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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Indian institutes are stepping up efforts to connect students and alumni

One thing premium institutes in India have not been known for is the strength of their networking among students, former students and industry bigwigs, even though there is considerable overlap between the latter two. This is now changing. In recent years, alumni efforts have gone far beyond the traditional email alerts and monthly newsletter. The Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore (IIM-B), for instance, has seen its 10-year-old annual meet go global. Anusmaran (Hindi for Recollections) was first conducted in 2009, in Bangalore, New York, San Franscisco, Singapore and London. More cities…

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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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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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Scared to go to US: Indian students worry about physical safety, says survey

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…

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IIT-KGP to help eastern India students learn more about free online courses

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…

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MSBSHSE new evaluation pattern: Class IX students will not have oral tests in languages

Class IX students will no longer have to take oral examinations in languages and write internal assessments in social sciences, according to the new evaluation pattern announced by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE). In a circular issued on Thursday, the MSBSHSE announced the new evaluation pattern for Class IX students as per the new curriculum. The circular states that students will have to attempt a theory examination for all three languages and social sciences for 100 marks. Currently, the subjects have 20 marks allotted…

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TN to appeal against Madras HC order to not reserve MBBS, BDS seats for state board students

Chennai The Tamil Nadu government will appeal against Friday’s Madras High Court’s (HC) decision to quash the Tamil Nadu government order to reserve 85% medical (MBBS) and dental (BDS) seats in undergraduate colleges for state board students. The admissions are being done on the basis of scores of a common entrance test, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). State health minister C Vijayabaskar said the government would appeal against the single judge order . His government was opposed to NEET to protect the interests of the students from Tamil Nadu and…

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Students completing MBBS in Haryana to serve for two years in govt hospitals

Chandigarh Students completing MBBS studies from government medical colleges in Haryana will now have to put in compulsory service for two years at state-run hospitals. Health minister Anil Vij has said this will help minimise shortage of doctors in the state. He was presiding over a meeting of the Haryana Medical Education and Research Department on Thursday. An official release quoted the minister as saying that “Around 800 doctors from four government hospitals will be available in two years.” He also disclosed that seats at the dental college of the Post-Graduate…

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Students’ say to matter in NAAC accreditation of varsities, colleges

On the lines of educational institutions abroad, Indian students will now have a say in the assessment and accreditation of universities and colleges. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has revised its evaluation process under which it will now take direct feedback from students on the information submitted by educational institutions seeking accreditation. Under the new evaluation process which has resumed on July 5 after being stopped in March, the institutions will prepare a self-study report (SSR) and upload it online for response and feedback from students. “The report…

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