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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION - December 2019

Dec 2019

Jun 03, 2021

Gujarat to Grant Centre of Excellence Status 7 Universities

  • Gujarat government is all set to grant Centre of Excellence (CoE) status to seven private universities in state.
  • In-principal approval was given by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. University Grants Commission (UGC) encourages higher education institutions to attain excellence in specific areas of academic as well as research work. CoE can an institute of strategic or security-relate importance, notified by state government. Institution of Eminence can also be given CoE tag.
  • The seven Universities are: CEPT University, Nirma University, Pandit Deendayal Energy University, Ahmedabad University, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology (DAIICT), Marwadi University and Charotar University of Science & Technology.
  • CoE tag to universities will help in bringing quality education and give them an international touch. Tag will also boost research, innovation and establish a culture of creating start- ups.

Byju's and Google Tie Up to Offer Learning Solution to Schools

  • Edtech company Byju's, which has 95 million registered students on its flagship learning app, has partnered with tech firm Google to aid the continuity of online learning for both teachers and students. This integration of Google Workspace for Education with Byju's will offer a collaborative and personalised digital platform for classroom organisation, available for free to participating educational institutions.
  • With a commitment to digital education, Google Workspace for Education will combine Byju's pedagogy to empower educators in their journey towards digital transformation. Built on the Vidyartha platform, this partnership will provide direct access to Byju's extensive math and science pedagogy. This includes visually-rich learning solutions, including chapter-wise slides, readymade assignments, data banks, summary docs, handouts, tests, and more.

IIT-Ropar Develops 'AmbiTAG' India's First Indigenous Temperature Data Logger

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar (IIT Ropar) in Punjab has developed a first-of-its-kind IoT device, "AmbiTag" that records real-time ambient temperature during the transportation of perishable products, vaccines and even body organs and blood. That recorded temperature further helps to know whether that particular item transported from anywhere in the world is still usable or perished because of temperature variation. This information is particularly critical for vaccines including the Covid-19 vaccine, organs and blood transportation.
  • Shaped like a USB device, AmbiTag continuously records the temperature of its immediate surroundings from -40 to +80 degrees in any time zone for a full 90 days on a single charge.
  • Most of the similar devices available in the international market record data only for a duration of 30- 60 days.
  • The recorded data can be retrieved by connecting the USB with any computer. The device has been developed under Technology Innovation Hub – AWaDH (Agriculture and Water Technology Development Hub) and its Startup ScratchNest. AWaDH is a Govt of India project.

Jun 02, 2021

Syed Akbaruddin Joins Kautilya School of Public Policy as Dean

  • Syed Akbaruddin, former permanent representative of India to the United Nations, joined the Kautilya School of Public Policy as its dean.
  • The public policy institute said that his appointment is a testimony to its commitment to provide students an exposure to the best minds from the policy fraternity.
  • Akbaruddin, who joined the foreign service in 1985, was the Ministry of External Affair's spokesperson between 2012 and 2015 and he retired last April as India's permanent representative to the United Nations.

CBSE, ISC Class 12 Board Exams Cancelled this Year

  • The union government announced the cancellation of CBSE Board exams for Class 12 in view of the prevailing coronavirus situation. The decision was taken at a high-level review meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Hours after the development, Indian School Certificate (ISC) board exams for Class 12 too have been cancelled.
  • The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had on April 14 announced cancellation of class 10 exams and postponement of class 12 exams in view of the surge in coronavirus cases.
  • The final decision on compiling results is yet to be taken.
  • Class 12 results will be made as per a well-defined objective criterion in a time-bound manner.

