The Tamil Nadu government on Monday said a project called Illam Thedi Kalvi (Education at Doorstep) that is aimed at addressing the learning gap that arose among students due to closure of schools during the pandemic-imposed lockdowns, would be launched on a pilot project basis in 12 districts of the state.
Based on the outcome, the project for classes 1-8 students of government schools would be expanded to the remaining districts. The project is set to be implemented for a period of six months to impart educational skills among the children who have been missing their classes since the lockdown was imposed from March 2020 to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The scheme would be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs 200 crore from this fiscal with participation of teachers, volunteers, NGOs and educationists.
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Patna has launched three new degree programmes at the undergraduate (UG) level. The admission to all three programmes will be done on the basis of JEE Advanced score. The newly-launched courses are BTech in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, BTech in Engineering Physics, and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computing.The BS in Mathematics and Computing is designed to cater to the present needs in technology and build a strong foundation of the subject in the initial semesters. The curriculum includes many elective courses from science, engineering, and humanities disciplines that allow considerable flexibility and academic freedom.
Students are required to complete basic courses in algebra, geometry, number theory, analysis, differential equations, statistics & probability, and graph theory. Apart from basic courses, many advanced courses in these subjects together with theoretical computer science and information technology have been included. The curriculum of 4-year BTech in Engineering Physics includes a solid grounding in core areas, sound training in physics, a rich variety of electives, and exposure to frontier technologies. Some of the key courses in applied areas include cryogenic engineering, laser physics, computer-aided physics, photovoltaics and fuel cell, physics of nanomaterials, medical physics, particle physics, quantum optics etc.
The Central Board of Secondary Education’s new format for first term board exams for classes 10 and 12, including 90 minutes long objective type tests, has been hailed by several school principals who believe the decision will help enhance critical thinking of students.Bifurcating the academic session, holding two term-end exams and rationalising the syllabus were part of the special assessment scheme for class 10 and 12 CBSE board exams for 2021-22, which were announced in July in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The first term exams will begin from November 30 for major subjects, while the schedule for minor subjects will be sent to schools separately.
The Indian Institute of Management Visakhapatnam signed a memorandum of understanding with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) to strengthen the academia-industry interface and relationship between the two major public sector institutions.As part of the MoU, IIM-V will offer short-term and long-term programmes to the HPCL officers for helping them hone their management and leadership skills. Surveys and studies will be conducted by IIM-V suiting the requirement of HPCL for assignments such as employee-engagement, training needs analysis, etc. In turn, the MBA students of IIM-Vizag will be provided with industry exposure and industrial-training opportunities with the HPCL.
Speaking on this occasion, IIM-Vizag Director Prof M Chandrasekhar explained how the MoU would establish a strong relationship between HPCL and IIMV. He shared information about the various distinctive achievements of IIM-V and the special position the Institute enjoys in the comity of IIMs. “With several firsts to its credit, the Institute is on fast-track progress and growth,” the Director explained.
Odisha schools, both English and Odia medium schools, are reopening for Classes 8 and 11 after a gap of 18 months due to the pandemic. The government has issued guidelines for Covid-19 safety.Class 11 students can resume physical classes from October 21 while Class 8 students will resume from October 25.
In a letter to the DEOs (District Education Officers) Satyabrata Sahu, Principal Secretary, School and Mass Education Department, clearly mentioned detailed guidelines about reopening of schools amid strict Covid-19 protocol for the safety of students.The guidelines issued by the state government include sanitization of schools from October 17. The headmasters of respective schools will submit detailed report about the cleaning activities to the DEO a day before opening of schools.Since the schools will reopen after 18 months, on the first two days i.e. October 25 and 26, the teachers will guide the students with extra-curricular activities, debate competitions, singing, drawing etc.
ISRO has invited applications for a two-month offline course called Remote Sensing and Image Analysis. The program is conducted by the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun. Only 20 participants will be allowed for the course and lodging and boarding facilities will be provided for all course participants at IIRS in its hostels on a single or double occupancy basis at nominal charges.
Participants of the course will be equipped with a good working knowledge of the theory and practice of tools and technologies. While students can apply for the course, preference will be given to candidates nominated by the government organisations followed by other working professionals for the ISRO course.
The course aims at supporting capacity-building activities in the country so that the benefits of space technology reach society at large. The course is created to train and enhance the capacity of working professionals, researchers and students in the field of remote sensing.
It enhances the skills of the participants in the utilisation of space technology and geospatial sciences into application domains through the following topics:
- Basics of remote sensing and photogrammetry
- Digital image analysis
- Thematic lectures and project work
Schools in Goa reopened for students of classes 9 to 12 from Monday with all the COVID-19 norms and standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place. Surekha Kelkar, the principal of a private school in Santa Cruz area of Goa said that the school is taking all measures to protect the students from virus.
“We have deployed staff to ensure that SOPs are in place. Proper sanitisation is being done. Currently, we are only conducting offline exams for classes 11 and 12. We have ensured that there is a time gap between exams for both classes.”
The Goa Government on Friday permitted the schools in the state to reopen for physical classes for 9th to 12th standard from October 18 with adherence to COVID-19 guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place.
As per the order, the physical classes will be resumed with COVID-19 guidelines and SOPs like mandatory wearing of face masks, regular temperature checks and sanitisation at the entry gates of institutions. Even the staff should undergo temperature checks before entry, it added.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bhubaneswar, will host its annual convocation on Wednesday in hybrid mode in which some students will participate in person while others will do it online in light of the pandemic situation.
Announcing this, the institute’s director, Prof R V Raja Kumar, on Tuesday said Infosys founder N R Narayana Murthy will grace the occasion as the chief guest by virtual mode and address the convocation while Dr Rajendra Prasad Singh, Chairman of IIT Bhubaneswar’s Board of Governors, will preside over the programme offline.
The IIT director will hand over the degrees to students.
During the convocation, the institute will confer degrees on 559 students.