Education

NCERT introducing QR code in textbooks

NCERT introducing QR code in textbooks
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has initiated the process of introducing QR code in their textbooks. The move aims at helping students understand chapters better by reading additional content on laptops & digital boards. Quick Response (QR) Code is a machine-readable code used for storing web-links which can be read by a camera on a smartphone.

Student Police Cadet Programme to be launched

Student Police Cadet Programme to be launched
Home Minister Rajnath Singh will launchc Cadet Programme in Gurugram. The programme seeks to build a bridge between the Police and the larger community through school students by inculcating values and ethics in them. The initiative seeks to cover broadly two kinds of topics: crime prevention and control, and values and ethics.

Poet Gopal Das Saxena ‘Neeraj’ passes away

Poet Gopal Das Saxena ‘Neeraj’ passes away
Famous Hindi poet Gopal Das Neeraj passed away at the AIIMS trauma center on 19 July. He was a Professor of Hindi at Dharma Samaj College in Aligarh. He was also accorded the rank of a cabinet minister by the previous Akhilesh Yadav government in UP. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007.

RTE amendment Bill passed in Lok Sabha

RTE amendment Bill passed in Lok Sabha
The Lok Sabha passed The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill 2017 which allows detention of school students in class 5 and 8. The original RTE Act stipulated that no child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class or expelled from school till the completion of elementary education. The original RTE Act came into force on April 1, 2010.

IIT D sign MoU with AIIA to validate Ayurveda

An agreement was signed between IIT Delhi & the All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) under which projects would be launched that would aim to give “scientific validation” to the Ayurveda and integrate it with technology. The projects would be funded by the Ayush Ministry. The agreement was signed at a conference of the heads of Ayush Institutes on ways to induce modernity in Ayurveda.

Govt sets up committee to strengthen NCC, NSS

The govt has decided to form a committee under former education secretary Anil Swarup, seeking suggestions to strengthen National Cadet Corp & National Service Scheme. The Committee will deal with issues like expansion, strengthening training infrastructure & reducing manpower deficiency. The Committee will also submit recommendations for building “synergy” between these 2 institutions.

Govt sets up committee to strengthen NCC, NSS

The govt has decided to form a committee under former education secretary Anil Swarup, seeking suggestions to strengthen National Cadet Corp & National Service Scheme. The Committee will deal with issues like expansion, strengthening training infrastructure & reducing manpower deficiency. The Committee will also submit recommendations for building “synergy” between these 2 institutions.

“I Am Not Afraid Of English” campaign

The Haryana Education Department has launched ”I am not afraid of English” initiative to promote English language right from Class 1 in the state’s primary schools. The initiative is aimed at capacity building of teachers to enable them to help the students to learn, read, write and speak English. To start with, a booklet containing 1,000 sentences/phrases has been prepared.

Gyan Vani an educational FM radio in Pune

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has started its own FM radio network Gyan Vani with the help of All India Radio (AIR). In this programmes like primary and secondary education, adult education, technical and vocational education, higher education is been broadcasted at 105.6 MHz. The educational channel is being broadcasted in English, Hindi and other regional languages.

World Bank report on Malala Day

In a report of world bank ‘Missed Opportunities: The High Cost of Not Educating Girls’, not educating girls or creating barriers in their school education globally costs between USD 15 to USD 30 trillion. According to the report,132 million girls around the world below 17 are still not in school. The report was released on 12 July 2018, on the eve of United Nations Malala Day.

National Testing Agency to conduct NEET, JEE

Newly formed National Testing Agency would now conduct the national-level examinations — NET, NEET, JEE (Mains) that were organised by Central Board of Secondary Education. The National Eligibility Test (NET) would be conducted in December & JEE (Mains) twice a year, in January and April. NTA would also conduct National Eligibility cum Entrance Test Common Management Admission Test (CMAT).

Panel drafting education policy gets extension

Union Human Resource Development Ministry has extended till August 31 the term of K Kasturirangan Committee drafting a new education policy. The panel headed by K Kasturirangan, the former ISRO chief, was supposed to submit its report by June 30. This is the third extension granted to the panel. The existing National Education Policy was framed in 1986 and revised in 1992.

