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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION - November 2020

Nov 2020

Mar 08, 2021

Delhi to Have Its Own Education Board

  • Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that a set of Delhi government schools will be de-affiliated from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and be affiliated to a new Delhi Board of School Education in the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year.
  • There are over 1,000 schools run by the Delhi government, all of which are currently affiliated to the CBSE. While presenting the 2020 annual budget for Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had announced that the government was setting aside Rs. 62 crore to set up a separate state board of education.

IIT Madras Launches 'Women Leading IITM' Programme

  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras launched the 'Women Leading IITM' (WLI) programme to boost women leadership in science and technology. The Institute has already made considerable progress on improving the number of women students, faculty, staff and creating opportunities for success. This program will help to build on the progress achieved so far and accelerate further progress.
  • The programme will make grants each year to accelerate women technologists' careers as well as provide a supportive environment for women to thrive at IIT Madras. The inaugural grants are set to be issued on 8th March 2021 to mark the International Women's Day celebrations at IIT Madras.

India's First Forest Healing Centre in Uttrakand's Ranikhet

  • The country's first forest healing centre based on the concept of making people healthy by bringing them into direct contact with nature was opened to the public at Ranikhet in Kalika Uttarakhand.
  • Signboards on either side of its slopey entrance advise visitors to hug trees, walk barefoot on the grass, lie on their back and gaze at the swaying trees or the ever changing sky above to soothe their senses.
  • Drawing inspiration from the Japanese technique of forest bathing (shinrin - yoku), the healing centre has been developed by the research wing of Uttarakhand Forest Department after a detailed study of the revitalising impact of forests on human health.
  • Spread over an area of around 13 acres, the centre was inaugurated by noted environmentalist from Ranikhet Joginder Bisht.

PM Narendra Modi Dedicates 7500th Janaushadhi Kendra to Nation

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation the 7,500th Janaushadhi Kendra at North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS), Shillong.
  • The Prime Minister also addressed Janaushadhi Diwas celebrations and interacted with beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana and also gave awards to stakeholders by recognising their excellent work.

Mar 07, 2021

IIT-Kanpur Launches Online Certificate Programme in Blockchain Technology

  • The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) in partnership with the online learning platform Simplilearn announced a professional certificate programme in blockchain technology. The professionals working as software developers, IT professionals, engineers, analysts, technical leads can pursue this course as it covers the most in-demand skills in the blockchain. The certificate programme is for four months.
  • The course covered key domains of applications of blockchain technology, bitcoin, platforms that use Blockchain, application building on ethereum, hyper ledger, and other prospects. The programme will be distributed into over 70 hours of applied learning and 50 hours of self-paced learning.

IIM Nagpur Achieves 100% Placement for MBA Batch of 2019-21

  • IIM Nagpur has completed the Final Placements process for the fifth batch of its flagship Master's
  • programme in Business Administration (MBA). With the largest batch of 121 students who appeared for the final placement process this year, IIM Nagpur once again achieved 100% placement on 4th March 2021.
  • The current batch, which was beset by an unpredictable year, successfully adapted to
  • the virtual mode of campus placements. IIM Nagpur welcomed recruiters across various sectors like Consulting, Banking, Financial Services & Insurance (BFSI), Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Consumer Durables, Ed-Tech, E-Commerce, Analytics, and Logistics.
  • The list of prominent recruiters who have participated in this year's Campus Placements Season includes Bain & Co., BNY Mellon, Accenture, Arcelor Mittal, DHL, Deloitte, Dalmia Bharat, Tata Power, TVS, ZS Associates, L&T InfoTech, Crompton Greaves, IQVIA, HCL, Magicbricks, Tresvista & Urban Company.

Mar 06, 2021

UK to Open New Graduate Route for International Students

  • The United Kingdom will open a new graduate route for international students from July 1. The new route will be open to students from other countries including India who have completed their course of study at bachelors or doctoral level in the UK.
  • The bachelor's degree holder will be able to work for a maximum period of two years and three years for doctoral students, the UK government in its release mentioned. The route will be unsponsored, students without a job offer can also apply.
  • The candidates can also apply for jobs in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. "The new graduate route will help the UK government to achieve the ambition set out in the international education strategy to increase the number of international students in higher education in the UK to 6,00,000 by 2030.

Mar 05, 2021

12 Indian Institutions Named among Top 100 Universities in World

  • Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' congratulated 12 Indian Institutions on securing a position in the top 100 in the QS Subject Rankings for the year 2021.
  • While unveiling 'QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021', the Union Minister said that over the last few years, the Government's continuous focus on improvement and reform in Indian higher education has resulted in significant improvement in the representation of Indian institutions in globally acclaimed and reputed rankings like QS.
  • The 12 Indian institutions which have made it to the top 100 of the world are IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, IISC Bangalore, IIT Guwahati, IIM Bangalore, IIM Ahmedabad, JNU, Anna University, University of Delhi and O.P. Jindal University.

QpiAI, IISc Launch Joint Certification for AI and Quantum Computing

  • QpiAI and IISc launched joint certification of AI and Quantum Computing to upskill enterprises, schools and colleges across Asia and Europe. Certification courses are starting from May 1st 2021.
  • QpiAI is an AI modelling and Quantum Computing company. We have deployed our flagship platform QpiAI-Pro in large enterprises. QpiAI-Pro, QpiAI-Enterprise and QpiAI-Quantum are the most advanced AI and Quantum modelling platforms in the world.

Bihar Schools to Teach in Regional Language

    • Regional languages like Bhojpuri, Magahi and Maithili will be the medium of instruction in elementary schools of Bihar in future, state Education Minister Vijay Kumar Choudhary said, Education Department.
    • The minister said that the idea behind adopting regional language as the medium of instruction in elementary schools is to teach students in their mother tongue so that they grasp concepts in a better way.

Mar 04, 2021

Indian Women Rank ahead of Global Peers in Leadership Roles

  • India ranks third in the world for women working in senior management positions, according to the Women in Business 2021 report by global accounting firm Grant Thornton.
  • The percentage of women in senior management for India stood at 39%, against the global average of 31%, which signals the changing outlook of Indian businesses towards working women.
  • The percentage of women leaders across key C-Suite positions in the country also emerged higher than the global average in the report.
  • Globally, businesses with at least one woman in the senior management role increased to 90%. In India, this stands at 98%. As much as 47% of mid-market businesses in India now have women chief executive officers (CEOs) compared with 26% globally.
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