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RNI No. UTTENG/2010/37634 www.curriculum-magazine.com Vol 8 No 1 magazine THE INDIA EDUCATION LANDSCAPE UPDATE November 16 2017 NEWS in BRIEF Formation of National Testing HIGHER EDUCATION ‘HOCUS-POCUS’: Fees of Medical Agency (NTA) set in motion Colleges to come NTA will be an autonomous registered under review society with a seeding of Rs 25 Cr and will A committee under a have 9 vertical to conduct entrance exami- Supreme Court judge will soon start work to review the nations for higher educational institutions Higher Education system in India not on solid footing highly dissimilar fees pattern of medical education in the The Union Cabinet has giving adequate opportunity country. Concern has been approved creation of National to candidates to bring out Shot of book release of Prof Pankaj Chnadra’s book’building universities that matter’ voiced from several quarters Testing Agency (NTA) as a over the high price of Society registered under the medical education and Indian Societies Registration exuberant fees charged for these courses, which prevents many an aspirants from fulfilling their dream of Act, 1860, and as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing organization becoming a doctor besides to conduct entrance examina- posing a talent shortage in tions for higher educational healthcare delivery. institutions. Establishment of According to sources, the NTA in India like the most Prime Minister's Office advanced countries was their best. In order to serve the requirements of the rural students, it would locate the centres at sub-district/district level and as far as possible would undertake hands-on training to the students. NTA will be chaired by an eminent educationist appointed by MHRD and the CEO will be the Director (PMO) has also received a lot announced by the Finance General to be appointed by of complaints and Minister in the Budget speech the Government. There will Higher Education’s organic growth severed & stunted; long representations on this. The move has been also necessitated because several of 2017-18. be a Board of Governors The NTA would initially comprising members from conduct those entrance user institutions. The Director years of ignorance, outmaneuvering and gimmickry by politician-bureaucratic combine may be responsible for NRI quota seats and others in examinations which are General will be assisted by 9 country's poor showing in higher education and stopping India many colleges are not getting currently being conducted by filled of late. See P 4 the CBSE. Other examina- tions will be taken up verticals headed by academi- cians/ experts. NTA will be given a one-time from emerging as an international education destination The GST levy on higher education yet again supports such an NCTE Act, 1993 gradually after NTA is fully grant of Rs.25 crore from the argument Report on P 5,7 Amendment The Union Cabinet has given UNESCO Global Education Monitoringits approval for introduction of a Bill in Parliament to report released: lessons in plentyamend the National Council geared up.The entrance examinations will be conducted in online mode at least twice a year, thereby Government of India to start its operation in the first year. Thereafter, it will be financially self-sustainable. for Teacher Education Act, 1993, namely the National Council for Teacher National Achievement Survey (NAS) over 25 lakh students in all 700 mechanisms, especially those systems. It is pertinent to based on narrow performance mention here that India is one Education (Amendment) Act, 2017 to grant retrospective districts conducted successfully measures, allow for demo- such country even though it cratic participation, respect has enacted a right to recognition to the media freedom to scrutinize e d u c a t i o n f o r c h i l d r e n Central/State/Universities Conducted by NCERT, NAS conducted for the who are found to be Classes 3, 5 and 8 in government and govern- conducting teacher education courses without NCTE ment aided schools.is among the largest permission. See P 4 . surveys conducted in the World. The findings once out, will be telling tale on the efficiency and Over 1,000 KVs to be outcomes of the school education system education and set up independent institutions to handle complaints, develop credible and efficient regulations with associated sanctions for all education providers, public and private, that ensure non- between 6-14 years of age. A larger bench of the Supreme Court of India will be hearing a petition from Social Jurist on November 17, the applicability of RTE to early childhood education and the apex court ranked The MHRD will rank its over 1,000 Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV), a first of its kind initiative by the government, with an aim at improving the institutes through holding a The National Achievement Survey (NAS), the largest ever national assessment survey in the country has been conducted and concluded by NCERT. It was conducted for the Classes 3, 5 and 8 in government and government aided schools. The district wise learning report cards will be prepared based on a software especially designed for this. Subsequently, analytical competition. The rankings reports will be prepared. The analysis will reflect the will be declared in June next disaggregated and detailed learning levels. The whole process year See P 4 will begin immediately and will be completed within 3-5 months. Contd on P4 This year's Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report released on October 24 in Paris by UNESCO, among several key recommendations has called upon the governments to design accountability for schools and teachers that is supportive and avoid punitive discrimination and the quality of education and make the right to education justiciable, which is not the case in 45% of countries. GEM report also highlights that only 14 of 34 low and middle income countries had established early childhood education standards and compliance monitoring observations and orders may turn historic in the case! The 505-pages annual GEM report titled, 'Accountability in education, meeting our commitments', second in the series that focuses on accountability is “the mechanism for monitoring and reporting on SDG 4 and on education in the other SDGs” Contd on P6

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2 Curriculum November 16, 2017 News Updates New Education policy by December Jammu universities come together discover their hidden ninjas and unlock their creativity in highlighting the importance of cyber safety. After screening this year for entrepreneurial quest thousands of entries, the program will reward seven Web According to the union MoS for Human Resource Development, Satya Pal Singh, the new education policy is in final stages and it would be announced in December. Inaugurating a 'National Academic meet' in Thiruvananthapuram recently, Dr. Singh said the policy envisages to 'correct' the course of education system in the country, that has followed a colonial mindset. The Minister said it will be the first education policy that was discussed With a motive to create Jammu as an entrepreneur hub, for the first time four major universities of the region have come together under a single platform called, “Jammu and Kashmir Future Talks.” The partner universities are: Central University, Jammu University, Cluster University of Jammu, Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University. Initiated by Shakun Sethi with support from MOS Education Priya Sethi to encourage startup sector in students, this partnership and initiative aims Rangers who know it all about staying smart, safe and savvy online. The contest is open to students across the country within the age group of 10 and 17 years. Whether you have one or many great ideas, there's a way you can participate. One can choose the category that interests them and put their creativity and skills to test. The deadline for submitting the entries is 23:59pm on January 15, 2018. Details on the three categories: layer by layer and threadbare. to involve over 220 colleges in the state. Campaign: Run your own internet safety campaign, either Dr. Singh said improving the quality of education from the In the first phase, every month one university would host the individually or as a team of three. It could be one large primary level, making higher education affordable to people students of other universities and also a guest from the startup initiative or a collection of multiple projects like a social and accessing higher education to more are some of the major industry in India and abroad to generate awareness regarding media campaign, a video series, awareness drives or all of issues faced by the education system. He said skill startup sector and opportunities present in the world. The them there is no restriction on the format or the number of development is one of the major areas the government has major goal is to create 2 robust startups every year per initiatives. given thrust upon. university with support from the universities, government and Project: If you prefer to work individually and have that one Permanent IITs campuses for six new industry, irrespective of which university they graduate from and from which field. IIIT-Hyderabad's machine learning amazing idea, then this is for you. The format is completely open - create a video, website, app or a game - but remember, it should empower users to stay safe on the Internet and learn The Union Cabinet on 24th October 2017 approved a Rs. lab program7,002 crore plan for construction of permanent campuses for what it takes to be a good digital citizen Poster: Put your creative hat on design a poster that captures six new IITs, to be completed by 31st March 2020. Each IIIT-Hyderabad's Machine Learning Laboratory last month the theme of Internet safety and send it across to us. It's as campus will have facility for housing 1,200 students, announced Foundations of Artificial Intelligence and Machine simple as that. beginning from the academic year 2020-2021. Learning, a new state-of-the-art program for technology “With the Web Rangers contest, our idea is to promote safe use Currently, these institutions are functioning from temporary professionals. The program will be executed in association of the Internet among school students and create better campuses with a total strength of 1,530 students. After with TalentSprint. awareness amongst the teenagers on how to be good digital construction of the campuses, this strength will go up to 7,200. As one of the largest AI research clusters in the country, the citizen and staying safe online. We have seen an In pursuance to the Budget announcements, the academic institute is seeing a rising demand from the industry for AI and overwhelming response to our first two editions and the sessions in IITs at Tirupati and Palakkad started in 2015-16 ML advisory services, technology prototypes, and capacity participation numbers are only growing. This year, we are and in IITs at Dharwad, Bhilai, Jammu and Goa in 2016-17, building. American research and advisory firm Gartner Inc. ramping our efforts to reach more and more teenagers across from their respective temporary campuses. recently forecasted the creation of 2.3 million jobs in artificial India and will be hosting many online and offline events. As The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for construction of the intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and deep learning we celebrate the third edition of the Web Rangers contest, we permanent campuses was prepared by a team from Mentor (DL) within the next three years. can't wait to see what the students have in store for us." said Institutes of these IITs, according to which Rs. 20304.88 cr. While some of the top engineering institutions in the country Sunita Mohanty, Director, Trust and Safety at Google. were solicited for construction of the permanent campuses have strong academic and research programs in AI and ML, As part of its efforts to promote internet safety and digital over a period of 7 years. the number of engineers that graduate from them is still quite citizenship, Google has been running programs to train After consultation with NITI Aayog, DST, DSIR, MEITY and negligible in comparison to demand in these areas from the student ambassadors and teachers across 5000 schools across D/o Expenditure, this proposal was considered by EFC in its industry. states, covering topics like cyber-bullying, managing digital meeting held on 17-7-2017. The EFC recommended Phase-A Prof. P. J. Narayanan, Director of IIIT-Hyderabad, said “We footprint, identifying fake content, dealing with online scams of the proposal at an outlay of Rs. 7002.42 cr. for 3 years are pleased to launch this high impact program that will enable and more. beginning 2017-18 software engineers to build well-designed AI and ML India moves to level II in SSVF ranking, India Youth Development Index solutions. We are taking a holistic view. Beyond our excellence in technology and research, we are also conducting will ease student mobility to Australia and Report 2017 released studies on the societal impact of AI. We are building awareness Australia's department for immigration and border protection Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge) Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore recently released the India Youth Development Index and Report 2017. Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, an Institute of National Importance has prepared this report. The objective of constructing the India Youth Development Index (YDI) 2017 is to track the trends in Youth Development across the States. The Index enables recognizing the high and low performing states, identifies the weak domains and informs the policy makers the priority areas of intervention for and appreciation of these new-age technologies among management and top leaders as well.” Dr. Santanu Paul, Co-Founder and CEO of TalentSprint, said, “It has been repeatedly said in the last year that AI/ML is the next industrial revolution. From self-driving cars to chat-bots to robo-advisors, the new age of computing is already upon us. We believe that this program is the bridge that will help today's technology professionals successfully cross over to the new era of automation and intelligent systems. We are very excited to work with IIIT-Hyderabad to deliver this world-class offering”. (DIBP) has made changes in `Simplified Student Visa Framework' (SSVF), which was introduced last year. In the latest ranking, it has moved India from High Risk Assessment to Moderate Risk. India had been in level III and IV which is considered to be high risk for almost 13-14 years and now for the very first time India has moved to a moderate risk zone which will have a great impact. India being in level II opens the doors for students to have a wide range of institutions to apply for education and there will be no requirement of financial documents as compared to level III to be shown to Australian High Commission. The mandatory documents to be shown as per the checklist Google announces the third editionyouth development in the states. Constructing Youth Development Index for the year 2017 was of Web Rangersdone using the latest definition of youth as used in National Youth Policy 2014 (India) and World Youth Development Report of Commonwealth (15 29 years) as well as using the Commonwealth Indicators in order to facilitate Global comparison. This children's day, Google is announced the third edition of its Web Rangers contest an initiative that is designed to spread awareness about Internet safety and promote digital citizenship. The competition aims to encourage teenagers to available on Australian High Commission website for Assessment Level 2 countries are passport, college fee receipt (COE), statement of purpose and health cover. When Nepal was in level II last year, their Visa grants had increased three times. With this change in Visa process, India is also likely to see a growth in students applying for Australia and successful visa grants as well. “By opening these institutes up to Indian 7th annual edition of 'One Globe Forum’ on 9-10 Feb’18 students, Australia is making it easier for Indian students to pick up a quality education from a wider variety of institutions Salwan Media Ventures will host the 7th edition of its annual One Globe Forum on February 9 & 10, 2018 in New Delhi. The forum will deliberate on and explore ideas around the intersection of technology, innovation, smart cities, skills, regional and at greater convenience than before.Australia is already the third-largest international educational destination in the world collaboration and education and their role in building a 21st century knowledge economy. One Globe Forum, through its award ceremony, will also recognize and honor the organizations, entrepreneurs and startups that have contributed to building a 21st century knowledge economy through “Digital India”, “Make in India”, “Smart Cities”, “Entrepreneurship” and “Social Impact”. after the UK and USA. However, it lags behind Canada when it comes to attracting Indian students a disparity that this move looks to correct,” says Gurinder Bhatti, MD and Chairman, ESS Global.

