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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION - April 2019

Apr 2019

Apr 29, 2019

New MBBS Syllabus

  • This August, undergraduate medical students across India will come into class to study a syllabus that has been revised after over two decades. Touted as a unique curriculum patented by the Medical Council of India (MCI), this "living document", which means that it is open to review and revision as required, is currently in its final lap of preparation before it is implemented.

Apr 25, 2019

World's First Malaria Vaccine

  • The world's first malaria vaccine has been rolled out in Malawi to protect 360,000 children under two in Malawi, Kenya and Ghana in Sub-Saharan Africa from the mosquito-borne disease that causes 435,000 people global deaths each year.
  • The RTS,S/AS01 (trade name Mosquirix) is an injectible recombinant protein-based vaccine acts against P. falciparum, the most prevalent malaria strain in Africa. The vaccine prevents four in 10 cases of malaria in children who received four doses over a four-year period. The WHO welcomed the pilot programme by the government of Malawi.
  • Children under five years are at the greatest risk of death, with at least 250,000 children dying of the disease in Africa each year.

Apr 17, 2019

Critical Chapters Dropped from CBSE

  • The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided that chapters on democracy and diversity in the Class 10 social science syllabus for the 2019-2020 session will not figure in the final exams.
  • Three chapters from the Democratic Politics Book-I, namely, 'democracy and diversity', 'popular struggle and movements' and 'challenges to democracy', will be not evaluated in board examination 2020.
  • The decision is believed to be a part of a curriculum rationalisation exercise undertaken by the human resource development ministry to reduce the "burden" of the curriculum on students.

Apr 16, 2019

Reservations in Admission for EWS

  •  The Union cabinet approved provision of reservations in admission for economically weaker section students (EWS) in Central Educational Institution (CEIs).
  • The move follows Human Resource Development Ministry instructions in January to all CEIs to increase the intake of students in all branches of study in pursuance of the 103rd Constitutional Amendment to provide 10% reservation in economically weaker sections without adversely affecting SC/ST and Socially and Economically Backward (SEBC) classes and also not reducing the seats for general category.
  • With the cabinet approval, a total of 214,766 additional seats would be created (118,983 additional seats in 2019-20 and 95,783 additional seats during 2020-21).

Apr 12, 2019

Indian Institutes Partner with Heidelberg University

  •  In a bid to promote the use of big data methods in biological applications, six Indian institutes of higher education  established the first joint Indo-German research training group.
  • The six institutes, Indian Institutes of Technology at Guwahati, Kanpur and Madras, University of Allahabad, University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University, will partner with Germany's Heidelberg University, and Department of Biotechnology under the Ministry of Science and Technology.
  • The programme aims at setting up as many as 50 PhD projects, on "Bio Big Data Science", which will be supervised by research teams consisting of leading Indian and German scientists.

Entrance Test for Migrating Engineering Students

  •  The Panjab University Syndicate has given its approval for carrying out the PU Migration Entrance in Engineering Test for candidates who have finished the first year of the bachelors of engineering course from any other institute, recognised by the PU.
  • The Joint Academic and Administrative Committee of the University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Dr SS Bhatnagar University Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology and PU Swami Sarvanand Giri Regional Centre, Hoshiarpur, had proposed the idea of the test.
  • The test will be conducted in the last week of May 2019. The candidates who have secured a minimum aggregate 60% and have appeared in the Joint Entrance Examination in the previous session will be eligible to apply.
  • The test will consist of 100 multiple choice questions to be attempted in 100 minutes.
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