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p. 1 RNI No. UTTENG/2010/37634 Vol 8 No 3 magazine THE INDIA EDUCATION LANDSCAPE UPDATE January 16 2018 NEWS in BRIEF 65th CABE Meeting Indian Army to Non-technical courses will become online establish 2 boarding FOUR RESOLUTIONS on Digitalization of class- schools for children available as well A new set of regulations, set to be introduced next month, will permit universities to offer diploma and degree courses in non-technical subjects online. According to ministry sources, the new regulations are part of the government's attempt to achieve its Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) target of 30 per cent by 2022. room, Inclusive & quality education, National Campaigns such as Swachh Bharat and Value education adopted of martyrs Army's plan to set up two boarding schools for children of martyrs and those disabled in action has been given inprinciple approval by the government.The reason behind the decision is that as the government caps at Rs 10,000 per month the educational assistance it gives to these When questioned about concerns children, the initiative has to be over quality of such courses and taken. He said the government student evaluation, Javadekar put a cap on the educational told reporters that the ministry assistance as some people were was not looking to replace brick- misusing the scheme. and-mortar education and that Contd on P2 only educational institutions with either a grade of A+ and A++ awarded by the National EWS nursery admis- Assessment and Accreditation Council or a score of 3.26 and above will be permitted to offer sion in delhi from Jan 22 online courses. As for student evaluation, the minister added that the method of conducting examinations will be on the lines of GMAT. Children of divorced The 65th Meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) held in New Delhi on January 15-16 adopted four resolutions after union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar reiterated that education is a national agenda which empowers NCPCR's POSCO-EBox, an online complaint system for confidential registration of complaints regarding sexual offence against children finds mention even as WCD minister Maneka Gandhi suggests sensitization of young students about good and bad touch; Nursery admissions for the economically weaker section (EWS) and disadvantaged group (DG) categories will begin from January 22. The first computerised draw of lots for admissions will take place on March 7. women, widows clubbed to disadvantageous group under RTE in Maha Maharashtra education department has made it easier for divorced women and widows to admit their wards in schools the individual, family, society and the nation. He endorsed that the States requirements of additional funds is well justified. Besides union ministers Maneka Gandhi (Women & Child Development), Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (Minority Affairs), Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (Youth affairs & Sports) and Thawar Chand Gehlot inclusion of Dr. Ambedkar’s Panch Teerth in curricu- lum suggested by Social Justice & empowerment minister Gehlot Youth affairs and Sports minister emphasizes impor- tance of community service and volunteer efforts in students Contd on P2 Contd on P2 Skill universities body to give UGC its own set of recommendations At the second meeting of the within the 25 per cent seats reserved under the Right to Education Act, signalling a significant reform. Government announced special provisions for divorced women, women with ongoing divorce proceedings and widows to apply for admission of their children producing their own certificates. “Earlier, there was no clarity on the matter and women were forced to produce certificates of their separated or estranged husband. Now, we have issued clear guidelines to make it easier for single women to admit their children under the RTE quota,” said a senior official. All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) for 2016-17 released According to AISHE for 201617, there is an increase in overall enrolment from 27.5 million in 2010-11 to 35.7 million in 201617 and improvement in Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) which is a ratio of enrolment in higher education to population in the eligible age group (18-23) years, from 19.4% in 2010-11 to 25.2 in 2016-17 which is a significant achievement. The Union Minister of Human 2016-17 in New Delhi on January 5 expressed the hope that the GER ratio of 30% would be achieved by the year 2022. On this occasion, he also launched the Survey for the year 2017-18. The minister informed that Gender Parity Index (GPI), a ratio of proportional representation of female and male, has improved from 0.86 to 0.94 to the corresponding period. To give a further boost to girl-students, he announced that a supernumerary namely Quality, Autonomy, Research & Innovation. Stating that for successful planning and implementation of any policy we need correct information and real time survey, the Minister commended the officials involved in this task. In the AISHE 206-17, efforts have been made for the first time to collect the details of teachers to be used in the portal `Gurujan' specifically dedicated to teacher Association of Indian Skills Universities (AISU), a body created by the Skills Universities in India, met recently to chalk out a strategy to have its representatives included in the UGC committee and other government committees to ensure that they can guide the authorities accordingly. At the second meeting of the Association of Indian Skills Universities (AISU), a body created by the Skills Universities in India, it demanded representation in UGC committee Contd P2 Resource Development, Prakash quota in IITs will be increased. information. The portal is in the Javadekar who released the 8th He said that the government's process of development. All India Survey on Higher vision for the higher education is Education (AISHE) for the year based on three important aspects Contd P3 INSIDE this issue ASER 2017 focuses on youth issues, hopes it will trigger a nation-wide discussion “Unless we ensure that our young people reach adulthood with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities they need to help themselves, their families, and their communities move forward, India's much awaited 'demographic dividend' will not materialize. Our interactions with youth in this age group suggest that as a country we urgently need to attend to their needs,” says the latest ASER report 2017. See P 3 lEd Tech Trends for 2018 P7 lTime Management Tips for Competitive Exams P5 lRising Juvenile Delinquency P6 lInterview: Siddarth Chaturvedi, Dir AISECT P10


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2 News Updates Curriculum January 16, 2018 Gender Sensitisation Cell in DU With the objective of addressing the long standing issues of gender discrimination, the Delhi University Student's Union (DUSU) today established a Gender Sensitisation Cell in the varsity. DUSU president Rocky Tuseed issued a statement stating, “The cell aims to represent students who undergo discrimination and harassment, and provide legal aid and advice to them”. “It will also hold awareness sessions in order to create safe and healthy environment in the university for all genders, particularly women and transgenders. The university is for everyone and female students are as safe as everyone else,” he said. The cell will have the DUSU president as its chairman, a convener and two co-conveners. Convener Narayani Anand said, “Women and transgender students make up an indispensable part of the Delhi University and we're going to make sure that sexual harassment and gender discrimination are taken very seriously.” NMAT by GMAC test registrations in 2017 at an all-time high NMAT by GMAC exam has witnessed a significant growth of 7% in registrations for 2017 over 2016. With the retake, total registrations closed at 88,454 in 2017 compared to 82,928 last year. Registration window for the exam was open from 4 July 17 till 14 October 2017. True to its reputation of being India's most-candidate-friendly graduate management admission test, GMAC continues to witness all time high registrations and exam delivery since it's inception year after year, owing to the candidate friendly features and multi school acceptance of NMAT by GMAC score across reputed business schools. Commenting on the achievement, Vikram Shah, Director - Product Management, GMAC said, “In the past 3 years, GMAC has strived to enhance the test taking experience of the candidates and continued the efforts to help NMAT by GMAC accepting schools attract the right talent in their classrooms. In 2017, we have expanded the NMAT by GMAC test center network by 100% from 24 cities to 48 cities and additionally opened testing internationally in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. We continue to see the most diverse set of diversity in our test taking population with 40% women and 47% non-engineering candidates registered for the NMAT by GMAC in 2017”. Handbook on Measuring 21st Century Skills Evaldesign, has launched a Handbook on measuring 21st Century Skills. The Handbook is an effort to unpack the competencies outlined by various 21st Century Skills frameworks, and outline their subcomponents (or constructs) in a granular and mutually exclusive manner. Anil Swarup, Secretary, School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource and Development, Government of India graced the launch conference with his presence, amongst other eminent speakers. The newly released Handbook focusses on four primary skills: these are Critical Thinking, Creativity, Empathy, and Executive Function. A detailed literature review has been conducted for each of these skills to examine how researchers have defined their sub-components or constructs and methods used to measure the identified constructs have been reviewed and aligned with the constructs where available The launch conference introduced the concepts of the handbook to a large audience of practitioners, policymakers and researchers and ignite the debate on the need for specificity of definition and methods of measurement of 21st Century skills constructs. Business English qualifications Cambridge Assessment English, a department of the prestigious University of Cambridge, has signed an agreement with TCS iON, a strategic unit of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), consulting and business solutions organization, who will administer Cambridge's computer-based Business English certificates throughout India. Cambridge will leverage TCS iON's Digital Assessment Platform's extensive, high stake assessment capability to conduct exams across the country. Cambridge Assessment English CEO Saul Nassé signed the agreement recently in New Delhi, along with V.Ramaswamy, Global Head, TCS iON. Nassé explained “The Cambridge Business English Certificates are well established in India, and are popular with both employers and universities. By teaming up with TCS, we can benefit from their well proven platform, robust infrastructure and customer service to make it much easier for people all across India to take an internationally recognised qualification that they can use all over the world to prove that they have the English language skills they need for success in the global economy.” 180 hour FinTech Prodegree Imarticus Learning, in partnership with Rise Mumbai, have launched a comprehensive 180 Hour FinTech Prodegree that deep dives into the evolving world of Fintech. The course is ideal for working professionals and aspirants as rather than being an academic or theoretical course, the Prodegree deploys experiential learning methodologies that blend theoretical concepts with hands-on practical learning to ensure a holistic understanding of the subject. In each of the four FinTech domains, candidates are exposed to emerging or established tools and platforms like Ethereum for Block Chain, UIpath for Robotics, Hive, Spark, TensorFlow for Machine Learning, and Python forAdvancedAnalytics. Rise Mumbai,a global hub for FinTech Innovation, is the knowledge partner for the Prodegree culminates with a capstone project where aspirants make pitch presentations in front of Rise Mumbai leadership. Aspirants can also be part of Rise Mumbai through an optional 2 month internship at Rise Mumbai. Through the Prodegree, aspirants will gain an in-depth understanding of four key FinTech domains Block Chain, Robotics, Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics. The program also offers a primer on the Financial sector, which is ideal for novices; and Design Thinking, which is the new DNA of the Financial sector to ensure a holistic understanding of the FinTech ecosystem. Volkswagen conducts 'National HR Managers Connect' Keeping in mind the strategic role played by Talent Management Leaders in managing human capital and shaping corporate destiny, Volkswagen conducted the National HR Managers' Connect, a first of its kind platform where HR leads from Volkswagen dealerships across India came together to exchange views and ideas. With the all-encompassing theme of Engage, Educate and Excite, this conference held over a twoday period in Goa aptly used the medium of closed-door interactive sessions with peers, experts and business leaders, to enable HR leads to focus on sharing best practices from across zones. The creation of the National HR Managers Connect is based on the recognition of the transitioning role of the HR professional. Seeking to provide a platform for all dealerships to engage with one another, the forum included team building activities to exploit their power of collective wisdom. In its inaugural year, the conference saw active participation from across the network of Volkswagen in India. The forum was not just limited to interaction amongst participants but also included, selective engagement with Mr. Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars on the sidelines to receive leadership perspectives. Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars who set the tone for the outlook for 2018 said, “At Volkswagen, talent development and retention is our utmost priority and at the heart of this is the people who represent it. It is therefore time for leaders to elevate its strategic importance. The objective of this conference is to get all HR leads in sync to work as One Brand One Voice to deliver the best experience and build Brand Connect. The initiative is not just about what we do, but how we do things thereby creating a smoother path for supporting its overall goals. Moreover, it helps that the leadership team is Regional Branches of National School of Drama in limbo Delhi-situated National School of Drama, one of the foremost theatre training institutions in the world and only one in the country of 1.25 billion people, is not branching out anytime soon. The five regional centres proposed way back in 2005 in Mumbai/Goa, Kolkata, Northeast, J& K and Bangalore have not taken off because the respective states have not provided land for centre/hostels. So far, only Government of Karnataka has provided land/accommodation in 2013 at Bengaluru for the purpose where one year theatre training course is being organized by NSD. Currently, the Bengaluru centre is running one year course on dramatic arts.This was informed in the winter session of Parliament. ....Contd From P1 Skill universities body to give UGC its own set of recommendations At the second meeting of the Association of Indian Skills Universities (AISU), a body created by the Skills Universities in India, met recently to chalk out a strategy to have its representatives included in the UGC committee and other government committees to ensure that they can guide the authorities accordingly and come up with efficient norms which would help in enabling robust skill universities to skill the unskilled. UGC has constituted a committee to formulate guidelines for skills universities in India. Brig (Dr) Surjit Pabla, President AISU and Vice Chancellor of Bhartiya Skill Development University (BSDU) stated that the UGC has constituted a committee to make guidelines for skills universities and since these norms are likely to be formulated by a committee which may not have any representatives of Skills Universities, it may not be appropriate for the skills universities. The members also suggested that Skill University's territorial jurisdiction limit needs to be waived. Skill Universities should be allowed to start-off campuses in the other regions to facilitate and integrate with the on-the-job training besides having live virtual classes. The AISU will soon form a committee to recommend the modalities on the virtual classes, which will be submitted to the UGC. Members also recommended that Skill Universities should have the flexibility to enrol students from Class 9 onwards. Presently the UGC's educational criterion for admission is 10+2 from a recognized board. The Skills University would also accept students from Open Schooling and RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning floated by the MSDE). ....Contd From P1 AISHE Survey... Javadekar said that the number of institutions of higher education listed on AISHE portal has also increased significantly from 621 universities in 2010-11 to 864 in 2016-17 and from 32,974 colleges in 2010-11 to 40,026 colleges in 2016-17. The Survey was initiated in the year 2011 to prepare a robust data-base on higher education. Keeping in view the usefulness of data collected during the very first year, Ministry decided to make this survey an annual exercise of data collection in higher education sector. So far, survey has been completed for the years 2010-11 to 2016-17 and all the reports of AISHE are available on the website of the Ministry ( under the menu `Statistics'. The survey covers almost all the Higher Education institutions (HEIs) in the country including Universities, Colleges and StandAlone institutions. Identified nodal officers from each institution are primarily responsible for collecting and uploading the data on AISHE portal in a secured environment. Army boarding schools The Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said after the schools become operational, the government may be conveyed that it can withdraw the educational assistance scheme. The schools may become operational after 3-4 years. Gen. Rawat said the two educational institutions will be developed on the lines of Delhi's Sanskriti school. One school will be built in Pathankot and the other will come up either in Bhopal or Secunderabad. If the government does not provide them funds, the army will till then take care of the financial need of children of martyrs or those disabled in action, he added. After completing their graduation from the two boarding schools, the students can study in the Army-run colleges. EWS nursery admission in Delhi Nursery admissions for the economically weaker section (EWS) and disadvantaged group (DG) categories will begin from January 22. The first computerised draw of lots for admissions will take place on March 7. Those belonging to families with an annual income of less than Rs 1 lakh, with residence proof in Delhi, can seek admission under the EWS category. Those who will be considered under the DG category include SCs, STs, OBCs (non-creamy layer), children with disabilities, orphans, transgenders and children living with or affected by HIV, the DoE said. Those applying under the DG category do not need to show their income certificate. First draw of lots will take place on March 7.


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Curriculum January 16, 2018 3 Lead News Feature from P1 65th CABE Meeting... from P1 Thawar Chand Gehlot (Social Justice & Empowerment), education Ministers of 20 States, representatives of 28 States and Union Territories, Members of CABE, heads of autonomous organisations, Vice Chancellors of Universities, and Secretary, Department of Higher Education and Member Secretary, CABE and Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy were present in the meeting along with senior officials of the Central and State Governments. In the meeting, the following resolutions were adopted:i. It would be our endeavour to launch „Operation Digital Board‟ in all schools in five years. This will be undertaken jointly by Centre, State, CSR, and community. This will improve the quality of education. Students will be empowered with 360 degree information with interesting learning experience and teacher accountability will also increase. ii. We are committed to ensure Quality, Equity, Accessibility, Accountability and Affordability in education by pro-active action and plan. iii. We are commited to promote Swacch Bharat, Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat, Padhe Bharat, Sugamya Bharat and physical education. iv. We resolve to promote human value education, life skill education, experiential learning to bring out good human beings out of the education system. WCD minister Maneka Gandhi suggested introduction of career counselling from 9th class, synergise with WCD Ministry for effective implementation of PreSchool Education with anganwadis. She suggested employing women drivers and helpers in School bus, sensitize young students about good & bad touch by showing Komal film in all schools. NCPCR launched POSCO-EBox, an online complaint system for confidential registration of complaints regarding sexual offence against children. States should encourage their students for applying for MWCD scholarships. To promote greater tolerance among students belonging to different religions, she suggested like earlier Moral Science classes, religious books of all religions may be exposed so that students can start appreciating other religions. Social Justice & Empowerment minister Thawar Chand urged for a check on privatization of education, and also to provide a socially equitable education and inclusion of Dr. Ambedkar‟s Panch Teerth in curriculum. YAS minister Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore desired that fitness and sports should be included in school curriculum. He also suggested optimal use of playgrounds after schools hours as well as the need to emphasise importance of community service and volunteer efforts in students. It was generally recognised that States have been doing excellent work at the ground levels for promoting inclusive education and digital initiatives which were appreciated. In 3 particular, some steps such as opening residential schools , setting up girls colleges, smart classrooms, strengthening Mid Day Meal scheme, teacher training, use of CSR funds, aptitude tests along with Class X results, adolescent health programme training for teachers to prevent sexual offences on children and ensure safety, soft skills training for students, teacher NEWS YOU CAN USE FIITJEE 'IIT Genius Scholarships' Test on February 4 Top 10 Students from each Class VIII, IX, X & XI who take the test will be bestowed with the Honour of 'IIT Genius Title' by IITJEE coaching major, FIITJEE and will also get their Education at any IIT sponsored by FIITJEE. The Selection of students will be based on IIT Genius Test followed by an interview (Top 30 students from each class will be shortlisted) at Delhi/Hyderabad. The scholarship awarded will cover all institutional expenses, including hostel fee, tuition fee, book fee as well as reasonable personal expenses. One doesn't have to be a FIITJEE Student or join a course at FIITJEE to avail IIT Genius Scholarship & Award. The last date to register for the test is 1stFebruary 2018. Students aspiring to appear inthe test can get their registrations done either by Paper Application Mode or Online Mode (log on to Stage 1 Result will be declared on 1OthFebruary 2018 (for Class X &XI) and on 11thFebruary 2018 (for Class VIII&IX). Stage 1 will be followed by an interview on 15th& 16thFebruary 2018 at Delhi and 17th& 18th February 2018 at Hyderabad. The Final Result will be announced on 23rdFebruary 2018. For more details, log on to Month long 2018 TOEFL® Infromation Van Tour across Kerala campuses TOEFL® Information Van, the annual support service, provided by Educational Testing Service and the Learning Links Foundation is touring schools in 10 cities of Kerala this January month over four weeks to enhance awareness about the TOEFL test and it's different facets. Stops include Cochin, Coimbatore, Ernakulam, training portal 'Guru Chetna'. The participants deliberated on several aspects of different level of education and how efforts can be made to improve educational levels of the students. Karnataka Higher Education Minister Basavaraja Rayareddi asked for enhancing the existing budgetary allocation to higher education and urged the Centre to allow the universities to raise funds through alternative modes and explore the option of setting up the equivalent of not-for-profit companies in higher education to evolve new models of financial autonomy. It also pitched for a "skill university" and "entrepreneurial university" in every state. The government should ensure "increasing the financial independence of the universities by the development of ahighly differentiated system of the rate of recovery through tuition fees, which does not burden the poorer sections of the society", Rayareddi said. He also suggested to the government to explore the possibility of establishing the equivalent of notfor-profit companies in higher education to evolve new models of financial autonomy and innovative fundraising techniques through a greater integration of the communityoriented services and social entrepreneurship. Stating that there should be no discrimination between the central and state-funded universities, Rayareddi said, "All benefits extended to the central universities must also be extended by the state governments to the state universities and the Centre must incentivise the states to do so." Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, and Tiruchirappalli. To see where the TOEFLinformation van is heading next, check out https://www.toeflgoanywhere.or g/blog/information-van-is-comi ng-to-you Global Indian International School (GIIS), has announced a fully financed annual scholarship programme of approximately INR 4.3 crore across its GIIS campuses and other Indian schools. The GIIS Global Citizen Scholarshipprogramme in its 9th year will give 10 Indian students the opportunity to learn at the state-of-the-art GIIS Singapore campus. Students from across India can register for the two years no bond scholarship programme on the 'GIISs official page for registrations before February 28th, 2018. IN THE LATEST REPORT, 13th in the series, information was collected for four domains - activity, ability, awareness and aspirations. The findings are based on 26 rural districts across 24 states, 23,868 households and 28,323 youth age 14-18. The proportion of youth not enrolled in school or college increases with age. At age 14, the percentage of youth not enrolled is 5%. By age 18, this figure increases to 30%. Overall, about 5% of youth are taking some type of vocational training or other courses. This includes those who are enrolled in school or college as well as those who are not currently enrolled. Youth who take vocational courses tend to take short duration courses of 6 months or less. Of those who are doing vocational courses, the highest percentage of youth (34%) are enrolled in courses which are 3 months or shorter, and another 25% are enrolled in courses between 4 and 6 months in duration. A substantial proportion of youth in the 1418 age group are working (42%), regardless of whether they are enrolled in formal education or not. Of those who work, 79% work in agriculture - almost all on their own family's farm. Also, more than three quarters of all youth do household chores daily - 77 % of males and 89% of females. Overall, 86% of youth in the 14-18 age group are still within the formal education system, either in school or in college. For the past twelve years, ASER findings have consistently pointed to the fact that many children in elementary school need urgent support for acquiring foundational skills like reading and basic arithmetic. With this year's focus on an older age group, it is important to understand the level of basic skills among youth as well as their preparedness for tasks that go "Beyond Basics". . Even among youth in this age group who have completed eight years of schooling, a significant proportion still lack foundational skills like reading and arithmetic. Interestingly, although reading ability in regional languages and in English seems to improve slightly with age (more 18 year-olds can read than 14 year-olds), the same does not seem to apply to arithmetic. The proportion of youth who have not acquired basic arithmetic skills by age 14 is the same as that of 18 year olds. Learning deficits seen in elementary school in previous years seem to carry forward as young people go from being adolescents to young adults. About Awareness and Aspirations, each sampled youth was asked a series of questions to understand their access to media, financial institutions and the digital world. As expected, mobile phone usage is widespread in the 14-18 age group. 73% of the young people had used a mobile phone within the last week. However, significant gender differences are visible. While only 12% of males had never used a mobile phone, this number for females is much higher at 22%. Mobile usage rises significantly with age. Among 14 year-olds, 64% had used a mobile phone in the last week. That figure for 18 year-olds is 82%. But for these young people, the use of internet and computers was much lower. 28% had used the internet and 26% had used computers in the last week, while 59% had never used a computer and 64% had never used internet. For those who are currently enrolled in the education system, access to internet and computers is higher than those who are not currently enrolled. However mobile usage is high regardless of whether they are enrolled or not. With respect to participation in financial processes and institutions, close to 75% youth have their own bank account. Interestingly, a slightly higher percentage of females have bank accounts than males in this age group. 51% have deposited or withdrawn money from the bank. 16% have used an ATM or debit card, but only 5% have ever done any transaction using a payment app or mobile banking. ASER 2017 also asked youth about their study and professional aspirations. About 60% youth in the age group 14 to 18 years wanted to study beyond Std XII. This percentage is almost half (35%) among youth who could not read a Std II level text fluently. Professional aspirations are clearly gendered, with males aiming to join the army or police or becoming engineers and females showing preference for teaching or nursing careers. Almost a third of the youth who were currently not enrolled in an educational institution did not have a specific occupation that they aspired to. Finally, 40% youth did not have any role models for the profession they aspired to.


