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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION - May 2022

May 2022

Aug 08, 2022

IIM Shillong Inaugurates Business Management Programme for Defence Officers

  • The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Shillong inaugurated its ongoing Business Management Certificate program for defence officers. The 6-month certificate program intends to give the executives a thorough business management exposure to analytical, strategic, and entrepreneurial thinking.
  • Through interactive lectures, case studies, sessions with industry experts, management games, simulations, and student participation, the course seeks to emphasize experiential learning to the Indian Defence Forces.

Literacy Rate for STs Improved from 47.1% in 2001 to 59% in 2011: Census

  • The population of Scheduled Tribes (STs) in the country, according to census 2011, was 104.49 million. STs constitute 8.6 per cent of the country's total population and 11.3 per cent of the total rural population.
  • The population of ST males was 52.5 million and ST females 52 million.
  • The decadal growth of ST population in 2011, compared with 2001, revealed that the ST female population growth rate (25 per cent) is higher than the ST male population growth rate (23 per cent).
  • The sex ratio with reference to STs is 990 — this is higher than the national average of 943. Also, the ST sex ratio improved from 978 females per 1,000 males in 2001 to 990 in 2011.
  • According to the Census figures, the literacy rate for STs in India improved from 47.1 per cent in 2001 to 59 per cent in 2011.
  • The literacy rate for the total population increased from 64.8 per cent in 2001 to 73 per cent in 2011. There is a gap of about 14 percentage points in the literacy rate of STs, compared to the all-India literacy rate.

India: Target to Eliminate Kala-azar by 2023

  • Union Government of India set the target to eliminate Kala-azar from country by 2023. According to Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar (Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare), out of 633 Kala-azar endemic blocks, 625 blocks have successfully eliminated the kala-azar in 2021. India's target is way ahead than World Health Organisation (WHO)'s target of eliminating the disease by 2030.
  • Kala Azar is also called as Leishmaniasis. It is a neglected tropical disease, by which over 100 countries are affected, including India. Neglected tropical diseases are a group of multiple communicable diseases that are prevalent in tropical and subtropical conditions of 149 countries. The disease is caused due to parasite called Leishmania. This parasite is transmitted via bite of sand flies.

CSIR Gets First Woman Director General

  • Senior electrochemical scientist Nallathamby Kalaiselvi became the first woman director general of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, a consortium of 38 state-run research institutes across the country.
  • Her appointment is for a period of two years with effect from the date of assumption of charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
  • Kalaiselvi succeeded Shekhar Mande, who superannuated in April. Rajesh Gokhale, secretary, Department of Biotechnology was given the additional charge of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) upon Mande's retirement.
  • Known for her work in the field of lithium ion batteries, Kalaiselvi is at present director of the CSIR-Central Electrochemical Research Institute at Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu.

Aug 07, 2022

Delhi University to Launch Unique Scheme called 'Competence Enhancement Scheme'

  • The University of Delhi, in its Centenary Year, is going to launch a unique scheme called the Competence Enhancement Scheme (CES). Along with implementing the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP) from the academic year 2022-23.
  • This scheme also got approval at the academic council meeting of the university. The scheme will be launched early next year (2023) as a part of the Centenary celebrations of the university.
  • The 'Competition Enhancement Scheme' is a scheme that gives an opportunity to individuals from different fields to study at DU to enhance their knowledge and understanding of any subject being taught at Delhi University.

Aug 06, 2022

Delhi Govt, Burlington English India Sign MoU to Improve English Language Skills

  • The Delhi Board of School Education (DBSE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Burlington English, a leading global provider of English language learning solutions. As a result of the partnership, students would be provided support to develop global competencies in the English language, thereby making them confident & future ready.
  • The programme named as "Innovation in Communication" will focus on strengthening the schools' efforts to develop an immersive English language learning environment by also building the capacity of the respective school teachers through digital and offline interventions.

Aug 05, 2022

CUET-UG: Second Shift Exam Cancelled across Country Due to Tech Glitches

  • The second phase of Common University Entrance Test (CUET)-UG had a bad start with technical glitches and administrative issues forcing the NTA to cancel second shift exam across all 489 centres and postpone first shift at some locations in 17 states.
  • Due to various administrative and technical reasons, the CUET (UG) 2022 scheduled for August 4 (first shift) was postponed to August 12 for a few examination centres in 17 states.

Aug 04, 2022

Govt. to Launch Gatishakti University

  • To handle the "complex system of transport sector", the Union Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw announced setting-up of Gatishakti University for technicality, engineering and finance education of railways, metro, highways and ports.
  • The university will focus on five areas including transport-based courses, skill development, applied research, technology development, and transport economics.

IIT Kanpur Signs MoU with NPCI to Develop Secure Digital Payment Solutions

  • The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for sharing knowledge on innovative ideas and to collaborate on the development of indigenous digital payments solutions.
  • The collaboration will also help in the augmentation of cybersecurity controls for NPCI and its subsidiaries' products and services. The MoU will precipitate a wide array of collaborative efforts between NPCI and IIT Kanpur.
  • With this collaboration, eminent faculty members from IIT Kanpur will conduct deep informative sessions and deliver lectures for NPCI personnel on cybersecurity and the new trends in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), security product roadmaps, and Distributed ledger technologies (DLT).
  • NPCI, on the other hand, will offer internship opportunities to IIT Kanpur students, providing them an invaluable experience of working on live projects of NPCI.
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