

Classes for rest of the students will start as per the scheduled date, she said.

In Delhi University, officials said the delay would cause the academic calendar of first-year students to end at a later date than scheduled.

The schedule for the rest of the students will remain as usual with their classes scheduled to begin from August 1, DU’s registrar Vikas Gupta said.

Earlier last week, DU notified its academic calendar for second-year students with a shortened winter break of four days. The varsity did not mention the reason behind shorter winter break.

Meanwhile, an official at IP University said the delay wouldn’t affect its admission process as it takes admissions through CUET in its last leg and hopes the results will be out by then.

Mahesh Verma, Vice Chancellor of IP University, said,”We take admissions through national level entrance test for professional courses. We also have our own in-house entrance examination. After admissions through these mediums are completed we fill the remaining seats through CUET. By that time, the CUET scores would be out, so our admissions wouldn’t be affected,” he said.

There was no immediate response on this from Jamia Millia Islamia which also takes UG admissions through CUET for some of its courses.

While DU and Ambedkar University relies fully on CUET scores to take admissions into its undergraduate and postgraduate courses, universities like JNU, Jamia, and IP University either accept the scores for selected courses or have their own entrance system. 

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Source: NDTV

CUET UG 2024 Re-Exam Admit Cards Released: Direct Link Inside!

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CUET UG 2024 Re-Exam Admit Cards Released: Direct Link Inside!
CUET UG 2024 Re-Exam Admit Cards Released: Direct Link Inside!

The admit card for the CUET UG 2024 re-exam, which is set for July 19, has been made available by the National Testing Agency (NTA). Admit cards can be downloaded by candidates on exams.nta.ac.in/CUET-UG/. The NTA declared on July 15 that more than 1,000 candidates would take a retest on July 19.

The exams.nta.ac.in/CUET-UG/ official website now has the CUET UG 2024 admission card. The announcement states that in order to download the admit card for the re-exam on July 19, candidates must enter their application number, date of birth (DoB), and the security pin that appears on the screen.

Notably, at some exam centres, question papers in different languages, which were not chosen by the candidates, were distributed to examinees. This issue affected more than 1,000 candidates across six states and is one of the primary reasons for the retest.

How to download the CUET UG 2024 RE-EXAM ADMIT CARD

Here are the steps to download the CUET UG 2024 admit card for the exam scheduled on July 19:

1. Visit the official CUET UG site: exams.nta.ac.in/CUET-UG.
2. Click on the “Download Admit Card 2024 (for exam scheduled on July 19)” link available on the homepage.
3. Enter your login credentials, including your application number and date of birth.
4. Click on the “Submit” button.
5. Your admit card will be displayed on the screen.
6. Check all the details and download the admit card.
7. Print the admit card and keep it safe for further reference.

DIRECT LINK TO DOWNLOAD

This year, over 13.4 lakh candidates registered for the Common University Entrance Test (CUET) for admission to undergraduate courses in 261 central, state, deemed, and private universities.

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IIT JAM 2025 Registration Opens: Here’s How to Apply!

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IIT JAM 2025 Registration Opens: Here’s How to Apply!
IIT JAM 2025 Registration Opens: Here’s How to Apply!

The registration for the Joint Admission Test for Masters (JAM) 2025 will commence on September 3 and conclude on October 11. The examination is scheduled to be held on February 2, 2025. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, which will conduct JAM 2025, has released the tentative schedule. Interested and eligible candidates can visit the official website for the detailed schedule.

IIT JAM 2025 Examination Schedule:

  • JAM Online Application Processing System (JOAPS) website opens: September 3
  • Last date for registration: October 11
  • Deadline for changing examination cities, test papers, category, or gender: November 30, 2024
  • Confirmation of compensatory time or scribe assistance: December 30, 2024
  • Upload deadline for valid OBC-NCL/EWS certificates: November 20, 2024
  • Release of IIT JAM 2025 admit cards on the online portal (for download and printing): Early January 2025
  • IIT JAM 2025 Examination Date: February 2, 2025
  • Announcement of Results: March 16, 2025
  • Scorecards release date: March 25, 2025
  • Admission portal opens: April 2, 2025

IIT JAM 2025 will be conducted in two shifts in a computer-based mode. The first session will cover subjects like Mathematics, Chemistry, and Geology, while the second session will include Biotechnology, Economics, Physics, and Mathematical Statistics.

