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RNI No. UTTENG/2010/37634 Vol 7 No 8 magazine THE INDIA EDUCATION LANDSCAPE UPDATE July 16 2017 NEWS in BRIEF SWAYAM platform launched NCTE's bid to end corruption from TEIs QCI roped in to design and New committee to write the final draft of National Education Policy India's MOOCs platform or operationalize a new accreditation N A NEW TWIST to the Guwahati University and Dr. the online courses platform , ISWAYAM (Study Webs of and ranking framework two and half year old M.K.Shridhar, a former formulation process of the M e m b e r S e c r e t a r y o f Active –Learning for Young New National Policy on K a r n a t a k a I n n o v a t i o n Aspiring Minds ) portal was formally launched on July 9, By 31st March 2018, an estimated 18000 Education, a nine –member Council and Karnataka c o m m i t t e e u n d e r t h e Knowledge Commission. at the National Convention teacher education or training colleges Chairmanship of eminent While the announcement on Digital Initiatives organized by Ministry of will be ranked and those securing 'D' will Scientist and former ISRO hasn't invoked any sharp chief Dr K. Kasturirangan has reactions but there are Human Resource have to shut their shop been constituted for the apprehensions that something Development. preparation of the final draft has been already decided and The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee launched SWAYAM along with 32 SWAYAM Prabha DTH Channels (These channels will help students in the rural Acknowledging the widely held perception that some private teacher training institutes under sub-section 2 of section 32 has made obtaining of accreditation mandatory for teacher training institutions once in five years from an of the policy by the MHRD. No timeframe has been announced for this final draft even as union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar has hinted that the new policy is a few the new committee is an attempt to provide just a legitimacy to that. At the same time, activists and educationists are still making attempts to reach out to the eminent educationist and professor of education at DU said the trajectory of the policy has been more or less already there and don't expect areas and in the remote areas (TEIs) recognized by it were agency identified for 6 years months away. The other new committee with their too much change. “Diluting where IT infrastructure have not penetrated so well) and National Academic Depository on the occasion. In his address the President said, “SWAYAM should be a call to the pioneers amongst teachers to put new courses in the upcoming areas on this platform in the MOOCs format. It is also a call to the other teachers to use this material and improve their own teaching capacity. Ultimately, it should lead to better attainment levels in the students..” Legitimacy of ASER reports questioned indulging in corrupt practices including selling B Ed degress, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE, set up in 1993), has decided to make systemic change by going digital to weed out corruption from affiliated colleges and within NCTE. It has asked all affiliating colleges to upload verifiable documents on its website and put all information in public domain. The process has to be completed by July 31 this year. With the April 28, 2017 period. Consequently, Quality Council of India (QCI) an autonomous agency under the Department of Industrial Policy and promotion was selected as the accreditation agency. Earlier it was done by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) which has accredited only 1522 institutions between 2002 and 2017. The data for TeachR (portal) will be collected through a self-evaluation form to be members of the committee are Dr. Vasudha Kamat, ViceChancellor of SNDT University Mumbai. K.J. Alphonse credited with implementation of education reforms in Kerala, Dr. Manjul Bhargava, Professor of Mathematics in Princeton University USA, Dr Ram Shankar Kureel, Vice chancellor of Baba Saheb Ambedkar University of Social Sciences Mhau, Madhya Pradesh, Dr. T. V. K a t t i m a n i , Vi c e Chancellor of Tribal University, Amarkantak, Krishna Mohan Tripathy, former Chairperson of Uttar Pradesh High School and Intermediate Examination inputs. Prof Krishna Kumar, former director NCERT and a former DU professor of education has recommended constitution of state level advisory committees on lines of CABE and recovery of institutions like SCERT and NCPCR/SCPCR, DIETS, etc. He also wants the list of unfinished tasks from earlier policy and commissions to be considered. “We shouldn't become very excited about the word National at the expense of state level policy requirements. He also suggested that ideology is no not a good guide if teaching is to be made professional,” he added while speaking on a RTE Act is one of the agenda and there is a fear that disconnect of education with society will deepen. We should be worried about teachers as we are being trapped in a new liberal order,” she said. According to Prof Vinay Kanth of Patna University there is a need to understand that the right to education as a fundamental right goes beyond the right to school or primary education and applies to education in a broader sense. “Imposing one kind of structural reform all over the country may not be worthwhile because of varying the states level needs.” Prof Anita Rampal while see page 4 notification on amended NCTE Act, 1993, NCTE Board, Dr. Mazhar Asif, panel discussion. contd P9 Professor of Persian in Dr Poonam Batra, again an contd on P3 SRM University AP inaugurated in Amaravati To be spread over a campus of 200 acres, the first university among a host of HEI providers to be present in new Andhra Pradesh capital city, Amaravati, in coming years, SRM AP will admit 10,000 students in its first phase to be followed by another 35000 as the university becomes fully functional to capacity in next 5-10 years Report on P3 More than 1000 students from Hyderabad's 20 affluent schools found addicted on LSD SHOCK WAVES were felt across the country with the revelation of Telangana Prohibition and Excise (P&E) department that a large number of school children were getting addicted Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) one of the most potent, mood-changing chemicals. According to reports, it happened by chance, when officials arrested eight persons connected with illegal procurement and sale of imported liquor they during interrogation said that “something related to narcotic drugs was happening on a large scale”. Police then infiltrated the drug peddling module and stumbling upon this shocking and incredible contd on P5


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2 Curriculum July 16, 2017 News Updates IRRI's South Asia Regional Center to Speaking on the occasion Prakash Javadekar said that the International Education Standards which will prepare and Education, being the universal good, empowers everybody. It groom the new CA professionals to match the future require- come up in Varanasi will set the tone for the world of the future. Education is a ments. From July 1, 2017, the Revised Scheme of Education Government has approved the establishment of the universal, apolitical agenda. It's not negotiation, but coopera- and Training for CA course will come into effect and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), South Asia tion all the way. So, increased cooperation in education is the registration in the CPT/IIPCC/Final under the existing Regional Center (ISARC) at campus of National Seed Research and Training Center (NSRTC) in Varanasi. Under the proposal, a Centre of Excellence in Rice Value Addition (CERVA) will be set up in Varanasi. This will include a modern and sophisticated laboratory with capacity to determine quality and status of heavy metals in grain and straw. The Centre will also undertake capacity building exercises for stakeholders across the rice value chain. For setting up of the Centre, A Memorandum of Agreement, will be signed between DAC&FW and IRRI, Philippines. The need of the hour. Before the meeting of Education Ministers, an international conference of Vice-Chancellors of the Universities participating in the BRICS Network University (BRICS-NU), meeting of International Governing Board (IGB) of BRICS-NU and meetings of International Thematic Group (ITGs) of BRICSNU were held in Zhengzhou, China on July 1-3, 2. During the meeting, the participating countries signed the Regulation for the IGB and the statutes for the ITGs, thus completing the structure of the BRICS-NU. scheme will discontinue. CA. Nilesh S. Vikamsey , President, ICAI said “ In Revised Scheme, the technical competence, professional skills and professional values, ethics and attitudes expected from a CA are being redefined and upgraded in order to gear up aspiring CharteredAccountants to take on new roles.” The new scheme would have Transparent Examination System and vibrant course structure giving students the option for choosing their career profile. The Institute would be promoting e-Shiksha through interactive e-books.\ At the Foundation level, the methodology of assessment from The GMAT Official guide seriesDepartment of DAC&FW will provide physical space for 'Objective' to 'Descriptive' to assess the communication and laboratories, offices, training classes, etc. with associated updated for 2018infrastructure and land at NSRTC, Varanasi. The Centre will presentation skills, 2 new subjects of Business Correspondence & Reporting and Business & Commercial be commissioned within six months. The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), in knowledge have been introduced. This Center will be the first international Center in the eastern partnership with Wiley, is pleased to announce the publication At the Intermediate level, a new subject “Economics for India and it will play a major role in harnessing and sustaining of the GMAT Official Guide 2018 series. As the only GMAT Finance” will introduce students on macroeconomic rice production in the region. It is expected to be a boon for study guide to contain actual questions retired from the exam, aggregates and measurement of national income, public food production and skill development in the eastern India and this year's edition contains 15 percent new content — finance, money market and international trade. similar ecologies in other SouthAsian andAfrican countries. including 220 never-before-seen questions across the At the Final Level, there would be 7 core papers and one The Centre will help in utilizing the rich biodiversity of India Quantitative, Verbal and Integrated Reasoning sections of the elective paper at this level. The mode of assessment of elective to develop special rice varieties. This will help India to achieve GMAT exam. papers is case study based with open book pattern of examina- higher per hectare yields and improved nutritional contents. Created and administered by GMAC, the GMAT exam is an tion to test application and analytical skills, in line with good India's food and nutritional security issues will also be important part of the admissions process for more than 6,500 practices of international accountancy bodies. addressed. The Centre will support in adopting value chain graduate management programs worldwide. More than 2,100 In addition, to the above changes the ICAI's compulsory based production system in the country. This will reduce universities and institutions in 115 countries use the GMAT practical training will continue to be an integral part of the wastage, add value and generate higher income for the exam as part of the selection criteria for their programs. Revised Scheme of Education and Training for CA course. To farmers. The farmers in Eastern India will benefit in particular, The GMAT Official Guide 2018 series — comprising the address students' queries, Toll Free number would be made besides those in SouthAsian andAfrican countries. GMAT Official Guide 2018: Book + Online, GMAT Official available. In addition, Smart Card for Students with multiple BRICS Beijing Declaration on Guide 2018 Quantitative Review: Book + Online, and the features and facilities shall be introduced. The ICAI in its GMAT Official Guide 2018 Verbal Review: Book + Online — endeavour to strive for excellence in the field of Chartered Education offers access to more than 1,500 past GMAT questions. The Accountancy firmly believes that new scheme will enhance BRICS Ministers of Education in their 5th meeting on July 3 adopted the Beijing Declaratoin on Education in Beijing, the GMAT Official Guide 2018 also includes a 100-question diagnostic test to help focus test preparation studies. the educational standards for chartered accountancy students in the country, as well as prepare them for the global markets. Chinese capital city. The Indian delegation was led by Javadekar, Minister of Human Resource Development. The GMAC has four new board mem- Greater Visakhapatnam Smart city declaration reaffirmed commitment of the five countries to bers and chairUN Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4)-Education adopts Google Future Classroom solution 2030. The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), a Greater Visakhapatnam Smart City Corporation Limited Considering that higher education contributes to the develop- non-profit association of leading global business schools, (GVSCCL), Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh on June 28 ment of high-level human resources and intellectual support announced four additions to its board of directors. Their four- announced a three-year partnership with IL&FS Education for the economic and social development, studies of BRICS year terms began July 1, 2017. Munish Sapra, Assistant Dean and Technology Services Ltd, a premier education partner of Member States will enhance the mutual understanding at Indian School of Business, recently completed the final year Google for Education, India to provide holistic education between each Member State, and recognizing that the mobility of a four-year term of a Representative Directo is new solutions including hardware, software, training and of faculty and students, and sharing of information among the chairman. This is his first full term to the board. The new certification to schools in the city of Vishakapatnam. As a Member States is of great importance for the implementation Representative Director is Stephanie Villemagne, Associate start, 31 schools are being enabled with this solution. The of the consensus arrived at the Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Dean of Graduate Programmes at The Chinese University of announcement was made on the sidelines of the India Education. Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School. Joining them on the Foundation Day for Smart Cities Mission held in The declaration also talked about encouraging the organiza- board as Dean Directors are Peter Tufano, Peter Moores Dean Visakhapatnam. tion of “youth winter/summer camps” to reinforce communi- and Professor of Finance at Saïd Business School, University The solution is in keeping with the Smart City mission to cation and cultural exchanges among the young generation of Oxford; and Martin Boehm, Dean and Professor of create internet-connected, future-ready classrooms. Google's from BRICS Member States. The members will also Marketing at IE Business School. education offering enables students to learn using open web nncourage the participation in the 3rd BRICS NU Annual “The Council is committed to advancing the art and science of technologies including apps and interactive content. The Conference to be held in 2018, in Cape Town, South Africa admissions, and our board plays an integral role in helping to future classroom lab setup blends the needs of a digital and in the BRICS Global Business and Innovation Conference ensure that talent matched with aspiration can always benefit classroom through the use of K-Yan, an integrated computer to be held in September 2017, in St. Petersburg, Russia. from the best business school education possible,” said projector and personalized learning through the use of Sangeet Chowfla, president and CEO of GMAC. “Each of our Chromebooks for each student. new directors brings a global perspective and specific Under the partnership, the schools will be provided expertise that will further the organization's mission, and I Chromebooks with GSuite for Education. The content on the personally look forward to working with these seasoned Chromebooks will be available in both English and Telugu. leaders.” The devices come with Chrome Management Console(CMC) Revised Scheme of Education and for managed and secure learning experiences for students, when accessing the internet and professional development for Training for CAs teachers. The partnership includes skills training for teachers to enable them to effectively enhance the classroom experi- ICAI has formulated the Revised Scheme of Education and ence. Finally, teachers will be certified on two educator level Training. The new scheme has been upgraded, revised and certifications to introduce edtech led teaching-learning in refined keeping in mind the global requirements, aligned with classrooms.


