Schools, colleges and universities reopened on Friday after a brief period of summer vacation. While schools recorded good response on the first day, colleges and universities received thin attendance. Schools opened at 9.30am and classes started at 10am. Though most of the schools received a good number of students on the first day, some schools (without electricity and fans) witnessed thin attendance. “As the monsoon is covering Odisha, this heatwave condition will subside and encourage the students to attend school,” said a teacher at a school in Balangir district.
Rajesh Mohanty, president of All Odisha Primary Teachers’ Association, said his school in an interior pocket in Ganjam district received 68 out of 74 students on the first day. “Students are happy to attend schools. Even the monsoon has helped to cool the atmosphere, so that students cannot be affected by heatwaves,” he added. Post reopening of schools, two-day examination for students from class III to class VIII commenced from Friday under the learning enhancement programme (LEP). The objective of this programme is to identify the learning gaps and teach students with core learning prerequisites appropriate to the particular grade.
Colleges and universities across the state conducted classes on the first day despite receiving a smaller number of students on the first day.
The Directorate of Government Examinations has declared the TN Plus 2 result 2022. The results were announced on the official website, i.e., tnresults.nic.in. Approximately 7 lakh students appear for the Tamil Nadu HSC examinations annually. Schools will convey information regarding the HSC mark sheets to students while the mark sheets will be made available in a few days. Students were given their TN Plus 2 or class 12th examination this year from May 5 to May 28.
The latest survey by the Ministry of Education (MoE) reveals that between the January and July 2021 sessions of SWAYAM portal, three crore students registered for various courses, while 11.3 lakh students received certificates. Experts opine that the disparity in these numbers is due to candidates treating the courses as stepping stones to address their learning gaps rather than completing all modules to earn credits. However, the implementation of the credit transfer system is set to change this scenario.
Ramkrishna Pasumarthy, coordinator, NPTEL, IIT Madras reveals the growth in registrations from July 2021 to January 2022 SWAYAM sessions at the NPTEL centre. “July 2021 saw 17.2 lakh student enrolment, which increased to 21.62 lakh in January 2022. Exam registrations rose from 2.53 lakh for the July 2021 semester to 3.69 lakh for the January 2022 semester. The number of courses on offer also increased from 524 (July 2021) to 593 (January 2022),” he says. While he considers digital divide and language barriers as the two biggest challenges facing SWAYAM courses, Anil Sahasrabudhe, chairman, AICTE, says otherwise. “The government is working to expand the digital scope from 2.5 lakh villages to all six lakh villages soon. Further, we have already translated most available study material to 11 languages, including Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Assamese, Odia, and Punjabi,” he says. For video lectures, subtitles in these languages are being made available, says Pasumarthy.
The Army Training Command (ARTRAC) is partnering with IIT-Madras to establish a 5G Testbed at the Military College of Telecommunication at Mhow, Indore, for the army’s operational use of 5G technology, especially along the borders. The collaboration would give an impetus to induction of systems, devices and equipment using niche technology and use of AI-based algorithms for enhancing capabilities of the armed forces. It will also promote collaborative and cooperative research and facilitate exchange of ideas for development of new technology, as said by a release.
The partnership would encourage students, faculties and scientists to undertake research in area of 5G communications and development of military applications. Besides, it would accelerate the army’s indigenization efforts for achieving ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ in the field of communications, and provide a testing facility for tri-services, and thus act as a catalyst for research and development. As per the MoU, IIT-Madras would provide consultancy, duly supported by research for feasibility studies and prototype development on 5G-enabled future communications.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the new campus of Dr B R Ambedkar School of Economics (BASE) University in Bengaluru and also unveiled a statue of the architect of Indian Constitution installed at the campus. At the event, he also unveiled 150 ‘Technology Hubs’ that have been developed by transforming the Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across Karnataka. The Prime Minister said Karnataka has a special contribution in India’s strides in the world of technology, research and innovation. “In this context, the new Technology Hubs developed by transforming ITIs will provide skilling opportunities for the youth and create several employment opportunities,” said PM Modi.
Developed at a cost of over Rs 4,700 crore, the Technology Hubs initiative is supported by many industry partners, and aims to create a skilled workforce to address Industry 4.0 manpower needs. Out of the total cost, the state government has contributed Rs 657 crore while Tata Technologies Limited (TTL) and its industry partners contributed Rs 4,080 crore. The state has also spent an additional Rs 220 crore to create dedicated workshops and technology labs at these 150 ITIs. These Technology Hubs, through its various innovative courses, will provide high-skill training in cutting-edge technology and improve opportunities for ITI graduates in employment and entrepreneurship.
The residential BASE University was set up in 2017 in recognition of the exemplary contributions made by Ambedkar in the development of independent India and as a tribute to his memory on the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary. PM Modi said BASE University is a tribute to the intellectual expertise of Dr Ambedkar. “The new campus of this institution will benefit several students. The new tech hubs which have been inaugurated will also be a boon for our ‘Yuva Shakti’,” the Prime Minister added.
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya has announced that undergraduate medical courses (MBBS) will start from next year in Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre (BMHRC), a facility developed for victims of the 1984 gas tragedy. Mr Mandviya also said that MBBS seats have more than doubled to one lakh nationwide.
“Various issues related to BMHRC were discussed and analyzed. The medical facility is not able to give its proper output for the past some time. We have decided to start MBBS course there (BMHRC) from next year,” he said, adding that best medical infrastructure will be made available at BMHRC. He said the post-graduate medical course, which is already underway at the institution, will be expanded and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) will ensure availability of the faculty through transfer from other parts of the country.