Boost to Higher Education

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the proposal for expanding the scope of Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA). HEFA’s scope expanded to meet the rising financial requirements of educational infrastructure in the country. HEFA is a Non ­Profit, Non Banking Financing Company for mobilising extra-budgetary resources.

Dalai Lama launches ‘Happiness Curriculum’

The Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and Dalai Lama launched the ‘Happiness Curriculum’ in the Delhi government schools on July 2. The new initiative that focuses on holistic education would cover around eight lakh students. The curriculum focuses on meditation, moral teachings, and mental exercises, with the aim of turning students into good human beings.

World Bank to aid $480 million to Rohingyas

The World Bank decided to provide $480 million in aid to Bangladesh to address the needs of Rohingya refugees. The aid would include health, education, water & sanitation and other spheres. Nearly 7 lakh Muslim Rohingya have taken shelter from violence in Myanmar in Bangladesh, making it the world’s fastest-growing refugee camp. There are nearly 40000 Rohingya refugees in India as of 2017.

Govt proposes to replace UGC

Government has unveiled draft of a bill to replace higher education regulator University Grants Commission with a Higher Education Commission. The commission will not have grant-making authority, will promote reduced inspection system & will focus on quality outcome at universities & colleges. It will be applicable to all higher education institutions established under any act of Parliament.

Javadekar launched National Digital Library

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar launched the National Digital Library of India. The library will become a single window platform for all educational needs. Users can register for free on the National Digital Library from Google Play store. The library can be accessed at ndl.iitkgp.ac.in. The library is an integrated platform for schools, colleges, universities, teachers, and students.

WB approves $700 mn to Bangladesh

The World Bank has approved $700 million to help Bangladesh achieve its education for all vision by improving the primary education sector. The Quality Learning for All Program (QLEAP) will cover more than 18 million children studying in pre-primary level to grade 5. It will also finance implementation of the government’s Fourth Primary Education Development Program (PEDP4).

3-day national yoga olympiad-2018

A 3-day National Yoga Olympiad was inaugurated at the National Council of Educational Research and Training in CIET in New Delhi. This is the third consecutive year of National Yoga Olympiad of NCERT and this year about 500 students from 26 States and 4 RIEs are participating. Two books – Joy of Theatre and Sangeet — training packages were released on the occasion.

India excluded from UK’s relaxed student visa

India has been excluded from the UK’s new list of countries considered “low risk”, whose applicants will undergo reduced checks while applying for student visas. The countries on the list include the US, Canada and China among others. Students from these countries would face reduced checks on educational, financial and English language skill requirements to study at UK universities.

Cabinet approved ‘Three Year Action Plan’

Union Cabinet has approved the continuation of the Three Year Action Plan (2017-2020) of the scheme for Agricultural Education Division and ICAR Institutes with an outlay of Rs.2225.46 crore. It comprises of: “Strengthening and Development of Higher Agricultural Education in India” The scheme is aimed to generate quality human resources from the institutions of higher agricultural education

Bengaluru’s IISc makes it to top 100

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru has made it to the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education’s World Reputation Rankings 2018. Ranked in the 91-100 band, it is the only Indian institution to make it to the prestigious list this year. The list topped by American universities Harvard, MIT & Stanford, with the United Kingdom’s Cambridge & Oxford completing the top 5.

World heritage tag for Victorian and Art Deco

Victorian Gothic & Art Deco buildings of Mumbai have been declared as a World Heritage site by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO. The decision was taken at the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO in Bahrain. With this, Mumbai gets its 3rd such site – Elephanta Caves and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus are also on the UNESCO list.

UNICEF launched data visualisation app

UNICEF has launched a ‘data visualisation app’ which provides a user-friendly visual representation of complex analytics of the education scenario in the country. The app has been made with technical inputs from UNICEF, in collaboration with NIEPA and NCERT. UNICEF aims to provide humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.

Samagra Shiksha scheme for school education

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has launched Samagra Shiksha scheme for school education from pre-school to senior secondary levels. The scheme focuses on improving quality of education, enhancing learning outcomes & using technology to empower children & teachers. The scheme will enhance the use of digital technology in education through smart classroom & digital boards.

