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RNI No. UTTENG/2010/37634 Vol 7 No 10 magazine THE INDIA EDUCATION LANDSCAPE UPDATE September 16 2017 NEWS in BRIEF NCERT national preschool curriculum by 2018-19 The NCERT is working on finalising a national curriculum for playschools across the country. and is likely to be introduced from 2018-19. Material would be prepared for two years as most students study for this period before taking TEACHERS DAY Ryan school student murder fall out, National Award presented to 319 teachers schools asked to take immediate safety and security measures IN a circular 'necessitated' by the gruesome murder of a seven year old, class II student of a private school (Ryan International School) in Gurgaon, the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE), with around 18000 schools affiliated to it across India, the board has asked schools to get admission in Class I. The the security /safety audit done curriculum will also explain of their premises and how the students should be personnel from their taught. NCERT director Dr respective local police station Hrushikesh Senapaty said Teachers are the 'Bharata and follow the security they would come out with the Bhagya Vidhatas': VP Naidumaterial on teaching methods related advice for the safety of School children. The schools and techniques too. “We are have been given a two month working on a model framework for the pre-school education in the country,” he said. “Most of these (preschools) schools are privately We need teachers who have the required competence, confidence and commitment to make a difference to the period to compile and report online on CBSE website . All schools affiliated with run and we will hold a educational landscape of our country, meeting with them to ensure CBSE have been directed to strictly adhere to all the they at least use the curriculum as the model curriculum and they will be free to make changes to it to meet the demand,” said a In a departure from tradition, this year the National Awards to teachers were given away by the Vice-President M guidelines issued by MHRD Bhagya Vidhatas' (shapers of and Board from time to time. India's development). “You Any violation/lapses with are all blessed to have the regard to safety and well unique opportunity to shape being of children in school senior NCERT official. V e n k a i a h N a i d u o n the destiny of our nation in c a m p u s w o u l d i n v i t e September 5 (Teachers Day), your classrooms every day appropriate action including 'SWACHHTA' Ranking - while as President Kovind and every minute through the disaffiliation of the school 2017 of HEIs Released The 'SWACHHTA' Ranking 2017 of Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) by the Ministry of HRD conducted in line with Swachh Bharat Mission and for contributing received the teacher awardees at a high tea party hosted by him later in the day at Rashtrapati Bhavan.. In his key note address on the occasion, VP Naidu said that the teachers are the 'Bharata y o u r i n t e r a c t i o n w i t h as per the provisions under s t u d e n t s . T h r o u g h y o u r Affiliation Bye-Laws of the k n o w l e d g e , s k i l l s a n d Board. attitude, you are determining Schools have been asked to the course of India's future,” install CCTV Cameras at all he said adding, “We are the vulnerable areas/point in the inheritors of the system of School premises and ensure toward a cleaner India, is out. contd on P3 they are functional at all O. P. Jindal Global THE World Rankings 2018University, Sonipat ranks on times. Further, the schools have to get the police the top, see page 4 released, 30 INDIAN verification and psychometric evaluation teaching staff such as, bus drivers, conductors, peon and other support staff. Schools have been asked to ensure that supporting staff is employed only from authorized agencies and proper records are maintained. Constitution of a parent-teacher-students committee to address the safety needs of the students and to take regular feedback from parents has also been recommended. Importantly, the access to school building by outsiders should be controlled and visitors monitored. The CBSE directive also tells that the school shall constitute separate committees for r e d r e s s a l o f p u blic/staff/parents/students grievances, Internal Complaints committee on sexual harassment and committees under POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offence) Act, 2012 contact details shall be displayed prominently on School Notice Board and conspicuously on the school website for information of all stakeholders. Moreover, the schools should also strive to promote a better understanding amongst their teachers and staff on the laws protecting the safety, security and interests of the students and device means to take immediate remedial and punitive action against such violations. The staff members should also be educated to recognize their protective obligation towards students and to ensure safety and well being of children in schools. The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt of India has issued a comprehensive set of guidelines regarding preventive mechanisms and procedures for institutionalizing a system to ensure safety and security of GMAC launches Study in India initiative UNIVERSITIES IN TOP 1000 done for all the staff em- and details of the these children in schools. ployed including for non- committees along with Graduate Management T Admission Council (GMAC), The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 owner of the GMAT® exam released on 5th September 2017, has revealed the top 1,000 and NMAT by GMAC™ universities in the world. For the first time, two UK universities exam, has partnered with have taken the top spots; the University of Oxford takes the first nine leading Indian B-schools place position while the University of Cambridge climbs two to launch the Study in India places to take the second place position. initiative. In total, 77 countries are represented in the ranking and 27 of see page 4 these countries have at least one university in the top 200. Contd on P5 XIMB BUSINESS EXCELLENCE SUMMIT 22nd to 23rd September, Bhubaneswar Xavier Institute of Management, Bubhaneswar is celebrating 30 years of distinguished service in the field of academics, business and its contributions to the society. The institute will convene a Business Excellence Summit on the 22nd and 23rd of September at Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar. The central theme of the event is building the vision for XIMB at 40, congruent with the VUCA world. .The event will comprise of leadership talks, panel discussions and interview bites from the alumni The summit would be graced by the presence of 30 of our distinguished alumni, spanning across the wide spectra of 30 years.


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2 Curriculum September 16, 2017 News Updates WWF – India's Environnement HRD Minister Javadekar launches Regional Vocational Training Education portal, One Planet 'Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat' Institute (RVTI) to come up in Academy, launched ' HyderabadSwasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat' Programme, an initiative of These days Environment is on everybody's mind. Lots of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan to prepare a physical Health Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, recently the foundation people have become passionate about the cause of environ- and Fitness Profile Card for more than 12 lakhs of Kendriya stone for Regional Vocational Training Institute which is the ment protection as the fears of climate change and depletion of natural resources have started turning real. NCERT, the apex academic body in India, has turned down passionate calls for starting environment education as a subject and not without reasons. Vidyalaya students was launched in Kochi. Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar unveiled the Profile Card in a function held at Kendriya Vidyalaya at KV NAD,Aluva (Kochi) onAugust 21. Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat programme will provide a first of its kind for the State of Telangana boosting skill development opportunities among women ready to contribute to the country's workforce Naidu, said, “Setting up of RVTI in Hyderabad is one defining According to Prof Saroj Yadav, dean academics NCERT, comprehensive and inclusive report card for children covering step towards women empowerment. It the duty of all environment education has to be imbibed into the existing all age groups and children of different abilities. Making government bodies including gram panchayat, to do curriculum. “Awareness is an important first step for a follow students, teachers and parents aware about the importance of everything possible to empower women in the society. I up action. There is need for developing right attitude and skills good health and fitness and encouraging 60 minutes of play would like to congratulate and extend my best wishes to based on experiential learning like role plays, case studies, each day is an objective of the programme. Swasth Bachche, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship for such a project work and activities rather than adding to already Swasth Bharat programme also intends to imbibe values of great job. Through skill development we will not only loaded syllabus.” Speaking at the launch of the of One Planet Academy (OPA), the first environment education portal for students and teachers in India by WWF-India on September 11 in New Delhi, Prof Yadav asked educationists to connect Olympics and Paralympics amongst students. Bring back the childhood amongst children and make physical activity and recreational games an integral part of learning process , Motivating potentially outstanding performers in various empower our own country and its industries but also contribute to economies across the world.” There is a huge demand for skilled workforce world over and it is the right students to outside world such as population education, games and sports of excellence, using technology for data that we reap our demographic dividend and bridge this consumption pattern, lifestyle change and make them refuse capture and analytics, and giving access to schools, parents demand supply gap. Shri Naidu also said that the country is unnecessary use of resources or reduce use of natural and teachers are also the objectives of the programmes. facing an acute shortage of trainer and teachers and under resources. “All teachers have to be environment teachers, if skill development initiatives, it is a delight to see that the Navodaya Vidyalayas to go Solarwe want to teach/learn environment,” she emphasized. Speaking at the launch, Ravi Singh, Secretary General and CEO, WWF-India said, “The One Planet Academy brings together two essential pillars of WWF-India- our approach to conservation and education. Looking at strengthening the capacity of schools and teachers, the website aims to create Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS) will go solar with adoption of solar energy. This was decided at the 35th Meeting of Executive Committee of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti in New Delhi recently. country now had more avenues for training of trainers. New skills minister, Dharmendra Pradhan said, “Participation of women in the workforce in our country will certainly lead to the growth of our nation's economy. To ensure this, we have target of setting up one RVTI in each state. MSDE is First Batch of the New ePGP*awareness on matters of the environment while connecting presently running 17 such Institutes across India.” with young minds of today for contributory actions towards Programme starts at IIMA British Council launches myEnglish, our planet.” Leveraging the affinity of today's learners IIMA on September 11 announced the inauguration of the first an online coursetowards technology, the website focuses on various environ- batch of ePGP 2017-19. The programme was inaugurated by mental themes and is a digital hub for schools, teachers and Prof. Ashish Nanda, Director IIMA, from the Hughes British Council on August 30 announced the launch of students that brings under its ambit a digital training and Interactive Onsite Studio located at IIMA New Campus. ePGP myEnglish - a unique and innovative English improvement resource centre. The OPA is designed to be a one-stop is a 2-year e-Mode Post Graduate Diploma Programme with course - combining the flexibility of online study with the destination for educational information and interactive and an added flexibility of completion in 3 years. With this power of interactive live online classes. engaging content on the environment and sustainable programme IIMA will expand its reach across India as This six-week course has been developed for individuals who practices. The website encourages schools to adopt green participants in any city can pursue the programme at the place wish to improve their current level of written and spoken practices, offers project and activity ideas for the teachers, of their choice. Partnering IIMA in this venture is Hughes English. The flexible online course comprises multiple along with online training courses, and houses games, comics, Education India Limited who will be the technology partner modules that will be delivered by British Council teachers interactive maps etc, for the students. for ePGP. with internationally-recognised English language and online The OPA, launched as a middle school programme in its first The first batch of ePGP has 53 participants who will pursue teaching qualifications and experience. myEnglish has been phase, will address these issues and make it a more hands-on this course from 13 cities across the country. 79% of the first designed to improve fluency, accuracy and confidence in and action oriented experience, inspiring children to think batch holds BE/B. Tech. Degree and majority belongs to IT English through interactive, sociable and fun lessons with about issues around them and make responsible choices in Services, Oil and Gas, Healthcare and Financial services clear objectives. their daily lives. Environment Education is the oldest sectors. 30% percent of the participants have 3-5-year work Speaking at the launch, Alan Gemmell, OBE Director, British programme of WWF-India and has been an integral part of its experience, 21 percent have 6-10-year work experience and Council India said, “British Council has been on the cutting conservation efforts. 24.5% candidates have 11-15-year work experience. The edge of English language teaching, teaching millions of Capgemini, a consulting, technology and outsourcing 2017-19 ePGP batch has 51 male candidates and 2 female learners around the world and in India. Through myEnglish services MNC under its CSR initiative provided technology candidates. The candidates have been selected from a vast pool we have recreated the unique British Council classroom support to this new portal by WWF-India. Anil Jalali, CHRO – of applicants through rigorous selection criteria. For the next experience, offering customers flexibility, convenience and India, Capgemini said, “Education and Environment are key batch of ePGP starting from May 2018, IIMA will be consider- access to attend this course from anywhere in India. We are focus areas of our CSR roadmap and we believe that education ing CAT/GMAT scores, so all interested participants are excited to launch this course and see its impact on the life of is the most powerful enabler of change. Capgemini is pleased advised to register for CAT 2017. our students, both at the workplace and in their social life.” to facilitate the development of this virtual training and The sessions for this programme would be conducted by IIMA myEnglish programme offers a total of nine courses, available resource centre that promises to transform the way we teach faculty from the Hughes studio located at IIMA. This at three language levels for participants at different level of and learn about our environment.” programme is for working professionals and entrepreneurs language proficiency. Each course is conducted over a period having a minimum full time work experience of 3 years. The of six weeks, with a total duration of 50 hours of study per campus module of the ePGP 2017-19 batch is scheduled to course.The students are given access to a dedicated course begin on October 2, 2017. website for online activities, tasks and participate in forum XLRI to Host National Conference on “Promoting Business Opportunities in North-East India” in Manipur discussions. myEnglish classes are delivered over Zoom – a low bandwidth consuming video-conferencing platform – easily accessible from desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet. Invites submission for paper presentation at the conference; Last date for submission of abstract September 30th, 2017. The Conference is to be co-chaired by Prof. Ibohal Meitei (Director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Skill Development, Manipur University), Prof. Pingali Venugopal (Chairperson, Centre for Global Management & Responsible Leadership, XLRI, Jamshedpur), Prof. Teidor Lyngdoh (Professor, Marketing Area, XLRI, Jamshedpur) and Prof. David F Marbaniang (Department of Business Administration, St Anthony's College, Shillong, Meghalaya). The interactive format fulfils the need for real time feedback from the teacher while practicing pronunciation and understanding concepts, critical for learning a language. The applicants are first required to take a short online level check followed by a consultation with one of the teachers, to