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Curriculum July 16, 2017 3 Lead Story from P1 a new accreditation and ranking framework for TEIs submitted by the TEI. Items necessary standards, Category h o u s e s w i t h t h e w h i c h s i m p l y r e q u i r e D organizations will need to managements of TEIs, verification of facts will be stop admitting new students who are unhappy the checked through on-ground immediately and shut down in way things are going in assessments. Items which an orderly manner. their way. They say if require qualitative analysis This new accreditation and quality of teachers is will be reviewed remotely by ranking framework will be bad, some blame has to a peer review panel. first implemented in Bihar as be shared by NCTE as Institutions will be catego- part of the compliance with well. When the country rized as A, B, C, or D. the order of the Patna High t a l k s o f t e a c h e r Category A and B insiutions comprise those fit to continue delivering teacher education .This category will be granted more autonomy over their function through a reduction in regulatory oversight. Category C and D institutions are those whose quality of education is found to be insufficient. While as C category TREIs will be granted one year to meet the Court. TEIs across the rest of country are therefore required to register on the TeachR platform immediately and submit the necessary details. The final ranking after upload on NTP for accreditation, onsite validation, audio-video recording, feedback and expert perception survey will be made public by March 31, 2018. So watch out! NCTE also held a few open shortage, 20,000 seats of the 65,000 sanctioned seats are not being filled up this year as the entrance exams are held just for a a couple of days and that too in midsession around January . “We have no control over admissions, so we can't filter for quality. Also, there are several grey areas where NCTE regulations are not clear,” says Dr Rajeet Khare from Madhya Pradesh. However, the chairman of NCTE, A Santhosh Mathew, IAS dismisses such criticism saying that owners have aspirations for making money while as this is a noncommercial activity. At the same time, he acknowledges that fees cannot suffice for the cost of running TEIs, he advises them to look for resources from CSR etc. from P1 ...New Education Policy committee citing the Delhi government's interventions in school education where it divided students in a class on basis of performance and introduced alternate course for them and encouraged students to go for open schooling in class IX, questioned the policy impact when laws and polices are being violated in a bizarre fashion. She recommended setting up of learning indicators as against standardization and narrowing the concept to quality to outcomes. As per the union ministry of HRD, |”In an exhaustive democratic exercise carried for last 30 months the HRD ministry has received thousands of suggestions from, educationists, teachers, experts, students and other stakeholders from across the country. Consultations were held at Tehsil, district and state level. Regional conferences were organized where state governments have given their detailed opinion. Rajya Sabha debated the issues and a special education dialogue was organized in which 48 MPs from all parties participated. Many MPs have given their views in writing. On MyGov platform 26, 000 people gave their views online. TSR Subramaniam committee has given its detailed input. All these suggestions and inputs will be considered by the committee.” from P1 STUDENT-SCIENTIST CONNECT SRM University AP inaugurated in Amaravati “JIGYASA” - programme launched With about 3 lakh sq feet built health sciences to make education, they can opt for up area and the first batch of Amaravati recognized by SRM. SRM is embracing a just over 300 students, the foreign countries as the best new method of learning, which under construction SRM educational hub of the globe", is not seen in India,” he added. University AP in Amaravati's said Naidu while announcing SRM has partnered with UC Neerukonda village, on July 15 another 100 acres for the B e r k l e y C o l l e g e o f w i t n e s s e d t h e h i s t o r i c university to build a medical Engineering, California, U.S., commencement moment of c o l l e g e a n d h o s p i t a l . to enable bi-directional forward journey. Andhra I n a u g u r a t i o n o f S R M information exchange in the Pradesh Chief Minister, N University is the first step in the areas of engineering educa- Chandra Babu Naidu was process of making Andhra tion. SRM will also be a global greeted with hooting cheers by Pradesh a knowledge hub. partner of the Jacob's Institute hundreds of school children Next month in August VIT for Design engineering and the and youth as he stepped in the University campus will be Sutardja Centre for specially made make-shift opened in the upcoming city. E n t r e p r e n e u r s h i p a n d hall. The presence of Union Speaking on the occasion, T R Technology (SCET). This minister, M Venkaih Naidu Pachamuthu, founder and partnership would establish (who has now resigned as he chancellor of SRM University, centers of design, innovation became NDA VP candidate) announced that the SRM group and entrepreneurship at SRM, and a host of ministers, MLAs, would offer free education to which would embrace the bureaucrats, educationists and 13 girl students, one from each s t u d y a n d p r a c t i c e o f farmers groups, made the district of the State, who hail " t e c h n o l o g y - c e n t r i c " occasion look like a political from poor or agriculture innovation bringing together rally of sorts. And it was family. Apart from this, he also technical depth, design befitting to the occasion as the offered `5,000 scholarship for methodology, and a focus on chief minister who as the chief 100 students in the State who societal impact. SRM students visionary and architect of the excel in sports. He said SRM and faculty will be provided new Andhra capital has pulled will adopt all the villages in the opportunity to travel to UC all the stops to woo and bring capital region and offer free Berkeley to imbibe these various universities, was medical services through ideas.Every year, 20 under- himself excited about his medical camps and SRM graduate students will be given dream taking she rudimentary hospital which would be ready the opportunity to go to UC shape. in the next phase. “We are Berkeley for a semester to "I am sure within a span of five investing Rs 3,024 crore to study engineering at Berkeley years, SRM University with offer best courses in the with a defined set of concur- 10,000 students would be a top Amaravati campus. Our rent enrollment and bootcamp ranked world class university, infrastructure is going to be courses. with multi stream research in just as in in foreign universities The university will also the fields of engineering to like MIT, Stanford etc. In establish centres of Excellence management, liberal arts & future, the students need not go in Renewable energy, Satellite humanities to law, medicine to abroad in search of better technology, Internet of Things (IoTs), Blue Economy, Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning, Rolls Royce - SRM Corporate laboratory, Jal - Janak Rail energy, and CRISPR for pushing the frontiers of modern technology. "Semester abroad programs and company internships across the world would also be present to create innovators and global leaders." says Dr. Narayan Rao, Pro Vice Chancellor of SRMAP. B.Tech programs in CSE, ECE, EEE, and Mechanical Engineering are being offered from the academic year 201718. To attract meritorious students, 50% tuition waiver is being awarded to students getting an aggregate of 90% and above in PCM subjects in CBSE or an aggregate of 95% and above in PCM subjects in any state board. For the top 25 admitted students who meet this criterion would be given 100% tuition and hostel fee waiver. SRM group would offer free education to 13 girl students, one from each district of the State, who hail from poor or agriculture family. Apart from this, he also offered `5,000 scholarship for 100 students in the State who excel in sports. SRM will adopt all the villages in capital region and offer free medical services in next phase. Jigyasa, a student- scientist connect programme was officially launched in the national capital recently in New Delhi. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) which is celebrating its Platinum Jubilee Year has joined hands with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to implement this programme. This is a going to be a major initiative taken up by CSIR at national level to widen and deepen its Scientific Social Responsibility. The focus is on connecting school students and scientists so as to extend student's classroom learning with that of a very well planned research laboratory based learning. The “JIGYASA” would inculcate the culture of inquisitiveness on one hand and scientific temper on the other, amongst the school students and their teachers. The Programme is expected to connect 1151 Kendriya Vidyalayas with 38 National Laboratories of CSIR targeting 100,000 students and nearly 1000 teachers annually. The program will also enable the students and teachers to practically live the theoretical concepts taught in science by visiting CSIR laboratories and by participating in mini-science projects. The model of engagement includes: Student Residential Programmes;Scientists as Teachers and Teachers as Scientists; Lab specific activities / Onsite Experiments; Visits of Scientists to Schools/Outreach Programmes; Science and Maths Clubs; Popular Lecture Series/ demonstration programme at Schools; Student Apprenticeship Programmes; Science Exhibitions; Projects of National Children's Science Congress; Teacher Workshops; and Tinkering Laboratories.. Minister for Science & Technology, Dr Harshvardhan said, that the Jigyasa programme was inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of a new India and “Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR)” of scientific community and institutions. Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar said that “to inculcate scientific temper among the students we have to make them aware about the impact of science on the society. Science has played a very important role in changing our lives”. Thanking Dr Harshvardhan and CSIR, Javadekar further said that access to these premier institutions is only the beginning. CSIR will also talent hunt among the visiting students for furthering the cause of scientific development. The Minister also informed that he will personally review the status periodically.