Chatra Parivahan Suraksha Yojana

Haryana government is going to launch Chatra Parivahan Suraksha Yojana for the safety of girls. Under this scheme, all the girl students will get free travel facility from their home to their educational institutions. The primary objective of this scheme is to ensure that the girls feel secure at public places, workplaces and while traveling.

NITI Aayog to rank states on SDG parameters

NITI Aayog will soon come out with the Sustainable Development Goals Index to rank states based on their performance in this field. SDGs comprise 17 goals, which include ending poverty and hunger, quality education, gender equality, clean water, sanitation & energy. Prime Minister’s Office in 2017 appointed NITI Aayog as the supervising agency for SDGs to improve India’s global performance.

India’s most trusted FMCG brand

As per TRA’s Brand Trust Report 2018, Patanjali has left behind brands like HUL & ITC to emerge as the most trusted brand in the FMCG sector. Patanjali was established in 2006 by Ramdev along with Balkrishna, with the aim of establishing a science of Ayurveda in coordination with latest technology & ancient wisdom Besides FMCG, Patanjal is present in other sectors like education & healthcare

HRD announces 75 NRC for teachers

Human Resource Development Ministry has launched a major and unique initiative of online professional development of 1.5 million higher education faculty using the Massive Open Online Courses platform SWAYAM. In the 1st phase, 75 discipline-specific National Resource Centres have been identified. NRC are tasked to prepare online training material with a focus on new and emerging trends.

Cabinet renames minority development programme

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has renamed the Multi-sectoral Development Programme as Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram. The restructured programme aims to provide better socioeconomic infrastructure facilities to minority communities, particularly in the field of education, health & skill development. The scheme would extend to 308 districts compared to 196 districts at present.

India, Eritrea to sign MoU

To facilitate a structured dialogue for strengthening bilateral cooperation among themselves, India & Eritrea will sign a MoU on Foreign Office Consultations. India & Eritrea enjoy cordial relations in political, commercial, education and other areas. Over the years, India has provided Eritrea with capacity building assistance in legislative drafting, technical scholarships & food aid.

HRD Ministry to launch Study In India portal

HRD Ministry will launch ‘Study in India’ portal that aims to target foreign students to be admitted in Indian institutes. It will enable students from 30 countries to apply for different courses from 150 Indian institutions. Study in India programme’s objective is to target foreign students by branding India as an attractive education destination.

6th edition of Heat Action Plan launched

Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation in partnership with civil society groups launched 6th edition of Heat Action Plan to protect city dwellers from scorching temperatures.The plan has an early warning system used during heat waves and a robust public education campaign about how to avoid harm from excessive heat.Ahmedabad was the first city to prepare and implement heat action plan.

CCEA approved Credit Guarantee Fund Scheme

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the continuation of the Credit Guarantee Fund for Education Loans Scheme and continuation and modification of Central Sector Interest Subsidy Scheme. The scheme will cover loans for pursuing professional and technical courses to promote quality education. It will provide education loans to ten lakh students during this period.

Cabinet approved scheme for School Education

The Cabinet has approved an Integrated Scheme on School Education by combining Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and Teacher Education from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2020. The aim is to support the States in universalizing access to school education from pre-nursery to XII across India. The main emphasis of the scheme is to improve the quality of school education.

India and ADB signed Loan Agreement

28 : The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and India signed $80 million loan to help modernize technical and vocational education and training institutions ecosystem in Himachal Pradesh. The Project will establish a polytechnic for women, 6 city Livelihood Centers, and 7 Rural Livelihood Centers. The project will support the skill initiatives of Government of Himachal Pradesh.

MHRD has approved „Study in India? programme

Ministry of Human Resource Develop-ment has approved ‘Study in India’ programme. The ‘Study in India’ programme‘s primary objective is to target foreign students by branding India as an attractive education destination. The move is aimed to improve the global ranking of Indian educational institutes. Under the programme, meritorious students will be provided with fee waiver and scholarship.

Odisha signed MoU with British Council

Odisha government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the British Council to strengthen educational and cultural cooperation. The MoU was signed on the occasion of British Council‘s 70 years presence in India. It aims at strengthening cooperation in a number of fields including English skill education, sports, cultural exchange and investment promotion.

