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Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence held in Delhi: Event was jointly organized by UGC, AICTE, ICSSR, IGNCA, IGNOU, JNU, & SGT University. Action plan for transformation of higher education sector.

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Expected Questions on Higher Education December 2018 - NTA NET Paper 1 (Part 1 of 3)

Dr. Manishika Jain discusses Expected Questions on Education 2018 for NTA NET Paper 1 Part 1 of 3

Theme of the Conference

Theme of Conference was to deliberate on challenges facing Indian education system & to work out plan for paradigm shift both in terms of achieving academic outcomes & in regulation of education.

MoU Signed Between Lady Irwin College & MoRD for Roshni

Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana - National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM), under Union Ministry of Rural Development Signed MoU W/Lady Irwin College for Establishing ROSHNI - Centre of Women Collectives Led Social Action.

ROSHNI is technically & financially supported by UNICEF India. It serves as technical support unit at national level for DAY-NRLM & is embedded in Dept. of Development Communication & Extension, Lady Irwin College, New Delhi.


  • Focus on women’s nutrition & that demonstrates layering of Food, Health, Nutrition & WASH (FHNW) interventions on DAY-NRLM platforms is Swabhimaan.

  • Swabhimaan makes last mile delivery of FHNW interventions, which is considered voluntary function for field mobilisers for too long.

  • Swabhimaan is a collaborative initiative of DAY- NRLM - launched in 2016. UNICEF India in 5 poorest DAY-NRLM resource blocks in 4 districts of 3 Indian states Bihar, Chhattisgarh & Odisha.

  • Roshni aims to work w/women collectives for social action on FHNW interventions for supporting implementation of convergent action plan under POSHAN Abhiyan.

  • Roshni will learn from Swabhimaan & similar models & extend support to DAY-NRLM for expanding scope of FHNW interventions.

Policy Commission, Along with AIM and IBM India, Outline the Internship Program

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) of NITI Aayog & IBM India Pvt. Limited Announced 1st-of-its-kind Student Internship Program for Students Selected under Mission.

Focused on enhancing skills of students via various innovative activities like design thinking approach, developing prototypes & solution for community issues.

Student Internship Programme

  • 38 students will receive 2-week paid internship & 14 teachers from Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) across length & breadth of country to ideate, collaborate & innovate.

  • Students will be equipped w/skills for new collar careers in areas like artificial intelligence, Internet-of-Things, cybersecurity, cloud computing & block chain.

  • Apart from being trained in emerging technologies, students will be coached in critical workplace skills.

  • Selected teachers from ATLs will be trained by IBM volunteers & mentors to become innovation coaches.

  • 2-week program is designed so that students can experience corporate environment & gain exposure to new technologies.

  • To scale programme, top-performing students will be selected for industry exposure to strengthen their technical skills & prepare them for future jobs.

Boosting Manufacturing of ICT, IoT and Defence Tech. Based Solutions

ITI signed agreements equipment manufacturers & startups on sidelines of 1st edition of ITI’s 2-day ‘ICT & IoT Startup Tech Expo’ in Bengaluru.

Objective: To manufacture wide range of ICT-IOT based solutions.

Key Points of Agreement

Agreements signed include:

  • Civil & military advanced radar systems

  • Advanced edge router systems

  • Next generation 5G technology products

  • Data storage & networking solutions

  • Digital security solutions

  • Advanced metering solutions

  • Wi-Fi products & solutions

  • It partnered w/Telecommunication Engineering Center (TEC), New Delhi to establish telecom testing labs at its Bengaluru plant.

  • This would help in testing of imported & indigenous telecom equipment in India.

NCERT Exemplar Material for Providing Home Education

Right of Children to Free & Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 Provides Justifiable Legal Framework That Entitles All Children B/w Ages of 6 - 14 Years Free & Compulsory Elementary Education.

NCERT Exemplar Material

NCERT has developed exemplar material on curricular adaptations, inclusive teaching & how to adopt flexibility in evaluation for children w/disabilities in inclusive classrooms.

Various Steps Are Being Taken to Bring Children W/Special Needs (CwSN) to Schools:

  • NCERT has developed exemplar material for providing low cost quality home education to students w/severe disabilities thru e-learning.

  • NCERT text books are converted into digital books which can be downloaded free by any one, any time.

  • Most of books are in UNICODE which child w/special needs can read using Text-to-Speech (TTS) /Software/mobile app thru e-Pathshaala mobile app.

  • For visually challenged learners e-book in DAISY format & tactile maps are developed.

  • CwSN refers to process during which developmental abilities of child are evaluated.

  • Program is developed that contain services (individualized on basis of child’s specific needs) that will help to further enhance child’s developmental skills & encourage developmental growth.

Mancheswar Campus of National Skill Training Institute (NSTI) Bhubaneswar

Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas & Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship inaugurated 1st-ever National Skill Training Institute (NSTI), Mancheswar Campus, Barang, Bhubaneswar.
  • Institute shall be equipped w/state-of-the-art facility to impart skill development courses to trainers & assessors along w/training of candidates in new age courses catering to needs of industry.