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4 India Skills Curriculum January 16, 2018 Average shelf life of a McKinsey's affiliate Generation India particular technology is 18 months, thus Foundation to bolster Skill India Mission Adding impetus to its endeavours to provide world-class skill adaptability holds the training to the Indian youth, National Skill Development key “Programming is the new Mathematics and irrespective of an engineer's stream, he or she Corporation (NSDC), has signed a memorandum of understanding with Generation India Foundation (Generation), a non-profit organisation founded by McKinsey & Company. The collaboration, a non-commercial pilot project, includes training, should be able to code. Be placement and tracking of upto 5,000 candidates by Generation, innovative since re-imagination supported by NSDC's robust network of training partners. The is what brings innovation to trainings would be funded through Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas life. Today it is not just being Yojana (PMKVY), under the Skill India Mission. The scope of able to do a variety of things but association contains the application of Generation's methodology to being able to demonstrate one's skills through various platforms available,” said Vasudevan Rajagopalan, Head Talent Acquisition- India, TCS while addressing engineering students at a seminar 'What Industry Wants' in Hyderabad last month. The event was organized by TalentSprint in help improve the outcomes in PMKVY scheme specifically, placement rates and retention rates of its programs in select roles. With a focus to reach out to unemployed youth, aged between 18-29 years, and skill them through short-term training programs, the project targets job roles such as Home Nursing Aides, General Duty Assistants and F&B Stewards. These entry-level professions, with a potential for structured career paths, are chosen to cater to challenges such as low skills and high attrition rate amongst the youth. NSDC will ensure a successful rollout of the National Skills Qualifications association with HYSEA (Hyderabad Software Framework (NSQF) compliant skills training. Announcing the collaboration, Jayant Krishna, ED & COO, NSDC Enterprises Association) said “With McKinsey's expertise in research methodology, we recently. Rajagopalan urged youngsters to decide what they want to be best at because success is an individual goal. He said the usage of technology has sky rocketed since 2005 and the average shelf life of a particular technology is 18 months, therefore adaptability holds the believe that the project would help in mapping the skill gaps and deliver impactful solutions. We aim to harness the huge potential of the youth in the country and add momentum to our consistent endeavours to strengthen the skilling value chain.” Founded in 2014, Generation has been working towards recognising key challenges across the skilling value chain and implementing innovative solutions to tackle them. The Generation methodology has been developed from research on 150 employment programs in 25 countries, and surveys of over 15,000 employers across different key. Today technology does not industries. Generation has introduced disruptive innovations such as enable businesses but drives Integrated curriculum (with technical skills-mindsets-behaviours) in them. He emphasized on the importance of being agile and said the industry now wants people who know the domain, line with industry requirements created based on extensive skillsmapping exercise; targeted mobilization strategy and screening criteria to source the right candidates. technology, process, financial implications and are able to articulate and interact Insight into Hyderabad Technology confidently with the customers or clients. Professionals quest for IA/ML disruptive “Learning a foreign language for engineers today could be a technologies major differentiating factor, A report by IIIT-Hyderabad in association with TalentSprint reveals because it allows them to be a trends among working professionals in Hyderabad on how they are part of the global workforce. He gearing up to acquire expertise in the latestAI/ML technologies. also encouraged students to use An analysis of applicant data reveals four key insights. First, every forum and stage as an professionals with more than five years in the industry are keen to opportunity to learn and look beyond their prescribed curriculum,” he added. upgrade themselves. Second, there is a rising demand for AIL/ML programs from professionals working in the IT services sector. Third, start-ups and small companies are embracing disruptive technologies YSB awarded latest rapidly. Fourth, women professionals and young professionals with less than 5 years of experience are not sufficiently aware of the need dual certification in learning & to acquire new expertise. A recent NASSCOM report mentioned that many jobs which are available today may cease to exist in the next five years. Therefore, development there is an immediate need to acquire new expertise in disruptive YES School of Banking, the Learning & Development function of YES BANK - has been awarded the latest dual technologies. Some interesting insights in the report are: 33% applicants have over 10 years of work experience. This suggests there is now an urgency among senior professionals to international certification in acquire expertise in emerging technologies ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 73% applicants are from IT services companies. This suggests that 29990:2010 for its L&D disruptive technologies like AI/ ML are possibly already starting to practices. With this impact these companies. achievement, YES School of 44% applicants are from start-ups and small companies. This Banking (YSB) becomes India's suggests that these companies are early adopters of theAI/ML wave. only Learning & Development Women and young professionals are still not adequately aware of the function to be recognized by this highest level of quality management system. This up-gradation to the latest dual ISO certification from Bureau Veritas, a global leader acute need to acquire expertise in disruptive technologies. Dr. Santanu Paul, MD and CEO, TalentSprint said, “Analysis of the data validates facts that were known for a while. Today, mid-level professionals are at an important crossroad and vulnerable in the face of automation. They have understood that only new expertise will in Testing, Inspection and add new value to their careers. What is also important is that we Certification (TIC), reflects encourage more women as well as young professionals to achieve YSB's robust Learning & mastery inAI/ML.” Ravi Wazir at IIMA talks on food startups The seventh installment of the How to Start a Startup 2.0 series “The Secret Sauce of the Food Business”, was an exotic treat for all the food entrepreneurs with Ravi Wazir, CEO and Founder of Phoenix Hospitality Solution, an organization which provides consulting services to entrepreneurs in the hospitality, restaurant and food retail industries. Addressing a young and packed audience at IIM Ahmedabad, Wazir who has worn several hats- entrepreneur, consultant and professional over his unconventional career stressed the importance of the guest experience in any food business. He recounted an experience during his time at Birdy's which taught him the importance of this. He says that merely apologizing to a customer would never forge long and lasting relationships, rather understanding that a mistake was made and acting on it would make a world of difference in this industry. Speaking next specifically about the food industry, he added his two cents on what he felt was most important for any business in this sector. The most important thing to focus on, he feels, are the consumer insights. “Stick to consumer insights,and you will always point true north,” he says. These days, a lot of entrepreneurs are basing their ideas on what would receive funding easily from a PE rather than rely on consumer insights and market gaps. This, according to him is the wrong way to go about starting a venture. Once a market gap has been found, he believes that the funding will automatically pour in. Advising potential entrepreneurs, he said that for any project to succeed there should be a strong sense of purpose. It is also essential to stay connected with all the stakeholders. Finally, the entrepreneur should invest in his body, mind and spirit and never neglect it. Sharing the secret formula to success in the Hospitality sector, Ravi Wazir quotes, “A clean plan + effective execution + flexibility to adapt for enhanced customer delight + collaboration of stakeholders + good timing + luck.” The session 'The Secret Sauce of The Food Business', was a sector sweep for the Hospitality Industry, where the discussion touched upon a typical startup journey, why one should choose to work in this domain, what can help succeed, the current trends, enablers, and opportunities in hospitality startups and what lies ahead. UDAY to Skill 5000 Youth in Green Jobs The first Green Jobs Centre of Excellence (COE) will be set-up in Parwanoo, Himachal Pradesh.This centre one of the 10 to be set up under a joint venture between UDAY (Brand of AVTEG Pvt. Ltd) and Hima Industrial Corporation envisions to promote skill development among youth of India and provide sustainable livelihood opportunities to them. 5000 youths are likely be trained under the JV. UDAY, as the lead vocational education and training organisation, will provide vocational training to trainees under various government schemes in Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and North-Eastern states. All the trainees will be assessed and certified by Green Jobs Sector Skill Council. Hima will employ the certified graduates for their projects across its various sites in India. The Memorandum of Understanding to this effect was signed in the presence of Prakash Sharma (National Skill Development Corporation, CFO) by Parampreet Singh (Managing Director and Founder, UDAY) and Prabhat Singh Bhumbla (Owner, Hima Industrial Corporation). Lakmé Academy to open centres Lakmé Academy has announced its plans to open multiple centers in Chandigarh by FY2018. Lakmé Academy powered by Aptech plans to be the biggest player in the beauty and wellness vocational skilling sector and plans to continue its impressive growth in opening training academies in the coming years as well. Students at the Academy are offered both foundation and advanced level training in skin, hair and make-up. Lakme Academy powered by Aptech has also integrated soft skills development into the technical curriculum to ensure that students deliver great results. The top performing students are assisted with placements through the Lakmé Salon Network while aspiring entrepreneurs are provided with the vocational skills needed to own and sustain a Lakmé Academy franchise. Aptech entered into a strategic partnership with Lakmé Lever, a subsidiary of Hindustan Unilever, in August 2015 to establish beauty training academies across India. LAPA plans to train over 50,000 students to fill the skill-employability gap in the beauty services sector


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Curriculum January 16, 2018 5 Careerwise Career in Special Effects (SFX) Makeup The entertainment and fashion industries are growing fast. Therefore a career in makeup artistry is competitive and successful in the current scenario. Simply put, makeup improves your impression, brings out the inner colour and hides flaws. A true makeup artist uses cosmetic skills to beautify the human body. Makeup can make you look beautiful as well as appear like a ghost. The ghosts, the zombies, we see in movies, are all created using Special Effects (SFX) Makeup. SFX Makeup Artistry is a recognised profession in India and increasingly a sought-after career option, since Beauty Makeup professionals are already present in umpteen numbers. Special Effects Makeup is also called Prosthetic Makeup. A makeup artist that does SFX Makeup should have a wide perception in general. These artists use their skills to make extraordinary effects on the human body. Special Effects Makeup makes use of certain products, called SFX or Prosthetic products, like wax, latex, artex, bald cap, etc. The look of a certain creature or character that requires creation of texture and dimension is what could be achieved by the use of SFX products and could be termed as Special Effects Makeup. SFX products are very much unlike beauty products and their application requires specific skills, and understanding of the products and ingredients. . There are numerous openings in the Special Effects Makeup industry.This profession, not only provides you a specialised career option, but also an opportunity to display your ultimate artistic entrepreneurial spirit. It offers a large scope in theatre, television, film & fashion industry, concept shoots with photographers, themed shows for designers, ramp makeup, and character events like Halloween to name a few. Skills Required Special Effects Makeup artists should be able to think out-ofthe-box. If you can improvise well, you can create your own phenomena. Specific skills required to specialise