Education minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday shared with top RSS leaders the details of the government’s plan for expeditious implementation of the New Education Policy (NEP), its plan to implement it, and carry out changes in the textbooks as well as the format of board exams in view of the curbs imposed on physical attendance in schools due to the ongoing Covid pandemic.
Pradhan’s presentation marked the highlight of the two-day deliberations.
The NEP’s thrust on imparting education in regional languages fulfils an old demand of the RSS which has long held that instruction in mother tongues helps students, especially from underprivileged backgrounds. The RSS has also been asking for changes in text books, especially on Indian history, which, according to them, are a compendium of victories of invaders and ignore the resistance put up by locals and the varied richness of the country’s ancient heritage.
Sources said the two-day deliberations, which started on Tuesday, had more focus on NEP from the students’ perspective. Pradhan is learnt have briefed the ‘Siksha Varg’ (education wing) representatives of the RSS, including those from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, who raised the issue of how the government is planning to hold the board exams since students are studying online and campuses aren’t fully functional.
The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) and a Japanese firm, Monolith Research And Training Labs will launch an advanced diploma program in Virtual Reality. The programme will be offered in both online and offline mode.
The course, an IIT Madras statement said, would be open for anyone with an engineering background including students currently enrolled in engineering degrees anywhere in India. The applications will be made available from November 2021 and the first batch will start from January 2022. The course will have an annual intake of 50 students, the institute said.
“Virtual reality (VR) is a powerful technology in which the human senses are artificially stimulated. Using computer programs, VR technology allows a user to interact with a computer-simulated environment to experience, feel and touch the images of past, present, and the future,” it added.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Thursday released the datesheet for minor subjects for the term-1 examinations. Candidates can check the complete datesheet on the central board’s official website at cbse.gov.in.
The term-1 minor subject examinations for class 10 will begin on November 17 and conclude on December 7. As per the latest notification, minor subject exams for class 12 will be conducted from November 16-December 30.
For class 10, the painting exam will be held on November 17 followed by Rai, Gurung, Tamang, Sherpa and Thai exams on November 18.
The Indian languages exams such as Urdu course-A, Punjabi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Gujrati, Manipuri and Urdu course-B will be held on November 20 from 11:30 am to 1 pm.
The foreign languages exams for French, German, Russian, Persian, and Nepali along with Carnatic music (vocal) will be conducted on December 7.
For class 12, the exams for entrepreneurship, beauty and wellness will be conducted on November 16. Financial markets and management, typography and computer application, medical diagnostics and textile design exams will be held on November 17.
The exams for yoga, artificial intelligence will be conducted on November 22 whereas National Cadet Corps (NCC), information technology and shorthand (English) exams will be held on November 26.
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur will offer a new Bachelor of Science (BS) programme from this year onwards. The new four-year programme will replace the already existing five-year integrated Master of Science (MSc) at the institute from this year onwards.
“Those who would like to earn MS degree would be given an option to do so at the end of 6th Semester of the 4-yr BS programme. Accordingly, 7th and 8th semesters would be planned so that a candidate gets an MS degree at the end of the 10th semester,” the institute said in an official statement.
The BS programme will be offered in the following courses — applied geology, chemistry, economics, exploration geophysics, mathematics and computing, and physics. The institute will also share the detailed syllabus for these courses soon on its official website.
The Entrepreneurship Cell, IIT Kharagpur had recently launched Local Startups’ Meet (LSM) 2021 for startup enthusiasts, alpha, and beta stage startups to get connected with industry-leading venture firms, early-stage investors, and prominent entrepreneurs of the country. LSM 2021 will be a month-long event starting from October 16 till the second week of November.
To mark the second anniversary of IIT Delhi Endowment Fund, the endowment fund board on October 20 announced the establishment of the “Endowment merit scholarships” and the “Endowment nurture fund” encouraging diversity in scholastic excellence and entrepreneurship amongst its students.
The endowment merit scholars program will provide 120 merit scholarships every year to batches of 15 women and 15 men BTech/Dual degree students for each year. The endowment nurture fund aims to offer graduate students the opportunity to be awarded seed funding for their proposed ventures, encouraging them to embark on developing and nurturing their entrepreneurial ideas and aspirations, rather than seeking job placement.
While the Endowment Board is currently committing Rs 3.20 crore annually from earnings of the endowment corpus, it expects the amounts and awardees to grow further in the years ahead.
