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RNI No. UTTENG/2010/37634 Vol 7 No 9 magazine THE INDIA EDUCATION LANDSCAPE UPDATE August 16 2017 NEWS in BRIEF Engineering colleges The Festival of Education, Jaipur: Rajya Sabha passes having less than 30 percent TAKING EDUCATION TO the (IIIT-PPP) Bill 2017 admissionsRajya Sabha passed the in last 5 years Indian Institute of Information Technology to start shutting down from next year THE CENTRESTAGE Public Private Partnership (IIIT-PPP) Bill 2017. The bill has already been passed in Lok Sabha. MHRD told that Wthis bill is required to grant ith over 27 lakh engineering seats (about) 50% degrees to the students IIITs lying vacant across various set up in PPP mode. It will engineering colleges in the also grant statutory status to country, the All India Council the fifteen IIITs established in for Technical Education PPP mode and declare them (AICTE), the regulatory body Institutes of National for technical education, has Importance. decided to close those college AICTE in New Delhi while that fail to attract students and speaking at an event on Web Portal for supply operate at less than 30% of of NCERT Textbooks their admission intake. Those technical colleges having less NCERT has started a web than 30 per cent admissions in portal for supply of textbooks last five will start closing to schools and individuals to ensure better distribution of textbooks across the country down from next academic year if AICTE action goes as and to also address the planned. apprehensions, on the part of “In the past few years, the schools and parents, AICTE has been actively regarding unavailability of working on reducing the NCERT textbooks. The quantity of engineering schools will be able to log on institutions across the country to the portal, by entering their due to increased institutes and respective Boards' affiliation poor demand and falling numbers and other details, till quality education. The August 11. There are 10,361 engineering institutions in the country, that are approved by AICTE, with a total intake of 37,01,366. Apart from closing several colleges the AICTE has now focused towards life skills and solving real life problems. The numbers of jobs are diminishing in the country. To help job creation, AICTE has formulated a National Student Startup Policy to propel youth start tech-based In a truly inspirational benchmark of celebrating the power of education and bringing education narrative into public and governance discourse , Rajasthan led the way by staging the first ever Festival of Education in India at Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre, Jaipur over two days on August 5-6. Report on P3 Under provisioning of Public Education 8th September 2017 for regulatory body has also enterprises. The aim is to has co-relation with Quality,placing their orders for the reduced the penalty for achieve this by promoting session 2018-19. The Web closing down an engineering technology-driven student Portal can be accessed at institution that was a deterrent start-ups and to create 1 lakh but nobody is talking for many colleges which were technology based student A. willing to shut in the midst of start-ups and a million New thinking on Adult poor demand.” said Anil D employment opportunities in t a national consultation because whenever we tried to to outcome based. The NITI meet organized by RTE convince finance ministry Aayog in its action agenda for Education Sahasrabuddhe, Chairman the next 10 years. Forum, a collective of national before budget or otherwise three years has strategized its The government is thinking of involving school students in improving adult literacy and pushing literacy rate NAAC launches Revised e d u c a t i o n g r o u p s a n d they would give under action agenda for school networks in New Delhi on July utilization and other argu- education keeping 'improve- Accreditation Framework 22, a study of 10 states made ments to push us on back foot. ment in learning outcomes' as by CRY (Child Rights & You) This evidence can now help central objective without (currently at 75%) in the country. “We are thinking of training children from class 6-12 on a module after which they can go home and teach their grandparents and parents. This model will be certainly make both the children and adults happy as it will be a nice thing in their relationship,” union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said this at an event in Jaipur. and Centre for Budget and In its efforts to remain relevant and globally acceptable, NAAC Governance Accountability has taken cognizance of the changing trends in higher education, (CBGA) made it clear that stakeholder perceptions and feedback, besides the avalanche of under provisioning of public experience gained from its accreditation exercise involving school education is a big factor more than 11,132 institutions till July 2017. in poor quality of education. Over the last few months, NAAC has conducted several rounds The undercurrent was that of stakeholder interactions, a National Workshop and Meetings financing of education has of several Working Groups for the preparation of the Manuals for gone out of debate and is Universities, Autonomous Colleges and Affiliated Colleges. The missing fom public discourse. “draft framework was pilot tested on select Higher Education We were struggling for Institutions (HEI's) across the country. A National Consultation evidence so far to tell the on the Revised Accreditation Framework was held on 25th April, government that you are under Contd on P5 s p e n d i n g o n e d u c a t i o n advocacy groups to be more effective on demanding adequate financing,” said Komal Ganotra, Director, PolicyAdvocacy and Research at CRY India (Child Rights & you). As per the CBGA analysis, the whole narrative of education is circling around quality with little focus on financing. Hence the focus of education policies is eventually shifting from input based taking into consideration the things contributing to quality like enabling school environment, teachers equipped with capacities and learning materials to facilitate learning in class rooms, efficient review and monitoring mechanism along with equitable and stimulating curricular and pedagogic processes are key to ensure quality education. Contd on P5


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2 Curriculum August 16, 2017 News Updates Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Annual Lecture Series regulations, we have seen many important changes resulting in promote the talent of high school students in the field of space Dr. Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy India adopting global best practices. The recent adoption of science by providing platforms to express and test their substantially converged global IFRS standards in India, i.e. knowledge. Research and Analysis to come up Indian Accounting Standards (Ind AS) is a significant change. The format of the competition comprises an essay competition Therefore, we decided to start with offering related courses. for students of standards IX-X and an open quiz on space at IIM Shillong Over the next couple of years, we aim to diversify the course science for students of standard VII-VIII. The theme has been The IIM Shillong fraternity marked the second Death offerings to include other areas of business.” decided to celebrate the strides India has made especially Anniversary of the 'People's President' with the 2017 edition Research centre to address dataof the Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Annual Lecture Series. Padma recently in the areas of space science and astronomy. Indian is making an impact globally in this field and there has been a Vibhushan G. Madhavan Nair, former Chairman, Indian sciences and artificial intelligence renewed vigor that this area is witnessing in current times. The at IIT-MSpace Research Organisation (ISRO) delivered lecture on the theme “Space and Society: the Indian scenario”. He spoke at length about the history of human space endeavor, essay topics are derived from the theme. The top two winners from each participating district will be Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions (RBEI) invited the Grand Finale to be held on December 12-13, 2017 and about its progression from the days of 12-inch rockets to signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on August 4 at Pathani Samanta Planetarium in Bhubaneswar. During this the technological marvels of the day. He took the attendees through ISRO's developmental journey from infancy to with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) to set up the Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and event, top 20 winners of YATS 2017-18 will be selected after a final round of evaluation and felicitated on the occasion. Later modern day glory. Artificial Intelligence (RBC-DSAI). The mission of the RBC- in May 2018 they will be taken by Tata Steel on an exposure Recalling Dr. Kalam's contribution to the nation, he underscored how the former DRDO Chief who later became President adopted a different approach towards work, and towards fulfilling his commitment to the society. Harkening back to the days when the two worked together, Dr. Nair talked about the former President's exemplary leadership qualities, and his sense of ownership. “It is the dream that comes to you while you are awake that is important”, he said, while DSAI is to create societal impact through multidisciplinary interactions with government, academic, research and industrial collaborators on core challenges in Data Science (DS) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Centre will receive funding up to the tune of INR three to four crores per year, for five years. Speaking about the upcoming Centre, Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi remarked, “IIT Madras has been nurturing its visit to one of the facilities of ISRO. V V Yadav, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of Odisha, Kailash Chandra Sahoo, Director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Arun Misra, Vice President, Project Gopalpur, Tata Steel and Managing Director, Tata Steel SEZ, Sarvesh Kumar, Chief, Brand Management & Strategic Communications, Tata Steel and Manikanta Naik, Chief Resident Executive, Tata Steel were also present on the reminiscing about Dr. Kalam's religious commitment to his interdisciplinary Data Sciences and Artificial Intelligence occasion. work. research group for more than three years now. The launch of Database holds Earth's 2,000-year Instituted in 2016, the Annual Lecture Series was conceived to this Centre in partnership with, and generous support from, climate historyhonor the legacy of the late former President. Launched in RBEI is an affirmation of the rapid growth and impact of the conjunction with a host of other initiatives, it aims to provide a group's research and teaching activities. I am confident the Climate scientists will be able to more accurately study Earth's platform for distinguished luminaries to share their perspec- RBC-DSAI will become a globally acknowledged Centre temperature changes, thanks to a global database compiled tive on building 'a better planet' in keeping with Dr. Kalam's working at the cutting edge of various aspects of machine with the help of a Victoria University of Wellington and GNS vision for societal development. learning, data science and artificial intelligence, leading to Science researcher. The database has been released on July 28 Dr. Amitabha De, Director, IIM Shillong, used the occasion to work with high social impact." in the Nature Scientific Data journal by a large international revealed plan to set up Dr. Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy The Robert Bosch Centre will undertake foundational research team of scientists. Associate Professor Bertler says the Research and Analysis. He told about partnering with the in many areas of AI and Data Science, namely, deep learning, database—which expands on a version released in Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), reinforcement learning, network analytics, interpretable 2013—provides a rigorously assessed compilation of the North Eastern Council (NEC), and various State machine learning, and domain aware AI. The areas of activity temperature reconstructions for the past 2,000 years. “The Governments in the region for setting up this Centre, which includes research projects, knowledge management and database gathers information on past temperature based on will be housed in the institute, and will work towards dissemination, developing prototypes, outreach projects, and evidence from a number of sources including tree rings, designing developmental models for tourism, business setting up collaborative facilities and laboratories among corals, glacier ice, and marine and lake sediments,” she adds. process outsourcing, logistics, handicraft, handloom, and others. The Centre's mandate requires interaction with Cambridge English launched newhorticulture in the region. industry and other universities, including international student PwC Academy: Educational busi- ness of PwC debuts in India PwC launched PwC's Academy in India, the educational and faculty exchanges. The objective is to advance scientific innovation for societal benefit. 11th Edition of Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS) launched in exam center in Mumbai Cambridge English Language Assessment (part of the University of Cambridge) inaugurated Ryan Global School as a new exam center on 04th August 2017. The Cambridge English exams for schools are categorized for various age business of the firm on July 26 in Mumbai. PwC's Academy Bhubaneswaraims to offer a variety of training courses, based on the best groups within K-12 will help and further enhance the speaking, writing, reading and listening skills contributing to practices of PwC's global network of firms. The customised The 11th edition of the Young Astronomer Talent Search development of student's personality. These exams are training programmes will bring real life business experiences (YATS), an annual competition organised for the school accepted in thousands of organizations worldwide and will be into the classroom, making learning more effective and children of Odisha to create awareness on space science and a value add to their resume in their college/university practical. To begin with, PwC's Academy in India will focus on courses astronomy, was launched by Badri Narayan Patra, minister for school and mass education who also holds the ministry of applications to study abroad as well. These exams open doors to higher education, improve employment opportunities, and for professionals and students in the areas of finance and accounting. This will help organisations in meeting the challenges resulting from rapidly changing regulatory and science & technology in the state on August 2, 2017. The theme for this year's YATS is 'India's contribution to space science'. increase choice for study or work. With a Cambridge English Certificate, the student will be able to prove his/her English language skills to universities, employers and governments financial reporting landscape of corporate India. Commenting on the launch of the PwC's Academy in India, Sanjay Tolia, Partner & Leader – Markets, PwC India said, Organised by Tata Steel in association with Pathani Samanta Planetarium since 2007, YATS promotes the contribution of Samanta Chandra Sekhar Harichandan Mahapatra who is around the world. The grand launch event was presided by Liam Vint, Deputy Director Global Network, Cambridge English Language “India has a large talent pool which needs the relevant training to be employable. Within the field of corporate reporting and popularly known as Pathani Samanta, the legendary astronomer of Odisha in the field of astronomy. It seeks to identify and Assessment. Dr Snehal Pinto, Director, Ryan Global Schools was also part of the launch event. The inauguration witnessed SHRM India conference Students, Teachers, Parents, Academicians and the expert team from Cambridge English Language Assessment. This 6th SHRM India Annual Conference & Exposition 2017 will be held on 14-15 September 2017 at Hotel Taj Palace, collaboration will benefit lakhs of students studying in this New Delhi. Speakers for the conference this year include Sean McGrath, VP HR, World Bank Group; DR. Brad Shuck, chain of schools from major cities of India like Mumbai, New Associate Prof. Organizational Leadership & Learning - University of Louisville, Kentucky; Jonathan Alles, MD, CEO - Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Indore, Gujarat, Bangalore, Hatton National Bank PLC; Ajeet Bajaj, MD - Snow Leopard Ventures; Rohit Thakur, HR Managing Director, Accenture in India Geography; Dr Sripada Chandrasekhar, Global head of HR at Dr. Reddy's laboratories; P.V Ramana Murthy, Sr. VP & Global Head, HR - Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces, Srikanth Balachandran -Global CHRO - Airtel to name a few. Chennai and many more. The school has its off shore campuses in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. This collaboration will spread over to all these schools across the country.


