Madras High Court issues notice to MCI, JIPMER

The Madras High Court on Friday issued notice to the Medical Council of India and Jawaharlal Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education and Research on a plea seeking a direction to the institute not to allot seats reserved for ‘Puducherry Scheduled Community’ (P-SC) to non-Puducherry SC students. Admitting the plea moved by A Sarandev, who was denied a seat in the institute, Justice K Kalayanasundaram directed the MCI and JIPMER to file their responses by June 26. According to the petitioner, JIPMER has reserved six seats in MBBS course under P-SC…

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From this academic session, school textbooks to turn smarter with QR codes

Starting this academic session, teachers and students in a number of states will be using “energised textbooks” that will provide them with more information and contextualised content in the form of video films and audios accessible through quick response (QR) codes, in addition to traditional textbooks. A QR code is a type of two-dimensional barcode used for providing easy access to information through a smartphone. A senior human resource development ministry official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that more than 20 millions ‘energised’ textbooks will be published this…

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From 2021, PhD mandatory for direct recruitment of teachers in universities

From 2021, a PhD will be must for teaching at the university level. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has made a PhD degree mandatory for direct recruitment to assistant professors in universities from July 2021. As first reported by Hindustan Times, teachers will also undergo a mandatory, month-long induction programme before starting work and also have to devote two hours for mentoring of students for community development/extracurricular activities. The government has also done away with the “controversial” Academic Performance Indicator (API)-based appraisal, has introduced a simplified teacher evaluation grading system,…

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Is MBA + Engineering the key to success? Experts bust common myths

Myths surrounding MBA and engineering, placements and studying abroad, decoded by career counsellors and students ‘An engineering degree should always be followed by an MBA’. ‘Good grades guarantee a good job’. ‘Admission into a top B-school means you have a secure future’. Career counsellors and education consultants say these are some of the most common myths that need busting, as students prepare to step out of college and look beyond. “There are so many options today, and so much has changed, that parents and students start out very confused,” says…

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Scholarships For a Private School

Getting Started Early The data is out there that suggests that those students who attend private schools are more likely to land in college and universities of their choosing–particularly higher-ranked colleges and universities. As such, it’s become more important than ever for parents to take their children’s primary education in earnest. With an emphasis being placed on the necessity for a degree in order to even get a toe in the door for certain career paths, public school may not be enough to equip your child with the necessary education…

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Top Tips To Learn Chemistry Efficiently

Chemistry is one of the most interesting and practical subjects. Chemistry is seen everywhere and the concepts can be related to real-life scenarios. This is also one of the subjects that forces one to question the rationale of nature and understand the formation of substances. Though this subject is very interesting, some of the students often find it difficult to grasp the concepts and eventually start to dislike the subject. In this article, some of the important tips are given that can help the students to learn chemistry in a…

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Toppers flunk: 50% Class­-10 merit students in Punjab fail talent test

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…

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Exclusive: CBSE plans Class 10, 12 Board exams on same date in two shifts

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…

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No students in this school: Sanskrit institute with four teachers in dire straits

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…

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World’s toughest maths competition: Two UK girls to make rare appearance on a platform for brainy boys

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…

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