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Curriculum September 16, 2017 3 Lead Story contd from P1 Teacher National Awards University of Nottingham TEACHERS GET LESSONS, AWARDS, ADMIRATION Postgraduate Certificate Education (International) in at gurukulas where the teachers excellent teachers who leave education to persist. As Sri education. He stated that he TISB Training Academy fromand the students lived together an indelible impression on the M C C h a g l a , t h e t h e n was confident that they would and pursued studies in a students have been the role Education Minister of India fulfil their responsibilities December this yearcaring environment, the models exemplifying through s a i d i n 1 9 6 4 : “ O u r earnestly. He said that Dr. system of educational inquiry their attitudes and behaviour, Constitution fathers did not that was based on a constant the values and behaviour they intend that we just set up dialogue between the teacher wish to impart in the children. hovels, put students there, and students and the concept “It is said that values are give untrained teachers, give of 'Vidya' as a process of caught. They cannot be taught. them bad textbooks, no discovery.” Ideal behaviour is important playgrounds, and say, we Dr. Radhakrishnan had said: than ideology. Children learn have complied with Article 45 “Teachers should be the best to be kind, compassionate if and primary education is minds in the country”. Good the teachers are kind and expanding... They meant that teachers are good learners. compassionate. The students real education should be They keep learning new w i l l l e a r n t h e v a l u e o f given to our children between t h i n g s a l l t h e t i m e a n d p a t i e n c e , t o l e r a n c e a n d the ages of 6 and 14”. acquiring knowledge from democratic functioning in a The 'real education' to foster different sources. In addition class where the teacher all round development of to sound knowledge, teachers embodies these values and students is what should aim should have the skills to where her/his actions in the for. There should be holistic communicate that knowledge classroom reflect these values. development of students with effectively to the students. The teachers have to hone equal emphasis on academic They should have the ability their skills to develop among excellence and skills for self- to stimulate the curiosity, children critical, creative, and e m p l o y m e n t o r g a i n f u l open up opportunities for r e f l e c t i v e a n d p r o b l e m employment. dialogue in the classrooms solving abilities. In fact, this India's value system, culture and encourage the children to is the most crucial aspect of a a n d h e r i t a g e s h o u l d b e discover, think and express. teacher's work. We need more accorded due importance in They should creatively link child-friendly schools with the syllabus. Also physical classroom learning with the caring, inspired and inspiring training, crafts, sports, NCC learners' lives. In recent times, teachers.” training, music and even t e c h n o l o g y h a s b e c o m e Many successful teachers, of s u b j e c t s l i k e g a r d e n i n g Radhakrishnan had once The Bangalore-based TISB Training Academy housed in the observed that “When we think iconic The International School, Bangalore will be offering the we know, we cease to learn”. University of Nottingham's PGCEi in India, Sri Lanka, It is therefore, important that Bhutan, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Maldives and Nepal later this all of us, including teachers, year. The diploma program, essentially an online course should never stop learning. having 60 credits spread over eight months, has also a four-day The President said that India of face to face training component which will take place in is a land of diversity. Children January 2018 at TISB Academy. The inaugural course begins in schools are from diverse in December with a capacity of 25 and from next time onward s o c i o - e c o n o m i c b a c k- will be a 60-seat capacity offer. The blended option of face to grounds. Teachers need to face interaction is for developing a working relation and then take care of this. They should the course continues in distance mode in virtual space. The make an effort to understand course fee is 3600 pounds. the child's family background TISB Training Academy (esb in 2008) runs diploma and a n d m i n i m i s e d i s p a r i t y certificate programs for in-service teachers and school leaders. among the students of a class. With the PGCEi from the University of Nottingham, a truly The President said that we all international university, with the School of Education ranked need to give back to society. 4th in the UK in the QS World University Rankings 2017, In our tradition imparting TISB Academy is looking to break the ceiling in the way education has been termed as teacher training happens in India. “The B Ed program is has a 'VidyaDaan'. Teachers build theoretical foundation with little practice or practical the next generation. They can knowledge but at the same time children are changing, be role models for their technology is changing so is society. Children complain if students with their actions and classroom teaching is boring. So, here is a course which is deeds. It is for teachers to based on latest research in education and best practices around bring out the best in their the world and is enabling for a teacher,” says Dr Bindu Hari, children. Quoting Kabir, the Director TISB, NAFL & NPS Institutions. President stated that the status The PGCEi is relevant to all curricula, subjects and phases. It inexpensive and all pervasive. w h i c h y o u a r e s h i n i n g should be part of the curricula of teachers is very high. They focuses on the improvement of individual teaching practice “It is heartening to note that 44 examples, have transformed for a well-rounded develop- shape a child's life. It is through critical reflection and research on practice. It also percent of rural secondary schools into places of joyful ment of the student. Health of important that our children enables you to compare teaching approaches in different s c h o o l s i n I n d i a h a v e l e a r n i n g t h r o u g h t h e i r the students is very important. should be taught to be good countries and develop a global approach to education. computers. Technology can k n o w l e d g e , s k i l l s a n d A healthy nation can become human beings first and imbibe According to Anne Emerson, Associate Professor, Faculty of be a very powerful tool for attitudes. a wealthy nation, but a the values of honesty and Social Sciences, Nottingham University, who was in India in assisting the teachers. Many Good quality pre-primary wealthy nation may not integrity. Only then will they connection with the commencement of this program at TISB teachers are using these tools education and elementary become a healthy nation. excel in the profession they Training Academy, the course is being offered for the first time effectively. Some of them are education are the essential President Ram Nath Kovind choose. Thus, he said that in Indian subcontinent, In several places including China, the creating 'Apps' as well. We building blocks for building a also urged the teaching t e a c h e r s a r e t h e m o s t expatriates community has immensely benefited from this m u s t e n c o u r a g e t h e s e developed India. In a country fraternity to embrace the important nation builders. course in improving their classroom engagements. PGCEi innovations that enrich the with such a high commitment importance of their profes- program can also lead to Masters in education at the learning process.” to knowledge and education, sion and ensure that there is Nottingham University. “Those who qualify the program get He further emphasized that we cannot allow poor quality no decline in standards of an entry into the masters program of the university and have to complete more 120 credits,” Prof Emerson adds. Let us make the next 5 years about 'teach With PGCEi, a teacher can improve his or her practice examining his or her education system from an international to transform, educate to empower and learn to lead'", Prime Minister Modi perspective, make appropriate use of professional and research literature and build own knowledge of the assumptions, concepts, and principles of a range of learning theories, evaluating their usefulness in specific situations SWACHHTA' Ranking - 2017 Apart from Jindal University, Manipal University, Jaipur, Chitkara University, Kalu Jhanda (Barotiwala), Solan, K.L.E. Academy of Higher Education and Research, Belgaum and Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Agra are the first five ranks in the list. Rankings of Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) were done on the basis of cleanliness and hygiene. Parameters for a clean campus were formulated, like student/toilet ratio, kitchen hygiene, availability of running water, modernity of toilet& kitchen equipment, campus green cover, garbage disposal in hostels and academic buildings, disposal techniques, water supply systems and also a certain weightage to whether the institutions has adopted any neighbouring locality or village to spread awareness & activities in Swachhta. About 3500 HEIs responded to the online invitation, submitting all their details as per format. The top 174 institutions were shortlisted as per criteria and officials from UGC and AICTE inspected the premises of all 174 institutions. Finally, the top 25 institutions across various categories like Universities, Technical Institutions, Colleges and Government institutions were selected and they were awarded on the occasion. #OpenGovDataHack Union Ministry for Electronics & Information Technology launched a nation-wide hackathon #OpenGovDataHack. The #OpenGovDataHack will begin with the on site City Challenge, a 24 hours Hackathon event will be held at 7 centres/ institutes/ organizations across Hackathon cities on different weekends. The participating teams will be required to submit Apps prototypes and Info-graphics. Selected Apps prototypes from all seven onsite city Centre and online submissions will be taken forward for App development. Each team will be given 2 months of mentorship/incubation to develop theApp, post which the teams will submit the final


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4 News Updates Curriculum September 16, 2017 A u s t r a l i a n H i g h e r E d u c a t i o n Vidyalaya Puraskar in 2016-17 to recognize, inspire and President & Chief Mentor, KIC UnivAssist and Former High celebrate excellence in water, sanitation and hygiene practices School College Counselor said “As the survey insights state, Delegation tour to India explores in schools. 35 States and UTs participated in this Puraskar, at Indian students have not been able to gain preference in District and State levels, in an online mode. Thereafter, these comparison to the overseas students due to lack of exposure linkages were evaluated and awarded at district and state levels. Out of and right counseling at the right age. We really need to step up 643 schools shortlisted by the states, 172 schools have been the counseling practices in India to help them gain the desired A 30-member Australian higher education delegation selected for the National awards for Swachh Vidyalaya position in the international markets.” including the Group of Eight (Go8) Australia (top ranking Puraskar 2016-17. Even today, students prefer opting for traditional courses as Australian universities group) was in India in for a week at the Union HRD minister, Prakash Javadekar congratulated the the career and college counseling practices in India are still not August end exploring opportunities for research and winners of Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017-18 and also told at par with the international standards. This is majorly due to educational linkages between Australian and Indian educa- that next year this competition will be open to private schools lack of awareness and opportunities that the vocational tional institutions. also. This year 2, 68,402 schools from both central and state courses offer in comparison to conventional following. 40% The Group of Eight (Go8) Australia, which is comprised of governments participated voluntarily in the competition students say that they prefer safer subject options such as Australia's eight leading research-intensive universities which is in itself an achievement and a beginning of 'New Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) interacted with Vice Chancellors, deans, academics and India'. Speaking on the occasion the Minister said that the followed by 22% opting Art, Entertainment and Sports, 18 % researchers of India's leading universities and research students are 'cleanliness ambassadors' and they will lead the choosing Business & Finance and 17% for Health and institutions at a PhD and research workshop organised in New vision of Clean India of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Medicine. Delhi on August 29.. On the same day, a professional He added that it is the need of the hour to change our mindsets Some of the recent trends illustrate growing eminence of development masterclass was organised for over 40 School and inculcate the habit of cleanliness everywhere in the technology in the field of career-counseling and 38% of principals and school counsellors that focused on theories of country. students have reported that their counselor uses some form of learning and instructional design principles, creating a culture The schools were given an award of Rs. 50,000/- each as technology to guide them. of enquiry and building professional learning communities additional school grant, to be utilized for swachhta related Also, the global political issues and complexities don't seem to among other aspects. activities, which was digitally transferred to them, along with stop the aspirations of the students, as per the survey insights. A seminar highlighting successful Australia-India Research a Certificate. School principals/teachers and students from the The student enrolment has gone up in the international markets collaborations was organised in New Delhi. The seminar schools collected the awards. Besides, awards to 11 districts with 45% of students preferring U.S. as their study-abroad showcased successful Australia-India research engagement with highest participation for the National Level Awards for destination, followed by 14 % Canada, 13% U.K., 10 % and this featured: TERI Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre – Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2016-17 were given to concerned Australia, 8% South EastAsia and 7% Europe. A joint partnership between Deakin University, Australia and District Collectors/District Education Officers. Tamil Nadu, GIIS opens second campus in TokyoTERI, India to develop innovative nano-biotechnology solutions in agriculture and environment; National Trauma Research Institute, Australia and the All India Institute of Medical Science that are investigating the effects in India of a number of innovations in systems of trauma care and rehabilitation; Project involving Queensland University of Technology and Department of Biotechnology, Government of India for the developing iron rich bananas The delegation were briefed by Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan who have been declared top three States with maximum number of schools in Five Star and Four Star ratings (green & blue category) were given a Certificate of Recognition. The best practices in sanitation and maintaining Swachhta in schools by states were also shared on this occasion. UNICEF and ASCI were the technical and knowledge partners with Department of School Education and Literacy in this endeavour. The Department also released Standard Operating Procedures Global Indian International School (GIIS), will start its second campus in Tokyo in response to strong demand from expatriate and Japanese families desiring exceptional international education for their children. The new state-of-the-art campus in Higashi Kasai offers an advanced and immersive learning environment to maximize learning opportunities for every student, dedicating an entire floor to laboratories, activity rooms and a range of facilities fitted with the latest technolo- Aayog on the future of higher education in India. The delegation also met with Professor N.V. Varghese, Vice Chancellor, National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) and Dr Rajender Singh Sangwan, Director, Academy of Scientific & Innovative Research (AcSIR) who provided an overview on the Indian higher education policy and its development. Australia's research focus on advanced materials, mining, energy 3-D printing, automation, digitalization and healthcare have many takers in (SOPs) for Swachhta in schools and started registration for Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017-18 from 1st September, which coincides with the commencement of Swachhata Pakhwada for the Ministry. The registration for Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar 2017-18 closes on 31st October and is open to government, government aided and private schools as well. IC3 Institute to start in January 2018, 18 gies. With the original Tokyo campus operating at maximum capacity, accommodating over 600 students representing 17 nationalities including Japanese, the new 520-seat facility was introduced to enable the further expansion of GIIS in Japan. The Tokyo school was founded in 2006, with less than 50 students, and today offers a complete educational offering from kindergarten through grade 12. Historically established to cater to expatriate Indian communities in Tokyo, the student India and the two countries already several collaborations and Regional Forums also planned body demographics have diversified over the years, welcom- opportunities for pursuing research in these areas. Private schools protest rally inPeter Coleman, Trade Commissioner, Australian Trade & In a major announcement at the end of the two-day (August 30-31) the International Career & College Counseling (IC3) ing increasingly more non-Indian students. Investment Commission, Australian Government said, Conference in New Delhi, Ganesh Kohli, IC3 Conference Ramlila Maidan soon“Australia is home to leading educational institutions with 7 Chair, revealed his plans for setting up an IC3 institute, a step Australian universities listed amongst the top 100 universities aimed at institutionalizing career counseling in India. About 'in the world according to the QS World University rankings 18 regional forums will be an extension of this initiative where National Independent Schools Alliance' (NISA) and its Delhi and wants to broaden linkages with Indian students and seminars will be hosted in various locations round the year. chapter 'Private Land Public Schools Association' (PLPS), has insinuations. We would like to invite more students from India “We will put a structure and the institute will be run by formally announced the formation of the new coalition to study in Australia in courses where Australia is a world leader and this includes educational programmes in archaeol- volunteers,” Kohli added. The conference had two more attractions unveiling of IC3 "Coalition for School Education Reforms" with various private schools association such as All Indian Catholic ogy, earth & marine sciences, mineral & mining engineering, survey and awards to counselors including life time achieve- Schools Association, National Progressive Schools environmental sciences, nursing, pharmacy & pharmacology ment award to Dr Amrita Dass, Founder Director of ICS Conference, Early Childhood Independent Schools and veterinary science”. International Lucknow. Association, All India ICSE schools Association. The Students are cleanliness ambassa- Conducted in support with Federation of Indian Chambers of coalition will work against all the government decisions that Commerce and Industry (FICCI) across India and other have created a hindrance in the operations of private schools, dors: Prakash Javadekar strategic locations of the world, the International Career & including 449 private schools to be taken over in Delhi. Swachhta in schools plays a significant role in determining the College Counseling (IC3) found that 98% of universities National President of NISA and Chairman of the newly health of children, attendance, dropout rate, and learning surveyed felt that more information and counseling at the formed coalition, Kulbhushan Sharma said that providing outcomes. For the first time, government schools have been school level would better prepare students for univer- education is primarily government's responsibility which has ranked on the basis of Swachhta on various criteria viz. Water, sity/college. The survey which included opinions of 'High been shifted on private schools and the action being taken Sanitation, Hand washing with soap, Operations and Schools and Counselors', 'Students', 'Universities and Global against 449 schools is completely malicious. The government Maintenance, Behaviour Change and Capacity Building. The Academic Institutions' and 'Industry Leaders' revealed career is trying to conceal its flaws and failures by establishing union ministry of HRD has taken new initiative for further- related decisions are leading to higher stress level for students private schools as villains in the eyes of the public. He further ance of Swachh Vidyalaya Campaign and instituted Swachh and parents as revealed by 48% educators. Talking about the said, 'schools do not have any surplus funds and by denial of opportunity gap, Ganesh Kohli, IC3 Conference Chair and