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Curriculum August 16, 2017 3 Lead Story The Festival of Education, Jaipur: TAKING EDUCATION TO THE CENTRESTAGE T h e f e s t i v a l h e l d i n minister herself who almost policy' under RTE Act. He partnership with Dubai-based sat through the two-day event also said that Rajasthan is GEMS Education (esb 1959, and was much engaged with emerging as a model state in now a subsidiary of Varkey the proceedings. school education arena. He Group Limited founded and The festival of education, also revealed his plans to managed by Sunny Varkay Jaipur, managed to generate a make country's population and valued at over $ 4 billion genesis of collaborations and fully literate by training class and runs school chains, co-operations from both 6-12 students to teach at t e a c h e r t r a i n i n g a n d international and national home. consultancy and is present in delegates resulting in a pact Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak over 19 countries including with British Council to while calling education a India encompassed almost provide integrated support in national resource said that aspect that comes under s p o k e n E n g l i s h , education had potential of effective education and establishment of University of enabling the world end all learning- from inspiring Yoga in Rajasthan by yoga economic inequalities and students through compelling artist Bharat Thakur as well as discriminations. He said that talks by prominent leaders to S h a n k a r M a h a d e v a n ' s only education could save a influencing parents to let promise to open his first society from differences and children follow their passions. academy in the state. His establish multiethnic cultures. This festival trumpeted the Highness Sheikh Nahayan It would be the best idea for need for quality education, Mabarak Al Nahayan - ensuring prevalence of peace, teacher dedication and a Minister of Culture and stability and prosperity in the provision of a holistic Knowledge Development, world. environment where students UAE, who was the chief guest Vasundhra Raje said that with all their capabilities at the inaugural ceremony of given the geographical and f l o u r i s h a n d b e c o m e this high profile event demographical circumstances contributors to national announced introduction of an of the state, providing quality development. “I strongly exchange program for cultural education to the children here believe that the two-day learning and knowledge it was a big challenge. Jaipur education festival has between Rajasthan and UAE Accepting this challenge, her given us the confidence and whereas South Hampton government brought big conviction to become agents University, UK is all set to changes in the educational of lasting changes in our work with Rajasthan in set-up and made it learning education system that will providing Wi-fi facilities in based. She said that teachers ultimately go on to determine the dark areas. were important for making of our future and that of our Hosted at the iconic Jaipur any nation and they should n a t i o n , “ s a i d A m r e e s h Exhibition and Convention adopt themselves to the Chandra- Group President, Centre spread over an area of upcoming changes. For this, GEMS Education. over 4 lakh sq ft on the t h e g o v e r n m e n t w a s The festival of education outskirts of Jaipur city, the improving their skills and around the theme of One inauguration and plenary capabilities by providing Young Rajasthan is being session was addressed by them training for new adopted by the state on lines of Minister of Culture, Youth and teaching methodologies and Jaipur Literature Festival and Community Development of syllabi. Raje said that unlike the lit fest, this festival the United Arab Emirates His realizing the fact that mere will travel to different regions Highness Sheikh Nahayan degrees were not enough for of the state every year as the Mabarak Al Nahayan, union the youth to upsurge in life, government also wants to HRD minister Javadekar, the state government had showcase the state and its Rajasthan chief minister focused on skill training along educational achievements. Vasundhra Raje, Rajasthan w i t h b a s i c e d u c a t i o n . The next edition will take School Education minister, Rajasthan was amongst the place in Udiapur. Vasudeo Devnani Member of top state in providing skill With several expert and key UK's House of Lords and education to its youth. Also, note speakers including union Deputy Chair of British two new skill universities had ministers –Prakash Javadekar Council Baroness Usha been established here, she (HRD) and Rajiv Pratap Rudy Prasar, and Sunny Varkay, said. She invited the private (Skills) addressing various CMD GEMS education. sector establishments to sessions in the deftly planned Union HRD Minister Prakash invest for development of a n d h i g h v o l t a g e Javdekar while underlining b a s i c i n f r a s t r u c t u r e i n extravaganza filled event as the importance of education education. CM launched also per organizers had a footfall of said that the countries an education CSR portal nearly 1.8 lakh people which focusing on research and Gyan Samkalp. included a good number of innovation will prosper as The closing ceremony an delegates from abroad and prosperity based on natural experiential musical night, nationally besides school resourced had its own indeed welcoming the change students, parents and teachers constraints of time. He also and marking the beginning of from some parts of the state. informed 24 states were on an active state was hosted by The state government was b o a r d o n p r o p o s e d the effervescent actress and represented by the chief amendment on 'no detention model – Gauhar Khan. The Festival of Education celebrated the genius of all kinds, proposes to empower talents and thus plans to churn out each student's maximum potential. Even so was every activity at the ceremony including a performance by the Shillong Chamber Choir with their Vande Matram symphony. Dancing on the theme of O ne Young Rajasthan, were the school students choreographed by Dharmesh Yelande. The winners of the Battle of Bands – 'The Musafirs' were also awarded by Kiran Maheshwari, Higher Education Minister Rajasthan , followed by their presentation. Promoting young talent was one of the priorities of this festival. Recognizing hard work and innovative thinking were a set of awards to the winners of the Big Data Challenge Competition by Higher Education Department beginning with 1st winner bagging a Rs. 1 Lakh. To rejoice the success of this event came in Sona Mohapatra with her band and stormed the stage with her voice. The eminence of a dedicated mentor was discussed thoroughly in the event with all delegates re-iterating the fact that teachers have more than half the responsibility of changing the state of education. In the light of the same, a special Teachers Contributions Awards by the Secondary Education Department took place where teachers from across the state were recognized for their outstanding benefaction in schools. Sangia Sharma,Kota; Rajendra, Bikaner; Om Singh Bhakti, Kumar Mkicha, Chandauli (for excellent services); D. Ravikumar, Chittorgarh, Shravan Kumar, Bundi; and Amar Lal Sharma, Bhilwara were among those awarded bu Governor Kalyan Singh. Overall, the Festival of Education beginning at Jaipur was a benchmarking event. Shillong Chamber Choir CM Raje with Sushmita Sen HRD minister, Javadekar Amreesh Chandra Sona Mahapatra


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4 News Updates Curriculum August 16, 2017 UPES students win innovation InQuizitive Minds announced students is back with its third edition. Mitsubishi Electric India, a leading player in Factory Automation, has announced challenge at IIGP 2.0 Kestone, and CL Educate announces the fifth edition of their that registrations are now open for the Mitsubishi Electric Cup nationwide quiz for students, 'InQuizitive Minds,' an (ME Cup) which will be held again this year after extremely Two teams from UPES Dehradun that participated in the innovative quiz platform earlier known as Young India successful previous versions in the last two years. University Challenge of India Innovation Growth Programme Challenge. Unlike previous four editions, the quiz this year is The last date for 2.0 (IIGP) are amongst the top finalists. As winners each team expected to happen at a larger scale targeting 9 million online registrations and submission of proposal is September has received funding of INR 10 lakhs to build prototypes of a students from +15000 schools and +5000 colleges across 100 1, 2017. A maximum of two teams per institute can register for submersible unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and space debris cities. To multifold its reach and gain further steam, this year the event. management system. InQuizitive Minds has roped in veteran cricket commentator Like the previous two years, this year as well ME Cup has an IIGP 2.0. is a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Harsha Bhogle as its brand ambassador. The winners will be intrinsic theme that will serve as a base for participants to Technology, Govt. of India; Lockheed Martin Corporation; awarded cash prize worth INR 1 Lakh along with mentorship create their models. The theme for this year is 'Innovative TATA Trusts; Indo-US Science and Technology Forum and learning opportunities, whereas, first and second runner- Solutions for Smart Manufacturing' under which students will (IUSTF); Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and ups will get cash prize worth INR 50, 000 and INR 25, 000 be required to independently design and produce a complete Industry (FICCI); MIT Energy institute; IIT Bombay; IIM respectively. Overall, INR 10 Lakh worth of cash rewards will set of devices and models by using Mitsubishi Electric factory Ahmedabad to accelerate innovative Indian technologies into be given to participants in this edition of InQuizitive Minds automation products. the global markets using world class commercialization spread over 5 months. 'Motilal Oswal's Think Equity Thinkstrategies and business development assistance. City/Regional rounds will be held in September and October A six member team of UPES students will now be working to followed by the finals in November 2017. This challenge is QGLP Contest'develop a prototype of low-cost Submersible Unmanned open to all enterprising youngsters who love quizzing and are TAerial Vehicle (UAV). Using highly advanced technologies k e e n t o e x p l o r e t h e i r p o t e n t i a l . R e q u e s t t o o educate the young generation on equity and process based including artificial intelligence and image processing techniques this prototype can be launched from an underwater English Language Literary contest –platform, fly in air to perform certain mission and return to the underwater platform. Given its submersible capabilities this equity investing, Motilal Oswal Asset Management Company has partnered with The Red Brick Summit 2017, the flagship Annual Symposium of IIM Ahmedabad to create a unique Pen to Publish 2017UAV prototype will also be able to withstand corrosive underwater environment. The six team members are Rajat Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing has announced the launch of the Pen to Publish contest that recognizes literary excel- initiative – the 'Motilal Oswal Think Equity Think QGLP Contest'. The contest provides a great forum for B-school students to Singhal, N Adthiyian, S.M Hamza Hasan, Vaibhav Bhatia lence in English language. The winning author will receive a test their stock-picking skills, present the same to a distin- from B.Tech Avionics Engineering, Cris Thomas from M.Tech Aerospace Engineering and Vertika Saxena from prize of ₹ 10 lakh, a print publishing deal with Westland Publishing for this winning work and 1-on-1 mentoring by a guished panel, and win attractive cash prizes along the way.As part of the contest the participants from various Business B.Des Product Design. The other winner of IIGP 2.0 University Challenge from UPES is Siddharth Ojha, a B.Tech Avionics Engineering student, who will be developing a prototype of symmetrical hyperloop for the management of space debris in low earth orbit. Space debris is a big problem that will only get worse with time. Space junk is beginning to litter space and satellites can potentially fail from collision with debris. popular author. The winner will be announced in early 2018 at a popular literary festival. The winner will be selected based on several criteria, including creativity, originality, commercial viability and quality of writing. Five finalists will be short-listed and one final winner will be selected from this group. The judging panel for the contest includes international best-selling authors Joan Collins, Chetan Bhagat and Ashwin Sanghi. It Schools need to familiarise themselves with the QGLP stock picking methodology. Using the methodology, they need to pick a stock and give a rationale for the same in the prescribed format. The various entries would be shortlisted by senior fund managers at MOAMC and the top 10 entries would get a chance to present their investing idea at The Red Brick Summit 2017. The contest is open to all students currently studying in B- IET South Asia 'Present around the also includes best-selling KDP author Sundari Venkatraman schools across India. The last date for receiving entries is World' (PATW) competition result and V.K. Karthika, who is a publisher with Westland. September 7, 2017. The top 3 investing ideas as adjudged by Authors can participate in the contest by publishing their the panel would get prize money of INR 5 lakh, INR 3 lakh and Shubham Saraff, a 3rd year student of Vellore Institute of books using Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). KDP INR 1 lakh respectively. Technology, Chennai has been declared winner of the IET is a