Jun 01, 2021

IIM Sambalpur Achieves 100% Placement with Multi Fold Increase in Recruiters

  • IIM Sambalpur, the hand-crafted IIM and one of the most promising and dynamic management institutions among the new generation IIMs of the country, witnessed close to 140 companies visiting the campus this season with prominent participants and recruiters such as Nielsen, Reliance Retail, Ramco Systems, Tech Mahindra, Mindtree, Amul, Vedanta, HCL, SBI Life, Tata Steel BSL, Accenture, IBM, BYJU's, Infosys, ICICI Prudential, Trident Group, Bajaj Allianz, ZS Associates, Deloitte India, KPMG, Ernst & Young, etc.
  • The graduates were offered a myriad of lucrative roles across Marketing, Sales, BFSI, Operations, Consulting, Analytics, ITeS and bagged highly coveted roles in Fintech, E-Commerce, FMCG, and so on.

IIT-Delhi Launches BTech in Energy Engineering

  • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi will soon launch a new department of energy science and engineering for expanding the scope and depth of activities being undertaken by the 45-year-old Centre for Energy Studies (CES). The CES will be converted into the Department of Energy Science and Engineering.
  • Besides continuing with three existing MTech programmes (including one sponsored by the International Solar Alliance for working fellows from different countries) presently being offered by the Centre for Energy Studies, the new department would offer an undergraduate degree programme, i.e. BTech in Energy Engineering starting from the academic session 2021-2022 with an intake of 40 students qualifying JEE (Advanced).

May 31, 2021

IIT-Madras Collaborates with IBM for Research in Quantum Computing

  • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras has collaborated with IBM on quantum computing education and research. The institute's faculty, researchers, and students will get access to IBM's quantum systems and tools over IBM Cloud to accelerate joint research in quantum computing, and develop curricula.
  • The Quantum Computing Lab at IIT Madras will host courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Quantum Computing Lab courses jointly taught by IIT Madras faculty and IBM researchers will include hands-on lab sessions on the IBM quantum systems and will augment existing courses on quantum information and computing. IBM will provide the learning resources, tools, and systems access needed by the faculty and students.
  • Quantum computing is fast emerging as one of the disruptive technologies of our times. This collaboration with IIT Madras is part of the IBM Quantum Educators program that helps teachers in the quantum field connect with one another and provide learning resources, tools and systems access they need to provide quality educational experiences.

J&K to Provide Pension, Scholarship under 'Saksham' Scheme

  • The Administrative Council (AC), which met under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha in Jammu has approved the grant of financial relief through the Special Assistance Scheme for Covid Moralities (SASCM/Saksham) to the families of Covid victims. The scheme aims to ensure the sustenance of families who have lost their sole breadwinner.
  • Under the new scheme Saksham, the surviving spouse, and one eldest surviving member of affected families will receive a special monthly pension of Rs. 1000 through direct bank transfer (DBT), provided that they are not otherwise receiving any pension under other schemes.
  • Additionally, the scheme will also provide special scholarships to children who lost their earning parent(s)/ sibling(s)/ guardian(s) to Covid. The special scholarship will be paid annually at the rate of Rs. 20,000 and Rs. 40,000 through DBT to children studying up to 12th standard, and higher education, respectively.

Pune University Signs MoU with AFMC for Health Research

  • Pitching in to support the COVID 19 pandemic relief work, the administration at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune to prioritise research in the field of healthcare. The two institutions will conduct faculty exchange, joint research projects, provide internships and hands-on learning to students and come up with solutions for challenges faced by the public health sector.
  • Earlier SPPU had signed a similar MoU with the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences as a part of the same effort.

May 30, 2021

Online Higher Education Firm upGrad goes Bullish on Small Towns in India

  • As education goes remote in the pandemic, online higher-education company upGrad on Saturday said it is witnessing a great response from learners in the tier 2 and 3 cities and small towns in India and will seize the opportunity to take its cutting-edge technology education solutions via virtual classrooms deeper into the country.
  • upGrad, which offers more than 100 courses in collaboration with top-notch global/local universities like Deakin Business School (Australia), Duke CE (US), Michigan State University (US), Liverpool Business School (UK), IIT Madras (India), IIM Kozhikode (India) and others, has empowered over 10 lakh registered learners over 50 countries across the world.
  • Founded in 2015, upGrad has achieved an annual revenue run rate (ARR) of $165 million and maintains a strong network of over 20 national and international universities.
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