Homi Bhabha National Institute gets HRD ministry’s nod to start its off-campus centre

The Homi Bhabha National Institute in Mumbai. (Photo courtesy HBNI website)

Mumbai-based Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) has been given approval by the HRD ministry to start an off-campus centre at Bhubaneswar in the name of National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) with prospective effect.

 The ministry, in a statement released on Wednesday, said it has issued a notification in this regard on the advice of the University Grants Commission (UGC).
 The move allows for conduct of academic course or programmes, subject to review of the off-campus centre by the UGC biennially for six years and subsequently after every five years subject to usual terms and conditions as prescribed under the UGC regulations, the statement said.
 HBNI had submitted a proposal to ministry of human resource development in 2010 for establishment of an off-campus centre at Bhubaneswar in the name of NISER.
 The proposal was examined by the UGC with the help of an expert’s committee in terms of the provisions of UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2010 and its amendments.

UGC tells universities to celebrate Matribhasha Diwas

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Universities across India will celebrate “Matribhasha Diwas” to promote the use of mother tongue on March 3 this year as February 21, the day declared by UNESCO as Mother languages day, happens to be a Sunday.

 In a letter written to vice-chancellors, University Grants Commission (UGC) has said that since February 21, which is celebrated as the Mother Languages Day falls on a Sunday, it has been decided to celebrate “Matribhasha Diwas” on March 3.
 You are, therefore, requested to kindly ensure celebration of Matribhasha Diwas on March 3, 2016, the letter written by UGC secretary Jaspal Sandhu to VCs said.
 The commission has also asked universities to hold various activities to celebrate “Matribhasha Diwas”.

What Makes JEE Such A Critical Exam For Students

Competitive exams are tough to crack, one needs dedication, thorough understanding of the subject and practice. Undivided attention and self-motivation are the basic pillars on which success stands for any competitive exam. Cracking JEE is the dream of every engineering aspirant. However, not many are able to fulfill their desire due to its difficulty level.


What is JEE?

The JEE (Joint Entrance Exam) is conducted by the CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Examination) is a standardized test used for admission to engineering programs in India. It is comprised of multiple-choice questions that test the applicant’s knowledge in several engineering-related fields. The JEE is offered at two levels: JEE Main and JEE Advanced, the latter being required for certain selective programs. Getting into Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) is a dream for all aspiring engineers, this aptitude test makes it possible.

So what is required to crack JEE?

Getting into the IITs is not an easy task. It requires herculean efforts to clear it at one go.  Students failing in the first attempt make repeated attempts. Every year lakhs of candidates appear for JEE Main and Advanced, out of which only a handful are selected for admissions in the IITs. Students have to try to ace their Board exam, JEE Main and JEE Advanced – all at the same time. All three exams require different skill sets, a combination of speed, time management and complete mastery of concepts! The key skills required are as follows:

  • The students have to follow a strategic approach, and dedicate themselves into preparation.
  • They have to polish their logical as well as analytical skills.
  • They will have to make a strategy for studying, and they will have to follow it during the entire preparation.
  • They should have to solve previous year’s papers and try to complete them within a time frame.

Why is JEE such a critical exam?

Cracking JEE is the sole dream of any engineering student. There are not many people, who can achieve the chance of clearing this due to its difficulty level. It is considered as one of the toughest examinations in the world for varied reasons. The reasons supported with proper logic are listed below:

  • Acceptance ratio – There are a large number of applicants eyeing for the relatively tiny number of seats.
  • Reservation problem – Seats are reserved under various categories, so it makes the entry difficult for any general category student in spite of having merit.
  • Extensive syllabus – Acquiring in depth knowledge of all the three subjects – Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, and covering about 4 years of study material is an extreme hard task.
  • Time management – The most important reason is inability to manage time during taking the exam. 180 questions in 90 minutes means students only have 2 minutes on average per attempt!

Why is so important to appear for JEE?

JEE may be one of the toughest test , yet the number of candidates appearing for it is increasing every year. The reason for this is simple – the brand name IIT. IITians are acquired by big companies like Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Intel, Oracle, IBM, LinkedIn and many others. A seat in IITs guarantee good job opportunities, high pay package and a bright future.


Preparing for JEE is no cake walk. Making a study strategy, while covering the huge syllabus and preparing to solve so many questions in such limited time, leads to a lot of pressure! This is what makes it one of the most difficult exams that a student will ever face.