Prof V Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi and Chairman of the Endowment Fund Board said, “It is encouraging to receive the collective support of our alumni towards the realisation of the Institute’s vision. The Endowment initiative has also helped the Institute connect with the alumni at a deeper level and engage them on a variety of activities.”
Karnataka Examinations Authority, Bangalore has opened the application correction window for Karnataka Post Graduate Common Entrance Test (PGCET 2021). Students who applied for the postgraduate entrance exam can edit their previously submitted applications on the official website — cetonline.karnataka.gov.in.
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Students will be required to login to the application portal using their user ID and password to access the Karnataka PGCET 2021 application form.
How to edit Karnataka PGCET 2021 application form?
- Go to the official website- cetonline.karnataka.gov.in
- On the homepage, click on the link that reads, ‘PGCET- 2021 Editing of Online Application’
- Candidates will be redirected to a new login page
- Key in your user ID and password along with the security code(captcha)
- Click on ‘Login’
- Your previously filled PGCET 2021 application will appear on the screen
- Make necessary changes and submit the application form
- Take a print out of the updated for future reference
Karnataka Examinations Authority will conduct PGCET 2021 for admission to various postgraduate courses including MBA, MCA and ME/ MTech / MArch courses for the year offered by the colleges and universities in the state.
PGCET 2021 for ME/ MTech / MArch programmes will be conducted on November 11 for Type A and Type B exams. Type A examination will be held from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and Type B exam will start at 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
PGCET 2021 for MBA/MCA will be conducted on November 14 in which MCA exam will be held from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and MBA exam will be conducted between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm.
The CAT exam 2021 organising body will also provide the students with mock tests to acquaint them with the online mode of exams.
The Common Admission Test (CAT) for admission to postgraduate management programmes will be held on November 28. Candidates planning to appear for the CAT exam must be on the last leg of their preparation. The CAT exam 2021 organising body will also provide the students with mock tests to acquaint them with the online mode of exams.
As per CAT 2021 exam pattern, CAT will be held in three shifts of two-hour examination comprising three sections — Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension; Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. Candidates will be given 40 minutes for each section, PwD candidates will get 13 minutes and 20 seconds extra for each section.
“Last year’s CAT format changes were necessitated due to Covid-19 pandemic. Since we are seeing the same pandemic issue this year, the CAT 2021 exam format and pattern will remain the same. However, considering that there could have been time pressure to complete the CAT exam last year on account of changes made, for CAT 2021 the CAT Committee is making an attempt in reducing the number of questions across all the three sections – QA, DILR and VARC,” an official statement on the CAT website read.
The Bombay high court on Wednesday directed the National Testing Agency (NTA) to conduct National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) examination afresh for two medical aspirants from Solapur district after the invigilators mixed up their question paper and answer sheet.
The two students appeared for the medical entrance examination on September 12. But they were not given the matching set of question and answer sheet due to an error of the invigilators. The students, Vaishnavi Bhopale and Abhishek Kapse, complained to the high court that the invigilators refused to correct the mistake.
Lawyer Rui Rodrigues, appearing for NTA, told the high court that it was unable to find a solution for the grievance of the two petitioners prompting the two-judge bench of the high court to order a special examination for them.
Justices RD Dhanuka and Abhay Ahuja directed NTA to hold the examination for the two students after giving them 48-hour notice and declare their results in two weeks.
In their September 24 petition, lawyer Pooja Thorat, appearing for Bhopale and Kapse, said invigilators at the Shree Swami Narayan Gurukul International School at Solapur was five minutes late in giving the test booklet and the OMR (optical mar recognition) answer sheets to the 12 students in their class.
The two students said both were given test booklets and answer sheets that didn’t match. Vaishnavi got a test booklet of CODE 04 and OMR booklet of CODE P4, whereas Abhishek got a test booklet of CODE P4 and OMR booklet of CODE 04.
They immediately pointed it out, but the invigilators rebuked them, threatening to take action against them for causing nuisance and disturbance in the examination hall, their petition said. The petitioners said they tried to reason out with the authorities concerned but they did not take any corrective steps.
Thorat pointed out that clause 7 of NEET’s Test Booklet Code mandates the invigilator to rectify the mistake and provide the correct Test Booklet and OMR Sheet to the student concerned in such a situation, adding that the school later acknowledged the goof-up in its communication with the NTA officers and asked the testing agency to help the two students.