The Delhi government on Saturday announced the results of the Schools of Specialized Excellence (SoSE). The students can check their results on the SoSE official website. The admission process is set to begin from Monday across all SoSEs. Students were invited to apply for the SoSEs through an online form on August 12. The application process was closed by August 19. Around 26,687 registrations were made for the four types of SoSEs (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Humanities, Performing and Visual Arts and High-end 21st Century Skills).
Aptitude tests for admission were organized from August 27-31 across 67 test centres. Around 14,245 students took their tests on the given dates. A total of 2,794 students have been selected through the process and have been offered admissions in the STEM, Humanities and High-end 21st Century Skills schools. Auditions for the Performing and Visual Arts schools are going on and will finish on September 13. Final results for Performing and Visual Arts schools will be announced early next week. The admission process for the selected 2,794 students will begin from September 13 in the respective SoSEs where students had applied.
The Sikkim government on Saturday announced that all schools and colleges in the state would be shut down after COVID-19 cases were found among students. Education Secretary GP Upadhaya said that schools and colleges were opened on September 6. In the schools, classes were being held for students of standard 9 and above. However, after some schools reported that at least five students were found to be COVID-positive, it was decided to shut the educational institutions again till October 31, he said. The school and colleges were functioning with 50 per cent staff, and students were attending class only after obtaining the consent of their parents, Upadhaya said.
“The state government is very concerned that if the schools are not closed the chances of more cases are very high,” he said. All primary contacts of the infected students were being traced and more cases could be reported, he said.
Around 2,800 students have made the cut for admission in various courses of Schools of Specialized Excellence in Delhi, according to the results announced on Saturday.
The selections were made out of a total of 26,687 students who had registered for various specialization courses in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Humanities, Performing and Visual Arts and High-end 21st Century Skills.
According to Schools of Specialized Excellence (SoSE), the admission process for the selected students will begin from September 13. While in the STEM schools, admissions are being offered in classes 9 and 11 only, for all other schools students will be admitted in class 9 only.
“A total of 2,794 students have been selected through the process and have been offered admissions in the STEM, Humanities and High-end 21st Century Skills schools. In the eight STEM schools, 960 students have been offered admission in class 9, while 814 students have been selected for class 11,” said the SoSE in its statement.“There are five schools each in Humanities and High-end 21st Century Skills in which 420 and 600 students have been selected, respectively,” it added. About two-third of the selected students are from “government and government-aided schools”, while the rest are from “recognised private schools”, it noted.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia congratulated the students and their parents who have been offered admission in the SoSEs, and also interacted with principals and teachers and exhorted them to set a “new bar of excellence” for the whole country.
Schools in Bangaldesh reopened after 543 days in Bangladesh on Sunday, amid ease in the coronavirus situation in the country and the vaccination programme picking up pace. In many schools, teachers welcomed their pupils with flowers and chocolates. Guardians were barred from entry into the campuses as a precaution against overcrowding and infection spread.
Education Minister Dipu Moni has warned against any lax enforcement of safety measures, while authorities earlier said every class will convene only once a week initially, while schools are to strictly maintain the health guidelines. “If it appears that the infections were reappearing, the government may decide to re-introduce online classes,” she said. Bangladesh closed schools on March 17 after the coronavirus began to spread in the country, which has one of the highest population densities in the world. Authorities decided to reopen the education institutes after almost 97 per cent of the teachers and staff were vaccinated.
Delhi University honoured its distinguished alumni, including Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and filmmaker Imtiaz Ali, on the occasion of its 99th Foundation Day on Saturday. The university’s Foundation Day falls on May 1 but the event could not be held at the time this year due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in April-May. The university had announced that it would felicitate its alumni, including Kiren Rijiju, for achieving distinction in their fields.
The others on the list were Ali, former Puducherry lieutenant governor and IPS officer Kiran Bedi, Higher Education Secretary in the Ministry of Education Amit Khare, the prime minister’s Principal Secretary P K Mishra, Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court Indrajeet Mahanty and Uttar Pradesh State Election Commissioner Manoj Kumar.