in SFX Makeup are as follows: lKeen real-life observation lImmense patience lIngenuity in using the products in various combinations lA r t i s t i c e x c e l l e n c e i n replicating a real-life or virtual effect Excellent knowledge of the beauty industry and keeping up-to-date with the trends are must-have skills for this sector. Another mandatory factor is the acceptance to work flexible hours. Job Responsibilities & Challenges A SFX Makeup artist is the individual behind a character you see on screen. The character is brought to life through the makeup. Hence, a makeup artist is greatly responsible for the look. Exhaustive prepreparation time to create molds and sculpts, long working hours, monotonous in-the-process job, and tedious detailing requirement are some of the job characteristics of a SFX Makeup artist. These could be considered challenges or could make an interesting story for an artist who loves his/her job. Other job responsibilities would include studying the script thoroughly to understand the requirements of the look, and sketching different options for a look to figure out the best one. Additionally, removing the makeup after the performance/event constitutes an important part of the job. Giving advice to clients about hygiene before/after applying makeup is also a part of the job. Eligibility: Art needs no eligibility, but needs that particular bent of mind. However, anybody who possesses a basic understanding of sketching or contouring, definitely has an upper hand. A candidate must have a Diploma or Certificate in Professional Makeup and/or Cosmetology. Completing a specialised course in Special Effects (SFX) Makeup is a must to portray employability. Analytical, decision-making and verbal communication skills are the core capabilities that SFX Makeup artists are expected to master. Remuneration: Remuneration is highly subjective to an individual's skills and extensiveness of a certain project. There aren't many artists working in this specific genre of makeup, hence, creative individuals with a good skills set are paid handsomely. Remuneration also depends on the workplace they choose. Sectors such as motion pictures and video industries offer the best salaries to SFX Makeup artists. At the start of the career, makeup artists may not get a very good salary. But, they earn more with increasing experience. The starting salary is between Rs. 12,000 and Rs. 15,000 per month. Those who are hired for a particular advertising campaign can make Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 3,000 per day. Artists having 3 to 5 years of experience in this field may earn a salary of up to Rs. 40,000 per month. Time management is essential for cracking the competitive exams By Prof Uday Nath Mishra, Chief Academic Officer, Basicfirst A common complaint that can be heard from students after appearing for their exams is that they are unable to complete their paper, within the given time frame. One of the key reasons behind this is that equal amount of time is not given per question, which delays completion of the paper. At such an occasion, time management is crucial to help students reach their goal within the given set in time. The following are a few key pointers to help students manage their time efficiently to crack those competitive exams. PLANNING AND PREPAREDNESS :Planning is key to competitive exams' preparation like JEE Main. A structured and detailed plan not only will help the students in having a better focus on their subjects but also will help them to have an overview of the syllabus in one go. Planning should be done at the initial stage, revision stage as well as while appearing for the exam. This helps in gaining more confidence towards completing the exam within the allocated time, while also allocating enough time for revision. Prioritizing the 'to-do' list will ensure that all tasks are completed within the stipulated time. Revision once will not be sufficient, as it is important to link different concepts to be able to target the right kind of questions, without any doubts. By being prepared at an early stage, will help students appear more confident nearer to the date of the examination. UNDERSTAND THE PATTERN: Having a thorough understanding of the question paper pattern is a must. Both boards and JEE Main follow a specific paper pattern. In order to score well in JEE-Mains it is important that the students have a thorough knowledge about the pattern and can use it strategically to score well. This will help in division of time and will help them analyze their preparation for the test. The students need to note the differences between the board exam paper pattern and the IIT pattern so that they do not get confused between the two. Note there are no step marking in IIT's. MAINTAIN CALMNESS: The pressure to bring out good results during the exam, might lead to a lot of stress for the student. It is important for students to remain calm during their time of preparation as well as while appearing for the exam, as often, stress too plays a negative role in the performance. Additionally, stress reducing activities such as playing games, reading, among other such activities adopted by the student. DIVISION OF TIME : At the time of writing the exam, the biggest fear that a student has is “Will I be able to complete my paper?” Division of time is crucial at such a juncture wherein the student needs to allocate a small amount of time for the easy questions, a moderate amount of time for the moderately difficult questions and a good amount of time for the difficult questions. Deadlines should be set for each question thus allowing the student to focus on the tougher sets. Students must ensure that sufficient time is spent on revision. Mock test papers and previous year test papers of JEE Main will help the students polish their concepts to ensure better results. According to the experts, students need to dedicate a considerate amount of time for revision and preparations closer to the date of the exam. Even while studying for board exams, students should practice on the previous year's papers to gain a better understanding. This will enhance the study process of the student. EASY TO HARD :While attempting the exam, it is important to keep a lookout for those questions which would be judged as difficult, against those which are easy. By working on the easy questions at the first go, it will help allocate enough time to complete those questions which are difficult and would need more time to complete. A few keys such as a thorough idea of tables from1-50, cubes from 1-25 and periodic tables from 1-36 on their fingertips, helps students save at least 16 seconds on each response. With proper time management, as well as being prepared mentally, will help students ace the exam with confidence and come out with flying colours.


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6 VIEWS (Edit/Guest Column...) Curriculum January 16, 2018 OPINION: Extreme Nature of Rising Juvenile Delinquency Demands Serious Social Intervention Budget of Hope THE UNION BUDGET 2018-19 will be presented on February 1 and therefore whatever we may recommend or write about it, will be largely immaterial to some extent as the decision would have been almost printed by now. Still, this budget presentation will be keenly followed mainly for political reasons. And the present government has not been able to convince education sector stakeholders or observers that it is education friendly and budget cuts in education previous were just in technical terms as the financial arrangement with states have been reengineered. A couple of issues have always been at the centre of criticism for long. One that whatever budget outlay or demand is put forth, the actual sanction in most cases is less by 40% or more. And even this amount reaches the action destination only towards the end of the financial year. So, the spending is a problem area both from the point of view of plan as well as outcome. The second criticism is of course the persistent demand for more financial resources for education, more so in the higher education segment. The much referred Kothari Commission's 6 % of GDP has almost become a cliché. So, this issue will remain a topic of hot discussion. Imposing GST on outsourced services of higher educational institutions has been an area of concern and not fully understood. It is argued that it will only increase the cost of education and will have a detrimental impact on its overall quality. Higher education should be treated at par with the primary and secondary education. “In the coming budget, we urge the government to exempt higher education from GST,” is a demand by private HEIs lobby. Education sector impacts the future of the nation and for that reason it should ascend in importance, purely for the potential impact it can create at multiple levels. Simply put, Higher education budget definitely it can fuel the government's well intended initiatives like Make in India, Digital India and Skill India. A well educated population is the key driver for economic growth. Therefore, the Government's agenda to revive economic growth must include strengthening the education system further. To build a strong future and a new generation of leaders, the share of education budget should increase considerably to solve the problem of skewed quality education. Government should encourage technology enablement in schools. This could be done by allocating significant portion of the education budget to development and integration of ed-tech in traditional education. Education and skill development should be looked at as an investment for the growth agenda. To make domestic higher education more affordable, the government must take adequate steps to decrease education loan rates across the board. To promote research and development and to bring our institutions at par with the best in the world, additional allocation of funds is needed to increase grants for Research and Development, introduce more scholarships and support in bringing good quality teachers to the country. There is a need for greater transparency in fund allocation for the education cess collected over the years. Proper utilization of this cess with earmarked schemes would ensure that the benefits of education reach all sections of the society. The budget should also provide for institutional strengthening and implementation of existing initiatives fully. Let's hope education gets a priority this time! Your Attention Please! We have Grown in Size. Curriculum magazine is now a full tabloid size (25 x 38 cm) Dr. Nitesh Dhawan, Public Servant and Author bad company may cause classified his concept of as child labor, juvenile o r i e n t a t i o n t o w a r d s morality in to the three stages offenders, children with deviance. o f - p r e - c o n v e n t i o n a l , disabilities destitute and According to data A disturbed childhood conventional and post- child prostitutes, various released by National creates many personality c o n v e n t i o n a l m o r a l i t y. international commitments Crime Record Bureau, the disorders during childhood Children considered as have been made. juvenile crimes form one and adulthood. Thes e delinquents tend to lose their Juvenile Act (JJA), 1986 percent of the total crimes in personality distortions are orientation of conventional p r o v i d e f o r t h e c a r e , the country, but there has sometimes indefensible and morality and they do not p r o t e c t i o n . t r e a t m e n t , been a huge increase of about delinquency and clandestine value, social acceptance or development and rehabilita- 47 percent in the heinous behavior which is some- avoiding social disapproval. tion of neglected or delin- c r i m e s c o m m i t t e d b y times indefensible and E v e n t u a l l y, t h e s o c i a l quent Juvenile and for the juveniles in the last five punishable by law. The control, ethical principal and adjudication of certain years. About 30,000 crimes phenomenon of Juvenile cosmic orientation of post- matters relating to, and have been done by children Delinquency is exhibited by conventional morality are not disposition of, delinquent between 16 and 18 years of boys below 16 years and achieved causing maladjust- Juvenile. There is a classifi- age during past three years. Recent incident of killing of a student by one of the children in a reputed school of Gurugram is really an eyeopener. This picture is surely terrible enough to draw the girls less than 18 years in the form of incorrigibility, truancy, theft or robbery, destruction, act of violence and sexual offences. The violation of criminal code or pursuit of behavior ment of juveniles with their socio-cultural environment. According to psychiatrists, there are combinations of factors that are driving children to some extreme acts, which can be enumer- cation and separation of delinquents on the basis of their age and their nature. Juvenile homes, special homes, observation homes, after-care homes and fit attention of society for its disapproved for children can ated as: persons/institution are the obliteration. The rising be evaluated in the light of five types of institution social deviance among psychological and social Normalization of violence: provided under