fast, free and easy service for authors to self-publish their Scholarship as a gift to 10 IITiansSouth Asia 'Present round the World (PATW) 2017 finals. books in digital format to a global audience and receive up to Shubham’swinning presentation focused on the topic 70% royalties on the sale of their eBooks. “Neuron that shape our Civilization” .He was awarded a cash On the Occasion of 25-years completion of FIITJEE in June 2017, they dedicate a revolutionary service to the Genius of prize of Rs. 40,000 (£ 400) and will now compete in the global Texas Instruments (TI) 'Indiafinals to be held in London during November this year for a India – IIT Genius Scholarship. Through this scholarship, 10 students from each class VII to XII will be bestowed with the Innovation Challenge 2017'cash prize of Rs. £1,000 (approx. Rs. 100,000/-). Kshipra honour of IIT Genius title and would get their education at any Rajhans, 4th year student from K K Wagh Institute of Engineering Education & Research, Nashik was declared runner up for her presentation on the topic “Smart City” and was awarded with the cash prize of Rs. 30,000 (£300). This year, the competition witnessed participation from engineers across India and Sri Lanka vying for the top honors. The jury included Gangaraj H S Deputy Chief Engineer BMRC, Chinari Badrinath Prusty, Director Risk and Finance IT, TI has announced the launch of the second edition of India Innovation Challenge Design Contest (IICDC2017), with registrations for the contest opening on July 20th, 2017 at The last date for registration is September 10, 2017 will be TI will continue the collaboration with the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) and Department of Science and Technology (DST) to nurture innovation and consistent with the goals of the Make in India Indian Insititute of Technology (IIT) with 100 % sponsorship covering all institutional expenses including hostel, tuition fee, books fee and reasonable personal expenses. Selection of students for this award will be based on IIT Genius Test and followed by an interview where 30 students from each class VII, IX, X, XI and XII will be called for interview at Delhi or Hyderabad. Exam Date:August 27, 2017 details: Scholarships worth Rs. 11 croreCredit Suisse, G Uday Shankar, CEO of Brand Equity and program. In the year long journey, IICDC 2017 will include an Vivek Saxena, MD Career Modifiers. PATW is a global intense mentoring program for students. During IICDC 2017, from MindHourpresentation competition for students, graduates and young TI will provide resources and in-depth technical training professionals aged 18-30 years and aims to provide a platform program throughout the contest. DST will provide INR 3.5 MindHour — one of India's fastest growing EduTech startups to showcase and explore their talent and innovative thinking. crores to the student start-ups for prototyping and seed — is set to provide scholarships worth Rs. 11 crores to students Shekhar Sanyal, Country Head and Director, IET India said “ funding. NSRCEL at IIM Bangalore will provide business as a part of their YCQ (Your Champion Quotient) to be held Being a go-to source for engineering institutions, the IET mentoring and incubation support. MyGov, the government's between the months of July and October this year. The YCQ is conducts competitions like PATW which helps provide a online portal, will be extended to the participants for registra- a quiz contest from classes 5 to 10 that will enable students to unique platform for students and young professionals to tion. partake in this scholarship process. showcase their presentation skills and in turn contribute to Third edition of Mitsubishi Electrictheir holistic development. We are really happy about the ShakunJethi, Poonam Sharma and BidhayakBhowal, the region heads of Delhi, Noida and Gurugram respectively will response we have received for this competition over the years.” Cup Opens for registration take the sponsorship initiative ahead by partnering with 200+ schools in the Delhi and NCR regions. India's biggest national-level automation competition for


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Curriculum August 16, 2017 5 Lead storyII from P 1 from P 1 Under provisioning of Public Education has NAAC Accreditation Framework co-relation with Quality, but nobody is talking The five-point evidence put An interesting observation and taxes' under GST Act. In realizes that we end up paying forth in the study include lower made in the study is that the this scenario, the question more as society for the same budgets for school education, ministry of MHRD is not able arises whether it would be service through indirect taxes no uniformity on per student to keep its commitment to prudent to plan for soliciting and subsidies. cost between different types of states. The approvals agreed to 60% of SSA budget from “The issue of universalization government schools, huge in PAB (program approval collection of education cess? of education has not been gaps between in fund approved board) for SSA becomes much Based on government data, the raised in CABE after 2009-10 by MHRD on SSAto states and less and in some cases half in study shows there is a shortage and finance has been kept out finally allocated by the the approved outlays from the of more than five lakh teachers of debate. We need to arrive at m i n i s t r y o f f i n a n c e , a finance ministry. For instance at elementary level and at the a unit cost in a bottom up continuous decrease in SSA in 2016-17 the PAB approval same time 14 % of government approach if we want adequate budget by the MHRD of which for SSA (central share) was Rs secondary schools don't have provisioning for education, more than 60% is financed 46,702 Cr but in budget the prescribed minimum six which is critical for quality of through education cess and a allocation, it was Rs 22500, teachers. Recruitment of education,“ he adds. In view study of 10 states (Bihar, which is 48.2 % of the former. additional teachers has not of Prof R Govinda, former VC Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, The study shows it was a kept pace with the rapidly of NUEPA, the country's Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, pattern for all the 10 states it growing enrolments. It also economists have failed to M a h a r a s h t r a , O d i s h a , studied. The study also after reveals that expenditure on make an impact with education Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and looking at NSS data wondered teacher training by the selected and most of people fail to Uttar Pradesh) showing if indeed elementary education sates except for Bihar (which understand that school is a u n d e r f u n d i n g o f v i t a l was free in India as even a rural spends 1.6 of education budget place where teacher engage c o m p o n e n t s o f s c h o o l household is spending Rs 965 on this) is abysmal or with children. He said we need education. out of pocket for a child negative. 17% of DIETs do give a human face to what The analysis reveals that inter studying in a government not have their own building, inadequacies mean and how it se allocations have been school. The figure for unaided 40% don't have hostel facility impacts our children. stagnant over the past four schools is quite high. and many faculty position in According to Prof Krishna years. After implementation of “While the collection of cess them are vacant all over. Kumar, former director of RTE in 2010, the school began as a measure to inject Inadequacy of provisioning in NCERT, today there is a education has just increased by a d d i t i o n a l a m o u n t s t o DIETs impedes capacity contrast between 2002 and 0.2%tage point. In fact the supplement government's own development at sub-district 2009 when RTE received estimated Rs 2.31 lakh Cr support, it grew to be more of a levels, thereby adversely support from all quarters. That r e c o m m e n d e d f o r RT E substitute. A CAG audit report affecting the process of momentum unfortunately implementation in five years shows that SSA budget for curricular reforms, onsite didn't throw up leadership in which comes to about Rs 2014-15 (Revised estimated) a c a d e m i c s u p p o r t , a n d states and today education 45,000 Cr a year has not been had been reduced by Rs 5256 supervision and monitoring. ministry in states is seen as the adhered to. Cr against the budgeted According to Prof Praveen most unwanted. He recom- The study also found huge provision of Rs 27,575 cr due Jha, professor of economics at mended that we need to disparity among states on per to lower collection of cess,” JNU, while advocating for galvanize states and don't get child expenditure on school says the report adding that with adopting education financing bogged down by the word education. Only Goa and the implementation of GST, on unit cost bottom upwards 'national' in the policy. He Kerala spend more than the how the education cess will be says all available benchmarks suggested constitution of state Kendriya vidyalay (Rs 32,263 used is not yet very clear. are inadequately designed to level education advisory per year), while as a number of Closing balance of cess will provide an escape route to committees much like the s t a t e s i n c l u d i n g B i h a r, not be carried forward in GST government. The message CABE and recovery of Jharkhand, West Bengal and as it is not covered by the being sent is that if govern- institutions. “Our contact with UP spend less than Rs 10,000. definition of 'eligible duties ment can't do it; let's give to past literature has become private sector while as nobody feeble. The advocacy has lost its teeth. We need to study how Kothari commission and other committees worked and what are unfinished tasks from them,” he added. The problem is the government and others don't consider the real problems as problems, how will they accept the challenge of solving them? There is vast gap between rhetoric and reality. Let's hope as Ambarish Rai, national convener of RTE Forum put it, make realize the government and society that education is indeed a priority so that adequate resources are available besides a change in the mindset. Autar Nehru 2017 at New Delhi which was inaugurated by union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar and was attended by eminent academicians and educationists. The Revised Accreditation Framework which became operational in July 2017, is ICT enabled, objective, transparent, scalable and robust. The new framework is a subtle combination of System Generated Scores (SGS) with a combination of online evaluation (70%) and Peer evaluation (30%) which would usher in high level of transparency. The Revised Framework is more ICT intensive and 'outcome based'. The current grading pattern of NAAC (A++, A+, A, B++, B+, B, C, D) would be continued for accreditation. A system of applying minimum qualifiers for achieving a grade has been designed and will be implemented. For example, Universities should score a minimum of 3.01 in Criteria 1, 2 and 3 for achieving a “A” “A+” “A++”grade. New procedure of Assessment and Accreditation (A&A) to Monitoring of Private Universities have also been adopted. and is being implemented w.e.f. July 2017. NAAC has introduced an additional step, wherein the data submitted by Institution are subjected to a Data Verification and Validation (DVV) process. The new process has also provision for imposing severe penalties on Institutions submitting fraudulent data. To avoid submission of fraudulent data by the Institutions for accreditation, NAAC has made it mandatory for the Institutions to upload the information provided to NAAC on their website and retain the information on their website until completion of the validity period of accreditation and provide access to all the stakeholders. Institutions are instructed to videograph the whole assessment exercise and submit the same to NAAC and also upload on its website. A Complainants Management Committee has been established which looks into the complaints especially those received after accreditation for initiating necessary action. Central RTE 'outcomes' Rules The Government informed the Parliament that in order to focus on quality education, the Central RTE Rules have been amended on February 20, 2017 to include reference on class-wise, subject-wise Learning Outcomes. The Learning Outcomes for each class in Languages (Hindi, English and Urdu), Mathematics, Environmental Studies, Science and Social Science up to the elementary stage have, accordingly, been finalized and shared with all States and UTs. These would serve as a guideline for States and UTs to ensure that all children acquire appropriate learning level. The students learning assessment will be according to the Learning Outcomes developed by NCERT. The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) conducts periodic national surveys of learning achievement of children in classes III, V and VIII and X. Four rounds of National Achievement Survey (NAS) have been conducted so far for class V and three rounds for classes III & VIII. These reveal improvement in learning achievement levels of pupils, in identified subjects from first round to fourth round. From current year onwards, Government has decided to conduct National Achievement Survey where district will be the sampling unit. The students learning assessment will be according to the Learning Outcomes developed by NCERT. . Single non-lapsable corpus fund for Secondary and Higher education from Cess The Union Cabinet has approved creation of a non-lapsable pool in the Public Account for secondary and higher, education known as "Madhyamik and Uchchtar Shiksha Kosh" (MUSK) into which all proceeds of "Secondary and Higher Education Cess" will be credited. The funds arising from the MUSK would be utilized for schemes in the education sector which would be available for the benefit of students of secondary and higher education, all over the country.