Govt. to fund the education of martyrs’ children

The government will now fully fund the education of martyrs‘ children. Before this, the education of these children was funded, but only up to Rs 10,000 a month. The concession applies to the children of officers from the armed forces, ‘persons below officer rank‘ missing in action, and those disabled or killed in action. This scheme covers around 3,400 children.

AAP govt presented its first ‘Green Budget’

The AAP government presented its Rs 53,000 crore budget for 2018-19 in the Assembly, which laid emphasis on environment, health, education and water. This is the first ‘Green budget’ of the government for effective containment of pollution in the city. They also proposed to set aside Rs 1000 crore for repair and maintenance of smaller roads owned by the municipal corporations of the city.

Vienna is world?s most liveable city

Austria‘s capital Vienna once again defended its position as the city offering the best quality of life in the world in an annual survey from consulting firm Mercer. Vienna is followed by Switzerland‘s Zurich and then New Zealand‘s Auckland and Germany‘s Munich in joint third. The criteria to rank the cities were political stability, health care, education, crime, recreation and transport.

UGC grants autonomy to JNU, BHU, AMU

The University Grants Commission has approved autonomy for 60 higher educational institutions. They include Jawaharlal Nehru University, Banaras Hindu University & Aligarh Muslim University, which have maintained high academic standards. The selected institutes will remain under the ambit of UGC but will have the freedom to start new courses, off-campus centres & other new academic programs.

N.Chandrasekaran elected as IISc President

Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran has been elected as the President of the court of the Indian Institute of Science for three years. He has been elected as the 8th President of the Institute for the period 2018-21 and took over from K. Kasturirangan. Located in Bangalore, IISc is a primary institute for advanced scientific and technological research and education in the country.

4 nations recommended for graduation

Bhutan, Kiribati, Sao Tome and Principe and Solomon Islands are set to move up from the ranks of poorest nations. The improvement in ranking is due to their increasing national earning power as well as access to better health care and education. The four countries will be recommended for graduation from the least developed country (LDC) category.

NITI Aayog to release SATH-E Roadmaps

NITI Aayog will release comprehensive roadmaps and detailed timelines for its initiative ‘Sustainable Action for Trans-forming Human Capital in Education’ project at NITI Aayog. SATHE will introduce System-wide Governance Transformation in School Education. These roadmaps present customized, action-oriented programmes, outlining interventions at the individual, district and State level.

Eight sectors added 1.36 lakh jobs

Employment in eight key sectors, rose by 1.36 lakh on the net basis in July-September this fiscal compared to the previous quarter. The manufacturing sector added 89,000 jobs, education sector added 21,000 jobs while transport sector saw an addition of 20,000 jobs. Out of the total estimated change in employment of 1.36 lakh, female workers accounted for 74,000 and 62000 male workers.

Indo-French Knowledge Summit ends

The first ever Indo-French Knowledge Summit ends successfully with a landmark agreement on mutual recognition of educational qualifications between India and France. The government will soon launch the ?Study India programme? to increase the inflow of foreign students to India. The two day summit was organized by the French Embassy in India and the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

SC seeks details of jails with 150% occupancy

The SC has asked the National Legal Services Authority to look into the issue of overcrowding of prisons.A three-judge bench was headed by Justice Madan B Lokur.The Bench also asked an advocate, who is assisting the court as an amicus curiae in the matter, to look into the issue of rehabilitation and welfare of women prisoners as well as their children, including the education of such kids

Former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramanian Dies

TSR Subramanian, former Cabinet Secretary of the Union government passed away due to prolonged illness. Subramanian, a 1961 batch officer of the Indian Administrative Service, was the cabinet secretary from August 1, 1996, to March 31, 1998. He also headed several government committees, including those on education and environment.

Tie up b/w Tamil Nadu Govt and Microsoft

Govt of Tamil Nadu has signed an agreement with Microsoft to improve integration of technology in teaching & learning in the state.The partnership aims to reform education sector, build tech capacity & enhance digital literacy across all levels. As a part of the agreement, Microsoft will adopt 7 schools identified by govt & train their teachers & students around building 21st century skills

India and Canada ink six pacts

India and Canada have signed six agreements, including in the area of nuclear science, energy cooperation and information communication technology.An agreement b/w India’s Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and the Department of Canadian Heritage was also signed for cooperation in sports. An MoU between the two countries for cooperation in higher education was also signed.

