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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION - February 2022

Feb 2022

Sep 11, 2022

NIESBUD, IIE and ISB Signs MoU to Offer Entrepreneurial Programmes to India's Youth

  • The National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) and the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) individually with the Indian School of Business (ISB), which is a top-ranking global business school, to offer world-class management education through entrepreneurial programs targeted towards youth and job seeking entrepreneurs.
  • The partnership will enable the development and implementation of two programs, one is Business Foundation & Entrepreneurial Skills and the other is Behavioural Skills Programme by ISB faculty and other Industry experts.

Sep 10, 2022

Confidence Index: Hyderabad Students Top; Delhi Kids Come 2nd

  • When it comes to confidence, students from Hyderabad took the lead, scoring 87 on a scale of 100. Those from Delhi followed close behind, at 80. Among non-metros, those from Surat came out top (83), while the overall score of India stood at 75. At a regional level, students from the western part of India were more confident, at 81, while those from the South and East hovered near the national average.
  • These are the findings of a first-of-its-kind Student Confidence Index calculated by LEAD, an edtech platform, in collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). The index aims to measure the confidence score of students across the nation.
  • The study was conducted across six metros and non-metros, and surveyed 2,807 students.
  • The Confidence Index was measured against five attributes: conceptual understanding; critical thinking; communication; collaboration; and exposure to opportunities and platforms. All of these play an important role in confidence-building measures for students.

Sep 08, 2022

NMC Allows Ukraine Returned Indian Students to Complete Education in other Countries

  • The National Medical Commission, NMC, issued a notice stating that it would agree to consider the academic mobility programme which is being offered by Ukraine that would allow war-torn Ukraine Indian students to complete their education by allowing them to be relocated to universities in other countries.
  • Under the academic mobility programme offered by Ukraine, these students would be able to complete their education and the degree would be awarded by the parent Ukrainian university only.

Warangal in Telangana, Thrissur and Nilambur in Kerala join UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cit...

  • Warangal, Thrissur and Nilambur joined the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) in recognition of their outstanding efforts to make lifelong learning a reality for all at the local level.
  • Warangal in Telangana, Thrissur and Nilambur in Kerala are among the 77 cities from 44 countries which joined this network of the world body.
  • UNESCO GNLC is an international network consisting of cities that successfully promote lifelong learning across their communities.
  • It includes 294 cities from all around the world that share inspiration, know-how and best practice among each other.

Economist Bibek Debroy Appointed Chancellor of Pune's Deccan College

  • Economist and author Bibek Debroy was appointed as the Chancellor of Pune's Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute.
  • Debroy, who is presently the chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM), would succeed well-known archaeologist A. P. Jamkhedkar.
  • Debroy's career took off from Kolkata's Presidency College and spanned across the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and United Nations Development Program on legal reforms at the Ministry of Finance.
  • He has been associated with the National Council of Applied Economic Research and Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies and Centre for Policy Research.

Sep 07, 2022

First 'Made in India' Cervical Cancer Vaccine

  • The Central government launched India first vaccine against cervical cancer--Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus vaccine (qHPV), developed by the Serum Institute of India (SII) and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT). According to the Serum Institute, the vaccine is likely to cost 200-400 per dose.
  • As per Adar Poonawalla, CEO, Serum Institute, production would start by November and December and final decision on rates will be discussed with the government.
  • Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of Science and Technology launched India's first indigenously developed vaccine, "CERVAVAC" for the prevention of cervical cancer.

IIT Roorkee Joins Hands with Imarticus Learning to Launch Advanced Certification Programme in Cyb...

  • To upskilling recent graduates and working professionals, Imarticus Learning, India's front-running professional education firm, along with IIT Roorkee launched the 4th batch of the Advanced Certification Programme in Cybersecurity.
  • This 6-month online programme is designed in collaboration with CEC, IIT Roorkee and industry stalwarts, and intends to offer the best learning outcome for aspiring Cybersecurity professionals. Overall, the programme will cover multiple cyber security processes and tools ranging from ethical hacking to incident handling.

DCGI Gives Nod to India's First Intranasal Covid Vaccine for Restricted Emergency Use

  • Bharat Biotech's intranasal Covid vaccine received official approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for restricted emergency use in those aged above 18 years.
  • This is India's first nasal vaccine for Covid-19.
  • The Hyderabad-based firm completed clinical trials of the nasal vaccine with about 4,000 volunteers and there are no side effects or adverse reactions reported so far.

Rajasthan Govt. Introduces Personalised and Adaptive Learning (PAL) Programme to Restore Learning...

  • The Rajasthan government successfully completed a pilot for Mission Buniyaad - an ambitious PAL programme aiming to recoup learning level loss due to Covid-19 for 1 million adolescent girls and 2 million students in Rajasthan.
  • The Education Minister of Rajasthan, Bulaki Das Kalla, and Minister of State, Education, Zahida Khan, announced the state-wide scale-up of Mission Buniyaad.
  • The EdTech pilot was conducted among 35,000 girl students in six districts - Udaipur, Bhilwara, Sikar, Karauli, Dhaulpur, and Sirohi, with an average learning outcome improvement of 16 percent between baseline and endline.

Sep 06, 2022

PM Modi Announces PM-SHRI Scheme to develop 14,500 Schools across the Country

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Pradhan Mantri Schools For Rising India (PM-SHRI) Yojana under which 14,500 schools from across the country would be upgraded as PM-SHRI schools.
  • These schools would become model schools and would encapsulate the full spirit of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020.
  • The PM-SHRI schools would have a modern, transformational and holistic method of imparting education.
  • These schools will be equipped with modern infrastructure including labs, smart classrooms, libraries, sports equipment, art room, among others, that is inclusive and accessible.

IIM-A Announces Kamla Chowdhry Communications Hub in Honour of its First Faculty Member

  • The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) announced the creation of the Kamla Chowdhry Communications Hub, named after its first faculty member, Professor Kamla Chowdhry.
  • Kamla Chowdhry was not only the first faculty member but was also known for her contribution to the institute's growth and success.
  • This newly-launched hub will play a role in consolidating IIMA's leadership in management education and research, as well as promoting the IIM-A brand through a portfolio of communication and marketing engagements. It will also function as a unified unit serving the Institute's and all of its internal and external stakeholders' needs.

IIT Bombay Launches e-Yantra Innovation Challenge; Winners to Get Seed Funding of 1 crore

  • The e-Yantra Innovation Challenge (eYIC 2022-23) was launched by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay to seek solutions for inclusive urban infrastructure. e-Yantra is a Robotics outreach program that caters to young engineers in solving problems using technology.
  • Winning teams who successfully pitch will receive seed funding from a prize pool of Rs. 1 crore.
  • e-Yantra Innovation Challenge (eYIC) is an annual competition that trains student teams in crucial skills through MOOCs before getting them to solve real-world problems and build start-ups. It was started in 2014 and for the past few years, on average, 2000 students have participated in e-Yantra's Innovation Challenge.
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