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4 News Updates Curriculum July 16, 2017 IL&FS Education enters the online blended learning experience for the students to cater to different industry requirements of the technology honchos. Dr Manpreet Singh Manna felicitated education market This Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification will not only equip students with the required IL&FS Education & Technology Services Ltd. (IETS), the digital skillset but also enable them to become the social infrastructure arm of IL&FS Group, marked its entry technology architects of tomorrow. into the online education market on June 16 with the launch Elaborating on strategic collaboration with Microsoft, of 'Geneo', a personalized digital learning platform targeting Avinash Bharwani, Vice President – New Business, Jetking the K-12 segment. The platform has been developed in says, “Through this partnership we look forward to make a technical collaboration with Google for Education. In the talent pool of students with competencies that the field initial phase, Geneo will leverage IL&FS Education's base desires from today's professionals” of 10 million students. Highlighting the features of the platform, R.C.M. Reddy Microsoft India partners with NISA MD & CEO, IL&FS Education & Technology Services said, “Geneo is a personalized digital learning platform specially created for K-12 students. Designed in technical collaboration with Google for Education, Geneo uses an app-cloud model that provides students curated digital content from multiple sources.Offering round-the-clock remote mentor support, Geneois conveniently accessible across platforms including mobile phones, laptops, PCs, tablets and chromebooks.” IIMA holds Governance' Programme for Ministers of Jharkhand Nine Ministers of Jharkhand visited IIMA, as participants of the 3-day Executive Education Programme (EEP). As students of “Management and Leadership for Good Governance” course, the group focused on: Leadership & Ethics in Governance; Health care in India: the changing dynamics; Delivering cheaper medicines to citizens; Public & Private partnerships; Cooperative structure for benefiting for digital transformation of budget schools Microsoft India recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) to offer Microsoft Aspire School Program (MASP) Pro Plus to member schools to empower teachers and students. MASP is a value-based offering from Microsoft that aims to equip schools with an integrated set of technology and innovative learning solutions, modernize their campuses, drive transformation for enhanced learning experiences and prepare future-ready students. With this partnership, over 55,000 member schools of NISA spread across 20 states can now avail MASP Pro Plus to enhance teaching and learning solutions. Microsoft India will provide NISA's member schools with MASP Pro Plus that offers distinct benefits to educators and students. Founding Years Learning Solutions ”For his pioneering efforts for development of SWAYAM Platform for hosting Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) within a record time, Dr Manpreet Singh, Director (admin), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), received appreciation from President of India Pranab Mukherjee during SWAYAM launch on July 8. Dr Manna was appointed the officer in charge of SWAYAM project for in March 2016. He transformed the dream of SWAYAM intoa reality well before the targeted period assigned by MHRD and held the soft launch of the SWAYAM Platform on 15thAugust 2016. The Platform was declared “go-live” on 16thNovember 2016.The SWAYAM Platform will host all the courses taught in classrooms from 9th class till post-graduation to be accessed by anyone, anywhere at any time, prepared by the best teachers in the Country, free of cost to the residents in India for learning any type of Course using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to achieve three cardinal principles of people at grassroots; Management Control Systems to ensure effective implementation of Government Programs; acquires WeCare Schools Education Policy viz. access, equity and quality.With the launch of SWAYAM, India has become one of the few and Driving behaviour & actions in Government Founding Years Learning Solutions, the parent company of countries in the World which has its own online interactive Jetking to launch Networking KLAY Schools and The Little Company, has acquired learning platform that provides, not only video lectures, Bangalore-based WeCare Schools in an acquisition with a reading material but also assignments/quizzes that could end course with Microsoft Realizing the growing need of skilled employees in IT Industry and as a part of Prime Minister's Skill India Vision, India's leading hardware and networking institute Jetking takes digital education a notch higher with launch of its digital courses in association with Microsoft. This certification course will validate candidates to boast the essential skills for running a highly efficient and modern data centre, with expertise in identity management, systems management, virtualization, storage and networking. Designed to reduce the gaps in digital domain, this master course will include 360 degree training on Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert Server Infrastructure credential by Microsoft certified faculties across Jetking's training centres. With 91% of hiring managers considering the certification as part of their hiring criteria, this offering is a sales consideration. KLAY and WeCare, both operating on the non-franchise model, are two of the largest chains in Bangalore with the same learning methodology of Multiple Intelligence. The acquisition helps KLAY consolidate its position as the leader in the early childcare and education segment across the country as it boosts its portfolio with the operational excellence of a 9 year old brand. Priya Krishnan, Founder & CEO, Founding Years Learning Solutions said: “With the acquisition of what was a muchrespected competitor such as WeCare, we gain a significant presence throughout all micro markets in and around Bangalore with over 30 centers in the city now. We have had great respect for the work they have done for the past nineyears and the goodwill they have created over this period. up in securing credits after completing the assessment system. Legitimacy of ASER reports questioned Prof Krishna Kumar, one of India's most respected & eminent professor of education who has been the most celebrated director of NCERT recently questioned the legitimacy of ASER Reports that have become a part of narrative on the state of poor quality of school education and are refereed to/quoted from most frequently even by government officers. ASER reports are brought out annually for the past decade by Mumbai-based NGO, Pratham based on reading/writing and arithmetic assessment surveys in rural schools across several states. Pratham conducts fund raising events abroad in addition to having a good number of domestic donors. Prof Kumar, who was provoked by a well-known JNU economics professor referring to ASER during a national consultation on New Education Policy in New Delhi, Be extra sensitive towards students and parents regarding questioned the poor quality of data collection, methodology, surveyors etc and the fact that these reports are being never put revised fee payment: FICCI Arise for academic review. He added this is a fraudulent way of preventing government from spending on government schools FICCI Alliance for Re-Imagining School Education (FICCI Arise), a collegium of members representing various facets of the education ecosystem comprising of reputed independent schools, eminent educators, foundations, think tanks, technical experts, and the civil society, has urged schools across India to exercise restraint and be extra careful in dealing with the students and parents on issues relating to fee management. Referring to reports from a section of the press where parents allege harassment of their children due to delays in payment of revised fees, Prabhat Jain, Chairman, FICCI Arise urged schools to refrain from undertaking any such actions relating to payment of fee hikes which can have an adverse impact on the students. He said, "The need of the hour is to provide them extra support and care to navigate through uncertainty so that they can continue to focus on their education. At this juncture, it is important for schools to provide prompt and transparent communication to parents, who are concerned and committed to finding an amicable solution without compromising on the quality of education." Fee hikes are just a symptom of a larger issue that has gestated over the years. Administrators need to handle it carefully and with empathy. We should also rigorously hold to account a handful of schools that indulge in unethical practices and cause damage to the reputation of the entire private education sector. Any such misuse of autonomy must be strictly dealt with. At the same time, regulation should be minimal so that good schools can focus on delivering quality education rather than getting caught in a web of complex regulations. because these reports show that despite investment there is no improvement in education quality. Some NGOs which have ventured in a big way in education in last 4-6 years were also slammed by country's top educationists for undoing the educational work and values that the country has developed over decades. Prof Anita Rampal of Delhi University said this network was mushrooming to further an international agenda that is more oriented towards producing 'efficient' workers than critical thinkers or creative individuals. Her colleague from Delhi University, Prof Poonam Batra, who is an expert par excellence on teacher education and curriculum in the country is of the view that these NGOs are trapping the ecosystem with their agenda, which is leading to a host of new education companies being disrespectful to pf country’s teachers and work of education over decades.


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Curriculum July 16, 2017 5 Spotlight Paying for their child's education is most likely to be parents' biggest financial commitment: Report PARENTS IN INDIA education for their child, and exams. (22%) do not know how much a r e s p e n d i n g a n of these parents, 79% expect Commenting on the findings, is contributed each year a v e r a g e o f to contribute towards funding Professor Colin B. Grant, t o w a r d s t h e i r c h i l d ' s USD18,909* (compared with that too. The majority of Vice President (Interna- education. USD44,221* worldwide) parents in India (87%) think t i o n a l ) , U n i v e r s i t y o f To help fund their child's towards all aspects of their completing a postgraduate Southampton, said: “The education, many parents in child's education costs degree is important for their drive to achieve success also India are making or have (including school/university child to get into full-time shines through in the clear made a range financial tuition fees, educational employement in their chosen preference towards STEM sacrifices, including reducing b o o k s , t r a n s p o r t a n d occupation, fourth highest ( s c i e n c e , t e c h n o l o g y, spend on leisure activities a c c o m m o d a t i o n ) f r o m a m o n g s t a l l s u r v e y e d engineering and mathemat- (44%). Almost a third (32%) p r i m a r y s c h o o l u p t o markets. ics) and business/finance have worked extra hours in university undergraduate When thinking about the university courses – subjects their existing job, 2nd highest level, accordingly to Higher courses they would like their where demand for highly a m o n g s t a l l s u r v e y e d and higher, HSBC's new child to study at university, skilled experts, and their markets, and over a quarter report in The Value of parents in India show their value in the employment (27%) have contributed less Education series. ambition. Engineering (18%), market, is set to continue to to their own long-term Of the over 8,400 parents in computer and information rise in the coming years.” savings or investments or 15 countries and territories sciences (15%) and Business, More than half (59%) of have done so in the past (joint surveyed, parents in Hong management and finance parents in India are funding third highest in all markets K o n g ( U S D 1 3 2 , 1 6 1 ) , (13%) are the most preferred. their child's education from surveyed).Additionally, 89% f o l l o w e d b y t h e U A E Parents in Asia are the most day-to-day income, while of parents in India are ready to (USD99,378) and Singapore likely to be optimistic about 48% are funding through make personal sacrifices for (USD70,939), contribute the their children fulfilling their general savings, investments their child to succeed, joint most towards all aspects of potential. The vast majority or insurance (third most likely fourth highest in all surveyed their child's education costs. (87%) of parents in India are in all surveyed markets) and markets. Most parents in India (89%) confident that their child will almost a third (30%) are In nine of the 15 countries are helping to fund their have a bright future, while funding through a specific surveyed, paying for their child's current stage of 85% are confident their child e d u c a t i o n s a v i n g s o r child's education is most education. Over nine in ten will get a great job and 82% investment plan (ranked likely to be parents' biggest (94%) parents in India are are confident that their child fourth in all surveyed financial commitment, above considering postgraduate will get top grades in their markets) yet nearly a quarter others. from P1 Students from Hyderabad's 20 affluent schools found addicted on LSD affair going on in the cyber city which among others had more so it is necessary to openly talk to the children and tell school children as substance peddlers as well as addicts. them the facts before they hear it from their friends. “Our The Schools include Jubilee Hills Public School, Indus parents taught us self-reliance, while we hover around our International School, Oakrirdge International School, Chirec children and want to protect them at all costs. We like to hold International School , Agha Khan School, Rock well our babies closer to the protection of the nest. We go out of our International School, Glendale School, Delhi Public School, way and rustle up something when they don't eat what's Bharatiya Vidya bhavan, Hyderabad public School, Nasr cooked at home for everyone else, because we don't them to School, Sangha Mitra Ppublic School, Srrenidhi Public sleep hungry. Instead of letting them play outside, we organize School, Silver Oaks School, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Akshara activities for them. We do their homework and their International School, Geetanjali Public School, Johnsons assignments. We even resolve their conflicts for them. It Grammer School, DAV Public School . makes me wonder, what will happen to these kids when they According to some people it might be recent in Hyderabad; but grow up? Will they be able to handle disappointment? A child in Gurgaon it happened four years back when students from who has never been denied anything, how will he cope with reputed schools were nabbed by police form a Mall but let to go rejections? “ asks an expert. after parents and schools pleaded with the police. Stop going out of the way to create happiness in their life. The According to experts the extent of the problem may be even life is a mix of joys and sorrows, and it is for a reason. We have no right to interfere with the nature. So let's stop pretending that everything is all right when it's not. Let the kids have their fair share of disappointments at an early age. It's better to fall at 10, than at 40 !! Little Maya: The Prodigy Bookworm MAYA LOUISE JOSHI is a nine-year old student of Lancers International School, Gurgaon and she is a voracious reader. She eads the books from cover to cover and claims she has read more than 300 books last year. She also writes reviews of books, she reads on her blog titled 'Fabulous Books'. Maya started reading and reviewing books at the age of six. Her socio- cultural milieu was an instrumental in inculcating the reading habit. A half- Indian by origin, Maya was born in Lansing, USA but moved back to India when she was five years old. She lives in DLF 5 with her parents Crystal and Vivek Joshi and a younger brother. A student of fifth grade at Lancers International School, Maya believes that reading widens the mental horizon besides entailing other benefits. “I love to read. Reading has inspired me in a lot of ways. It has taught me to think big, to be courageous, and to try to change the world for the better. Reading is like my best friend, without it, I would be lost,” she says. She started reviewing books three years back when she was just six years old. Her mother used to regularly read books to her before sleeping since she was very young which helped her developing her reading habits. "We encouraged Maya to start reviewing books because we wanted her love of reading to be beneficial to others. We wanted Maya to read and review books that would inspire her to become compassionate and empathetic. Through these reviews, Maya has begun to find her own voice," says Vivek Joshi, her father, who works with Google in Gurgaon. And who is her favourite author? “Eva Ibbotson, Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson, Michael Morpurgo, Enid Blyton and JK Rowling,” she quips. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Journey to the River Sea, Wonder, Tuesdays at the Castle are some of the books she has reviewed on her blog. “My dream is to become an author. I want to write books about mythology and stories about people who are considered different, like Auguste in the book Wonder. ” she says. The school is equally supportive. “We are proud of Maya. She is a bright student and inspires all of us to think beyond the obvious. We, at Lancers, encourage her to read and inspire other children to take up reading,” says Rohit Mann, Director, Lancers International School. LSD is sold in small tablets, capsules or gelatin squares. It is sometimes added to absorbent paper, which is then divided into small squares decorated with designs or cartoon characters (“loony toons”). Occasionally it is sold in liquid form. But no matter what form it comes in, LSD leads the user to the same place—a serious disconnection from reality. LSD users call an LSD experience a “trip,” typically lasting twelve hours or so. When things go wrong, which often happens, it is called a “bad trip,” another name for a living hell. Admission to Singing and Dancing Career Programmes Musical Dreams is inviting applications for their International Dance Training Program (IDTP) and Professional Singing Career Program (PSCP). 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6 Curriculum July 16, 2017 Interview GANESH KOHLI IC3 Conference Chair; President & Chief Mentor, KIC UnivAssist and Former High School College Counselor IC3 is not just a conference but a “movement” to help transform young lives through effective career and college counseling The 2017 Annual International Career and College Counseling Conference (IC3) is scheduled to take place over two days on August 30-31 in New Delhi. The Conference brings together high school leaders/counselors/teachers and university leaders/admissions and higher education representatives for a collaborative dialogue on counseling practices. Curriculum magazine spoke with Ganesh Kohli, IC3 Conference Chair to get a sense of the conference and perspectives Being the chair of IC3 s i t u a t i o n . O n f u r t h e r priority area for educators. for such a large population in What is your advice A) for different, competitive or conference, please provide investigation, we traced this us a brief overview of what unhappiness back to the to look forward during this advice that many of these event? adults received when they Study abroad consultancy has been your speciality, give us some statistical information India, but the job-scene is definitely booming. The goal for the student coming out of school must be those students who want to pursue studies abroad this year?And B) for those still in schools but aspire to study unique from the host of consultants spread across India? I no longer consult or counsel The International Career & were in school - in class 8, 9, on the current size and trends to find the highest quality and board when they pass out individual students. My focus College Counseling (IC3) 10, 11 and 12. It became C o n f e r e n c e w i l l b r i n g amply evident to us that t o g e t h e r h i g h s c h o o l s , career and college counseling universities and industry in school directly impacts the delegates from over 20 happiness quotient among countries for a collaborative employees in the industry. dialogue on issues that drive The idea of the conference sustainable and inclusive was born through this counseling practices focused research and we determined on student success. The two- the need for a platform to day conference will feature a bring schools, universities mix of workshops, roundtable and industry together to look d i s c u s s i o n s a n d p a n e l at the subject of career and discussions involving school college counseling. principals and counselors, The inaugural edition of the university administrators Annual IC3 conference was (including Vice Chancellors), conducted in Mumbai in 2016 admissions personnel, and and it featured 35 sessions, leading industry figures. IC3 285+ registrants, 165+ high is not just a conference but a school delegates and 85+ “movement” to help trans- university/college delegates. We are embarking on a yet in this segment. There has been a constant rise in international student mobility over the years. As per the OECD report released in 2015, over five million students chose to study outside their home country last year and the top destinations are the U.S. and U.K. The “Open Doors” report released in the end of 2016 revealed that over 1 million international students are studying in the U.S. President of India recently spoke about a reverse migration of students from NRIs/PIOs and others to India. Do you think it can become a reality? If no, best-fit (subject and college) education for his/her background. The country need not be a factor with education – it could be India or abroad. A personal question, why did you choose to be in this career in the first place? Take us through important milestones of your life so far? I was greatly inspired by one of my teachers in school, Mrs. Molly Abraham. She taught me Math and was very kind. Somewhere in school, I knew I wanted to become like her. However, I was often discouraged from taking up from schools? The answer to this question can be several pages. However, I will stick to just a couple of points. I strongly recommend that students must not focus on studying in a particular country or outside India. It is NOT about the country. It is about their passion. The question to ask is – what do I really want to do / become? Where can I find the best educational resources to do this? If those resources happen to be in India, then India is the best place for them. If they exist abroad, then that is where they should go. It also important to look at your personal learning style as is on training and empowering schools to be able to do this themselves. The IC3 conference is an effort in that direction. It is about empowering schools to set up effective counseling offices so that more accidents (like me) do not happen. Just as it is critical for a school to have a strong Math or English department, it is critical to have a strong counseling department. The IC3 Conference is being hosted by KIC UnivAssist, and both initiatives' prime focus area is to impact young lives positively and advance global education. KIC UnivAssist was set up in 2010 form young lives through another journey towards our what factors prevent this? the teaching route, because it well. If you are a very hands- with a goal to strengthen the effective career and college mission by entering in the Yes, absolutely. In fact, this is w a s n o t a f i n a n c i a l l y on/practical oriented learner, interactions between high counseling. s e c o n d e d i t i o n o f t h e a l r e a d y a s i g n i f i c a n t rewarding profession in India you do not want to study in an schools and universities. In How did this conference conference this year and we concept evolve over the expect the number to be well years? over 500 delegates from over Based on a recent research 20 countries. We are also phenomenon. It is important to highlight that from a job and career opportunity perspective, there is no better at that time. I therefore ended up becoming an Engineer by education, but also by accident. I just could not get environment that does not allow you to experiment. A combination of resources (both personal and at the particular, UnivAssist encourages universities to contribute to the counseling efforts at high schools through conducted by the team along introducing IC3 Awards, place than India, today. We are myself to live an unhappy life University), learning style and first-hand experience and with our observations over the India's first ever career and the fastest growing economy dealing with electronics and subject interest must deter- professional development years, we found that majority college counseling awards to with a lot of sectors doing programming, so I chose to be mine where on PLANET opportunities. UnivAssist of 35 year old professionals felicitate schools, counselors well. However, from an rebel – and become a EARTH a student should supports the engagement of were unhappy (often very and universities for their “education-opportunity” teacher/career and college study. over 150 universities across g r u m p y ) o n M o n d a y contributions to the field of perspective, there are a lot of counselor. I must say that I 25 countries. mornings. We discovered that career and college counsel- avenues available globally. have loved every day of my And finally, what kind of at least 50% of their unhappi- ing. Our focus is to make While we have our struggles work in the last 20 years. professional services do you ness was rooted in their career career counseling a key with finding quality education offer and how are these


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Curriculum July 16, 2017 7 Special series Under arrangement with Next Education 7 Exciting Tools for the Classroom to Make it More Interactive s t u d e n t s w h o o p t f o r development. Writing can be By Beas Dev Ralhan homeschooling and online an excellent opportunity for CEO & Co-founder,Next Education India Pvt. Ltd. learning. thinking aloud and being Technology has permeated all walks of life, including education. education, though a late entrant into technological space, seems to be E. Pinterest: Often, old articulate. Students can write bulletins and craftwork of on topics of their interest on students have to be removed WordPress and Blogspot to catching up with technology innovations like other sectors as nothing from display boards in hone their writing and reading would do other than tech-focussed solutions for this tech-savvy generation of today. Hence, a full blown revolution of the top order, needed schools to make space for new skills. The practice of sharing ones. But with Pinterest and discussing blogs with becoming the new green one's peers can help garner for this up-to-date generation, is underway. The many digital tools that board for students, different ideas for one's own blog posts. are available and the newer pedagogies are propelling this revolution. It would very exciting to look at the seven digital tools that are currently enhancing the gamut of teaching-learning: online bulletins can be created Now, a child's history lessons for different subjects and on Indian Independence is purposes on Pinterest without a c c o m p a n i e d w i t h t h e losing valuable work which is midnight speech of Nehru at old. This new digital platform the hour of independence. The makes learning more fun. impact of learning is A. Tablets: These are 21st storage applications like They need not retype URLs F. Facebook and Twitter: enhanced. Digital tools have century books and provide a Dropbox. These applications every time as links to Social media platforms like made learning more interac- long-term economic allow students and teachers additional resources can be Facebook and Twitter are t i v e a n d e n g a g i n g f o r substitute of books as parents alike to store and access saved. windows to the outside world students. Other than educa- don't have to invest in books t e a c h i n g m a t e r i a l s a n d D. We b co nfe re n c e for learners. Debates and tion technology enabling at the beginning of every assignments anytime and tools: Web Real Time discussion on current affairs teachers to elucidate concepts academic year. Though anywhere. In a flipped Communications, an open inculcate critical thinking better, it also helps students tablets taking over books is a classroom, teachers share the framework for the web, skills in children and help attain digital literacy. far-sighted vision, at least in teaching material beforehand facilitates streaming live them form opinions of their India, K-12 learning through and students go through it lecture, desktop sharing, etc. own. Students also get to tablets has begun as the before attending the lecture, There is no limit to the become comfortable with demand for supplementing thus, having an understanding number of streams a teacher using technology while textbook content with of the topic already. The can access. A teacher can surfing social media sites. audiovisual content has classroom facilitates discus- show multiple presentations, However, young ones can get increased. For example, sion and elaboration. With documents and videos hooked onto social media abstract science concepts can L e a r n i n g M a n a g e m e n t repeatedly without any sites so much that they might be better explained with the S y s t e m s ( L M S ) s l o w l y resource crunch. There are begin to ignore their studies. help of a virtual reality (VR) making an entry into K-12 multiple enterprise and open That's why parents must video. Educational technol- education, flipped classroom s o u r c e s o l u t i o n s f o r oversee and limit their screen ogy based on augmented is facilitated all the more. WebRTC, including the time. Teachers too can reality (AR), simulations and C. Annotation Tools: TokBox's WebRTC platform, coordinate with parents via VR is revolutionising the Acrobat is a popular annota- OpenTok and Kurento Media Facebook group pages, and education space. tion tool that helps students server. They guarantee live keep them updated on their B. Dropbox and Google save the notes they make while streaming on most platforms ward's progress. Drive: Flipped classroom is reading documents online. and also meet security and G . B l o g s ; I m p r o v i n g possible with cloud-based They can make notes in PDF efficiency standards. It is files using annotation tools. e s p e c i a l l y h e l p f u l f o r communication pivotal for one's skills is all-round Thapar University fellows complete Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship 2016-17 Saurabh Sharma and Naresh Bhansali of Thapar University have completed the Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship Program 2016 – 17. The grand event held at the Israel-Asia Centre saw the presence of Ambassador Mark Sofer as keynote speaker. Saurabh, a student of the business school at Thapar University was selected for this fellowship through a grueling selection process amongst several hundred applicants. Naresh Bhansali, another student from Thapar University too showcased spectacular performance while doing his internship at Greeneye, an Israel based research & analytics firm. Both Naresh Bhansali and Sauarbh Sharma are completing their Masters in Environmental Studies at Porter School of Environmental Studies (PSES) under an exchange program. Naresh has also volunteered to do his research on the energy monitoring of the PSES green building.