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Curriculum September 16, 2017 5 Lead storyII Fee Refund Tussle continues in Delhi from P 1 THE World Rankings 2018 Nearly a decade old tussle it provided that if the reserves under Section 17(3), the over refund of excess fees were not found sufficient, the school has to furnish a full (amounting to over rupees fee could be increased to the statement of fees in advance 300 crore) collected by e x t e n t r e q u i r e d a f t e r before the commencement of private schools in Delhi in c o n s u l t a t i o n w i t h t h e the academic session, and that wake of 5th and 6th pay representatives of parents Director (Education) has the commission implementation, teacher associations. While authority to regulate the fees this August, entered into a the order was still a bone of under Section 17(3) of the decisive phase with the Delhi contention between the two A c t . S o i t a p p o i n t e d a (state) government finally parties, the schools again Committee of three members submitting to Delhi High hiked fees to meet 6th Pay under the chairmanship of Court a list of 449 defaulting commission (announced in Justice Anil Dev Singh, schools on August 16 against 2006) with retrospective retired Chief Justice, and whom it has started 'takeover' effect from January 2006 to Rajasthan High Court to of management proceedings. the tune of 40-100% to meet examine the records and At the same time, while some the recommendations of the a c c o u n t s , e t c . o f t h e s e of the defaulting schools have 6th Pay Commission as per s c h o o l s . J . S . K o c h a r, already started the process of the case history. It caused a Chartered Accountant and Dr refunding the excess fee to the furor and as a result the R K S h a r m a , a r e t i r e d parents of students mostly by government constituted a a d d i t i o n a l d i r e c t i o n i n way of adjusting it against the committee in 2008 under a Department of Education upcoming fee dues; others retired IAS office, S L Bansal were the other two members. have filed appeal cases to examine the implications of Thereafter the committee against the order. the 6th Pay Commission for started its work and till 2016 The government informed the these schools and make end it has brought out 10 Delhi HC that a total of 544 recommendations. Bansal interim reports after inspec- schools have been identified committee submitted its tion of school records. by the Justice Anil Dev Singh r e p o r t i n 2 0 0 9 a n d i n Based on the committee c o m m i t t e e , w h o w e r e accordance with its recom- reports, the Delhi government required to refund excess fees mendations, the government has been ordering the schools along with the interest rate of allowed the unaided recog- for refund to parents but a 9% to parents of students. nized private schools of Delhi large number of them have Alarmingly, 449 schools (out to hike the tuition fee and defaulted or are not comply- of 544 schools were refund d e v e l o p m e n t f e e w i t h ing, which has resulted in the has been recommended) the retrospective effect, i.e., from government invoking the department of education has 01.01.2006 only if its existing latest stringent action on processed the proposal to reserves weren't suffice to directions of the Delhi HC. issue showcase notices for meet the teacher salary The schools contend that the taking over the management liabilities. For this schools calculations done by the of the said schools in w e r e g r o u p e d i n f i v e committee in many cases accordance with law and the categories on fee differentials were not correct and there is proposal has been placed and roughly a fee hike of 20% no redressal mechanism for b e f o r e t h e L i e u t e n a n t was permitted. schools. “Justice Anil Dev G o v e r n o r o f D e l h i f o r D e l h i A b h i b h a v a k committee has overstepped approval. Curiously as many Mahasangh felt that permitted its brief and it has calculated as 231 schools according to hike was abnormally higher things like development the fee panel had bogus and unreasonable. So, on charges as part of calcula- r e c o r d s w h i c h r e q u i r e d 19the March, 2009 it went to tions, which is an injustice to s p e c i a l i n s p e c t i o n . 4 0 court (W.P. (C) No. 7777 of our schools,” say S L Jain, Sr. minority schools are also on 2009) questioning the validity Vi c e P r e s i d e n t , A c t i o n the default list and if they of the 11th February, 2009 C o m m i t t e e f o r u n a i d e d don't comply, these may invite orders on various grounds and schools and Director, derecognition. demanded among other things M a h a v i r S e n i o r M o d e l The genesis of the issue can be refund of excess fee to School, Delhi. “The Action traced to 1997 when Delhi parents, making Bansal C o m m i t t e e o f U n a i d e d Abhibhavak Mahasangh, Committee report public and schools are in the court in this S o c i a l J u r i s t a n d F a i t h constitution of a permanent case along with several Academy Parents Association tribunal as suggested by individual schools. So, our vide WP(C) No. 2723 before Duggal Committee. The fight is not over as yet,” adds t h e D e l h i H i g h C o u r t petitioners said that the S K Bhattacharya, President challenged the hike in fee and Government should ensure ofAction Committee. other charges announced by auditing of accounts as per W h i l e s c h o o l s m a y b e various unaided recognized Section 18(6) of Delhi School presenting a brave face, the private schools in Delhi Education Act as per Rule reality is in a majority of ranging from 40% to 400% to 170, Delhi Education Rules cases, schools are not able to meet 5th Pay Commission on regular basis. It was hotly understand the complexity recommendations of 1997. contested by association of and magnitude of the refund Following this, the govern- unaided private schools. But p r o c e s s t h e m s e l v e s . ment issued an order whereby the court was convinced that “Medium and budget schools that come under refund ambit are hit most as it is difficult to arrive at correct calculations for refund and most of us also know that we have to refund the excess fees,” say Abbas Ali, President, Unaided Recognised School Welfare Association. Another prominent school association NPSC (National Progressive School's Conferences) hasn't officially taken any stance on the issue and it has left to the discretion of individual schools to charter their course of action. “Agreeing or not agreeing is for them. While some have started refunding others think they need redressal. Since there is no tribunal to go against Justice Anil Dev Committee, so they are going to court,” says Ashok Pandey, Chairperson, NPSC and Principal, Ahlcon International School, Delhi. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also reacted to this issue saying, "Private schools are the integral part of our education system and the Delhi government has no intention to interfere in their functioning but we, as a responsible government, will surely ensure discipline in these schools. Some of these schools are doing good work. But if they don't implement the recommendations of the Justice Anil Dev's committee and return the fees, then we will take them over as a last resort.” According to Ashok Agarwal, who has been the principal petitioner in the case, almost 90% of schools audited by the Committee are in the dock and it is obvious that schools have been willingly looting parents. Now court has come hard on the government, so that is why it has come into action and I have a feeling that schools will return fees and if they don't under the DSE Act 1973, they will either be taken over or derecognized. “I still feel schools are charging 50% excess fee on students and the issue is far from settled,” he adds. So, in effect, everybody is tense as to how will this issue will be settled—amicably or by Govt take over, Both in terms of the overall ranking and the highest positions, the US and the UK are well represented. Japan and China are among the best represented countries in the ranking but they fall behind other countries such as Germany and the Netherlands for universities in the top 200. The results are calculated using 13 performance indicators underlying five metrics: research, teaching, research influence, industry income and international outlook. . The number of Indian universities named among the top 1,000 dropped from 31 to 30. 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6 Curriculum September 16, 2017 Interview Manvendra Shukul- CEO Lakshya Digital, GAMING: fighting blues of the ‘blue whale’ Children will be children, need to educate them on moderate devices use The unfortunate spate of teen suicides attrib- users of the internet to be other for a top prize (which is uted to 'killer' online game, 'Blue Whale cautious of the websites they usually a lot of money), really Challenge', which several in past few weeks in visit and the games they play came into its own in 2016. and steer away from predators The next big thing is TV. As India, has put the Online Gaming in a tight spot just as one would on the street c o n s o l e s e v o l v e i n t o with parents, teachers and schools worried about children, who are vastly hooked to at night time in one's own city. something more, resembling Now let's come to the multimedia entertainment positive side of gamification. d e v i c e s t h a n d e d i c a t e d gaming. A large number of anxious parents are It is being said that some gaming machines, it seems trying hard to snap online access to their games are bigger than that everyone wants an in on Hollywood movies. And the widespread accessibility children. Is that the right route? The UNESCO's online games have estab- of the dominating mobile MGIEP a few months ago launched world rescue (, a lished themselves firmly market model. At this point and it is already a big the next stop for tablets and industry. Can you briefly smartphones is going to be to mobile-based game , only a couple of months give us a sense of the gaming connect to TVs.The future is Nasscom Gaming Forum (NGF) initiatives: Game Jam Titans, NGF City Chapters; The Nasscom Game Developers Conference (NGDC); The NGF Awards; Investor and Publisher Meet-ups ago for bettering learning and sensitization of world and how is it evolv- of 4K gaming that targets ing? masses. will happen. But, they are still International have a prize Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among The gaming industry is Games are interactive, experiments that are creating money pool of nearly $19 young people. Another gaming platform is already an growing across the world and there is a freedom to fail, possibilities and will take million. Having said that, the is currently pegged at $ 92 engagement, rewards and some time before they can be rate at which the Indian games billion USD globally. Gaming even e-tournaments, how is utilised in the mainstream industry has started growing education system in itself. That is to say that is the largest segment within all this going to impact education. Having said that, I in the last couple of years, power of gaming has been already recognized and it is thriving economy with some games the Entertainment Industry, young minds. How do we truly believe that AR has a makes it very evident that we far exceeding Movies, Music leverage this into learning bigger potential to impact will not take as long as the US & Animation. and knowledge acquisition? education than VR and in the industry to make our presence bigger than Hollywood blockbusters. In this scenario, it is better to get expert advise. The growth is driven by a 'Learning through action' as a coming years it will change known in the global arena. In growing youth population, concept is increasingly being the way our kids get educated. the last couple of years more higher disposable incomes, recognized and promoted in This platform has the potential than 100 Game developers introduction of new gaming classrooms across the world. to bring about a complete have come up to take the Autar Nehru met Manvendra Shukul- CEO of genres and the increasing Researchers have found that paradigm shift in how we see challenge of making their own Lakshya Digital, one of India's pioneering game number of tablet users smartphone and following on the art developer who now executes global gaming back of improving connectiv- cognitive flexibility can be improved using fun learning tools like gaming. The very education for our kids in the very near future. Coming to India, though a games. And that is a very definite sign that the industry is soon going to come out of projects with his team based in Gurgaon, to ity across the world. Mobile is manner in which computer lot of Indians are immersed the shadows and start its understand gaming trends and also to know if parents can do something to stop worrying the most lucrative segment, g a m e s a r e d e s i g n e d , in gaming yet our contribu- journey to the top. Where all with smartphone and tablet encourages improved brain t i o n t o t h i s e m e r g e n t g l o b a l p u b l i s h e r s a n d gaming growing 19% year functions such as decision industry isn't that much developers would want to over year to $46.1 billion, making skills. Gaming can even though India is one of have a foot in. With the size of claiming 42% of the market. also be an excellent motivator the leading nations of IT the Indian smart phone market In 2020, mobile gaming will f o r l e a r n i n g , a n d i s a service and product exports. moving fast towards the represent more than half of the commonly used teaching Your comment how bodies number one spot, the mobile total games market. method used to keep children l i k e N A S S C O M a r e games market is just waiting In last 2-3 years, gaming engaged. Computer games addressing this? to explode. And when that industry has witnessed unique h e l p k i d s d e v e l o p a n First, we need to understand happens, there is no stopping trends and developments in understanding of their own where the Indian gaming the Indian Games Juggernaut. gaming industry across the intelligence and areas of skill industry stands vis a vis the The Nasscom Gaming Forum globe. There has been exit of through specific encourage- global games industry which (NGF) runs many initiatives Console Cycles and entry of ment and feedback. Games do has been around for a very that aim to help grow the I n c r e m e n t a l C o n s o l e this by rewarding players for very long time, more than 45 - Indian gaming eco-system. Updates. Secondly, there has completing levels, or placing 50 years. That is sufficient The primary goal of these been the rise of Augmented them on a table of high scores. time for an industry to become initiatives is to promote/ R e a l i t y ( A R ) . Wi t h t h e Can you throw some more m a t u r e a n d w o r k a s a present video game develop- The 'Blue Whale Challenge' do. Games do not make runaway success of Pokémon l i g h t o n A R & V R i n professional entity. Hence it is ment as a viable career option l i n k e d t o s u i c i d e s h a s people any more violent or Go in 2016, Augmented gamification of education? now the largest segment of the and also help Indian develop- brought online games into peaceful than movies, music Reality (AR) stepped out of AR and VR are new content digital entertainment industry. ers get access to appropriate sharp focus for bad reasons, or books do. The regulations the shadows of its better p l a t f o r m s t h a t h a v e a Bigger than the US movie and knowledge, skills, publishers so do you agree that game that apply to gaming is more known sibling Virtual Reality tremendous potential for music industry. On the other and investors that can help art can have a dark side. Do or less the same as those that (VR). A host of companies impacting education and hand, Indian games industry is them mature and succeed. w e h a v e a n y k i n d o f apply to anything present on have now jumped on to the making it more effective and very new. Just about 7-8 years regulations international or the internet. Like with any AR gaming bandwagon. progressive. But, these are old. We are still in the process Tell us about yourself how otherwise to prevent this? regulation, it is not good Also, Competitive gaming, or new platforms and still in a of learning the ropes and are did you develop an interest The Blue Whale Challenge enough to have it. What eSports has also blossomed stage where developers are grappling around to find a in gaming as a result of would suggest that games makes regulations work is over last few years and will e x p e r i m e n t i n g w i t h t h e foothold in this space. Parents which Lakshya Digital was might have a dark side. In how well they are enforced. continue in future as well. possibilities. There are some still frown on kids playing probably born? exactly the same way as any A n d s o l i k e a n y o t h e r Competitive gaming, where developers who are doing video games. In the US, on the I s t a r t e d m y c a r e e r a s other entertainment medium regulation they are not fool- professional video game great work that impacts the other hand, e-sports tourna- computer programmer back in like books, movies or music proof. What is required is for players compete against each way education of the future m e n t s s u c h a s D O TA 2 Contd on P 9


