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Bengaluru: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday (July 13) suggested making the mother tongue the medium of instruction in schools, at least at t...

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Rising vacancies a cause of worry for engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu

It is the admission season again and students are braving the sun and rain to get into the best colleges. However, a large number of seats in engineering colleges have been lying vacant. There are more than 450 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu offering around 1.75 lakh seats, but more than half of them have been vacant in the recent years. ...

Draft education policy: Ambitious on targets but silent on funding

The draft New Education Policy (NEP-19) thrown open for discussion by the government seeks to build a "robust education system" in the coming years. The policy seeks to do this with the extensive use of technology in classrooms, early enrolments of children and free education to everyone under the age of 18 to improve dissemination of education. It...

Maharashtra does away with gender stereotypical books

Generations of school students have grown up with textbooks having the image of a mother cutting vegetables in the kitchen, while the father reads a newspaper, but this will now change in Maharashtra. Keeping up with the changing social structure, Balbharati, the state curriculum board, has changed many of its illustrations and texts to uphold g...

Accommodation, not studies, a big headache for students

Student life in India has changed drastically over the past decade. From stories of mischief in college or university hostel dorms and strict bed timings, their tales have now shifted to the travails of living as paying guests or sharing a private apartment outside the campus. A key reason is the lack of accommodation at universities and college...

Humanity, agnostic, secular: WB colleges offer options in religion column

Kolkata: At least 50 colleges in West Bengal, including a few in the city, have added 'humanity', 'agnostic', 'secular' and 'non-religious' options in the religion column of online admission forms for students who are unwilling to disclose their faith. This allows students applying for undergraduate courses in these colleges to keep their religious belie...

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New education policy draft triggers anti-Hindi backlash on Twitter

Chennai: The draft of National Educational Policy, which was submitted on May 31 (Friday) to the HRD ministry by a committee led by its chairman Dr. Kasturirangan, triggered a new wave of resistance against the alleged imposition of Hindi, on social media. The draft suggests several changes including the need for the implementation of a three-language fo...

Schools, colleges asked to hold screening sessions for mental health, cancer

The Union health ministry has advised states and union territories to hold screening sessions in school and college campuses for mental health and non-communicable diseases like cancer, diabetes and blood pressure at regular intervals. The aim is to ensure early diagnosis of these chronic diseases for their treatment on time. In a letter to p...

UGC seeks data on sexual harassment complaints from varsities

New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed universities and higher educational institutions to submit data on the number of sexual harassment complaints received by them and its status. The commission has also sought a report on the constitution of an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) to deal with complaints of this nature. "The colle...

A quarter of West Antarctic ice now unstable, say scientists

London: Antarctica's ice sheet has thinned by up to 122 metres in places, with the most rapid changes occurring in West Antarctica where ocean melting has triggered glacier imbalance, scientists say. The UK Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling (CPOM) tracked changes in snow and ice cover across the continent, by combining 25 years of European Spac...

Novel AI-based system sees like humans do

Scientists have trained an artificial intelligence (AI) system to see things the way humans do, by inferring an environment with just a few quick glimpses around, that may pave the way for more effective search-and-rescue robots. Most AI tools are trained for very specific tasks, such as to recognise an object or estimate its volume in an enviro...

How CBSE is planning to discourage rote learning for Class 10 students

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is planning to introduce some 'creative' changes in the Class 10 examination pattern by decreasing the number of objective questions, from the current academic year. Why is this being done? The CBSE is trying to diversify the format as part of its ongoing reforms to reward “creative answers and ...

Scientists decode how methane-eating bacteria create ‘green’ fuel

Washington: Scientists have identified an enzyme that helps some bacteria remove methane from the environment and convert it into a usable fuel — paving the way for a creating a novel, sustainable source of energy. Known for their ability to methanotrophic bacteria have long fascinated researchers. A team from the Northwestern University in the US found tha...

Jammu University inks MoU with Armys High Altitude Warfare School

Jammu: The University of Jammu has signed a memorandum of understanding with Indian Armys High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) for undertaking research and training, a university official said on Monday (May 6). The MoU was signed by Manoj Dhar, vice chancellor, University of Jammu, and Lt Gen P C Thimayya, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Army Trai...