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4 News Updates Curriculum November 16, 2017 The National Achievement Survey Cabinet approves amendment in Fees of Medical Colleges to come The National Achievement Survey (NAS), the largest ever national assessment survey in the country has been conducted the National Council for Teacher under review and concluded by NCERT. It was conducted for the Classes 3, 5 Education Act, 1993and 8 in government and government aided schools. The district A committee under a Supreme Court judge will soon start work to review the highly dissimilar fees pattern of medical education wise learning report cards will be prepared based on a software The Union Cabinet has given its approval for introduction of a in the country. Concern has been voiced from several quarters especially designed for this. Subsequently, analytical reports Bill in Parliament to amend the National Council for Teacher over the high price of medical education and exuberant fees will be prepared. The analysis will reflect the disaggregated and Education Act, 1993, namely the National Council for Teacher charged for these courses, which prevents many an aspirants detailed learning levels. The whole process will begin Education (Amendment) Act, 2017 to grant retrospective from fulfilling their dream of becoming a doctor besides posing immediately and will be completed within 3-5 months. recognition to the Central/State/Universities who are found to a talent shortage in healthcare delivery. According to sources, The survey tools used multiple test booklets with 45 questions be conducting teacher education courses without NCTE the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has also received a lot of in Classes III and V related to language, mathematics and 60 permission. complaints and representations on this. The move has been also questions in Class VIII in Mathematics, Language, Sciences The amendment seeks to grant retrospective recognition to the necessitated because several NRI quota seats and others in many and Social Sciences. The competency based test questions Central/State/Union Territory funded Institutions/Universities colleges are not getting filled of late. developed reflected the Learning Outcomes developed by the conducting Teacher Education Courses without NCTE So, the Government has decided to form a committee which will NCERT which were recently incorporated in the Right to recognition till the academic year 2017-2018. The retrospective have representatives from ministry of HRD, ministry of health Education Act (RTE) by the Government of India. Along with recognition is being given as a onetime measure so as to ensure and family welfare, oversight committee and other experts to the test items, questionnaires pertaining to students, teachers that the future of the students passed out/enrolled in these look into the reasons for high fee and how is that the same course and schools were also used. institutions are not jeopardized. is priced very differently by different institutions.According to a The learning levels of more than 25 lakhs students from The amendment will make students studying in these source, the committee will see how the fee can be rationalized 1,10,000 across 700 districts in all 36 States/UTs were assessed. Institutions/Universities, or already passed out from here, and the whole issue will be examined scientifically as the More than 1.75 lakhs trained Field Investigators from outside eligible for employment as a teacher. With a view to achieve variation at some places is between Rs 3 lakh to Rs 30 lakh per the government education system were engaged to conduct the above mentioned benefits, Deptt. of School Education & annum in the same region for the same course. learning assessment in the country. To ensure the fairness of the Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development has The Government is readying to offset relaxation in MCI survey, a monitoring team was constituted which consisted of brought about this amendment. regulations to increase PTR ratio at PG level so that an addi- observers from inter-ministerial departments drawn from the All institutions running Teacher Education Courses such as tional 1500 PG admissions can be facilitated. The Government State Governments, National and State Observers from B.Ed. and D.El.Ed. have to obtain recognition from the National objective is achieves WHO norm in doctor population ratio of 1: Education Departments and multi-lateral organizations. This Council for Teacher Education under section 14 of the NCTE 1000 with increase in number of seats. 15000 new seats may be monitoring team observed the implementation of the survey in A c t . F u r t h e r, t h e c o u r s e s o f s u c h r e c o g n i s e d added to current 59,000 seats available currently under this new all the districts, on the Day ofAssessment. Institutions/Universities have to be permitted under section 15, drive expected to start early next year. Each district hospital is The inferences from the data collected will be used to design of the NCTEAct. being looked at as potential medical lab for the students and may Classroom interventions percolated to all the schools in the NCTE wrote to all Central Universities and /State Obvernrnents get a development boost as a result soon. districts for implementation. The findings of the survey, will / State Universities / District Institutes of Education and Over 1,000 KVs to be rankedalso help in understanding the efficiency of the education Training (DIETs) informing them about the legal provisions system. NAS results will help guide education policy, planning making it mandatory to seek prior permission for starting The MHRD will rank its over 1,000 Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV), and implementation at national, state, district and classroom Teacher Education Courses and giving them time till 31-03- a first of its kind initiative by the government, with an aim at levels for improving learning levels of children and bringing 2017 to inform NCTE if any such Institution/University is improving the institutes through holding a competition among about qualitative improvements. running a course without permission of NCTE, for a one-time them. The outcome of the initiative, the process of which has resolution of past issues. started recently, will be declared in June next year according to reports. With maximum 1,000 points, the KVs would be graded under four categories, with 80 percent and above (excellent) under A NEWS YOU CAN USE category, 60-79.9 percent (very good) in B category, 40- 59.9 percent (Good) in C, and below 40 percent (average) in D. Over 1,000 KVs would be assessed under seven parameters, DRDO National Essay Writing for School Children The National Level Essay Competition is conducted by (Defence Research & Development Organisation), Ministry of Defence. The students can submit only one essay either in English or Hindi language. There is no registration fee for this competition. Eligibility: Class 9 to 12 and College Students. Application: Online/ Offline Last Date: 5 December 2017. Prizes: Rs. 2000 for each winner Read More: http://bit.ly/drdo-essay CGWB Essay Writing Competition on Water Conservation The Essay Writing Competition is conducted by The Ministry of Water first level is the online exam Resources, River which can be taken from Development & Ganga your home/internet café etc. Rejuvenation. The theme of The registration fee is Rs. the competition is SwachhJal 100 Swachh Bharat Eligibility: Students of Eligibility: Open to all upto Class 10, 11, and 12 and 18 years. Application: Send B.Com./BBA/BMS/Allied Essay by email/post Subjects Part I, Part II & Last Date 31 December Part III. Application: 2017 Online Prizes: 1st Prize (10) - Rs. Last Date:31 December 50,000, 2nd Prize (10) Rs. 2017 25,000, 3rd Prize (10) Rs. Prize: 1st Prize Rs. 75,000, 15,000 2nd Prize Rs. 50,000 3rd Read More: Prize Rs. 25,000 http://bit.ly/cgwb-essay Read More: http://bit.ly/commerce- ICAI Commerce wizard Wizard Sony World ICAI Commerce Wizard is Photography conducted by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Award for Youth India (ICAI). The Commerce Sony World Photography Talent Search Testis Award 2017 for Youth is for designed to measure the people in age-group 12-19 concept understanding years, the winners will get ability of students. It will be Sony DSLR equipment as conducted in 2 levels. The prize. Photo Submission: Online Last Date: 4 January 2018 Prize: Flights and accommodation to awards in London / Sony digital imaging equipment / Included in exhibition at Somerset House, London Read More: http://bit.ly/sony-contest Aakash Talent Quest 2017 This is a scholarship by Aakash Institute for Medical and Engineering Crash courses and Test Series forstudents in Class 12 or who have passed Class 12 in previous year. Scholarship Exam will be conducted on 24 December 2017. The exam fee is Rs. 300. Application: Online Last Date: 19 December2017 Prize: Scholarships worth Rs. 15.40 Crore, cash award of Rs. 41.25 lakhs Read More: http://bit.ly/aakash-atq including academic performance which will carry the highest weightage of 500 points, followed by school infrastructure (150 points) and school administration (120 points). Other heads of which schools would be marked include finance (70 points), community participation (60 points), grace points (90 points) and overall observation by the inspectors (10 points). This would be the first official ranking of Kendriya Vidyalayas in the country. School dropouts in Uttarakhand to be tracked, linked to Aadhaar The Uttarakhand school education department has decided to tie up with NGOs to track students who dropped out, and link them to Aadhaar numbers. The decision to conduct a survey of the dropouts followed differences in the figures of the department and the national census. Going by the 2011 census, officials claim at least 2 lakh dropouts. But the surveys done by teachers in their areas have shown a decline in the number of students who dropped out of schools 3208 in 2015-16, and 2410 in 2016-17. The plan is to create a database of the out-of-school children and link them with Aadhaar; they will then be enrolled in schools. Aadhaar linkage will help track children who migrate with their families. Delhi to appoint Education Beat Officers Social workers in School Management Committees of each of 2,600 government schools in the city will be appointed as Education Beat Officers who will trace the children not attending schools and admit them in schools by talking to their parents and schools.

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Curriculum November 16, 2017 5 Lead Story The Higher Education ‘Hocus-Pocus’ HIGHER EDUCATION not on solid footing in India: Academics THE pervasive feeling Chancellor of Ahmedabad a m o n g c o u n t r y ' s University, in his book states leading educationists that higher education in India is that effectively higher is characterised by regulation education is not anybody's and bureaucratic control; low concern and there is a investment in learning and f u n d a m e n t a l l a c k o f physical infrastructure; poor understanding on how higher quality of teachers and education ecosystems teaching; corruption, naturally work and grow. And, n e p o t i s m a n d s t u d e n t t h i s i s n o t a r e c e n t violence. Prof Chandra is a development. In fact, the former Director of IIM denial of a rightful place for Bangalore and was member of higher education in country's the Government of India's socio-economic progress is Committee to Advise on fraught with dangerous Renovation and Rejuvenation consequences for national of Higher Education (Yashpal development goals. Committee) which gave him The government mindset over an opportunity to visit the years has evolved around universities across the country control, standardization and and understand their state of unnatural expansion of higher governance. e d u c a t i o n w i t h u n d e r The LEGO self-replicating investments. In fact, toy concept applied to educationists point out to the replicating country's reputed fact that the Radhakrishnan public education brands such U n i v e r s i t y E d u c a t i o n as AIIMS, IITS, IIMs, and Commission of 1948 which now central universities in predominantly comprised of more places is a success yet to educationists, had stated that be proven. The established state aid shouldn't be confused wisdom that coming up of with state control. Circa 2016, universities or expansion of T S R S u b r a m a n i a n higher education is a c o m m i t t e e , m a j o r l y a consequence of development bureaucratic panel ended up and not cause of development recommending All India has been completely turned on Education Service cadre for its head while establishing b u r e a u c r a t i z a t i o n i n new central universitiesmost education. struggling to create an Speaking at a panel discussion identity. “How institutions after the release of the book, grow is not fully understood, 'Building Universities that these grow organically and Matter' by Pankaj Chandra, must have a link to the place V i c e C h a n c e l l o r o f these are situated in. The Ahmedabad University in whole assumption that quality New Delhi on November 9, comes from standardization leading educationistsShyam and model curriculum is B M e n o n , C h a n c e l l o r, absurd. And the situation has Ambedkar University, Delhi, been made worse by regulator Pratap Bhanu Mehta, VC, (UGC) to issue circulars on Ashoka University, Sonipat, day today basis in a mindless Prof Niraja Gopal Jayal of the attempt to control and Centre for the study of law and standardize everything,” said Governance, JNU, New Prof Shyam B Menon. Delhi, Prof Furqan Qamar, a The Government mindset is to former Vice-Chancellor and work by rules and not service. now Secretary General AIU According to Prof Niraja (A s s ociation of Indian Gopal Jayal the downslide of Universities) and Prof higher education after A p o o r v a n a d , D e l h i formation of UGC must a University, made important subject of research and we observations on 'Where are must examine the frequency Indian Institutions going and intensity of regulations Wrong?' and their impact. Drawing on past studies and Undermining of academic his own experiences in some excellence and freedom is of the finest institutions of killing. Institutions are built higher education in India and faculty by faculty, department abroad, Pankaj Chandra ,Vice by department. How to inject quality in a system is already eroded. We as a community of scholars are unwilling to exercise judgment. People are compelled to buy credentials. Aren't PhDs sold and bought? The API (continuous Academic Performance Indicators) is another exercise thrust upon academics that has become of suspicious nature. Secondly, as against about Rs 2.5 lakh crore from education cess on school education, the share of higher education has been a mere Rs 1100 crore. This is a telling statement of financial resources for higher education spent in a country faced with so many unique challenges where only higher education can provide solutions. According to Prof Furqan Qamar, a former ViceChancellor and now Secretary General AIU (Association of Indian Universities), in terms of per capita expenditure on student in India of the best ranked institution is compared globally, it is miniscule. “Excellence doesn't come cheap. And if you add expansion and equity to it, then the costs are even higher. Globally, the fee by student ranges from 2-3% to 10% of the cost. As such public spending on higher education is inevitable,” he adds. Public universities are nudged to raise their own funds even though experiences have shown that direct government support to higher education works much better. Thirdly, the universities are places where coming up of new ideas and freedom of expression is natural. The culture