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8 VIEWS (Edit/Guest Column...) Curriculum July 16, 2017 OPINION: India's skill development story A NO SUCCESS STORY July 15 marked the World Skills Day and optics and big events unlike the past two years was missing this time. In a way it was good because in din pomp and show, the reality becomes a victim. There has been a peculiar manner in which country's central ministers behave. They invoke PM Modi for everything and perhaps assure themselves that by doing that, their job is done and public trust will be won. The narrative around skills education or rather development since 2009 being the game changer in country's prosperity is but all over. The shaky foundations and a peripheral approach towards skills development has been exposed. That against 594 lakh jobs that were created between 1999-2004, there has been a nose-diving decline in these numbers thereafter. Last year only 1.35 lakh jobs were created as per officials data. That despite such huge investments and NSDC partnering organizations imparting 'skills' to millions, the job creation scenario has not improved is clearly a telling on the state of country's skilling mission. The mismatch between what skills are in demand and on what people are being skilled is clearly a big gap in skills story. The MSME sector, which contributes about 38% of employment is seeing decline both in investment, sales and employment generation. And an underlying objective of skill mission has been to produce people who can join this sector or set up their own business. Nobody is looking at the fundamental flaws of the skills education structure and the whole system is serving a rhetoric which among other things is on invoking pride in our civilization legacy. The argument is India has always been an artisan-based economy for the last 5000 years that sustained livelihoods. We have always had weavers, potters, metallurgy, farmers, gardeners etc and we need to go back to our roots and find our natural skills that will make us more efficient in our work life. There are three major shortcomings to skill development programs in the country. First, these lack educational component. So, one may pick up a skill, but s/he lacks other creative and literacy skills that would support him to negotiate his place and progress in the real world. Two, the laboratory infrastructure for hands on training is in real mess. There is no corresponding skills laboratory induction in the mission programs and equipment for even the top notch skills labs has not been changed for decades. Three, even though skills universities have been envisaged, but there is not push to operationalize these. Skills teacher training, certification and refresher course programs along with assessment components are not being addressed with the seriousness that these require. And the moral remains that unless you mainstream skills education and not take it as a 3-month assignment where you have spend a fortune all these years, your skills story will give you more pain. Country is looking at 33 crore unemployment by 2028 if current situation persists. The necessity of having Smart cities Dr. Nitesh Dhawan, Public Servant and Author population negates the would range from ecological Keeping in mind the above infrastructural facilities like imbalance due to environment challenges, Government of housing and public transport. d e g r a d a t i o n i n v o l v i n g India have come up with two The other issue is that space pollution, de-forestation and very significant schemes is often not often used for the over-crowding; Imbalanced namely- a. Smart City intended purpose like houses urban and regional develop- Mission and b. Atal Mission are used as makeshift ment due to inadequate for Rejuvenation and Urban P f a c t o r i e s , m a r k e t s a s resources; Over-growth and Transformation (AMRUT). opulation in cities is on warehouses, parks as toilets mushrooming of slum or Smart City Mission aims at the rise with about 31 and sidewalks as temporary under developed areas in the promotion of such cities percent of the total people homes. By 2025, India is adjacent cities; Unhygienic which provide basic ameni- residing in the urban areas projected to have the largest and poor sanitation conditions ties and good quality of life to who contribute about 63 mobile population in the in the over populated cities; its citizens and at the same percent in country's GDP. It is world. Government and non- Increasing rural-urban divide time ensuring smart solutions projected that 40 percent of government stakeholders due to rising disparities in based on clean and sustain- the population would reside will necessarily have to terms of resources and a b l e e n v i r o n m e n t . in cities by 2030 whose reorient their priorities and infrastructure available in Establishing such cities which contribution would increase strategies to meet these cities and rural areas; also encourage creation of up to 75 percent in national challenges. Continuing problems of other smart cities in different GDP. The migration of people Key Areas of Concern: The migration of rural people to parts of the country. towards cities in search of urbanization has serious the nearby cities due to lack of A t a l M i s s i o n f o r employment is creating extra repercussions on manage- employment opportunities Rejuvenation and Urban burden on the available ment of physical and natural and sources of income in rural Transformation (AMRUT) resources in the cities. Slum r e s o u r c e s , l i v e l i h o o d villages. Cities are becoming scheme launched on 25th population is also increasing opportunities, minimizing deficient in resources as a June, 2015 also aims for the adjacent urban areas regional disparities and result of their excessive use. infrastructure development in across ciites. This certainly processes of sustainable In the early phase of the 21st urban cities. Its objectives are would put pressure on the d e v e l o p m e n t . A n d t h e century, the emphasis which to ensure water supply and n a t u r a l a n d p h y s i c a l problems areas of spatial was laid upon urban develop- sewerage connection to each resources which necessitates implications such as land use, ment has now moved towards family, development of green c o m p r e h e n s i v e location of industries, up-gradation into Smart cities areas and parks for eco- infrastructural changes at provision of housing, water focusing on smart and eco- friendly cities. and promotion physical, institutional, social supply, power, sanitation and friendly solutions based on of non-motorized mode of and economic levels with social services lie ahead. technology aiming towards transportation to minimize prior planning. And other broad concerns sustainable development. pollution. With rapid increase in urban Addressing specific migration, demographic community needs in urban changes to the urban cities are KEY COMPONENTS OF SMART CITIES INCLUDE: areas, facilitating smooth becoming far more alarming. In Mumbai, 2400 migrant §At least 10 percent of the total energy require- families move in every week, ment of the smart city should be based upon while Delhi gets its share with solar energy source. a two lakh intake every year. §Waste water recycling and reutilization of rain rendering of services through social welfare administration and mobilizing people's participation in undertaking activities related to I n c i t i e s l i k e water with adequate supply of water. aforestation, protection of Vishakhapatnam, Kanpur and §Solid waste management and sanitation. environment, saving water, Jabalpur more than half of the §Rain water harvesting. residents live in large slums or as migrants preparing to §Effective information technology networks add new slum areas. planning model is Every made and digitization. §Minimum of 80 percent buildings should be i n e f f e c t i v e a s e x c e s s energy saving and eco-friendly. proper use of power supply, sanitation and hygiene will have go hand in hand to help in checking the negative effects of over urbanization . 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Curriculum July 16, 2017 9 Careerwise B.Sc. Agriculture, Not Cool? Think Again SNUtohostanAtalIncubationCentre Shiv Nadar University on July 4 announced that it has been selected by Niti Ayog to host an Atal Incubation Centre. Dr. Rupamanjari Ghosh, Vice-Chancellor said, “Innovation and Entrepreneurship are in our DNA as envisioned by our Most students are well aware interest in the agriculture Renewable Energy. Founder. The University has registered a few successes since of the streams like engineer- sector should go in for B.Sc. Ÿ Agricultural Meteorologsyh: oittsoifntcheeptiinoanuingu2r0a1l1p, bleunt a6ryyeartsMisaatlavberyEsxhpoort icnhaPputenrei,n the ing and medicine, and post- Agriculture Climate patterns, Climati(cInsjoeut)rnJeimy oTfuannginstitution of higher learning. We have a long graduate degrees like the D u r a t i o n a n d c o u r s e hazards on Agriculture, road ahead of us, and the support from the Government in the MBA. But you may have not content: It is 4 years Climatic Zones, Weather form of this grant is a huge recognition for us. We are honoured given much thought to a B.Sc undergraduate bachelor forecasting. and excited to be one of the ten institutions chosen for this in Agriculture, in spite of the d e g r e e p r o g r a m w h i c h Ÿ Plant Pathology: Crop grant in the very first round, and will direct all our efforts to put Ankur Aggarwal fact that agriculture is a part of generally includes agriculture Diseases, Nematology. India on the global innovation map. SNU is a truly the NCERT syllabus for Class science, use of modern Ÿ§ Horticulture: Fruit Crops, multidisciplinary, research university – covering Sciences to 10+2 for science students, and scientific equipment and Medicinal Plants, Aromatic Engineering to Management to Social Sciences, and can thus you prepared the chapter for techniques in agriculture, Plants, Flower Production, address the entire spectrum of innovation and start-up Managing Director, Crystal Crop Protection y o u r b o a r d e x a m s . land surveying, soil science, Spices, Plantation Crops. It was in the mid-1960s, Dr. water resource management, ŸAgricultural Extension: D S K o t h a r i , t h e t h e n animal and poultry manage- Dimensions of Agricultural incubation challenges from a single campus. Our intent is to provide all the core 'start-up phase' support and expertise that entrepreneurs need to go from Ideation to Commercialization. Chairman of the UGC, proposed that each state should have at least one agricultural university, a move that was implemented across the country. This resulted in the setting up of 49 ment, basics of biotechnology etc. The aim of the program is to train students improve agriculture productivity, manage products and contribute to future development of the sector through Extension, Extension Methodologies, Entrepreneurship Development program. In all the above areas of study, practical sessions related to theoretical knowledge are also built into the course. There are some elective This will be a game-changer.” The Government of India setup the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) at NITI Aayog in 2016 with the overarching purpose of promoting a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. This was done to address the need to create high-class incubation facilities across various parts of India with suitable physical infrastructure in terms of capital equipment and operating facilities, coupled with the availability of sectoral What do you aspire to be? A such universities, both by the research activities. courses, study tours, field trips, experts for mentoring the start-ups. The identified sectors software engineer, investment state and the central govern- Course content: A B.Sc. in in some semesters. These vary included manufacturing, transport, energy, health, education, banker, event manager ment. Agriculture equips students from university to university. agriculture, water and sanitation etc. politician, artist, doctor, lawyer, teacher, policymaker, The demand for trained professionals in the field of with all-round knowledge of sector and normally includes Job opportunities and salary after graduation: There are Admission to Singing and Dancing Career entrepreneur, actor … the list is endless. But being a farmer doesn't figure in such a list? When considering career agriculture is high. The course fee is negligible, in some cases barely Rs. 5,000 per year. Scholarships are also available. A the following: Ÿ Agronomy: Basics of Agronomy, Kharif and Rabi Crop, Crop Protection, Weed plenty of government as well as private sectorjobs available for B.Sc. Agriculture graduates. They can be appointed as Research Programmes Musical Dreams is inviting applications for their International Dance Training Program (IDTP) and Professional Singing Career Program (PSCP). IDTP is a Professional Dance choices, young people, in s t u d e n t w h o h a s O f f i c e r , Q u a l i t y Training & Performance Certificate Program aimed at India, generally shy away completed a B.Sc in A s s u r a n c e O f f i c e r , providing an unparalleled opportunity to our students who from agriculture, which is sad Agriculture will get a A g r i c u l t u r e O ff i c e r, have a keen understanding and a strong desire to take their considering that we are well-paying job right Agriculture Loan Officer talent to a different level altogether. The course will target to primarily an agricultural a f t e r g r a d u a t i o n . (in Banks), Production develop and strengthen the artistic, creative, technical and country. 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10 Curriculum July 16, 2017 India Skills/Entrepreunership MSDE celebrates Second of plumbing; provided information on plumbing essentials role, Sanjay will be responsible for driving Centum Learning's like safety guidelines, sewerage systems, drainage systems strategy to attain the goal of Centum being the most admired Anniversary of Skill India Mission amongst others. The plumbing technicians were also trained Learning and Skill Development Partner, enabling sustainable Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) celebrated the second anniversary of Skill India Mission on the World Youth Skills day with the inauguration of 100 GST training centres, 51 Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras and 100 Symposium on “Careers in Editing”Yoga training centres. Union skills minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy hosted the celebrations and those present included ministers in KolkataUma Bharati, Jagat Prakash Nadda, Narendra Singh Tomar,. Smriti Zubin Irani, and Dharmendra Pradhan. Rudy said, “Skill India is a hallmark mission for us and it has been a great two-year journey of Skill India. India has always been an artisan-based economy for the last 5000 years that sustained livelihoods. We have always had weavers, potters, metallurgy, farmers, gardeners etc. But with the British rule, the country learnt the art of rulers. We need to go back to our roots and find about the market potential, the real estate scenario and ways to transformation. Before joining Centum, Sanjay was the conduct themselves in the market for commanding wage President and Director of NIIT's Skills Initiative JV and the benefits. In order to support the plumbing community, Finolex National Channel Head of their Skills and Career group. He will continue to organize such meets in the near future has also been engaged with brands such as Crompton Greaves, CASIO and MTS. Additionally, he was a part of Bharti Airtel for over 10 years (1999-2009), where he held multiple assignments Speaking on the occasion of his appointment, Sanjay Bahl The Neotia University (TNU) and Cactus Communications said, “I strongly believe that the success of a nation depends on organized a One-Day session titled “Careers in Editing” on the success of its youth and Centum Learning will continue to 24th of June in Kolkata, to officially mark the launch of its play a pivotal role through extensive collaboration with all the proposed Two-Weeks Certificate Course in “Online Academic key stakeholders, including industry organizations, Editing in English. corporates, NSDC, government departments, technology The session was had presentations by Dr. Nithya John and Mr. partners and the community at large.” Daniel Rosario, both from Cactus Communications, Mumbai, GST Basic & Advanced Coursesour natural skills that will make us more efficient in our work who illustrated the potentialities and challenges of the Editing life. We all know that applied knowledge is the most relevant market and concluded by discussing on the qualities and CAclubindia in collaboration with Tax-mantra launched a 2- knowledge to gain.” possibilities of becoming a good editor. They also officially learning module with a total length of videos of 18.7 hours for “This year we will focusing extensively on quality, our announced that candidates who (after going through a anyone and everyone who wants to attain in-depth knowledge schemes and programs have to orient themselves to seeking screening process) successfully complete the Two-Weeks and expertise over GST. regional balance so that maximum number of people can reap Certificate Course in “Online Academic Editing in English” Ever since the launch of GST, the conundrum of its complexity the benefit and add to their personal and the country's would immediately be absorbed as a freelance editor (in the can be felt all around. This course is launched to meet the pent economic growth. We are committed to the vision of our Prime very least) with Cactus Communications, Mumbai up demand for GST knowledge. Lack of knowledge makes Minister with full passion, integrity and commitment to make it into a success. Our endeavor will be to give wings to the IIIT-HYDERABAD launches CIE 2.0 this course appealing to not just the technically acquaint but also for the ones who are new to the stream. The course will be dreams our people and empower them to be successful in their IIITH on July 14 launched its deep tech startup initiative, CIE contributing to the entrants like B.Com students, CA aspirants, life,” he further added. The event saw prominent Industry v2.0 - the next generation of its Center for Innovation & Lawyers working on the financial implications, etc. captains and key representatives of companies participate and Entrepreneurship, that has been incubating startups since Participants should gear up to step far outside their comfort more than 32000 companies pledged support to 2008. This incubator in its 9 years has enabled over 300 zones, dig deep into their knowledge and understanding of the apprenticeship training for Skill India Mission under the startups and by 2013 was the largest academic incubator in the human mind and think on their feet. The Winner, First and National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS). MSDE country. The experiences formed the basis for IIITH to help Second Runners' up teams will be awarded a cash prize of – Rs also announced the launched of National Apprenticeship structure T-Hub in 2015. 50,000; Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively. Free Promotion Scheme (NAPS) in BFSI Sector and along with With the startup ecosystem maturing and a wide range of Comprehensive Psychology internships for all six teams who candidates receiving their apprenticeship letters at the support currently available, CIE@IIITH will now be reach finale will also be organized at any of the Fortis centers. gathering. focussing just on deeptech innovation and startups. The The top three semi-finalists from each zone will also receive V L C C I n s t i t u t e ' s 1 6 t h A n n u a l expanded space, and the deeptech startup programs were prizes by Brittanica. unveiled by BVR Mohan Reddy, Chairman, CYIENT and Last year the quiz drew unprecedented interest, with Convocation ceremony VLCC Institute of Beauty & Nutrition, on July 10 held its 16th Annual Convocation in New Delhi. Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Honorable Union Minister of State Skill Development and Entrepreneurship presided over the function as Chief of Guest and SManoj Tiwari, Member of Parliament and Delhi Pradesh BJP President was the Guest of Honor. Legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, and Manish Kumar, MD& CEO, National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC) also graced the occasion as Special Guests. Of the nearly 20,000 students who passed out from the VLCC Institute's 79 campuses across 54 cities in India, 430 students hailing from various parts of India were awarded their certificates today by Vandana Luthra, Founder VLCC. VLCC also signed a partnership agreement with NSDC, on the sidelines of the event. VLCC will be working with NSDC on organized training and certifications, employment and entrepreneurship. Additionally, students completing various beauty and nutrition courses from VLCC Institute will receive joint certification from VLCC and NSDC, with the course completion certificate also bearing the Skills India seal. This association will also help fast track the loan process for students as nationalized banks prefer extending study loans to students enrolled in NSDC Partner's skill development institutions. Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, IT and Industries, Govt of participation from over a 1,000 students from 230 schools and Telangana. junior colleges. Schools from Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, BVR Mohan Reddy has been associated with CIE since its Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, founding. He said that deeptech innovation is imperative and Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, will shape the future. After unveiling the deep tech programs, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, IT and Industries, Govt of the National Capital Region participated. Two Indian schools Telangana said, “We now have a very broad support from Singapore participated in the quiz as well. Schools from ecosystem for early stage startups in the city, and this deeptech 49 cities took part in the Quiz. WLCIfocussed incubator is a great addition to Hyderabad.” Speaking on the occasion, P.J. Narayanan, Director, IIIT- launches programme in Hyderabad, technologies “Our research centres work on emerging that are widely recognised across the global Business and Sports Journalism research community. We now have to look at how these WLCI College (India) Ltd. has launched the “School of technologies can be used in the industry and startup Digital Media & Communications” to create professionals ecosystem. We're excited about IIIT-Hyderabad productising ready for the emerging digital era and will offer a full-fledged these research works.” eleven months Programme for graduates in Business The deeptech startup programs will be implemented through a Journalism and Sports Journalism with Senior Media 5-pronged approach that includes productising research Professionals anchoring the Courses. through EIR, co-innovation and TTO, encouraging and With the digital technologies reshaping the media and facilitating research connect to startups, developing a communications landscape completely, the traditional media deeptech community, seeding and nurturing deeptech startups training programme has been revamped to suit the demands of and an open innovation model. CIE@IIITH is also starting the digital era by upgrading its existing media school into a domain specific accelerators, the first one which is IIIT's School of “Digital Media & Communications”, WLCI keeps medtech accelerator and very shortlyAI and MLVLSI. its commitment to create industry ready professionals offering CIE has till date incubated 250 startups, many of which gone a mix of conventional and new age digital media. The Business on to raise approximately 35 crores of Journalism Courses will be offered in New Delhi and Mumbai campuses and Sports Journalism courses in New Delhi and Skill Development for Plumbers by Sanjay Bahl is new MD & CEO of Kolkata campuses. VK Cherian, Director, School of Digital Media & Finolex in Faridabad PVC pipes and fittings manufacturer, Finolex Industries Limited (FIL organized a skilling workshop for 200 plumbers in Faridabad about the best practices related to plumbing and sanitation. The training touched upon the basic do's and don'ts Centum Learning Communications said, “Our programmes are a cut above the rest, with a combination of technology and skills. The Centum Learning, an ISO 9001:2015 programmes are designed in keeping with the best of industry certified skilling MNC, on June 28 practices and aligned with the latest global trends in digital announced the appointment of Sanjay Bahl technologies. These ensures wide employability for our as the Managing Director & CEO. In this students who are fit to work anywhere in the world. We are also


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Curriculum July 16, 2017 11 India Skills/Entrepreunership Industry 4.0: Opportunities and principles UNESCO established a chair in Bioethics at patterns, and Business Design as a discipline holds a larger International centre of Health, law and ethics at university of picture as its vision. A league of business design professionals Challenges for the Indian Workforce Haifa, Israel in 2001. Since then, multiple centers have been have been working on how a finite change in patterns of IMS Noida, a leading B-school in Delhi NCR took part in an established all over the world which are affiliated to this Chair. process design could reduce carbon footprint and increase advanced industry panel discussion on “Industry 4.0: One such UNESCO Bioethics unit is established in SGT energy efficiency across the globe . In keeping with the global Opportunities and Challenges for the Indian Workforce” university, the inauguration of which is took place today by spirit, corporate chiefs, educationists and design professionals organised by PHD Chamber of Commerce and supported by Head Asia Pacific Division UNESCO chair in Bioethics, deliberated upon how businesses are linked to 'sustainability' International Computer Driving License (ICDL) held at PHD Dr.Russell D'Souza. He presented the writ of appointment as the objective ,at the panel discussion held at S.P. Mandali's Chamber of Commerce, New Delhi. Dr. Ajay Kumar, IAS from UNESCO to unit head Dr.T.D.Dogra and Secretary Prin L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development Additional Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Dr.H.S.Grover. At this inaugural ceremony Dr.Russell and Research (WeSchool) on the occasion of World Industrial Technology, was the chief guest at the event. D'Souza enlightened about the international and national Design Day 2017. With Design Thinking taking center stage The panel was hosted and moderated by Dr. KJS Anand, programs related to bioethics and also stressed upon the in all the academic endeavors at WeSchool, it is the only B Executive Director IMS Noida and he shared that “The future importance of incorporating ethics in medical curriculum. school in India that is the member of the World Design is of interconnected machines that can be virtually integrated Prof.Dr.O.P.Kalra, Head, AIHSU-UNESCO Chair in Organization (WDO). in real time with Augmented Reality or Human Interface. Such Bioethics National Program and Vice-chancellor, While M. V. Ashok, CGM, Department of Economic Analysis a Cyber-Physical system would be able to read efficiency Pt.B.D.Sharma university of Health sciences was the chief & Research, NABARD, presented the efforts undertaken for slacks, possible downtimes/shifting bottlenecks, New guest for the occasion. In his address Dr.Kalra stressed the sustainable development across Indian states through Demand Centres, Dynamic Pricing, Worrying Health need to adhere to ethical norms in research as well as in watershed development program, self-help groups in villages Statistics on the fly and update unrelated remote systems with patients- Physician relationship and for this medical ethics and so on, Tamar Akov, Industrial Designer and Teacher of ease. The downside, however, is that ransom attacks are likely curriculum should be developed and should be taught at Sustainable Design, Avni Institute of Art and Design and ORT, to increase in the future and such interconnected machinery medical schools to inseminate ethical values into our students showcased Israel ,the tiny middle eastern country's strong could bring the any enterprise to a standstill. Therefore, cyber inspite of materialistic age in which we live in. efforts towards sustainability through cutting-edge security and personal data privacy are extremely critical. The Pearl Academy Launches 'School of technologies to recycle tires, environmental packaging to youth needs to be trained on digital skills, cyber security skills, Media and Journalism'technology application skills and analytical skills.” improve shelf-life of fresh produce, extensive solar panel usage, waste-water treatment plants, etc. Anjali Parasnis, The panelists enlightened the importance of new changes Pearl Academy of design, fashion and creative business has Associate Director, TERI, Western Regional Centre (WRC), relevant for Industry 4.0 and also discussed about the six forayed into the field of journalism with the launch of a School stressed the need to bring change in our mindsets and take design principles of Industry 4.0 including Interoperability, of Media and Journalism. The new School was digitally steps to design our thinking and approach in order to bring Virtualization and Decentralization areas that can help to launched in two parts by hosting a series of panel discussions farming to the city, Jitendra Sinha, Chief Executive Officer, guide the workforce in a better way. IT digital skills have with the leading journalists and bloggers from the country and SAI-Sustainable Agro from the backward tribal belts of already become a survival skill and its applications are was 'broadcasted live' via webcast. The webcast was Odisha, unfolded the success stories of how the NGO was increasing at a multifold speed thus making it a staple. Even simultaneously streamed on Pearl Academy's website and transforming the lives of the marginalized people by creating the complementary areas like Big Data Analytics, Data social media handles very recently. sustainable livelihood options through a combination of agro- Security, Legal Aspects of Data Exchange and Consumer The first part of the launch saw some of the most distinguished forestry and farming. privacy are booming and would provide a significant area for journalists deliberating on how today's journalists need to Keeping the industry's current needs and future trends in professional growth. offer 'news plus' to the readers, where they offer much more mind, 'Design Thinking ' is a unique concept introduced in SPJIMR partners with Amazon to move than just breaking news. The second part, which hosted each of WeSchool's academic programs that nurtures its MBA textbooks to Kindle e-readers bloggers for a panel discussion, deliberated on how bloggers students as thought leaders and practitioners. It is the first Bneed to create a niche in order to establish themselves better. school in the country to have set up INNOWE –the Innovation Participants of SPJIMR's two year Post Graduate Diploma in The Manifesto for SustainableManagement (PGDM) now carry lighter backpacks. Each lab at Mumbai and Prototype lab at Bangalore campus. WeSchool has collaborated with leading international Design Practicesparticipant has been provided with a Kindle e-reader institutions such as MIT Media Lab, Stanford D School, preloaded with e-copies of books and other reading material that in the print form would weigh over 10 kilograms. The change to a 200 gram e-reader is part of a larger move towards Design is no longer perceived as an aesthetic aspect of a product that brings to mind a myriad of colors, textures and IDEO, Rotman School ,WDO and many others to create opportunities to learn and be inspired by thought leaders from across the world. going digital at SPJIMR, one of India's top ranked schools of management. Over 50 per cent of the textbooks for the incoming PGDM Class of 2017-19 are Kindle editions. Additionally, all cases from Harvard Business Publishing and other reading material curriculum magazine inaugural edition offortheClasswillbeavailableontheKindle. The change reflects the needs and aspirations of students who want to not only reduce the weight of a typical MBA backpack but also cut down on the use of paper and become more EXCELLENCE AWARDS in environment-friendly. Reading material and references are now accessible to students almost instantaneously, cutting EDUCATION & SKILL Developmentdownonwaittime,physicaldistribution,andlostormisplaced copies. The e-readers also make notes taking and references easier and searchable. “We are doing this for the student community and wanted a solution that would encourage reading and at the same time be cost effective and sustainable,” said Prof. Rajiv Agarwal, who led the project and worked with Amazon to deliver the ereaders and textbooks especially for SPJIMR. International UNESCO Bioethics Unit MOST AUTHENTIC CELEBRATED MEMORABLE inaugurated in SGT University Ethics of science and technology is a priority area of UNESCO and it has been building strategies and programs to strengthen the ethical link between scientific advancement and cultural, legal and Philosophical context. Bioethics relates to ethical issues pertaining to medicine, life sciences and associated technologies as applied to human beings. 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12 Curriculum July 16, 2017 Campus Buzz President dedicates BML Munjal commitment to focus on quality research, and is an investment legacy of doing business with a purpose. The topic of in social science research that gives a platform to work across development economics was very close to his heart. He University to the Nation economics, sociology, political science and social psychology envisioned empowering the deprived with credit to build their in addition to their applications in law, management and own homes.” public policy. The endowment will support a full-time member of the Simon Dr. Sharon Barnhardt, Director of CESS Nuffield – FLAME Business School faculty for research and a curriculum that University, leads Project Sammaan, an initiative run in furthers the understanding of economic problems in partnership with MIT's Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action developing countries. Lab (J-PAL), the Bhubaneshwar and Cuttack Municipal Corporations, and several other institutions and academics. The Gates Foundation has invested over Rs. 37 crores in the GIM Alumni at 'Imprints 2017' project to reduce open defecation through innovative, The Goa Institute of Management (GIM) recently organized community-managed, shared toilet facilities. 