The exam is for students seeking admission to various postgraduate programs such as MSc, MSc (Tech), MS (Research), MSc-MTech Dual Degree, Joint MSc-PhD, and MSc-PhD Dual Degree across disciplines offered by institutes nationwide.

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JNU Establishes New Academic Centres

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JNU Establishes New Academic Centres
JNU Establishes New Academic Centres

The announcement by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) of the opening of three new centers devoted to Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain studies represents a significant step towards the integration of Indian knowledge systems. This program, which aims to reconcile traditional knowledge with contemporary academic disciplines, is in keeping with Vikasit Bharat’s vision and objective.

The newly established centres are:

  • Centre for Hindu Studies
  • Centre for Buddhist Studies
  • Centre for Jain Studies

These centres will operate under the School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies, furthering the exploration and implementation of Indian Knowledge Systems as outlined in the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.

In a recent post on X, the university stated, “JNU VC has established 3 Centres that will implement the vision & mission of Vikasit Bharat in integrating the Indian knowledge systems. This will take us on the path of integrating tradition with modernity, continuity with change, Realm with Region and Myth with Reality.”

The establishment of these centres was approved during the Executive Council meeting held on May 29, 2024.

Jawaharlal Nehru University is one of the top universities in India. It is ranked 580 in the QS World University Rankings 2025, 20 in subject-wise rankings for development studies, 545 in the QS Sustainability Ranking, and 15 in the Asian University Rankings.

Last year, Delhi University (DU) set up a Centre for Hindu Studies, which currently provides a master’s degree program. The centre also intends to launch undergraduate courses in the near future. DU already houses a Department for Buddhist Studies and, in March, received approval from the central government to establish a Centre for Advanced Studies in Buddhism, with an estimated budget of Rs 35 crore.

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Source: NDTV

New Education Advisory Council to Guide NEP: Details Inside

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New Education Advisory Council to Guide NEP: Details Inside
New Education Advisory Council to Guide NEP: Details Inside

The Ministry of Education issued an advisory advising the government of the formation of an Education Advisory Council (EdAC) to work on the implementation of the National Education Policy.

Members of the council will have expertise in a variety of educational fields. It will advise, give expertise, and bridge the gap between the many existing bodies responsible for implementing the policy.

According to an official notification from the ministry, “In order to advise the Ministry of Education on critical aspects of NEP 2020 implementation and to facilitate the comprehensive, holistic, synergetic, and systematic implementation of the policy across school and higher education, it has been decided to establish an Education Advisory Council (EdAC) to Gol.” The council will have members with experience and expertise across vital areas of education including early childhood education, foundational literacy and numeracy, school education, higher education, adult education and lifelong learning, innovative pedagogy, disruptive technologies such as Al, skills and vocational education and research.”

As per the notification, the EdAC will undertake the following activities as part of its terms of reference:

  • Advise MoB and other ministries, agencies, and institutions involved in education on critical aspects of implementation of the NEP 2020 and facilitate its comprehensive. holistic, synergetic and systematic execution.
  • Develop an overarching and futuristic roadmap and action plan for holistic NEP implementation across school and higher education.
  • Analyse interventions undertaken so far and their efficacy, and make corresponding recommendations for continuous course correction.
  • Recommend measures for revamping and rejuvenating the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) to strengthen and empower it for greater mandate to enhance coordination and collaboration between the centre and states.
  • Any other matters requested by MoE or other ministries, agencies, and institutions involved in education.