is inherently that of conflict. But universities are great places to handle these. According to Pratap Bhanu Mehta, while STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) streams are relatively protected, the humanities has a crisis on campuses. India being a deeply casteist society is also unfortunately getting divided on campuses. The anti-intellectualism and violence is also growing. “Expressions and simmering on politics and political issues will be heard on campuses w h e r e t h e s e c o u l d b e training; medical services, Chancellor, Chandigarh controlled implosions and if shops and admission related University thought GST on you don't provide space for services amongst others are higher education is best this in campuses then these under now GST. Various applied in Australia and we e x p r e s s i o n s w i l l e r u p t f a c u l t i e s , o u t s o u r c i n g must consider it. He also s o m e w h e r e o u t s i d e a s services, guest lecturers are brought out how tax- uncontrolled explosions,” also liable to be brought under friendly countries like said Prof Menon. A matured taxation that was not the case South Korea, Vietnam, debate culture has to be before GST. According to G Singapore etc were able to nurtured a n d Viswanathan, president of the b r i n g i n m a s s i v e institutionalized. Universities Education Promotion Society investments in education in are places that also bring for India (EPSI), a national comparison to India. “Let's different people together and network of private HEIs, remember one fact that had this unity in diversity must be former MP and chancellor of there been no Agriculture respected. VIT University, EPSI has University in Ludhiana, Another important issue submitted a memorandum the there wouldn't have been touched by the panel was on government apprising it of the Green Revolution that linguistic divide. According serious implications of GST we all are so proud of. to Prof Apoorvanad, the levy for higher education. He Innovations, patents, openness towards languages informed of this during a research are domains of a was historically lost with the seminar organized by EPSI university and how can you three-language formula and on “Indian Higher Education: tax pursuit of excellence,” how languages like Sanskrit G l o b a l A s p i r a t i o n & he asked. h a s b e e n m i s u s e d b y Regulatory Challenges - According to Amolak evaluators, who give marks Specially in the context of the Rathan Kohli, a former on every drop of ink. “The GST Levy on Outsourced governor of Mizoram and tragedy today is that most S e r v i c e s o f H i g h e r an eminent educationist, people don't know how to Education” in Delhi on education is also like food write even in Hindi?” Prof November 2. necessary for intellectual Jayal provide an overview of While Sanjay Garg, Partner, growth of a human being how JNU has recruited KPMG said that the current and it contributes to the E n g l i s h t e a c h e r s f o r regime of GST which works c r i t i c a l h u m a n improving English, which is o n u n i n t e r r u p t e d a n d resources/capital of the proving a success given that automatic supply chain nation. “As such it can't be in globalized world, scholars concept, makes concessions a stunted growth,” he said have to travel to present their on listed higher education while criticizing the idea of papers. She said that writing service nearly impossible to taxing education. labs has becoming a global e x t r a c t , a c l e a r e r a n d “The required reform in phenomenon and we must knowledgeable understanding education has not taken constructively bridge the on part of HEIs can make them place for long and in fact divide. She also pointed out informed participants in this after 2006 when the then that translation of good books tax reform. All were in HRD minister started must take place, which at agreement that this levy will d i a l o g u e t h r o u g h a present doesn't. increase the cost of education committee, the process has Prof Chandra contends that for student and government been lost. We now talk with the university is different must think of setting off this the government through from a bureaucratic or cost with alternatives such as lawyers. That must change, commercial organisation, but scholarships etc. we must support student has not been managed Experts opined that if interest. At present, one has differently. As a result, it no government expands the to buy 13 NoCs and is longer remains a safe haven exemption of education like difficult to start and run an for new experiments, new that of school education to institution. How can we ideas, and new voices. whole education including expect an organic growth? His books says that all skills, it will have a good asks Vishwanathan. faculty, boards, bureaucrats, effect on growth of GER. Prof. In his keynote address Dr. and politicians and how ( D r ) R S B a w a , Vi c e Vinay P Sahasrabuddhe, together, they have failed the student. EPSI:for GST roll back LEVY of GST on higher education is yet another burning issue Contd P 7 that is raising eye brows and like other people leaving people perplexed on compliance procedures. 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6 Curriculum November 16, 2017 Lead storyII from P 1 UNESCO Global Education Monitoring report released: lessons in plenty According to UNESCO, there commitments currently only are today 264 million children about half do so and most of and youth not going to school them not regularly (India is this is a failure that we must among countries that don't tackle together, because publish such a report) . education is a shared responsi- Accountability is about bility and progress can only be i n t e r p r e t i n g e v i d e n c e , sustainable through common identifying problems and efforts. This is essential to working out how to solve meet the ambitions of the them. This must be the Sustainable Development backbone to all our efforts to Goal on education (SDG 4), achieve equitable, high- part of the 2030 Agenda for quality education for all,” she Sustainable Development. wrote in the foreword of the Governments, schools and report. teachers have a frontline role to The Report demonstrates that play here, hand in hand with blaming teachers for poor test students themselves and scores and absenteeism is parents. often both unjust and T h e R e p o r t w a r n s t h a t unconstructive. People cannot disproportionate blame on any be held accountable for one actor for systemic outcomes that depend on the educational problems can have actions of others. “Using serious negative side effects, student test scores to sanction widening inequality and teachers and schools makes it damaging learning. “Educa- more likely they will adjust tion is a shared responsibility their behaviour to protect between us all governments, themselves, which may mean schools, teachers, parents and leaving the weakest learners private actors,” said UNESCO behind,” explains Manos D i r e c t o r - G e n e r a l I r i n a Antoninis, Director of the Bokova. “Accountability for GEM Report. “Accountability these responsibilities defines must start with governments. the way teachers teach, If a government is too quick to students learn, and govern- apportion blame to others, it is ments act. It must be designed deflecting attention away from with care and with the its own responsibility for principles of equity, inclusion creating a strong, supportive and quality in mind.” education system.” “The word 'accountability' S e t t i n g a n d e n f o r c i n g appears throughout the 2030 regulations ranging from Education Framework for contract tendering to teacher Action, demonstrating the qualifications are also crucial, importance that UNESCO and argues the Report. Fewer than the international community half of low and middle-income give to follow-up and review countries had standards for functions to catalyse and early childhood education and monitor progress. This means just a handful had mechanisms also that all countries should to monitor compliance. There produce national education are no regulations on class monitoring reports explaining sizes in almost half of their progress against their c o u n t r i e s . G o v e r n m e n t regulations are often too slow to keep up with the fast growth of private schools and universities. The report also highlights that some of the institutional foundations have been put in place, notably the Technical Cooperation Group on the Indicators for SDG 4Education 2030, whose secretariat is at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. This aims to build consensus in the definition of indicators and national ownership over the process. Still, as the review shows, the international community needs to invest a lot more to ensure all indicators are well defined and monitored. There is also mention of countries of the E9 group, a forum of low and middle income countries that have committed to achieving SDG 4 and account for over half the world's population hold the key to global reporting on learning outcomes. “Among them, Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia and Mexico contribute data at some of the three education levels, while Bangladesh, China, India, Nigeria and Pakistan do not report on this indicator at any level. It is critical, therefore, for all nine either to participate in a crossnational survey or to use their national assessments for reporting, provided they meet quality standards,” says the report.” The establishment of an International Finance Facility for Education, initially proposed by the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, received a boost when a reference to it was included in the G20 Leaders' Declaration at the July 2017 summit in Hamburg. Its aim would be to expand development banks' lending capacity to lower middle income countries. Though the report is not county specific, yet it has brief mentions on some best and worst practices /interventions/research findings from various countries. On India, the GEM report also carries some notes. While it acknowledges that following a Supreme Court ruling, government agencies in 2003 that, 10% should be allocated learning.” started producing extensive to basic and secondary GEM has also recommended content on environmental education. They should be governments to ensure strong education, which has resulted careful in making aid available institutions are in place, in over 300 million students in t h r o u g h r e s u l t s - b a s e d including those serving 1.3 million schools receiving mechanisms that shift risk to policing, judicial and auditing some environmental education countries that are least functions, with the capacity to training. It also talks about prepared to bear it. help deter, detect and how right-to food litigation Responding to the observa- investigate corruption in brought before the Indian tions and recommendations in education besides, govern- Supreme Court, prompting an the report, Ashish Dhawan, ments should treat teachers as additional 350,000 girls to founder-CEO of Central professionals. They should attend. Noting that the Akash Square Foundation and co- help build their professional- Tablet was a disaster, the founder of Ashoka University ism by investing in the report says that India's Aakash said, “SDG-4 lays out key necessary initial and in- tablet project, a public-private lighthouse goals that the s e r v i c e e d u c a t i o n partnership that, due to Indian education system programmes and providing i n a d e q u a t e g o v e r n m e n t should strive towards. To own them with autonomy. In turn, e n f o r c e m e n t , e n d e d u p these goals and catalyse efforts teachers' unions aiming to primarily benefiting the to achieve them, it is critical to strengthen professionalism vendor. “A right to information establish - (1) robust measure- through codes of ethics should request revealed that the ment system that generates raise members' awareness and programme eventually met an credible and timely data on build the skills of those initial target of 100,000 tablets outcomes and (2) dedicated entrusted with following and was wound down quietly in March 2015. While only some Indian students received subsidized tablets, DataWind ended up a big winner. By marketing itself as a company seeking to bridge the digital divide through low-cost internet and computing access, it introduced new low-cost models in India and has been hailed as a highly innovative technology company,' says the report. Also, in India the funding to spur innovation and develop scalable solutions" According to Jerry Almeida of International Confederation of NGOs, sustainable development goal #4 requires a huge paradigm shift or mindset alteration for stakeholders like principals, educators ,school owners and parents. Quality and inclusive education is the birthright of each and every child. “I often find educators and parents who are biased towards inclusive education. through on such internal accountability mechanisms. “The report has explicitly brought out very good set of recommendations and a lot of discussion material both of which are very relevant to India. Given the weak accountability and monitoring mechanism that we have here, the report has beautifully illustrated that education is primarily the state responsibility and we all need to make the government understand action/pressure of CSO was They should realise that that. This won't have come at a highlighted by mentioning that inclusive education further better and opportune time the Annual Status of Education enhances the quality of when the policy formulation is Report (ASER) has brought education and builds solid in progress and many things learning to the centre of character in children as it helps from the report can be discussions in the political improve the emotional, reflected in the policy. This debate. Between 2006 and spiritual, moral and mental report has also given publicity 2017, political parties used intelligence in every child but to some good international ASER findings to ask over 70 teaching them empathy, example and India as a questions in Parliament related compassion, love, humanity country can take some lessons to low and declining learning and interdependence. We also from them,” says Angela levels, dropout rates, teacher need education reforms to Taneja. technical director, absenteeism and conditions of empower educators and Education, CARE India, an rural schools (ASER, 2017). schools to create a culture of international NGO, which The voluminous report has failure where students can fescues on poverty alleviation several lessons for our policy experiment with creativity and and social exclusion and has makers and as an important curiosity to innovate. This in education as one of the major recommendation it has said turn would create love of thrust areas. that adequate financial resources should be provided RTERC Winter school from Dec 15-18 to fund the education system as international funding to education has declined. It has asked Governments to fulfil their commitment of spending Right to education resource center (RTERC) of Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad will host the 4th edition of its annual flagship event, Winter School on December 15-18, 2017. The program aims to orient participants towards public policy and social change. at least 4% of GDP on Participants of Winter School go through an orientation education or allocating 15% of Programme for four days on IIMA Campus. Esteemed professors total government expenditure. of the Institute and various other dignitaries from all over India Donor countries should keep take orientation classes for the participants. The purpose of the to their pledge to provide 0.7% orientation programme is to give the participants a basic set of of national income to aid. Of tools for understanding the social equations surrounding them.

