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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION - September 2020

Sep 2020

Jan 16, 2021

51 Govt. and 21 Private Colleges to be Set up in Uttar Pradesh

  • The Uttar Pradesh Government will be setting up 51 government and 28 private colleges in the state. The purpose of opening new colleges is to boost higher education in the state. The Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Dinesh Sharma said that as many as 120 colleges have started constructing e-learning parks. The Uttar Pradesh Government, as per reports, has granted Rs. 15 lakh as grants against big projects and Rs. 5 lakh for smaller projects.
  • Earlier, the government has launched several jobs for teachers and scholarships for students. Apart from this, the state government has been actively participating in improving the education sector.

Jan 15, 2021

British Council Launches Scholarships for Women in STEM

  • The British Council launched a number of scholarships for women in STEM. It has established programmes to support women and girls in STEM around the world, designed with a lifecycle approach in mind, from inspiring young girls to stay in STEM to supporting women working in STEM fields reach positions of leadership and network with their peers in their region and the UK.
  • This year, supported by the British Council, the University of Strathclyde is delighted to announce six fully funded scholarships for female students from South Asia interested in pursuing master's studies in the field of Energy Transition.
  • The six scholarships are on offer for female students from the following countries: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Amazon India Launches Free Study Material for JEE Aspirants

  • Amazon India launched Amazon Academy to help students in the preparation for the JEE (Joint Entrance Examination). The online preparation offering will equip students with in-depth knowledge and practice routines required for the JEE, through curated learning material, live lectures and comprehensive assessments in Math, Physics and Chemistry.

Jan 14, 2021

Kerala to Launch 'One school, One IAS' Programme

  • An institute helmed by top academics and retired IAS and IPS officers in Kerala is organising an ambitious programme called 'OneSchool One IAS, seeking to demolish the general notion that civil services are for the elite class alone.
  • Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan will this weekend inaugurate the scheme, being rolled out under the Vedhik Erudite Foundations Scholarship Programme, the foundation.
  • The programme provides free training to economically backward, but academically bright aspirants of civil services and other competitive exams.
  • The scheme, supported by sponsors, envisages enrollment of 10,000 boys and girls across Kerala. The beneficiaries will be selected by a panel headed by the heads of respective educational institutions.

Scholastic India Launches Language Improvement Programme

  • Scholastic India, the country's largest publisher of children's books and a leader in educational technology and children's media has recently introduced a comprehensive Language Improvement Programme for kids of grades 3 to 8. The newly introduced online programme offers interactive live classes in small batches of up to 6 students conducted by experienced coaches, based on a scientific learning methodology to provide an engaging peer learning experience to every child.

Jan 12, 2021

IIM Ahmedabad Team to Represent India in FABLES Consortium

  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad researchers will be representing India in The Food and Land Use Coalition, the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium, which mobilizes top knowledge institutions from 20 countries to support the development of decision-support tools and long-term pathways towards sustainable food and land-use systems.
  • IIM Ahmedabad Professor Ranjan Kumar Ghosh is leading the team for FABLE Pathways for India which identifies ways in which food and land-use systems can contribute to raising climate ambition, aligning climate mitigation and biodiversity protection policies, and achieving other sustainable development priorities in India.
  • The FABLE Pathways presents two pathways for food and land-use systems for the period 2020-2050: Current Trends which represents the Business as Usual scenario and a Sustainable, more ambitious pathway.

Jan 11, 2021

IIT Jammu Organises its First-ever Convocation Ceremony

  • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Jammu organised its first-ever convocation ceremony, however, it was conducted in a hybrid model.
  • The ceremony was attended by 79 students. Out of the 79 graduates, 39 received their degrees while present on campus while 40 graduates were awarded their degrees online.

All-women Air India Pilot Team Scripts History

  • An all-women Air India pilot team flew over the North Pole on the world's longest air route and successfully landed at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru from San Francisco, covering a distance of about 16,000 kilometres.
  • According to Shivani Manhas, one of the four pilots, who operated Air India's inaugural San Francisco-Bengaluru flight said that it took almost 17 hours to reach Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru.

India's Institutions of Eminence can Set up Campuses in Foreign Countries

  • Indian universities and colleges with the Institutions of Eminence (IOEs) tag, which include several IITs, will now be able to set up campuses in foreign countries with the University Grants Commission (UGC) issuing fresh guidelines on the same. The Education Ministry had launched the IoE scheme in 2018 as per which 20 institutions were to be selected -- 10 public and 10 private ones -- that would enjoy complete academic and administrative.
  • The new guidelines have been issued in line with the new National Education Policy (NEP) as per which foreign universities will be allowed to set up campuses in India and top Indian institutes in foreign countries.
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