MHRD Invites Project Proposal For ‘Student Pavilion’ At Aero India 2019NEW DELHI:  Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Civil Aviation have announced a student competition to exhibit products / concepts / innovative ideas on aerospace technologies at Aero India 2019. Aero India 2019 will be held from February 20 to February 24, 2019. This is the first time that a ‘Student Pavilion’ will be put up at the Aero India to showcase projects by students on aerospace related activities. The theme for the exhibition is Application of Aerospace Technologies for the Betterment of the Billion lives (AABB). Students, who areRead More →

In a decision aimed at streamlining the teaching cadre in Jammu and Kashmir, the governor administration Sunday approved the action plan recommended by a committee set up three months ago, an official spokesperson said. The committee, constituted on August 13, was mandated to devise a comprehensive strategy to review issues of all school teachers in the school education department, including those funded under the ongoing centrally-sponsored scheme ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ and suggest possible solutions. The State Administrative Council (SAC) met under the chairmanship of Governor Satya Pal Malik here, considered the departmental proposal based on the recommendations of the committee and broadly accepted the action planRead More →

THE EMPOWERED Expert Committee (EEC) on Friday identified 19 more contenders for the status of Institutions of Eminence (IoE). With this, the total number of universities and institutes recommended by EEC for the eminence tag has gone up to 30, of which six — three public and three private — have been officially announced by the government. The University Grants Commission (UGC) is expected to meet to select another 14 next week. The EEC’s latest recommendation includes two more greenfield institutions like Reliance’s Jio University — Satya Bharti University backed by Satya Bharti Foundation of Bharti Airtel group and Krea University in Andhra Pradesh. That apart,Read More →

(Express Photo by Partha Paul/Representational Image) A section of students of IIT-Madras observed the 62nd death anniversary of BR Ambedkar by appealing to the student-community to study his texts to fight the ‘communal forces’ in the country. They alleged that there were several instances of blatant violation of Constitutional norms. A student told the gathering that Ambedkar’s thought was a solution to many socio-economic issues faced by the country’s people. “Every student must study Ambedkar’s texts to counter communal forces,” he said. A 20-minute play ‘Idam’ (space) was staged on the campus to emphasise on inclusivity of space. This space belongs to everyone irrespective of what oneRead More →

The Odisha government on Monday signed a loan agreement of $85 million with Asian Development Bank (ADB) to train 1.5 lakh youths in the state, officials said. With this assistance, youths in the age group of 15-34 years will be given skill development training to make them competent to get better work and higher paying jobs, a government statement said. The total cost of the project is $193 million with the Odisha government contributing $108 million, it added. In addition, the Japanese government will provide technical aid for capacity building through the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction.   The ADB would also provide $2 millionRead More →

Supreme Court has allowed medical aspiring candidates above the age of 25 years to appear in the NEET UG 2019 exam. However, the apex court has also specified that their candidature will be subject to the final outcome of the case on validity of CBSE’s decision to fix upper age limit. The official NEET UG 2019 notification was released on November 1. The notification specified the upper age limit for students as 25 years as on the date of the examination which means any student above the age of 25 on May 5, 2019 is not eligible for the NEET UG exam this year. However, with the current SCRead More →

In the semi-urban schools of Gurugram, children face the worse heat of corporal punishments. According to a report, 75 per cent of marginalised children are beaten by their teachers regularly, many of them every day. The students also feared to tell their parents because they might beat them too. The survey was prepared by Agrasar group, an NGO that found marginalised children faces more punishment by teachers often in form of severe violence due to the low-income of their parents and migrant background. The social norms are also responsible behind this as it justifies certain forms of violence, especially against underprivileged children. “Migrant background putsRead More →

A total of 2,30,137 students have taken admission in IGNOU‘s graduate courses, according to data released by the open university. The figure is alarmingly less than 2015-2016 figures. The enrollment of students for the Bachelor programs was 3.7 lakh in 2014-2015 academic session and 4 lakh in 2015-2016. The enrolment percentage has moved down by 42% this year. Female enrolment in the university is also comparatively less. ‘The University has registered a growth of 7.2 % in its enrolment in the reported period with 45.5 % of women students among fresh students,’ reads the 2015-2016 annual report of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).   AsRead More →

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode’s entrepreneurship development center LIVE (Laboratory for Innovation, Venturing and Entrepreneurship) in association with CMA (Calicut Management Association) organised a Women Entrepreneurship Summit at the IIM Kozhikode campus. The summit, called UNARUKA 2.0, was aimed at inspiring women in the region to take up entrepreneurship. While delivering the inaugural key note, the Director of IIM Kozhikode Prof Debashis Chatterjee stressed that women are naturally talented to drive entrepreneurial ventures and that the socially progressive state of Kerala is more inclined to produce successful women entrepreneurs. “IIMK LIVE is the institute’s effort to impact the society and economy through contributing toRead More →

Stanford develops an electronic glove that gives robots a sense of touch Stanford engineers have developed an electronic glove containing sensors that could one day give robotic hands the sort of dexterity that humans take for granted. Video courtesy of the Bao Lab Stanford researchers developed the skin-like touch sensors that enable this robotic hand to deliver just the right amount of pressure to lift and move a ping-pong ball without crushing it. In a paper published Nov. 21 in Science Robotics, chemical engineer Zhenan Bao and her team demonstrated that the sensors work well enough to allow a robotic hand to touch a delicate berryRead More →