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Curriculum September 16, 2017 7 Special series Under arrangement with Next Education Five Ways to Tackle ADHD in the Classroom and Beyond By Beas Dev Ralhan CEO & Co-founder,Next Education India Pvt. Ltd. It's very easy to lose patience with a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The problem of maintaining calm is more of a challenge for a teacher who is in the middle of the task of trying their best to convey a concept to a class full of students. One of the students gazing out of the window or fidgeting with stationery can hamper the concentration of other students in the class too. Poor performance, inattentiveness and incomplete work are typical of children with ADHD. The way most teachers battle this is with scolding and punishment, unable to chose discipline as the line between the two is thin. While discipline is a positive way of making a child aware of the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behaviour and appreciating the child for all their good deeds, punishment works on the principle of shame and fear. Forced isolation, spanking, etc., are some of the methods that are often adopted by teachers to make students complete their work and reprimand them for a task that is incomplete. Though a c l e a r l y t o a s t u d e n t . teacher might able to fulfil the Completing a task does not immediate goal of making mean solving one maths students complete their tasks, problem and jumping to positive discipline could help literature lesson. Completing A D H D s t u d e n t s g a i n a day's task can mean solving confidence and bring order to s i x p r o b l e m s a n d t h e n their routine. moving to English. Clear and concise instructions help HANDS-ON LEARNING The evil of rote learning has ADHD students function problematised the entire better at their daily activities. teaching-learning process as it IMPORTANCE OF includes only a monologue AUDIOVISUALS from the teacher, who is Audiovisuals are great for perceived to be the sole holder A D H D s t u d e n t s . and diffuser of knowledge. Simulations, Virtual Reality This process is in need of (VR) and Augmented Reality immediate re-evaluation as it (AR) videos, etc., hold their is better to 'do' rather than attention to the concept 'listen'. Whether it is learning a better. Thus, they would be science concept through an able to grasp the concepts experiment or perfecting better if they remain attentive. As opposed to COMPLETION OFATASK s u m m a t i v e a s s e s s m e n t , ADHD children with short which is usually held at the attention span often leave end of a term and can only tasks midway. All students, partially assess a kid's ability, and especially those with formative assessment is the ADHD, might need little ongoing process of evaluatbreaks to get back to and ing a kid. The ongoing concentrate on the task at process could help teachers hand. Therefore, teachers understand the strengths and should set strict timings that weaknesses of a kid and help would signal every student to the latter with their valuable get back to work. It is also feedback. This could be important that a teacher especially helpful for kids defines completion of a task withADHD. PERSONALISED LEARNING Managing students with ADHD can be a challenge. But in all conditions, teachers should refrain from reprimanding them in the presence of their peers. It is likely that they will be heartbroken to find their teachers frustrated and disappointed with them. If the teachers want to discuss the gaps in their studies, they should do it in private. Moreover, all students need individual attention. This helps teachers keep a track of the progress that their students are making. And with the advent of technology in the education sector, personalised learning has become quite a buzz word. Adaptive learning is an educational technology that provides computermediated personalised learning solutions. Assessments and learning solutions are designed as per the specific needs of each learner. Adopting this technology can be especially helpful for ADHD students. All information needs to be broken down into simple facts for them to grasp. A teacher can take the help of technology to achieve that objective. PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS Parents AND teachers have a common goal -- advancement of the kids. However, both sides often feel that the other is not doing enough to either discipline the kid or help them with their work. This confusion arises from the fact that they don't seem to realise that their goal is the same. Thus, they need to collaborate instead of accusing each other of negligence. A constant dialogue between the two parties is essential to live up to the challenging task of helping the kid channelise their energy. For a kid with ADHD, support from parents and teachers is irreplaceable. A kid with ADHD is a bundle of energy. It is erroneously believed that they can't focus on their tasks. We should stop perceiving their condition as a disorder. They just have a different cognition than most of the other kids, which teachers need to acknowledge. Provide them with interesting tasks and they would definitely give their best to complete the tasks. NEWS UPDATE: GMAC launches Study in India initiative with nine B-school partners In its endeavor to strengthen Ministry of Human Resource Indore), Xavier University I n d i a w e b s i t e , Dean, ISB. Commenting on experience to the class- India's position as a global Development's directive to Bhubaneswar (XUB), SP, the launch Dr. Shailesh rooms.” g r a d u a t e m a n a g e m e n t rebuild India's attractiveness Jain Institute of Management and will have the option to Gandhi, Dean Programmes, Sangeet Chowfla, president education hub, the Graduate as a study destination for & R e s e a r c h ( S P J I M R ) , secure admission in any of the IIM Ahmedabad said, “Study and CEO of GMAC said, M a n a g e m e n t A d m i s s i o n higher education in Africa, Narsee Monjee Institute of 9 partner B-schools in India in India has been designed to “India has all the elements in Council (GMAC), owner of Middle East, South and East M a n a g e m e n t S t u d i e s using their GMAT scores. encourage students in their the making of becoming a the GMAT® exam and NMAT Asia. 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Cyber insecurity is a serious threat to digitisation in India 8 Curriculum September 16, 2017 VIEWS (Edit/Guest Column...) OPINION: Pradyuman Thakur's Murder an eye opener to private schooling falsehoods The ghastly murder of seven-year old, Pradyuman Thakur, in his school (Ryan International School, Gurgaon) on September 8 morning sent chills down the spine of the whole nation as soon as the news of his killing broke out. How can a child, so bubby, young and innocent be knifed brutally when the school was functioning? Well the murder case is currently under police investigation and truth will hopefully come to light sooner rather than later. But meanwhile, what has surfaced in terms of negligence and defaults by school in official probes on child safety and security is appalling. And, it must be a rule than exception by most schools in the country. Non-adherence to guidelines and non-compliance to rules and regulations is standard practice by majority of schools. And why the schools and schools authorities get away with this practice is apparently a case of maximum government but minimum governance by regulators and authorities. There are curious cases of school managements being harassed on whimsy grounds if district authorities, regulator, or education department so wishes, which implies that there is enough room for good governance within existing framework if stakeholders chose to cooperate with each other in interest of children and education. But then, education doesn't get the kind of attention or political patronage it deserves. It is not the children, their future or good and quality education or even for that matter a robust education system that hold an appeal for political and government class, but it is the unscrupulous gangs capable of greasing their palms, who benefit and thrive in school buisness all the time. May sound shocking but a signature of official on a routine document by a school in Delhi costs Rs 5000. And this is routine! Imagine, those investing crores of rupees in setting up a school, what might they be ending up paying? And in practice you put off passionate, well-intentioned and well-qualified edupreneurs from setting up schools. What happened at Ryan school in Gurgaon is in a way a reflection of the failure of the school governance and also that of school leadership. It is too well-known that most principals in private schools are dummies or rubber stamps for owners. No matter how qualified, experienced or with proven track record, they might be, they have to work on the whims and fancies of school management. In case of Ryan Group, it is well known that the group owners have a tight grip on their chain through an unwritten centralized system. The principals are remote controlled and for each and everything practically, they have to seek permission from Mumbai. Ashok Agarwal, arguably the most respected lawyer in the country who has battled it out with the private school system and is also now the president of All India Parents Association, has written to union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar, post this incident and demanded 50 % representation of parents in school management committees, amending law that gives impunity to minority education institutions because these are the worst violators and indulge in malpractices and make a central law on lines of Delhi School Education Act, 1973 to change the way schools are run. Pradyuman's brutal death shouldn't be forgotten with time, but seen as a martyrdom to improve our schools in every respect for India's children. Relevance of Dr. Radhakrishnan's Teachings in the Current Education Scenario Dr. Nitesh Dhawan, Public Servant and Author Anitha clearly puts onus on a constantly stressed upon find for cultivation of social, moral ‘ w e a k ’ e d u c a t i o n a l their relevance even more and spiritual values. The architecure questioning the t h a n b e f o r e . economic development very purpose of education. Dr.Radhakrishnan's philo- through education would The education in the country sophical orientation towards remain incomplete without is heavily inclined towards life as a whole was reflected in character building of the a c h i e v i n g v o c a t i o n a l his educational perspective. human capital. Education proficiency, skill develop- He had a holistic approach should develop in the minds The tragic suicide incident m e n t a n d p r o v i d i n g t o w a r d s o b j e c t i v e s o f of students a love of sustained of S Anitha, a young girl employment to youth. There e d u c a t i o n i n t e r m s o f thinking, adherence to truth w h o c a m e t o r e p r e s e n t is a great deal of thrust upon inculcation of spiritual values, and the power of resistance to dissatisfaction and distress of developing intellectual and development of character, popular sentiments and mob a section of Tamil Nadu technical skills but the truth is intellect and scientific spirit. passion. (Bhatia,S & Sarin, A, people against the National that the ethical and spiritual This is where we need to look 2004, p.239). Radhakrishnan Eligibility Cum Entrance Test vitality is at its low ebb. We at the perspective given by e x p r e s s e d t h a t ' h u m a n (NEET), makes the silence of are prone to thinking of D r. R a h a k r i s h n a n a s h e development should not be death too perplexing to judge. improving education in terms stressed that students should confused with the acquisition T h e t r a g i c d e a t h o f a o f b u i l d i n g k n o w l e d g e be trained to approach life's of mechanical skills and p r o m i s i n g D a l i t y o u n g s o c i e t y, d i g i t a l i z a t i o n , problems with fortitude, self- intellectual formation. It is the w o m a n , d i s t u r b e d b y a upgrading infrastructure, control and a sense of balance development of spirit in man. marginalization speaks of a opening of new institutions, which the new conditions Education should develop cruel world where voice of an but we really miss out the demand. The new education human attitude and manly individual needs death to essence of real education. policy should definitely aim spirit through the refinement carry meaning. In quiet death, T h e c u r r e n t s t a t u s o f to impart life skills that help of heart and development of Anitha has left us with a educational institutions, their students cope with real good habits. vociferous condemnation of management, goals and challenges of the modern Clearly we need to change the caste, education, and what it standards of education, world. mindset for a paradigm shift means to be a democratic c o m m e r c i a l i z a t i o n o f The economic self reliance in our deteriorating education nation. On 22 August, 2017, education, the quality of has been one of the key goals system. We need to address the Supreme Court ordered teaching, role of teachers and but it's the right time we also and focus on real core issues that medical admissions be enhancement of students start thinking in terms of t h a t r e l a t e t o h o l i s t i c conducted in Tamil Nadu capabilities require rethink- p e r s o n a l e m p o w e r m e n t d e v e l o p m e n t o f h u m a n through the NEET. Anitha, ing with open mindedness through value based educa- resources and not partially in who had represented this and inclusive approach. tion. It has become imperative terms of economic upliftment. plight by taking her petition In such an awful scenario, in the backdrop of cut throat Education should aim for for exemption to New Delhi, when India is ushering competition and materialistic empowering young minds to lost the case, while her low towards framing its new life style which are causing think and articulate rationally; score of 86 out of 700 education policy, it is high stress, anxiety and frustration develop spiritual wisdom and shattering her dreams of time to take note of what Dr. in a new aspirational society values of mutual trust and s t u d y i n g m e d i c i n e . S.Radhakrishnan one of the like ours. Dr. Radhakrishnan coexistence. It should be able D i s i n c l i n e d t o s t u d y country's most influential believed that 'the importance to instill the inner strength and aeronautical engineering or scholars of comparative of education is not only for c o n v i c t i o n t o f a c e t h e veterinary sciences, Anitha philosophy and religion had knowledge and skill, but it is uncertainties and insecurities found retreat in death. suggested about Indian to help to live with others' of life. The time has come to This shocking incident raises education. In the words of (Bhatia,S & Sarin, A, 2004, learn and adopt from the s e r i o u s q u e s t i o n s t h a t Pdt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, one p.239). According to him, the v a l u a b l e t e a c h i n g s a n d p e r t a i n s t o t h e o v e r a l l o f h i s c l o s e s t f r i e n d s meaning of education lies in g u i d i n g p r i n c i p l e s o f governance of education e x p r e s s e d t h a t ' the emancipation of individ- Dr.Radhakrishnan whose system in the country; the Dr.Radhakrishnan has served ual and we need the education b i r t h d a y , w e p r o u d l y objectives, purpose and goals in many capacities, but above o f w h o l e n e s s , m e n t a l , celebrate as Teacher's Day. It of education in the country as all, he is a great teacher from physical, intellectual and would be a real tribute to a well as about the principles whom all of us have learnt spiritual. great teacher of India. and approaches of educa- much and will continue to The new education policy tional institutions. learn'. The thoughts and must include in the curricu- The extreme step taken by philosophical ideals that he lum, the ways to train people REACH US Circulation Dimple Nehru, Ganesh Dehradun: A K Koul; Meerut: Uzma Rizvi Patna: Manoj Kumar; Jammu: Sandeep Dhar W: Editorial/Marketing : General inquiry call us at 011-28051642/22; 9868256512 Editor: Autar Nehru Associate Editor: Suneel Bhan Consulting Editors: Sudha Passi, M K Bhat, Ramanathan Iyer Advisory Board Members: Ashok Pandey. 