Parrikar Presents Rs 17,123-Crore Goa Budget

Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar presented in the state assembly Rs. 17,123-crore budget for 2018-19, an increase of 6.84% over the ongoing fiscal.The Budget focuses on education and job creation. The total estimated expenditure on revenue account is Rs 11,795.40 crore, while that on capital account is Rs 4,218.25 crore.

India’s medium-term potential growth above 7%

According to a UBS report, India’s medium-term growth is likely to be above 7% backed by policy reforms & stable global growth environment.India ranks higher in medium-term growth potential compared to other markets like Russia & China. The report said, India needs to adopt reforms like stepping up infra investment, education & health reforms & others to improve it’s potential growth outlook

India’s largest train the trainers programme

Pullela Gopichand has initiated country’s largest train the trainers programme, inducting 1500 Physical Education teachers from across Gujarat for advanced training.It aims to develop the skills of PE teachers so that they can impart the right techniques to children aspiring to make it big at sports. It will look at all-round development in sports, targeting PE teachers, students & schools.

Govt to set up 562 more Ekalavya schools

Centre will set up 562 more Ekalavya Model Residential Schools in tribal areas of the country.It has been announced in the Budget that by 2022, every block with at least 20,000 tribal persons will have an Ekalavya School. These schools will provide boarding & lodging facilities to tribal students & will be brought at par with the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyala through high-quality education.

Muthoot Group ropes in Amitabh Bachchan

The Muthoot Group, a leading business conglomerate has engaged Amitabh Bachchan as their Brand Ambassador. Amitabh Bachchan will hereafter be representing The Muthoot Group across all their national campaigns. The Muthoot group has interests in Financial Services, IT, Media, Healthcare, Education, Power Generation and operates in 29 states in India.

Only online application for education loan

The government has directed the banks to only accept online applications for education loans in a bid to make the loan disbursement process transparent and efficient.The banks have also been asked to not consider any application received in physical form.The move also aims to tackle the delay in sanctioning of the education loans.

Haryana to name projects after Captain Kundu

Afer two days of cremation of 22-year-old Captain Kapil Kundu, in his native village, Ransika, the government school will be named after him.The road leading towards the area and the Khod village bus stop, located nearby, will be named after him.Kundu was martyred in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district on Sunday, as a result of shelling from Pakistani forces across the border.

Student’s Credit Card loan through govt body

Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi announced that the state government would set up a corporation to disburse loans for Student’s Credit Card scheme.Banks will continue to disburse education loans as it has been doing along with the SCC scheme.Bihar launched SCC scheme on October 3, 2016. Under the scheme, students are able to get education loan of upto Rs 4 lakh for pursuing higher education.

Maharashtra to setup transgender board

Maharashtra govt is making a provision of Rs 5 crore for setting up the transgender welfare board.Board will look after education, employment, housing & health schemes for transgenders & protect their Constitutional and human rights. Maharashtra will be the first such state to have such a Board.

VP to inaugurate 1st International Kala Mela

4 : Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate the first International Kala Mela at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts in New Delhi.The objective of the event is to focus on the direct interaction between the artist and the connoisseur and also educating and raising awareness about art.More than 800 artists from all over the country are expected to participate in the event.

Book to Help Students Tackle Exam Stress

The cover of PM Narendra Modi’s book that addresses ways students can tackle stress during examinations has been released.Titled ‘Exam Warriors’, the book is a first-of-its-kind initiative by a serving Prime Minister, according to reports. Conceptualised by PM Modi, the book emphasizes why students should prioritise knowledge over marks.

Srihari makes record in 100m backstroke

Karnataka’s Srihari Nataraj took the honours in the swimming pool on Day Two of the Khelo India School Games by winning the 100m backstroke gold in 56.90 seconds to set a new National mark in the event.The previous record of 56.99s was set by him at the Asian age group championship in Tashkent last year.Srihari also added the 4x100m freestyle gold to his kitty.

