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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION - August 2021

Aug 2021

Sep 26, 2021

IIT Madras Partners with Taylor & Francis Group

  • The Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (RBCDSAI) at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has partnered with the Taylor & Francis Group with 28 faculty spanning 10 departments.
  • Researchers at the centre will be able to avail onboarding assistance on publishing processes, open practices, research promotion, and ongoing support from the knowledgeable Taylor & Francis team.
  • Taylor & Francis' growing list of outstanding titles in artificial intelligence and machine learning range from fundamental and theoretical concepts to advanced applications. The collection explores safety, security, and ethical concerns in AI and Machine Learning, as well as cutting edge topics, such as deep learning, autonomous vehicles, autonomous networks, and robotics.

Sep 25, 2021

IISc Bangalore, 6 IITs among Top 500 Universities in QS EMPLOYABILITY Rankings 2022

  • The Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and six Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) were among 12 Indian institutions which have figured in the top 500 universities in QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022. IIT Bombay is on top amongst Indian institutions in the ranking.
  • While three central universities — Delhi University, University of Mumbai and University of Calcutta have made it to the list, among the private universities in the list are OP Jindal Global University, Sonepat and BITS Pilani.

Sep 24, 2021

Education Ministry Appoints Prof. Najma Akhtar as Member of National Steering Committee

  • Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) Vice-Chancellor Prof. Najma Akhtar was appointed as a member of the National Steering Committee formed by the Ministry of Education, Government of India for the development of National Curriculum Frameworks.
  • The 12 member committee under the chairmanship of space scientist and former ISRO head K Kasturirangan will develop four National Curriculum Frameworks, i.e. the National Curriculum Framework for School Education, National Curriculum for Early Childhood Care and Education, National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education and National Curriculum Framework for Adult Education.

Sep 23, 2021

K. Kasturirangan to Head Education Ministry's Panel to Develop School Curriculum

  • The Union education ministry formed a 12-member committee to develop new curriculums for school, early childhood, teacher and adult education.
  • The panel tasked with developing four national curriculum frameworks (NCFs) is headed by National Education Policy-2020 (NEP-2020) drafting committee chairperson K Kasturirangan.
  • Kasturirangan is also a former chief of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
  • This will be the fifth NCF, which will come after a gap of 16 years, and will be in accordance with reforms outlined in the NEP.
  • The members of the panel include Chancellor of National Institute of Education Planning and Administration, Mahesh Chandra Pant; Chairman of National Book Trust, Govind Prasad Sharma; Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia, Najma Akhtar; Vice Chancellor of Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh, T. V. Kattimani; Chairperson of IIM Jammu, Milind Kamble and guest professor at IIT Gandhinagar Michel Danino.

Sep 22, 2021

IIT-Guwathati Starts Special Centre to Aid R&D in Underwater Exploration

  • The Indian Institute of Technology in Guwahati has started a specialised Centre for Intelligent Cyber Physical Systems (CICPS) to develop indigenous technologies and aid underwater exploration.
  • The CICPS will have major academic, human resources and technology development components with focus to develop products and technologies for underwater exploration which is an untouched (less explored) research area in the contour.
  • The centre will target developing a minimum of five technologies a year. As many as 13 Ph.D. students and 18 M.Tech students have already joined the CICPS and these students will particularly work on the technologies for underwater exploration.
  • IIT Guwahati will fund the center for the first five years, after which the Centre aims to be self-sustaining.

OP Jindal Global University Announces Soli J. Sorabjee Endowment Award, Scholarship for Law Students

  • OP Jindal Global University has established the Soli J. Sorabjee endowment award and scholarship. This award and scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving student in the field of human rights law and theory, offered as part of the undergraduate programmes at the Jindal Global Law School.
  • The award will be announced on March 9 every year to coincide with the birth anniversary of Sorabjee. The award shall carry a scholarship, along with an award medal.
  • Soli Sorabjee was a champion of freedom of speech and expression and defended the right to freedom of speech and expression in many landmark cases that included the Kesavananda Bharti and the SR Bommai cases, in the Supreme Court of India. Therefore, the scholarship and award stand reminiscent of Soli Sorabjee's achievements and his contributions to Human Rights advocacy.

Justice AK Rajan Committee Recommends Immediate Elimination of NEET

  • A report submitted by retired Justice AK Rajan Committee on the impact of NEET, stated that NEET should be eliminated immediately.
  • The report submitted to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin stated that if NEET continues for a few more years, it would affect the healthcare infrastructure of Tamil Nadu, bringing a shortage of doctors' appointments in primary health centres and government hospitals.
  • The report also stated that students from rural regions and poor backgrounds might lose access to medical education.
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