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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION - February 2021

Feb 2021

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.

May 23, 2021

Telangana Govt. Appoints Vice Chancellors of 10 State Universities

  • Telangana government appointed Vice Chancellors for 10 universities in the state. Each VC will have a tenure of three years. The appointment was made after the nod from the Governor of the state Dr. Tamilisai Soundarajan.
  • These universities had vacant VC positions from a long time and a decision was made considering all the guidelines mentioned by the University Grants Commission.
  • The search committees constituted on the instructions of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao have undertaken the process in tune with the UGC guidelines and recommended the names. Though there was some delay due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the names were finalised and sent to Governor Dr. Tamilisai Soundarajan for her approval. The Governor gave her assent to the appointments.

May 22, 2021

Pune Lab Develops India's First Home Covid Test Kit

  • The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has given its approval to the country's first home-based, self-use rapid test for Covid-19, the creators of the test, MyLab Discovery Solutions.
  • The self-use test kit can be used by symptomatic individuals and immediate contacts of confirmed cases as per the ICMR's guidelines.
  • The test kit, named CoviSelf, will cost Rs. 250, and can be bought without a prescription from pharmacies and online.
  • The test will require the user to download an app on their mobile phone, but will not need a healthcare professional to collect a swab sample.
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