CBSE to take feedback from students

CBSE has issued a circular to schools, saying the board will accept feedback from schools and students about the Class 10 and 12 examinations.The board has developed an observation schedule, allowing the schools and students to send their comments and feedback within 24 hours examination. Board has also urged teachers, allotted for answer script checking, to carry out the assessment process

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Every year January 27 is observed as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.This day is observed to serve as a date for official commemoration of the victims of the Nazi regime and to promote Holocaust education throughout the world.The theme of this year’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day is “Holocaust Remembrance and Education: Our Shared Responsibility”

Padma Awards 2018 – 2

The 2017 World Weightlifting Champion Saikhom Mirabai Chanu and former Asian Games gold medallist tennis player Somdev Devvarman have been conferred with the Padma Shri.Ilayaraja, Ghulam Mustafa Khan (Art) and Parameswaran Parameswaran (Literature & Education) were awarded with Padma Vibhushan. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Pankaj Advani are among others awarded with Padma Bhushan.

4 schemes to promote young scientists-1

The government announced four new schemes to promote young scientists and researchers.Teacher Associateship for Research Excellence Scheme will connect the educators to leading public funded institutions like IIT, IISc to pursue research. The 2nd scheme Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship offers support to 100 PhD scholars for training in universities/laboratories abroad up to 12 months.

MEITY launches Cyber Surakshit Bharat

In order to strengthen cybersecurity ecosystem in India, Ministry of Electronics & IT has announced Cyber Surakshit Bharat initiative in association with NeGD & industry partners.It will be operated on the three principles of Awareness, Education and Enablement. It is the first public-private partnership of its kind & will leverage the expertise of the IT industry in cyber security.

Commencement of ‘Livability Index’

Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri has announced commencement of the country’s first-ever ‘Livability Index’ to rank 116 cities.Cities will be assessed on 15 core parameters like governance, social infrastructure, education, employment etc. ‘Livability Index’ will also take into account physical infrastructures like housing, open spaces, land use, energy and water availability among others.

Axis partners Srijan to mentor IIM grads

Axis Bank is partnering with NGO Srijan through an initiative called Buddha Fellowship Programme to help nurture talent for development sector.Buddha Fellows are a cohort of IIM grads working in rural areas with farmer producer companies, govt departments to scale up projects in livelihood, health & education sectors. The bank is mentoring 15 grads from IIM at Kolkata, Ahmedabad & Shillong

IIITM-K to set up blockchain academy

Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management-Kerala (IIITM-K) and Blockchain Education Network have planned to jointly set up Kerala Blockchain Academy at Technopark campus, in Thiruvananthapuram. It will be first of its kind in India. The aim to utilise blockchain technology for the welfare of public, promote innovations and entrepre-neurship with blockchain technology.

AP govt, NITI Aayog sign MoU

Andhra Pradesh Govt & NITI Aayog have signed a MoU to develop an online dashboard for 115 most backward districts in India.Districts were identified on the basis of objective criteria such as education, health, nutrition, basic infrastructure like access to potable water& individual toilets & others. Most of the listed backward districts are in Jharkhand, followed by Bihar & Chhattisgarh.

Haj subsidy scrapped

Thousands of Muslims who go on Haj pilgrimage each year will no longer get subsidised or cheaper air tickets.The big move would help empower Muslims with dignity, said union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. The subsidy will be used for educating girls. Saudi Arabia has agreed to allow people to go on the Haj by ship, which is cheaper than flying.

Centre, Jammu & Kashmir sign MoU

Jammu and Kashmir government signed a MoU to create normalcy in Jammu & Kashmir by means of education reforms.The MoU is named, ‘School Education Transformation Roadmap’. It was signed by Jammu & Kashmir’s Department of School Education and Union MHRD Prakash Javadekar. This MoU will facilitate nearly 9,000 Jammu & Kashmir students to take part in an exchange programme.

Chandigarh records the highest GER for girls

Chandigarh has recorded the highest Gross Enrolment Ratio or GER for females in all categories of higher education at 68.8 percent.Across India, according to the report, of the total number of colleges, only 9.3 percent are exclusively for girls and 15 universities for women. The overall GER of the country has increased from 24.5 percent in 2015-16 to 25.2 percent in 2016-17.

