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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION - December 2019

Dec 2019

Jun 08, 2021

JMI Improves Rank in London based THE Asia University Rankings-2021

  • Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) has been ranked at 180th position by the London-based Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings- 2021. With a remarkable jump of 18 position JMI reached to 180th rank improving its position from 198 last year.
  • The Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings assessed performance of 551 universities from 30 countries on the same 13 performance indicators/parameters as the THE World University Rankings, but they were recalibrated to reflect the attributes of Asia's institutions.
  • The universities were judged across all their core missions teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available. JMI has scored maximum points for its teaching, citations and industry income.

PMK Calls upon TN Govt. to Make Tamil Compulsory Medium of Instruction in Schools

  • The founder leader of Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK), S. Ramadoss, has called upon the Tamil Nadu government to bring in legislation to make Tamil the compulsory medium of instruction in schools across the state.
  • The PMK leader said that Section (F) of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE), 2009 says that "Mother tongue must be the medium of instruction as far as practicable".

Jun 07, 2021

IIT Madras to Offer Executive PG programme in Data Science and Machine Intelligence

  • The Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and AI (RBCDSAI) at IIT Madras has started a 12-month postgraduate (PG) level advanced programme in Applied Data Science and Machine Intelligence. The programme has been launched in partnership with TalentSprint.  
  • Applications for the first cohort of the PG programme, which starts in August 2021, are now available. Candidates can access more details about eligibility, fee and apply online at iitm.talentsprint.com/adsmi/.  
  • According to the World Economic Forum, Data Science, Data Architecture, Data Analysis, and Data Engineering are on track to become the most favoured career paths by 2022, and the US Bureau of Labour Statistics predicts 11.5 million career openings in these fields by 2026. 

Uttarakhand Has Lowest Child Sex Ratio at Birth in India

  • Uttarakhand is the worst-performing state in the country in terms of child sex ratio at birth, according to the NITI Aayog`s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) India Index 2020-21.
  • According to the SDG data, the hill state's child sex ratio is 840 as compared to the national average of 899. Chhattisgarh has emerged as the best performer in this category, where the male-to-female ratio at birth stands at 958 - much above the national average.
  • Kerala is placed second with a sex ratio of 957, as per the NITI Aayog data. States like Punjab and Haryana have made significant progress in this category. While Haryana recorded birth of 843 females per 1000 males, the number has reached 890 in Punjab.

5 States, UTs Get Highest Grade in Performance Grading Index 2019-20

  • Punjab, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and Kerala occupy the highest grade A++ in 2019-20 in the field of school education according to the Performance Grading Index (PGI) released by the Education Ministry.
  • The grading index which analyses the performance of states on 70 parameters has put Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan, Puducherry, Dadra and Nagar Haveli in the A+ category.
  • Punjab has scored the maximum points for governance and management; Bihar and Meghalaya have scored the lowest in terms of infrastructure and facilities.
  • The index helps the states and UTs to pinpoint the gaps and accordingly prioritise areas for intervention to ensure that the school education system is robust at every level.
  • According to the index, most of the states and UTs have improved their grade in PGI 2019-20 compared to earlier years.

Jun 06, 2021

CBSE Forms Panel for Assessment of Class 12 Students

  • The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) constituted a 13-member committee to work out an objective criterion for assessment of class 12 students after their board exams were cancelled in view of the pandemic. The panel will submit its report within 10 days.
  • The members of the panel include--Ministry of Education Joint Secretary Vipin Kumar; Delhi Education Director Udit Prakash Rai; Kenridya Vidyalaya Sangathan Commissioner Nidhi Pandey; Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti Commissioner Vinayak Garg; Chandigarh School Education Director Rubinderjit Singh Brar; CBSE Director (IT) Antriksh Johri and CBSE Director (Academics) Joseph Emanuel.
  • The panel will also have one representative each from UGC and NCERT and two representatives from schools.

Jun 05, 2021

Teacher Eligibility Test Certificate Made Valid for Lifetime

  • Union government has extended validity period of Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) qualifying certificate from 7 years to lifetime with retrospective effect from 2011.
  • Now, respective state government and union territories will take action to revalidate or issue fresh TET certificates for candidates whose period of 7 years has expired already.
  • This decision will make changes in guidelines of February 11, 2011 of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) which provided that, TET would be conducted by state governments and validity of TET Pass certificate was 7 years from date of passing TET.

IIT Kanpur Launches Four eMasters Programmes

  • The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) launched 4 eMasters programmes aimed at enabling a seamless remote learning process during the pandemic. The 4 emasters include programs in Communication Systems, Cybersecurity, Power Sector Regulation, Economics and Management, and Commodity Markets and Risk Management.
  • The programmes are designed to help upskill working professionals, with industry experience and thus, help them explore a wider range of career options. Corporates may sponsor these programmes for their employees.

Jun 04, 2021

GMAT Aspirants Can Now Select Exam slots 6 Months in Advanced

  • Aspirants of Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), administered by the Graduation Management Admission Council (GMAC), will now be able to schedule online exam appointments up to 6 months in advance.
  • The test now also has the provision to select the exam section order and candidates can view unofficial score immediately. Applicants will have to demonstrate their writing and critical thinking skills with the addition of the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section. They will have the option to take advantage of two eight-minute-long breaks to prepare themselves for the next section of the exam.
  • Indian citizens can now also use their Aadhaar Card as valid identity proof during the GMAT online registration process. While passport remains the only acceptable identity proof for taking the exam at a test centre, Aadhaar Card has been introduced as an alternative for only online GMAT exams.

Ex-CEA Arvind Subramanian to Join Brown University as Senior Fellow

  • Former chief economic adviser Arvind Subramanian, who had resigned as a professor at Ashoka University in March this year (2021), will join Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs as a senior fellow on July 1.
  • Subramanian, an eminent economist, had joined the Ashoka University as a professor in the Department of Economics in July 2020 and put in his papers on March 18 this year. His resignation came soon after political commentator Pratap Bhanu Mehta left the Sonipat, Haryana-based university.
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