this Act. A children is a kind of behavior perspectives prevailing in “It's happening all around us delinquent juvenile is sent for which shows diversion from t h e g i v e n s c e n a r i o . and we are no longer affected accommodation, mainte- accepted norms, patterns and Psychological or intra- by it.” nance and facilities for ideals of the concerned personal and social or intra- Me first:” It's normal to training and rehabilitation. society. While acceptance of p e r s o n a l f a c t o r s p l a y regard their own needs as It is not to be forgotten that the cultural goals and significant role in respond- primary and there is no scope children are extensively institutional means leads to conformity, rejection leads to deviance. The deviant behavior may be caused primarily by the ing to different stimuli present in the given situation. Basically, it is the interaction between the social and personal for negotiation.” Ruthless, remorseless, cold and calculating: “To show their masculinity.” Mobile dreams: “Strong desire to make quick bucks.” exposed to all types of media and communication avenues nowadays This in a way is influencing their thought processes and perception family stressors of a person. components that directs the High on adult stuff: ” Rise in about the world they live in. The defects in the family like r e s p o n s e a n d c o p i n g s u b s t a n c e a b u s e a n d In this backdrop, it becomes a broken or disorganized behavior of a person to unrestricted exposure to our social responsibility to family could distort the u p c o m i n g t a s k s a n d p o r n o g r a p h y a re a l s o educate our children about parent-child relationship. challenges. If family, poor- spurring violence among differentiating between right Similarly, the character and group pressures, outer youngsters.” and wrong means to achieve conduct of parents, the ambience and neighborhood Value -conflict:” Breakdown their aspirations. The parents influence of siblings and , w o r k e n v i r o n m e n t , of cultural and value norms at as well as schools should take other family members may delinquent sub-culture are the micro-level.” proactive measures to reinforce the unwanted considered to be social and Changing stereotypes: “ strengthen coping abilities of behavioral patterns in the situational variables that Violence is prevalent among children. The appointment of individual. School and educational institutions are other significant socializing condition and pose susceptible situation before adolescents, then it's up to kids across all strata of society and not only underprivileged children.” professional counselors and social work practitioners should be made mandatory agents that guide and shape individual modes and traits t h e p e r s o n a l i t y o f a n to respond and adapt to such individual. The defective pressing demands. educational practices and A c c o r d i n g t o P i a g e t , failure to impart desired m o r a l i t y e s s e n t i a l l y social values and norms in a concerned with a sense of p e r s o n c o u l d c r e a t e justice and a respect for the In this direction Juvenile Welfare boards and Juvenile Courts have been established as well as remand homes are being run for children during pendency of trial in court. for schools to guide and counsel budding scholars to get best out of them. The counseling sessions and workshops should be conducted in schools on personal-social imbalance. rule of social order. Children Juvenile are being held under regular basis to curb such In addition, if a person who are categorized as detention in reformatory undesirable instances. This resides in a crime dominated juvenile delinquents had the schools for minimum of 3 would enable to check area inhabited by people distorted sense of justice and years and maximum of 7 juvenile delinquency in an having deviant tendencies, have disregard for the social years .To care and protect the effective manner. the demonstration effect of a norms and beliefs. Kohlberg right of children categorized Editor: Autar Nehru Associate Editor: Suneel Bhan Consulting Editors: Sudha Passi, M K Bhat, Ramanathan Iyer Advisory Board Members: Ashok Pandey. 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Curriculum January 16, 2018 7 Spotlight Key EdTech trends of 2017 that will continue to impact Education in 2018 By: Sivaramakrishnan V, Managing Director, Oxford University Press India The Indian Education sector is poised at an interesting juncture – on the one hand, there is a growing focus on achieving learning outcomes, while on the other, technology is being adopted quickly and content is being rewritten and redesigned to adapt to a variety of emerging media. Amongst all modern-day developments 'Technology' has clearly emerged as the single biggest theme to impact the sector in the last few years. This augurs well for the present-day learner, as also for educators and others in the teaching-learning process. The advent of digitally enabled classrooms, cloud-based content, ebooks and online assessments among others have enabled our education system to reach an inflection point. Let us look at EdTech trends that have the potential to upturn the Education landscape forever. Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR and AR): This has probably been the most talked about trend of 2017. Virtual Reality immerses the user in a virtual or imaginary environment. Immersive educational environments are already being used to provide learners a life-like experience in subjects as diverse as history and chemistry. Augmented Reality on the other hand is a technology used to present an enhanced version of reality where elements of physical real-world environment are augmented with digital learning experiences. AR/VR technologies help learners experience and interact with digital learning objects to support their learning. Educators, who earlier had print or digital images/animations for teaching support, now can leverage these high-fidelity educational experiences to achieve better learning outcomes. Adaptive learning through Artificial Intelligence: Adaptive learning has the potential to solve a crucial challenge in classroom learning – how to engage learners of different abilities in the same classroom! Adaptive learning systems use machine learning and to help personalize the presentation of learning material based on their learning speed, interest and problem areas. In the hands of teachers, this can become an important tool to ensure more uniform learning. Machine learning along with natural processing and speech recognition technologies are also facilitating the development of conversational programs, also called chatbots. The bots can be programmed to provide a wide variety of services such as tutoring. Learning Analytics: It is often said “what gets measured is what gets done”. The focus is shifting from big data to 'little' data. Little data is personal activity data which when analyzed by intelligent systems, is able to provide key insights into the way students learn. It may well become an important source of information and insight for decision-making for educators. It may also unlock new potential for personalization of tools and content. By adding the right information capture mechanisms and real-time insight capabilities, traditional Learning Management Systems (LMS) can now vastly enhance the teaching-learning experience. The implications of a data driven approach will be far reaching and will permeate not just teaching & learning but other areas including guidance on career choices. One of OUP's more recent integrated learning solution, launched last year, provides detailed learning analytics for the student, teacher and also the parent. Online Assessments: New forms of technology mediated assessments have enabled a big shift from fixed-in-point summative assessments, which are today at the core of the learning process, to more continuous and adaptive formative assessments. Online assessment solutions are clearly more customizable, interactive, secure and quick to deliver. They work across multiple platforms (mobile included) and offer detailed interactive dashboards to analyze performance from various aspects. The ability to store historical assessment data and compare progress over time can be used to establish a trend and also draw inferences on the learners' progress in the context of learning. Online testing also brings in the benefits of anytime testing, remote proctoring, real-time audio-video integration and also more personalized testing. 2018 promises to be an interesting year for Education, clearly with EdTech disrupting traditional methods, pedagogies and mindsets. Its seamless integration with print and classroom practices will be central to its success in the Indian context, and wider acceptance by stakeholders the key to its longevity! It is important not to lose sight of the evolving needs of the educator in the context of the fast-paced EdTech developments. Teacher Training programmes, offered online, offline or in a combination, are key to upskilling our educators who are often the primary consumers of these EdTech solutions and play a pivotal role in seeding and growing adoption among learners. What to expect in 2018 in the Edutech Industry? Vikas Kakwani, CEDO founder AAS Vidyalaya JUST like we remember 1969 for the movie, '2001 – A Space Odyssey' that defined the future of communications, or '1984' as the book by George Orwell that gave us a glimpse of the 'Big Brother' which we know as 'Internet' today, 2018 will be remembered as a milestone year for Ed-tech a decade from now as this would be the year which would see all ducks coming in a line to revolutionize e-learning. A lot has happened over the last decade or so in the effort to use technology as a medium to educate or train people however just like all ingredients are needed to make a perfect dish, all elements from devices, connectivity, products, marketing and content to tech-savvy Teachers and willing to experiment Students and Parents are all in place to bring in a revolution to the way education is imparted and consumed. Just like a mobile phone increased the connectivity exponentially from 3% that we achieved with landlines to almost 100% today, a smartphone is here to take the 'computer' penetration from 12-13% to around 60-70% in another couple years (Source: CISCO). E-learning will break out from the bondage of a computer or a laptop to being in everyone's hands this year. 2017 saw the emergence of 4G, thanks to Jio, that gave everyone 1Gb 4G data every day for just Rs 10. Together with Micromax Bharat II, a 4G smartphone that sells for a paltry Rs 3500, one is all equipped to learn anytime anywhere. 5G testing will happen in India in 2018 which will open further doors to richer, more robust products. Broadband speed in India at 18.8 Mbps (Source: Ookla) while still has a long way to go, was the most improved in the world (76.9% increase over the previous year). Today's e-learning is predominantly video with only a couple of enterprises which have started experimenting with AR (Augmented Reality). This year will see a lot of AR and a little bit of VR (Virtual Reality) being experimented which still has a couple of years to go before it starts getting mainstream. 2018 will see the trickle down of e-learning which is till now only restricted to people who already have access to good education. This year companies like AAS Vidyalaya will take e-learning to children who are unable to go to regular school due to various genuine reasons. A 12-13 year able-bodied boy is expected to help his farmer Father in the fields that force him to drop out of school or a girl who has completed primary school in her village is unable to go to the secondary school since it is 10 km away. This year will see schooling being redefined as wall-and-roof schools give way to online schools. With a number of e-learning ventures getting substantial funding, we see a lot of moolah being spent on advertising that focusses on 'educating' people that online platforms are an acceptable medium to acquire learning. We will witness a big shift in the people's mindset including both the educationists and students in adopting e-learning as part of their lives. Just like 2017 was the year that we will remember as the year that brought in “live streaming” of entertainment which too rode on broadband and 4G networks, 2018 might be the year that brings about the Tipping point for e-learning which could lead to exponential increase in the number of content providers, coaches, and students. Elearning offers too many advantages. It is here to stay. IIIT-Hyderabad to Collaborate with Honey well for setting up Centre for Visual Information Technologies IIIT-Hyderabad has signed an MOU with Honeywell Technology Solutions Lab (HTS), the technology development and engineering arm of Honeywell, to work on a series of joint collaborative projects. This is part of IIIT-H's initiative to productize research that's relevant and useful to society at large. The project will be in the field of computer vision, image processing and analytics helping industrial customers drive higher productivity, and involves technology and manpower commitment by Honeywell Technology Solutions.