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Curriculum September 16, 2017 9 Spotlight/Interview Teachers' Training – studios in Gurgaon and Pune. as India goes digital. Gaming While we may not be able to as an industry offers career A Teacher's guide for optimal contribution reveal all names (due to non- opportunities in different disclosure pacts), below are functional areas such as Game names of some select games Design, Game Art creation in that Lakshya has worked on. 3D and 2D, Game Animation, challenges and shortcomings. harnessed. Thus there is an e f f e c t i v e t e a c h i n g a n d Kingdom Hearts 2.8 from Game Programming, Game T A teacher in the classroom has to deal with a room full of students with starkly different aptitude and mannerism. Some would be quick learner while other may struggle in the learning process and the obedient sort to the playful Dr. Suneel Sharma sort. Moreover, the learning ,Monica Malhotra Kandhari . capability and attention span Managing Director, MBD Group of each student is not the same making teaching a challeng- ing task. Also, the prolifera- tion of the internet and web enabled devices have eaching is considered the effectively changed the way m o s t N o b l e o f a l l classroom operate and how professions and for good education is consumed by reasons. A teacher helps in students. Advancements shaping future generation, made in technology had also guiding them on the right path given rise to increasing and helping them acquire the digitisation of classrooms as skills necessary to lead a well as educational contents. productive life and contribute Such a disruption in the to the society that we live in. process and functioning of Teachers also contribute teaching and classrooms immensely in the creation of a poses serious challenges for society that is healthy, the teachers. The tried and productive and peaceful. tested traditional process of urgent need for teachers to upskill themselves in terms of technology as well as undertake capacity expansion at the earliest possible. Private players in the education sector can play a great role in augmenting the government's efforts towards teacher training and development. Scores of educational companies have made significant investments of time and money in developing updated contents and learning aids for the students. So far a bulk of the investment by private players is towards digitisation and smart classes apart from printing updated editions of books. In the process these companies have accumulated significant experience and expertise in content development and enhanced delivery. This knowledge and expertise can be utilised in the development of cutting edge training learning experience. Towards that end, MBD Disha (the teacher training arm of MBD) collaborated with Imagine Education (UK) in 2015 to provide teacher training in India. MBD Disha training programmes are structured to equip teachers in content and pedagogical competence and their implications to classroom practices. The Group has developed training modules on Pedagogy, Classroom Management, and Different Teaching Methods in Different subjects. On an average, we conduct 5-7 sessions per week, each 4-5 hours training session is typically attended by 30-50 teachers and these training sessions are conducted pan India. These teacher training programmes help in-service teachers weed out gaps in the knowledge of subject content and help them employ a constructive approach to the Square Enix, Sea of Thieves from Rare Studios, Just Cause III from Avalanche Studios, are hugely popular titles that Lakshya has worked on recently. You are also running a training/skilling academy. Provide us an overview and how you're selecting people for this. What is eligibility or who are the people you are looking at and what are career prospects. Also, an estimate how many jobs are available in the industry ? Lakshya Digital runs a training Institute, to make high quality professional training in game art creation available to talented artists. inGame provides hands on training by experienced industry experts & offers courses in the creation of 3D art assets for games. What makes inGame stand apart from other traditional training programs Testing, Project Management, and other general management areas. Lastly, one question that is on every parent's mind how to control children from overdose of gaming as they neglect other things and also how best can dangerous stuff we talked about in the beginning be tackled? The first and foremost fact we need to recognize is that “Children will be children”. That does not mean that we do not influence their choices and just let them be. What that means is that they will continue to be lured by things that may not 'seemingly' be in their best interest. If a few decades back it was spending more time with friends &playing outdoors, rather than studying, then today playing outdoors has been replaced by spending time on the internet. Of course, the Today the term 'teacher' is teaching has suddenly given material and modules for teaching learning process. is the focuses on hands- argument remains whether used generally to denote those way to a new process defined t e a c h e r s w i t h t h e s a m e Concerted efforts involving on/practical sessions that playing outdoors & internet e n g a g e d i n a c a d e m i c by the fast and easy access to refinement and sophistication the government as well as makes students job-ready. The usage is harmful in the first activities. An inspired and supposedly unlimited amount seen in students learning private players is crucial if we course is offered in both our place. But that argument well informed teacher is the of information. However, in materials. are to successfully implement local studios in Gurgaon and aside, we need to recognize singularly most important order to harness the full We, at MBD Group, with over an all-encompassing teachers' Pune. The trained artists at the fact that today's children factor that can influence potential of technology in 60 years of experience in the training program for govern- inGame can further pursue have entirely integrated the learning outcomes in students education, the teachers need education field have a wealth ment as well as private school t h e i r c a r e e r b y j o i n i n g Internet in their interaction and their future contribution to possess certain skill sets o f e x p e r i e n c e a n d a r e teachers in India. Lakshya's Art Team and get with others. The Internet to the society. and knowledge to help them utilizing towards training and the opportunity to work on p r o v i d e s a g r e a t m a n y The profession of teaching is understand how and when equipping teachers with the world-class game titles. opportunities for children to h o w e v e r n o t w i t h o u t technology can be fruitfully requisite training for an We select candidates on spend their leisure time, to thebasisoftheir interest and learn, to express themselves Tell us about yourself... I started my career as computer programmer back in Interview (contd from P6) Manvendra Shukul- CEO Lakshya Digital, understanding of game art and to influence decision continues to build upon its development. They should making. strong brand, leveraging have passion for game art Considering this parents need Keywords' unparalleled along with basic knowledge of to focus their effort on not 1986. In 1995, when I saw the geographic footprint, client software & tools like Adobe stopping kids from using the world's first 3d video game studio in the country. In 2004, Studio acquired Lakshya relationship and financial Photoshop, Maya etc. The internet but on educating them (Wolfenstein), I was blown I set up my own Video Games Digital in the year 2014. Now strength. learners are required to on safe and moderate usage of away and curious to know D e v e l o p m e n t s e r v i c e s as part of the Keywords Lakshya Digital currently has undergo a basic evaluation to internet & gaming. They need how it was developed. It is that company called “Lakshya group,Lakshya has given studios in Gurugram, Pune understand their knowledge, to make children aware of the curiosity that motivated me to Digital” with 2 other co- Keywords access to the and Seattle (US), and is a before they are shortlisted for dangers lurking on the net, do something similar here in founders. We started with a exciting game art develop- l e a d i n g p r o v i d e r o f the training program. wary of the websites they visit India. focus on creating game art ment talent in India. Working outsourced art and animation The gaming art industry has and the games they play, and I set up a company named and animation for global closely with Keywords and services for video game immense scope for youth to steer away from predators just Microcosm that developed the g a m e d e v e l o p e r s a n d capitalizing on their global d e v e l o p e r s a n d build their careers. The game as you would on the street at country's first 3D game publishers. presence, we have been able publishers.Lakshya Digital art industry in India requires a night time in your own city. engine. In 2000, Escosoft Briefly explain to us what to create additional growth has been working with some steady inflow of professionals acquired Microcosm and later kind of work you do and opportunities as well as create of the biggest names in the in next 5 years to cope with I set up an animation studio for what is the arrangement cost and revenue synergies. space over the last 13 years. both outsourced work from Escosoft named Escotoonz. In with Keywords Studios? The acquisition has helped Game Art and animation for leading countries in games t h e n e x t t h r e e y e a r s , Also, if can mention some Lakshya's highly talented some of the biggest games development space like the Escotoonz went on to became major projects. employees with growth titles globally has been US and Japan as well as one of the largest animation Dublin Based Keywords opportunities while Lakshya created right here in our increasing domestic demand


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10 Curriculum September 16, 2017 India Skills/Entrepreunership First batch of Tihar Women inmates awarded with certificates after acquir- ing skills Determined to keep its spirit of restorative rehabilitation, Delhi Prisons in collaboration with Pearl Academy had set up Tihar Fashion Laboratory in February, earlier this year. The idea was to provide the women inmates (in Jail No.6) with set of skills that will enable them to create avenues for selfemployment, entrepreneurship and ensure that the inmates can lead an independent life. Under this initiative, the fashion lab is a modern facility with the latest equipment with complete industrial standards of machinery, pattern tables and sewing machines. And on September 12 that idea crossed another milestone when the first batch of women inmates received their certificates in convocation after completion of their training at the laboratory within jail itself. A cultural program and fashion show that were part of this convocation ceremony, added an atmosphere of joy and a new hope in lives of these inmates. Garments showcased at the fashion show were designed by the students of Pearl Academy and were made by the inmates at the 'Tihar Fashion Laboratory'. The show saw joint participation from Pearl Academy students and Tihar inmates, who walked the ramp to showcase the collection. Sudhir Yadav, Director General of Prisons, Tihar Jail, and Professor Nandita Abraham, CEO, Pearl Academy, awarded the certificates and encouraged the inmates. Also present on the occasion to extend their support to this unique initiative were Kailash Gehlot, Minister for Law, Justice & legislative Affairs, Delhi Government; Swati Jaihind, Chairperson Delhi Commission for Women. The certification course was aimed at linking creative exploration and market understanding. The program has empowered each inmate to recognize their true potential, and develop aptitude in their area of expertise. Sudhir Yadav, DG Prisons, Tihar Jail, said, “This is for the first time that an education institute has partnered with us for such an initiative and I thank Pearl Academy for their continuous cooperation and efforts in starting this well thought-out certification program for the inmates.” Following the footsteps of Tihar, Presidency Correctional Home in Kolkata has collaborated with designer Abhishek Dutta to train 40 inmates through a fashion unit to stitch trendy apparel — like Nehru jackets, kurtas, shirts and harem pants — besides bags, belts and shoes Solar Energy Training Centre in Cuttack Spiritual guru, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, recently inaugurated Schneider Electric India Foundation's Solar Energy Training Center at Sri Sri University in Cuttack, Odisha. The Solar Energy Training Center has been set up by Schneider Electric India Foundation (SEIF) – the social commitment of Schneider Electric India - in partnership with Sri Sri Rural Development Programme (SSRDP) Trust. The centre will educate and empower the youth to propel the growth of renewable energy sector in India by providing pool of skilled resources. With this, Schneider Electric now has six functional Renewable Energy Training Centres across India, others being at Vizag, New Delhi, Bhubaneswar and Bangalore. SEIF plans to set up three more Renewable Energy Training Centers in the next few months at Jaipur, Lucknow and Bangalore. Overall, the company has set up 251 training centres across India including both – Basic Electrician Center as well as Renewable Energy Center – and has trained nearly 77,000 unemployed youth since the beginning of its electrician training program in 2009. In the solar sector, the company has trained 600 youth so far and plans to train another 1500 technicians by March 2018. Globally, the company plans to train one million youth, 10,000 trainers and support 10,000 entrepreneurs by 2025. Venkat Garimella, Vice President – Strategy & Alliance and A m i t y o n l i n e p r o g r a m i nCSR, Schneider Electric, stated, “Lack of trained resources Renewable Energywith relevant skills to construct and operate solar plants is an existing gap and ongoing challenge within India's workforce. This skill gap is increasingly recognized as a barrier to realize Amity University Online announced a partnership with The the country's renewable energy targets. Through our Renewables Academy (RENAC), based in Berlin (Germany), partnership with Sri Sri Rural Development Programme to launch its online German Certification Program in (SSRDP) Trust, we are keen to address the skill gap in the Renewable Energy (Wind & Photovoltaic) in India. This 3 renewable energy sector and support the government's efforts month online certification program will be rendered by towards skill development.” RENAC for Indian aspirants. The launch of this program aims Skilling in Rubber for marginalized at equipping students to understand the different aspects of renewable energy, solar energy, photovoltaic (Solar PV) sections With a view to extend the benefits of skilling to the systems, wind energy and much more. Acadgild becomes Google's c e r t i f i e dmarginalized strata of society, National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC) has tied up Authorized Training Partnerwith Rubber Skill Development Council (RSDC), the sector skill council for Rubber in the country. An MoU in this regard was signed by Devanand, General Manager, NSFDC and Acadgild, the professional online training bootcamp has Meghna Mishra, CEO, RSDC in the presence of Shyam become one of Google's Authorized Training Partners (ATPs) Kapoor, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, NSFDC. for Android Developer Course. The course will help mobile Under the terms of the MoU, RSDC will implement Skill app developers to prepare for Google's Associate Android Development Training Programmes sponsored by NSFDC Developers (AAD) Exam, an official certification, which is from time to time as per NSQF (National Skills Qualification the industry benchmark for Android development skills. Framework). RSDC will ensure that fresh candidates who are According to a US-based market research firm, India is not already employed in the organized sector are the actual expected to become the world's largest developer ecosystem beneficiary of skilling programme under this MoU. by 2018 and the global developer talent pool is projected to Tyre Fitters Re-skilling & Training exceed 25 million by 2020. Vikalp Jain, President and Cofounder, Acadgild, said, "Enabling higher education with a Programme launched by ATMA focus on skill development has been Acadgild's motto always. And I believe that our partnership with Google to train In recognition of the critical role played by commercial tyre Android developers in India is another step in that direction. It mechanics in tyre repair, mounting/demounting of tyres and is a known fact that lack of knowledge in mobile applications thereby safety on the highways, Automotive Tyre is a big hindrance for businesses and this partnership is key to manufacturers Association (ATMA) the premier tyre industry our mission of solving this global skill gap in today's digital body has launched a campaign to train and re-skill the age." commercial tyre mechanics known as tyre ftters. Indian Tyre Technical Advisory Committee (ITTAC), the technical wing Cians training program for CFA Level 1 ExamofATMAis taking the lead in the re-skilling project. The first ATMA-ITTAC Tyre Fitters Training & Re-skilling programme was organized in North Delhi near Truckers' hub Cians Academy is a training initiative by Cians Analytics, at Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar. Over 40 tyre fitters commenced its CFA level 1 training program, starting from 16 participated in the first such re-skilling programme and September to 5 November 2017. Classes for this 16-day, 96- benefited from the same. hour course will be conducted only on Saturdays and Sundays. “Tyre Fitters' role is an important one. A tyre fitter not only The classroom training schedule consists of Economics (I, II, repairs a tyre but also advises the transporter/ trucker about the and III), Quant (I and II), Financial Reporting and Analysis (I, condition of the tyre, good tyre upkeep, precautions that need II, III, and IV), Derivatives, Corporate Finance, Portfolio to be taken for improving the life of a tyre etc. Unfortunately, Management, Equity Investments, Alternate Investments, and there is no structured training available to the tyre fitters so far. Fixed Income (I and II). To know more about the academy, ATMA's move is to bridge this gap with technical experts visit engaging the tyre fitters in an intimate setting, and “We are very excited to be kicking off a training program importantly, in a language understood by them”, said Satish focused on preparing people for the CFA exams. Cians Sharma, ChairmanATMA. Academy has designed this exhaustive, yet concise, 96-hour During the training, tyre fitters were given an in-depth classroom training program keeping in the time crunch faced understanding of commercial tyre and its components, best not only by students, but also working individuals,” said Aman practices for upkeep of tyres, different tyre faults, their causes Chowdhury, Co-Founder and Co-CEO. V L C Cand the remedial measures. Subsequent to the training I n s t i t u t e a n n o u n c e s programme, the tyre fitters were certified and certificates of training were handed over. partnership with Capital Float “Certification holds much aspirational value for tyre VLCC Institute of Beauty & Nutrition, has announced its mechanics who generally lack any formal qualification. partnership with Capital Float, a leading non-banking finance Certification is also aligned with Recognition of Prior companies (NBFC). The alliance will enable easy finance Learning (RPL) scheme of Government of India with a view to availability to students, existing as well as aspiring students. It instill confidence amongst tyre mechanics' community”, aims to ease out the loan procedures and ensure fast, flexible added Sharma. Speaking on the occasion, Vijay Sethi the master trainer said, short-term finances to the students of VLCC Institutes across the country. The loans will be available at zero processing fees “Tyre mounting and de-mounting is a skillful job that needs to and zero finance cost to the customers. The students can apply be mastered. Poor mounting and de-mounting can even lead to tyre failure. Moreover truckers rely on tyre fitters for checking condition of tyres, thus making their role vital” ATMA-ITTAC Tyre Fitters Re-skilling Program was kicked off with Ms Jyotsna Aswal, Co-Convener ATMA Skilling Group honouring India's only known lady tyre fitter Shanti Devi who also underwent the day-long tyre training programme along with her male counterparts. for finance via a mobile application loaded on the VLCC Institute's mobile phone and go through a simple paperless process of loan approval. The loan processing is collateral free and the students do not need to submit any physical documents like credit card statement, bank statement, income proof etc. The minimum finance amount for the EMI is Rs. 15,000 and maximum is up to 3 lacs.