The Education Advisory Council (EdAC) will be an independent body consisting of chairperson (Full Time) – Academician of repute, up to two additional full time members and up to five additional part time members. Eminent members will be chosen from academia, philanthropy, and/or industry to represent fields of educational expertise across school and higher education, education policy, educational administration and governance, skilling, and research and innovation.

The Office of EdAC and its supporting secretariat consisting of about 5-8 persons with expertise in education and administration will be placed in MoE. 

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Budget 2024: What to Expect for the Middle Class?

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Budget 2024: What to Expect for the Middle Class?
Budget 2024: What to Expect for the Middle Class?

For middle-class taxpayers, the standard deduction is still an essential but out-of-date tax break in the face of growing living expenses and inflation.

According to Lokesh Shah and Gaurav Goyal of INDUSLAW, this set deduction, which has remained at ₹50,000 since 2018, does not take into account the current state of the economy and increases the financial strain on salaried individuals.

“The current legal regime provides for a standard deduction of Rs 50,000 to all salaried individuals. The increased inflation rates create a need to increase the limit of the standard deduction,” they told BT.

As Budget 2024-25 approaches, there is growing anticipation for a revision that could double this deduction to ₹1 lakh, providing much-needed relief.

The standard deduction, a straightforward reduction from taxable income under the ‘salaries’ category, currently requires no additional disclosures or proof of investment. Despite expectations for an increase, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has indicated that significant changes will be considered only in the full Budget.

In its list of changes in the upcoming Budget, consultancy firm KPMG sees doubling standard deduction, increasing the tax break on interest paid on housing loans, and rationalizing the capital gains tax regime.

KPMG highlights the significant rise in personal expenses such as medical costs and fuel, underscoring the need to raise the standard deduction to ₹1 lakh. This adjustment would provide essential financial relief to the middle class.

Additionally, there is a strong call to increase the basic tax exemption limit under the default new tax regime from ₹3 lakh to ₹5 lakh. This change would enhance net disposable income, enabling individuals to spend more or save more, thus boosting the economy.

KPMG also suggests enhancing the deduction for interest on self-occupied housing loans to at least ₹3 lakh under the old tax regime or allowing similar benefits under the new regime. This would support the real estate sector, which is under pressure from rising interest rates and regulatory reforms.

Moreover, the capital gains tax structure in India is complex, with different rates for various assets. Simplifying this system to provide a more uniform capital gains tax structure, both in terms of holding periods and tax rates, would align with the government’s objective of streamlining the tax code.

As the middle class awaits the Budget 2024-25, there is hope for a more responsive and inflation-adjusted standard deduction.

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Source: BT

7th Pay Commission: Karnataka Announces Salary Hike for Employees

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7th Pay Commission: Karnataka Announces Salary Hike for Employees
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah presided over a Cabinet meeting on Monday during which the decision was ratified.

The Karnataka government has approved a substantial pay hike for its employees. Following the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations, this decision was confirmed in a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday.

Starting August 1, employees will see a 27.5% increase in salaries. This adjustment aims to improve the financial well-being of state employees.

The implementation of these recommendations will cost an additional ₹ 17,440.15 crore annually. This move is expected to enhance employee satisfaction and retention.

The pay hike reflects the state’s commitment to fair compensation and financial growth.

By increasing the salaries of government employees, the state aims to boost morale and productivity, which in turn can lead to more efficient public services.

In March 2023, then chief minister Basavaraj Bommai had granted employees an interim 17% salary hike.

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Alert: Banks Will Be Closed Tomorrow—Get the Full Details

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Alert: Banks Will Be Closed Tomorrow—Get the Full Details
Alert: Banks Will Be Closed Tomorrow—Get the Full Details

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) releases a list of bank holidays each month so that customers can plan their branch visits accordingly. Banks in several states will be closed on Wednesday, July 17, for Muharram.

Odisha  

Meghalaya will observe a holiday for U Tirot Sing Day on the same date.

