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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION - February 2022

Feb 2022

Sep 21, 2022

A&N Becomes India's First State/UT to Achieve 100 per cent Coverage of Precautionary Dose

  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands became the first Indian state/UT to achieve 100 per cent coverage of precautionary dose. More than 2,87,216 beneficiaries aged 18 were vaccinated with a precautionary dose. After July 15, the rate of vaccination saw a spike when the government decided to provide free-of-cost precautionary doses on the occasion of 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav'.

Azim Premji University Launches Open Access Digital Repository of Academic Resources in Indian La...

  • Azim Premji University (APU) unveiled an open access digital repository of academic resources translated from English to Indian languages to make them widely available to students, teachers, teacher educators, etc., across the country for free. The repository named 'Anuvada Sampada' with close to 2,000 academic resources is currently available in Hindi and Kannada.
  • Launched by APU Vice Chancellor Indu Prasad, the repository, seeks to address the paucity of high-quality academic resources in Indian languages at the graduate and post-graduate level. It includes select academic resources for postgraduate programmes in education and development, and undergraduate programmes in arts, sciences, and diploma courses.

IIT Gandhinagar Appoints Rajat Moona as New Director

  • The Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar (IITGN) appointed Prof Rajat Moona as the new director of the varsity. Professor Moona is expected to take his new office within a couple of weeks. His appointment was approved by the President of India in her capacity as the Visitor of IITGN.
  • Professor Moona has been heading IIT Bhilai as Director for more than five years, prior to which he served as Director General of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). In addition to his leadership roles, Professor Moona has also been serving as a faculty of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur since 1991.

Sep 20, 2022

Top 10 US Universities 2022-23: Princeton, MIT top in US News and World Report Best College Ranking

  • According to the US News and World Report, Princeton University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) secured the top two positions for 2022-23, with Harvard University, Stanford University, and Yale University tied at the third position in the national university list.
  • Princeton led the national university list for the 12th straight year.
  • The University of Chicago ranked sixth, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania were tied for the seventh position. California Institute of Technology, best known for its research and engineering programmes, ranked ninth and Northwestern University and Duke University were tied for the tenth position.
  • The US News and World Report's 38th annual report ranking the best colleges in the United States assessed 1500 US institutions granting undergraduate degrees.

President Murmu Approves Appointment of New Directors at 8 IITs

  • President Droupadi Murmu approved the appointment of new directors to eight Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
  • Seshadri Sekhar and Shreepad Karmalkar, both professors at IIT Madras, were appointed as Directors of IIT Palakkad and IIT Bhubaneshwar, respectively.
  • While Venkayappaya R. Desai from IIT Kharagpur's Department of Civil Engineering was appointed as the Director of IIT Dhardwad, the institute's current director Pasumarthy Seshu was chosen as Director of IIT Goa. Others appointed for the top posts included – K.N. Satyanarayana (IIT Tirupati), Rajiv Prakash (IIT Bhilai), Rajat Moona (IIT Gandhinagar) and Manoj Singh Gaur (IIT Jammu).

Sep 19, 2022

UP CM Launches 'Mission Niramaya' for Improvement in Paramedical Training

  • Terming nursing and paramedical staff as the backbone of the health and medical system, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that there is a need for drastic changes in nursing and paramedical training keeping in view the future requirements.
  • In view of this, instructions were given to start 'Mission Niramaya' for comprehensive improvement in training of nurses and paramedics.

Delhi L-G Inaugurates 41 Science Labs at 21 Schools Renovated by NDMC

  • Delhi Lieutenant Governor V. K. Saxena inaugurated 41 science laboratories equipped with advanced infrastructure and resources at 21 schools renovated by the NDMC.
  • The inauguration ceremony was organised at New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC)-run school Atal Adarsh Bengali Balika Vidyalaya.
  • Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar, NDMC Chairman Bhupinder Singh Bhalla, Vice Chairman Satish Upadhyay, Member of Council Kuljeet Singh Chahal and other senior officers were present on the occasion.

Sep 18, 2022

BHU Introduces New Research Programme for PhD Students

  • The Banaras Hindu University launched a six month External Research Experience for PhD students which would help foster good quality research. Research scholars with a very good academic profile at undergraduate and postgraduate level, having completed their course work and quality publications to their credit would be eligible to apply for the programme.
  • Under this programme, PhD scholars would be provided an opportunity to spend one semester (six months) in a reputed university or research laboratory in India to carry out research. They would also be able to utilise this opportunity for developing experimental, theoretical or professional skills.

Sep 17, 2022

IIM Rohtak in Top 2% of Business Schools in the World

  • IIM Rohtak officially received accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), one of the world's leading authorities on post-graduate business education, demonstrating its continuing commitment to excellence in management education.
  • With this, the institute marked its place among the top 2% of management institutes across the globe.
  • Accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA) represents the highest standard of achievement in post-graduate business education.
  • IIM Rohtak received AMBA accreditation for its flagship post-graduate programme. The programme is a two-year, fully residential programme encompassing cross-functional knowledge and a mandatory summer internship for all participants.
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