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8 Campus Buzz Curriculum January 16, 2018 World University of Design, Sonipat faculty team in 'Enable Makeathon 2.0' A young team of faculty members from World University of Design (WUD) located in Sonipat (Delhi NCR), has reached the final phase of the global competition 'Enable Makeathon 2.0', a global competition conducted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and & GDI Hub (Global Disability Innovation).. The Welava team consisting of faculty members Bhawna Welturkar and Abhishek Srivastava, both architects & industrial designers, have developed an entry ticket design which aims at making tourism more accessible to differently abled. The ticket designed for Humayuns tomb, Delhi provides instructions in Braille, has embossed touch graphics inspired by the predominant features of the monument, a monument-specific aroma, and a brochure to compliment the onsite experience. This innovative project is equipped with the provision of attaching a photograph of the visitor, as a takeaway souvenir. A total of 92 teams of engineers, scientists, designers, innovators, persons with disabilities, humanitarians, manufacturers, investors and entrepreneurs competed against each other for grants out of which bibe have reached the finals after 3 rounds of intensive filtering and presentations. The competition will culminate on February 6 where three winners will be selected for an incubator grant and will get a chance to participate in a 1-year incubator program to further develop and scale their solutions. TERI holds Conference on Agribusiness in Emerging Economies Hosted by the TERI School of Advanced Studies in the first week of January, the two-day International Conference was in collaboration with Whitman School of Management, the South Asia Centre at Syracuse University (USA) and Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies (JADEE). Over 230 participants from India, Bangladesh, United Kingdom, Nepal, Nigeria, Mexico, United States of America, Uganda, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Iran attended the conference. The conference was a great platform to showcase work in the field of agribusiness. The conference where over 120 papers were presented under twelve themes in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was inaugurated by Dr Suresh Pal, Director ICAR. At the conference a booklet on 'Eco Restoration and Sustainable Livelihoods” first-of-its-kind compendium of success stories on a major project in Muridiah area of Dhanbad (Jharkhand) namely “Sustainable Livelihood Activities On Reclaimed Open Cast Coal Mines: A Technology Enabled Integrated Approach was unveiled. The project is a joint initiative of TERI SAS with support from Bharat Cooking Coal Ltd. (BCCL) and Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Limited (CMPDI), Ranchi where local communities were relocated after restoration of degraded landscapes and open cast coal mines, and further developing entrepreneurial and vocational skills amongst members of local self-help groups (SHGS) for community (with a focus on women), empowerment through access to new economic opportunities. 4th I'M The Change Talk “Elephant in the room” at IMT Ghaziabad IMT Ghaziabad (IMTG) hosted the 4th edition of the I'M The Change Talk, an integral part its Sustainability and Social Responsibility (SSR) initiative 'I'm The Change', on December 23, 2017 at its campus. Geeta Dharmarajan, founder of 'Katha', an inspirational storyteller, writer, publisher, educationalist, and community organiser delivered the talk. Dharmarajan in her address applauded IMTG's efforts in recognising the proverbial “Elephant in the Room” the social and development challenges confronting the country - and taking constructive measures on this front by incorporating social responsibility and sustainability in the course curriculum. She also expressed her delight on the spirit of 'change' that has percolated amongst the students of IMTG, who are going to be the future leaders. While highlighting the unparalleled initiatives in the education domain undertaken by 'Katha', she emphasised on inculcating the joy of learning amongst children. She categorically said that merely making children able to read and write, without being adept at understanding the meaning of the text, is not learning. She further expressed her candid views on understanding the missing links while recognising and accommodating the diversity in our culture, as that would be the key to put values in the context. The Talk was conducted alongside the ongoing 2nd Chapter of the 3-Credit experiential learning course SSR- under the aegis of internationally acclaimed I'M The Change Initiative, unveiled in October 2016, on the eve of Gandhi Jayanthi. Inspired by the eternal teaching of Mahatma Gandhi Ji, “Be the change you want to see in the world”, the primary objectives of the SSR course is to expose students to situations that allow them to observe how people live, especially the underprivileged, and enable students to experience the 'joy of contribution' through hands-on execution of live social projects with underprivileged communities. Pearl Academy Noida Design Carnival, a unique concoction of Art and Design As part of its ongoing 25th anniversary celebrations, Pearl Academy, Noida hosted the Noida Design Carnival - a unique celebration of design, art and culture on December 20. The event saw a brilliant showcasing of creations designed by more than 200 students of Pearl Academy. The one-day event was packed with fun-filled activities and proved to be a great design immersion experience for students, teachers and principals from more than 25 schools and colleges from the National Capital Region (NCR). The highlights of carnival included of innovative ideas talks by eminent experts coming from creative expressions of various fraternities of design, art and culture; design immersion workshops, demonstration of various crafts and a gala fashion show. Filmmakers Meera and Muzzaffar Ali, theatre director Arvind Gaur, textile designer Peter d'Ascoli and Manil and Rohit Gupta from The Creative Network engaged in interactive sessions. Through this carnival, Pearl Academy has put Noida on the design map of India. It created an interactive space that witnessed budding aspirants display their creative talents. Muzzaffar Ali, a renowned filmmaker said, “Creative wonder is possible only when you have a set of young minds. Students in India are full of talent, they just need a guiding force to help them lead towards their respective goals and I am happy to share that Pearl Academy is a leading example of it.” IIIT-D holds its Sixth Convocation Ceremony Research Center on Design and New Media being set up The Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIITDelhi) hosted its 6th Convocation Ceremony on December 23 and awarded 139 graduates B.Tech, 97 M.Tech and 13 PhD degrees various branches. This is the first year IIITD crossed double digits in conferring the PhD degrees in an year which is quite an achievement for an institute that is just 9 years old. Those present included T.V. Mohandas Pai, Chairperson of the Board of Manipal Global Education Services who was the chief guest, Kiran Karnik, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIIT-Delhi and Prof. Pankaj Jalote, Director at IIIT-Delhi. Prof. Pankaj Jalote on this occasion informed that TCS has agreed to sponsor a new Research Center on Design and New Media. This center is first of its kind in the country, and will research in areas like HCI, interaction design, design thinking, gaming, animation, special effects, digital music, etc. This center has also facilitated in the Institute launch a unique BTech program in Computer Science and Design. To encourage research, the Government of Delhi has launched a scheme to support research by providing research grant equal to the funds raised by the Institute. IIIT-Delhi is expecting to get Rs 10 crores grant from the Government for supporting research this year. This year the institute got 36 researched projects, for a total sanctioned amount of around 14 Crores. Institute faculty and students also published 185 research papers, and were also invited to more than 100 national and international seminars as a speaker. Maelstrom 2018: XLANC brings adventure and fun to XLRI campus Maelstrom- the flagship event of XLRI Adventure and Nature Club, returned for its second edition on 7th January 2018. It was a day full of thrilling activities and fun games. The day kicked off with Bungee Basketball and Rifle Shooting which attracted students in huge crowds. Paintball and Meltdown saw enthusiastic participation from dozens of teams. All-Terrain Vehicle thrilled the more adventurous of the lot. Over 500 students, faculty and staff thronged the football ground to partake in the fun. “At Maelstrom this year, we have endeavoured to colour the canvas as vividly as possible with copious shades of energy and enthusiasm. We are excited to provide our fellow batch mates with this opportunity to unwind and stimulate their thrill-seeking zeal”, commented Pranav Pal Singh, the secretary of XLANC. ESSAY COMPETITION FOR PHARMA & SCIENCE GRADUATES An all India Essay Contest_Manthan 2018 is being organized by School of Pharmaceutical Management, The IIHMR University, Jaipur for graduates in the field of pharmacy, science, biotechnology and other allied life sciences subjects. Graduates from any of these disciplines can write an essay on any of the following topics: 1. Generic versus branded medicines 2. Career prospects as pharmaceutical product manager 3. Combating antibiotic resistance The first prize is Rs 10,000, the second and the prizes are Rs 5000 and Rs 3000 respectively. A certificate of participation will be given to those participants who will submit the complete essay. No Fee will be payable by the participants at any stage of the contest. The eligibility criteria for the essay are as follows: 1 Final and third-year students of B.Pharm 2 Those who have completed their B.Pharm/Science/Biotechnolo gy/Life Sciences degree 3 4th and 5th-year students of Pharm.D The contestants will be evaluated on originality, relevance to the topic and adherence to the guidelines mentioned in the information brochure The result of the contest will be declared in the third week of May 2018 on IIHMR University's website: IIMC tops Sangharsh sports meet with 21 medals Students of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta and Lucknow (IIMA, IIMB, IIMC, IIML) have come together to celebrate sportsmanship, enthusiasm,and fitness through an Inter-IIM sports meet, Sangharsh held at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore from 5th to 7th January 2018. The 12th edition of Sangharsh was inaugurated by Anshul Kothari, an Indian National Swimmer, as the Chief Guest on January 5, 2018. Sangharsh witnessed a host of exciting sporting events to offer to the student communityBadminton, Basketball, Football, Swimming, Table Tennis, Lawn Tennis, Cricket and many more. There were a total of 21 medal sports and


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Curriculum January 16, 2018 9 Campus Buzz Coding Computer Whiz Kid Tanmay Bakshi Session “Dedication and never give-up attitude is what matters than anything else. One has to solve problems and learn new things. Artificial Intelligence (AI) trend is a transition from regular, plain and simple computing, to machine learning, and all transitions are painful initially. However, transitions have to be made. And so, AI is most certainly the “technology of the future,” said 13-year old Tanmay Bakshi, while speaking at an Interactive session organised by FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) on December 22 in New Delhi. Tanmay a computer programming sensation, the youngest programmer at IBN, an App developer, a keynote speaker is an IBM advisor and You Tuber wanted to inspire other kids and beginners to harness the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and highlight its limitations. “Start with one language and others will be easy to pick up. Coding isn't all that difficult, rather it should be taught in schools at an early stage . People think that Artifical Inttelegence will take over our jobs and replace humans, But these are fears only and this is impossible that is why it is called Artificial intelligence not 'Intelligence' “ he added. “It is crucial we equip future generations to think about the world in a new way. We are already living in a world dominated by software. Tanmay is an inspiration for us and especially the kids, which is why we invited the children of our members also as part of the interactive session,” commented Vasvi Bharat Ram, President, FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) . Students shine at TEDxYouth@OIS Oberoi International School, Mumbai hosted the fourth edition of TEDxYouth@OIS on Jan 15 in presence of a range of speakers from diverse backgrounds. The entire event was designed around its unique theme - 'Everglow', which aimed at inspiring the young students to become “change makers”. The event was organized by a set of 11th & 12th graders. Notable speakers included Dr. Swati Lodha, best-selling author cum Dean of AIMSR, who spoke on “Pursuing Happiness, a Fundamental Right”. The speakers gave talks that featured ideas that inspired and sparked discussions on social topics that needed to be addressed (such as 'Curing Autism' and 'Pursuing Happiness, a Fundamental Right'). All inspirational speakers, who shared their insights and experiences on these interesting topics, left the audience thoughtful every time they left the stage. Those who spoke included: Evan Luthra (Investor, Serial Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker) - Entrepreneurs are dreamers and doers, Yash Vaid (DJ) - Is musical vocation an unconventional path? Sukant Khurana (Scientist) - You will look at Autism differently, Pooja Chaudhari (Executive Director – Concept) Can we succeed without social media communication? Sachi Maniar (Social Entrepreneur) – Should juvenile criminal justice system focus on rehabilitation or punishment? Partho Gupte (Child Actor) Spectacular achievements are always proceeded by originality and preparation, PTVA celebrates history, gets felicitated Parle Tilak Vidyalaya Association (PTVA) Mumbai recently organized a history exhibition, "Bhartiya Etihas – Ek Darshan" to highlight India's iconic history by focusing on prodigious heroes and events from the past. The exhibition presented the glorious span of 747 years of Indian History through handmade charts, models, pictures, live demonstration of important events in the history, 3D presentations and audio-visuals making it an interesting and receptive display. In the presence of BMC Education Mahesh Palkar, around 200 students from various schools run by PTVA put up an audio-visual and interactive exhibition picturizing the era from 1200 to 1947. It was a student-led initiative with students from PTV Marathi medium, PTV English medium, SSC & ICSE, PTV's English Medium School, Andheri and Paranjpe Vidyalaya Marathi medium school, being the participants in the exhibition. The exhibition was the outcome of concentrated efforts of the Principals, teaching and non-teaching staff of all these schools. PTVA initiated this activity to create awareness and generate a sense of curiosity among students about India's history. It was aimed at bringing history out of the books and depicting various actions of the people in and around the world that have affected the Indian civilization. The responses received from the students of various other schools and also from other visitors to the exhibition showed that the exhibition succeeded in achieving its aim. Spherule Foundation to abolish menstruation taboos Pune based 'Spherule Foundation' in a first of its initiative has started an awareness program on menstrual hygiene in schools, colleges, orphanages, slums, villages and communities across the length and breadth of this country. The foundation has brought out a teenager friendly book called 'Moon Time' that will make