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Curriculum November 16, 2017 7 Special Focus Have You Considered These GICLM launches its scholarship program 5 Offbeat Career Choices? Garodia International Center for Learning Mumbai (GICLM) has launched its IB, IGCSE and Secondary scholarship program for students across all boards. GICLM will award 20 students with proficient academic, sport and art acumen, a By Husien Dohadwalla Head of Curriculum, Fazlani L'Academie Globale (Mumbai) & DY Patil International School Network. chance to broaden their horizons and study at the recently launched IB school GICLM. Based on their performance and profiles a panel of judges will review their applications and will offer full, half and partial fee waivers to these deserving students. The scholarship will be renewed annually after comedy. These days, countless youngsters are looking to move out of the regular9-5 desk job to pursue different career options. A are becoming popular with m e d i a h y p e a n d t e a m Ethical hacking : A large ownership to support them.To number of organisations bring quality workforce into require the professional this industry, some universi- expertise that hackers review on the basis of high-level attainment and contribution over the year. The applications will be accepted till 30 November 2017. Announcement of winners will be made on Monday 18 December2017. SEAT Test on 10th December by Study Vault For decades there has been a considerable amount of attention focussed on traditional career choices. In the recent past there has been a shift in the mentality, and more and more unconventional career options have been pursued. Chartering the alternative route is the latest norm for anyone who dares to thinkout-of-the-box or wishes to create a niche space for themselves in the world. Some of the mushrooming career choices include: Stand Up Comedian : Stand-up comedy, being at a very nascent stage in India, is slowly gaining traction in India.And if you have what it takes you can make a very lucrative career in stand-up good comedian doesn't have to worry about a dearth of work considering that a developing economy knows how to laugh at itself. Some of the multiple opportunities available to comedians includeproviding entertainment at corporate client parties and meetings, sourcing jobs at comedy clubs, participating in various comedy shows on television, etc.Being successful in this field could open up multiple avenues with the possibility of world tours on international platforms as well. Sports Management : Despite cricket being given primary attention in India, other sports like football, hockey, kabaddi, badminton, etc. are slowly gaining ground. There is a market for them, as many of these sports ties and colleges have recently provide, to safeguardtheir started Sports Management data, secure their capital and and Sports Marketing courses ensure proper functioning of for those interested. their systems. This career option, however, involves a Microfinance : Another high sense of responsibility alternate career choice is that and ethics that come with it to of microfinance which not ensure transparency across many are aware of. The term all verticals. "microfinance" describes the range of financial products Blogging : Blogging is a f r o m m i c r o l o a n s a n d relatively new career path microsavings to micro- and involves the process of insurance products and more, d e l i b e r a t e p r a c t i c e . I t that microfinance institutions additionally involves a vast ( M F I s ) o f f e r t o t h e i r amount of research and hard clients.Rural India is abundant work. There are multiple with microfinancing options courses online that offer in- t o p u r s u e , t h a t a i d depth knowledge about infinancially uplifting the poor blogging as an alternate and those that remain career option. Many empowered. This serves as the individuals, who want to perfect career choice for an have their voice documented individual who is looking to in written or video format, shift from the traditional opt for this career choice. banking space, and consider rural financial career options. Study Vault Education Pvt. Ltd. has announced ScholarshipCum- Entrance- Aptitude- Test (SEAT) which will held on Sunday 10th December, 2017 at Delhi Public School, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad (Junior Wing). The reporting time at the exam centre is 08:00 am 08:30 am, and the exam will start sharply at 09:00 am and will end by 12:00pm. Students of classes VII to X are eligible for this test and can apply online at www.studyvault.in or can visit Study Vault Centre, Delhi Public School, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad (Junior Wing). Registration will remain open till 10th December 2017. Pearl Academy announces 525 scholarships In its 25th year, Pearl Academy, a leading institution in design, fashion, creative business and media, has announced Quarter Century Scholarships 2018 for students to showcase their creativity and aspire for creative careers. For the first time, Pearl Academy has offered scholarship opportunity on a large scale where the selected top twenty-five students will get a scholarship of Rs.2.5 Lakh, and the next five hundred chosen candidates will be awarded scholarships worth fifty thousand rupees. A contest to select the scholarship winners will be held on 18th November 2017 at ten separate locations across the country and is open to students of class 12 and undergraduates in their final year of UG program. The locations include New Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Pune, Ahmedabad, Noida, Patna, Bhopal, Bangalore and Ludhiana. In Mumbai, the contest will be conducted at Pearl Academy's campus on 25th November 2017. ACT, the US College Admission Test to Expand in India The ACT® test will be available to more students in India thanks to a new agreement between ACT and MeritTrac. The agreement will allow ACT to reach more students in India who from P5 wish to pursue their higher education in the United States. The Higher Education ‘Hocus-Pocus’ s e t t i n g w h e r e h i g h e r conference saw release of Currently, ACT test centers are available in 20 locations across education was in focus. In the F I C C I - E Y r e p o r t India including Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Member of Parliament, Rajya reputation and trust,” he knowledge papers released by 'Leapfrogging to Education Chennai, and Bangalore. Working with MeritTrac, ACT hopes Sabha & National Vice President, BJP, asked the added. called Sahasrabuddhe also for exploring and the organizers, it has been said that India's development 4.0: Student at the Core' and FICCI Report on Social to have centers in all major cities and towns in India, reaching upwards to 80 locations in the next two years. Starting in private education providers to exporting Indian education a n d g r o w t h w i l l b e O u t r e a c h i n H i g h e r demonstrate that greater m o d e l s f o r r e g a i n i n g determined by the country's Education. This year FICCI is p u b l i c g o o d h a s b e e n c o u n t r y ' s p r i m a c y i n response to the inevitable signing a MoU with AICTE to achieved by private sector education in the world. 'We impact created by the take the agenda of Education participation. “Let, there be have models like Vashistha interplay of three primary 4. 0 ahead. academically carried out Ashram, where students leant f o r c e s : g l o b a l i z a t i o n , Dr Sanjaya Baru, Secretary studies and not glossy f r o m t h e c o n d u c t a n d demographic changes and the General, FICCI, said that handout on contribution of private sector. Let the truth of a well designed research come out in broad day light and you engaged in intellectual partnership with people even if some uncomfortable things also come to light. This is a way forward to dispel misconceptions, gain behavior of mentors/teachers. ISKON schools world over have created a good impression about our values and pedagogy and I am sure world is in need of these models,” he added. The annual FICCI Higher Education Summit (Nov 911), which entered in its 13th edition this year was another adoption of Industry 4.0 exponential technologies. Education institutions and regulatory framework have to embrace education 4.0 technologies and processes at a much faster pace to become a best higher education model by 2030. Organized at the Greater Noida Expo Mart (centre), the better education would facilitate in creating a better talent pool for industry. Thus, there is a need to create an enabling atmosphere where the government, academia and industry could work in tandem and create synergies to take Education 4.0. forward. FICCI Higher Education Summit Exhibition saw joint secretaries from MHRD & Min of Commerce talk convergence for improving higher education status

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8 Curriculum November 16, 2017 VIEWS (Edit/Guest Column...) OPINION: The tickling bomb of Juvenile crimes is a bigger disaster in waiting Let's wake up to mitigate it by institutionalizing school counseling services The 'stupid' reason to pull an examination off by murdering a little innocent boy allegedly by a teen as is emerging from the CBI investigations into the Ryan International School, Bhondsi, sensational murder case that took place in school on morning of September 8, must serve as a final wake up call to frame a comprehensive policy framework to deal with the issue of crime in schools. Like ragging, which has been stopped to a great extent after almost everybody stood against it and rallied for its cause a few years ago. According to data with the Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, AIIMS, a national clinical research body dealing with drug addiction in the country, in Delhi alone an estimated 70,000 children are hooked to drugs. As per law enforcement experts, the menace of drug abuse has grown to such an extent that police is finding it beyond its capacity to handle and knowingly they have to look the other way. Punjab, which has become a brand for drug abuse thanks to the attention it got in last couple of years or so, is not alone. From Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka to Maharashtra, Northeast states and Jammu & Kashmir, consumption of traditional and new psychoactive substances (NPS) is on rise. In fact, no family rich or poor is immune from drug abuse. It is very much like the cold or flu virus just near you and can catch you anytime unawares. The drug cartels are very organized and always a step ahead. So, society will have to join hands to protect children from getting into this dark and devastating world. Bullying, which has been traditionally a domain of residential schools though present all over and now cyber bulling are another facets of growing juvenile unrest. Children in particular are very vulnerable to cyber bullying because they are now completely hooked to devices and internet. And, yet again it is an ocean with sharks and we have to live with it. So, let's be prepared. It will be curious to mention that the enforcement of cyber crime laws in the country are not well understood and there hasn't been even a single conviction till date. Well there are other host of issues like school safety, school transport safety, sexual crimes, child labor, etc where children voices are still feeble, but it boils down to a break down in the value system of family and communities. The parents, school community and neighborhood are great influences on this system. An early detection of change in behavior of child can save her or him from getting into an ugly situation. So, schools, where a child spends as much time as at his or home, must have proper counseling arrangement to tackle the issue of psychological health of teenagers. The government must make such a cadre mandatory on lines on physical educators for all secondary and senior secondary schools. And co-curricular activities including sports must become a must in every school to channelize youth power and build human relationships and good values. Time for such an action plan is overdue. Attending to Health. Economic Needs of Women way to bridge Gender Gap in India Dr. Nitesh Dhawan, Public Servant and Author and political intervention more than anything else. The ,domestic violence and rising incompatible to that of men in root causes lie in the mindset crime rate against women our social scenario. of people and therefore defy all the commitments The total female population of collective consciousness is made in various constitu- India is estimated around indispensible to approach tional obligations expressed 48.17% of the country's total women specific issues and The recently released in the articles 14, 15, 15 (3), population. This shows that problems. The level of Global Gender Gap 39, 42, and 51 (A)(e); women women are the vital human education has improved but Report 2017 by World specific legislations, and resource of the country. They still high disparity of about Economic Forum places several other socio-economic are the most critical determi- 15% exists when compared to India at the 108th position out and protective endeavors nant for its overall socio- m e n . A s w o m e n h a v e of 144 nations across the made in this direction. This economic development. The progressed and excelled in world which reflects an ominous picture of women in economic reform measure various spheres, they are overall dismal picture of India is the reflection of initiated in the early 90s and becoming susceptible to women in the country. India gender discrimination and consequent fiscal policies are various types of crimes. has slipped by 21 places from inequality that is nurtured by found to have widened gender The political will is the key to the last year's 87th position in male dominant attitudes of a differences in the country. bring policy reforms as far as the index clearly indicating patriarchal nature of our Studies on gender budgeting health and economic needs of that condition of women have society. The status of women in India indicate that India's w o m e n a r e c o n c e r n e d . deteriorated especially on is the expression of interest impressive economic growth Moreover, representation of h e a l t h a n d e c o n o m i c and mindset that male in the last two decades have women at different levels in parameters during the period. members of society have not succeeded in addressing the political system requires The index compares the status adopted in approaching and the issues like relative initiative from political of men and women on four addressing the issues related deprivation of women in parties itself. It will ensure important indicators i.e. i. to women. The growth in the India. From 1974 onwards, more articulation of women educational attainment, ii. diversification of women when focus on women rights and their needs. The health and survival, iii. related issues indicates the specific policies was made for leadership must prioritize the economic opportunity, and iv. low level of gender sensitiv- the first time in the Fifth Five women related issues by political empowerment. The ity that members of society Year Plan till today when we involving women profession- low ranking of India on the exhibit. The biological, are still reiterating on gender als from different fields and gender gap index is attributed s o c i o - c u l t u r a l , v a l u e - equity and status of women is m o b i l i z e c o m m u n i t y mainly to the poor perfor- orientations of society and yet being debatable, is quite a participation to address mance on health and survival prevalence of male dominant manifestation of shortcom- various concerns. The social a l o n g w i t h e c o n o m i c attitudes are the perspectives ings in our planning and work practitioners should be participation indicators. India to assess the status of gender execution process. brought on board with is at 141th rank in bottom four equality. T h e e m p o w e r m e n t a n d humanitarian set of skills, when it comes to health and Gender differentiation being autonomy of women and the t e c h n i q u e s i n h u m a n survival of women while it a biological fact has acquired improvement of women's relations, expertise in social has come down to 139th social connotations in the status in social, economic and policy, planning and social position from 136th last year process of physical distinc- political spheres is essential welfare administration to on economic opportunities to tions being changed into for the achievement of frame an action plan for women. Women are paid only social discriminations. Men sustainable development in all proactive intervention both at 60% of what her counterpart are supposed to be strong, areas of life. The links micro and macro levels. The gets for the similar work. competitive aggressive and between gender equality and planning and execution gap is Findings of the Global rugged, whereas women are sustainable development are to be bridged by taking Nutrition Report 2017 also expected to be tender, clear in areas of education, effective measures regarding place India at the bottom of sympathetic and sensitive. health and agriculture. time bound implementation the table with maximum These social stigmas often Researches carried out by the o f s c h e m e s , s t r i n g e n t number of women suffering take the form of unpleasant World Bank and many others monitoring, and fixing from anaemia in the world. In stereotypes say- women are have proved that more responsibility of those the country, more than half fickle weak and impractical equitable access to education working in the system. (51%) of all women of in a society that values the by women and girls can give Corrective measures should r e p r o d u c t i v e a g e h a v e s t r o n g , s t e a d f a s t a n d very positive returns in be taken well in time to get anaemia. practical properties of the improved family health desired results. The low level of female stereotype male for various greater productivity and Empowering women would literacy rate, low sex ratio, society and several macro reduced family size. In the a l s o r e q u i r e p r o a c t i v e increasing female infanti- indicators related to health, above backdrop, it becomes participation from women cides, high mortality rates, high degree of malnutrition in women, incidences of dowry cases, sexual harassment of women at work places education, level of participation at various levels of decision-making process, employment status and economic contributions are imperative to make social diagnosis of gender inequality problem in terms of different perspectives. The gender issues need social community who has excelled in different fields to give voice to those who are struggling for even basic needs of health and economic betterment. 