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Curriculum September 16, 2017 11 India Skills/Edu Tech Agri Tech Startup Accelerator country, Dell has witnessed an encouraging response from the educator community to the use interactive methods of learning Program launched delivered through the use of a PC. Through a variety of onground and online engagement initiatives, Dell has also IIIT-Hyderabad and National Institute of Agricultural touched over 1 million students, empowering them with the in New Delhi recently. Quality-certified, private tutors user-rated Extension Management (MANAGE) have signed an MOU to experience of using the personal computer for their individual Delhi based start-up, GuruQ has launched a unique digital start an Agri Tech Startup Accelerator Program. MANAGE is learning and growth. integrated platform where students and parents can scout for the national centre for Management of Agricultural Extension Swachhathon 1.0 heldat Hyderabad, by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers tutors in their locality and make an informed choice based on past reviews and ratings for each tutor. They can pick reliable Welfare, Government of India as an autonomous Institute. Swachhathon 1.0, the first ever Swachh Bharat Hackathon, 'GuruQ Certified' tutor options for primary, secondary, higher MANAGE is the Indian response to challenges of agricultural was organized by the Ministry of Drinking Water and secondary and undergraduate courses including CBSE, ICSE, extension in a rapidly growing and diverse agriculture sector. Sanitation to crowd source solutions to some of the Sanitation GCSE and IB boards along with SAT, GMAT and GRE. All MANAGE offers its services in management training, and Hygiene challenges faced in various parts of the country. GuruQ-certified tutors go through a 4-step rigorous teacher consultancy, management education, research and The hackathon was hosted on the portal. scrutiny process including a including a Proficiency Test, an information services. The Hackathon received a massive response from across the online or offline Interview and a full background check The Agri Tech Startup Accelerator Program will identify, country, with 3053 entries received overall with 633 entries in conducted by external agencies thus ensuring students are support and facilitate idea-stage enterprises using latest triggering behaviour change, 229 in early decomposition of entrusted in safe hands. technologies and innovations to solve agriculture specific faecal matter, 750 in monitoring usage of toilets, 552 in ' S a m s u n g E . D . G . E . ' C a m p u sissues faced in India. maintenance and operations of school toilets, 405 in EDUGILD announces new EdTech Technological solutions for safe disposal of menstrual waste and 484 in Toilet Technologies in Difficult terrains categories. Program Business Accelerator Prog Based on the cumulative assessment by the jury, the winners Samsung India has launched the second season of Samsung were announced for each category. The final event was E.D.G.E., a first-of-its-kind corporate-academia program that EDUGILD, an initiative of Maharashtra Institute of organized in collaboration with AICTE and supported by gives the country's brightest students an opportunity to get a Technology (MIT), Pune paves way for the 4th batch of its KPMG, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Water Aid, head-start in their careers. The program consists of three accelerator programme. The global edtech startup accelerator Rotary India Literacy Mission, HMEL, Accenture and Dettol rounds. In the Campus Round, team members will come will create a customized ecosystem to scale up five edtech Banega Swachh India. together, ideate and put up an executive case summary. Post startups from September 2017. The selected startups will be a 'Tata Social Enterprise Challengepart of an intensive 4-6 months of EDUGILD's business evaluation, two teams per campus will be shortlisted for the Zonal Round in which all the teams will closely work on the acceleration program designed by global experts and have an Hackathon'extended 12-18months of relationship. EDUGILD will offer case study and will submit and present their unique solutions. The final 10 teams will battle it out in the National Round after an access to co-working space, product life cycle management With an aim to combat lifestyle diseases through technology, which the three winning teams will be announed. support, organization development inputs, business the Tata group, recently organised the first 'Tata Social The winning team will be awarded a cash prize of INR 3 lakh landscape, investor relations, UI/UX maturity, PR strategy and Enterprise Challenge Hackathon' on healthcare, at BMS along with a potential opportunity to work with Samsung. global scale-up opportunities to the five edtech startups. College of Engineering in Bengaluru.. The two-day hackathon Marriage portal for HIV patients NEST secures Rs 4 crore fundingNaandi Education Support & Training (NEST), a technology- driven, social impact focused company, recently secured a follow on funding of INR 4 crore (approx. USD 600,000) from its current investors, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Anand Mahindra, Chairman and Managing Director of the Mahindra Group. NEST owns and operates high quality learning centres for less privileged children under the brand name, alphabyte- was a part of the Tata Social Enterprise Challenge 2017-18, a joint initiative of the Tata group with the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. Solert Devops, the winner of the hackathon challenge, won a cash prize of INR 10,000. They developed a smart posture assessment device with pressure monitoring, designed especially, for patients with bed sores. This winning team was represented by Ankit Awal, Shagun Tuli, Junaid Liyakat Menon and Harshal Khandekar. With effective and advanced treatment available for HIV, the longevity of the PLHIV (People Living with HIV has improved considerably over past few years. This has significant socio-cultural implications; for example, challenges related to marriage and child birth in the context of PLHIV. A team of researchers led by faculty of Centre for Management of Health Services (CMHS) at IIMA have been working on a project with GSNP+ (Gujarat State Network of Positive People): “Development of a web based portal to MindChampion awardedTheLearning Centre. With a unique 'Tech-N-Brick' education facilitate marriage amongst PLHIV in Gujarat.” The model, model, Alphabyte aims to significantly raise education quality MindChampion Learning Systems Limited (MLSL), NIIT's once piloted, can be then scaled across India. across urban India.At Alphabyte, technology is seamlessly wholly owned subsidiary for its K-12 school learning The website development phase is completed and will be used to fast track learning of every student through customised initiative, has been conferred with three prestigious awards at handed over to GSNP+ for launch and management. At learning modules that are curated from the best knowledge the '3rd South Asia Education Summit 2017,' organized by present, GSNP+ maintains a file of PLHIV seeking marriage. providers and pedagogies across the globe. With this round of ICT post. MLSL has bagged the 'Interactive Solution Provider' With about 500 registrations, the scope of the initiative is funding, NEST will be able to grow its outreach to a larger award for NIIT Nguru - IT Wizard & MathPlus; 'Testing and limited. The web based initiative will enable scaling up of number of students and achieve its goal of educating 10,000 Assessment Tool Provider' award for state-of-the-art NIIT registrations across the state. The design of the platform was students by FY 2022. Nguru - Practice Plus and 'Teacher Training (K-12)' award for finalized after extensive deliberations on the socio-cultural Dell study on low PC adoption in 'The CTET Advantage Program'. The awards were presented issues related to PLHIV. The team adopted a co-design by Anil Swarup, Secretary, Department of School Education process, involving all the relevant stakeholders in the design India & Literacy, Govt. of India at a glittering ceremony organized process. Dell in India announced the conclusion of one year of the first of its kind pan India 'PC for Education' initiative – Dell Aarambh. A survey commissioned by Dell in 2015 had revealed that emerging India will contribute to the next wave of PC adoption, and that India sees the PC as an important tool for content creation. As a leading innovator in personal computing, Dell has been keen to address the challenges that inhibit PC adoption. In 2016, 'Dell Aarambh' was launched with the cause of increasing PC adoption in the country, by establishing it as an indispensable tool for learning, harnessing creativity and building critical thinking, in a student's formative years. 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12 Curriculum September 16, 2017 Campus Buzz National Media Conclave' at MRIU Foundation Journal was a revelation as she provided a forceful across the globe are fascinated with Indian skill which helps in critique of media illustrating how selective reporting is choosing the right crop so that fertility of soil remains optimal. Senior journalists rue absence of post independence media history in media studies curriculum damaging the developmental agenda of the country. Sri Jayakumar explained the importance of environmental The panelists also answered questions on role of media in science as a discipline being an admixture of four dimensions some recent incidents that made national news and illustrated of science that is physical, chemical, biological and to the students how media remains objective despite public mathematical. While, laying stress on the need to inculcate the passion or government brief. qualities and high patriotic values of Dr. Sarabhai to establish ' t i n ke r s p a c e ' i n t h e V i k ra m India as a developed nation on globe, he stressed on the importance of indigenous technology, ancient scientific Sarabhai Library at IIMA heritages of Vedas for betterment of Indian people and society. That country's media has been equally battered, censured or admired after India got freedom and played a crucial role in shaping the destiny of country as it during freedom struggle period, is not fully known to journalism students of today. Most universality curricula and courseware in media studies has not paid attention to educate this generation of students the highs and lows of media in India. And, that poor understanding reflects in working of media these days. It was one of the key messages from the one-day annual IIMA has now “Tinker Space" in the Vikram Sarabhai Library. The space is dedicated to promote creative thinking and conversion of ideas into physical products. The space will be used by the IIMA community members to design and create new products through a 3D printer. The Tinker Space has a 3D scanner and a small electronics lab with basic equipment including Arduino Uno original, Raspberry Pi original, bread board, soldering gun, DC motor, SD card module, Arduino blue tooth module, IT sensor, multi-meter, LEDs, etc. The Tinker Space has been set up with the help of Fornax, a startup led by students of PGP 2015-17, Saumya Mathur and Nikhil Menon with the support of Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE). “Vikram Sarabhai Library has provided educational resources and a congenial, educational environment to our students, faculty, and community members. Opening of the Tinker He urged scientists and youths to find the solution of the problems at local and socially accepted. Dr. Ray delivered a talk on “Space technology for agriculture”. He touched upon various dimensions that space technology is currently being utilized in agriculture sectors improving the lives of farmers in India. He coherently described how the space technology are being used in various government policies like increasing the total seed sown area for increasing crop productivity like shifting towards horticultures crops, easier grievance redress of farmers in settling claim dispute under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana. He mentioned various success stories of Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Orissa etc., where technology has substantially improved the lives of farmer community. Conglomeration of various mandis via e-Nam app has improved the income of ordinary farmers. IMI hosts Conventus 2017'National Media Conclave' organized by the Faculty of Media Space keeps it in the forefront of innovations as libraries the Studies and Humanities (FMeH) of the Faridabad-based world over strive to redefine their role in today's world of high International Management Institute (IMI), New Delhi, last Manav Rachna International University (MRIU) on the theme technology, information, and connectedness. IIMA is proud of month held its 6th edition of Conventus with a high-calibre 'Media Outreach: Responsibility & Accountability' on August our Library. I am particularly delighted that this initiative has knowledge-sharing amalgamation of industry thought 31. The conclave was addressed by several media been realized with support from our alumni, who have leaders, management Gurus, technology leaders, economists, professionals including Anurradha Prasad, Chairperson & graduated only recently from the Institute to pursue strategists, entrepreneurs, HROs amongst others. MD, BAG Network; Pankaj Pachauri, Founder & Editor in entrepreneurial ambition.” said, Prof. Ashish Nanda, Director, The theme for this year was 'Big Data, Artificial Intelligence Chief, Go News; M.K Venu, Founding Editor, The Wire; IIMA & Robotics Leading Innovation towards Obsolescence'. The Rajesh Badal, Executive Director, Rajya Sabha; Ajit Anjum, Prahlad Kakar session at APIM three-day knowledge extravaganza boasted of eight sessions India TV; Shubrastha-Asst. Editor, India Foundation Journal; Sourabh Bhattacharya, Consulting Editor, Economic The guests were welcomed by Dr. N C Wadhwa, VC, MRIU, who inaugurated the conclave Advertising guru Prahlad Kakar delivered a guest lecture on mantras on successful branding at Asia Pacific Institute Of Management, Delhi. This event was attended by the panning lectures and panel discussions by 48 eminent speakers that will help the future managers in learning new trends. Inaugurating the session, Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, Director remarked, “"Media has transformed from having limited access to having unlimited access in the last decade. While social media has made information sharing very easy, it has also made the media more accountable and responsible. We need to think afresh and make concerted efforts to formulate a strategy for making the media accountable and responsible, without losing its freedom.” Anurradha Prasad made several interesting observations on the way TV channels have to operate and how it was difficult for channels to earn from cable subscriptions. “All broadcasters in private sector are worried a it is basis for getting advertisers. And innovations, which sometimes are chairperson A.K. Srivastava, faculty members and the students Kakar said that to be successful ego should not come before learning. He stated that dreams are all about how creative a person is. Our hope comes from dreaming. He mentioned that higher is the risk involved, higher is gain from that plan. For success he said it is not mandatory to be successful in the first attempt, failure teaches us to learn. Handling rejection leads to fearlessness. He shared a valuable lesson that 2+2 is not equal to 4 but 22 i.e by adding value with passion and commitment. He gave Ericsson mobile phone's example to tell the students that the companies needs change to survive. Change is the General, IMI had laid emphasis upon the change that has incurred in the