'Imprints 2017' in various cities across India including Project Sammaan officially inaugurated two community toilet Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Pune, Kolkata and Hyderabad. The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on July 12 dedicated the Gurgaon situated BML Munjal University (set up to recognize and celebrate the life of Hero Group founder Brij Mohal Lall Munjal, one of the most respected industrialists of our nation) to the nation at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. . “Late Mr Munjal never went to college; yet, he taught many people to think for themselves. One of the things Munjalji discovered from his own life experience was the importance of learning skills and the value of being practical,” President said in his address adding that the University of Life had taught Munjalji so much that he went on to build an eco-system that impacted millions of lives, besides nurturing successful businesses. He set up several leading schools, colleges and institutions that are now shining examples of what he stood for. Speaking on the occasion, the President stated that it is one of the new universities in the region which has the potential to turn itself into a leading institution in the times to come. This university was set up to recognize and celebrate the life of Shri Brij Mohal Lall Munjal, one of the most respected industrialists of our nation and the founder of the Hero GroupMunjalji believed that life's education and learning occurred both within and outside the walls of the classroom. He stated that true to this philosophy, this university has been modeled on the principle of practicality, which is unique in facilities in Cuttack on 17 May 2017 and is building fifty-six more. The inauguration ceremony was attended by members of the communities, Cuttack Municipal Corporation officials and Member of the LegislativeAssembly, Debasis Samantray. Dr. Barnhardt is the lead Principal Investigator for the project, working closely with co-authors Judith Chevalier and Mushfiq Mobarak, both Professors of Economics at the Yale School of Management, Yale University. The research team will identify different ways to encourage toilet usage through community demand generation experiments and householdlevel pricing and habit-formation experiments. The facilities where the research will take place have been designed with the end users' experience in mind and include features like floating roofs that allows for natural light and ventilation, universal access stalls for the disabled and menstrual waste incinerators. Communities are electing Ward Sanitation Committees to oversee the facilities' Operations and Maintenance. Community Managers will appoint a caretaker who will collect real-time data on toilet usage with a bespoke tablet application during the first year of operations. To combat potential collective action problems, members of Project Sammaan will closely monitor the toilets through official auditing and grievance redressal systems. Ultimately, project Sammaan aims to create a replicable model and disseminate the project's research findings through The event was an annual alumni summer meet across cities in the country with an aim to discuss the road-map for GIM and identify key areas where alumni can be more engaged with the institute. The 2017 edition of Imprints has strengthened bonds between the alumni, their alma mater and current students. A total of 205 former students attended Imprints 2017 and reminisced the good old days while reconnecting with old batch mates and making new connections with former students from various work environments including Entrepreneurs, CEOs, Managing Directors, Vice Presidents among others. At the meet discussions were held over Skype calls with GIMs Director, Prof. Ajit Parulekar which covered different aspects ranging from how to further strengthen the students' skills in terms of industry expectations to subjects that can be introduced or modified to keep up with companies' requirements. Apart from the discussion on the agenda, GIM professors addressed the alumni, fun quizzes related to GIM were organised and a section on 'What's your story' was planned, where a few alumni who have embarked on an entrepreneurial journey shared their story with everyone present. This acted as a medium not only for them to share their journey and offer visibility to their ventures but also for those who are aspiring to have their own venture and hence can learn from them. India's higher education landscape today. He expressed hope a practical toolkit that can inform urban sanitation policy Cummins College of Engineering that such an effort is emulated by others venturing into this noble field. across India. “The Rajesh Wadhawan Professorship” for Women's 1st 'Autonomy' ESS Nuffield – FLAME University at Simon Business School anniversary Research Centre on open defecation The Simon Business School at the University of Rochester Cummins College of Engineering for Women (CCEW) based policy issues gets funding announced the establishment of the Rajesh Wadhawan in Pune (esb 1991) and born out of a collaboration between Professorship for Development Economics with an Maharshi Karve Stree Shikshan Samstha (MKSSS) and Nearly half of the Indian population defecates in the open, a endowment of USD 1.5 million from WGC. The Cummins India was granted academic autonomy in 2016 by big sanitation and health problem the government and professorship commemorates the Group's Founder Rajesh the University Grants Commission (UGC). A year after, this academics are trying to solve. But how do you encourage more Wadhawan and his vision of empowering deprived sections of milestone, CCEW has made strides in validating the people in urban slums to use shared public facilities instead of society through fair and respectable access to credit. hypothesis that autonomy works. engaging in open defecation? And what is the best way to The Professorship will focus on shaping research and studies Leveraging this status, the college has been collaborating with manage shared facilities so that they do not fall into disarray? in development economics that will be supported by exchange academia within and outside the country, in modifying and These are the policy issues that the Bill & Melinda Gates programmes and internships at WGC group companies in enhancing its curriculum to align with the future needs of the Foundation is funding the Director of the Centre for India. Joint forums to further propagate the field and allied industry. Among several advantages that come with Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) Nuffield – FLAME areas are also on the anvil. autonomy, is the benefit that students will now draw from University, Dr. Sharon Barnhardt, and her research team to In his remarks, Dean of Simon Business School, Andrew selecting a credit based structure and choosing address. Ainslie said, “This gift shows the commitment and generosity interdisciplinary courses. Dr. Madhuri Khambete, Principal The CESS Nuffield – FLAME University Research Centre is of the Wadhawan family to give back to society in a CCEW said, “ Ever since we gained academic autonomy, we collaboration between Nuffield College, University of Oxford meaningful and knowledge-driven manner. The Rajesh have been incorporating incremental changes in the and FLAME University, the first and only such research center Wadhawan Professorship will strengthen Simon Business curriculum and course structure. We are excited about the in India. The understanding provides for intensive School's academic and research focus on development prospects of these changes in providing world-class technical collaboration between Nuffield College, University of Oxford economics. It is in line with our commitment to build a education to our students and enhancing their career prospects and FLAME University on the training of young experimental curriculum grounded in analytics and economics. We look in the industry." The college offers a range of B tech undergrad social scientists in India. This unique collaboration, forged in forward to an engaging partnership with WGC to make this programs. October 2016, gives an opportunity for Oxford scholars to effort a success.” Anant J. Talaulicar, Managing Director Cummins Group in cooperate with the community of social scientists in India. The Wadhawan family, represented by Aruna Wadhawan, India, said, “Higher Education being a focus area for us, we FLAME University students will also be able to attend wife of Late Rajesh Wadhawan and son Kapil Wadhawan, his have been closely involved with CCEW towards increasing its research training programs at Nuffield College, University of wife Vanita and daughter Tiana and son Kartik, were present at ranking amongst the leading privately managed engineering Oxford. University of Oxford is currently ranked first in the the Plaque Ceremony at the campus. Speaking on behalf of the institutes in India by implementing a broad set of initiatives. world in the Times Higher Education World University family, WGC Chairman Kapil Wadhawan said, “The Rajesh The autonomous status gives us the freedom to bring changes Rankings. This collaboration showcases FLAME University's Wadhawan Professorship is a tribute to our Group Founder's that will offer unique advantages to students graduating from


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Curriculum July 16, 2017 13 Campus Buzz/Notices Delhi Warwick Summer School 2017 concludes Delhi Warwick Summer School 2017, a special learning programme for the students has successfully concluded with students from all over the country participating to make most of this unique learning opportunity. This was the third chapter of this annual event: a collaborative effort between The British School and The University of Warwick (UK). The 5 days programme (28th June to 2nd July 2017) offered a unique course, Economics with Finance, which provided students with a unique insight into what it would be like to study these subjects at an undergraduate level. In addition to the academic lectures and seminars, it also included personal development and soft skills sessions where the focus was on strengthening key life skills such as communication techniques and effective teamwork. The Summer School was led and taught by Professor Abhinay Muthoo, Professor of Economics and the Former Head of the Department of Economics, and currently the Dean of Warwick in London, and he was supported by Ms. Bozhena Kelestyn, Doctoral Researcher and Teaching Assistant in the Warwick Business School. Professor Muthoo, said, “Economics remains the big issue of the day. Understanding why markets fail or how we can better address our most stubborn public policy challenges are just some of the pressing questions facing economists around the globe. I'm excited to be part of this collaboration in the heart of Delhi. I want this experience to show students what it is like to learn economics or finance at degree level in a top University like Warwick, and in so doing I hope it inspires them to explore the disciplines further.” NOTICES Registrations open for PSYCH-ED, which is an PSYCH–ED II quiz 2017 online quiz, will be held on For the second year running, Department of Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences at Fortis Healthcare Ltd is organizing India's exclusive Quiz competition on Psychology, named as “PSYCH-ED”. This is designed for students from Class XI & XII and aims to test their knowledge of Psychology and allied sciences. The entire event has been conceptualized & led by Dr Samir Parikh, Director of Department Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences at Fortis Healthcare. The online registration for participating in this quiz is an ongoing process and the last date to register would be July 25, 2017. The first round of August 4, 2017. Each participating school is required to nominate a team of three students from their senior secondary classes. The first round of the quiz will be conducted online within the premises of the school. The top ten qualifying schools from each of the six zones across India will be invited for Zonal Qualifying rounds. The Zonal Rounds will be held at Mumbai (16th August), Bengaluru (17th August), Delhi (21st August), Jaipur (22nd August), Kolkata (23rd August) and Mohali (26th August). The winning team from each zone qualify for the finale which is scheduled for the September 1, 2017 at the Fortis 32nd All India IPSC Swimming Championship Genesis Global School, Noida played host to the XXXII All India IPSC Swimming Championship starting from 13th July to 15th July. Around 22 schools and more than 300 athletes participated in this competition. A separate team was also formed which will participate in School National Games (organized by School Games Federation of India (SGFI)). WiFi Think Fest for students Mojo Networks, a pioneer in cloud-managed Wi-Fi, is geared up to kickstart its first 'Wifi Think Fest' for students across India. The contest is an attempt to encourage students to take an out-of-the-box approach towards developing new applications of WiFi technology. The awards ceremony for this contest will be held at the 4th Wi-Fi Knowledge Summit, an initiative which brings together WiFi practitioners and enthusiasts to develop best practices for WiFi planning, deployment and optimization. The summit will be a two-day grand event from 14th-15th September 2017 at IIT-Bombay. Participants can submit their idea in the form of a document, presentation slides or app. Students can register at The deadline to submit entries is 15th August 2017. The winners will be announced on 30th August 2017 and felicitated at the 4th Wi-Fi Knowledge Summit. Devdutt Pattanaik stirs curiosity in teachers at Shiv Nadar School Gugaon Under its professional and leadership development program for teachers from its three schools, Shiv Nadar School, Gugaon on June 30 held a conclave “Good to Great” to help its all 500 teachers continually upgrade their knowledge and skills to offer a holistic learning experience to the students. Renowned leadership consultant, mythologist, author and speaker - Devdutt Pattanaik was invited as a Guest Speaker at the event. Devdutt's area of work includes simplifying mythology and connecting it to the modern day-to-day life. His interaction with the Shiv Nadar School teachers focused on helping them identify and understand lessons from Indian mythology that can be implemented to improve student-teacher relationships Memorial Research Institute, Associates, New York. The Gurgaon. judging criterion involves a ‘Global Leadership thorough assessment of Award 2017' Dale Carnegie Training India announces call for entries for the prestigious 'Dale Carnegie Leadership Award 2017'. The Dale Carnegie Global Leadership Award recognizes and awards companies who are dedicated to the ideal that their employees are as important to the overall success of the organization recent investments in coaching, training and organizational development linked to people performance. The factors taken into consideration for the awards include key goals and initiatives under the three broad categories of Organizational Structure, Learning & Development (L&D) and Employee Engagement. The winner of the Dale as any technology, patent or Carnegie Global Leadership business strategy. This is Award is decided based on third year in which Dale the quality and content of Carnegie India has opened initiatives described in the up nominations to the Global completed application Leadership Award. Applications received are judged by an influential global jury including panel from Dale Carnegie and forms received by the deadline (August 15, 2017). The award winners will be announced in November at an annual Global in order to help students become better learners. Addressing the teachers, Devdutt Pattanaik, said, “I feel that the Guru – Shishya relationship is very complex and it is difficult to understand who teaches who in the entire process. Knowledge and learning needs to be transferred from one generation to the other and this is what makes mythology important.” Gopi Birla Memorial School organized City Level MUN Mumbai, 10thJuly 2017: Gopi Birla Memorial School (GBMS) powered by Birla Edutech and Indian International Model United Nations (IIMUN) as the knowledge partner organized a city level Model United Nations on the 8th and 9th of July at GBMS.This event saw 400 students from various schools across the city participate in the second edition MUN organized by GBMS alumni and hosted by Birla Edutech. And the winners included: UNSC - Delegation of Brazil - Anjali Bharadwaj and Ishan Chatterjee (Lokhandwala Foundation School); G20 - Best Delegate – Nitya Shah (GBMS); Best School – Lokhandwala Foundation School Deepa Shetty – Principal, Gopi Birla Memorial School said, “In this era of rapid globalization, it is vital that students learn about the world and the problems it has been facing. MUN is the perfect platform for a student to engage one another on an intellectual platform with other students of the same or better caliber. These students have been working very hard to hone their public speaking, debating, writing skills as well as critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities in preparation for this event. We were overwhelmed with the talent and potential that we witnessed in these young children.” NCERT's National Yoga Olympiad- 2017 A 3-day National Yoga Olympiad in four categories was held at Talkatora stadium, New Delhi as part of International Day of Yoga on June 21. Upper Primary (Girls) Gold medal was bagged by the Gujarat team, the Silver medal by the Delhi team and Bronze medal by the Haryana team. Upper Primary (Boys) Gold medal was bagged by the Delhi team, the Silver medal by the Gujarat team and Bronze medal by the Tamil Nadu team.Secondary (Girls) Gold medal was bagged by the Delhi team, the Silver medal by the Gujarat team and the Bronze medal by the Karnataka team. Secondary (Boys) Gold medal was bagged by the Haryana team, the Silver medal by the Delhi team and the Bronze medal by the Manipur team. Upendra Kushwaha, MoS, Ministry of HRD distributed the prizes.. Director NCERT, Professor Hrushikesh Senapaty, informed that NCERT has signed an MoU with Academy of Korea, South Korea in which one of the areas is the collaboration to promote Physical education and Yoga at the international level. UPES Students Win CanSat 2017 Team Astral, a 23-member multi-domain team with students from Aerospace Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Material Science Engineering, Instrumentation and Control Engineering and design studies of University of Petroleum and Energy Studies) secured first rank globally at CanSat 2017. 40 teams from across the world were competing in the finals this year held at Texas, U.S.A including Princeton University, University of Manchester, University of Alabama, VIT University and National Aviation Academy. Dr. Ugur Guven, Professor – Aerospace Department (UPES) and Advisory Council Member at UN Center for Space Science and Space Technology Education in Asia Pacific said, “UPES students winning CanSat 2017 is a matter of great pride for us and the country as it signifies India's importance in the future of space technology. It parallels the recent successes of the Indian space program..”