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Curriculum November 16, 2017 9 Spotlight Students today, Citizens tomorrow NSTS for new India through digital mode: App for Vidyarthi Vigyan Civic Education is an important component of education Manthan launched By Raman Bansal In a unique initiative to give a boost to the learning of science, technology and mathematics among the youth-especially the Despite a long-standing and ourselves as educators. school students, Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan (VVM) - a tradition of civic education in Civic education must be on nationwide science talent search examination will be held on elementary and secondary the front burner of reform in 26th November. This programme has been organized by schools, there is substantial education, not placed on the eminent scientists and academicians associated with Vigyan evidence that more than half back porch. Prasar (VP) - an autonomous organisation under Department of young INDIAN students If we focus on civic education of Science and Technology and National Council of Education lack knowledge, attitudes and through school curriculum, Research and Training (NCERT) of Ministry of Human skills to be responsible the scholars can learn Resources and Development and Vijnana Bharati citizens of a constitutional following basics about our Over 91,000 students from 2078 centres across the country are democracy. In the recent system: expected to take the test on the same day. One of the unique decades, effectiveness of 1.) It teaches scholars about features of this examination is that the test will be conducted civic education has been the very basics of how online. Students will attend the exam through the various called into question due to government works. They digital devices like, mobile, tablet, laptop or desktop in line increasing disengagement of youth from politics and democratic processes. Young people vote less and have less political or civic knowledge of our government system. Where have we gone wrong? Today, educational reform is based on test scores in math, science and literacy only without thinking that if we do not teach our young citizens about history, geography, economics, civics and other social studies, our nation will lose its soul. Preparing young people for active engagement in the civic and political life of their society and the country has been a long-standing goal of public education. And we need to reiterate that commitment to our children learn about the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of government and why these three branches must work together to pass and enforce laws. 2.) It also teaches students that when they become adults they can rightfully lay claim to the government as lawful citizens. They learn that it is the voice of the citizenry, not that of obscure elected politicians, that ultimately matters when it comes to shaping the government. 3.) They learn that voting is an important duty of every citizen. Every vote counts in each election, and it is through voting that people can make sure that their voices are heard. Civics education also gives students the knowledge they need to make informed decisions as they listen to politicians' campaign speeches or read news stories about people running for office. 4.) It will teach students that the government has limitations and that every citizen has Constitutional rights that cannot be taken away or violated. High quality civic education has positive benefits for students like health discussions about democracy and politics, volunteering, public speaking and self-confidence. Apart from that it develops other skills like critical thinking, civil debate and classroom confidence and engagements. So, we can say the role of civic education is to deal with all students in such a way as to motivate them and enable them to play their parts as informed, responsible, committed, and effective members of a modern democratic political system. That makes today's educators must take greater responsibility for civic education that exposes scholars to the values, skills and knowledge necessary for full participatory citizenship. Author is Director Scholar's Pride Sr Sec School, Dhuri (Punjab) with the vision of Digital India Campaign. A Mobile app called the VVM App was launched recently by the Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology and Tourism, Alphons Joseph Kannanthanam for this test. Alphons said it will provide a platform to the India's generation next to imbibe the values of science and technology for a better future. The syllabus for VVM to assess the students in phase-I are; 1) Science and Mathematics' (40%) of NCERT syllabus of respective classes, 2) Indian Contribution to Science (20%) (Specially designed reading material) Published by VIBHA, 3) Biography of Dr.Vikram Sarabhai and Dr.Homi Jahangir Bhabha (20%), it is the motivational glimpses of the Indian Scientist of the Year (Specially designed reading material) and 4) General knowledge, Logic and Reasoning (20%). The VVM study material is made available to all students on the website from 01 October 2017. The examination will be conducted for two sections, junior classes (VI-VIII) and senior classes (IX-XI). However, for the evaluation purpose, students from respective classes will be compared separately. VVM is going to attempt the Guinness Book of World Record for largest online science examination for school students wherein more than 91 thousand students from 2078 centres across the country will be appearing in the examination. All the registered students will go through the mock tests to get Khan Academy's 'India Talent Search 2017' for content creators KhanAcademy India (KAI), which began local operations in India last year and is offering free video content in Maths, Science, Social Sciences mapped to Indian curriculum upto class 12, in its efforts to strengthens localization efforts will be making its content available in five Indian languagesEnglish, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, and Tamil. As part of finding some brilliant content creators for Indian learners, KAI has announced the second edition of its India Talent Search. The program seeks brilliant explainers whose videos help students succeed in school and find joy in learning. The contest will be open in five major Indian languages - English, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, and Tamil. Each language will have, one winner who will receive a grand prize of INR 75,000 and, one runner-up receiving a prize of INR 25,000. All finalists will be considered for longer-term video creation contracts and will have their videos published on Khan Academy's website. The link to this year's application is at www.khanacademy.org/r/indiatalentsearch2017 . The last date of application is December 17, 2017. Applications open for 8th Annual 'Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards' them acquainted with the VVM APP for final examination scheduled on 26th November. VijnanaBharati (VIBHA) is one of the largest science movement in the country led by eminent scientists and to inculcate and generate scientific temper, foster excellence in students and nurture and mentor them for their careers in pure sciences. Through VVM programme, India's generation next will be made aware about the India's Rich Contribution to Science from ancient period to modern times. Registered students will undergo multilevel testing. Successful students will get a chance to undertake study tours and interactions with renowned scientists of our country as well as abroad. The details regarding VVM can be accessed on www.vvm.org.in. 'Pramerica Spirit of CommunityAwards' (SOCA) programme organized by DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance (DPLI) in India now invites individual and group applications from students in Classes VI-XII, who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through consistent volunteer community service. The application forms for SOCA can be filled online or VTU, HireMee tie up downloaded from www.spiritofcommunityindia.com. The last date for submission of completed and certified applications Bengaluru-based engineering university, Visvesvaraya is December 31, 2017. Technological University (VTU) and HireMee, a web portal The top two individual category winners will receive medallions, cash prizes and a return trip to Washington, D.C. in May and mobile application, have signed an MoU for the free 2018. Members of the Best Group entry will receive medallions and a cash prize to be shared amongst them. Over the last seven years, more than 27,000 students across 1500+ schools have participated in SOCAby sending in their applications and above 600 students have been recognized for their community service efforts. Anoop Pabby, Managing Director & CEO, DHFL Pramerica Life Insurance Ltd., said "We are delighted to have Saina Nehwal on board as the Programme.” Saina Nehwal said, " I strongly believe that community service should be an integral part of education and every child should make an effort to help the less fortunate and stand up for causes that impact society at large. I hope that through my association with SOCA, I can help play a role in making this possible." assessments of final-year students from 202 affiliated colleges with a view to connecting them with talent seeking companies. “HireMee teams will administer a 100-minute proctored computer-based test for graduating students on college premises using its proprietary assessment application. This will enable students to identify improvement areas, bridge the skills gap and to further their employability,” says Prof Karisiddappa, Vice Chancellor, VTU.

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10 Curriculum November 16, 2017 India Skills/Entrepreunership India wins 1 Silver, 1 Bronze and 9 Medallions at WorldSkills Global Education; e. Social entrepreneur Anant Pandhare, ICSI Signs MoU with NSDCMedical Director, Dr. Hedgewar Hospital,Aurangadab; f. Industry Mr. Milind Kamble, Founder Chairman, Dalit Indian to train over 1,00,000 CS students and others on GST Competition Abu Dhabi 2017 Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DICCI) The Institute of Company Secretaries of India together with Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance and Minister of Corporate National Skills Development Corporation will train over one Affairs gave away the awards in presence of Dharmendra lakh CS students and other stakeholders as GST Account Pradhan , Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Assistants through latter's pan India training partner centres. Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India, Dr K.P This being a 100 hour course will take 10 to 15 working days Krishnan, Secretary, MSDE; Jyotsna Sitling, Joint Secretary, on a full time basis. On a part time basis, it can be offered as a 4 MSDE, Sunita Chhibba, Senior Adviser and Chanda Kochhar, hour course for 25 working days. Managing Director & CEO, ICICI Bank Ltd and an The fees for this course will be accommodated under various impressive audience comprsing senior delegates from the Government Schemes like Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas ministry, members of the Skill Sector Councils, leaders from Yojana (PMKVY), etc. No Fee is required to be paid by the Corporate India; successful and budding entrepreneurs among ICSI candidates for the training. The candidates will be others. counted as part of the Skill India Mission achievements and The National Entrepreneurship Awards (NEA) was instituted ICSI will be a partner associated with the Ministry of Skill by MSDE in 2016 to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship Development through the BFSI Sector Skill Council and across the country. This year the second edition of awards NSDC. Adding that the training imparted under this were conducted which saw participation from 2880 applicants partnership will fast track the implementation of the GST Team India created history by winning a silver medal in Patisserie and Confectionary by Mohit Dudeja, a bronze medal Prototype Modelling by Kiran Sudhakar and nine medallion of excellence at the 44th WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi between 15-18 October. This is India's best performance since it started participating at these competitions in 2007. The Indian 28-member team was competing with 1,300 young people from 59 WorldSkills Member countries and regions candidates from 59 other WorldSkills member countries across 51 skills competitions. Nine Medallions for Excellence were won in trades/skills like mechatronics, brick-laying, restaurant service, automobile technology, jewellery, graphic design technology, mobile robotics, beauty therapy and car painting. With winners being presented medals at a glittering closing ceremony on the day of Deepawali, Mohit Dudeja also won the “Best of Nation” award for receiving the highest marks among the India Contingent. Shahad Shahida Manzil came 3rd in 3M Sustainability Challenge for optimal utilization of paint during the Car Painting competition. China topped the medals tally with 30 medals followed by South Korea (24) and Switzerland (20) medals. Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said “As a token of recognition and to encourage more youth to take up skills, we would be awarding out of which 45 were shortlisted; and finally 15 winners across program Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC said that the defined categories, were announced and awarded. arrangement will empower youth to earn a better livelihood Speaking on the ocassion Jaitley said, “The Strength of India's CS (Dr.) Shyam Agrawal, President, ICSI said, “As desired by economy will be entrepreneurship. We have to ensure that we the Prime Minister, the Institute has taken upon itself the do not restrict the youth. We let them unleash their energy, humungous task of training at least 1,00,000 CS students in allow them to move away from the beaten track and build new GST. In this line the Institute has taken the first step by signing ideas for the new India.” the MoU with NSDC for providing the necessary Skills minister Pradhan said that the government endeavour is infrastructure for training the ICSI students/stakeholders on to empower our youth and equip them with the right skill sets various nuances of GST law.” and create a conducive environment to help them build sustainable business solutions/model. “In the years to come, India's PMKK for Skilling in Smart entrepreneurship will be the key to attain a double-digit GDP,” he added. Cities launched The core committee of implementing partners of NEAS2017 Last month India's first Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra comprised of the seven premier institutes which oversaw the (PMKK) for Skilling in Smart Cities, in collaboration with scheme implementation. These institutes included- Indian New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) was inaugurated at Institute of Technology Delhi; Indian Institute of Technology Mandir Marg in New Delhi. The ministers also laid the Kanpur; Indian Institute of Technology Bombay; Indian foundation for a Skill Development Centre at Moti Bagh and a Institute of Technology Madras; Indian Institute of Centre of Excellence at Dharam Marg, New Delhi. The centre Management Ahmedabad; XLRI Jamshedpur; Tata Institute will have a capacity of skilling 40,000 candidates annually, of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai. National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), an Winners were given a cash award of Rs 5 lakh (enterprises and executive arm of MSDE, has collaborated with New Delhi individuals) and Rs. 10 lakh (organizations/institutes) along Municipal Council Smart City Limited (NDMCSCL) to with a certificate and trophy recognising their efforts of being extend cooperation for setting up of PMKK Centres for Smart the change agents in India's development. Cities, to provide skill training for unemployed youth through On this occasion, National Quality Assurance Framework its short-term training (STT) module and contribute to the (NQAF) Manuals were released by National Skill capacity building of municipal employees through cash rewards to the winning candidates who have brought laurels to the country. The country will continue to invest in training and education, as part of a strong commitment to youth development, which is a fundamental aspect of the India Vision 2022.” Manish Kumar, Managing Director and CEO, NSDC said, “Big congratulations to all our champions and our heartfelt thanks to them for adding to our festivities and celebrations! Development Agency (NSDA) which will provides the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) program. benchmarks or quality criteria which the different The newly inaugurated Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra organizations involved in education and training must meet in leverages NDMC infrastructure for skilling initiatives. order to be accredited to provide education and training/skills Located at Mandir Marg, New Delhi, the NDMC-PMKK activities. Centre for Skilling in Smart Cities is an exemplary heritage Further, to encourage development of entrepreneurial skills building of approx. 30,000 sq.ft., with a capacity of skilling among school students, course module on entrepreneurship 4,000 youth annually. Catering to healthcare and solar energy was released for class IX and X. Capturing success stories of sectors, the centre will be managed by one of NSDC's We have yet again proved the potential and passion that our nation's youth has. We are confident that our champions will inspire others to opt for vocational training as the mainstream career option.” entrepreneurs who have walked the extra mile to initiate affiliated training partners - Orion Edutech, which has an positive changes, a compilation handbook 'Swalamban ki Ore' impeccable record of training nearly 3 lakh candidates through was also jointly released by National Institute for its network of over 275 skill development centres across the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development country. On this occasion, a domestic electric lab powered by (NIESBUD) and Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) Schneider Electric was also inaugurated. National Entrepreneurship Awards TSSC- Udacity India collaborate Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC) has signed a MoU with 2017 presented Coinciding with its third formation anniversary, the union Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) on November 10 presented the National Entrepreneurship Awards 2017. At a special award presenting ceremony in New Delhi 15 winners across defined categories, were announced and awarded. The awardees include a. Academia/ Research Dr. RA Mashelkar, Former DG CSIR' b. Banking and Investment Naina Lal Kidwai, Former Chairman and MD HDFC; c. Social Entrepreneur Dr. Devi Shetty, Founder Narayana Hrudalaya; d. Mentor Mohandas Pai, Chairman Manipal Udacity India Pvt. Ltd for complementing the skills. Students will access to Udacity Nanodegrees which features cuttingedge curriculum built by Silicon Valley leaders and taught by expert instructors. Students enrolling into Nanodegree programs will have access to one-on-one coaching, moderated forums, and project reviews ensure a personalized experience. They will also have extensive career support from Udacity Career Services and TSSC Recruitment Management System (RMS) to help them connect with the jobs of today and tomorrow. Commenting on the partnership, Lt. Gen SP Kochhar, CEO, Telecom Sector Skill Council said “ Disruptive changes to business models will have a profound impact on the employment landscape in the coming years. We believe

