Examinations incline to push the students to a big amount of strain and stress level. This level of pressure might lead the students to commit some silly mistakes in the exams. These mistakes would certainly cost marks. But, by prior preparation and staying calm, one can avoid such errors. Students can avoid the circumstances that might lead them towards losing their marks and provide themselves with an unparalleled chance of scoring the top marks. Good exam skills can bring out a huge difference and students can increase their marks by not dropping into the traps. Make sure that you study and refer fine books, suchRead More →

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has said that Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU), RC Sobti, “lacked sensitivity” when dealing with a case of sexual harassment filed by a woman scheduled caste official. It said recently that the vice chancellor “lacked maturity” while handling the complaint of BBAU’s woman registrar, a Dalit. NCSC made these observations after the registrar, Sunita Chandra, moved a petition with the commission, drawing its attention to the sexual harassment she alleged she faced on campus. Earlier, NCSC had pointed to flaws in the reservation roster for appointment of teachers at BBAU. The commission found that vacancies in the reservationRead More →

With the Union ministry of human resource development (MHRD) releasing just half of the budget allocated under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), child-centred activities in UT government schools have been suffering. Implementation of self-defence training, remedial teaching and other components that are given the go-ahead by the Project Approval Board (PAB) were affected last year due to fund crunch. Sources say this year, too, children will have to suffer too. In 2015-16, the PAB, which is under the MHRD, released only 60% of the approved budget to UT. Against the allocation of Rs 59 crore, only Rs 35 crore were disbursed. The balance, Rs 24Read More →

Barely two months after chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh expressed his displeasure at just 57% pass percentage in Class-10 exams in the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB), questions are being raised on the quality of toppers as well. Sample this: Only around half (50%) of Class-10 toppers (students with a score of 80% and above) who applied for a seat at 10 government-run Meritorious Schools in the state have cleared the entrance test for admission to Class-11 this year. WHAT ARE MERITORIOUS SCHOOLS A brainchild of former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, these schools were started in 2014 on the lines of Bihar’s famed ‘Super-30’.Read More →

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) proposes to hold the finals for classes 10 and 12 on same dates in two shifts, a move that will reduce the examination period and give teachers extra time to check answer-scripts more thoroughly. The new plan was designed after the board met principals of some of the top schools in New Delhi and its satellite cities. The CBSE, which has two panels committees to suggest ways to improve the system, will review the suggestions before a final decision is taken. The country’s largest school board that has more than 18,000 institutions affiliated to it holds the twoRead More →

From a distance, this government-run Sanskrit school in Sikar district of Rajasthan appears like any other run-down school with the building in need of paint. But once you enter the premises, it becomes clear that something else is amiss. The school is erringly quiet – there are no children on the small playground or, for that matter, in the classrooms. The Government Upper Primary Sanskrit School in Pratappura village has six classrooms, four teachers — but not a single student. The teachers report for work at about 8am, water the plants, read newspaper, chat among themselves and leave after 2pm. They get their salary onRead More →

The rarefied world of international mathematics competitions has traditionally been where brainy teenage boys show their genius for problem solving. This year however, for the first time in a quarter of a century, two girls have made it into the UK squad for the International Mathematical Olympiad , the largest, oldest and most prestigious of international maths contests. The competition starts next week in Rio de Janeiro, when 17-year-old Rosie Cates from Cambridge will become the first female in the six-strong UK team for almost a decade. Naomi Wei, also 17 and from London, is one of the four reserves. Cates has been on theRead More →

Washington Indian students have a “high level of concern” about potential study in the US and a large number of them worry about their physical safety and about the feeling of being welcomed, says a new survey. The Institute of International Education (IIE) suggested that the final outcome of the US Supreme Court order in June that temporarily upheld President Donald Trump’s executive order to restrict entry of nationals from six Muslim majority countries to America weighs on their mind. With over a million international students pursuing higher education in the US and contributing more than $36 billion to the American economy, the stakes are high,Read More →

Kolkata The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur will approach institutes of higher education in eastern India to familiarise students and teachers with free online courses offered by National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL). NPTEL, a joint initiative of the IITs and Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, offers 160 courses in various categories like agriculture, computer science, management studies, mathematics and basic science, engineering and humanities. While over five5 lakh students had enrolled for NPTEL courses this year, only about 7% of them were from Eastern India. “The biggest problem for NPTEL courses is that not only the students from eastern India, but alsoRead More →

The Supreme Court has said it will examine whether an IIT can withhold the results of a final-year student, who was terminated after being held guilty in a sexual harassment case. A bench of justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao issued notice to the Centre and IIT Kanpur on the plea of the student, who challenged the Allahabad High Court order dismissing his plea. Advocate Manu Shanker Mishra, appearing for the petitioner, said the results of the final semester should be given to the student as the delay is jeopardising his career. The petitioner, before being terminated, was a final-year student of Department ofRead More →