13 students secure first rank in CBSE exam

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) announced the results for Class 10 examination on Monday (May 6). Thirteen students bagged the first rank with 499 out of 500 marks of which 8 are from Uttar Pradesh. The second rank were shared by 25 students with 498 out of 500 and 59 students share third position with 497 marks in the CBSE exami...

92 mistakes in answer keys of 21 subjects in Assam civil services exam

Guwahati: A total of 92 mistakes have cropped up in the answer keys of 21 of the 22 subjects of the Assam Civil Services examination, forcing the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) to declare the results twice. Due to this anomaly, the APSC said on Thursday (May 2), it has blacklisted 22 experts who were responsible for setting up of question papers a...

CBSE class XII results out, TVPM tops with 98.2%

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday announced its class 12 results. The overall pass percentage was put at 83.4% nationally. The Thiruvananthapuram region secured the top spot in region-wise pass percentage with 98.2%. Chennai came second with a pass percentage of 92.93% and it was followed by Delhi at 91.87%. To check th...

India delivers mixed performance in Asian varsity rankings

London: Indian universities delivered a mixed performance in the 2019 Asia University Rankings released in London on May 2 due to significant changes at individual institutions. The rankings, collated annually by 'Times Higher Education', found that the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) held on to its 29th rank as a total of 49 Indian institutions made...

Answer to ‘missing’ plastic in Indian Ocean still evades scientists

Melbourne: The Indian Ocean is the world's biggest dumping ground for plastic waste, but where the trash ultimately ends up has remained a mystery, scientists say. According to researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA), little research had been done to measure and track plastic waste in the Indian Ocean. The team found that unique characteris...

Indian woman scientist of Royal society rues lack of investment in S&T in India

New Delhi: Dr Gagandeep Kang, the first Indian woman scientist to enter the Royal Society as a fellow, hopes that her entry opens gateway for many more women to enter the coveted circle. The Royal Society is the oldest scientific academy in the world that has been working continuously for almost four centuries now. Nobel laureate Venki Ramakrishnan, who is...

Five social science chapters dropped from CBSE class 10 syllabus

New Delhi: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to drop five social science chapters from class 10 syllabus from this academic session, according to the new curriculum. The dropped chapters, including three on political studies and two on environment, will only be part of internal assessment, but not the final board exam. The chap...

Research in fundamental science needed for country to prosper: DRDO

New Delhi: No country can prosper if research does not take place in areas of fundamental science, DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy said on April 16 and urged the youth to work in that domain for a technologically stronger India. He was addressing a house full of youths from high schools and colleges at a seminar on Mission Shakti, an anti-satellite (ASAT) m...

Artificial atoms created for quantum computing

Washington: Scientists have created artificial atoms that generate single photons, an advance that may be a big step in efforts to develop all-optical quantum computing. The artificial atoms which work in air and at room temperature were created by drilling holes into a thin two-dimensional sheet of hexagonal boron nitride with a gallium-focused ion beam. ...

Want to learn a new skill? Take short breaks: Study

Taking short breaks, early and often, may help our brains learn new skills, according to a study. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health in the US found that our brains may solidify the memories of new skills we practiced a few seconds earlier by taking a short rest. The results, published in the journal Current Biology, highlight t...

Woman from naxal-hit Chhattisgarh gets 12th rank in UPSC

A 25-year-old woman from Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, one of the worst-hit Naxal regions in the country, has got the 12th rank in the civil services exam, the result of which was declared recently by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Namrata Jain, who hails from Geedam town in Dantewada, ranked 99th in the 2016 civil services exa...

Delhi University to revise syllabus of its undergraduate programmes

New Delhi: The Delhi University on April 10 said it has undertaken the process of revising its undergraduate programmes, a move that the varsitys teachers association said would mean "greater interference form government". The varsity said the process has been undertaken in the light of UGCs Learning Outcome-based Framework (UGC-LOCF). "The revised curricu...