  • NSTI which will function under Directorate General of Training (DGT) will include following training activities like:

  • Trainers Training (Long term/Short term)

  • Refresher Training (Long term/Short term)

  • Re-skilling/Up skilling courses

  • Certificate courses and Common Facility Centre (CFS)

Inauguration was followed by commencement of Systems, Applications & Products (SAP) Master Trainers Programme in which instructors from other NSTIs of India participated.

Aim is to create future ready workforce thru providing access to knowledge of innovative enterprise IT solutions.

Joint program b/w MSDE & SAP is planned on following broad pillars:

Training on Enterprise Software:

SAP Business One is Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software that allows small & medium sized enterprises to manage their entire business – from accounting & financials, purchasing, inventory, sales & customer relationships, & project management, to operations & human resources.

Training on Data Sciences:

SAP will conduct special training on Data Sciences for participants/faculty at NSTI.

Courses proposed to be introduced from October 2018 are:

  • SAP software training

  • IOT Technician (Smart City)

  • IOT Technician (Smart Healthcare)

  • IOT Technician (Smart Agriculture)

  • Focus is that these institutions continue to provide relevant & employable skills to our youth, is one of main driving forces in Skill Development efforts.

  • Campaign will be implemented by Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendras (PMKK) at field level.

Interaction with Awardees of National Teachers’ Awards on the Eve of Teachers’ Day

PM Will Be Honoring Recipients of National Teachers’ Awards on Eve of National Teachers’ Day, & Vice President Will Be Conferring Awards on Them at Function on Teachers’ Day.

This year, MHRD has revised guidelines for selection of Teachers for National Awards (2017).

Features of New Guidelines on Selection of Teachers for National Awards:

  • All regular teachers will be eligible to apply & no min. years of service are required.

  • All teachers could directly apply & nominate themselves for award.

  • Self-nominations from teachers were invited online on www.mhrd.gov.in. Web Portal was developed by Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI) & entire software ran smoothly w/o any glitches or complaints.

  • 6692 applications were received from teachers from all over country clearly indicating that initiative was successful.

  • Number of awards has been rationalized to 45. This has been necessary to restore prestige of awards (under earlier scheme number of awardees had crossed 300).

  • Final selection was done by independent Jury. Criteria adopted were to select those teachers who had shown innovation in their work & had added value to school & to their students.

  • These nominated teachers gave presentation before independent Jury comprising senior educationist, during 3rd week of August, 2018. This ensured that all of them were given opportunity to place before jury their contribution & work done by them.

Permanent Campus of Seven New IIMs

Cabinet Has Approved Establishment & Operationalization of Permanent Campus of 7 New Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

IIMs will be established at:

  • Amritsar (Punjab)

  • Bodh Gaya (Bihar)

  • Nagpur (Maharashtra)

  • Sambalpur (Odisha)

  • Sirmaur (Himachal Pradesh)

  • Vishakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh)

  • Jammu

Image of govt. approves rs. 28504.09 cr for establishment

Image of Govt. Approves Rs. 28504.09 Cr for Establishment

Image of govt. approves rs. 28504.09 cr for establishment

Key Facts Permanent Campus of 7 New IIMs

  • Established in year 2015 - 16/2016 - 17 & are presently functioning from transit campuses.

  • Each of these IIMs will construct area of 60384 Sqm, which will have complete infrastructural facilities for 600 students.

  • Construction will be completed by June, 2021.

  • They provide education to students to enable them to become professional managers & they will promote economic & industrial development of country.

  • Recurring grants to these institute includes Rs. 5 Lakh per student per year for 5 years.

Experiential Learning - Union HRD Minister Releases the Curriculum

Minister of Human Resource Development Has Released Book Named “Experiential Learning – Gandhiji’s Nai Talim” (basic Education), on Occasion of National Teachers’ Day.

What is Experiential Learning?

Experiential learning engages students in critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making in contexts that are personally relevant to them.

Objectives of Experiential Learning

  • To appreciate the value of student-centred experiential learning

  • To analyze the elements of experiential learning

  • To develop guidelines for teaching through experiential approaches

  • To relate experiential learning to education for sustainable futures

Nai Talim

  • Contents: basic principles of Gandhi’s ‘Nai Talim’, work & education curriculum for schools, D. Ed, B. Ed & faculty development programmes for teachers.

  • Launched in 13 languages: Assamese, Tamil, Bengali, Odiya, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi, Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati, Urdu, Hindi & English.

  • Developed by: Universities in state, state SCERT (State Council of Educational Research & Training) & Mahatma Gandhi National Council of Rural Education (MGNCRE).

  • To mark Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, movement to promote Nai Talim, Work Education & Experiential Learning is carried out in educational institutions throughout India.

- Published/Last Modified on: November 27, 2018


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