India Education Round-Up | December 2022 | Over 1400 students to get admission in Atal Residential Schools in Uttar Pradesh
To benefit our students’ community and other stakeholders, the following write-up attempts to bring striking happenings across Indian Education lately. This article serves as a primer for the news articles published in the print/digital media (sources for these news articles are linked below).
'University Connect' student engagement programme begins as India takes over the G20 presidency
New Delhi: India began its G20 presidency journey with the "University Connect" programme by engaging with students of universities across the country. "During India's G20 presidency, students of several universities will create awareness about the importance of the G20 presidency and how India can be a role model for the rest of the world through its G20 presidency of healing, harmony, and hope," University Grants Commission (UGC), chairman Shri M Jagadesh Kumar said.
India formally assumed the G20 presidency on December 1 with a focus on counter-terrorism and unity in tackling global challenges, such as economic slowdown and climate crisis. Students and prominent academics from 75 universities around the nation participated virtually in the G20 University Connect with senior executives, researchers, and academics. "Our students will also be ambassadors of our country in showcasing to the visiting G20 members the rapid, inclusive developmental progress that India is going through," the UGC head added.
Karnataka State Higher Education Council nominates 10 private entrepreneurs as its members for 5 years
Bengaluru: The Karnataka State Higher Education Council (KSHEC) nominated a total of ten experts in the field as its members. Among the nominated entrepreneurs include Mind Tree CEO Debashis Chatterjee and Former Vice Chancellor of Azim Premji University Professor Anurag Behar. Besides, VC of Visakhapatnam Central Tribal University Professor TV Kattimani, Former VC of Kuvempu University Prof Jogan Shankar, CEO of Career Information & Guidance Movement for All in India (CIGMA) Ameen E Mudassar, Former VC of Akka Mahadevi Varsity Meena Chandavarkar, Senior Professor of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) Usha Rani, Managing Director (MD) of Merck Life Sciences NS Srinath, Chairperson of Quest Global Ajay Prabhu, and Chief Strategist Officer of Bosch Global Software Raghavendra Krishnamurthy.
According to the Minister of Higher Education Shri C N Ashwath Narayan, this time, these entrepreneurs have been nominated as members of KSHEC to connect academia with the industry. The term of these nominated members would last for at least five years or until further orders, he added.
Over 1400 students to get admission in Atal Residential Schools in Uttar Pradesh
Lucknow: The Atal residential schools will start taking admissions from the following academic session across the state of Uttar Pradesh with the goal of providing quality education to underprivileged and poor children for their overall development. These schools will take in around 1440 students. There will be two sections in each school to accommodate a total of 80 students.
The Atal residential schools, which are being built in 18 commissionerates as part of the first phase, aim to give kids a modern education along the lines of NCERT. According to officials, these schools will be built on a 12 to 15-acre site.
Odisha W&CD Dept inks MoU with American Indian Foundation to implement Integrated Programme for Children
Bhubaneswar: Women & Child Development Dept (W&CD), Govt of Odisha has signed an MoU with the American Indian Foundation to implement the Integrated Programme for Children to improve their health, nutrition & early childhood education in Thakurmunda & Gopabandhu Nagar Blocks of Mayurbhanj District.
This Integrated Programme will be undertaken by American Indian Foundation. It will strengthen the ongoing efforts of the Government of Odisha by providing nutritious meals to children in the age group of 6 months to 3 years at Anganwadi centres, strengthening the skills of frontline and health workers for providing quality home-based care to sick children, strengthening the referral linkages for the timely referral of severely malnourished children and ensuring school readiness of under 6 children and train the headmasters/teachers to integrate sessions of mental health as part of the school curriculum.
This pilot intervention will reach 2.5 lakh community members, 20 thousand children under 6 years of age, and 12 thousand adolescents in 388 Anganwadi Centres across Thakurmunda & Gopabandhu Nagar Blocks, Mayurbhanj District.
Public varsities told to ensure transparency
Bengaluru: In light of Good Governance Month, the Higher Education Department has cracked down on public universities to ensure transparency in their functioning, including starting social media accounts. They have also been asked to adopt initiatives and practices to promote transparency. According to the order, all universities should be registered with the Academic Bank of Credits by the end of December and must apply to the University Grants Commission (UGC) to start digital courses by March-end.
The order has also highlighted instructions for universities to start social media accounts to address grievances. “Each university should open accounts on social media to talk to stakeholders and directly get details of their grievances, and interact directly with students,” the order stated. As announced earlier, universities must also work towards signing at least five MoUs with industry partners. The five highest enrolment courses will undergo mandatory curriculum revision in consultation with these partners to ensure that students are employable, it stated.
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