Improving tech education doesn’t start with tech

Automation is stripping away jobs from entire industries in the United States — and the pace of job loss is accelerating. Whole segments of the population are forced to work harder for less money. Our education has been stagnating for centuries. Leaders like Alibaba CEO Jack Ma argue that we are heading for disaster if we continue to train students to compete with machines. Employers, and our society, need to train individuals for the new world of work, where automation will rule. It’s natural to assume technology will spark a massive change in the way…

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Atal Ranking to rank institutes on innovation output introduced by HRD ministry

The HRD Ministry introduced the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARRIA) yesterday which will rank educational institutions as per their innovation output based on global parameters. “India lacks innovation. It is a challenge for us to innovate, innovation will make our country prosper. New thinking must be encouraged and every college must have an innovation cell,” said Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar while making the announcement. “Named after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, ARIIA will rank educational institutions for innovation output based on all major indicators and parameters…

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Oculus to Donate Rift & Go to Learning Institutions Across Seattle, Taiwan, & Japan

Oculus recently announced the’ll be expanding their educational pilot program by donating Oculus Rift and Oculus Go headsets to a number of educational institutions across Taiwan, Japan, and Seattle. Dubbed Oculus Education, the new phase of the program is intended to bring VR headsets into schools, libraries, and museums, with what the company says is an overall goal of better understanding how teachers, students, and various institutions can use VR for learning and collaboration. The company initially kicked off the program last year when it donated 100 Rift headsets to 90…

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Govt’s Ministry of Mines invites institutes to send it research proposals related to mining sector

ines Ministry under the government of India today said, as per PTI, that it has invited proposals from academic universities, national institutes, Research and Development institutions — recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research — to conduct research that has a direct bearing on the mining sector. The broad thrust areas for supporting research in mining include: Prospect for strategic and rare earth minerals Development of new technology for mineral exploration Mining on land and deep sea to locate and exploit new mineral resources, among others Last date…

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Laptops are so last year: Here are the new back-to-school gadgets for students

Students are heading back to class this week and many of them and their parents are searching for last minute supplies. If your back to school list includes a computer or tablet, you’re not alone. “We have a TV in our room, but that’s not anything, like, we need. A laptop is essential so we definitely need to have one of those,” said Hannah Herrick, an incoming freshman at the University of North Carolina. With so many laptop and tablet choices available, finding the best option can be difficult, so…

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Institutes of Eminence tag: HRD Ministry and PMO disagreed on crucial issues

The selection of Reliance Foundation’s non-existent Jio Institute among India’s six Institutions of Eminence (IoEs) triggered a political firestorm with the Opposition accusing the NDA of favouritism and Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar responding by saying it was done by an expert panel and not the Government. However, official records obtained by The Indian Express under the Right to Information Act tell an untold story. Much before the IoE list was released on July 9 this year, records show, there was a strong difference of opinion within the…

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Virginia Tech earns high marks in Princeton Review rankings

Virginia Tech received high marks in the Princeton Review’s annual college rankings. The university was featured in the top 20 in six categories, according to the magazine. Those rankings include: No. 2 in “town-gown relations are great.” No. 3 in “their students love these colleges.” No. 3 in “best campus food.” No. 7 in “best quality of life.” No. 14 in “happiest students.” No. 17 in “best alumni network.” Last year, Tech snagged the top spot in the “their students love their colleges” category for what had been the second…

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BRD college deaths ‘blown out of proportion’ due to institute’s ‘internal politics’: CM Yogi Adityanath

Almost a year after the deaths of scores of infants were reported from the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the incident may have been blown out of proportion due to the institute’s “internal politics”. At the launch of a campaign pertaining to the state nutrition mission here yesterday, Adityanath said that initially when he heard of the deaths, he was reminded of an incident where a reporter wrote an incorrect news item after he was not allowed to enter a ward by hospital…

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Jharkhand Renames Several Institutes After Atal Bihari Vajpayee

RANCHI: The Jharkhand government has decided to rename several institutes in the state after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who died on August 16. The Jharkhand cabinet, which met on Friday, was chaired by Chief Minister Raghubar Das. It decided to rename the ‘Jharkhand Innovation Lab’ as Atal Innovation Lab. It also decided to name the under-construction Convention Centre, Ranchi as Atal Convention Centre, according to an official release. Professional College Jamshedpur, functioning under Higher Technical Education & Skill Department, has been renamed as Atal Bihari Vajpayee Professional College, Jamshedpur.…

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Tech education: the big opportunity in the Greater Bay Area

As senior government figures work overtime to define Hong Kong’s future economic role within the Greater Bay Area, an important opportunity is being overlooked. This week, the city’s financial secretary, Paul Chan Mo-po, stated on his blog that the local technology sector can benefit from Beijing’s ambitious plan to integrate 67 million citizens from Hong Kong, Macau and nine mainland cities and transform the entire area into a technology and innovation powerhouse that can rival Silicon Valley. He is probably correct but beyond the political rhetoric, some of the practical…

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