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14 Curriculum July 16, 2017 Study Abroad DESTINATION CANADA NU's Employability Seminar in India Newcastle University, UK, concluded its last leg of the employability seminar in Mumbai on June 29. The seminar Canada is safe and welcoming had started from June 17, 2017 in Delhi followed by Bangalore and Chennai for students considering to study in UK for the 2017/18 academic year. The main purpose behind this event By Mirva Lempiäinen was to address the queries of the students who wanted to apply to check which awards are for higher education in UK. Faculty members from Newcastle available for them based on University International Office, Business School and Faculty their home country. There's of Medical Sciences came to India to be a part of this seminar a l s o t h e C a n a d i a n and help students get all the required information. Commonwealth Scholarship Preety Bansal, Country Manager-India, Newcastle University, Programme: it offers $10,000 to foreign students studying in UK, said, “Students here got a chance to get first-hand public Canadian institutions. information about the range of services that our award- Some individual universities winning career services offer and speak to us face to face and also have their own programs. get answers to all their queries needed for informed decision For example, Concordia making.” University offers 193 scholarships to international undergraduate students. GST impact on Foreign Travel and For those interested in majoring in Canadian Studies, Foreign Education t h e r e a r e a d d i t i o n a l Education sector is also not left untouched nu GDT roll out scholarships available from from July 1. The education industry of our country is The International Council for undoubtedly one of the largest worldwide. The rate of taxation Canadian Studies. There is a path to is expected to range somewhere around 12% to 18% as compared to the existing 15%, the exact rate is difficult to be permanent residency derived since the variety of the services offered is huge. The USA's northern University Rankings. population already grew to Unlike the US, which makes it Recent enforcement of IGST and Central GST (CGST) laws neighbor has long been C a n a d i a n s c h o o l s a r e more than 350,000. This fairly hard for international notify the rate of tax applicable on bank notes at 12%, only a f o r e r u n n e r o f particularly advanced when it means foreign students now students to stay in the country leaving out “rupee notes sold to RBI.” This has prompted the embracing multicultural values. In 1971 Canada became the first country to comes to computer and information technology, aerospace engineering and make up roughly 1 percent of Canada's population. In the US the figure is less than a 0.3 after finishing their studies, Canada actually strives to keep foreign graduates on its soil. customs authorities to impose IGST on import of foreign currency notes. The banking industry feels that currency make diversity an official biotechnology. This is not a percent of the population. This makes studying in Canada should not fall within the purview of GST as 'goods' under the value as it established the new development either: with According to the market all the more appealing for GST law. It says this definition specifically excludes money Multiculturalism Policy of its innovative SchoolNet intelligence resource ICEF many students. and securities while covering every kind of movable property. Canada, affirming the rights of program, Canada was the Monitor, the number of people Upon graduation and even (Courtesy ET). As a result Indians travelling overseas may all citizens regardless of race, world's first country to connect studying abroad in Canada before receiving any job offers, need to pay more for foreign currency notes they buy at home ethnic origin, language or religion. The country has also its schools and libraries to the Internet in the 1990s. rose by a whopping 92 percent between 2008 and 2015. This international students can apply for a Post-Graduation before leaving if the customs department has its way and been in the news a lot recently Altogether there are 92 increase in new arrivals is Work Permit. This allows them imposes goods and services tax (GST) on their import into the as Prime Minister Justin universities and 175 particularly evident in the big to work in the country for up to country. “This will drastically affect all our business verticals Trudeau has repeatedly community colleges in universities that now have very three years. The Canadian as this is the peak time for students seeking Foreign Education, welcomed refugees from war- Canada, offering more than diverse student bodies. Out of government has also recently education in India & people looking for last minute vacation torn areas to join the Canadian 10,000 different the students at the University i n t r o d u c e d i m m i g r a t i o n options. I'm leaving out the Medical Tourism sector, which I society. Canada is not a shabby undergraduate and graduate of Toronto, 25 percent come policies that benefit Indian suppose will be the most affected one after the Indian place to be either: the United programs. Some of the most Nations consistently ranks it as renowned schools include the from foreign lands. The situation is the same in the students in particular – the country is currently loosening Tourism” says Yash Sharma of Quick Forex. one of the world's best University of Toronto, countries to live. Local University of British University of British Columbia and the University the requirements for permanent residency for highly MORE ON GST... r e s i d e n t s , i n c l u d i n g Columbia, McGill University, of Montreal. skilled students who have international students, are University of Alberta, Indian students are likely to graduated from a Canadian How will GST help in the creation of jobs? protected by several freedoms and the crime rate overall is low in this stable society. Schools are top-notch Canada is one of the world's biggest education spenders: it's within the top three out of all OECD countries. This emphasis on education and funding university researchers has lead to spectacular success, as Canadian universities always rank among the top in the world. During the 2016-2017 academic year, 26 Canadian institutions were included in the annual Times Higher Education magazine's World University of Montreal and McMaster University. International students are wanted In many countries international students are received well, but in Canada they are actually extremely welcomed, or even desperately wanted. The goal of Canada's International Education Strategy is to have 450,000 international students hitting the books in the country fulltime by 2022. That figure is very likely to be surpassed even earlier: during the academic year of 2015-2016, Canada's international student feel particularly at home in Canada's universities, as around 14 percent of the country's international students come from India. The Indian community is also one of the fastest growing segments of Canadian society. There are decent scholarship opportunities While Canadian scholarship opportunities are best at the PhD level, there are certainly some options for undergrad funding as well. Canada has a government website which enables international students university. At the end of 2016, Canada's government changed its electronic immigration system, Express Entry, to make it easier for international students to become citizens. There is also a rule pending in the senate that would let foreign students count half of their Canadian study years towards their citizenship application's required period of residency. Mirva Lempiäinen is a USeducated freelance journalist from Finland. (This article is in arrangement with GST will help in creation of jobs in direct and indirect ways. Directly, it will help in increasing jobs primarily via the accounting functions within organisation where there are going to be new roles which specialize in GST related aspects. The major accounting firms have already started training people on this. Indirectly, certain sectors are going to see their prices going down, hence resulting in greater demand for these products which will result in jobs getting created. In the short run, there will also be an increase in jobs due to temp hiring (contract hiring) to deal with the ambiguity and fluctuation in demand. At what level will the jobs will be created and which particular sector will benefit the most? Sectors like logistics, e-commerce are going to be big beneficiaries. Jobs getting generated across levels. With temp hiring ofcourse, majority of hiring is going to be driven by blue collar jobs.


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Curriculum July 16, 2017 156 Potpourri /News Extra President Pranab Mukherjee – A Statesman The Statesman newspaper has brought out a book on outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee titled “President Pranab Mukherjee – A Statesman”. This book, a c o m p r e h e n s i v e p h o t ographic record of India's 13th President, covers Mukherjee's Presidency and documents his various roles including those as a humane first citizen, as a thoughtleader , as a patron of educational institutions & the arts and as the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces etc. The book was released by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on July 2and he handed over the first copy to Pranab Mukherjee at a function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The President appreciated the wonderful photos taken by Varun Joshi from The Statesman that feature in the photo essay. . Financial literacy programme for children in Delhi NCR Global indoor theme park, KidZania, has partnered with L&T Mutual Fund to provide Stock Exchange activity learning experience for kids and give them an opportunity to explore and learn about investments, savings, financial terms, portfolio management and various asset classes. Kids can choose to role-play as a 'Fund Manager' or 'Investor' at the Stock Exchange establishment. Together they can test their knowledge as they engage with an online simulation game in a dynamic environment. Sona Mazumdar Director, Strategic Brand Partnership, KidZania India said, “The activity will focus on giving kids an exposure on financial literacy in the form of savings and investment techniques. The expertise & in-depth knowledge provided by the L&T Mutual Fund team has helped us design a true-to-life simulated version of a Stock Exchange” WABAG, IIT Kanpur to develop clean villages flanking Ganges VA Tech WABAG Limited, a company dealing in water and ICAI's GST awareness initiative waste water treatment and recycling recently signed a The Institute of Chartered Memorandum of Understanding with IIT Kanpur to develop a Accountants of India (ICAI), few sustainable villages on the river banks of Ganga. a statutory body for regulating S.Varadarajan, Director and Chief Growth Officer of the profession of Chartered WABAG said, “We aim to abate direct discharge of untreated Accountancy in the country liquid wastewater from villages to Ganga and promote better ton July 1 unveiled a series of sanitation practices in the villages. We are delighted and i n i t i a t i v e s t o e d u c a t e honored to join hands with IIT Kanpur to create better professionals and others on sustainable villages” GST. In its endeavour to Under this MOU these “Model Ganga Grams” would form e d u c a t e t r a d e r s , s m a l l part of Namami Gange and Swachh Bharat programs businessman, manufacturers launched by the Government of India. This initiative is and general public on various supported by National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), aspects of Goods and Services Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Rural Development Tax, ICAI through its PR & & Ministry of Gram Panchayat, New Delhi. CSR Committee has set up Millions of people in India depend upon the Ganga for the 200 GST Sahayata Desks all livelihood and well-being. A lifeline for almost 45 percent of across the country. These the population, the river suffers from overuse and pollution. desks have been set-up from The Namami Gange project was announced by the May 28th and will be Government of India in the July 2014 budget. The Ganges operational till September tolerates domestic waste such as defecation, untreated 30th 2017. These desks would industrial waste and pollution. Everyday 1.7 billion liters of be explaining the multiple such waste run into the river. facets of GST in a simplistic manner by ICAI experts. So KEY FINDINGS OF TALENT SUPPLY far thousands of queries have INDEX JUNE 2017 been addressed through this initiative. §Demand vastly outstrips supply for core AI, IOT and Cloud ICAI has taken the lead in talent: Data Scientists, Devops Engineers, Security creating awareness and further supported by virtual c o n d u c t i n g k n o w l e d g e certificate course on GST - overhaul exercises pertaining t h r o u g h l i v e t e l e c a s t s to GST. It has organized 19 sessions and interactive Interactive Programmes on programs at more than 40 GST for trade associations, locations across the country, and over 1500 workshops, identification and training of seminars and conferences over 500 new speakers on across the country since GST. January 2017 to spread ICAI has also come up with awareness about country's publications on various biggest economic reform aspects GST to create s i n c e I n d e p e n d e n c e . awareness on the impending Additionally, ICAI has tax reform. organized outreach programs Acknowledging rapidly in Association with Service changing global business Tax Commissionerate at competitiveness, the ICAI K o l k a t a , D e l h i & has also formulated the Ahmedabad. Revised Scheme of Some other notable steps Education and Training. The taken by ICAI in this regard n e w s c h e m e h a s b e e n include formation of 20 study upgraded, revised and refined groups to support to State keeping in mind the global Governments in the smooth requirements, aligned with implementation of GST. International Education ICAI is also providing Standards which will prepare certificate course on GST at and groom the new CA 36+ locations across the professionals to match future country. This initiative is requirements Engineers rank 0.8, 0.7, and 0.4 respectively, proving hiring will continue to be a struggle for tech companies in emerging technologies. §Global In-house Centres drive majority of the demand in emerging technologies: Between 2014 to 2017, demand for IOT talent rocketed by 304%, with companies like Cisco, IBM, Intel and Qualcomm counting as top employers in the segment. §Crunch in the middle layer: Managerial roles like Engineering Managers and Technology Leads score a supply-negative 0.6 on the TSI, indicating companies will struggle to attract leadership talent and scale teams. Grooming from the ranks appears like an obvious strategy. §Mobility for Mobile developers, Python developers, and Data Scientists extremely high: Candidates in these markets move companies faster than any other talent. Compared to Software Architects whose average tenure per company is 5.3 years, Data Scientists, on average, spend less than 1.8 years in a company. §Bangalore remains the hotbed of supply and demand for high-value tech talent. While the city accounts for 40% of India's Data Scientists, it still scores a supply-negative 0.6 for Data Science hiring, indicating the sheer volume of opportunities. edX partners with IL&FS / IFIN to launch learning academy edX, the leading not-for-profit available for discovery using MOOCs, recently partnered edX Catalog API in a co- w i t h I L & F S F i n a n c i a l branded environment on the Services (IFIN) to launch IFIN Academy Online Portal. 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