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Curriculum November 16, 2017 11 India Skills/Entrepreunership DELHI NCR GETS A NEW HOSPITALITY COLLEGE for research, teaching and student exchange. Both who will be guided by faculty members acting as Advisors for Universities agree to establish a programme for academic the student teams. cooperation. From the perspective of students, this agreement The program is structured to facilitate IIMA students to Hospitality Industry Veteran brings the benefits of credit transfer programs in engineering engage with selected firms for a period of up to 4 weeks to and life sciences, participation in TAU's summer programs, guide them on how to solve their most vexing problems. The Dilip Puri launches post-doctoral fellowships and semester exchange businesses will find a collaborative environment where opportunities. students would help them diagnose and structure the method The universities will also work together in research. Joint of addressing challenges they face. This service will be Indian School of Hospitality proposals to funding bodies and institutions are also provided at a nominal registration fee of INR 3000 payable at in Gurgaon envisaged. With over a hundred research centres, TAU “is the start of the engagement. defined by ground-breaking research, leading researchers and Prof. Amit Karna, Associate Professor of Strategy at IIMA, Former Managing Director and Regional Vice President of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, South Asia and industry veteran, Dilip Puri, on November 7 announced his new education venture Indian School of Hospitality (ISH) with a promise to faculty, a strong interdisciplinary focus, and the values of globalism, pluralism and social responsibility.” Tel Aviv University is consistently ranked in the top 20 in the world in terms of scientific citations and among the top 100 universities internationally. Thapar University has been ranked at 210th position in The QS Asia University Rankings 2018 among 400 institutions from 17 countries. one of the advisors for Management Clinic, commented: “Management Clinic is a student initiative aimed at creating a strong platform for the students of IIMA and community at large, to be able to apply management practices learnt in the classroom in real life. We are hoping that interactions through the clinic will benefit the business owners of Ahmedabad with solutions to routine problems and better ways of doing business, at the same time providing real-life exposure to our students.” Daikin India signs MoU with Manav IIHMR University trains top Lankanreimagine hospitality education in India. Rachna University officialsLocated in Sector 83 of Gurgaon, the Indian School of Hospitality will be housed within a commercial campus that boasts state-of-the-art infrastructure and facilities and is close to city's leading hotels. The institute, location in an urban centric destination with strong commercial, retail and residential catchment areas in close proximity, aims to provide a work-life balance to students for enhancing their productivity and creativity. The campus, which is under development, will be ready by May 2018, in time for the first intake of students inAugust, 2018. ISH envisions its curriculum design to be a global benchmark of hospitality education in the near future, and in order to do so A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Manav Rachna University (MRU) and Daikin AirConditioning India Pvt. Ltd. (DAIPL) to establish a 'Daikin Centre of Excellence' at the MRU campus on November 2. While sharing the purpose behind this MoU, APS Gandhi, GM, Services, Training & Development, DAIPL said: “Very often in the industry, we do not get the requisite and skilled manpower in the air-conditioning sector. This tie-up will ensure hands on practical exposure for the students and help them acquire the new technologies being practiced in the airconditioning industry including the VRV technology, refrigerant technology and inverter technology. Daikin is To strengthen its public health management system and gain insights into research possibilities for the benefit of its people, a group of senior government officials from Sri Lanka including health minister from North Province and senior bureaucrats participated in a five-day programme in healthcare conducted by IIHMR University-Jaipur. The programme was supported by the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka. “The objective of coming to India for this programme was to learn new approaches in Leading and strategically managing the healthcare system in Sri Lanka. It has been great coming here and learning from India. We will certainly be able to has entered into a strategic partnership with Lausanne already a global leader in these technologies”. improve the public health management with the insights we E D I I w i n s A I C T E A w a r d f o rHospitality Consulting (LHC) for curriculum development have gained here,” said Dr G Gunaseelan, Minister for Health, and faculty training. ISH has partnered with LHC in preparation for an academic certification by Ecole hôtelière de supporting 'Start-Ups' Northern Provincial Council, Sri Lanka. “The content for the programme was designed in a way that Lausanne (EHL), the world's oldest and top ranked hospitality Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) has would help the delegates to take the learning back home and management higher education institution worldwide. In received the prestigious All India Council for Technical implement them for improvement in their public health addition to the Four Year Hospitality Management Education (AICTE)Award for supporting start-ups. system,” said Dr PR Sodani, Pro President and Dean Training, Programme, ISH will offer several long and short-term Given during the International Science Festival's Start-up IIHMR University. programmes in both culinary and executive education. Summit 2017 at Chennai, the AICTE awards recognise Dilip Puri said, “An education in hospitality is the beginning of outstanding achievement by academic and research institutes a journey into a diverse and exciting range of career of India in actively promoting and supporting innovation and Our Ad Tariff opportunities, not limited to hotels and food & beverage, or start-ups in their campuses. The summit also acknowledged even the corporate world. 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12 Curriculum November 16, 2017 Campus Buzz with Dr Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor TERI University believed that none of the problems of the world can be solved and Dr. Rajiv Seth, Pro-VC TERI University were present. unless there is a leap in the new consciousness. Only a Barbut called on the new graduates to be innovators, and successful model in higher education can help in inculcating a challenged them to “imagine what your villages of the future new consciousness and Dr Singh applauded the efforts of will look like.” She stressed that whereas knowledge is Rajendra S Pawar and his team for establishing a new model in important, it is a tool to help us to imagine how to change the higher education. challenges we face. Established in 2009, NIIT University (NU) is a not-for-profit 8th edition of GNOSIS'17 - XLRI's University covered under section 2(f) of UGCAct Annual Finance Symposium “Gender Inclusiveness Should The Finance Association of XLRI hosted GNOSIS 2017, Include Transgenderl”: Anil Shastri hHealcdkaatthHoyndeornabPardeUdincitviveersAitynalyticsInvesco Ltd. hosted a 24-Hour Hackathon designed to present a predictive analytics challenge in which students in the Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and cognitive science disciplines could apply their studies for practical, real-world applications at the University of Hyderabad for post graduate students on Oct 31. Fifty two (52) participants were asked to build a functional predictive analytics model to incorporate high-dimensional data points to build strategies to accurately inform different desired business outcomes. The 24-Hour time limit forces participants to operate under time constraints, and the abbreviated project timeline 2nd Convocation of Indira Gandhiencourages imagination, innovation, productivity and output in a short amount of time. National Tribal UniversityThere are mutual benefits for the firm and for the students involved. The students get to use and demonstrate the skill sets they've accumulated during their university studies, while Invesco gets exposure to the local community showcasing the emerging and disruptive technology projects shaping the new business and economic landscape the company is focusing on as they mature into the digital and data era. “While the idea of the 24-Hour format is daunting and intimidating at first, we find that it also ends up being a lot of fun. It's a good way to get quality output in an accelerated time, XLRI's Annual Finance Symposium, on the November 11 at The St. Regis, Mumbai. The symposium saw Sunil Kakar, MD & CEO at IDFC Limited, deliver the Key Note Address at this year's summit on “Financial Services in India: The Road Ahead”. This was followed by a banking panel discussion on 'The Twin Balance Sheet Problem' by five eminent panelists including Ananth Narayan G., who was the MD and Regional Head of Financial Markets at Standard Chartered Bank; and others. A second panel discussion was held on the widening scope of investment banking in India. The panel was moderated by Shrija Agrawal, National Deals Editor at Mint. Later,. Kunda Jadhav, Director at Barclays Shared Services, discussed the digital talent requirements and challenges in the investment banking industry. Shashi Arora, MD and CEO of Airtel Payments Bank, spoke about how payment banks are game changers for financial inclusion, rather than being just unviable business models. the 2nd convocation of the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University was held on November 11at Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh. The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind was the chief guest, who said that the establishment of the National Tribal University in Madhya Pradesh was appropriate as the state has a 15 million strong tribal population. The University's aim is to help tribal youth participate with greater vigour in the building of modern India by giving them the best possible opportunities in education.The President called upon With the aim of enabling professional exchange of new ideas, discover contemporary HR trends and develop new employee engagement strategies to attract and retain human capital for business growth and development, Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management (LBSIM) organized a National level HR conference at Dwarka Campus, Delhi recently on the topic “Strategy, Profit and People: Re-Thinking HR.” Vasudev V. Tribhuvan Senior Director, Biocon Limited Bangalore was the Chief Guest. The conferences had around 300 dignitaries from academic and corporate. Anil Shastri, Former Union Minister and Chairman of LBSIM who was present championed the cause of transgender saying, “The goal of LBSIM is to create leaders and managers who seek social and gender inclusiveness wherever they go, besides profit. Our student gender issue has gone up from 20%to 40% this year. And we are trying to include transgender's in this inclusiveness.” A growing number of companies are grasping the need to include transgender status in their diversity efforts and policies. Indeed, 325 Fortune 500 companies now prohibit discrimination based on gender identification, compared to just three in 2000, according to the Human Rights Campaign, a leading LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) advocacy group. And there's been a tenfold increase in the number of major corporations that offer transgender-inclusive health care coverage: 418 in 2015 compared with 49 in 2009. Tribhuvan said that HR is reclaiming the position it enjoyed once. They are emerging as strategy partners to enhance 'profit before tax. In the process, they seek to achieve what is known as 'Triple Bottom line (Profit, People & Strategy).” and we were excited to see what the students at HCU could students to leave an imprint on society that was so meaningful Expression 2017 ends with theproduce given their constraints,” said Swaroopa Akula, Head that the University could be presented as a model for the entire of Technology Services, Invesco Hyderabad. nation. The winning participants were awarded cash prizes for their NIIT University’s 9th Annual Lecture echo of 'Kaivyanjali’ The students of Quantum University organized the grand efforts, with first place finisher(s) given Rs. 40,000, Rs. 20,000 Dr Karan Singh talks on 5 Dreams ofgoing to second place and third place receiving Rs.10, 000. celebration of Literary Festival Expression 2017. Various competitions were organized for the week during the TERI University hosts its 10th Sri Aurobindo ceremony. On the first day evening, the quantum campus Convocation ceremony NIIT University (NU) on November 11 hosted the 9th Annual echoed with poetry. The opening ceremony of the event was Lecture by Dr Karan Singh, Chairperson NU and MP at its inaugurated by Quantum University's founder member 195 post-graduate and 18 doctoral degrees awarded TERI University graduates at their convocation ceremony on campus in Neemrana. Dr Singh spoke on 'Five Dreams of Sri Aurobindo,' Indian philosopher, yogi, guru, poet, and Shyam Sunder Goyal and others. 'Quantum Sahitya Gaurav Samman Patra' was presented to November 10, dedicated themselves to the importance of environmental protection and the need to maintain equity, ecological security, and the wealth of natural resources. TU's 12th convocation ceremony saw 18 students receiving their doctoral degrees and 195 master's degree from the university. Anil Baijal, Lt. Governor, Delhi who was the chief guest while congratulating the graduates said, “The education pedagogy at TERI University has been a win-win model to create knowledge and capacity in various areas of sustainable development, a laudable at a time when the world is facing serious challenges of sustainability and climate change. It is gratifying to know that TERI University has partnerships with various state governments and global university's to develop an informed cadre of professionals well-equipped to tackle, beyond cultural boundries and sectoral divisions, the nationalist. 'Five Dreams of Sri Aurobindo' and how today's youth can draw inspiration from the work of this great visionary was deliberated upon. Sri Aurobindo spelled out his five dreams on the Independence Day eve, on Aug 14th 1947 at the request of the All India Radio, Thiruchirapalli. The first dream was a revolutionary movement for a free and united India, and he laments the fact that although India is free, it is not united. The second was a resurgence and liberation of the peoples of Asia and her return to her great role in the progress of human civilization. The third was a world union for all mankind and that is what, we are all striving to achieve as a global society today. The fourth was a spiritual gift of India to the world, and finally, the evolutionary step to a higher and a larger consciousness. Talking about Sri Aurobindo Dr Singh said that, he was a Abhilash the man who penned down famous song 'itni shakti hume dena daata' from the filmAnkush of 1986. The stage of Kaivianjali was adorned by the likes of Shri Rajendra Rajan, S. Sarita Sharma, Shri Arjun Sisodia and Shri Hemant Pandey. Dr. Buddinath Mishra, in his resonant voice, mesmerised the entire auditorium when he sang the song "ek aur jaal fenk machhare, shaayad kisi machli mein bandhan ki chah ho". The veer ras poetry of Arjuna Sisodiya energised interwoven challenges of extreme poverty, disease, climate change and ecosystem vulnerability.” Monique Barbut, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) remarkable person who began his life as a student in England, came back as a teacher to Baroda, moved as a revolutionary to Calcutta, then went on to become the greatest philosopher of this century in Pondicherry. Sri Aurobindo's genius everyone present at the event. S. S. Goel said , "the focus of the quantum family has always been on the progress of its students and their personality development. The organization of Literary Festival Expression and Ashok Chawla the Chancellor, TERI University along illuminated the intellectual landscape. The great philosopher 2017 was one more step in this direction."

