Weekly News: 19th August – 25th August
National Curriculum Framework introduces bi-annual board exams and language changes
The National Council for Education Research and Training, India’s apex body that prepares the National Curriculum Framework, has suggested to conduct board exams twice a year. As the new education policy has suggested, new guidelines require students in standard 9th and 10th to learn three languages, two of them being native to India. In Classes 11 and 12, students will study two languages, one from the eighth schedule in India’s constitution.
To achieve linguistic proficiency in Indian languages and allows students to take Board exams twice a year, keeping the best score. The NCF aligns with NEP 2020 and guides new textbook development for Grades 3 to 12 by CBSE, with Class 1 and 2 books already out.
- IGNOU registration’s deadline extended for the July-Dec 2023 till 31 August
Indira Gandhi National Open University has extended the application deadline for July-December 2023 session’s fresh admissions and re-registration till August 31, 2023. Students with matriculation or above qualifications can submit their applications on the official website, https://ignouadmission.samarth.edu.in/. For Open and Distance Learning programs, registration is required at https://ignouiop.samarth.edu.in/.
IIT Hyderabad partners with DGQA for two new courses & certificate programs
IIT Hyderabad and India’s ordinance quality regulator, the Directorate General of Quality Assurance, have come together offering several courses. This collaboration aims to leverage academia and DGQA’s expertise. The partnership covers themes like Software Engineering, AI, Quality Management, Data Sciences, Micro Electronics, Communications, EV Technologies, and more. The Officiating Director of DIQA, R.A. Govardhan, highlighted the benefits of practical exposure for officers. Prof. B.S. Murty, Director of IITH, emphasized the power of collective expertise. Dignitaries witnessing the event included officials from IITH and DGQA. This partnership promises a new era of research and innovation.
Bihar Open School Board starts a new portal for students
The Bihar Board of Open Schooling and Examination (BBOSE) launched www.bboseonline.bih.nic.in for all the official works of students, e.g., registration, admit card issuance, result declaration, and related tasks. BBOSE’s CEO, Om Prakash Yadav said that the portal ensures transparent registration and result declaration, eliminating data tampering and irregularities. Developed by the National Information Center, it utilizes the state’s data center to prevent tampering. The initiative focuses on secondary and higher secondary BBOSE students, streamlining exams and emphasizing timely result announcements.” Officials from NIC, Patna, and the education department joined the launch event.
Kerala launches India’s first AI School at Thiruvananthpuram
Kerala has launched its AI school at its capital, Thiruvananthapuram, named Santhigiri Vidyabhavan. Inaugurated by the former President, Ram Nath Kovind, the school is India’s first AI school, run only based on AI platforms like ChatGPT. The school marks a new era in education, blending innovative tech and advanced teaching methods. The initiative is a partnership between iLearning Engines (ILE) USA and Vedhik eSchool, guided by a committee of experts including former Chief Secretaries, DGPs, and Vice Chancellors.
IIT Bombay gets INR 160 crore from anonymous alumnus
IIT Bombay has recently received an anonymous donation of INR 160 crore (USD 18.6 million). The donor, an alumnus, wants to keep their identity private. The funds arrive during budget cuts, aiding the establishment of a Green Energy and Sustainability Research Hub on campus. The hub focuses on battery tech, solar power, and environmental solutions. Collaboration with global institutions is planned to drive practical outcomes. The contribution underscores trust in IIT Bombay’s efficiency and potential for positive change.
IIM Kashipur Empowers Professionals Through NEP 2020 Alignment
IIM Kashipur, a premier management institute in Uttarakhand, is embracing the goals of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 by focusing on digital empowerment and skill enhancement for working professionals. Aligned with NEP 2020, IIM Kashipur offers synchronous learning technologies, bridging time and distance barriers for capacity-building programs.
The institute integrates emerging technologies into MBA curricula and emphasizes interdisciplinary learning, fostering entrepreneurship and employability. This strategic alignment ensures quality education and skill development, reflecting NEP’s vision for inclusive and equitable growth.
Saksham Scholarship Program
Introduced by Mahindra Finance, Designed to aid children of licensed drivers operating light motor vehicles and small commercial vehicles like taxis, jeeps, and cars. Open to Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Telangana residents, it covers students from standard 1st to PG level. Those in standard 9th and above need a minimum of 60% in their last exam.
Family income: under ₹3 lakhs p.a.
Apply online before September 30.
Rewards: ₹5,000 to ₹20,000 for a year.
For more details and application, visit www.b4s.in/edge/SKSP5
Dr. Reddy’s Foundation Sashakt Scholarship
Offered by Dr. Reddy’s Foundation to encourage young women to pursue a career in Science.
Eligibility: Open to Indian girl students, with a good academic record, who have opted for a B.Tech., M.B.B.S, or B.Sc.in Natural/ Pure Science.
Reward: ₹ 80,000 annually for three years
Deadline: November 30