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India Education Round-Up | October 2022 | Delhi Government schools to soon start celebrating students' birthdays under the happiness curriculum

06 October, 2022

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 to these news articles are linked below).

UGC withdraws mandatory research publication before PhD thesis submission to enhance quality

New Delhi: University Grants Commission (UGC) has done away with the mandatory publication of a research paper before the final submission of PhD thesis by scholars. Dispelling apprehensions about these regulations adversely affecting the quality of research work being done currently, educators insist that these steps will help improve the standard of PhD research.

Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar, chairperson, UGC, says, “Some people erroneously think that mandatory publication of a research paper before the submission of a PhD thesis decides its quality. On the contrary, high-quality PhD thesis work leads to quality publications”. In a recently conducted study featuring 2,573 research scholars across central universities and IITs, UGC has found that mandatory publication has not helped universities maintain research quality, as about 75% of the submissions are not in quality Scopus-indexed journals.

India is amongst the top few nations in terms of the number of research papers we publish annually, says BJ Rao, vice-chancellor, University of Hyderabad. “However, the quality of work being done or the journals where these papers get published is not at par with global standards,” he adds.

Delhi Government Schools To Soon Start Celebrating Students' Birthdays Under Happiness Curriculum

New Delhi: Birthdays of Delhi Government school students will now be celebrated as a part of the Happiness curriculum, a circular from the Directorate of Education (DoE) said. "To boost gratitude, motivation and positive thinking within schools, a new pattern of celebrating birthdays of students studying in the Government schools of Delhi will be followed”.

Birthdays falling during the vacation period will be celebrated collectively on the first day of reopening of schools, the circular said. Happiness Curriculum was launched in 2018 with a vision to strengthen the foundation of happiness and well-being of students through a 35-minute class conducted every day from kindergarten to grade eight across 1,030 Government schools in the national capital. Development of self-awareness, expression, empathy and understanding of relationships are the key objectives of the curriculum.

Center for Creative Learning - IIT Gandhinagar Announces S.T.E.A.M. Yatra - India's Largest STEAM Mission for Schools

Jaipur: Center for Creative Learning (CCL), IIT Gandhinagar in association with leading education media platform ‘ScooNews’, announced its nationwide tour of schools focused on training over 1 Lakh students on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM). STEAM Yatra will be one of its kind ‘Tour of India’ where teams of CCL and ScooNews will travel together to various cities and conduct one-day workshops with students and teachers.

The training curriculum prepared by the Centre of Creative Learning for S.T.E.A.M Yatra will include students from grade 6 to grade 12. The initiative aims to reach and impact 250-400 schools and 1 lakh students across India in the next one year. The workshop aims to improve the basic conceptual understanding and critical thinking of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (S.T.E.A.M). Designed to nurture children’s inner creative thinking and to help them explore, innovate, and take risks.

Education Ministry launches PM Modi’s young authors mentoring scheme YUVA 2.0

New Delhi: The Ministry of Education recently launched YUVA 2.0 - Prime Minister’s Scheme for Mentoring Young Authors, a programme to train young and budding authors to promote reading, writing and book culture in the country, and project India and Indian writings globally.

“YUVA 2.0 is a part of the India@75 Project (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav) to bring to the fore the perspectives of the young generation of writers on the theme ‘Democracy (institutions, events, people, constitutional values - past, present, future)’ in an innovative and creative manner. This scheme will thus help to develop a stream of writers who can write on a spectrum of subjects to promote Indian heritage, culture and knowledge system,” a senior Ministry official said. The National Book Trust (NBT), India, under the Ministry of Education as the Implementing Agency will ensure phase-wise execution of the Scheme under well-defined stages of mentorship.

Saudi Arabia introduces yoga in universities

Riyadh: A virtual introductory lecture on yoga was organised for all Saudi university representatives across the kingdom to spread awareness and motivate its practice as a lifestyle for all segments of society. The lecture, organised recently, aimed to introduce both traditional yoga and yogasana sports to Saudi universities and give a variety of options to the students on university campuses to practice yoga, the Saudi Gazette reported. The lecture covered both mental and physical health and plans to attend professional yoga sports training to be part of competitions locally and internationally.

In cooperation with the Saudi Universities Sports Federation (SUSF), the Saudi Yoga Committee organised the event in Riyadh. The Saudi Gazette reported that the event came within the framework of an integrated system of programmes and initiatives of the Saudi Committee for Yoga, under the title “Yoga for University Students of Both Genders.”


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