Apart from the national and regional holidays mandated by the RBI, banks in India are also closed on:

July 21: Weekend (All states)

July 27: Fourth Saturday of the month (All states)

July 28: Weekend (All states)

The RBI classifies holidays into three categories:

Real-Time Gross Settlement Holiday: RTGS transfer is available round the clock and 365 days every day of the year including weekends and public or bank holidays. The funds are transferred in real-time to the beneficiary account and you do not need to visit the bank branch to initiate an RTGS transfer

List of states that have a bank holiday on July 17: 

Andhra Pradesh  

Mizoram  

Rajasthan  

Tamil Nadu  

Gujarat  

Karnataka  

Telangana  

Andaman & Nicobar  

Bihar  

Chhattisgarh  

Delhi  

Tripura  

Uttar Pradesh  

Jammu and Kashmir  

Jharkhand  

Lakshadweep  

Madhya Pradesh  

Maharashtra

Banks’ Closing of Accounts Holiday:As per the regulations, all banks will be closed on Sundays, second and fourth Saturdays, and national and regional holidays.

Holidays under the Negotiable Instruments Act: The holiday declared under the Negotiable Instruments Act applies only to government departments and banks, insurance, and other financial undertakings.

If plan to visit banks this month, make sure that you are aware of these holidays. However, the online banking and ATM services will remain active throughout the month.

Stock market holiday on Muharram:

NSE and BSE, will be closed on Wednesday, July 17 for Muharram.

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Source: Business Standard

Scammers Target Amazon Prime Day: What Customers Need to Know

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Scammers Target Amazon Prime Day: What Customers Need to Know
Scammers Target Amazon Prime Day: What Customers Need to Know

Experts advise customers to exercise caution while shopping online, especially on Amazon Prime Day.

Phony emails sent by people pretending to be internet businesses such as Amazon are not new. However, phishing efforts rise in tandem with the high spending observed during major sales occasions, such as Prime Day or Black Friday, as per the Better Business Bureau.

Josh Planos, vice president of communications and public relations at the Better Business Bureau, previously told The Associated Press that “this is a huge moment on the retail calendar.” “And as a result, it offers a great chance for a con artist, fraudster, or even just an immoral company or organization to take advantage of the situation and defraud people of their hard-earned money.

Prime Day, a two-day discount event for Amazon Prime members, kicks off on Tuesday and runs through Wednesday. In updated guidance published last week, the Better Business Bureau reminded consumers to watch out for lookalike websites, too-good-to-be-true social media ads, and unsolicited emails or calls during sales events this month.

Consumers might need to be more vigilant this year than ever before. In June, the Better Business Bureau published a report that said it received a record number of phishing reports in 2023. Reports are also trending up so far this year, the organisation said.

Meanwhile, in a report released this month, the Israel-founded cybersecurity company Check Point Software Technologies said more than 1,230 new websites that associated themselves with Amazon popped up in June. The vast majority of them were malicious or appeared suspicious, according to Check Point.

Scott Knapp, director of worldwide buyer risk prevention at Amazon, identifies two areas that the company has seen hoaxes around come Prime Day in recent years: Prime membership and order confirmations.

Last year, for example, more than two-third of scams reported by Amazon customers claimed to be related to order or account issues, Knapp wrote in an emailed statement. People reported getting unsolicited calls or emails saying there was something wrong with their Prime membership and seeking bank account or other payment information to reinstate the accounts, Knapp explained.

Urging consumers to confirm an order they didn’t place is also a common tactic at this time of year, he added. Scammers might pick something expensive, like a smartphone, to get attention and again ask for payment information or send a malicious link. They might also try to lure in consumers with promises of a giveaway, or by using language that creates a false sense of urgency.

Amazon is attempting to ensure scammers are not using our brand to take advantage of people who trust us, Knapp wrote, adding that customers can confirm their purchases and verify messages from the company on its app or website.

Additional scams are probably out there, but it’s hard to know what form they might take before this year’s Prime Day begins. Still, experts note that the same shopping scams tend to resurface year after year.