about all the facts they should know about periods & menstrual hygiene. “Our educational book titled 'Moon Time' which reflects power of menstruation explains our young girls in creative way about biology of their bodies, what periods are, why it happens and how it's completely natural, important and healthy process and most importantly it will explain why period is completely normal and it should not affect their normal day today life and they can do all the activities and should not feel restrained, “said by Dr Geeta Bora, founder of this NGO. Wiley Library Awards 2017 winners Dr. K P Singh (Director, National Medical Library) and Central Institute of Technology, Kokrajhar (represented by Dr. Sangrang Brahma) were given the coveted Wiley Visionary Award and Wiley Library Award for Emerging Library respectively. The Wiley Library Awards is a one of its kind initiative in India bringing together and honouring the best in the field of library and information sciences, encouraging innovation and digital transformation efforts, and paying tribute to the community that helps spearhead knowledge dissemination in society. This year, there were more than 145 nominations. GANIT (Maths) WEEK With the objective of improving and expanding the knowledge of mathematics to each learner, Billabong High International School. Noida organized a Ganit (Maths) week last month. The activities different levels of Sudoku puzzles and the concepts of Vedic maths and were designed to promote a fun way learning process which helped to improve the mathematical skills of each learner. Each learner solved the Sudoku puzzles and worksheets applying Vedic maths tricks with lots of interest. The event culminated with the game called Mathabola enhancing their analytical and logical reasoning skills. All the students participated zealously and each of them gave a tough competition to the other. More than 4000 students across Maharashtraha participate in Mental Arithmetic Competition 2018 CBS Education Pvt. Ltd, the Master Franchisee of UCMAS for Mumbai Region which consists of 10 districts of Maharashtra, conducted '14th State Level UCMAS Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Competition 2018' on January 7 at World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade (Mumbai); in which more than 4000 students of the ages 4-14 years, across Maharashtra participated. Depending on their UCMAS level and their age, each UCMAS student participated in the competition has to solve 200 arithmetic problems in just 8 minutes, eventually racing to solve as many problems as they can. All winners, called as 'Champions' were awarded with cash award of Rs 3000 and their Course Instructor Rs 1000/- each. Junior Champion of Champions from Elementary B, Intermediate A and Intermediate B group (III, IV & V Level) were felicitated with cash award of Rs.11, 000. Senior Champion of Champions as usual from Higher A, Higher B, Advance and Grand Level group (VI ,VII,VIII& Grand Level) were honoured with cash award of Rs.30,000. Trophies were also given away to Champions, 1st Runner up, 2nd Runner up, 3rd Runner up and 4th Runner up in each group. Kohinoor American School Awarded Kohinoor American School (KAS), Khandala a leading IB World School awarded India's Best School 2017-18 under Jury Choice Award Category and was also ranked No. 1 in India for Innovative Teaching by Education Today at India School Merit Award 2017-18 held last month in Bangalore. The India's School Merit Awards 2017-18 was based on overall Jury Rating, Parent's Votes and the Education Today Team Analysis. The schools were categorized under many parameters such as value for money, holistic development, individual attention to students, innovative teaching, co-curricular activities, etc. Expressing happiness over the award, CA. Sunil G. Karve, Hon. Chairman Governing Board, Kohinoor Education Trust said, “The school endeavours to achieve excellence in all the fields and it is indeed a great honour to receive the award. This is a result of sheer hardwork and effort that the school has put in for all these years along with our excellent staff and deserving students.” “PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games” painting contest winners earn a tour to Seoul Early this month, the Korean Culture Center announced winners of All India 1stKorea – India Painting competition under the theme of “PyeongChang 2018 OlympicWinter Games” which witnessed the participation of 22,022 students from more than 290 schools and 27 states and Union territories. A total 43 students were awarded amongst which top 5 winners are going to visit the 2018 Winter Olympics which will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February. Kim Kum-Pyoung, Director of Korean Cultural Center India, congratulated all the winners and said that students will have a memorable experience of PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games that will be the biggest winter Olympics ever in history. The competition was held in two groups: Junior Group (Classes 7 and below) and Senior Group (Classes 8-12). 22 thousand and more paintings on the themes of winter, sports and Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter games passed screenings of high standard by the judges, Nilanjana Nanday and Jagadeesh Reddy, contemporary artists in Delhi. SHRM India '4th HR Tech Conference & Exposition' in April 2018 in Hyderabad Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has announced its 4th HR Technology Conference & Exposition. The most powerful confluence of people, business and technology will be organized at Hotel Novotel, Hyderabad from 26th to 27th April 2018


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10 Interview Curriculum January 16, 2018 Siddharth Chaturvedi, Director, AISECT (Bhopal) With the successful rollout of NSQF, We will have integrated skill-cum-mainstream education system soon in India Skill developmentYou name itAISECT has all. All India Society for Electronics & Computer Technology or now famously known as AISECT set up by engineer turned computer literacy evangelist, Santosh Kumar Choubey in mid 1980s in Bhopal, has come a long way to represent a new paradigm in skills education in India. The group, which has already three skills universities under its belt, has diversified in several segments including pre-schooling and day care in addition to providing Alison MOOCs and NSDC supported skill programs. Emulating his father, Siddharth Chaturvedi, an alumnus of S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai, who joined AISECT in 2009 as director after a brief stint in a corporate job, is infusing a lot of new age vision to AISECT growth all around the country, Autar Nehru in an email interview tried to get his side of the AISECT success story: You have been part of AISECT for more than eight years now, can you recall what prompted your decision to be by your father's side and how has been the going so far? AISECT is not an achievementdriven business entity; it is a contribution oriented social enterprise. Being born and brought up in Bhopal, which is a Tier-2 city, and having noticed the lack of proper educational opportunities for local communities, I quit my job in 2009 and decided to follow in my father's footsteps of contributing to the upliftment of rural communities through ICT and skills based education and services. It has been a phenomenal journey ever since. When I joined the organization, we had 6,000 centres in limited states. With a fresh perspective, I started emboldening the organizational framework wherever I found a gap. I sought to expand and take our organization and its vision to every nook and corner of this country. Today, we have over 20,000 centres at the small town, district and block level areas across 29 States and 3 Union Territories, offering a host of educational courses, skill development programs and various other services. We have executed hundreds of Central and State Government funded skill development programmes across various States. The beneficiary groups that we focus on are Rural BPL and unemployed youth, school drop-outs, Panchayat functionaries, Women SHGs and the minority community. Skill development is your forte… AISECT has been active in skill development sphere since more than three decades, much before the advent of Skill India initiative, before the formation of the Ministry for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, and has been significantly impacting the sphere with various path-breaking initiatives. In 2012, with an aim of inculcating skills in our formal curriculum, we launchedAISECT University (AU) in Bhopal as the first skills-based University of India. On the same lines we built another AU campus at Hazaribagh in Jharkhand. And I believe, whatever schemes are there in skill development, AISECT is integral to most of them? We established and operate the Deendayal Upadhyay Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (DDUPMKK) at Dr. C.V. Raman University in Chhattisgarh. In fact, CVRU is the only university in Chhattisgarh that has been selected as the Centre for Knowledge Acquisition and Upgradation of Skilled Human Abilities and Livelihood under the self-financed category for the execution of the DDU Kaushal Kendra Yojana. The PMKK Centre will conduct UG, PG and research level skill development courses for telecommunication, retail and IT. Then our organization has partnered with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) to impart skills-based training to 1.3 million youth across the country. Under this partnership, 11 AISECT-NSDC academies have been formed which offer university certified, certificate and diploma programmes in numerous cores. Under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), AISECT has trained 14,662 candidates in 108 districts across 18 states. Under National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), AISECT is working as a Project Implementing Agency for Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay-Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) Project to train and provide employment opportunities in IT & ITES, Retail and Sales to approx 5,000 rural BPL youths across Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat and Haryana. Importantly, AISECT is executing centrally sponsored scheme for vocationalization of Higher Secondary Education under the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF). Vocational training in 740 government schools across 11 states, i.e. Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa, Punjab & Delhi has been done in IT/ITES, BFSI, Retail & Telecom Sectors. T h r o u g h D r. C . V. R a m a n University and AISECT University, in the states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand; we are trying to inculcate skills based learning in the higher education framework. We are implementing Employment through Skill Training & Placement (ESTP) component of the National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) in 12 states to provide training and placement opportunity for the urban poor candidates. We are executing Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) project in 4 districts of Madhya Pradesh to increase farmer input into programme planning and resource allocation, especially at the Block level and to enhance better farming capacities. So far, 10 Farmer Field Schools have been established. That sounds terrific, now tell us something about AISECT's online presence? We have, which allows students to access education anywhere and anytime. In a blended model, students enrolled for an AISECT Online course have the choice of studying at home or coming to the AISECT Centre to make use of the available facilities. We have also launched as India's largest free online open learning platform in association with Ireland-based ALISON, the largest MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) provider in the world. Over 2000 free certificate/ diploma courses available in both English and Hindi are available. You have also ventured into school education; can we hear something on that as well? Last year, we ventured into early childhood learning space with the launch of Brainy Bear Pre-School and Activity Club. Within a year, we have set up 16 Brainy Bear Centres in Punjab, Haryana, Bihar, Nagaland and Madhya Pradesh. We introduced 'EduvantagePRO' as a cost effective, bilingual digital content solution for K-12 schools. With content available in English and Hindi, it offers the most effective e-learning modules and solutions especially designed for challenging areas like Mathematics, Science, EVS, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. As an important provider of education in the heart of India, what are some of the challenges you face? The acceptance of AISECT's educational programs by people was the biggest initial success for us. Our programs were hugely popular since inception and progressed swiftly from blocks, panchayats and districts to cover the entire nation. Yet, challenges continued, and because of being situated in the heart of rural and semi-urban areas, they were sometimes severe! Available infrastructure for ICT centres was in a deplorable state. There were towns with little electricity supplies and no computer education. People were initially skeptical about joining any education program other than their formal degree courses. We created this trust by continued whole-hearted efforts towards imparting literacy in these regions. We pioneered educational content creation in Hindi and regional languages in order to make education accessible to people in the remotest corners of the country. There is still a long way to go before we are completely successful in bridging the education gap between urban and rural India. Seeing overall education and skill education scenario in the country,do you feel, we should have integrated skill education with mainstream education? Skills have become the backbone of job markets. Despite a huge demand in the industry for skilled workforce, we don't have sufficient numbers to fill in these vacancies. Moreover, with our current education system heavily tilted towards formal degrees, we face an acute shortage of workforce possessing skills for the challenges in their field of employment. Thus, there is a gap in employment sector with respect to vacancies that exist and the people that are there to fill in these jobs. To overcome this problem at our end, and to facilitate the assimilation of skills-based education in formal education, we established AISECT University in 2010 as India's first skills based university; where 2 skills are necessarily included in course curriculum every year. Thus, by the time a student graduates, he has at least 5-6 skills handy that improve his employability. Also, we have established an AISECT-NSDC PMKK Skills Training Academy at Dr. C.V. Raman University, where students have access to high-class skills learning, along with their formal education curriculum. Other than that, we are hopeful that with the successful rollout of National skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) we will have integrated skill-cum-mainstream education system. After a fullfledged roll-out of NSQF, it will replace all other qualification frameworks active in the country. What are some of your immediate future plans? Our future endeavors are aimedat a deeper penetration into rural India by bridging the language and connectivity barriers, and creating various technologybased platforms. Further, to promote skills-based learning in the higher education framework, we will continue to establish universities in semi-urban and rural India. We are on the verge of finalizing a new AU campus in Patna, Bihar which will be equipped with all the state-of-theart facilities, at par with AU standards. A major project in the pipeline is promoting the central scheme of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL is the process of certifying candidates from rural and underdeveloped areas of the country basis their skills, knowledge and experience gained through formal /informal learning and work experience.