human evolution throughout, citing historical examples like Babur and Britshers who used advanced technologies in their respective era. He further said that the technology change is not a linear process, changing throughout and advancing at a breakneck speed and set pace for the event that would be an edifying session for the students. Tabrez Ahmed, Director - Government Affairs at eBay spoke at length about the impact of technology on human deployment at work. He stated that the boost in the Information Technology Sector created millions of jobs, criticized are part of this daily struggle to keep the channel afloat,” she said. Pankaj Pachauri informed students about the News Broadcasters Association which puts forth self only constant. He concluded his session by presenting his wonderful piece of advertisements like pepsi ad, Times of India ad, safari dicora ad etc. whereas Artificial Intelligence will be the biggest contributor to job-losses in times to come. Adding the human element to this factor, Dinesh Pillai, CEO, Mahindra Special Service regulatory commandments and encouraged the students to read these commandments before they enter the industry. He National Remote Sensing Day at School Group said that AI will reduce job opportunities, but, in no way can the involvement of the human entity be ignored when said: 'In today's age when every citizen is a journalist, media students must find their own four corners and their own of Environmental Sciences (JNU) dealing withAI. The Operations Summit gave the students the opportunity to parameters for ensuring accountability. Students must learn the art of marshaling and polishing information before broadcasting it. A media professional should be able to ask JNU chapter of Vijnan Bharti commenced with Dr.Vikram Sarabhai Memorial lecture celebrating National Remote Sensing Day in the School of Environmental Sciences (SES) imbibe useful insights on the theme of 'Evolving Identity of Operations Industry 4.0'. With the advent of Industry 4.0 the business world has witnessed marvels in the manufacturing questions and as students of journalism, you must start now”. . at JNU. Dr. Shibendu S. Ray, Director, Mahalanobis National processes and digital integration in operations. M K Venu took the students through the massive changes in the industry in the last two decades and how they must adapt to Crop Forecast Center,i A. Jayakumar Secretary General, Vijnan Bharti, Rector JNU, Prof. SC Garkoti, Dean Prof. S Smriti Krishna Singh, Chief Human Resources Officer, Sony Pictures Networks India highlighted the very ironic those changes. Mukherjee were key speakers at the occasion. The programme relationship of Technology with Human Resources Rajesh Badal, Executive Director, Rajya Sabha spoke about was attended by academicians and researchers from different Management and said, “People are socially connected today. how TV channel industry has rapidly become an industry in disciplines across the university and other nearby The aspect of personal touch will never go away in HR. The last five years and how his channel is touching the life of a common man on street. He said that there will be a need of institutions/universities. In his introductory remarks, Rector Prof. Garkoti said that the way we engage employees will always remain important.' Digitization can never replace the value of human touch”. The more qualified professionals because not much talent is impact of chemicals fertilizers on productivity of crop could debate during the Economic Summit showcased a positive available as per demand. Badal recalled the anxious moments of media in this country but regretted that same is not taught in be estimated by our modelers, who can play a significant role by telling us about future crop production in any particular aspect to technological advancements that the automation of trivial activities would leave humans with more resources on colleges and universities to students. Shubrastha- from India area (like Gangetic plain) through remote sensing. Scientists their hands in the form of time, which could be utilized in


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Curriculum September 16, 2017 13 Campus Buzz/Notices Management grads must help remove poverty: Sunil Kant Munjal at AIMA Convocation At its 22nd Convocation on August 18, All India Management Association (AIMA) awarded a total of 1,145 students their management PhDs, post-graduate diplomas and certificates in management at the convocation. Sunil Kant Munjal, President, AIMA and Chairman, The Hero Enterprise presented the credentials to the students. The qualifications granted at the Convocation included 16 PhDs, 608 PGDMs, 17 PDGITMs and 504 certificates in various management specializations. AIMA conducts the doctorate programme in management in collaboration with Aligarh Muslim University. The Dean of Business Administration, AMU, Parvaiz Talib attended the convocation. AIMA's also presented its prestigious Professional Diploma in Public Procurement (PDPP), which is conducted in partnership with the World Bank, to 32 students. Munjal said that the young managers had to be ready for competition from not only the rivals from all over the world but also from artificial intelligence. “We are not far from singularity and there is a lot of confusion about what it would mean for jobs…Also, technology has given access to Indian market to all and one has to compete with the world even if one does not import or export at all.” The Arijit Mukherji Memorial Lecture delivered by Prof. Mohd Yunus Bangladeshi Nobel prize Laureate, social Entrepreneur, banker, economist, civil society leader and the founder of Grameen Bank, Mohd Yunus was at Indian Institute of Management Calcutta to deliver the prestigious Arijit Mukherji Memorial Lecture on August 29. This is an annual lecture conducted by the institute where distinguished professionals from India and abroad visit the campus to share insights with students and faculty. Professor Yunus shared his insights on The World of Three Zeros: Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Carbon NOTICES 2nd edition of International Student League in November 2017 Vedantu, a leading Ed-tech Start-up and a pioneer in Live Online Tutoring in India, is all set to host the 2nd edition of International Student League (ISL) in November 2017. The ISL is a one of its kind international competition that celebrates the spirit of learning and competitiveness. It is an online competition that tests the mathematical & mental aptitude of each child and generates a comprehensive learning profile along with a unique 'International Rank'. Vedantu is bringing highly coveted academic prizes for the toppers of the International Student League. This year, the winners of the competition will get an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the Oxford University, UK for a premium internship program and CERN, Switzerland. The ISL will be held for students of grades 3rd to 10th in the three categories across CBSE, ICSE & IGCSE Boards. Designed to gauge the competency of a student, the online test will help determine where they stand in the international forum. This year, the competition will also feature exclusive webinars, mock tests and other prep sessions by Vedantu teachers who will guide students through the final test and also encourage them to perform better. In addition, daily and Emissions. He said that it is time to admit that the capitalist engine is broke and that in its current form it inevitably leads to rampant inequality, massive unemployment, and environmental destruction. To save human kind and the planet, he opined that there is a need for a new economic system based on a more realistic vision of human nature; one that recognizes altruism and generosity as driving forces that are just as fundamental and powerful as self-interest. “It's a big reward for IIM Calcutta fraternity to have the opportunity of listening to the subject involving poverty, unemployment, and carbon emission from no other than Prof. Mohd. Yunus” said Professor Uttam Kumar Sarkar, Dean (New Initiatives & External Relations), IIM Calcutta. Jessica Lynn Narrates a journey of a Transgender Woman at IIIT- Hyderabad IIIT Hyderabad hosted a talk show with Jessica Lynn, a transgender woman from California at its campus on September 12. Lynn spoke about " Journey of a Transgender woman." She spoke about her journey as a transgender woman and shared her life-altering experiences before and after transition. Her lecture covered her transition, sex change, and assorted issues both legal and ethical involving gender identity, seen through her perspective as an intersectional advocate. She spoke about the trauma of losing parental rights of her youngest son and the legal battle that ensued and she lost. Lynn has been giving talks at several universities and colleges in an effort to educate and inform students on her own experiences as a parent living as a transgender woman. At the end of the talk Jessica told the students, “I hope you have learnt something from my life and will be more open to transgender and their life struggles, and learn to be more accepting of all genders”. JGLS Wins Community Engagement Award The Legal Aid Clinic of Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), O.P. Jindal Global University has won the 2017 Herbert Smith Freehills' Community Engagement Award for Community weekly challenges will be Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, held on the ISL website and Uttar Pradesh and social media with attractive Rajasthan, which will weekly prizes. The final test redefine the character of will take place on November Delhi as a Sports city, so 12, 2017. feel the organizers of the 22nd Edition of the Salwan run. Marathon to be held on November 5 Salwan Marathon, continual on its vision of creating a sporting legacy for the generation today, will host its 22nd edition on the November 5, 2017 at Brar Square, Delhi Cantt. This year promises to be more challenging for all the categories ( U/14 (4.5km), U/16 (6km) and U 18 (8km)Girls and Boys), will see a tougher route and with the increased number of students registering from the North- East, Madhya Samrata Diwan, spokesperson, Salwan Marathon said, " it's all about courage, to go that extra mile in search for perfection and to bring laurels to their Institution. But what is amazing is that it's a tough competition amongst the rural v/s urban children, with the students from the rural background certainly having an upper edge as in the past 16 years or so, perhaps due to their living style, their struggle or maybe this is their chance to prove their mettle". Investment through Legal Work along with a cash prize of £2,000. The award recognises the outstanding team of law students at JGLS who worked closely with the community at large to bring sustainable social impact. Students group cleared 100 bags of garbage from Mumbai beach A group of 50 students from ITM Group of Institution's Eco Club in association with BMC officials came together for a clean beach drive after the just concluded Ganeshotsav celebrations. This year, students cleaned 800 metres stretch at Dadar Shivaji Park where students collected close to 2500 kg waste with many volunteers and teaching staff. Armed with brooms, gloves and masses, ITM students came together on Sunday. In a span of three hours, around 100 bags were filled with waste collection from the beach. To support this activity and the cause, BMC provided the students with the dumper truck to dump the garbage on the beach. Prof Roopam, faculty coordinator of ITM Eco Club said, 'Ganeshotsav is a wonderful festival and brings in lot of happiness around. As a citizen of Mumbai, every year, people come in large numbers for immersions but people fail to collect the leftovers of flowers, decorations, plastic, etc. Through this activity, our aim is to spread awareness about clean and green environment.' Speaking on the occasion Prof Prachi, HOD Marketing & Head of ITM Eco Club said “Shivaji Park area is considered as one of the dirtiest places in Mumbai post Ganesh Visarjan. ITM Kharghar's Eco Club students have been conducting the clean-up drive here every year with an objective to spread awareness and sensitise the onlookers towards environment protection by right practices.” La Trobe Business School, Australia new announcements in India In response to student demand from India,La Trobe Business School (LBS), La Trobe University (LTU), Australia has introduced a new intake for its Undergraduate Business Courses in November, in addition to the two Semesters in February and July. A few years earlier, La Trobe Business School introduced a third semester for its Post Graduate courses, which is now very popular amongst students in India; Sri Lanka & Nepal. In addition, new programs have also been introduced to meet the needs of Industry and the latest trends in the job market as per a senior delegation led by Professor Paul Mather, Head LBS that visited India recently. La Trobe Business School, Australia, has introduced new Programs such as the 'Master of Professional Accounting (CPA Australia Extension), 'Master of Professional Accounting (Business Analytics), 'Master of Professional Accounting (Information Systems Management) and the revised Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Commerce degrees for both Domestic and International markets. Enrol with scholarships and bursaries up to 25 % at Deakin University, Australia Deakin University, a leading Australian higher education and research university, has announced programmes for undergraduate and post graduate programmes. Currently, the university is offering scholarships and bursaries to Indian students applying for the November 2017 intake, for most of its UG and PG programmes. Scholarships for international students include a bursary of 10%, 15% or 20% on merit basis and a grant of 25% (conditions apply) for those who have an average score of 80% in their class 12 for undergraduate studies and above 75% in the bachelors for post graduate studies. The last date for submitting applications with all supporting documents for the November intake is September 30, 2017. To know more log onto


