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Indian-American Rupa Iyer awarded highest teaching award in US

An Indian-American biotechnologist Rupa Iyer has been awarded Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Excellence Award, University of Houston’s highest teaching award.

She was bestowed with this award for her sustained and significant contributions in the field of education. Presently, she is Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies at the University of Houston’s College of Technology.

About Rupa Iyer

  • She is founding director of the biotechnology programme in the College of Technology since its inception.
  • She is known for her strong commitment towards impacting students who benefit from her efforts to incorporate hands-on experience with problem-based learning and lectures.
  • Her lectures are based on format training on diverse biotechnology systems and develop presentation skills, enabling them to thrive in the workplace.
  • Iyer has been part of the College of Technology since 2005 as a credentialed associate professor. Later in 2014 she was named Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies.
  • Her research is in the area of environmental biotechnology with applications in bioremediation.
  • She has also received many awards, recognition and grants for her outstanding contributions.

About Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Excellence Award

  • It is the highest award given in teaching and the only one given in this category by the University of Houston.
  • The award is given to a person who has ten or more years of teaching experience and has made sustained and significant contributions to education.


SC approves holding of MBBS, BDS entrance through NEET

Supreme Court has approved holding a single common entrance test National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS and BDS courses for the academic year 2016-17.

The SC bench comprising Justices A R Dave, Shiva Kirti Singh and A K Goel gave nod to the NEET proposal put before it by the Union Government, CBSE and the Medical Medical Council of India (MCI).

The proposal had requested for treating All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) fixed for May 1, 2016 as NEET-1.

The SC order would imply that all government medical colleges, deemed universities and private medical colleges will be covered under the NEET. Those examinations which have already taken place or slated to be conducted separately stands scrapped.

The apex court order also revives the Union Government’s Decemeber 21, 2010 notification for holding single common entrance test through NEET with a clarification that any challenge on the issue would directly come before it and no High Court can interfere in it.