Taj Mahal tickets to be available online

The Union minister of State for culture and tourism, Shripad Naik has said tickets to visit the Taj Mahal will be available online before the end of this financial year, reports TOI. The Ministry is also considering to allow viewing of the monument on full moon nights from Mehtab Bagh, located right opposite the Taj Mahal, across the river Yamuna. More at The Times of India.

Online student grievance portal

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is set to launch an ‘Online students grievance redressal portal’. The students and the universities along with their affiliated colleges will soon have the option to report their grievances related to unfair practices, admissions and other issues to the UGC and the portal is to facilitate this process. UGC secretary Jaspal Sandhu said that the portal would let the universities and the commission understand the nature of the students problems and help make policy decisions to mitigate such issues. All Universities will be encouraged to appoint a nodal officer to address students complaints lodged on the website as well as to address the grievances of affiliated colleges. The issues covered are as varied as unfair practices adopted by the institutions, unfair admission practices, complaints of ragging and issues related to inadequate hostel, refractory or infrastructure facilities etc.

Forest clearance web portal

The Government launched an e-window platform yesterday, for clearance of forest related approvals, which will eventually work for mining and other clearances as well, reports Times Of India. This is the second initiative from the Ministry in as many months after launching an online environment clearance system for infrastructure and industrial projects, last month. The new system will allow stage-wise monitoring of the approval and compliance mechanism which will allow applicants and granting authorities to keep an eye on the entire process. The forest clearance approval system will go entirely online from the 15th of August. The mining clearance approval system is expected to go online from the 1st of November.

Jobs portal by NIESBUD

-The National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), a training institute under the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Ministry, launched a dedicated jobs portal targeting unemployed skilled persons. The portal, called NIESBUD Naukri allows users to search for jobs based on kills, experience, job category and salary. The website claims to have over 127 companies and 3600 job seekers registered already. The website also sports an e-learning portal and although, one can pay and register, not a single course has been mentioned on the portal itself. The initiative seems well intended, but the execution is extremely poor.