Cabinet approves proposal to open 50 new Kendriya Vidyalayas

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday approved the proposal for opening 50 new Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) under the Civil/Defence Sector in the country, keeping in view the high demand for these schools for their quality of education and excellent results.

The total project cost based on Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) norms for the proposed 50 new KVs is Rs 1160 crore.

New KVs will be opened from classes I to V for which 650 regular posts shall be created in all the 50 schools. The schools will grows every year with addition of one more higher class and when the school grows upto class XII and becomes a full fledged school with two sections in each class, there shall be a requirement of about 4000 regular posts of various categories i.e., about 2900 teaching posts and about 1100 non-teaching posts. These new KVs, when fully functional, will provide quality education to approximately 50,000 students in addition to the approximately 12 lakh students already studying in the existing KVs.

The new KVs will address the educational needs of eligible students with high quality standards and will play a role of pace-setting educational institutions in the districts concerned.

The main objective of KVS is to cater to the educational needs of children of transferable Central Government employees, including Defence and Paramilitary personnel, by providing a common programme of education.

There are at present 1142 functional Kendriya Vidyalayas under the KVS, including three abroad at Moscow, Kathmandu and Tehran. The Kendriya Vidyalayas are considered as model schools in the country in terms of physical infrastructure, teaching resources, curriculum and academic performance. Kendriya Vidyalayas have consistently turned out excellent academic performance as is evident from the Board Results of Class X and XII exams conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Supreme Court Seeks Response From Centre And CBSE On SIO Plea To Conduct NEET In Urdu

The Supreme Court of India today directed Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to respond to a plea asking to include Urdu as one of the languages in which National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) is to be conducted. Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice R. Banumathi have also directed the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Dental Council of India to respond to the plea and have posted the matter for March 10. NEET is a national level exam introduced in 2016 conducted for admission to MBBS and BDS programs at medical and dental institutes in India.

NEET 2017: Supreme Court Seeks Response From Centre And CBSE On SIO Plea To Conduct NEET In Urdu

The petition was filed by Students Islamic Organization of India (SIO), a student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, last month. The plea said that the decision to not conduct the exam in Urdu was unfair to students who finish their senior secondary education in Urdu language.

According to IANS, the petitioner’s counsel Advocate Ravinder S Garia informed the court that while earlier no state had come forward with the request, now the state governments of Maharashtra and Telangana have also requested the Central government to include Urdu as one of the languages in NEET.

The application process for NEET 2017 ended on March 1. The exam is due to be held on May 7 in seven Indian languages apart from English, i.e. Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Gujarati, Marathi, Assamese and Bengali. The petitioners have pleaded that CBSE should make provision to hold the exam in Urdu as well for candidates who have already applied and opted for any other language in absence of Urdu as an option.

Earlier, SIO had stated in its petition that the decision to exclude Urdu the sixth most spoken language in India against languages like Gujarati which was seventh most spoken and Assamese which was twelfth most spoken was discriminatory.

Delhi University releases seventh cut-off list, admission process begins today

Delhi University releases seventh cut-off list, admission process begins today

New Delhi: The Delhi University has released its seventh cut-off list for admissions to Under Graduate courses for the academic year 2016-17.

The new academic session has already commenced but seats in few courses are still vacant.

The Delhi University is also muling to release two more cut-off lists to fill various vacant seats.

As per a report in the Indian Express, the admission process for the seventh list will begin from today.

Admission in general category is closed at most colleges, however in SC/ ST and other reserved categories, there are seats available in popular courses.

At ARSD, South Campus, BA English (Hons) is available at 89.5 per cent while in Ramjas College, North Campus, it is at 93.50 per cent.

In few colleges, seats in BA History (Hons) is still vacant though the cut-off is still above 90 per cent. In Hindu college, BA History (Hons) is at 95.50 while at Miranda College seats are available in 94.50 per cent.

In South Campus’s Gargi college admissions are open BA History (Hons) at 88.50 per cent while in Dyal Singh College it is 84 per cent. In Maitreyi college, 87 per cent is required for BA (Hons) Political Science.

In science courses, seats are open in Zoology Hons in few colleges. BSc (Hons) Chemistry is available at Daulat Ram College at 92 per cent and BSc (Hons) Physics is at 95.66 per cent at the Hansraj college and Hindu college.

The total number of seats the varsity has is 54,000, out of which admissions have not been claimed for almost 6,500 seats.

The last and final list will be released on August 29.