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6 Curriculum August 16, 2017 Interview AMREESH ANDREW CHANDRA, Group President, GEMS Education, India, GEMS Education will aggressively invest in all categories of schools with affordable segment accounting for 70 percent in this growth agenda Amreesh Andrew Chandra, within less than a year after joining as Group President, GEMS Education, India, pulled off the first ever Festival of Education with Rajasthan government in Jaipur (on Aug 5-6) with great success. Chandra, coming from the UP's Gorakhpur and an economics masters from Christ Church College, Kanpur and having worked with several governments internationally as a consultant is also incidentally the only educationist to have received the honor of Freeman of the City of London. His family owns St Paul's school in Gorakhpur. Autar Nehru spoke with Amreesh Chandra soon after the conclusion of 'festival of education'. Excerpts: Tell us, how was the 'Festival this chapter of festival which I This collaboration goes schools, affordable schools. and it is not PPP in one which will take good number of Education' conceived and have been working on. She beyond this festival? We (GEMS education) are perspective but in many of years to make couple and How did the Govt of said she will be happy to Apart from this, we are a aggressively investing across perspectives. My feeling is require a couple of billion Rajasthan come round the partner with you but she couple of more things. India and have an agenda to people are open to it in teacher dollars spent. idea and accepted it? wanted the 'festival of Festival of Education is one. invest in all categories in training, ICT, technology, in It will be all kind, it will be Essentially this conversation education' a Rajasthan Second we said, we'll adopt India and Rajasthan is no creation of incubation centres, acquisition, venture partners, began with the honourable government property and not your government schools and exception. enhancing teaching and adopting schools, working chief minister (Vasundhra that she hosts the first and then better manage them or work Are you talking to other school management across with govt schools, sharing Raje) with a couple things on next time it will go to some towards that end. So, we said, state governments as well India and that is a positive infra, etc. The segment of my mind when I was working other state/city. Because she we'll adopt 50 schools. We on similar lines as in change in mindset. growth for GEMS in India is on a concept of festival of also wanted to use the fest of have also adopted five DIETs Rajasthan? C o m i n g t o G E M S going to be 70 percent in education in India and the education to showcase land (district institute of education We are approaching and in Education plans for India. affordable schooling and 30 idea was to promote India as a and people of Rajasthan that and training) for improving talks with various govern- What is the roadmap that percent in premium mid knowledge hub in the world. is why there was beautiful them. They said, the central ments but everywhere the might have drawn for market segment. And promote within India a baton designed which was library of Jaipur, which is in connotation is different and it growth in India? A personal question, what state which has some basic passed on to mayor of next bad shape needs support. So, not same but essence of Our road map is very clear made you to choose GEMS criteria, showed aggressive host city, Udaipur. She made we will revamp this central relationship is that can we as now. In India we have two Education? and positive movement it a property like Jaipur lit fest library of Jaipur both with the world's as a largest private kind of school, GEMS schools There are couple of reason. I towards improving education except that unlike lit fest intellectual investment and education company partner and other is dream schools, know the chairman and group in which Rajasthan by far was which doesn't travel across physical investment so that it with your state in enhancing The way India is doing now, for good last 10 years. The a leader. No other state is close Rajasthan, she wanted this becomes a place of learning teacher training, enhancing the mantra for India is passion of the man in building to it when it comes to education fest to travel so that and teaching. And fourth, we and transforming public affordable India, quality and creating enterprise only transformation of public along with education she shall take part and participate schools, create an environ- affordable India. Be it on school education and schools, the kind of attention would highlight the regional in platforms that create, ment that at large helps India housing, debts financing or becoming biggest in the world paid to schools, their results, d e v e l o p m e n t , r e g i o n a l e n h a n c e a n d i n n o v a t e itself to become as the next education. In doing so, we is exemplary and second to attendance and enrolment , flavour and culture of those t e a c h i n g / l e a r n i n g a n d intellectual capital of the have been market a market none in world. I found in him push for parent teacher places to global people therefore this fest world and basically encour- leader and fortunately our the commitment, passion and meetings, efficiency of coming there. Therefore e this What kind of investment is ages the innovation and in chairman Sunny Varkay has canvas that matches the teachers, etc. So that is how partnership evolved and there going into this? teaching/learning. Whether the insight to look into what canvas what I wanted to work our relationship began with is no tenure to it. Year after In terms of fest and library this fits into government own India has to offer in the in the field of education in the government of Rajasthan year travel across the only revamping, all carry financial agenda, that is secondary but coming 5-10 years. We have India. I come from a small a n d m e a n t i m e G E M S criteria to chose a city is it commitment from us but at yes we are in conversation 150 affordable schools town of Uttar Pradesh, happened (joined GEMS should have basic infra to the same time government is with various governments running across India in 12 Gorakhpur. My parents have Education as group president showcase and host the fest on an equal partner. In so far as and I am not naming them but states. Now our idea is while been teachers as you know in India) with me. Mr Sunny the a large scale and at least the adopting schools or you will soon hear announce- so many people are coming and we run our own schools Varkay is is dear friend I know have a neighbouring city that DIETS is concerned, it is a ments coming. up with premium schools, we there (St Paul's School). And for a very very long time, we can offer hotel and other CSR activity for us and only And you are confining want to cater to the affordable having been a teacher myself agreed to work together. That infrastructure. difference here is that while it yourself to school education school segment. We want to for five years, coming from was how it was a good And GEMS will remain a culmination of three different partner. If yes, for how people passionate about many years? education working towards Yes, GEMs will be a partner in building India as the next subsequent festivals editions knowledge hub coming and we have an MoU on that. together. There is no tenure to this So, I told madam (CM) I have collaboration. is a practice to involve corporate under CSR, in this case we are a corporate working in education. All along there is an investment perspective to bring in and invest in all categories of schools not only senior schools, but mass market segment only? Absolutely. Do you feel this is the kind of rather elusive PPP model that this country has been looking for years now? I think so. What is 'festival of education'? it is a PPP. Most states are open to PPP model go develop a model that only becomes operational and provides quality in tier two or C cities but at tehsil and village level. That is what our road map and that is what India needs. That is a huge deficiency of schools to the tune of 40,000k schools and small town, seen these big canvases, working with governments internationally, I have that kind of expertise to work and create a team for Mr Varkay in India that fulfils a vision that is very close to both of our hearts .


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Curriculum August 16, 2017 7 Special series Under arrangement with Next Education Small Data is as Important as Big Data in K-12 Sector By Beas Dev Ralhan CEO & Co-founder,Next Education India Pvt. Ltd. Not just whether a student learns a topic or not, we should also be able to point out why a few learn better than others THE OBSESSION with big data began as we entered the new millennium over a decade ago. Both firms and individuals, alike, came to understood the importance of collecting, maintaining and analysing data sets. From following weather forecasts to Facebook news feed showing stories based on past likes and shares, big data analytics has pervaded all aspects of our waking life. Like any other sector enthusiastic about latest technological developments, the education sector, too, has adopted big data and its analysis zealously. Now, technology can predict how a teacher would perform even before they enter the classroom, based on their past tenure, qualification and the huge sets of data already present in the repository indicating the performance of previous recruits in a similar post. This is an age of personalisation, in respect to both to teaching and learning. Therefore, trends and patterns might fall short in yielding good learning outcomes. Hence, educators are now increasingly resorting to small data to delve deeper into student's behaviour— social interaction and emotional students' understanding, needs— to understand how gauge gaps in their learning effective learning can take and devise ways to enhance place in a classroom. A their learning further. It student's emotional well-being might become difficult for is directly proportional to their teachers to provide individu- academic performance, and alised assistance to each hence, small data use becomes student. Thus, big data can imperative. However, only facilitate adaptive learning when links between big data a n d i m p r o v e l e a r n i n g and small data have been outcomes. This could also looked into can we devise help teachers point out ways for students to attain students' learning gaps to success. parents more scientifically and effectively. BIG DATA: Large sets of However, the statistics and data that are analysed using analytics fail to provide computer algorithm is called insights about emotions and big data. The data is often so classroom relationship, large and complex that which play a huge role in how processing them by conven- teaching and learning is t i o n a l d a t a p r o c e s s i n g carried out in classroom. applications is not possible. Let's see how small data can Three Vs— volume, velocity help us. and variety—could help us understand the vastness of big SMALL DATA: While big data. Years before technology data deals with an array of had made inroads into the data consisting of student's education sector, large bodies demographic background, of data like student enrolment, their performance and their teacher qualifications, etc learning patterns, small data were handled manually. d e a l s w i t h s e e m i n g l y Technology has taken off from irrelevant subjects like there, and the process of students' emotional and collecting and maintaining social well-being, their data is easier and faster now. interests and passions and Analysis of the data set yields relationship with their peers patterns in human behaviour. and teachers. The main With the help of educational difference between small technology, we can map data and big data other than the difference in their size is the way they are collected. Small data is primarily collected based on observations and recordings made by human beings. In education sector, self-assessment by students and participatory notes made by teachers on learning process are ways to collect small data. Group activities and formative assessments could help teachers increase interaction in class and build their relationship with students. Teachers should be given more independence to plan their lessons and assessments to effectively collect small data. This would also nudge a student to reflect on their learning. A student's own opinion can help teachers unravel the small gaps in learning all the more. Thus, while big data indicates whether a student learns a topic or not, small data helps teacher understand why few students learn better than others. Unfortunately, the practice of collecting and analysing small data has not seen much success. However, the ensuing revolution in the education sector has propelled policymakers to pay heed to this aspect of data mining too because understanding small clues can uncover big trends. 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Cyber insecurity is a serious threat to digitisation in India 8 Curriculum August 16, 2017 VIEWS (Edit/Guest Column...) OPINION: Cyber insecurity is a serious threat to digitisation in India Public Education blind spot The Gorakhpur hospital tragedy involving deaths of more than 30 children between August 9 and 11 that rose to 85 till August 15 in Gorakhpur's largest government hospital ( Baba Raghav Das Medical College ) among several issues is also a validation of the view that public education & research continues to be a blind spot for the people in government. That a Japanese encephalitis endemic region is so illprepared and lacks the public sanitation is certainly a national shame. Last year, reportedly aid to Centre of Excellence in Encephalitis Research at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) in Lucknow was stopped, which tantamounts to canceling such an important research. The continued neglect of education including medical education over a period of time leads to decline in standards. This can be seen world over. It had happed to Britain as well but over the past two decades, the country has a radical improvement because now every Prime Minister there understands that ownership of public education for government is a top priority. India in the last decade or so has moved dangerously to a system of education where the understanding of quality has been narrowed down to a few measureable notions and which is unfortunately being reinforced by myopic vision of the current government as well. The broader concept of quality education that would include churning out organic intellectuals, critical thinkers, problem solvers, upholders of constitutional ideals and values and eventually bring peace and good psychological order to the society is being replaced by a philosophy of outcomes meaning thereby: Are we producing industry ready youth or for that for big capital? While as education should be such that youth can adapt to environment and change. The bench marking of regulations and norms is mediocre in our country and yet instead of setting right kind of standards the onus of quality educaiton is being shifted on students. Mental and physical well-being of children is not a concern, otherwise why would schools not get the unequivocal attention of the state. These are learning/teaching environments. But now the thinking in the government is inputs are immaterial, the attention must go on outcomes. Don't you need quality tools, quality teachers and quality infrastructure for that? How would you provide for learning opportunities to those children who form the largest population group scoring within 30-70% bracket? Why piecemeal approach to vocational education and not main streaming it? And upon all these, cuts in education budget continue to happen without a fuss despite the fact that provisioning of resources is critical for quality of education. . Still, you still claim to be delivering development to a nation of youth! Dr. Nitesh Dhawan, Public Servant and Author Europe and USA are among criminal affairs. A cyber achieving the fully digitalised the most affected of cyber attack is defined as any type of economy. The study pointed crime, India is seeing an o f f e n s i v e m a n o e u v r e out that since the government alarming rise in such cases employed by individuals or is pushing the Aadhar-based posing serious threat to our any organization that targets financial transactions, the security. c o m p u t e r i n f o r m a t i o n security of Aadhar database Today 1.5 billion people systems, infrastructures, against unauthorised usage a c r o s s t h e w o r l d a r e computer networks, and/or needs to be addressed and A SERIES of powerful cyber attacks stormed the world when Petya malware on 27 June 2017 infested websites of Ukrainian organizations, including banks, ministries, newspapers and electricity firms. Similar infections were reported in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. Similarly, the WannaCry ransomware was a worldwide cyber attack which targeted computers running the Microsoft windows operating system by encrypting data and demanding ransom payments in