Tamil Nadu tops in with 46.9% GER

Tamil Nadu which has the highest Gross Enrollment Ratio in higher education in the country has registered an increase of 2.6% to take GER to 46.9% in 2016-17.It is according to the results of All India Survey on Higher Education released by the ministry of human resource development. Half of the students in the age group of 18-23 years in the state are enrolling themselves into colleges.

1st digital Online Oncology Tutorial

The Health Ministry launched the country’s first digital online oncology tutorial series designed in collaboration with the Tata Memorial Centre.The series is aimed at educating doctors in early detection, prevention, palliation, rehabilitation and treatment of various forms of cancers.Oncology is a branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.

India’s GER in Higher Edu.up by 0.7%

The country’s Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education has registered an increase from 24.5% in 2015-16 to 25.2% in 2016-17. It is according to the latest edition of the All India Higher Education Survey launched by HRD Minister Javadekar.GER is a statistical measure for determining the number of students enrolled in under graduate, postgraduate and research level studies within the country

Saubhagya Yojana launched by Jharkhand

2 : Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das launched “Saubhagya Yojana”.It is a programme that would provide electricity to all the 29,376 villages in the state.Das said people would get electricity 24×7, which would not only change the life of the people in the villages but also there would be a change in their thought, economic condition, education of their children and lift irrigation for the farmers.

M.V. Pylee passes away

Professor M. V. Pylee, educationist, passed away in Kochi. He was 95.Pylee, a brilliant academic, was Vice Chancellor of the Cochin university from 1977 to 1981 and was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2006.The emeritus Professor was a well-known authority on the Constitution of India, a pioneer in management education, a distinguished academician, and an eminent administrator.

Israel withdraws from UNESCO

Israel has formally notified UNESCO of its withdrawal from the education and science organization.Israel, which has been a member since 1949, has nine sites on the list, including the ancient Masada fortress next to the Dead Sea.Tensions had been bubbling since UNESCO controversially admitted Palestine as a member state in 2011 – a move opposed by the US and Israel.

UNESCO recognizes Panama’s hats

Cultural authorities at UNESCO have recognized the artisans of Panama for their distinctive woven hats.Panama’s real contribution to the world’s hat heritage is the pintao, or painted hat, handmade from five different plants and a dose of swamp mud.The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris.

CBSE to have value education plan

CBSE has tied up with the Ramakrishna mission to impart value education to its students and make them “awakened” citizens. Values such as harmony, peace, compassion, and humility have for centuries been a part of the discourse of every society of the world.This programme is a three-year graded Values Education programme for students of Classes 6 to 8 (or Classes 7-9).

Dhirendra Pal appointed as UGC chairman

Professor Dhirendra Pal Singh, director, National Assessment and Accreditation Council was appointed the chairperson of UGC. He has been serving as director of NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) since August 2015.He has 34 years of professional experience in various fields of education. He has served as vice-chancellor of Banaras Hindu University.

Shree Saini crowned Miss India USA 2017

Shree Saini, a resident of Washington state, was crowned Miss India USA 2017.The 21-year-old, who is a student at the University of Washington, said she wants to lead a life dedicated to service. Shree, who had a pacemaker implanted at the age of 12 is an inspiration for all. Cancer surgeon Kavita Malhotra from Florida was declared Mrs India USA 2017.

‘HAMESHA VIJAYEE’ exercise in Rajasthan

In a significant show of strength, formations of Southern Command are conducting a major exercise called ‘HAMESHA VIJAYEE’ in the deserts of Rajasthan.The exercise being conducted from 16 to 22 December 2017 is to evaluate the capability of the armed forces to strike deep into enemy territory in an integrated air-land battle. These exercises are to ensure a high degree of battle readiness.

Enhanced Cooperation in Healthcare

India and Morocco have signed a MoU for enhanced cooperation in the health sector.The main areas of cooperation under the MoU, include non-communicable diseases, including child cardiovascular diseases etc.Another MoU was signed between Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research and Marrakech Mohamed VI University Hospital.