Typically, the bones remain the same, Planos said, pointing to fake delivery scams, email phishing and other repeated methods. It’s always a ploy to separate consumers from (their) personal and payment information.

But online hoaxes are also constantly evolving to become more sophisticated, Planos and others warn. That means images might look more legitimate, text messages may sound more convincing and fake websites that look very similar to real shopping destinations.
Amazon’s Knapp has said that with artificial intelligence starting to leak in,” the scams targeting e-commerce shoppers follow the same approach but with a machine populating an email or text instead of a person.
According to data from the Federal Trade Commission, consumers reported losing about $10 billion to fraud in 2023, a 14% jump from 2022. Online shopping scams were the second most-reported form of fraud, following impostor scams, the FTC said.

Both the FTC and Better Business Bureau provide consumers with tips to avoid scams year-round. Guidance includes blocking unwanted messages, not giving financial information to unsolicited callers and checking links before clicking secure websites, for example, will have HTTPS in the URL, Planos notes, never HTTP.

Scammers will often pressure you to act immediately, experts say. It’s important to pause and trust your gut. Experts also urge consumers to report scams to regulators.


Beyond scams that impersonate companies or retailers, it’s also important to be cautious of counterfeit products and fake reviews on the sites of trusted retailers. Just because you’re shopping on Amazon, for example, doesn’t mean you’re buying from Amazon. The online shopping giant, like eBay, Walmart and others, has vast third-party marketplaces.

The quality and look of counterfeit products has significantly increased over recent years, Planos notes, making the activity difficult to police. A good rule of thumb is looking at the price tag if the product is being sold for less than 75% of its year-round market rate, that’s a pretty big red flag, he says.

Sketchy sellers can show up on different platforms, including sites like Amazon, all the time Planos said, urging consumers to check out companies on the Better Business Bureau’s website. Like other scams, counterfeit products may increase around high spending periods.

Amid increasing pressure to tackle counterfeit products, Amazon has reported getting rid of millions of phony products in recent years. The company said it also blocked billions of bad listings from making it on to its site. In 2023, Amazon the company said more than 7 million counterfeit items were “identified, seized and appropriately disposed of. The online retailer has also filed multiple lawsuits against fake review brokers.

Amazon notes customers can also report fake reviews and other scams on its website. If a shopper purchases a counterfeit item detected by the company, Amazon has said it will proactively contact the customer and provide a refund.

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Source: Business Standard

New York-Like City … Maheswaram: Says Telangana Chief Minister

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New York-Like City ... Maheswaram: Says Telangana Chief Minister
New York-Like City ... Maheswaram: Says Telangana Chief Minister

Telangana Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy said on Sunday that a new city at par with New York will be developed at Maheswaram near Hyderabad.

He also said the Rachakonda area, which is similar to Ooty, will also be developed as the hub of film-making Industry.

He made the announcement while launching the distribution of safety kits among toddy tappers in Abdullahpur on the city outskirts.

Revanth Reddy also stated that Hyderabad Metro Rail will be extended up to Hayat Nagar soon. All plans have been prepared in this regard, he said.

The Chief Minister said that the Rangareddy district will soon witness huge development. The government is planning to promote the district as a world-class tourism destination.

He said the government envisaged plans to set up universities, a medical tourism hub and industries in the land acquired for pharma companies.

In a veiled jibe at his predecessor and BRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, Revanth Reddy said that the leaders who lost elections and are resting in their farmhouses should be aware that the Outer Ring Road, the international airport, and Pharma City were developed in the Congress rule.

The previous government developed nothing except promoting drugs and ganja smuggling, he said.

“The leaders who said Congress was finished are now counting the number of leaders in their party. BRS MLAs are joining the Congress to support Telangana’s development,” he said

Alleging that rivals had conspired to topple his government, he exuded confidence that Congress will rule the state for 10 years. “The previous BRS government landed the Telangana state into a debt trap. My government is solving every hurdle and moving forward,” he added.

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