India’s tech-education woes: Is AICTE the problem itself?

A government-appointed committee, headed by IIT-Hyderabad chairperson BVR Mohan Reddy, has submitted a report to the tech-education regulator, All India Coucil for Technical Education (AICTE), recommending that no new engineering colleges be set up from 2020, and that the engineering education capacity be reviewed every two years after that. The AICTE is reportedly considering the suggestions. The 2020 cap is a sensible one given, as per The Indian Express, 51% of the 15.5 lakh BE/BTech seats in 3,921 engineering colleges didn’t find any takers in 2016-17. This means there is…

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Service set to memorialize Dr. Kenneth Breeden, former Lanier Tech president

Dr. Kenneth Breeden, who helped found the Technical College System of Georgia and served as president of Lanier Tech in Hall County from 1975 to 1984, died Dec. 14 at his home in Dawsonville at 77. A memorial service for Breeden will be held at the Ramsey Conference Center at Lanier Tech’s new campus at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, which would have been Breeden’s 78th birthday. According to his obituary provided by Ingram Funeral Home in Cumming, Breeden worked with four governors to unify the separately operated “vo-tech…

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India’s education system needs cultural change: Princeton professor Manjul Bhargava

Manjul Bhargava is the first person of Indian origin to have won the coveted Fields Medal in Mathematics for his path-breaking work in Number Theory. The 44-year-old professor of mathematics at Princeton University, who was in Bengaluru last week, enthralled the audience at the tenth Infosys Science Foundation Awards by explaining why all mathematics is a search for patterns and the reason why such patterns exist. Earlier, in an exclusive conversation — anchored by ET — Bhargava discussed a plethora of issues ranging from the importance of early childhood education to the need for a borderless world…

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$110 million for tech-education? Yes, please

The expense of post-secondary education combined with the difficulty of navigating career pathways are the top reasons why 60 percent of Washington students don’t earn a college degree or finish a credential by the time they turn 26. But what if students had the opportunity to choose a career path before they left high school? What if they could start training for high-demand, high-wage jobs while earning a diploma? Would a larger percentage of students find careers faster? Governor Jay Inslee says “yes.” It’s why $110 million of his $54.4 billion proposed state…

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Expo showcases Dist. 88 career, tech education opportunities

NEW ULM — The New Ulm High School held its second annual Career and Technical Education Expo Monday afternoon in the building commons. The expo allowed students to showcase the curriculum of the school’s varying CTE programs and educate their peers, as well as the community, about what these programs offer. “I think it’s really beneficial because they’re able to see some hands-on things that they could do in these particular classes,” business/computer science teacher Kayla Ruch said. “We’re very fortunate that we have so many different departments that we offer.” The…

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Can Tech Effectively Treat ADHD And Other Neurological Conditions?

  For those diagnosed with neurological conditions like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, navigating daily life can be extremely difficult. They often struggle to concentrate, prioritize tasks and remember things, among other challenges.  With 1.5 million people in the UK alone affected by the condition, access to quality support is fundamental. But more often than not, this comes at a huge cost for individuals, families and society. Getting a diagnosis of ADHD takes up to two years, and treatments can cost from €10,000 to €14,500 per year in European countries. Copenhagen-based tech startup Tiimo is on…

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Virginia Tech names new No. 2 ranking administrator

Virginia Tech on Monday named Cyril Clarke the university’s permanent executive vice president and provost, the university’s second-highest ranking position that he held on an interim basis for the past year. Previously, Clarke served as the dean of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. The selection follows an international search with several in-person and on-campus candidate interviews, according to a Monday news release. Tech President Tim Sands pointed to several accomplishments during Clarke’s tenure as interim provost, including the university’s role in attracting Amazon to Northern Virginia. “It is leadership…

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Students recognized for career tech work

CENTER STAR — A senior from Waterloo and a junior from Lauderdale County High School have been recognized by the staff and faculty at the Allen Thornton Career Technical Center for their outstanding efforts in career technology during December. Director Gary Dan Williams said monthly awards are given for the career and technical student of the month, and employee of the month at the Simulated Work Place at Allen Thornton. Jasper Hammond of LCHS is the Career and Technical Student of the Month. He is a member of FFA, Young Farmers…

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Education risks examined for cybersecurity

SecurityScorecard has released its latest research, The 2018 Education Cybersecurity Report, examining the shift to modern data collection and storage in the education system. It highlights the new risk factors this move invites as massive amounts of personal data is being aggregated on networks and stored on premises and in the cloud, much of it accessible to multiple third parties. Data collection is a vital resource for educational institutions across the world, including student records which contain highly sensitive material such as a student’s name, address and social security number, and…

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Tech propels education for NSW high school

For one high school in NSW mobile phones have become a core part of learning, and it’s giggles that let teachers know if something’s awry. In a recent speech Education Minister Dan Tehan called for a return of common sense to classrooms, saying there’s a time and place for technology in classrooms. For Callaghan College that time and place is becoming more frequent. About 60 per cent of the Year Seven to 10 students use their mobile phones as part of the school’s “bring your own device” policy, which is…

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