the bitcoin cryptocurrency. The attack began on Friday, 12 May 2017, and within a day connected through internet network making it a global village. At the same time, hackers around the world are using this as a means to fulfil their covert motives. Cyber crime in past few years delimiting itself from mere few instances have affected the whole country with increasing number of online fraud cases like a recent social trading web work scam of Rs.242 crores in Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh. Common people are being deceived and cheated on frequent basis across the country through use of cyber platform. Thus, both global and national picture underlines the issue of cyber security. Cyber crime basically personal computer devices by various means of malicious acts usually originating from an anonymous source that either steals, alters, or destroys a specified target by hacking into a susceptible system. Since IT Acts in different countries have their own set of regulations, controlling such cyber crimes become much more intricate. IT Regulation Act in our country was promulgated way back in 2000, but it has proved ineffective and toothless in checking cyber threats and creating any kind of deterrence. In the above context, the central government has formed an expert group to prepare an action plan in order to check this menace of cyber checked carefully. Pointing out that post-demonetisation, digital wallets such as PayTM and BHIM have gained significance, while at the same time country had seen cyber attacks which compromised more than 3 million ATM and debit cards through Hitachi-engineered ATM machine hacking. The study has suggested for urgently upgrading its defences by setting up a cyber security commission on the lines of Atomic Energy Commission. In the present scenario, government is pushing reforms for digitization and cashless economy to control black money and corruption. In this backdrop, it is important to take note of risks and insecurity attached with was reported to have infected includes trolling, theft of crime. Based on the recom- the digital transactions as more than 2, 30,000 comput- information, sexual crime, mendations of the group, the cases of online frauds have ers in over 150 countries. In the Indian context, a recent study reveals that there is a sharp increase in the number of cyber crime incidents recording a jump of over 100 percent in 2015 from 2014. The number has grown from 71, 780 in 2013 to 1.49 lakh in 2014 to about 3 lakh in 2015. However the government data states that the number of cyber crimes reported during 2014, 2015 and 2016 (provisional data) stood at 9,622; 11,592; and 12,317, respectively. The study conducted by IIT Kanpur and shared with the Parliament's committee on finance has raised serious concerns about cyber insecurity. Though pornography, virus attack etc. These crimes can be categorized into two formsa) hacking, virus worms and DOS attack in which computer is used as medium while the other one b) uses computer as a weapon for IPR violation, terrorist activities, fraud through credit cards, lotteries, pornography and morphing etc. Terrorists have found computer mouse as a new arm tool to create panic by provoking religious and political extremism. Such fanatic organizations are deploying a techno-savvy and technically qualified professionals in their government has come up with the proposal of Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) and Rs.400 crores has been allocated to establish this advanced centre with the main objective of curbing online trolling, sexual assault and other forms cyber crime. This centre would provide assistance to the enforcement agencies in online cases of inquiry. Moreover, the government has also made agreements with other nations to create secure and reliable cyber space for the consumers. The government has initiated several programmes for people's participation in become order of the day. The digital payments also open the channels of cyber crimes by hacking of unique passwords and more so in the socioeconomic background of people who are less aware of the precautions that one should take during transactions. 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Curriculum August 16, 2017 9 Spotlight The Disruptive Convergence: Games, Cinema and Virtual Reality Young victims of cyberbullying twice as likely to attempt suicide and self-harm, study finds Children and young people under-25 who become cinematics industry we are Martian'. In the movie Mark the view, merging with your victims of cyberbullying are more than twice as likely Dr. Suneel Sharma Director, Virtual Reality Program SP Jain School of High Technology, Mumbai. witnessing a high scale Wa t n e y, a n a s t r o n a u t , own VR headset fading the to enact self-harm and attempt suicide than non- convergence in play. The article addresses this phenomena and related aspects that are the core. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, a German philosopher, cultural critic, and poet, rightly said 'In every real man becomes stranded on Mars after his team assume him dead, and must rely on his ingenuity to find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. With minimum supply, Mark struggles to keep himself alive. Someone who has seen real and virtual boundary throughout. Hundreds of games and movies have impacted human lives by moulding us psychologically through their engaging storylines. There are researchers who might think victims. And the perpetrators of cyberbullying are also more likely to experience suicidal thoughts and behaviours, researchers say. The study, which is a collaboration of a number of researchers from across the UK, including the University of Birmingham, looked at more than 150,000 children and young people across 30 countries, over a 21-year period. Their findings, published on open access in PLOS One, a child is hidden that wants to and liked the movie will now videogames and movies are highlighted the significant impact that cyberbullying play.' Video games have want to experience the same not the “correct” medium. But involvement (as bullies and victims) can have on children and grown up with us, from 'Super experience what Mark has an overwhelming research young people. Nintendo' to 'Final Fantasy' to faced at Mars. An entertain- also shows that gaming and The researchers say it shows an urgent need for effective 'The Martian VR Experience'. ment consumer needs are now entertainment media can prevention and intervention in bullying strategies. Professor What has changed is the level not limited to 'watch' what is impact children, and adults Paul Montgomery, University of Birmingham said: T h e e n t e r t a i n m e n t o f i m m e r s i o n . T h e happening on the screen but it too, in positive ways and that “Prevention of cyberbullying should be included in school b u s i n e s s w o r l d i s immersiveness is a relative has evolved to immersive may be in the best interest of anti-bullying policies, alongside broader concepts such as r e i n v e n t i n g i t s e l f a n d term, what was immersive demands to experience and society as well. Game based digital citizenship, online peer support for victims, how an disrupting the basic and most and exciting yesterday must really (virtually) live the learning enhances meta- electronic bystander might appropriately intervene; and more important necessity of human evolve today to stay relevant. moment. There are engage- cognitive skills and emotional specific interventions such as how to contact mobile phone beings, 'Fun'. Is it because of The consumers' human ment creators like Ted stimulations, building the companies and Internet service providers to block, educate, or the advancement of Virtual natural tendency is to explore Schilowitz, who heads ability to think about one's identify users. reality or the consumers' and experience new and Futurist 21st Century Fox's o w n t h i n k i n g ( s e l f - “Suicide prevention and intervention is essential within any requirement is fast changing engaging content every next Innovation Labs, a division realization). comprehensive anti-bullying programme and should and demanding? What is the time. Technology has been that provides supplementary Gamemakers and filmmakers incorporate a whole-school approach to include awareness current scenario and what will supportingly pushing the and immersive interactive must fast learn technologies raising and training for staff and pupils.” be the future of it? b o u n d a r i e s o f n e w e r c o n t e n t f r o m e x i s t i n g and the secrets of producing Anumber of key recommendations have been made: Convergence happens when experiences in gaming, cinematic projects. Fox's immersive content. The new- ŸCyberbullying involvement should be considered by two or more things come entertainment and cinema. Innovation Labs is responsi- fun architects and developers policymakers who implement bullying prevention (in addition together to form an all Every movie or a game or any ble for developing “cinematic need to produce that ultimate to traditional bullying) and safe Internet use programmes; together a new whole thing, story form becomes so much virtual reality” for the footage, with a feel of the ŸClinicians working with children and young people and like the convergence of fun and engagement that it consumers' who are ready for material and virtual environ- assessing mental health issues should routinely ask about corporates, mobility and b r i n g s a l o a d o f f a n - new experiences around the ment. New developments in experiences of cyberbullying; internet has created virtual f o l l o w i n g . C o r p o r a t e s blockbuster films. As far as virtual and augmented reality ŸThe impact of cyberbullying should be included in the w o r k p l a c e s . T h e w o r d immediately need to encash the Martian VR gameplay are there to make sure to keep training of child and adolescent mental health professionals; 'Convergence' comes from the the opportunity by converting goes, this has delivered an audience engaged with the ŸChildren and young people involved in cyberbullying prefix con-, meaning together, and packaging characters, engaging visually impressive expansion of gaming and should be screened for common mental disorders and self- and the verb verge, which story line and assets into a experience. You can feel cinema in fast growing harm; means to turn towards. In the franchise. This builds loyalty, yourself in the Watney's space virtual-digital world. ŸSchool, family, and community programmes that promote games entertainment and for example the movie: 'The suit and the helmet's covering appropriate use of technology are important; ŸPrevention of cyberbullying should be included in school anti-bullying policies, alongside broader concepts such as edX Launches New Popular Courses digital citizenship, online peer support for victims, how an electronic bystander might appropriately intervene; and more UC San Diego “The Science of Parenting” course; specific interventions such as how to contact mobile phone companies and Internet service providers to block, educate, or Everyone has an opinion on parenting – where babies should sleep, what they should eat, and whether parents should spank, scold, or praise. What's more, the media often offers support for whichever opinions appear most popular at any given time. This leaves those of us who like to base our decisions on firm, provable facts feeling dizzy. “The Science of Parenting” addresses this confusion by moving beyond the chatter and opinion surrounding parenting, and by looking directly at the science. Parenting itself is far from a science. One goal of this course will be to provide a survey of important scientific findings spanning a range of topics that are central to the lives of parents: diet; sleep; discipline; learning; screen time; impulse control; vaccination This course will show how this type of error – common in the scientific literature – can explain a significant amount of the confusion present in the media and general public. We will discuss how to avoid the same error when evaluating science, and how to use the sum of available evidence to inform decision making. identify users; and ŸSuicide prevention and intervention is essential within any comprehensive anti-bullying programme and should incorporate a whole-school approach to include awareness raising and training for staff and pupils. The study also found a strong link between being a cybervictim and a perpetrator. This duality was found to particularly put males at higher risk of depression and suicidal behaviours. The researchers highlighted that these vulnerabilities should be recognised at school so that cyberbullying behaviours Columbia University's “Data Science for Executives” course Taught by a distinguished team of professors at Columbia University's Data Science Institute, this program is perfect for anyone who wants to understand basic concepts in data science without getting into the weeds of programming. Aimed at organization leaders, business managers, health care professionals and anyone considering a career in data science, this program will steep learners in the fundamentals of statistics, machine learning and algorithms. It will also introduce emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) , or wirelessly connected products, and techniques that allow computers to summarize mountains of text, audio and video. Concrete examples provided throughout the program will ensure that learners fully grasp and master key concepts. would be seen as an opportunity to support vulnerable young people, rather than for discipline. It was recommended that anti-bullying programmes and protocols should address the needs of both victims and perpetrators, as possible school exclusion might contribute to an individual's sense of isolation and lead to feelings of hopelessness, often associated with suicidal behaviours in adolescents.


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10 Curriculum August 16, 2017 India Skills/Entrepreunership Indian workforce prefers to be running on Android operating system. The 100-hour duration National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) and National Skill course is designed to be delivered by NSDC's partner Development Corporation (NSDC) entered into an agreement entrepreneurs; MNCs still most agencies, outside the formal education system. NSDC and for a duration of five years. The NSQF complaint skill Google India will also work together to focus on up-skilling development training will be provided to the BSF personnel's favoured employers: Survey Android trainers under the program. and their family member at multi-skill development centres As being your own employer provides more exciting opportunities, 83% of the Indian workforce says they would love to be an entrepreneur, reveals the findings of Randstad Workmonitor survey. A vast majority of male (81%) and female (85%) respondents said this and globally, 53% of the survey respondents had this opinion. Also, according to the survey results, entrepreneurial ambition among the workforce is highest in India, with 56% of the overall survey respondents indicating that they are considering leaving their current job to start their own business. This preference does not change regardless the gender. However, it is interesting to note that workforce in the age group of 45-54 years (37%) are hesitant to start their own business as compared to the workforce in the age group of 25-34 years (72%) and 35-44 years (61%). 67% of the total respondents said if in case they actually lose their current job, they would like to start their own company. On the contrary, though 76% considered entrepreneurship to be really attractive, they thought that the risk of failure is too big for them. 86% of the survey respondents indicated that the ecosystem to run a startup was favorable in India and 84% of the respondents were of the opinion that the Indian Government Announcing the collaboration, Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, run by BSF, as part of the Skill India Mission. The MoU will NSDC said, “This is a timely association considering foster employment opportunities and acceptability by the promising development in the telecommunication and IT industry thereby facilitating their resettlement through a sectors and their importance for economic progression of the second career. country. The collaboration aims to accelerate mobile skill The MoU has been signed to assist retiring/ retired BSF training and create opportunities for youth in the country.” personnel to acquire additional skills aligned with the National Peter Lubbers, Head of Google Developer Training said, “We Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) and to the believe India is uniquely placed to innovate and shape the Qualification packs (QPs) – National Occupational Standards internet experience of billions of users who are and will come (NOSs) developed by the Sector Skill Council (SSCs) in order online on the mobile platform. By building a world class to enhance their acceptability by the Industry and thereby curriculum and making it easily accessible to millions of ensuring smooth transition to their second career post their students and developers in India, we want to contribute to the retirement. Schools adopted by the BSF at the Area of Skill India initiative.” Deployment for civic action Programme will be facilitated by As per a study conducted by IMaCS (the management NSDC to make the schools training NSQF compliant for consulting arm of rating agency ICRA) on behalf of NSDC, carrying out Training activities. India is likely to have an incremental requirement of 24.4 crore As a part of the project, BSF will set up the Multi Skill skilled people by 2022 in 21 high growth sectors. Development Centers in three Training Centres, 14 frontiers Liberalization, privatization and globalization has initiated all across 46 sectors & 186 Battalions (BNs) on the Indo-Pak and round reforms in many sectors. It is a fact that the growth of the Indo-Bangladesh borders. BSF in consultation with SSC and country as a progressive and knowledge based economy will NSDC also plans to set up exclusive centers for people with only be possible when there will be development and disabilities. expansion in the telecommunication and IT & ITES sectors. The Retired BSF personnel having relevant aptitude can be MeritTrac Employabilityactively supports new startups in the country and provides a utilized to fill the existing gap of trainers and assessors that are favourable entrepreneurial climate. 