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14 Curriculum September 16, 2017 Spotlight Asish Mohandas of IIT-Kanpur wins SURVEY: 82% ITSM Professionals Believe Future IT Roles Will Become the first edition of James Dyson Award India More Challenging An IT Service Management Future Readiness survey conducted by ManageEngine in collaboration with, conclude ITSM professionals believe that the IT the user to “Quit Smoking” by roles of tomorrow will be more challenging — and the monitoring their smoke intake. majority of the workforce currently also feels undervalued by The product is a ring-shaped management. The questionnaire consisted of ten questions electronic gadget with inbuilt that focused on the opportunities and challenges ITSM will see smoke sensors synced to the wearer's mobile device. The in the future. “It's interesting — and worrying — that 82 percent of survey ring has small parallel openings which enables the respondents believe that working in IT will get harder over the smoke to enter the ring and next three years,” said Stephen Mann, Principal Analyst and trigger the piezoelectric sensor. Content Director at “There are multiple root The sensor sends out pulses causes, including nearly two-thirds of respondents think that which can be recorded and the current local and global political climate is adversely translated to quantity of smoke potentially inhaled through the affecting IT recruitment; only 24 percent of respondents think use of a special algorithm. The that existing ITSM best practices have kept up with the data is then sent to the app changing IT and business landscapes; and 77 percent of which translates the quantity respondents think that there is still more to be done to meet the into an easy to understand expectations of millennial employees. ” format by explaining the damage done to various parts Other Key Findings: Strong Affinity for the of the body in real time and throughout the week. QuiSmo Cloud; AI Not a Threat to Jobs ames Dyson Foundation on September 7 Jannounced the first ever Indian winner of the James Dyson Award- Asish Mohandas, product design student of IIT, Kanpur for his innovative product, MAATTAM, retrofit patient transfer system. Asish witnessed the plight and pain of an old lady while being shifted from one stretcher to another by lifting. Upon researching further and speaking to more than 50 people including doctors, nurses, ward boys etc., it became evident that there is no existing patient transfer mechanism that can efficiently transfer patients without causing any pain to the patients. With the aim to solve this problem, and to eliminate Special Coverageinvolvement of manual labour Packagein shifting patient, Asish designed MAATTAM retrofit patient transfer system as a facility, converting it into a transfer stretcher. To check the functionality a 1:2 scale prototype was fabricated and was tested by transferring a mannequin and was later tested with a human body, by transferring the child from a rest unit to the stretcher. MAATTAM, Retrofit Patient Transfer System will receive £2,000 along with James Dyson Award Certificate from the James Dyson Foundation, and progress to the international stage of the award. Asish aims to commercialise this product and is in process of developing the full-scale model of the retrofit stretcher which would be able to transfer an adult of height up to 180 cm and weight of maximum 95 kg. He is also planning to further tweak the model to be used for transferring accident victims on the road. There is a large occurrence of worsening the process of breaking down a continuous flow of water into tiny droplets, traveling at a high velocity) of water in a new and efficient way. It helps in reducing the amount of water being used while washing hands by up to 95% in the same time limit as a conventional faucet. Railroad crack detection bot, which is designed by Anoubhav Agarwal along with his team members Shashwat Sahoo, Kavan Savla, Harsh Parekh and Yash Patil, students of Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, is a robot that can detect cracks which are big enough to cause derailments and also saves the data. Railways hold a vital position in the inland travel and transport scenario in India but it faces one major hindrance of maintaining the safe rail tracks. Therefore, this robot treads along the inside of a rail track while using is the first of its kind antismoking gadget which not only sends periodic reminders to quit smoking but also measures the user's smoke consumption whether direct or passive and alerts them of the critical smoke inhalation based on their biological profile. Saviour, designed by Chemical Engineering students Naman Singhal and his team members Rishabh Babeley, Jagjeet Shyamkunwar and Vikram Kumar Jha from IIT BHU Varanasi, is a helmet that is designed in a way that makes it mandatory for the driver to wear them in order to start their two-wheeler. There are two modules of this product, one is in helmet and the second module is fitted onto the twowheeler. The helmet gets switched on by putting the strap and the sensor inside helmet detects the presence of a human which ensures that the rider has worn the helmet Impact of politics on IT staffing: More than 60 percent of respondents feel that current global and local political scenarios — like Brexit, the recent U.S. election and Australian immigration policies — will adversely affect recruitment for IT roles. New technology: Cloud technology continues to enjoy positive feedback from ITSM professionals in spite of a major outage. Artificial intelligence (AI) isn't seen as a major job disruptor yet, with only 16 percent of respondents saying it will affect IT jobs. Best practices: Only 24 percent of ITSM professionals show confidence in the existing ITSM best practices, including ITIL, making a strong case for their revamp. Meeting service expectations: With an incoming millennial workforce, 77 percent of ITSM professionals believe that IT teams will have to do more to manage the expectation gap between younger and older employees. part of his final year degree project and has been selected as this year's winner for India James Dyson Award 2017 and will now be running for the International Winner Award and prize money of £30000. The mechanism of MAATTAM works similar to a treadmill having a moving platform with a wide conveyor fabric belt and rollers on either ends. MAATTAM being a retrofit can be put on top of any condition of accident victims due to mishandling of victims from road to hospitals due to ineffective patient handling mechanisms. Accompanying MAATTAM are four Indian runners-up: Eco Friendly faucet, Railroad crack detection bot, QuiSmo and Saviour. Eco Friendly Faucet, designed by Manipal University, engineering student Sandesh Manik, is an innovative faucet ultrasound technology detects the crack and it retrieves the data when reached earmarked station to initiate repair work at the earliest. This is a quicker, time saving and effective way to detect and maintain railroad cracks. QuiSmo, conceptualized by CEPT University, Ahmedabad student, Madhu Priya and School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi student Anshumala Mishra, is a Run by the James Dyson Foundation, James Dyson Award operates in 23 countries - this year the hunt extended to India for the first time. The James Dyson Award looks for remarkable yet simple designs with the potential to have a huge impact on society. The James Dyson Award is also Dyson's way to encourage and invest in the engineering talent from various countries. You can publish with us your profiles, events, reports, press releases and pictorial essays as Advertorials at a very nominal cost. 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Curriculum September 16, 2017 156 Potpourri /News Extra Empowered Steering Committee on Olympics Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has approved the constitution of an Empowered Steering Committee (ESC) on the basis of the recommendations of the interim report of the Task Force. The Task Force was constituted in September 2016 for preparation of a comprehensive action plan, including short-term and medium to long-term measures for effective participation of Indian sportspersons in the next three Olympic Games to be held in 2020 (Tokyo), 2024 (Paris) and 2028 (Los Angeles). The 8-member Task Force submitted its interim report on 22.05.2017 with focus on preparations in the short-term for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. ICAI nationwide convocation ceremo- nies The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India(ICAI) organized Convocation ceremonies all across the country to award Rank Certificates to the meritorious Chartered Accountants & Membership Certificates to newly enrolled Chartered Accountants. The Northern region of ICAI organised the Convocation ceremony on September 2, 2017 at New Delhi. The Convocations at the other 4 regions i.e. East, West, South & Central regions of ICAI were organised at 9 centres on September 1, 2017. During the Convocations organised at all 5 regions, in total Associate Certificates were awarded to 8454 members as per details mentioned below. Vikas Singh is new MD of Pearson in India Pearson, announced the appointment of Vikas Singh as the new Managing Director in India. Vikas will be spearheading the operations and driving the overall growth and profitability of Pearson in India. Vikas is a seasoned business leader with 25 years of deep management experience and wide business perspectives developed working across locations and sectors. Round table meeting on PPP in R & D A Round Table Meet on the promotion of Industry-Academia SIMC hosted the first Communication Summit 2017 interactions, an important component of Science Technology & Innovation Policy in India, was organized by the DST- Symbiosis Institute of Media Centre for Policy Research, Panjab University, Chandigarh & Communication (SIMC) August 19 to lay down foundations for the policy on Public P u n e h o s t e d i t s f i r s t Private Partnership in R&D. The meeting was attended by Communication Summit on directors of large corporates (Reliance India ltd., HCL the 8th and 9th of September Technologies), Innovation Research Parks (IIT-Madras & 2017, at their Lavale Campus. IIT-Delhi), National Research Laboratories & Universities. T h e e v e n t w i t n e s s e d Dr. V. K. Saraswat (Member of NITI Aayog and Chancellor, interactive sessions between JNU) who presided over the meet emphasized strongly for experts from the media linking universities with industries & national research industry and the aspiring laboratories, and setting up of dedicate funds for state s t u d e n t s o f M B A universities for strengthening their R&D. He also shared the ( C o m m u n i c a t i o n importance of Industry-Academia Research Collaborations in Management). Encompassing the success of ISRO for the development of Satellites and Rockets. He defined the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders in order to overcome the impediments in the theme of 'Stories from the field', the students were taken through the expectations and functioning of Indian media pursuing successful collaborative research. Dr Saraswat i n d u s t r y i n t h e c u r r e n t congratulated DST-CPR team at Panjab University, on scenario. The program was compiling large scientific information. Dr. Girish Sahni (DG, CSIR), apprised the audience about the addressed by notable speakers such as Rajeev Ranjan, acceptance of CSIR by the international bodies in the domain Director Branded Content of of Science & Technology. Dr. Baldev Raj (Director NIAS, and M i n d s h a r e , Chairman of Policy Research Cell, DST, New Delhi) & Dr. Subramanyeswar S, Chief Neeraj Sharma, Head PRC, DST, New Delhi informed the Strategic Officer at Lowe audience about the genesis of establishing Centres of Policy Lintas, Basant Rathore, Sr. Research at five locations in India. V P, S t r a t e g y, B u s i n e s s Prof. Rupinder Tewari, Coordinator, DST-Centre for Policy Development & Brand of Research at Panjab University, Chandigarh gave a compact Jagran Prakashan Ltd, Chandramouli Nilakantan, CEO - TRA Research & the Comniscient Group, and Mukul Varshney, Director, Corporate Affairs - John Deere. Apart from sharing their challenging experiences and professional knowledge in the field of media, the speakers also addressed various concerns that would guide students in their future careers. The Communication Summit started off with an insightful workshop on the topic 'Content Marketing' by Rajeev Ranjan, who spoke to the students about the effectiveness of brand campaigns is key in achieving short term goals. Subramanyeswar S examined the rapidly evolving avenues of branding by suggesting the need to connect with the mass by understanding the mode of communication that suits them rather than evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of traditional and digital means. . 'The metamorphosis of corporate communication' dealt by Mukul Varshney, touched on topics like the dynamic nature of the consumer market in India, the massive strength of the agricultural sector and the bridge between corporates and governments. By sharing his encounters in building collaborations between the farmers and chemical industries, he urged the students to focus on the use acumen of both art and science and join for a bigger cause. Basant Rathore inspired the students by narrating his journey in building the brand of Dainik Jagran. presentation on the activities undertaken by DST-CPR at PU, Chd in promoting Industry-Academia interface and PPP in YES Bank think tank study released India. He also presented successful models of PPP in R&D in 'Developing a Credit Market for Higher Education' India, compiled by DST-Centre for Policy Research. The participants shared their experiences for the development of The current mechanism of a presents inputs in the form of education and facilitating institutions, Centres for Excellence, Innovation Parks, mixed public and private research papers from eminent disruptive education models incentivizations of R&D activities being performed in Public and Private R&D Sector. It was unanimously agreed that there should be free exchange of scientist of universities and industries. In addition, Emphasis was laid upon for establish- ment of independent Industry-Academia Interface at Regional Level. Prof. Arun K Grover (Vice Chancellor, PU, Chd.) informed the audience about creation of Chandigarh Region Innovation & Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC) as a single window for the industry for gaining access to the Academic Excellence & Infrastructure of 27 Institutes of Higher Learning & Research located in and around Chandigarh. The recommendations of the have been submitted to DST for further deliberations. MoU updates ŸIIMCalcutta, singed MoUs with two international B schools- Florida International University from USA and Paris School of Business from France. ŸJindal Global Business School (JGBS) signed a MoU with the University of Otago, New Zealand for academic cooperation aimed at providing students of its MBA programme an opportunity to learn the ropes of international business at the Otago Master of International Business (MIntBus) and Master of Marketing Course (MMart). Ÿ Manav Rachna Educational Institutions (MREI) and the delivery of education services academicians and policy suffers from 'market failures', makers on a gamut of issues which is attributable to the for creating an enabling lack of transparency and e c o s y s t e m f o r h i g h e r effective competition in education in the country, management and financing of which resonates with the educational institutions, says ongoing discussions on the a study Global released by Institute, YES the New Education Policy. t Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO, YES BANK and Chairman, practicing think tank of YES YES Global Institute, said, “A BANK. The inaugural copy of strong, self-sustainable and the report titled 'Developing a knowledge intensive global Credit Market for Higher economy can only be built on Education' was recently the foundations of Quality presented to President of manpower. YES Global India, Ram Nath Kovind at Institute is proud to champion Rashtrapati Bhavan. the cause of developing a The study places granular functional credit market for f o c u s o n t h e s t r u c t u r a l the education sector in India. changes required in the higher The availability of fungible education ecosystem and the capital for credible private ways and means to build a sector entities is critical for functional credit market for a f f e c t i n g a q u a l i t a t i v e the sector. The study also i m p r o v e m e n t i n h i g h e r for the new age economy.” Institutional accountability in assuring acceptable level of quality of education and training, which in effect may not guarantee the future jobs and earning prospects The study has proposed income contingent loans policy, 'infrastructure' status to education, skill and health, (PPP) Model Template for education sector, Review 'not-for-profit' tag to all education, Creation of IEA (Individual Education Account, Allowing and encouraging Universities to alternative sources of funding through endowment funds, Centralized Fund for Skill Development, Increase in Deduction under Section 80E among other measures. University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK signed a MoU in Bristol to work collaboratively in the areas of Environment & Technology. 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