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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION - December 2019

Dec 2019

Dec 24, 2019

IIT Mandi Celebrates a Successful Decade

  • Indian Institute of Technology Mandi completed 10 years in 2019 since its inception - a decade filled with achievements in R&D, academics, innovation, entrepreneurship and sports.
  • Since the first batch of 97 students enrolled in July 2009, IIT Mandi has grown to currently host 125 faculty and 1,630 students including 262 B-Tech, 102 MSc, 158 M-Tech, 12 M.A, 307 PhD, 57 MS and 19 I-PhD. The ranks of the alumni has grown to 1,135 who make the institute proud.
  • IIT Mandi successfully achieved the target of female enrolment in undergraduate courses by admitting 20.22 per cent female students to B-Tech programme for the Academic Year 2019-20. This compares favorably with the target of 17 per cent set by Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Apex Board Committee for 2019-20.

Dec 22, 2019

Wipro, NASSCOM Launch Platform to skill Engineering Students

  • IT firm Wipro partnered with IT body NASSCOM to launch a skilling platform for new-age technologies like AI that will reach 10,000 students from over 20 engineering colleges in India. The platform 'Future Skills' will bridge the industry-academia skill gap and help students keep pace with emerging technologies.
  • The initiative is a part of Wipro's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, TalentNext which aims to enhance the quality of engineering education by preparing faculty and academic leaders to train students.

Dec 21, 2019

WhizJuniors Launches Online Google Course for Students

  • WhizJuniors, an online education platform, launched WhizGoogler for school and college students to become 'World's Next Googler' by offering expertise in over 36 Google Suite Courses.
  • Students can access the learning content available on the platform online and complete Google Courses such as Google Sites, Google Drive, YouTube, Google Groups, Google Forms, Google Classroom, Gmail for a fee of Rs 360. The course will have two sections -- MCQs (multiple choice questions) and a video project submission.
  • Es per Vidushi Daga, CEO, WhizJuniors, the Google course helps students navigate Internet for various technology needs making them employable at a young age.

ULCCS to Offer Cambridge English Programme

  • ULCCS, the 94-year-old co-operative society, launched a 'Centre of Excellence' for Cambridge English at Karapparamba in Kozhikode.
  • ULCCS (Uralungal Labor Contract Co-operative Society) is actively involved in education and skill development through UL Education.
  • The basic objective of UL education is to reduce the skill gap and to improve the employability of educated youth. As part of improving soft skills, communication and English proficiency, ULCCS Ltd has entered into an agreement with Cambridge Assessment English, a department of the University of Cambridge, the UK to start a Centre of Excellence.

Dec 20, 2019

IIT-Kharagpur Launched a Joint PhD programme with Auckland University

  • IIT-Kharagpur launched a joint PhD programme with Auckland University of New Zealand to strengthen the economic and research ties between the two countries.
  • Admission of students to the joint PhD programme, a first between the two countries, will begin in the autumn of 2020.
  • The programme would initially focus on engineering and later broaden to include other subjects.
  • The research scholars will work under the supervision of academics of both the institutes and would split their time between the two countries.

Successful Non-beating Heart Transplanted a First for Scotland

  • A tyre-fitter from Midlothian has become the first person in Scotland to be transplanted with a heart that had stopped beating.
  • Transplant hearts are normally beating when they are removed from donors who are certified brain dead.
  • The surgery was possible due to technology which keeps hearts beating for longer outside the body.
  • Mr. Davidson's operation took place at the Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank - only the seventh centre in the world to transplant a heart that has stopped beating.
  • The ground-breaking treatment means surgeons can consider many more organs for transplant than they have in the past.
  • Until recently, transplanting a heart that had stopped beating, known as donation after circulatory death (DCD), was considered too risky.
  • However experts say the acquisition of new technology called the Organ Care System (OCS) has opened a new chapter for organ transplant in Scotland.

In a First, Number of Male Smokers Drops

  • According to the World Health Organisation, the number of male tobacco users is falling for the first time, hailing a major shift in efforts to kick the world's deadly tobacco addiction.
  • The number of women and girls who use tobacco products has been steadily declining for years. But tobacco use among males — who account for the overwhelming majority of smokers — has until now been expanding.
  • In a new report, the UN health agency hailed the beginning decline as a powerful indication that anti-smoking campaigns around the globe had begun to pay off.

Dec 19, 2019

UPES Announces Collaboration with Coursera

  • Dehradun's University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES) announced its collaboration with the online learning platform Coursera to provide future -focused and relevant courses to its students.
  • As part of this alliance, the students will have access to technical courses such as Data in Database, Object Oriented Programming in Java, Service-Oriented Architecture along with popular courses on the platform like Blockchain Basics, Programming for Everybody.
  • The content will be made part of curricular learning, electives and other self-development modules. Students will be duly credited and will be awarded course completion certificates for each course completed, at no additional fee.

Quota in Kendriya Vidyalayas May be Extended to OBCs

  • The Union human resource development (HRD) ministry cleared the decks for extending reservation to Other Backward Class candidates in admission to state-run Kendriya Vidyalaya and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas.

African Swine Fever Spreads to Indonesia

  • Indonesia became the latest Asian country to face an outbreak of African swine fever, a deadly pig virus devastating farmers across the region.
  • The country's Agriculture Ministry said that nearly 30,000 pigs have died from the disease in North Sumatra.
  • According to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), although it's harmless to humans, the disease can kill pigs within a few days, and the fatality rate can be up to 100%.
  • The virus is particularly robust, and is able to survive for seven days without a host, and for months in frozen pork products.
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