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India Education Round-Up | March 2023 | SATHEE - Free Coaching Platform For JEE, NEET Launched by Union Education Ministry

09 March, 2023

To benefit our students’ community and other stakeholders, the following write-up attempts to bring striking happenings across Indian Education lately. It aims to inspire educators and other stakeholders to be aware of best practices in education and implement them in their respective ecosystems. This article serves as a primer for the news articles published in the print/digital media (sources for these news articles are linked below).

Two Australian universities to set up campuses in Gujarat; Deakin University becomes the 1st institution to get approval from IFSCA

New Delhi: “Two Australian universities have announced to set up campuses at Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City),” Hon’ble Union Education Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan announced while addressing a student engagement event at Sri Venkateswara College held recently. With this, Deakin University - a premier University in Australia, has become the 1st foreign university to receive approval from the International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) to set up an International Branch Campus (IBC) in GIFT-IFSC.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman says that more and more students from India continue to go abroad for higher studies. As per the data provided by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Subhas Sarkar, ‘the number of Indian students going abroad for higher studies has increased by 68.79 per cent in the past year.’ However, ‘there are more than double or triple the number of students who want to study at foreign universities but their financial or family situation might not permit them to do so. This is one of the reasons why we want foreign universities to come to our turf and set up their campuses.

SATHEE - Free Coaching Platform For JEE, NEET Launched By Edu Ministry

New Delhi: Hon’ble Education Minister of India Shri Dharmendra Pradhan launched the SATHEE - a platform that provides free interactive coaching for students preparing for entrance exams like JEE and NEET. SATHEE stands for 'Self Assessment Test and Help for Entrance Exams'. It is an initiative by the education ministry in association with IIT Kanpur.

Candidates preparing for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) for engineering or the National eligibility cum entrance test (NEET) can register on the SATHEE platform for free coaching, study material and mentorship. The faculty members of IITs and IISc will teach the topics on this platform. The study materials will be available in English and Hindi as well as other regional languages in which the JEE, and NEET are conducted.

 ‘Police ki Pathshala’ provides education to children in the Naxal-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh

Sukma: Displaying its commitment towards society while simultaneously battling insurgents, police personnel in the Naxal-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh set up a ‘Police ki Pathshala’ to ensure basic education facilities to children in the conflict-hit area.

“A new camp was established near the State Highway-5 at Dabbamarka, which is a core Naxal area in the district, on February 12. With the inspiration of the camp’s TI Bhavesh Shinde and TI Shailendra Nag, the ‘Police Ki Pathshala’ has been set up in the camp for children in the area,” said Sukma Superintendent of Police (SP) Sunil Sharma. “Till a school with permanent infrastructure will come to this place, the force here will ensure the education of children through this temporary school for associating them with the mainstream of the society,” SP Sharma added.

Odisha CM announces the establishment of a Health University to improve medical education

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik recently announced the establishment of a health university in the state on the occasion of the 107th birth anniversary of legendary politician Biju Patnaik.

All the medical and allied health science colleges and institutions will stand affiliated with the Odisha University of Health Sciences from the 2023-24 academic session, a notification issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department said. The establishment of the health university will  “enhance the quality of medical education, patient care and research in the state," the official added.

Padma Shri awardee Smt Janak Palta dedicates her life to educating tribals, nowadays teaching students to make ‘natural colours’ for Holi

Indore: Janak Palta, a 75-year-old Padma Shri awardee who is an inspiration for many has dedicated her whole life to educating tribal girls and women. Nowadays, she is teaching the college students of the Indore district to make natural colours from flowers and vegetables for Holi from her home in Sanawadia village in the district.

Janak Palta received the Padma Shri award in 2015 for her various social works. She said to the media that after the death of her husband, she alone kept training students and different sections of society on various subjects throughout the year. So far over 1.67 lakh people got trained by Jimmy McGilligan Sustainable Development Center.

Students of Shri Vaishnav Institute of Management, Indore, had visited the centre to take training from Palta recently. One of the members of college management, Tina Jhanwar told ANI, “We have brought our college students to Jimmy McGilligan Centre for Sustainable Development where sustainable living was narrated. Here food is cooked on a solar cooker without gas. We saw many things like how to live life without resources, water recharging, waste management etc. Solar electricity is used here. Everyone learned how to make natural colours for Holi”.

Delhi Government to introduce 6 compulsory skill subjects at secondary level in all govt schools

New Delhi: The Delhi government has decided to introduce six compulsory skill subjects at the secondary level in all the government schools from session 2023-24. As per an order by the Delhi Government's Directorate of Education, these subjects will be taught as vocational subjects. According to the order, skill subjects like retail, information technology, introduction to financial markets, food production, marketing and sales, physical activity training, beauty and wellness and data science have to be inducted as vocational subjects in the Delhi government schools’ curriculum. "A student can choose any one skill subject at Secondary level (From the list enclosed) which helps the child to pursue what truly interests him/her," the order read.


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