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Curriculum November 16, 2017 13 Campus Buzz BHIS, Noida hosts the 3rd All India DIGVIJAY SINGH MEMORIAL Air Rifle/Air Pistol Championship The 3rd All India Digvijay Singh Memorial Air Rifle/Air Pistol Championship hosted and organized by Billabong High International School, Noida in association with U.P State Rifle Association, Lucknow and National Rifle Association of India, New Delhi concluded on November 14 Akhil Sheoran (UP), Sanskar Havelia (UP), and Sahil (Haryana) winning the first second and third positions in Men's Air Rifle competition and Shriyanka Sadangi (ONGC), Vanshika Shahi (Punjab) and Shivangi Dogra (HP) winning the same event in women category. In Air Pistol event, Saurabh Chaudhary (UP), Anmol Jain (Haryana) and Sahdev Yashaswini(UP) in men's category and Singh Deshwal(Haryana), Aakanksha Bansal (UP) and Aakanksha Bansal (Haryana) in women's category won the first three positions respectively. The championship had more than 300 entries competing against each other. The tournament was open to ISSF shootersand the qualifiers Bonding Over Barbecues : Redefining of 61st NSCC. Gold medalists of the Championship (Pistol/Rifle) was awarded cash prizes of Rs.50,000; the Silver medalists was awarded Rs.30,000 and Rs.20,000 to Bronze medalists, sponsored by Billabong High International School Noida. The finalists of 5+5 of Champion of Champion will each get cash prizes worth Rs.10,000. The 3-day championship which began on November 11 was inaugurated by ace Indian shooter Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratnaa nd Padmashri awardee GaganNarang . Another Indian shooter legend P N Prakash, Olympian and Arjuna awardee graced the concluding ceremony in presence of Ms Putul Kumari Singh, wife of late ShriDigvijay Singh. She's been an ex-member of Parliament and Vice President of NRAI. She's an ardent patron ofAll India Digvijay Memorial Committee. In his remarks GaganNarang commeneded Billabong High in taking this initiative saying he was very happy to see such an enthusiasm for the sport. “I'm sure this experience will help us nurture the young shooting learners of our school.” Added Parmjit Gandhi, Chairman BHIS, Noida following the successful conclusion of the championship. Parent-Teacher Engagement Bengaluru-siutated Canadian International school on November 10 hosted Chromatix for their annual barbecue bringing a new twist to engagement with families. The Family BBQ started off with a bang, with students, parents, and teachers experiencing a host of performances. While experiencing eclectic music to the likes of John Lenon to David Guetta, the performers were Canadian International School's very own teachers! While parents and students enjoyed the musical experience they tried their hand at a family style barbecue. Mr. Shane Kells, Head of School, CIS, put his chef hat on and it was under his supervision that everyone practiced their culinary skills. The ethos behind doing such a barbecue is that such events redefine how schools engage with their students and parents in a personable and interactive manner, forging stronger bonds between them. In addition the platform is inspiring for students. The highlight of the CIS Concert BBQ was the show stopping performance by Chromatix. The concert was held at the Odeum, an auditorium specially built for the acoustics of KES' Shroff college student enters musical performances. All money raised from the concert will be donated to a school for underprivileged kids. Limca Book of Records MADE EASY Cricket Academy Chinmay Prabhu, a student of Kandivali's KES' Shroff Cricket ground inaugurated College, made his way into the Limca Book of Records for being the first Indian to solve mirror cube blindfolded in BJP Delhi state unit president and Member of record time. Chinmay comfortably beat the previous record of Parliament, Manoj Tiwari on November 11 4 minutes 40 seconds by solving the mirror cube in 1 minute 31 seconds. Prowess in solving a Rubik's cube is often a test inaugurated a beautiful cricket field at the enough for gauging one's intelligence. When it comes to solving a mirror cube (shape-wise modified), with the added challenge of doing it blindfolded, the average person would simply baulk at it. However, 19-year-old Chinmay Prabhu, a student of S.Y. B.Sc. (IT), entered the Limca Book of Records-2017 by becoming the first Indian to solve the mirror cube puzzle MADE EASY Cricket Academy(MECA) Gurgaon. Set up by B. Singh, a distinguished alumnus of prestigious IIT -BHU and a renowned educationist, MECA MADE EASY CRICKET ACADEMY provides high performance cricket coaching under the guidance of Uttam Majumdar (Founder & Chief Coach of UMCC and coach for Ishan Kishan who was blindfolded in a record time. This was a no mean feat for Chinmay as solving a mirror cube is much more difficult than solving a Rubik's cube. While in a standard Rubik's cube, the task is to search for different colours and match them in their specific places, in a mirror cube the real challenge lies in its shape as when the cube is scrambled, it becomes unequal and has to be unscrambled back to fit the shapes in place. One can imagine how difficult the task becomes when done blindfolded, especially when the aim is to do it at a record- breaking time. He says, “I am keen to practice more and I am confident that I can improve on my performance and lower the time taken.” selected in Ranji Trophy Jharkhand 2014-15). Established with a vision to create a State of the art facility, the academy is not only catering the privileged students/ youth but is also serving free coaching to the underprivileged. Appreciating the thought behind the inauguration of the cricket ground, Manoj Tiwari said, “This is not just a cricket ground but a platform where young players will get an opportunity to learn and grow as a sportsperson and become great players like MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli. It is a huge contribution that has been done by the MADE EASY School towards the society”. Spread in an area of 9 acres and surrounded by the beautiful hills of Aravali, the cricket ground shall offer an opportunity to those aspiring players who desire to take up the game as their career or aim to learn the 'basics' to develop their interest. BHIS Santacruz ties up with 'Think Global School' Billabong High International School Santacruz has tied up with Think Global School, termed as the Travelling High School. As a part of this collaboration, nine students, each of a different nationality, will be visiting BHIS Santacruz and interacting with the students to discuss about their own experiences on water projects. Each TGS student will speak about some of their perspective and interest in the topic of freshwater sustainability as it relates to where they are from and what they would like to learn about while they are in India; students from BHIS Santacruz will be doing the same specifically from Mumbai; they will also give a tour of the science lab and explain their water quality tests. The outcome of the session will be for the groups to generate a plan to research, collect and analyze data, create a campaign/design a solution to address issues and produce an info-graphic for the same. Budding Indian Game Art Developers felicitated in Gurugram Lakshya Digital, India's leading Game Art development company recently organised a unique and first of its kind challenge for video game artists from across the country. The participants of this month-long contest from 15th August and ended on 15th September 2017 included art students, budding game artists and professionals. It was divided in to three categories --students, professionals and Lakshya Digital's employees. Somesh Silam from Pune was the winner in the student category, Hatim Mandarwala from RDU Technicolor Bengaluru was the winner in the Professional category while Purushotam from Lakshya beat tough internal competition to emerge as a winner among Lakshya employees. Industry veteran Robert Olson, Chief Creative Officer from Lakshya Digital's Seattle (USA) studio felicitated the three winners from each category. The students were also offered an internship at Lakshya Digital Studio. The winners received a certificate and a prize on the occasion. Over 280 contestants from more than 22 cities participated. The challenge given to the contestants was to design and create 3D models of new weapons based on a brief provided to them. 25 students and 11 professionals made to the final stage of the challenge. Manvendra Shukul, CEO, Lakshya Digital said, “The real outcome of this initiative can be witnessed after 4-5 years when game art will be taken as a serious career option by the youth. We hope to see a substantial increase in the number of participants in next edition onwards.” Discovery of Asteroids by Indian school students for AIASC 2017 Three asteroids have been discovered by Indian students as part of an International science programme, 'All India Asteroid Search Campaign', conducted by SPACE India in

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14 Curriculum November 16, 2017 Interview KHURAFATI NITIN MJ with 92.7 BIG FM Delhi Radio Jockeying is about passion ingrained with good and entertaining communication skills and willingness to hard work Khurafati Nitin is one of the most popular MJs (RJs) in India today having worked with all major radio brands. In fact, Jonathan Nitin Brady (his original name) and his radio journey since 2000 mirrors the phenomenal growth and popularity of private FM Radio channels in India. Now serving as MJ with 92.7 BIG FM Delhi, he has been part of this transformation that saw 'entertaining' radio becoming an affable and friendly partner of people from all walks of life. Autar Nehru in a conversation with Khurafati Nitin made an attempt to know if his success story can be a case study for youth aspiring a career in Radio Jockeying How did you get into Radio ways perhaps and adage of a hard work continuously in no matter which station you're and other skills needed to and that is crucial. Jockeying? Khurafati gelled with it. And progress. Technology has on. become a good RJ? Khurafati Nitin is a dynamic In fact, it is an interesting for the last 11 years, I am become fully digital. Tell me career opportunities You must definitely be tech and innovative person. story. While I was in college known by this name. In fact, Do you feel Radio has a in radio jockeying? savvy, or it's going to be a Setting benchmarks and yet (studying English (Hons) at my world is spread iround it. competition from 24 X 7 TV Radio Jockeying is an art. A steep, treacherous, unforgiv- so friendly. So, what should KMC of Delhi University), My bank account and my or omnipresent Internet or radio jockey is an artist. And ing, torturous uphill climb! A we look forward to coming my maternal uncle suggested company is by this name. In in other words these shifts good news is that private FM radio jockey is usually by from him in coming years if me I should apply for a fact, most people recognize have impacted the impor- is here to stay. The opportuni- himself/herself in the studio, we ask for his a few future presenter in the All India me with this name only. It is tance of radio as a mass ties are immense. Radio's and so u have to be technically plans? Radio. I didn't know much very much part and parcel of medium? strong listener base is very sound considering that all Well, digital content is one. I about radio at that time but I my persona.. And, I am Radio cannot be compared to dependent on as much on the radio stations today run on a am working with my brother was into very active in theatre enjoying it. any other media. It is a RJ as the content.. FM is a digital format and many have on www.godatu.com, social and doing a lot of plays etc. Now tell me, how has the b a c k g r o u n d m e d i u m . local medium and penetrates complex softwares that you networking of dances. And, When my uncle brought the radio as medium changed Meaning that it doesn't deep within every strata of must know in and out. my youth passion for acting form, I laughed at it and before your eyes in the years interfere with people's society. Radio today is huge. Also, you must have a flair for remains intact. I hope, I will sarcastically commented to that now you've spent with working, radio is easy Radio networks are continu- current affairs. Radio needs get an opportunity to act in him saying if selected I would it? listening. You continue to ously adding newer stations serious people with the right films. And as a playwright, be employed two-hours a A lot has changed. Radio has drive, work in kitchen, do to our national footprint. zeal and talent. theatre artists, I will continue month (half an hour each become more dynamic. There routine work and simulta- But then, it is not so easy to After having spent 17 years to serve theatre. week)? What sort of job this was one kind of radio, when I neously listen. It has also be a RJ? in radio, would you reflect would be? But he insisted and started, the way of talking was become interactive in spaces Yes, I agree. First, we have to on your won aptitude and when I was in my final year, I different. Ads were few or not where previously