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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION - August 2022

Aug 2022

Dec 06, 2022

IIT-Mandi Awards Record Number of PhDs at 10th Convocation Ceremony

  • The Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi awarded 64 PhDs, the highest in an academic year till date. There were 59 who graduated with a normal PhD and 5 who had done an iPhD (integrated PhD).
  • Out of the students who graduated with PhDs, there were 28 women in PhD programme and 4 in iPhD programme, surpassing the numbers from the previous years. IIT Mandi has four PhD programmes and one iPhD programme.
  • At the 10th convocation ceremony of IIT Mandi a total of 462 students graduated this year. Out of the students who have graduated this year, there were 348 male students and 114 female students.

Oxford Dictionaries Names 'Goblin Mode' Word of the Year

  • Asked to sum up 2022 in a word, the public has chosen a phrase.
  • Oxford Dictionaries said that 'goblin mode' was selected by online vote as its word of the year.
  • It defines the term as a type of behaviour which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations.
  • First seen on Twitter in 2009, goblin mode gained popularity in 2022 as people around the world emerged uncertainly from pandemic lockdowns.
  • The word of the year is intended to reflect the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the past twelve months. For the first time this year's (2022) winning phrase was chosen by public vote, from among three finalists selected by Oxford Languages lexicographers: goblin mode, metaverse and the hashtag IStandWith.

Dec 05, 2022

Maharashtra to Launch Centre to Collate Data on State Schools Taking Inspiration from Gujarat's V...

  • The state government is set to launch Maharashtra Shikshan Samruddhi Kendra, a centre that will collate data on government, aided and civic-run schools from across Maharashtra.
  • The idea is to analyse the data and create a targeted roadmap to improve the standards of education imparted in these schools.
  • To be set up on the lines of Vidya Samiksha Kendra in Gujarat, the tech set-up of the centre, along with the software, is would be inaugurated in Pune. The Maharashtra Prathamik Shikshan Parishad (MPSP), which has taken help from IT companies to develop the software, will track students from classes 1 to 8 under the initiative.
  • A team of 20 education and technology experts will work on data analysis at the centre, which in turn will create a roadmap for each district.
  • The government envisions having real-time performance reports of each district, school and student with the help of the software.

IIT Roorkee Bags most Innovative Research Institute Award by CII

  • IIT Roorkee bagged the 'Most Innovative Research Institute of the Year' award by the prestigious Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) for the third time in a row. This is part of the ninth edition of CII's Industrial Innovation Awards.
  • The institute was also the category winner for 'Innovation Quotient' for its innovations in the fields of energy storage devices, remediation, technology, and other sectors.
  • IIT Roorkee is currently supporting more than 130 start-ups and has performed highly in all three pillars of innovation -- disruptive innovation, innovation quotient, and innovation realisation.
  • IIT Madras bagged the first runner-up position in the Most Innovative Institute 2022 category.

IAS Sanjay Kumar Takes Charge as Secretary of Department of School Education and Literacy

  • IAS Sanjay Kumar took charge as Secretary of the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education in Shashtri Bhawan in New Delhi. Sanjay Kumar, a 1990-batch Bihar cadre IAS officer, was a former Secretary, Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. He replaced Anita Karwal IAS upon her superannuation.
  • Pursuant to assuming charge, Sanjay Kumar held a meeting with the senior officials of the Ministry in which he reviewed the functioning of the department, autonomous bodies and various schemes relating to school education.

Dec 04, 2022

Assam to Give Stipend to all Female PG Students of Rs. 10,000 Each

  • Assam government will soon introduce a scheme under which all female students pursuing post-graduate courses in the state will be provided a yearly stipend of Rs. 10,000 each.
  • This would be helpful in covering their commutation and other related expenses.
  • The Chief Minister appealed to the female students pursuing PG courses to apply for getting the stipend in the portal to be launched by the Department of Education for the purpose in a few weeks from now.

Dec 03, 2022

IIT Guwahati Bags Highest Foreign Job Offer of Rs. 2.4 crore

  • Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati bagged the highest international offer of Rs. 2.4 crore, kicking off the first day of final placements with optimism in a post-pandemic year marked by layoffs and hiring freeze.
  • The highest international offer at IIT Guwahati was up by 17 per cent over last year's (2021) Rs. 2.05 crore, whereas the highest domestic offer was Rs. 1.1 crore at the close of the day. The placements were underway at some of the leading older IITs.
  • A total of 25 offers with pay packages in excess of Rs. 1 crore per annum were made at the end of Session 1.1 on Day One of the recruitment process at IIT Madras. Its students also received 15 international offers from four companies.

Dec 02, 2022

BIS Signs MoU with top six Engineering Institutes of India

  • The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the top six engineering institutes of India for introducing Indian standards as an integral part of the curriculum. This initiative is towards institutionalizing engagement of BIS with eminent institutes to secure active participation of academia.
  • The MoU was signed with the Indian Institute of Technology BHU, Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur, Indian Institute of Technology Indore, Indian Institute of Technology Patna, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and National Institute of Technology Trichy.
  • The establishment will promote excellence and leadership in teaching and research & development in the field of science and various disciplines in the respective institutes.
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