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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION - February 2022

Feb 2022

Nov 05, 2022

Gender Wealth Gap (GWG) in APAC Largest in India at 64%

  • A new study revealed that India has the widest gender wealth gap (64%) as compared to other APAC countries. This is largely due to the higher burden of caregiving responsibilities. The 2022 WTW Global Gender Wealth Equity report found that opportunities for women in leadership positions are also limited, with only 3% of women in the workforce occupying senior positions in India.
  • South Korea has been found as the best performing country in the APAC region in terms of gender wealth gap. "In South Korea, the earnings limits embedded in social security benefits limit the accumulation of male relative to female wealth," the report said. The report highlights that across the 12 markets in the APAC region, the gender wealth gaps ranges from 64 per cent in India to 90 per cent in South Korea.

Nov 04, 2022

"Permacrisis" is Collins Dictionary's Word of the Year

  • Permacrisis was chosen as the Collins Dictionary's word of the year. The word means an extended period of instability and insecurity. "Permacrisis sums up just how truly awful 2022 has been for so many people," Alex Beecroft, head of Collins Learning told.
  • Permacrisis' is a word that describes living in an age of continued upheaval; Collins defines the noun as 'an extended period of instability and insecurity.
  • It is the top word in the annual compilation of the 10 new or noteworthy words from the 18-billion word database monitored by Collins and from other sources like social media. Permacrisis is also one of six new words on the list added to CollinsDictionary.com.
  • Notably: Permacrisis beat off competition from the likes of "Kyiv", "sportswashing" and "partygate", the term "permacrisis" was named as Britain's word of the year in recognition of a dismal 2022.

Education Ministry Releases Report on Performance Grading Index for States

  • Kerala, Punjab, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Andhra Pradesh have emerged as the best performers in school education across indicators such as learning outcomes, equity and infrastructure in the 2020-21 Performing Grade Index (PGI) of the Ministry of School Education.
  • These six states and the UT of Chandigarh were placed at level-II of the index, which was launched by the Centre in 2017-18.
  • The index measures the performances of states and UTs on a uniform scale and helps them in prioritising areas for intervention. Since its launch, no state or UT has attained level-I.
  • The prime objective of PGI is to promote evidence-based policymaking and highlight course correction to ensure quality education for all.
  • The index is drawn up based on 70 indicators covering the areas of learning outcomes, access, infrastructure and facilities, equity, and governance process.

Nov 03, 2022

Garuda Aerospace, IISc Sign MoU for Research Projects, Geographical Surveys

  • City based drone-as-a-service (DaaS) company Garuda Aerospace inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) for collaborative research projects.
  • According to Garuda Aerospace, the collaborative research projects using drones, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for applications for geographical surveys for the government and society.
  • The collaborative operational and research projects in these areas may be taken up by Garuda Aerospace and IISc's Department of Aerospace Engineering.
  • According to Agnishwar Jayaprakash, Founder and CEO, Garuda Aerospace, the association with IISc is a step towards realising the company's potential to provide developments of digital input processing packaging tools, including yield estimation from a given image, diagnoses of crops, surveillance and mapping of fields and lands.
  • "This partnership will facilitate the collaborative development of new technology related to surveillance applications using drones that will benefit the farmers, the government and the country as a whole. IISc will provide a central cloud platform for storage of data.

Nov 02, 2022

Maharashtra to Introduce Medical Textbooks for First Two Degree Years in Marathi

  • In Maharashtra, medical education will soon be imparted in Marathi. The Maharashtra Medical Education Department has decided to make textbooks for the first two years of medical degree courses available in Marathi.
  • As per reports, at this stage, the plan is to offer optional reference textbooks, aiming at a smooth transition for students of Marathi medium schooling background. Decisions on whether Marathi can be used as a medium of instruction in medical courses will be taken in due course of time.
  • Confirming the decision, Dr. Ashwini Joshi, Secretary, Medical Education Department, said that the first phase of this plan will be to prepare Marathi textbooks for the first and second year of medical degree courses. These will be optional, reference textbooks, a facility for students coming from vernacular (Marathi) medium for better understanding of the texts. Experts from specific fields will work for perfect translations from English to Marathi textbooks.

UGC Urges Institutes Offering Online, ODL Degrees to Register Students at ABC Portal

  • The University Grants Commission (UGC) asked all higher education institutes (HEIs) offering online and ODL programmes to mandatorily register their students at the Academic Bank of Credit (ABC) portal — abc.gov.in.
  • ABC portal is a national-level facility to promote flexibility of curriculum framework and interdisciplinary/ multidisciplinary academic mobility of students across the higher educational institutions (HEls) in the country with appropriate "credit transfer" mechanism.
  • The major functions of ABC are registration of HEIs under the ABC scheme and, opening, closure and validation of academic accounts of students, credit verification, credit accumulation, credit transfer/redemption of students and also promotion of the ABC among the stake holders.

Nov 01, 2022

Govt Signs MoU with FIFA, AIFF for Implementation of 'Football4Schools' Initiative in India

  • Union Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, on behalf of the Ministry of Education signed an MoU with FIFA and All India Football Federation (AIFF) for the 'Football4Schools' initiative in India at Mumbai.
  • FIFA President Gianni Infantino; Minister of State, Minister of State for Home Affairs and Youth Affairs & Sports Nisith Pramanik; Minister for School Education and Marathi Language of Maharashtra Deepak Kesarkar; President, All India Football Federation, Kalyan Chaubey; Commissioner, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti Vinayak Garg & officials of All India Football Federation were also present on the occasion.
  • Pradhan said, "Sports has been given a place of pride in NEP 2020 and the Football4Schools program espouses the spirit of NEP2020. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid emphasis on mainstreaming of sports with education and the Football4Schools program is a step towards translating PM Modi's vision of making sports as a way of life as well as creating well-rounded citizens.
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