80% of the survey Enhancement Programrespondents from India also agreed that due to globalization, required in the field of Vocational Training or Skill Development based on Trainer and Assessor certification and small businesses have a hard time surviving now. Presenting the survey insights, Paul Dupuis, MD & CEO, Randstad India said, “A stable business environment, market oriented reforms like raising of FDI caps, implementation of GST, and key initiatives like Make in India and Digital India Testing and Assessment Company,MeritTrac Services, on July 26 launched a unique employability enhancement program, 'AceTrac', as a solution to positively impact the stagnant employability quotient of the graduates. AceTrac is a comprehensive employability enhancement program that will guidelines set forth by relevant Sector Skill Councils. To maintain a skilled profile of the serving personnel Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will also be conducted to make an assessment of their potential in the field of expertise/experience as per the Trade. are fostering a new aspiring and ambitious Indian. One who is assess candidates on employability skills at regular intervals AasaanJobs launches Educationeager to create and nurture his/her own venture rather than join during the graduation study of a student. AceTrac provides a company. This shift is clearly reflected in our survey findings developmental inputs and detailed feedback to students by verticaland augurs well for the country's growth agenda. A robust benchmarking them against the industry hiring standards and SME ecosystem driven by aspiring entrepreneurs has help them prepare better. AasaanJobs (, HR marketplace historically seen higher growth for the formal sector, and has a AceTrac is a three-stage program comprising of diagnostic, connecting employers, consultants and job seekers, has knock-off effect on the evolution of other companies in the review and final employability assessments. The diagnostic launched its Education recruitment vertical on its platform. ecosystem”. assessment will assess students in the first or the second year Since the last quarter, AasaanJobs has witnessed a 47.65% “However, the need of the hour is to address critical of graduate education and generate personalized feedback on growth among registered employers from the education sector. bottlenecks that are acting as deterrents to both strengths and areas of improvement. The prevailing level of It witnessed over 235 registered employers as on March 31st, entrepreneurial and enterprise growth. Improving the ease of student'semployability is benchmarked against the industry 2017, which rose to 347 employers as on July 31st, 2017. doing business, passage of labor friendly reforms and bridging standards. The feedback from the assessment will be used as AasaanJobs is providing job roles in Education sectors across the skill gap deficit for the burgeoning Indian workforce will an input for designing training interventions. In six to twelve multiple cities in India. The job profiles that are included under enable a conducive entrepreneurial ecosystem while helping months after the diagnostic assessment, the students undergo a the new Education vertical are: professors, teachers for larger organizations make the most of India's enviable review assessment. Their improvement is analyzed and various subjects or co-curriculars, admin staff and business demographic dividend”, he added. training needs are fine-tuned. The final employability test is development executives. SME, MNC or Start-Up ? undertaken few months before the graduation or the placement Placement drive for 12th pass inA vast majority of 84% prefers to work for a multinational season. The continuous assessment, feedback and training company, reveals the survey findings. Almost equal number of male (85%) and female (82%) respondents stated this. Globally, 55% of the total respondents have a preference for MNCs. 76% of the workforce from India stated that they would like to work for a startup, whereas 69% indicated that they would prefer to work for a small or medium enterprise or a privately managed company. NSDC-Google Mobile Skill Development program The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) took a giant step towards scaling up the mobile developer ecosystem in India along with Google India by creating an Android Skill Development Program. The two entities will work together to impart mobile development training on the Android and web Haryanaguarantees improvement and readiness for workplace. Gopal Devanahalli, CEO of MeritTrac Services said, “Numerous education reform initiatives in India have resulted NSDC and the Haryana State Government organized in a surge in the Gross Enrolment Ratio. This coupled with a placement drives for 274 students, who opted for vocational high number of educated youth and a substantial shift in the training at the school level and completed their 12th standard. job landscape has made the employability and the right kind of These students were trained on NSQF Level 4 under the employability critical. As a responsible stakeholder, vocationalisation of Secondary & Higher Secondary MeritTrac believes that it has an active role to play in making Education (VSHSE) program launched by MHRD in 2012. the future of India employable. With its years of experience, More than 378 eligible candidates applied for job MeritTrac has a clear understanding of what the corporates opportunities in various sectors i.e. Automotive, Beauty & want and the state of talent pool in academic institutions. We Wellness, IT-ITeS, Healthcare, Sports, Retail and Security. believe that AceTrac will complement India's skill building The placement drives were organised in five different initiatives by systematically enhancing job-readiness of locations - Jind (Hisar), Karnal, Ambala, Rohtak and Gurgaon candidates thereby making them gainfully employable.” covering 100 schools across 21 districts. NSDC through its NSDF, NSDC and BSF together to SSCs and training partners, roped in 40 recruiters including large corporates such as Max Hospital, VLCC, Dr. IT, Lilliput, platform to scale and improve the quality of mobile App development ecosystem in India. skill retiring BSF personnel Lovely Salon, Healers at Home, Vishal Mega Mart, Portea, Nisa Security, G4S, Easy Day, Shopclues, Café Coffee Day, Under the initiative, NSDC will introduce a specific course With the aim of providing skill development training to Big Bazaar, Bajaj Auto Finance, SV Edusports and Pasco with a scope to train developers to create applications for the serving, retired and family members of BSF personnel Maruti workshop. mobile platform that can be used on smartphone and tablets serving, retired or martyrs; Border Security Force (BSF),


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Curriculum August 16, 2017 11 India Skills/Entrepreunership NVIDIA CONDUCTS WORKSHOPS wage & self-employment, the families will benefit and in turn investing his time, energy and money in honing their existing the Country will progress rapidly. Therefore, the support skillset. Very few understand that if the mindset is adjusted, on AI SKILLS GAP which M/s GROZ-BECKERT ASIA PVT. LTD. is extending the skillset will automatically be improved. Hence, this to the students will greatly help and motivate more and more program has two important aspects – Skillset and Mindset. NVIDIA on July 27 conducted the latest in a series of students to join our Vocational Programmes which focus on TPSDI plans to train over 54,000workshops aimed at training a new generation of Indian AI 'employability', 'GROZ-BECKERTASIAPVT. LTD.' known developers. Over the next 12 months NVIDIA workshops will for Technology Leadership has set a laudable example and we people by 2020touch around 100,000 developers working on AI and data appreciate this gracious gesture which need to be emulated by science-related problems at 250 institutions in the country. more companies in this sector so that new opportunities for TPSDI (Tata Power Skill Development Institute) has drawn a The full-day workshop took place at IIT Gandhinagar and was career advancement and personality development of students plan to train over 54,000 people by 2020. TPSDI which has attended by 100+ students. It's part of the NVIDIA Deep & women' girls in particular can be enabled. ” set up five training hubs in five locations in the country Learning Institute, a global initiative that provides training on S k i l l s o f t a n d M I T S l o a nthe latest techniques for designing, training, and deploying leveraging the facilities of Tata Power which includes Shahad – Mumbai, Maharashtra; Trombay – Mumbai, Maharashtra; neural networks across a variety of application domains. Management Review tie upDeep learning, a form of artificial intelligence in which Maithon – Dhanbad, Jharkhand, Mundra – Kutch, Gujarat and Jojobera – Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, provides modular training software learns from data, is credited with igniting the 'big Skillsoft, a corporate learning company, has partnered with courses that are purposefully designed to be market driven and bang' of AI. Over the last several years, deep learning has MIT Sloan Management Review (MIT SMR, platform and employment oriented across a wide range of skills especially turned AI from sci-fi gimmick to indispensable computing content leader that bridges the gap between academic research in the power and allied sectors. tool. Science and industry is deploying deep learning to solve and daily practice) to curate the journal's best leadership assets New Wage Code Bill to jolt formaltheir most challenging problems, so the skills to apply this and deliver them to its 40 million users. This key collaboration computing approach are in high demand. By providing hands- kicks off a series of new, innovative content partnerships that job creationon training led by subject matter experts, NVIDIAis helping to will empower Skillsoft's Leadership and Business Skills Indian developers with these skills. learners with professional training from the industry's top Union cabinet on July 26 cleared the labour code on minimum The workshop enabled students access widely used open- experts. Presented through the highly engaging and intuitive wages, which if passed in its entirety by the Parliament will be source frameworks as well as NVIDIA's latest GPU- Percipio platform, users will be able to access everything from particularly disastrous for small-scale industries. The bill will accelerated deep learning platforms. Modules included: MIT SMR's general leadership articles, to Frontier articles hamper formal job creation in the country. Creating a 'Image Classification using DIGITS', 'Object Detection Using that focus on the intersection of business management practice minimum wage barrier of Rs. 18,000/- will negatively impact DIGITS' & 'Network Deployment using TensorRT'. with technology, collaborative research reports, as well as entry level jobs at many industries across automobile, THE MUTHOOT GROUP gets into webinars and videos. Content will be optimized for all devices construction and real estate, e-commerce, logistics, and operating systems, and will be accessible via video, audio educational services, FMCG, FMCD, healthcare and pharma, skilling, partners with Centum The Muthoot Group, one of India's leading business and written content for varied learner styles and needs. Dr. Vivek Bindra's Leadership hospitality, industrial manufacturing and allied sectors, media and entertainment and retail and telecom. The impact of this will be the highest at the entry level jobs conglomerates with a family business legacy of over 800 years funnel workshopand financial services arm of over 130 years, launched its because that is where the salary is less than Rs. 18,000/-. The economics of wages in tricky however is largely dependent on Muthoot Skill India project in association with Centum Dr. Vivek Bindra, motivational speaker and leadership demand and supply of talent and the cost of living. It is unfair Foundation, the CSR arm of Centum Learning, a Bharti Group consultant recently trained about 60 entrepreneurs/businesses to apply a universal minimum wage across different States company, to impart employability linked skill development with a singular objective to develop their skills and understand with varying demographics and across different roles. The bill training to the underprivileged youth in Haryana. the loopholes in their business models to scale it up to new if passed will place considerable burden on the employers as The first Muthoot Skill India Centre was also inaugurated on heights in a 3 day training program called Leadership Funnel: they will not be able to pass on this sudden rise in cost to the same day in Tigaon Village of Faridabad. The centre has Go Deep! Grow Steep! customers. This entry barrier will mean that either the been built in an area of over 4000 sq. ft. and is equipped with all It is an inimitable program focusing on 'Mindset over Skillset' businesses will not be able to mushroom or be competitive. state- of the –art equipment required for conducting trainings. and 'Belief over Behaviour' approach of Organizational Therefore it is highly likely that now these entry level jobs will Under the project, free of cost skill training will be provided to Leadership. It is a blueprint for moving the high performing move back to the informal sector. Employers could have 500 underprivileged individuals in courses like Sewing organsational leaders through a well-planned pipeline that absorbed this increase in wages to some extent if prioritization Machine Operator, Call Centre Executive and General Duty prepares for success at each phase. Today, every leader is was done focusing on reforms that reduce cost of compliance (GD)Assistant/NursingAssistant in the villages of Faridabad. M G George Muthoot, Chairman, The Muthoot Group said " by making it presenceless, paperless, cashless and increase This initiative is an important part of The Muthoot Group's larger vision of enriching lives of the masses while contributing back to the society. This project is also special to curriculum magazine inaugural edition ofus because it supports and strengthens our commitment to the growth of our nation.” Vocational Training at ATDC EXCELLENCE AWARDS in Chandigarh EDUCATION & SKILL DevelopmentApparel Training & Design Centre (ATDC), India's Largest Quality Vocational Training Provider for the Apparel Industry has signed an agreement with GROZ-BECKERT Asia Pvt. Ltd. in order to launch the CSR Initiative for Vocational Training at ATDC Chandigarh. An agreement was signed between Gurpreet Kaur, Registrar, Academic Affairs on behalf of ATDC and Y.P Sharma ,GM ,F&A on behalf of GBA, in the kind presence of Dr. Anton Reinfelder, MD, GROZ-BECKERTAsia Pvt. Ltd. Under this CSR initiative, GROZ-BECKERT ASIA, will be sponsoring the training of five students under B.Voc degree MOST AUTHENTIC CELEBRATED MEMORABLE course (three-years undergraduate course) to be conducted at ATDC Chandigarh and Ten Students under ATDC vocational Institute (AVI)'s one year Diploma course to be conducted at We are looking for channel partners & sponsorsATDCLudhiana. Dr. Darlie Koshy, DG & CEO, ATDC remarked, “It is to be noted that more than 85% of our students are girls / women and Contact: Ashok Bhat at they require all the support to come to the forefront of the Society. The more our girls / women get empowered through


