The West Bengal government has decided to introduce a chapter on snakes in the secondary school curriculum from next academic year, a senior education official said.

President Ram Nath Kovind Monday said institutes of higher education can be instruments of social and economic transformation to help states in human development indices.

Voicing concern over 'poor quality of state of affairs in school education in Puducherry,' its Lt Governor Kiran Bedi Friday rolled out measures to improve the standard of education for which she conveneda review meeting with officials of the directorate of education.

An official of the education department has been arrested by the anti-corruption bureau of Thane Police for allegedly accepting bribe from a student.

The Scindia School, established in 1897, is one of the top boarding schools for boys in India. The school's Principal, Dr. Madhav Deo Saraswat, a professional with tremendous experience, attributes the award to the healthy educational ecosystem which allows each student to unleash their true potential and creativity.

"There have been a total of 13,604 undergraduate admissions in IITs this year with nil vacant seats. This is the first time ever to fill all seats in all IITs leaving no vacant seats which has been achieved by proactive cooperation of all IITs," HRD Higher Education Secretary R Subrahmanyam said.

The acceptance rate of the international students in various masters and doctoral degree programmes is about eight per cent, of whom 11 students have already joined the institute for the academic year starting 2019, an IIT KGP statement said.

"BJP government punishes lakhs of economically weaker students by putting obstacles in eligibility criteria to avail education loans for pursuing Professional/Technical courses!" Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted, tagging the report.