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GENDER/ HEALTH/ EDUCATION - December 2023

Dec 2023

May 06, 2024

CBSE Simplifies Access to Digital Certificates with Six-digit Code

  • The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) introduced a new way for students to access their academic certificates and documents digitally through DigiLocker. They've set up a six-digit Access Code system in partnership with the National eGovernance Division (NeGD) to enhance security and privacy.
  • For the last two years, CBSE has been preparing DigiLocker accounts in advance for Class 10 and 12 students. This makes it easier for students to quickly get their digital academic records from CBSE's digital storehouse, 'Parinam Manjusha,' right after results are out.

NBEMS Implements Time-bound Sections in NEET PG, MDS, and other Exams

  • The National Board of Examinations in Medical Sciences (NBEMS) announced the inclusion of mandatory time-bound sections in various medical entrance exams, including NEET PG, NEET MDS, and others. This measure aims to enhance exam security and integrity in response to emerging threats during the exam process. The new pattern divides the question paper into multiple time-bound sections, where candidates must complete each section within the allotted time before proceeding to the next.
  • Once completed, candidates cannot review or modify their answers for that section. NBEMS also allowed candidates to mark questions for review within the given time frame. The exact number of time-bound sections may vary based on the number of questions in the paper.
  • Such mandatory time-bound sections will be implemented in GPAT 2024, NEET-PG 2024 and all forthcoming computer-based tests conducted by NBEMS.

IIT Delhi to Conduct 'Robotics for Good Youth Challenge' Competition

  • The Technology Innovation Hub of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (ITT-D) will conduct the Robotics for Good Youth Challenge 2024-2025, a UN-based educational robotics championship, on October 17, 2024. The competition is held under the guidance of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a specialised agency for information and communication technologies of the United Nations.
  • As a global initiative of the ITU, the Robotics for Good Youth Challenge is part of AI for Good, the leading action-oriented, global, and inclusive United Nations (UN) platform on artificial intelligence (AI).
  • The competition will be conducted for two age groups — junior (classes 6-8) and senior (classes 9-12). It will take place at the International Exhibition Convention Centre, Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.
  • The winner from this round will qualify to compete at the international level for the grand finale at the AI for Good Global Summit 2025 in Geneva.

May 04, 2024

NEET UG 2024 Dress Code: Heavy Clothes, Shoes - Check Complete List of Things Not Allowed

  • The National Testing Agency (NTA) on May 5 will conduct the National Entrance cum Eligibility Test Undergraduate 2024 (NEET UG 2024). Apart from taking the NEET UG hall ticket to the exam centre, NTA released a set of guidelines to be followed on the exam day.
  • Here is the list of things allowed and not allowed to be brought inside the exam hall. Moreover, the NEET UG aspirants have to follow a proper dress code.
  • Heavy clothes and long sleeves are not permitted. Shoes are not permitted. Slippers and sandals with low heels are permitted
  • The candidates wearing articles or objects of faith – customary, cultural or religious should report at the examination centre by 12:30 pm so that there is enough time for proper frisking without any inconvenience to the candidate while maintaining the sanctity of the examination.

May 02, 2024

Tetr Launches 4 New Base Camps across Belgium, Spain, China, and Luxembourg

  • Tetr College of Business, a first-of-its-kind global business school, partnered with United Business Institutes (UBI) and launched four new base camps for Tetr students across Europe and Asia, offering even greater flexibility and global immersion opportunities. This significant expansion of its international network through a strategic partnership with United Business Institutes (UBI), will enable students to pursue their 7th semester studies at any of UBI's esteemed campuses in Belgium, Spain, China, or Luxembourg. This partnership with UBI represents a major step forward for Tetr, as UBI's established presence in these regions complements Tetr's existing network, providing a wider range of cultural and business experiences for students.
  • The partnership between Tetr and UBI extends beyond geographical expansion. This shared focus ensures students receive a well-rounded education that prioritises ethical practices that align with the needs of today's global economy. The partnership will foster greater flexibility and global immersion for Tetr students.

AICTE Launches Career Portal for 3 Million Students to Get Jobs, Internships

  • A new career platform was launched by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in partnership with apna.co, aiming to aid over 3 million students in accessing employment and internship opportunities.
  • The collaboration includes an exclusive opportunity for students to participate in the Silicon Valley Immersion Programme.
  • This fully-sponsored trip to Silicon Valley, USA, offers students the chance to engage directly with industry leaders at top companies like Google, Apple, and Microsoft.
  • The AICTE Career Portal offers students a range of features to empower their career planning.

May 01, 2024

IIMC Delhi to offer MA in Media Business, Strategic Communication

  • The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), which was declared a deemed-to-be university earlier this year (2024), will start offering postgraduate degree courses from the 2024-25 academic session.
  • As of now, IIMC only offers PG diploma courses in journalism and mass communication-related fields.
  • Two Master of Arts (MA) programmes — in Media Business Studies, and Strategic Communication — are set to be rolled out in August.
  • These two MA courses will be offered with 40 seats each at IIMC's New Delhi campus. IMC, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, has five regional centres.
  • Besides the designated 40 seats in each of the two courses, special quotas for experienced professionals and defence forces will also be offered.

Apr 30, 2024

Bharat Biotech's Krishna Ella Leads Indian Vaccine Manufacturers

  • In a significant development, the Indian Vaccine Manufacturers Association (IVMA) has announced the appointment of Krishna Ella, co-founder and executive chairman of Bharat Biotech, as its new president for the next two years, effective April 2024. Ella will take over the presidency from Adar C. Poonawala, who held the position from 2019 to March 2024.
  • In a statement, Ella emphasised the vital role of vaccines in global health and the IVMA's mission to ensure that every individual, regardless of their location, has access to life-saving immunisations. He highlighted the importance of innovation, sustainability, and equity as the foundations of their collective vision.

MAHE Confers Honorary Doctorate on K.V. Kamath

  • Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) honored K.V. Kamath, Chairman of National Bank for Financing Infrastructure and Development and Chairman of Jio Financial Services Ltd., with an honorary doctorate at a special convocation on April 29, 2024. The ceremony celebrated Kamath's exceptional leadership in banking, finance, and sustainable development, recognising his significant contributions to India's financial sector and global impact.
  • Distinguished dignitaries including Mrs. Vasanti R Pai, Dr. Ranjan R. Pai, Dr. H.S. Ballal, Lt Gen (Dr) M.D. Venkatesh, and other officials graced the ceremony.
  • Kamath, renowned for his leadership at NDB, ICICI Bank, and now NaBFID, has set benchmarks in the industry through strategic acumen and innovation.
  • Beyond professional achievements, Kamath's commitment to social responsibility and sustainable development has been instrumental in promoting inclusive growth and corporate social responsibility practices.
  • Kamath expressed profound gratitude for the recognition, acknowledging the honor's significance and his admiration for MAHE's legacy.
  • He credited Dr. TMA Pai's visionary thinking for establishing MAHE and expressed his commitment to advancing India's institutions on the global stage.

NCERT to Review Books Every Year

  • The Ministry of Education (MoE) has asked the NCERT to conduct a review of its textbooks and update them on yearly basis. So far, there has been no mandate on the frequency of updating NCERT textbooks. However, the National Council of Educational Research and Training has been occasionally revising and updating content since 2017.
  • A rationalisation exercise was also conducted in view of the closure of schools due to the pandemic but there were allegations from a section of agenda-driven editing.
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