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Curriculum January 16, 2018 11 Potpourri/News Extra Surge in NEET, TET mock test series With just a couple of months left before the CBSE and entrance examinations, there is a surge in the demand for sample papers and offline videos at the World Book Fair being held in New Delhi. While mock test series on popular exams like IIT-JEE and NEET (medical entrance test) remains favourite among students, other state-level competitive exams' sample papers such as COMEDK of Karnataka and Maharashtra's MHT-CET are also finding buyers. This year, the focuswas on children's books fiction, IQ and syllabus-related. However, many publishers have introduced interactive e-books, apps to engage students. Shekhar Sanyal Awarded Shekhar Sanyal, Director and Country Head, IET India, was awarded the certificate of excellence for the exemplary work in the field of higher education at the Higher Education and Human Resource Conclave held in Jaipur on January 2. The Higher Education & Human Resource Conclave was organized by the 'Department of Higher & Technical Education, Government of Rajasthan', along with Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd, Asia & Middle East's premier media & technology research organization. Dilip Puri, Founder and CEO Indian School of Hospitality honored Dilip Puri, Founder and CEOIndian School of Hospitality and Former Managing Director and Regional Vice President of Starwood Hotels and Resorts South Asia received top honors at the prestigious Hotelier India Awards 2017 event on December 20, where he was presented with the 'Hall of Fame Award'. The award was to honor his invaluable contribution to the hospitality sector and exemplary leadership over the years. Dilip has now forayed into Higher education and is in the process of establishing the Indian School of Hospitality in Gurgaon. Akash Saxena of Topshield security awarded Young Security Entrepreneur of the Year “It feels great to be a part of an industry which is thriving each day. And receiving this award is just fulfilling my dream and the power to bring changes that I foresee”, said Akash Saxena, Founder & Director, Topshield Security Services Pvt Ltd after the "Young Security Entrepreneur of the Year" was presented to him at the 12th Security Skills & Leadership Summit 2017 organized by CAPSI (Central Association of Private Security Industry) and APDI (Association of Private Detective & Investigators) on December 29 in New Delhi. Chairman of CAPSI & APDI, Kunwar Vikram Singh addressed Tech and politics dominate study of top online words of the decade so far An academic study has revealed that Bitcoin, emojis and Trump are among the world's most talked about new topics since the turn of the decade. Researchers at Birmingham City University in the UK trawled tens of thousands of the internet's most popular English language websites to find words which had emerged for the first time since 2010, or increased significantly in usage over the last seven years – with 'Bitcoin' emerging as the front runner. Changes in the digital world dominated the results, with top words also including 'emoji', 'iOS', 'selfie', 'memes' and 'esports'. Politics also featured highly with key words including 'Trump', 'Brexit' and 'Obamacare'. The word 'snowflake' saw a dramatic increase in usage, most likely attributed to the rise of the phrase 'Snowflake Generation', used as a derogatory term for young adults of the 2010s. Millennials will have been pleased to see that 'onesie', 'Thrones' (Game of) and 'influencers' also emerged. However, while the word 'hipster' is being used much more often today, it failed to feature in the top 5,000 words and was found to have been in common usage since before 2010. Football stars 'Cristiano' (Ronaldo) and (Lionel) 'Messi' were mentioned frequently, while the word Markle (Meghan) experienced a boom as a result of the Suits star's engagement to Prince Harry. Matt Gee, from the Research and Development Unit for English Studies at Birmingham City University, said: “The changes we observe in language reflect the changes we see in our everyday lives. “This study reveals new words that have been coined in recent years in a quantifiable way and gives us a snapshot of the topics that have dominated the web since 2010.” The study is based on data from a special online tool called WebCorp Linguist's Search Engine which was developed in 2010. A new phase of the project started recently giving the project team the chance to perform an updated analysis of word usage on the web. There was also an increase in office speak with 'webinar', 'analytics', 'cybersecurity', 'cloud-based' and 'infographics' all featuring highly. Social media platforms were also represented with 'Instagram', 'Snapchat', 'WhatsApp' and 'Pinterest' all emerging as new, while the changing face of music saw words like 'SONOS' and 'Spotify' on the rise. STEAM School 2017 concludes, projects showcased at TECH2017 The 10-day STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) School season 2 concluded on December 26, 2017 in Mumbai wherein participants induclged in creative learning through design thinking, rapid prototyping, 3D printing, electronics and AR / VR. Maker's Asylum, the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (CRI-Paris) and Institut Français India had partnered for this initiative under the umbrella of Bonjour India, a four-month-long journey across India that celebrates IndoFrench partnership. S.T.E.A.M. School 2017 brought together participants, mentors, and jury members from 7 different countries to work on projects related to sustainable development and build a prototype at the end of the 10day session. Vaibhav Chhabra, Founder of Maker's Asylum in Mumbai said, “We designed the programme in such a way that if a group of participants wishes to develop a product in one of the challenges, we would train them in the skills required to build a prototype, thereby enabling them to begin solving real world problems on their own.” Participants teams chose one of five selected Urban Challenges to work on, driven by the UN's Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. The goals selected include Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, and Sustainable Cities and Communities. Depending on the challenge they chose, the teams made onsite visits to hospitals, slums, or water-supply working sites, and received training sessions on prototyping techniques. Allan Rodrigues, CEO at Maker's Asylum added, “The challenging areas of study, through this rigorous exercise, were the primary focus of this programme and we will surely be using them to look at finding solutions to global challenges, albeit from a local perspective.” Some of the projects developed include “CURA”, a smart motion-monitoring wearable device to assist patients in recovery from an injury; “Mosquiteers”, a larvicidespraying hovercraft for waterbody treatment; or Sorsfort schools promoter Kuldeep Surolia on ‘Soul’ Education mission Banglore-situated Sorsfort schools founder-director, Kuldeep Surolia will be launching his ‘Sadvidya’ series in an effort to promote ‘soul’ education in a big way. Surolia, a teacher at heart is of the opinion that while body and mind education get most of the attention from schools and parents, the third component is often relegated to the margins. “The truth is that it body and mind both decline after a certain age but it is the soft skills, values and emotional learning skills that really make a man or woman. Most of us forget the Pythagoras theorem, formulas, equation and all that we memorized so earnestly. The residual education is soul education that prepares you for life,” he says. Kuldeep Surolia, who has spent a decade abroad visiting several countries while he was working with MNCs prior to setting up of his school venture, is convinced that his researched motivational sessions will potentially not only distress students but also prepare them for life. In a small way he has already started the work in and around his place of work and through master trainer classes he wishes to train teachers and also take help of cloud technologies to reach more children. Citing Swami Vivekananda, Surolia makes a point that one doesn’t need to be highly educated to change the world, rather the understanding of the soul! “M&Ms”: an energyconsumption monitoring system to track the cost induced by each electricity-powered device in a home. All along, participants were coached by professionals sent by partner companies and institutions (Groupe Renault, Naval Group, Imaginarium, Dassault Systèmes, Ubisoft, Tata Class Edge, CRI-Paris, EMLyon, Institut Mines Télécom, ISDI, Y-Center, Vigyan Ashram, Hinduja Hospital, Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, UNESCO MGIEP). The projects were presented to a jury of experts coming from industry, academia, government, and research, presided by Navi Radjou, an Indo French expert on 'frugal innovation' based in Silicon Valley. All projects from STEAM School were showcased at TECH2017, a UNESCO-MGIEP conference held in Visakhapatnam on 1618 December 2017. Sorsfort School promoter Kuldeep Surolia on soul education mission Advertise with us To Book an ad email us at call at 9811824444 8076071802


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The annual cultural festival of IIT Guwahati, Alcheringa, in its 22nd carnation has been scheduled in the fine winter season of February 1-4. This latest edition of Alcheringa is showing a promising start to grow more and more as it is title sponsored by the growing mobile brand, OnePlus and driven by the prestigious Hero Motocorp and sweetend by the North-east cookies startup Brown Creams. Among the plethora of events which is held at IIT Guwahati during Alcheringa, electric heels is one of the most sought after and famous event. It is a group dance event which gives a national stage to participating team and also a chance to win prizes worth 60,000 INR For any details regarding registrations, Contact : Harsh Sharma (9664923988) Shubham Jain (8209543337



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