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12 Curriculum August 16, 2017 Campus Buzz Star cast of 'Jab Harry Met Sejal' at SGT University national needs. by passion said, "People get inspired not because of a lady This was the first public discussion on the report and the driving a bike, but because of how I manage to shift between members thanked Shiv Nadar University for taking the my Dentistry and Bike-riding”, she said. The event was initiative to inform the general public about its importance. attended by over 100 people which included students of IMI. 6th Annual Convocation Ceremony Sharda University unveils its of Jindal Global University Entrepreneurship Club 401 students awarded degrees on successful Sharda University, Greater Noida has announced the launch of completion of graduate and post graduate courses. a new Entrepreneurship Club. Envisioned as a platform for O. P. Jindal Global University (JGU) held its 6th annual Shardans who dream of making it big in the world of new-age convocation at the Siri Fort Auditorium in Delhi where start-ups, the club will provide students with the necessary degrees, gold medals and awards were conferred upon 401 tools to develop their entrepreneurial skills through graduating students. The spectacular event, which was also a innovative and interactive methods of practical training. celebration of the University's Founder's Day, saw Dr. Justice Commenting on the initiative, Dr. Mridul Dharwal, Associate D.Y. Chandrachud, Judge, Supreme Court of India, Rajiv Professor, Sharda University said, “With a booming start-up Pratap Rudy, union skills minister and Shikha Sharma ecosystem in the country, there is heightened interest in the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Axis Bank field of entrepreneurship education. What better way could addressing a gathering of over 2000 students, parents and there be than providing hands-on experience to students The 'Baadshah' of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, the gorgeous faculty members. Dr. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud highlighted that gender neutral belonging to an increasingly global generation. By giving students and faculty members an opportunity to be a part of the Anushka Sharma and director Imitiaz Ali visited SGT parenting. , “While we have made progress over these few club, we offer a vision to createa platform to discover their University to promote their new film 'Jab Harry Met Sejal' on years, it is perhaps time for us to introspect as to why violent skills and attributes..” August 4 where a joyful crowd of over enthusiastic students crimes against women are not abating. There must be an gave them a super star reception and danced with them. Great Lakes Gurgaon ConvocationThe event proceeded with the dance steps of Shah Rukh & Anushka on 'Tu Butterfly banke..' followed by the 'chale tu 2017Phurr Phurr...' song synched with students musti and footsteps . The star also performed on 'Radha' & 'Beech Beech Mein'. It was exciting to see the students perform the steps along with the stars. The event picked up the pace as Shah Rukh delivered few of his best dialogues. Later, Shah Rukh motivated the students and said he was too from a middle class delhi based family. But he is very thankful to his parents for expending on his quality based study. He further added he scored only 51% in English subject in Board Exam but now wherever he speaks in English very fluently. He urge the students you guys need to be grateful to your parents as they're sacrificing a lot for you. Now it's your responsibility to work hard, study hard, and don't bother about the results proved yourself in this world to make Shiv Nadar University Signs MoUyour parents proud. attempt to create safe spaces so that women can be equal participants in public life. Measures must be undertaken to make workplaces safer and public transport more accessible. To my mind what needs to change is our mind sets. Gender neutral parenting and sensitization is the need of the hour and I hope that your generation can be the required change,” he said. Enunciating the importance of the ideas of liberty and equality in democratic systems, Dr. Justice Chandrachud observed, “Liberalism demands acceptance of our human differences and the ability to mediate them through democratic institutions. It demands acceptance of multiple, perhaps incompatible truths. Please remember that constitutional democracy does not necessarily result in constitutional liberalism. Democracy is all about the accumulation of power, majoritarian power. Liberalism is all about the decentralization of power.” Addressing the students, JGU Chancellor, Naveen Jindal, called on the graduating students to make conscious efforts to build the India of their dreams, he said, “As 'Jindalites' I Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon held its 6th Annual Convocation for the class of PGPM 2016-17 and PGPM (Energy) 2015-17 recently at the Air Force Auditorium, Subroto Park, New Delhi on July 20 . The event also witnessed the commencement ceremony of the new batch PGDM (17 -19) in the presence of Chief Guest, Ajay S. Shriram, Chairman & Senior Managing Director, DCM Shriram Ltd. & Guest of Honor Dhruv Shringi, Co-Founder & CEO of At this year's convocation ceremony, 124 students got graduation certificates, out of which 93 students were from PGPM 2016-17 (Post Graduate Program in Management) & 31 students were from PGPM-Energy (Post Graduate Program in Management-Energy) 2015-17 in presence of Dr. Bala V Balachandran, Founder, Dean and Chairman, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Mr. Mohan with CENJOWS encourage and entrust each and every one of you in the Class Lakhamraju, Vice-Chairman, Great Lakes Institute of IMI hosts 'Ted X'Shiv Nadar University and the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies (CENJOWS) have signed a MoU to collaborate academically on matters related to international relations, regional and global security. Dr. Rupamanjari Ghosh, Vice Chancellor of Shiv Nadar University and Lt. Gen Vinod Bhatia, CENJOWS Director signed the MoU in New Delhi on of 2017 with the responsibility to share a little of your time and your energy to make a difference in society, to empower those who need a helping hand, a little support, a few words of encouragement. Always feel responsible for what's happening around you and do your bit to make a change. Do your bit to make the India of your dreams.” Management, Dr. Himadri Das, Director, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon, faculty, students and parents. As a part of the convocation ceremony, a number of academic honors were handed to the meritorious students. In the PGPM Energy batch, gold medals were awarded to Malay Nigam for academic excellence and for being the best outgoing student. July 24. The event was attended by members of the In PGPM batch, gold medals were awarded to Afzal Anwar Government, the armed forces and academia. International security concerns as well as changing requirements in the light of technological breakthroughs 16th Convocation of IIIT H heldnecessitate rightsizing of the armed forces and efficient use of International Management Institute (IMI), New Delhi, on August 7 hosted a 'Ted X' session at their campus for the second year. The theme for this year's 'Ted X' session was and Shatabdi Kalita for academic excellence, and Ashish Ranjeet Singh for being the best outgoing student the resources. This was the dominant theme at a panel discussion which was organised prior to the signing of the MoU. The panel discussion comprised members of the Shekatkar Committee, which was created by the Government of India to suggest measures to enhance the combat capability of the armed forces and reforming the defence budget. The Committee submitted its report in December 2016 and several of its recommendations are reported to have been accepted for implementation. In addition to Lt Gen Shekatkar and Lt Gen Vinod Bhatia, Lt Gen Sanjay Kulkarni and Mr. R. Chandrashekhar – also members of the Committee – participated in the discussion. 'Zoom Out' and nine speakers from diverse backgrounds took part in it and included Bollywood director Rakesh Omprakash Mehra, actor Divya Dutta, senior journalist Prabhu Chawla and the star of the day 14 year old Anwesha Mishra who is a winner of an international spelling bee competition and now is working towards helping children from her native place Orissa to get proper education. The event was inaugurated by Prof. Debashis Chatterjee (Director General, IMI), who remarked that this fight to zoom out is about movement from darkness to light; from 'Tamas' to "Jyoti' from the apparent to the real. "We must put emphasis on cleansing our lenses of perception". "For every Arjun there is a International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-Hyderabad) celebrated its 16thconvocation ceremony on 12th August 2017. It graduated 473 students, the largest ever, with a record number of 84 research students, including 16 Ph.Ds. G V Prasad, CEO, Dr Reddy's Laboratories, was the chief guest at the ceremony and delivered the convocation address. Prof Raj Reddy, Chairman, Governing Council of IIIT-Hyderabad presided over the ceremony. Gautam Vepa, B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) was awarded the IIIT gold medal in recognition of his outstanding academic performance. Programme gold medallists were Gautam Vepa (B.Tech, The members talked about important aspects of the report. In his concluding remarks, Chancellor Dr. Balakrishnan reaffirmed the Shiv Nadar University's appreciation and gratitude to the armed forces for their services to the country. He also reiterated the University's philosophy and commitment to creating knowledge and solutions that serve Krishna and for every Chandragupta there is a Chanakya, we need to broaden our perceptions and consider the infinite reality" Puja Marwaha, CEO, NGO 'Child Rights and You' highlighted the alarming increase in child trafficking and majorly focused on the importance of education in the society. Dr. Neharika Yadav who is a dental surgeon by profession and a super biker CSE); Priyadarshi Rath, B. Tech, Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE); Gaurav Mishra, BTech in CSE and MS by Research in CSE; Mohit Sharma, M.Tech in CSE; Arvinder Singh, M.Tech in VLSI & CE and Kaustav Sengupta, M.Tech in Computer Aided Structural Engineering (CASE).


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Curriculum August 16, 2017 13 Campus Buzz/Notices Indian delegation attends Green Schools Alliance (GSA) global event in USA A delegation (third thus far) comprising of two students Mriganka Borah and Pratishruti Barman with faculties, Sushmita Chakraborty, Science Teacher and Biswajit De, National Faculty Coordinator for the Green Schools Alliance – Inddia from Maria's Public School, Guwahati, recently participated in the 9th Student Conservation Corps & Congress – Sc3, organized by Green Schools Alliance (GSA), at US Fish & Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Centre (NCTC) at Shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA. The students were chosen through international conservation training camps at Maria's BraveHeart Campsite, Rajasthan.. There the team got an opportunity to interact and learn from prominent and recognized panel of speakers like Ian Cheney – Documentary Film-Maker, Pete Dominick – Media Personality, Susan Cohen, Lisa Hupp and Cameron Conaway – US Conservationists and Naturalists and Rob Watson – Entrepreneur and Pioneer of Green Buildings. The Indian Delegation team was also highly praised and commended for their collective performances among 125 Schools from US, Egypt, Cambodia and UK that attended the event. Student Conservation Corps & Congress (Sc3) is a 7 day training program held annually at the National Conservation Training Centre (NCTC), the top environmental and NOTICES Qlik Academic Program Expands in India Qlik®, a leader in data analytics, has announced the expansion of the Qlik Academic Program to cover 50 education institutions across 25 cities in India. The initiative will enable more Universities to improve the value of their offerings by teaching marketable data skills, and also help students advance their analytical and data literacy skills within every academic discipline. Offering free, full-year subscriptions to Qlik software, the Qlik Academic Program is open to any accredited university-level institution worldwide, for-profit and nonprofit colleges alike. The Qlik Academic Program will be made available to students enrolled in renowned higher education institutions like IIM Bangalore, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, SP Jain School of Global Management, NIT Karnataka, NMIMS Mumbai, SCMHRD, Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneshwar, IIFT, and IMT Ghaziabad, amongst others. With the expansion, over 850 universities in more than 65 countries are now participants of the program. 'AI-based' online learning programmes VFS Edu Support Services Pvt. Ltd., the education services arm of VFS Global, has announced a partnership with award-winning UK-based Edtech Oxademy Technologies and its subsidiary Oxademy Business School to form the new global digital learning platform ' VFS-Oxademy will offer a first-of-its-kind knowledgedriven artificial intelligence (AI) cloud infrastructure conservation training facility in the USA. The program is graced with the presence of world renowned experts, naturalists, scientists and conservationists. Participants had an opportunity to learn and study environmental, social and economic interconnections to address biodiversity and natural resource conservation challenges affecting their generation in the ever challenging, changing world. “Our school believes in learning beyond the classroom – Nature as our classroom, we strive to set up a platform where students and teachers from educational institutions from all over India can come together and start working for a productive outcome to fight global warming”, said Tanweer Nellie Ahmed Tanweer, Founder & Managing Trustee, Maria's Public School, Guwahati,Assam. Maria's Public School, the GSA national coordinator also introduced two new schools to GSA - Delhi Public School, Raipur and Greenwood High International School, Bangalore. Virtual science seminar on the Higgs boson Particle Ashoka University in association with the Life Lab Foundation, hosted a virtual science seminar “The God Particle”. The seminar gave high school students and teachers an opportunity to delve into the realm of High Energy Physics, learn about cutting-edge research and gain access to advanced research facilities through a virtual visit. The event saw participation from over 700 students across 35 schools, such as Doon School, Dehradun, Neerja Modi, Jaipur, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Shri Ram School, Vasant Valley and Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram. The seminar included insightful sessions by renowned scientists from the European Organization for Nuclear Research - CERN and faculty members from Ashoka University. Dr. Mick Storr, retired member, CERN and Dr. Archana Sharma, senior scientist at CERN took the students on an incredible journey to learn about the origin of the Universe, the 'World's greatest experiment' and the Nobel Prize winning 'God Particle' study. Dr. Archana Sharma, said, “CERN is working at the frontiers of science, technology and innovation. We are opening new doors, pushing envelopes, opening new vistas of knowledge and working together with industries. We cannot do that called OX360 which identifies NUS to offer in-depth each learner's strengths and understanding of various weaknesses and generates functional areas of learning paths based on Management and Leadership. individual learner's behaviour, Masters Program for personalising the learning to technology professionals each individual student. Pearson India and NUS Edureka, has launched two new masters programs: Big Business School executive Data Architect Masters education business program Partnering for the first time, Indian arm of Pearson, the world's learning company and the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School on July 27 launched the Emerging Leaders Management Acceleration Program (ELMAP), a blended executive program for young Program and Cloud Architect Masters Program. The new program enables global learners to acquire future-proof skills through a repertoire of online courses, hand-picked by industry professionals, and aimed at unlocking lucrative technology careers. DNB Courses in Gurgaon and Patna units business professionals in Paras Healthcare will be India. Commencing on 14 providing specialised post October 2017, this unique graduate education – DNB business management program Courses for medical brings together business skills education at post-graduate and superior content from levels.. without inspiring the next generation. At CERN, we have many educational programmes for students providing hands on training and scientific research. This is an inspirational setting where the whole world is coming together to work on mega projects, collaborating with each other, sometimes not even speaking the same language; but speaking the same language of science.” International Achievement by Class IXth student of DPS R K Puram School Pranav Gupta of Class IX-B of DPS RK Puram has secured the first rank at the annual Stanford's Proco (A Programming Competition in which high school, university and college students pursuing computer engineering participate). Pranav was among qualifiers from likes of MIT, Stanford and UCLA and secured the top position.. Pranav knows eight main programming languages - HTML,RUBY,PYTHON,C++,C#,JAVA,S QL and C. Moreover Pranav has consequently participated and won several competitions at Google, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Berkley Institute. He aims to study CE (Computer Engineering) from MIT in future. Asia's Top Digitally Skilled Student from India Prince Sumberia, an engineering student from Model Institute of Engineering and Technology Jammu & Kashmir, won the Asia Digital Skills Challenge, the Asia's largest digital skills competition held in Singapore on July 20. The challenge was organized by ICDL Foundation, an international non-profit that works on improving digital literacy around the world. Prince Sumberia won the competition beating finalists from 6 other countries –Singapore, The Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Bhutan and Vietnam. The students were tested on their core digital skills tests including Online Collaboration, IT Security andAdvanced Spreadsheets. In the lead upto the Asian challenge, Prince was the joint winner with Josuto Rudopra from Nagaland where over 3000 students from 26 Indian cities participated in the national finals in India. The two were invited to Singapore by ICDL to participate in theAsia Digital Skills Challenge 2017. Workshop on Negotiations EO Gurgaon organized a workshop on Negotiations by Professor Dr. Dishan Kamdar, Senior Associate Dean, Indian School of Business, Exclusively for EO members. T​ he idea behind the workshop was to make the members learn the different components of emotional intelligence at work, exercise effective influence, handle difficult conversations and create energy and enthusiasm to foster meaningful change. This workshop helped develop skills for successfully managing complex negotiations and learn key lessons that one should take away in terms of mindsets and skills that should help the entrepreneurs master in distinguishing themselves as a leader. Virtual Education Fair, Delhi-based education startup providing discovery and analytics platform is bringing for the first time virtual education fair known as' Eduluk fair' connecting students & parents in higher education in India. This unique platform will showcase higher education institutions across India. 