Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday launched the Union Territory government’s ambitious project of transforming 200 schools into smart schools for tribal communities. The project will be executed in two phases at a cost of Rs crores. “The work of modernization of 100 schools will be completed in the first phase by March 2022 and another 100 schools by December 2022,” the LG mentioned in his tweet.
The Lieutenant Governor announced another major decision to provide scholarships to 21000 children of Gaddi, Sippy, Dard, Sheena communities who were deprived of same for last three decades. “In 1991, the Gaddi, Sippi community was declared tribal but their children were denied scholarship. For three decades they kept approaching governments but no decision was taken.
This issue was brought to my notice just a few days back and we immediately decided that scholarships will be provided to the 21,000 children of Gaddi, Sippi, Dard, Sheena communities”, he said. The LG also congratulated the tribal communities for the new beginning of an educational empowerment in the union territory. “Our priority is to secure the future of tribal children. Smart schools in tribal and remote areas equipped with modern facilities to develop scientific temper in children and make them future-ready, besides arresting the drop-out rate” he said.
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi has collaborated with Business Sweden, Swedish Trade and Invest Council, to enhance cooperation in the field of clean air and green energy and to identify mutual collaboration opportunities, introduce innovative solutions to the industry and academia. The agreement was signed by Professor V Ramgopal Rao, Director IIT Delhi and Cecilia Oskarsson, Trade and Invest Commissioner of Sweden to India.
Professor V Ramgopal Rao spoke about the need for clean energy that India requires to achieve its target pledged at COP26, Glasgow and to bring its economy’s carbon intensity down to 45 per cent by 2030 and fulfil 50 per cent of its energy requirement through renewable energy by 2030, an IIT Delhi statement issued in this regard said.
Three main focus areas of this collaboration, the statement added, includes industry-academia collaboration for co-creation of next generation solutions and university level collaborations for expertise and student exchange. Apart from collaboration on clean air and energy, the Professor Rao also spoke about the need to collaborate on other areas like smart grids and battery storage solutions, in order to transition from a coal-based economy to a renewable energy economy.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday said the foundation stone of AIIMS in Rewari district would be laid soon. Keeping in view the industrial development of Rewari district, the Haryana government has deposited the necessary amount to the concerned authority for the establishment of a Labour Court there, Khattar said while addressing the ‘Haryana Pragati Rally’ at Bawal in Rewari district.
All the formalities related to the construction of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rewari district have been completed, an official statement quoted Khattar as saying. Earlier, the chief minister inaugurated four development projects worth about Rs 40 crore and laid the foundation stone for 14 projects to be completed at a cost of Rs 112 crore.
To bring in developmental reforms in southern Haryana, including Rewari, the present government has worked with the mantra of ‘Haryana Ek-Haryanvi Ek’. Khattar said transparency in government jobs and recruitment on merit is his government’s motto. He alleged that during the tenure of the previous governments, the interests of the youth were neglected. “The court had to intervene with regard to many recruitment of the previous governments and some recruitments were also cancelled. Not a single recruitment was cancelled during our government,” he said.
The revised syllabus of JEE Advanced 2023 was recently released. The process of revising the syllabus however started way back in 2019. The IIT Council had formed a special committee for the purpose.
“It was long due and had to be done. Initially, faculty members from the physics, chemistry and math departments of seven IITs – Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras, Guwahati, Bombay and Roorkee – were given the responsibility of formulating the new syllabus.
The final draft was sent to the Joint Admissions Board (JAB) committee in 2020,” said IIT Delhi professor Siddharth Pandey, who formed the committee in 2019 and was also the JEE Advanced 2020 chairman. The syllabus is more aligned with NCERT books, Ashish Arora, Centre Head, Allen Career Institute, Jaipur said, adding that “JEE Main syllabus covers all the topics that students learn in class 10, 12 as part of the NCERT syllabus. But, JEE Advanced syllabus was different and had chapters and topics that students did not learn as part of their school curriculum.” He, however, feels that the move is not going to make much difference for the students as there have been more additions than reductions in the syllabus.
The National Medical Commission (NMC) has approved 50 more medical seats for Sikkimese students at Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences (SMIMS), an official said on Saturday. These seats will be free of cost for students from Sikkim who top the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and the state government will pay all expenses of the course. The development takes the number of reserved seats under the state quota to 80. Earlier, there were 30 reserved seats for local students but they had to pay for the five-year course.
Welcoming the decision, Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang called it a “big achievement” and said that the approval letter has been received and an MoU signed between the Sikkim government and SMIMS in this regard. He said that the state government was trying for this allotment for some years now and the new development will benefit students from financially weaker backgrounds. “Earlier, parents and guardians had to pay around Rs 16-17 lakh annually, which amounted to around Rs 1 crore by the time their wards completed the MBBS course. Many of the deserving candidates had to drop out due to the high fees. But now, the state government will sponsor the education of the 50 selected students,” he said. Admission to the 50 seats will begin this semester.
The Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (UPTET) 2021 exam has been cancelled following paper leak. The exam was scheduled to be held at 10 am yesterday (November 28). According to reports, the paper went viral on several WhatsApp groups in Mathura, Ghaziabad, and Bulandshahr just before the exam began. More than 19.99 lakh candidates were to appear for the Uttar Pradesh TET exam.
“UPTET 2021 examination scheduled to be held today stands cancelled due to alleged paper leak,” Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General of Police (ADG), Law and Order, Prashant Kumar said. The Special Task Force (STF) arrested as many as 23 persons last night using technical and other intelligence from different cities of UP. “The photocopy of the question paper was obtained from them, which was shared with the government. And it came to light that it is the same set of question papers as that of the examination,” Kumar said.
“Immediately it was decided by the government that these exams will be cancelled, and the examinations will be held in the coming one month.
The Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Board (UPBEB) will conduct the UPTET exam again after one month. The UPBEB has further notified that candidates will not have to pay any fees again for the exam. The exact date of the UPTET exam will be notified in due course of time.