Finest Education Minister Award’

Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia was awarded the ‘Finest Education Minister’ award by former President Pranab Mukherjee.He was presented the award at a national convention on education, The Fifth Estate, organised by an educational think tank.Apart from being the Education Minister, Sisodia also holds the Deputy Chief Minister portfolio of the Delhi government.

Free entrance coaching for SC/ST student

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has launched a scheme under which free entrance coaching will be provided for SC & ST students preparing for civil services, banking & other competitive examinations Under Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Viskas Yojana, free coaching will be provided through well established coaching institutionsAssistance will be started for 100 students & extended to 5,000 students.

Syrian boy wins ‘Children’s Peace Prize’

Mohamad Al Jounde from Syria has been awarded the International Children’s Peace Prize for his efforts to ensure rights of Syrian refugee children. Al Jounde set up a school together with his family in a Lebanese refugee camp that currently provides 200 children with education. He received the prize from Malala Yousafzai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 for her work for children’s rights

Agricultural Education Budget increased

The government has increased the budget of Agricultural Education by 47.4% this year as compared to the financial year 2013-14.It is done in order to adopt quality and holistic approach to higher agricultural education, the Fifth Dean Committee Report has been implemented in all the Agricultural Universities.This is First-of-its-kind that all Graduate Level Courses in Agriculture.

Kapu reservation bill passed in Andhra

The Andhra Pradesh assembly unanimously passed the Kapu reservation bill which will provide the community with a 5% quota in education and employment in the state.However, Kapu quota if issued will take the total quota in the state to 55%, which is more than 50% limit restricted by the Supreme Court.The Kapu community forms 27% of the population.

West Bengal to setup green university

A bill named ‘West Bengal Green University Bill 2017’ has been passed in West Bengal to set up an environmental studies university at Hooghly district. State Education Minister tabled the Bill in Assembly & West Bengal becomes the first state to have a university dedicated to environmental studies. Two other bills were also passed to establish the Purba Medinipur and the Jhargram University.

HEFA approves projects worth Rs. 2,067cr

2nd meeting of Higher Education Funding Agency (HEFA) Board was held on November 29, 2017.During this meeting, HEFA board approved projects worth Rs. 2066.73 Cr to improve the research infrastructure in six institutions – IITs Bombay, Delhi, Madras, Kharagpur, Kanpur and NIT Suratkal.These projects will help the institutions to improve their standing at the global level.

India, Italy sign MoU

India and Italy signed a memorandum of understanding for enhancing bilateral cooperation in the health sector.It was signed between Health Minister J P Nadda and Italian Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin.It envisages cooperation in health sector by pooling in technical, financial and human resourcesto upgrade infrastructural resources, medical education and research in both countries.

International Ambedkar Conclave

On 27th November 2017, President Kovind inaugurated the International Ambedkar Conclave. It was organised by the Forum of SC and ST Legislators and Parliamentarians. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that, Ambedkar had attained senior public positions and acclaim on the basis of his extraordinary educational achievements, despite facing conditions of deprivation and inequality.

Jindal Global University ranked highest

O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) has been ranked among the Top 10 Private education Institutions in India in ‘QS University Rankings: BRICS 2018’. JGU became the YOUNGEST Indian University and also the FIRST and ONLY private university in Haryana to have been ranked in an international ranking. The results were published in New Delhi.

Highest number of women entrepreneurs

25 : As per a report by ‘Sheatwork’, a knowledge hub for women entrepreneurs, among all Indian States, Tamil Nadu has the highest number of women entrepreneurs followed by Kerala & West Bengal. Nearly 80% of women entrepreneurs in India are self-financing their businesses. Maximum number of women entrepreneurs have set up their businesses in education sector.

Ban on Plastic Bottle at Offices, Hotels

On 17th November 2017, Maharashtra government announced ban on plastic bottles, with effect from 18 March 2018. It will cover government offices, functions and state educational institutes before it is extended to private institutes. This was announced by Maharashtra Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam.

First in-house Block Chain Lab in Mumbai

BSE Institute Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of BSE Ltd. has signed an MoU with DLT Labs to set up India’s first state-of-the-art Block Chain Lab in Mumbai. The objective is to provide knowledge-driven, in-class education and training in the field of financial technology. Block Chain technology has multiple utility in various sectors including global supply chains and financial transactions

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