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14 Curriculum August 16, 2017 Spotlight Time to think seriously about Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) system in Indian cities By Pankaj Munjal, Chairman and Managing Director Hero Cycles Indian prisoners rehabilitated through performance of Shakespeare plays city wide bicycle sharing systems. It's most notable use has been in cities of Europe and neighboring China. PBS systems are currently working in over 50 countries across over 600 cities, most of them in Europe. Closer home in our If you are a resident of a metropolitan city in India, you would know firsthand the problems that come with an overdose of motorized transport! Traffic congestion; pollution; the significant distance between your home and the nearest Bus stop or Metro Station; the difficulty of finding an auto rickshaw to take you there in the busy hassle of the morning hours – these are all real problems encountered by people like us every day and night. Now imagine a scenario where your daily commute to the metro station or bus stop in the morning (and vice versa in the evening) is covered by a rented bicycle, and a number of the sharing plans, India is yet to come close to the implementation of any such game changing idea. With its immense benefits that include reducing congestion, improving last mile connectivity and encouraging a wider use of a green and healthy transport, Public Bicycle Sharing systems can be a real time solution to the problem of excessive congestion in our metros. An added benefit would be the significant increase in physical activity of residents and the accruing health gains. But first let's give a look to how a PBS works Public Bicycle Sharing (PBS) systems are a flexible public industrial or corporate hubs and residential areas, making them easily accessible to the target population. They play an important role in promoting non-motorized transport especially for short commutes and residential neighborhoods. Rather than taking a cab or an auto rickshaw, residents can ride their way to neighborhood markets or areas for small daily errands. The system also significantly improves lastmile connectivity to public transport modes, thereby also encouraging people to use public transport, rather than cabs or their own vehicles. The PBS systems today use automated systems of service, monitoring and tracking and neighborhood, the Chinese cities of Wuhan and Hangzhou boast of the world largest PBS systems with a bicycle network of 90,000 and 60,000 bicycles respectively. Back home, the Delhi Metro has also launched a bicycle sharing system to encourage the use of the eco-friendly transport in the highly polluted city. The Benefits run wide and deep Reduced dependence on nonmotorized transport There is universal agreement today that increasing the use of non-motorized transport is essential to improving the quality of life in large cities. Reduced use of automated vehicles result in reduction in traffic congestion, allows greater space and freedom to pedestrians, encourages people to use public transport and gives much needed breathing space to congested areas of the city. Improved last mile connectivity For residents of a city who live in residential areas that are farther to bus stops or metro stations, bicycle sharing Prisoners in India have been given leading roles performing in Shakespeare plays as part of an innovative process aimed at rehabilitating offenders. The unorthodox recruitment strategy was uncovered as one in a series of stories showcasing the English playwright's impact in South Asia, which are currently being featured in an exhibition at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in the UK. Sairah Amin, an English Literature student at Birmingham City University (UK), found the story of the Rangayana Mysore theatre company who created the process and spend time travelling across prisons in India to find inmates who can perform in their plays, including 'Hamlet', 'King Lear' and 'Hamlet'. The practice is used to help prisoners engage with a range of emotions through their performances and encourage them to look at their offenses from a different perspective. An image of two inmates performing one of the Bard's most iconic scenes, where Hamlet discovers the skull of Yorick, is currently featured in the 'Shakespeare in South Asia' exhibition which runs until Friday 8 September at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon. The exhibition has been put together by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust supported by Dr Islam Issa, Senior Lecturer in Literature at Birmingham City University, as well as six of his students from the School of English. It highlights the significant impact of the playwright in that part of the world. Sairah Amin said: “I found the story compelling because it makes us feel hope. We can see that real people are behind Shakespeare's words and there is a real impact being made.” On the opportunity to act as a curating assistant for the exhibition, she said: “The experience forced me to think of Shakespeare differently. As someone with both Pakistani and Indian roots, I was finally able to see my own identity reflected in Shakespeare. This project was a refreshing chance to see myself within literature and also to tell the stories of minorities.” above mentioned problems transport service that involves Smart Card Access for the user systems allow for hassle free seem suddenly solved. A the creation of a dense network to the system. travel, and helps save time and rented bicycle that you can of cycle rental stations. 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Curriculum August 16, 2017 156 Potpourri /News Extra Awarded Prajodh Rajan and Vikas Phadnis of EuroKids International. , Co-founder & CEO Rajan and ViceChairman Phadnis were conferred with the Entrepreneur of the year Award 2017 at the 7th Annual Entrepreneur India Awards held in Delhi on 19th of July 2017. Husien Dohadwalla received 'Edupreneur of the year 2017' award. Dohadwalla, a national and international educator and a part of the IB Educator Network (IBEN) for the Asia Pacific Region has been conferred the 'Edupreneur of the year 2017' in recognition for his immense contribution in the education sector by Assocham at an industry event held in Kolkata. The award was presented by the union Minister of State for Human Resource Development - Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey. Frankfinn receives the Gold Award Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training has received the Gold award for “Best Higher Vocational Institute for Skill Development”– 2017 at the ASSOCHAM INDIA Summit – Cum –Awards Ceremony on 9th August 2017. The Award was presented by Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, & Dr. Jaswant Singh Yadav, Rajasthan's labor minister and Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC. William Daniel, MD, Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training received the prestigious award on behalf of his institute. This award is a recognition of the quality of training being provided by Frankfinn Institute of Air Hostess Training through its Institutes spread over Pan India even in the smaller cities. Rajul Garg joins PeopleStrong Board Rajul Garg, a renowned early stage investor in technology companies has joined PeopleStrong's board of directors, as an independent director North Eastern Cultural and Information Centre to be set up in Dances, music teachers ignored by schools Delhi Celebrated Bharatanatyam A North Eastern Cultural and Information Centre will be set dancer and dance education up in Delhi soon. This was said by Dr. Jitendra Singh, DoNER proponent, Geeta Chandran MoS. He said that this will be a new gift to the people of North makes no bones about the lack East (NE) India. of understanding on dance Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had allotted a land and music education by the measuring 5341.75 sqm. (1.32 acre) at Sector-13, Dwarka, school community in the New Delhi, at a cost of approx Rs. 6 crore, to North Eastern country. According to her Council (NEC) for the purpose of construction of North dance is not only a decorative Eastern Cultural and Information Centre. He said that this art but an important tool of Centre will act as a cultural and convention/information hub communication. “Dance is of the North Eastern Region in Delhi. The Minister said that it music, literature, yoga and will be constructed at par with the international standards and poetry packaged in one and I will have a library-cum-reading room with material on North feel appalled when people Eastern Region, an art gallery showcasing the North East. The remark it was a good project is expected to be completed within 1-2 years and at a performance and leave it cost of approximately Rs. 50-55 crores, he added. there.” Speaking at the German Book Office (GBO) Uttar Pradesh to be Fully Open event on children literature, Jumpstart on August 4 in New Defecation Free by 2018 Delhi, Chandran who is also Founder-President of Natya- All 4480 villages on the bank of River Ganga in 52 districts Vriksha and has done a lot of and 5 states (Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand & successful experience to set West Bengal) were declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) classic dances free of under Namami Gange initiative at the Ganga Gram Sammelan regimental thought of school, held recently at Naini, Allahabad by Narendra Singh Tomar, said that the way music or Union Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and dance is taught in schools at Drinking Water and Sanitation. best will make them an He along with Uma Bharati Union Minister for Water appreciative audience in Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation launched model Ganga future and not performers. Gram initiative under which 24 Namami Gange villages have Recalling her interactions been identified in the 1st phase (Uttarakhand – 3, Uttar with school principals and for the children who are directors, she was very direct extremely stressed. Dance in saying that music teachers teachers need support from are accorded a low status in other teachers, if this has to the school, which is become a movement in understood by students as schools. And well-informed music being unworthy to go school managements is a key about because the 'role models' are before their eyes. “Today, most of these music to dance and music education revolution that is more relevant than ever before. In the same event, another teachers are 'failures' who doyen, Devdutt ​Pattanaik, don't have self-esteem. They author and mythologist who don't perform or are not has penned down several allowed or encouraged to interesting stories in modern perform. Barring the annual context said children need to day and one or two odd events be told that stories are not during the year, they are always good. There is both absent from the minds of good and bad to a story and school community,” she this much be told to children. added. JUMPSTART 2017 looked According even a 10-min at learning from new, daily adherence to classic innovative perspectives to dance and music in school find ways to make it more assemblies can work wonders i n t e g r a t e d w i t h l i f e experiences Pradesh – 10, Bihar – 4, Jharkhand – 5, and West Bengal – 2) to make them Adarsh Ganga Grams. Ganga Gram is a joint 780 Indian languages surveyed and documented initiative of MDWS and MoWR. The Gram Pradhans of these villages were administered oath for achieving the goal of Adarsh Ganga Gram by Sushri Uma Bharati. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath reiterated the commitment to make the entire Uttar Pradesh state ODF by December 2018 and stressed that SBM is among the top priority programs in the state. India took a major leap Nandi, Ashok Vajpayee, recently in documenting and Major General (Retd.) L.K. preserving its language Gupta, Chairman INTACH. diversity with the People's PLSI, an initiative of Bhasha Linguistic Survey of India Research and Publication (PLSI) launching the volumes C e n t r e , Va d o d a r a , w i l l on languages spoken across eventually bring out 60 such appreciated Bhasha Research and Publication Centre for making efforts to preserve the Indian languages. Dr.G. N Devy, General Editor and Chairperson, PLSI said that “The central idea of this 10 states in India including volumes by the end of 2018 to survey is to document and Indian National Anthem video in sign language The Indian National Anthem video in sign language featuring Amitabh Bachchan along with children with disability singing the National Anthem in sign language at the backdrop of the Majestic Red Fort was launched by Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, union MoS for Human Resource Development at Films Division Auditorium on eve of this Independence Day. The film is conceptualised by Satish Kapoor, Founder N a g a l a n d , M a n i p u r, be published by Orient Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Blackswan. These volumes P r a d e s h , H a r y a n a , will be published both in Maharashtra, Assam, West Hindi and English. Some Bengal, Bihar and Karnataka. volumes will also be pubThese volumes have been lished in regional languages of p u b l i s h e d b y O r i e n t India. BlackSwan publishers. At a Speaking on the occasion, Dr. ceremony on August 3 in New Manmohan Singh, former Delhi 26 books/volumes were Prime Minister of India, launched by former Prime stressed the fundamental Minister Dr. Manmohan importance of languages to preserve 780 languages which are being spoken in India today. Today is the day of celebration of language diversity for the country and we will ensure that these languages survive the test of time and place.” Dr. Ganesh Devy also announced the next big project “Global Languages Survey” under which over Director, We Care Film Festival. We Care Film Festival Singh in presence of several human society, saying that, 6000 languages being spoken produced the Film under the aegis of Brotherhood, an NGO. It dignitaries, intellectuals, “innovative research related to in the world will be surveyed is directed by Govind Nihalani and the music is scored by late historians and academicians languages” needs to be and documented. Aadesh Shrivastava. like Kapila Vatsayan, Asis e n c o u r a g e d . D r. S i n g h 34 Palm Leaf Manuscripts Converted into Printed Books Under the literary research programme conducted by Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), an autonomous organization under Ministry of AYUSH, the ancient manuscripts including palm leaves are collected and digitized from time to time.A total of 3568 manuscripts have been collected. Out of these, 92 are palm leaf manuscripts. 34 manuscripts have been further converted into printed books Advertise with us For Booking write at



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