it was realize that every station has preparation for this job? gave audition and was at all. You were your boss with unthinkable. As an enter- 4-5 main RJs and that way the I used to talk a lot, have always selected. less of a hierarchy; it was you tainer, informer, counselor, opportunity is limited. So, if loved music like crazy and Once at AIR, I realized what a who scrambled a script for the chatterer, today's radio is very have a passion for this, you been a prankster all my life. I Next Skills announces DigiTALent Next Skills recently radio presenter and radio show. Technology wise, there different and unique. must be patient. It is not an g u e s s t h e r e a r e n ' t a n y announced the launch of programming was about. And, was cassette, tape pool and Ok. Do you think commu- overnight success. Metro prerequisites but you need to DigiTALent, which is a from the word go, I was all then CD. nity radio stations are also cities are very important for have the gift of the gab. myself. Didn't imitate or tried Now that has completely contributing to this in owners of Radio stations But seriously, how does a things outside my natural self. changed. I am talking about somewhat way? because at the end of day it is youngster prepare for this In my view that stood me in private FM radio. The Community Radio has a business and advertisers job? This might be particu- good stead as I progressed in programming has become different purpose and target money. larly helpful for those living my life as a RJ. tighter, crisper. Now there are Interesting indeed! There is not pauses, it is seamless audience. You can't call it mainstream radio. And given Start as an intern, Get launched in a small city. Get outside big cities? Tune in regularly to your another interesting facet transmission. Radio is now a certain restrictions within noticed. Keep mind open. The favourite station and stay about you and that is business and every second which these have to work, trick is to be yourself, and that glued. Listening to radio Khurafati in your name. counts. Lot of thought, there is little scope for what works no matter which should become like breathing Now tell me about this also? teamwork and hierarchy goes entertaining RJing if I speak station you're on. And above for you if you want to train It is now well known that this behind everything that is from jockeying point of view. this, it is your passion and seal yourself into becoming a radio has come from my mother broadcast on radio. What is on But these are serving great to learn and work in team that jockey. I do not recommend w h o u s e d t o c a l l m e top of the mind of nation or purposes and to that extent, can take you to realize your any training institute currently 'Khurafati', which translates city of transmission is linked yes these are stimulating d r e a m s . there, I would rather suggest as mischievous, as a child. to content. So, it is about people to radio. Salaries/Remuneration are joining a theatre group. May be I was a bit more keeping and working on latest The only style that works on decided basis your talent, Theatre trains you as a n a u g h t y t h a n c h i l d r e n trends. Talking content is the radio is not pitting on a experience and your hold in personality, teaches you normally are. Once in radio, I sounding both entertaining style. The trick is to be the market. discipline, timing and most was back to my childhood and lawfully sensitive and it is yourself, and that what works What are various technical importantly trains your voice, comprehensive package designed for college students. This package bundles a branded laptop, smartphone, internet connectivity customized for every student's need. DigiTALent product will be made available in easy monthly payment option so that every student is able to benefit from this. N. T. Chowdary, Chairman, Next Skills said, “We estimate that over 5 lakh students will benefit from DigiTALent over the next 5 years. Our primary focus during Phase I will be on the students from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.”

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Curriculum November 16, 2017 156 Potpourri /News Extra AWARDED Professor Raaj Sah of IIMA has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon. The Government of Japan has conferred this honor on behalf of His Majesty the Emperor of Japan. Professor Sah is Distinguished Fellow at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA). Professor Sah has been honored for his contributions to the analysis of Japan's economic and financial policies. Times Professional Learning (TPL) was awarded the prestigious 'Innovative Leadership Award in Education 2017' at the first ever Asia-Pacific Conference on Managing Business Sustainability, held in Singapore. Anish Srikrishna, President Times Professional Learning, said, “ It is also testimony to our vision of fulfilling the education aspirations of millions of learners, by making excellence accessible, through learner centric innovations and global collaborations.” Mahul Brahma has won the Brand Leadership Award 2017. His work was recognised as a commentator and writer on luxury brands and brand custodian of mjunction,. National Design Guru Day celebrated at WUD The Sonipat (NCR)-based World University of Design (WUD) commemorated the National Design Guru Day coinciding with the birth anniversary of well-known design thinker and Guru Prof. M P Ranjan by honouring Prof. A G Krishna Menon, the father of modern Indian Architecture Education. Srikanth Kidambi as ITM Group of Auburn University, USA well suited for Institutions Brand Ambassador Indian students: Dr Emmett Winn'ITM Group will have Srikanth Kidambi, India's top Badminton player and winner of 4 world Super Series titles in 2017 as its brand ambassdor. Driven, ambitious and versatile Auburn University, a large are qualities that best describe Srikanth Kidambi and these comprehensive university qualities are reflected in the ITM Group of Institutions, which specializing in STEM areas in has emerged as India's fastest growing and most respected the small city of Auburn in Education Group. ITM is also developing Sports Academies Alabama of the southeastern within its campuses, with the goal of integrating professional USA may well appeal to sports training and mainstream education for building athletes students from India both for careers. In order to shape the future of budding professionals its international student in sports, ITM has also roped in Badminton rising star H S friendly culture, affordability Prannoy. Through these associations, the Education Group and academic reputation. intends to provide a platform for aspiring athletes to get access According to university's to professional training while continuing their education, Associate Provost Dr Emmett resulting in more enduring careers. Winn who recently toured Magic English SLL program across south Asia and travelled to a couple of Indian cities 132 Ashram and Ekalavya Schools including Delhi to raise awareness about his in Maharashtra university among prospective Maharashtra Tribal Development Department and Karadi students from this part of the Path Education Company Pvt. Ltd have teamed up to kick start globe, AU is ready to Karadi Path's Magic English-SLL (Secondary Language welcome many more students Learners) program across 132 Ashram and Ekalavya Schools from India. “Auburn is an in Maharashtra. The programme is expected to impact over ideal choice for Indian 50,000 students and 500 teachers from these schools. The students given its top-tier Magic English SLL programme is specially designed for academics, breadth of degree students with minimal exposure to English from their offerings, and inclusive environment or teachers who have may have limited English environment. I'm confident proficiency to increase their scope of English learning. each student can find their Karadi Path ME SLL will be implemented in 118 schools from place at Auburn,'' Dr Winn Jawhar, Dahanu, Shahpur, Nandurbar regions. It will also be added. implemented in 14 Ekalavya schools across Maharashtra. Established in 1856, the university has a long history a c c o m m o d a t i o n a n d of academic excellence. acclimatization to university Coming in among U.S. News culture besides arranging for & World Report's top 50 banking and other services. public schools for the past 25 The 1: 19 faculty student ratio c o n s e c u t i v e y e a r s a n d and small population of the offering more than 140 t o w n m a k e s s t u d e n t undergraduate majors in an interactions easy and friendly environment that students say over no time. One more feels `just like family' are important thing about us is merely a few of the attributes the Auburn Global program that have made choosing w h e r e i n i n t e r n a t i o n a l Auburn University easy for students are allowed a onemore than 233,000 alumni, year stay in the university to including the CEO of Apple, complete four-academic NASA astronauts and many credits before joining the business and thought leaders. course,” he said. The fee Currently more than 250 inclusive of boarding is in the Indian students are studying range of $ 40-45000 per in the university. “We have an annum. The optional practical organization of Indian training allows international students in the university. Our students to stay and work in in student services range from US upto 12 months. airport pickups to providing Inaugurating the program, the Chief Minister Devendra Phadnavis said “While India has many official languages, we are the second-largest English speaking country. English is playing an increasingly important role in our economy and 9th School Choice National Conference discusses DBT push to conquer for global frontiers. Students coming from Leading Think Tank of India reform program but the skill training for students lesser privileged backgrounds have a poor command over the Centre for Civil Society important part of larger reform from class 8th onwards language which affects their confidence negatively. We really (CCS) on November 12 designs in the country. He through DBT for vocational hope that this helps our children in breaking all barriers and organized 9th School Choice said, today the question is not courses. actually achieve what they dream of.” Karadi Path has been National Conference (SCNC) why DBT? The question is The daylong conference identified by Project Literacy Lab, San Francisco, USA, as on the theme of 'Direct Benefit why would politicians agree to included other interesting one of the top 16 educational enterprises in the world that can Transfer in Education; Policy, it? Why would they simply and informative sessions i.e close the global literacy gap by 2030. Politics, Parents' in New give up power to manipulate ' D B T E x p e r i m e n t s & The 10th All India Korean Language Delhi. Number of experts, subsidy? He raised questions educationists, bureaucrats, on current political system and Models: National and Global' by Sarath Davala, coordina- Speech Contest academicians and school asked, 'will India exercise tor; India Network for Basic Korean Cultural Centre India organised 10thAll India Korean Language Speech Contest at University of Delhi on November 15.In all 15 participants were awarded. The top three in beginners, intermediate and advanced categories were Tomtheel (Rs.45,000) Manipur Univ. Neha Cariappa (Rs. 50,000) King Sejong Institute, Delhi, Sindhoora Premmaraju (60,000) King Sejong Institute, Delhi This contest was organised in collaboration with Department of East Asian Studies, University of Delhi, and supported by Asian Airlines. South Korean acting Ambassador Lee Haikwang, Director of Korean Cultural Centre - Kim Kumpyoung, Anita Sharma HOD Department of East Asian Studies,DU, Prof. Kim Do-young, Director Korean Studies Jamia Millia Islamia, Cho Youngseok - Senior Vice-President, Asiana Airlines and distinguished Korean study scholars were leaders from across the federalism and allow states to c o u n t r y a t t e n d e d t h e innovate?' c o n f e r e n c e . A p o l i c y Dr. Parth J Shah, President; blueprint, 'Direct Benefit CCS, on this occasion Transfer in Education' was discussed challenges of the also launched during the education sector and the conference. possible solution of the same J u n a i d K a m a l A h m a d , with the help of DBT and Country Director; World school voucher. He made a B a n k w h i l e d e l i v e r i n g presentation on 'Direct Benefit keynote address on 'Leakage Transfer in Education' and Reduction Through Direct demanded to convert 25% Benefit Transfer (DBT)' said reservation under RTE to that DBT cannot be the only DBT. He also advocated for Income, P Priyatarshny; Additional Secretary & Director, Department of Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Puducherry, Shalender Sharma, VP Education and Skills Development, IPE Global Limited and Shabnam Sinha, Lead Education Specialist, World Bank Group, 'DBT In Education: Incentives, Impacts & Issues' by Gaurav Kapoor, Sr. Head, Industry Partnership; NSDC, present. Advertise with us To Book an ad email us at Sheencomm@gmail.com or call at 9811824444/8076071802

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