NIRF 2019: For third year, no UP college in top 100

For the third consecutive year, not a single degree college in UP made it to the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) list released on Monday. This should serve as a wake-up call for institutions in the state, said academicians. Of the 5,866 degree colleges in the state, 158 are government run, 331 government aided and 5,377 are private (self-financed) colleges. COLLEGES NEED TO ENSURE To improve ranking on NIRF list, UP institutions should work in the following areas: Publish research by their faculty and students in renowned journals Maintain high…

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UP witnesses decline in online RTE applications

This year the basic education department has received less number of online application forms from students belonging to disadvantaged group and economically weaker section for admission under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, as per a data released by the state government. “So far a total of 96,450 applications have been received while admission process of 75,446 applicants has been completed. Scrutiny of their documents is still going on. This year, number of application was less than the last year,1.30 lakh. The drop is due to the reduced period of…

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AAP leader meets ticket aspirants from 32 Lok Sabha seats of UP

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sanjay Singh met ticket aspirants from 32 Lok Sabha segments of Uttar Pradesh, on Monday. Aspirants from Aligarh, Saharanpur, Pilibhit, Lalganj, Amethi, Sambhal, Bareilly, Bansgaon, Gonda, Rampur, Unnao, Aonla, among others, met Singh in Lucknow and put forward their claims. “We are in the final stage of coming out with a list. We are meeting people as it is the system of our party,” said Sanjay Singh. Delhi chief minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, who had contested against Narendra Modi from Varanasi in 2014…

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Interviews conducted for appointment of IIM Lucknow director

Interviews for the appointment of a full-time director for the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM-L) were held in Mumbai on Monday. At least five professors from the IIM-L were among those called for the interview. They were: IIM-L director in-charge, BK Mohanty, senior faculty members Archana Shukla, Anadi Pandey, Pankaj Kumar and Sushil Kumar. Others among the interviewees were professors from other IIMs and XLRI, said a member in the board of governors (IIM-L). The post of IIM-L full-time director fell vacant after the death of Ajit Prasad. He…

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Akshay’s tryst with social causes goes beyond silver screen

When it comes to taking up issues of social importance in films as well as in real life, actor Akshay Kumar is not the one to shy away. His films Padman and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha that touched upon issues like sanitary pads and toilets have had a strong impact on the masses and the actor feels the momentum created hereby needs to be carried forward with full zeal. “I don’t just do such initiatives only when film releases. ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’ released in (2017) and Padman in (2018)…

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PM Modi Flags Off Lucknow Metro’s North-South Corridor

LUCKNOW: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today flagged off the commercial run on Lucknow Metro’s North-South corridor through video conference from Kanpur. The length of the North-South corridor is 23km. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, Chandauli MP and state BJP chief Mahendra Nath Pandey, Kanpur MP Murli Manohar Joshi, along with other state ministers were present on the occasion. The prime minister also laid the foundation stone for Agra Metro Rail project. PM Modi also distributed keys of houses to the…

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Two Days After Vicious Attack, Kashmiri Vendors Find Buyers In Lucknow

LUCKNOW:  Two days after they were beaten up by men armed with sticks, saffron kurtas and nationalist slogans simply for being from Jammu and Kashmir, the dry-fruit sellers are back on the streets of Lucknow with their wares. Though they are not back at their usual spot in Daliganj, they had no dearth of customers today at a makeshift market organised by the All India Democratic Women’s Association or AIDWA. They hope to return to their area tomorrow. “The police helped a lot,” Abdul Salaam, one of the traders who…

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Lucknow Metro: Women the driving force

As the countdown for the inaugural run of North-South corridor Metro begins, the women workforce, which plays a major role in Lucknow Metro services from piloting trains to housekeeping, goes quietly and efficiently about its work. Notably, 30% of trains are being operated and driven by women operators and 40% of all the station controllers/train operators are women, an accomplishment in itself. “The recruitment process at LMRC ensures that there is no gender bias ,” said LMRC MD Kumar Keshav, adding “There is fair distribution of work and equal responsibility…

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Working since 2009, say staff amid PM vs Rahul over Amethi ordnance factory

A group of about 20 to 30 employees moves out for lunch from the main gate of the Ordnance Factory (Korwa) in Amethi at about 1pm here on Tuesday. This has been an everyday routine for many of them for years now. But they are in a state of confusion. Post Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement in Amethi on March 3 of gifting an AK 203 rifle factory, any question about their period of posting or hours of work at the factory is met with a loaded smile. “What and…

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Last-mile connectivity will remain a problem: Lucknow Metro

It seems parking space was never given a thought when Metro stations were planned and hence last-mile connectivity will always remain a problem for passengers, opine commuters. After the launch of commercial run, Metro users will have to rely on autos, buses and their own vehicles to reach the stations. But most of the 21 stations on the Amausi airport-Munshipulia route don’t have proper parking space for vehicles, they say. In 2015, the LMRC and the district administration had chalked out a plan for feeder buses, which the corporation had…

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