President’s medal for innovation

The sight of a bruised puppy on her way to school last year sparked an idea in Diva Sharma’s mind. On returning home, the class XII student developed a stress monitoring mechanism for animals to give them urgent medical care. Her project has recently been shortlisted for National Innovation Foundation (NIF)’s Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE 2015 award to be given by the president of India, Pranab Mukherjee, on November 30.

The project involves hardware as well as software. “There are some wearable sensors to measure health indices, which are then recorded using the computer software for further application. The software tells us what health problem the animal has and what immediate treatment should be given. I chose four parameters -pulse rate, heart beat, respiratory rate and body temperature. Depending on the results of these four factors, one can gauge the urgency of medical care required,” she elaborates.

This is one of the 31 ideas from 40 students out of 28,106 entries from schools across the country.

Being a science student, Sharma tends to stay occupied with school classes followed by three private tuition sessions. So, finding time for an extracurricular activity was not easy. But her love for animals helped her complete the project in about seven months.

“I started working on the project during my summer vacations (in 2014) when I had plenty time. Afterwards, I used to take some time out at night.This is how I could finish the project,” adds Diva, who sought an IIT Delhi faculty member’s help. “I don’t think I could have completed the project without his guidance.” PVM Rao, co-ordinator of the innovation centre at IIT Delhi, says, “I played the role of a mentor and guided her about the feasibility of the project.”

Mangalore University folk scholar is new VC of Karnataka Folklore University

MANGALURU: The Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala has appointed K Chinappa Gowda, former dean of arts faculty, Mangalore University as the second vice-chancellor of Haveri based Karnataka Folklore University. An eminent folklore scholar, he is presently a professor in the department of PG studies and research in Kannada at its Mangalagangothri campus and the director of Dr P Dayananda Pai and Sri P Satish Pai Yakshagana Study Centre of the University.

Confirming that the office of the Governor had called him to inform him as the successor to Ambalike Hiriyanna, whose term as VC has ended, Chinappa Gowda told TOI that he is overwhelmed by the faith reposed in his abilities by the Governor, who is also the Chancellor of the university. Chinappa Gowda has served as the registrar of the university from 2009 to 2012, as member of the Syndicate, and academic council of Mangalore University.

Robotics workshop by IIT Kharagpur students

Kshitij is the annual techno-management fest of IIT Kharagpur. Since its inception in 2004, Kshitij has grown exponentially to become Asia’s largest techno-management fest.

Its magnitude can be understood by its last year’s huge prize money which was worth more than rupees 65 Lakhs and the total participation of more than 65000 students from 1400 colleges of India. The kind of impact Kshitij has created is evident from the patronage it has gained by UNESCO, SAYEN and CEE.

The complete fest, in short, comprises of events, guest lectures, workshops and exhibitions. Every year Kshitij bestows its opulence filled with immense knowledge, great opportunities, experiences and lots of fun on masses of students coming all the way from different places. The team Kshitij organizes workshops in the major cities of India and has a wonderful track record of successfully organising robotics workshop in Kolkata every year.

Last year’s workshop had seen the presence of over 1,200 participants and the count for this year is expected to surpass it.

The workshop is aimed towards learning and applying the intricacies in the world of robotics. The workshop will not only introduce the students to the world of robotics but will also help them take the cardinal step in this field of technology.

The workshop is scheduled on November, 8 between 9:30 am and 1 pm at Vidya Mandir Auditorium, Kolkata.

Student Speak: A visual treat

CHIRAG KAPILA Diploma programme in Visual Effects for Film & Television Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts)

I started my education in the field of commerce. I did my BCom Hons from the University of Delhi and studied CA. But I knew that I did not want to do this for the rest of my life. I am more inclined towards the arts; I enjoy sketching and painting.
I decided to enter the animation field six years ago. I enjoyed watching animation films and wondered how they worked. I heard about this place where character animation was taught. It was a three-year course but after a year, I realised it wasn’t what I was expecting.

Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts) seemed like a good choice.World-class mentors, dedicated 3D character animation course, small class size -perfect for my needs.Wayne Gilbert, one of the best mentors for animation and Mark Pudliener, both taught us the language of animation.

I graduated in March 2012. To my surprise, in the graduation ceremony, I was awarded Honours, which is given to students who excel over excellent.

