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Aug 04, 2021

Khallikote Autonomous College Gets Unitary University Status

  • The Khallikote Autonomous College, one of the oldest colleges in Odisha, was given the status of a unitary university.
  • Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced in May 2021 that unitary university status would be granted to the 165-year-old college, located in Berhampur town in Ganjam district.
  • The institution was started as a school in 1856 in Berhampur and became an intermediate college in 1878. The autonomy was conferred to it in 1990.
  • A unitary university is a varsity that acts as a single unit without any affiliated college under it.

Aug 03, 2021

UGC Declares 24 Universities Fake

  • In response to the question asked in the Lok Sabha whether the government has taken note that many fake/non-recognised universities are running in the country, the Education Minister informed that the University Grants Commission (UGC) has declared 24 self-styled institutes fake and found two more in violation of norms.
  • Based on the complaints received from the students, parents, general public, and also through electronic print media, University Grants Commission (UGC) has declared 24 self-styled institutes as fake universities.
  • Uttar Pradesh has the highest eight such fake universities and Delhi has seven such fake universities.

IIT Mandi Launches Start-up Exploration Programme

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi Catalyst started its 2nd Start-up Exploration programme of 2021 with Rajesh Kumar Prajapati, Director, Dept. of Industries, H.P., virtually flagging off the programme. Along with the chief guest, the virtual event was graced by the esteemed presence of Prof. Ajit K. Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Mandi; Samir Shah, Managing Partner, Peak Ventures, and faculty members of IIT Mandi.
  • As many as 23 start-up teams including 11 from Himachal Pradesh working in sectors including Waste Management, Agrotech, Healthtech, Enterprise Management, and Cleantech participated in the inaugural session.
  • The 23 startups selected by IIT Mandi Catalyst will go through a rigorous training and mentoring process over the next three months after which they will present their refined ideas on a demo-day. Most suitable ideas will be further supported by IIT Mandi Catalyst through a one-year program under various funding schemes.

IIT Roorkee Launches Seven New Academic Programmes in Technology

  • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee launched seven new academic programmes to cater to the rising demand for new-age technologies.
  • The seven new programmes are in select areas of engineering, architecture, economics and management along with specialisation in data science and artificial intelligence.
  • The new programmes involve the transmission of relevant knowledge and using the knowledge we produce. They are interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary, and also in line with National Education Policy 2020.
  • The programmes, which include six postgraduate degree programmes and one five-year integrated programme, would be offered to students from the next autumn session (2021-2022).

UAE Launches Covid Vaccine for Children Aged 3-17

  • United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched Covid-19 vaccines for children aged 3 to 17.
  • UAE will administer China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 3-17.
  • This decision was taken after clinical trials and extensive evaluations. As per authorities, trial was monitored for immune response of 900 children.
  • UAE is among world's highest immunisation rates. It was already providing Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged 12-15.
  • UAE has started manufacturing this covid-19 vaccine for Children under a joint venture between Sinopharm and Abu Dhabi-based technology company Group 42.
  • As per health ministry of UAE, 78.95% of population of 9 million have received one vaccine dose while 70.57% have been fully vaccinated.

Aug 02, 2021

Lakshadweep's First Nursing College

  • According to Lakshadweep's secretary for health and education, Amit Satija, Lakshadweep's first nursing college has got in-principle approval for affiliation from Gujarat's Veer Narmad South Gujarat University (VNSGU) in Surat after it failed to get "satisfactory response" from Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
  • Satija said that this would be the first nursing college in Lakshadweep. We are hopeful that in the next four to six weeks, we will start (running the) college. Initially, we will take lecturers on a contract basis. The college, where the medium of instruction will be English, will have 30 seats, with 24 reserved for girls.
  • The affiliation will be valid only after approval from the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Gujarat Nursing Council and Indian Nursing Council.

Aug 01, 2021

27% Reservation for OBCs, 10% for EWS Candidates in Medical Courses

  • The government announced a 27-per cent quota for OBCs and 10 per cent reservation for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category in the All-India Quota (AIQ) scheme for undergraduate and postgraduate medical and dental courses from the current academic year, 2021-22.
  • This announcement would benefit nearly 1,500 OBC students in MBBS and 2,500 OBC students in postgraduation and also around 550 EWS students in MBBS and around 1,000 EWS students in postgraduation.

Jul 31, 2021

PM Modi Launches SAFAL, AI for All Initiatives

  • To commemorate the first anniversary of National Education Policy 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched SAFAL (Structured Assessment for Analysing Learning), and 'AI For All' joint initiative in collaboration with the CBSE.
  • SAFAL is a competency-based assessment for grades 3, 5, and 8 introduced by CBSE. It will be used to assess the progress of foundational skills and basic learning outcomes/competencies among students. As a diagnostic assessment, it will provide developmental feedback to schools and teachers to improve teaching-learning without additional examination pressure on students.
  • SAFAL will be conducted on a pilot basis in CBSE schools for students in grades 3, 5, and 8 during the academic year 2021-22, in key curricular areas of language, mathematics, and EVS/science. CBSE has invited affiliated schools to participate in SAFAL 2021-22.
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