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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION - December 2019

Dec 2019

May 28, 2021

Jharkhand Promotes 8 Lakh Students of Without Exams

  • The Jharkhand government has decided to promote 8 lakh students of classes 9 and 11 directly without exams due to Covid-19.
  • Director Secondary Education Harsh Mangla has issued a notification and advisory to all DCs of the state to this effect, asking them to promote the students of Classes 9 and 11 to Classes 10 and 12 following the lockdown and pandemic situation.
  • Such a large number of Jharkhand students have been promoted directly without exams because very few classes were held for the academic session 2020-21 as schools were able to reopen for a very short time only. The chances of schools reopening now are also bleak.

Jadavpur University Ranks 18th among Indian Higher Education Institutions

  • Jadavpur University occupies the 18th ranking among all Indian higher educational institutions in World University Rankings 2021/22 in the Centre for World University Ranking (CWUR).
  • Among the top 2,000 institutions across the globe, 68 Indian institutions have made the positions in that list and Jadavpur University has been accorded the 18th position among the Indian institutions.
  • Another premier state university of West Bengal, Calcutta University occupies the 20th rank among the Indian higher educational institutions in CWUR. Among the state universities of the country, Jadavpur University has been ranked second, just below the Panjab University.

May 27, 2021

IIT Kharagpur to Conduct GATE 2022

  • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur will conduct the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2022. IIT Bombay has handed over the responsibility of organising GATE 2022 to IIT Kharagpur after successful completion of GATE 2021 on schedule in spite of the pandemic. The examination dates of the GATE 2022 has not been announced yet and is expected to be released soon.
  • The GATE 2022 will include the following two new engineering papers: Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and Geomatics Engineering.

IIT Madras to Launch Tech Magazine Shaastra

  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras will launch a tech magazine 'Shaastra,' with focus on science, technology and innovation. This magazine will address a mass audience and articulate not just Indian but global trends.
  • Shaastra is developed by a professional team and aims to bring an Indian solution-driven perspective to developments in S&T as well as their impact on society. The magazine will be presented in both print and digital formats. It will feature a wide range of topics in S&T and developments in innovation happening in India as well as around the world. The readers will learn about the latest developments in S&T and their potential impact on Indian society and industry.

May 26, 2021

UP Schools Need to Provide RTE Admission Details of All Children

  • Private schools providing admission to poor children in UP under the Right to Education (RTE) Act will have to make online demand for reimbursement from the government. Full details of the economically weaker section (EWS) children who are admitted under the RTE Act will have to be uploaded on the portal.
  • The secondary education council implemented a new system to prevent disturbance in fee reimbursement and transparency regarding the number of children. A certificate from the block education officer will also be uploaded on the district basic education officer portal.
  • Director General School Education Vijay Kiran Anand issued instructions to all district basic education officers for the same.
  • Under the RTE Act, about 85000 children are enrolled in private schools in UP in the academic session 2020-21. Of these children, 25 per cent are admitted to Class 1.

May 25, 2021

British Council Announces Creative Economies Scholarships

  • The British Council has announced a new Creative Economies Scholarship programme. Under this, the Council will provide 10 scholarships to students and young professionals from India to pursue postgraduate studies at four UK universities that provide culture policy and arts management programmes.
  • Applicants interested in this programme may apply for the scholarship directly with the four participating universities which include King's College London, University of Glasgow, Birmingham City University, and Goldsmiths University of London.
  • Successful applicants will be provided with financial support and will have opportunities to network and develop important industry connections.

IIT Delhi Launches New Centre for Research in Optics and Photonics

  • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi launched a new centre for optics and photonics. The centre will seek collaboration with establishments such as the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and industry to undertake R&D in the areas of importance for them.
  • The centre will focus on doctoral and postgraduate programmes including special programmes for industry professionals, along with the translation of research into products.

May 24, 2021

Asia's First International Memory Studies Workshop

  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras' Centre for Memory Studies hosted virtually Asia's first International Memory Studies Workshop. It precedes the official launch of the Indian Network for Memory Studies (INMS), and brought together participants from all over the world.
  • A number of participants acknowledged the academic as well as the deeply existential need to engage with the field of Memory Studies in the current pandemic world where memory, connectivity and empathy emerge as vital human attributes. Conducted from April 26 to 30 2021, the workshop had 108 registered participants.
  • This international workshop on Memory Studies, the first of its kind in Asia, precedes the official launch of the Indian Network for Memory Studies (INMS), the first national network in the field in Asia under the aegis of the International Memory Studies Association, Amsterdam. The launch of the INMS will take place in mid-June 2021 through a virtual event at IIT Madras.
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