Amit Khare, who attended the event, said it was for the first time that he was entering the Viceregal Lodge, despite studying at the St Stephen’s College located adjacent to the university. He said in May, the university had consulted him on holding the event but he had advised them against owing to the Covid situation and the fact that it was not the time to hold a celebration. The higher education secretary also said that there have been concerns raised over the university implementing the National Education Policy from 2022-23 and the four year undergraduate programme.
Imtiaz Ali called the university the beating heart of India and said that it helps one become individualistic and at the same time, be congenial and work in the outside world. Professor P C Joshi, the acting vice-chancellor of Delhi University, spoke about the various initiatives taken by the university.
He also spoke about the university implementing the National Education Policy from the 2022-23 academic session.”We have entered the centennial year and in its almost hundred years of existence, the University has built a legacy through the hard work and sweat of numerous generations,” Prof Joshi said.
Private educational institute Assam Don Bosco University on Saturday announced a cumulative scholarship worth Rs 4 crore for 2021-22 for students belonging to all categories. Vice-Chancellor Stephen Mavely said the highest scholarship per course is Rs 4.6 lakh, while the minimum is Rs 30,000. “We have scholarships for all categories of students. A range of financial assistance is offered depending on merit, economic background and reservation status,” he said.
“As co-curricular activities are hugely encouraged by us, we will offer scholarships worth Rs 10.4 lakh under the sports quota, and provide scholarships to talented students under the cultural quota, too,” he added. The vice-chancellor said usually 1,300-1,400 students, including those for online courses, avail the assistance. The ADBU covers all its 45 courses in various streams under the scholarship programme, which will be funded by a mix of internal reserve, industry tie-ups and government contributions.
The Presidency University Students Council (PUSC) withdrew its 96-hour sit-in after the varsity authorities agreed to free vaccination of all students. PUSC office-bearer Mr. Adrija Adak said the authorities issued a notice promising to start free vaccination at the earliest at the campus in collaboration with the state government.
Since free vaccination of every student was the prerequisite to begin any on-campus academic activity, this was the main demand of the agitating students which has been accepted by the administration of the state university and hence the sit-in at the portico was withdrawn after 96 hours on Friday evening, Mr. Adak said. The Dean of Students in the notice attached a table which will have the list of first and second dose recipient of vaccines and said “the university will submit the details to higher education department within the due date.” The university called upon the students union to help the authority in collating information, i.e. rigorous data collection, in this regard and “we will co-operate and help the authority in every step of this process,” Mr. Adak said.
The National Testing Agency (NTA) will release the JEE Main result today, on the official website — jeemain.nta.nic.in. Along with the JEE Main result, NTA will also release the final answer key, cut-off and all India ranks. Since the JEE Main is conducted in multiple shifts and considering the varied level of difficulty associated with each of the shifts, NTA follows a normalization procedure based on percentile scores.
The top 2.5 lakh candidates will be considered qualified for applying to JEE Advanced. The online registration process for JEE Advanced will start in the afternoon today, i.e. September 13. JEE Advanced is held for admission to various undergraduate Engineering, Science and Architecture courses in the 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
Over 95 per cent of registered candidates appeared for the medical entrance exam NEET at over 3,800 centres across the country on Sunday, according to officials. A record 16.14 lakh candidates had registered for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) this year. Last year, over 85 per cent of registered candidates had appeared for the exam amid the Covid pandemic. “Over 95 per cent of candidates appeared in the exam conducted today following all Covid protocols,” a senior official said. The 13 languages in which the test was conducted this year are Hindi, Punjabi, Assamese, Bengali, Odia, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil, Urdu and English. Among the languages, Punjabi and Malayalam were the new additions.
In a first, the exam was also held at a centre each in Dubai and Kuwait. The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Undergraduate), which was earlier scheduled on August 1, was postponed to September 12. The number of cities where the examination is conducted was increased from 155 to 202. The number of examination centres was also be increased from 3,862 used in 2020.