I applied at Technicolor Bengaluru for the post of 3D animator. I got a call and on the basis of my work done in VanArts, I was selected. I started working for Rockstar Games in Technicolor, one of the biggest names in the gaming world. I found the opportunity to work on the world’s number one game, Grand Theft Auto 5. After working for almost three years in Rockstar Games, I decided to resign and update my skills. In this evergrowing world of animation, one skill is not enough. Now my next goal is to learn visual effects for movies.

EU keen on enhancing cooperation with Indian universities

EU keen on enhancing cooperation with Indian universities

NEW DELHI: The European Union is keen on enhancing cooperation with Indian universities and welcoming more students to tap the resources available abroad, Cesare Onestini, deputy head of EU delegation to India, said here on Monday.

“India has best of students but is yet to create best of institutions keeping in mind its population size, on the other hand EU countries have best of varsities but not best of students.

“There is abundance of resources and funding opportunities available for the Indian students keen on studying there but the number of people who come forward to have an exposure of these opportunities is very disappointing,” Onestini said here.

The minister and deputy head of the mission, EU Delegation to India and Bhutan, was addressing representatives from varsities across Delhi during a workshop on collaborative links between Indian and EU Universities at the inter- institutional level.

The EU delegation to India in association with the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) is organizing a series of workshops in India for higher educational institutions to discuss participation opportunities in EU-funded programmes.

While the first workshop was organized in the national capital, the remaining two will be in Pune and Chennai during this week.

“Cooperation between universities will support India’s drive to be at the forefront of worldwide developments, ensure that Indian and European qualifications are equally recognised and valued,” said Brian Toll, senior policy adviser, International Cooperation in Education and Youth, EU.

Concerns about the disparities in the credit transfer system between India and EU nations for few programmes were also raised during the workshop.

“EU has a credit transfer system on the lines of that in India. But for instance, for a Master’s degree course, EU has a duration of one year, so Indian students are apprehensive about the acceptability of the degree in India.

“We have raised these concerns with the HRD ministry as well and the qualification recognition issue is being deliberated upon,” said Furqan Qamar, secretary general, Association of Indian Universities.

Jaffna University keen on tie-up with Universities in India

TIRUCHIRAPPALLI: University of Jaffna is planning to tie-up with varsities in India to strengthen educational and cultural ties between the two countries, vice-chancellor of the University Vasanthi Arasarathnam has said.

The vice-chancellor said that the University has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Madras University.

India had given financial aid of Rs 600 million to the two universities for creating infrastructure for teaching engineering and agriculture engineering. The University of Jaffna had begun construction of buildings as part of the plan, the vice-chancellor said.

Addressing a conference on “Women Entrepreneurship Ecosystem-present and future” at the National Institute of Technology here yesterday, she said women in India and Sri Lanka had similar lifestyle, family set up, duties, and responsibilities. She wanted women to become entrepreneurs.

M M M Najim, vice-chancellor of South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, said women should be motivated to become entrepreneurs.

He said many women had lost their husbands during the civil war in Lanka and they were looking for career opportunities. Some had gone for employment in foreign countries.

The project on business and management capacity development of rural women entrepreneurs, funded by The Asia Foundation, had come as a boost to bring a number of rural women of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka under the fold of entrepreneurs, G Kannabiran, Professor of Management, NIT-T, said.

University of Buckingham to house Thatcher centre

Margaret Thatcher
Image captionMargaret Thatcher, pictured in 2010, was a former chancellor of Buckingham University

The University of Buckingham says it is going to house a library and museum dedicated to the life of Margaret Thatcher.

Lady Thatcher, who died in 2013, was a former chancellor of the private university.

The university says it has been in talks with Margaret Thatcher Centre trustees about housing its collection.

Buckingham’s vice-chancellor, Sir Anthony Seldon, said the centre would become a “huge attraction”.

Donal Blaney, head of the Margaret Thatcher Centre, said the University of Buckingham would be a “natural location” for keeping its collection.

Lady Thatcher was prime minister when Buckingham became the UK’s first private university in 1983.

The centre, with its resources for education and research, will be modelled on the libraries and foundations dedicated to former US presidents.

The university says it expects the centre to be open by 2019, 40 years after Mrs Thatcher, as she then was, became prime minister.

The announcement follows a decision by the Victoria and Albert Museum to turn down the chance to exhibit some of Lady Thatcher’s clothes.

The London museum said it had been involved in discussions about acquiring some items from her wardrobe.

More than 300 items, including handbags, will now be sold at auction next month instead.