Thursday, 11 June 2020

Maharashtra Governor urges students to know about spiritual intelligence - education


Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Thursday said that the world was moving towards Artificial Intelligence (AI), but students should also acquire the knowledge of ‘spiritual intelligence’.

He also said that educational institutions will have to combine innovation and incubation with research and invention to become centers of excellence.

He was speaking while inaugurating HSNC Cluster University, a public-private partnership (PPP) initiative of the Hyderabad Sind National Collegiate (HSNC) Board and the Maharashtra government, via video-conference.

“The world is moving towards Artificial Intelligence,” the governor said, and urged the students to also acquire the knowledge of ‘adhyatmik’ (spiritual) intelligence, which is the “core heritage of the country”.

Recalling the words of Swami Vivekananda on education, the governor said students should endeavour to awaken the divinity and perfection within them through acquisition of knowledge.

He also said that all stakeholders need to work with coordination, dedication and discipline to improve the standards of higher education.

Koshyari said that the central government was keen on good colleges forming cluster universities.

“Such clusters would enable best colleges to become centres of excellence,” he said.

The governor complimented the HSNC Board for forming the cluster university comprising K C College, H R College and the Bombay Teachers’ Training College.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who also attended the ceremony, lauded the HSNC Cluster University for offering choice-based courses in music, dance, art and other subjects.

“Art is an essential component of life…Art makes learning pleasurable and delightful. If I had not become chief minister, I would have become an artist. In fact, I am chief minister because I am an artist,” he said.

Thackeray described knowledge as an essential requirement of life.

“Therefore imparting education must be continued using technological tools even during calamity situations,” he said.

Maharashtra Minister of Higher Education Uday Samant said the government was considering a proposal to convert the Sir J J School of Art into a university.

He said the government was also considering a plan of creating vertical universities.



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NIRF Rankings 2020: IITs, IIMs and Delhi colleges dominate HRD Ministry’s India Rankings list - education


IIT Madras was again chosen as the top institution to study in the country while Bangalore based Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and IIT Delhi bagged the second and the third spot in the India Rankings 2020, the HRD ministry’s rankings of Indian colleges and universities.

Seven IITs, including the ones in Bombay, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Guwahati and Roorkee, featured in the overall top ten list with the IISc, Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Benaras Hindu University (BHU) being the three non-IITs who made it.

HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced the results of the rankings which are brought out every year by his ministry. IIT Madras was the top institution in the overall category in last year’s rankings as well.

Category wise, among universities, the top three positions went to IISc, JNU and BHU followed by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore (fourth), Jadavpur University (fifth), University of Hyderabad (sixth), Calcutta University (seventh) and Manipal Academy of Higher Education (eighth positions).

Savitribai Phule Pune University was at the ninth position while Jamia Millia Islamia stood at the tenth spot.

Delhi University and Anna University, which have been chosen to be a part of the government’s Institute of Eminence programme, stood at the eleventh and twelfth spots.

Among management institutions, the dominance of IIMs was similar to dominance of the IITs in the overall list (and also in the list of engineering institutions).

The three older IIMs, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta garnered the top three spots. The IIM at Lucknow followed by IIT Kharagpur took the fourth and fifth spots. IIM Kozhikode and Indore were sixth and seventh. IIT Delhi got the eighth spot in the discipline of management. Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur and Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon got the ninth and tenth spots.

In the colleges list, those from Delhi, especially the women’s colleges stood out.

Miranda House was chosen as the country’s best college followed by Lady Shri Ram College for Women. The Hindu College stood at the third position followed by its north campus neighbour St Stephen’s. Presidency College from Chennai stood at the fifth spot followed by Loyola College in the same city. St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata stood seventh while Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Howrah was chosen as the eight best college in the country in the HRD ministry rankings.

Hans Raj College Delhi was at the ninth position while PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore stood at the tenth position.

In the Engineering category it was IITs all the way. The IITs at Madras, Delhi, Bombay, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Roorkee, Guwahati, Hyderabad and Indore bagged nine of the ten positions. NIT Tiruchirappalli was the only non-IIT in the list.

Among medical institutions,AIIMS Delhi was chose the top college followed by PGI, Chandigarh and CMC, Vellore. National Law School, Bengaluru was chosen as the best Law college followed by National Law University, Delhi and NALSAR, Hyderabad.

In the pharmacy category, the topper was Jamia Hamdard in Delhi followed by Panjab University, Chandigarh. The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali stood in the third position.

The IITs of Roorkee and Kharagpur and NIT Calicut were the top three architecture colleges. Delhi’s Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, Manipal Institute of Dental Sciences and Dr D Y Patil Vidyapeeth Pune were the top three in the newly introduced Dental Colleges category.

Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, said, “We are delighted to maintain our top position for the fifth time running (in the engineering category) and ever since the NIRF rankings were launched. This is the result of the excellent work of our faculty, students and staff, and we look forward to continue on the path of excellence in the coming years and make a mark nationally and internationally.”

HRD minister Pokhriyal said that these rankings acts as a guide to students for selection of universities based on a set of criteria and helps universities to improve their performance. Minister of State for HRD Sanjay Dhotre said participation in such ranking framework shows the confidence of the institution.

The ranking framework evaluates institutions on five parameters: Teaching, Learning and Resources (TLR), Research and Professional Practice (RP), Graduation Outcomes (GO), Outreach and Inclusivity (OI) and Perception (PR).

A total 3771 institutions offered themselves for ranking under “Overall”, category-specific and domain-specific rankings for India Rankings 2020. In all, 5805 applications for ranking were made by these 3771 unique applicant institutions, which include 294 Universities, 1071 Engineering Institutions, 630 Management Institutions, 334 Pharmacy Institutions, 97 Law Institutions, 118 Medical Institutions, 48 Architecture Institutions and 1659 General Degree Colleges. Number of unique applicants to India Rankings have increased from 3127 in 2019 to 3771 in 2020.  



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Schools, parents have increased role to play to ensure kids’ mental health during Covid-19: Experts - education


Schools and parents have bigger roles to play with kids being home-bound due to the COVID-19 pandemic so that the mental health issues arising due to outdoor activities being restricted can be addressed, according to experts.

Samir Parikh, director, Department of Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences, Fortis Hospital, has pointed out that the prevailing uncertainty surrounding the ongoing pandemic can give rise to feelings of stress and anxiety in adults and children alike.

“The lack of outdoor physical activity may lead children to feel more restless. The inability to meet and interact with peers may also create feelings of loneliness and isolation. In these times, it is important to allow children the space to express their thoughts and feelings and for adults to talk to children about the situation, but in a manner that is age-appropriate,” he said.

“It is recommended for parents to help provide a sense of normalcy in a child’s life by incorporating a structure and routine. Alongside, efforts should be made to encourage a sense of positivity. Help children see this as an opportunity to pick up a new skill or engage in a new hobby. Spend quality time as a family — have conversations over meals, play board games, revisit old photo albums or watch television together. Setting up interactions with friends through video-conference should also be encouraged,” Parikh added.

Universities and schools across the country have been closed since March 16, when the Centre announced a nationwide classroom shutdown as part of a slew of measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

A 21-day nationwide lockdown was announced on March 24, which came into effect the next day. While the government has announced easing of certain restrictions, the schools and colleges continue to remain closed.

“It is important for schools to hold both structured and unstructured conversations around the pandemic and lockdown to allow the students the opportunity to express their concerns and use this time as a learning opportunity. Ensuring regular interactions with peers and teachers plays a significant role in helping children adjust with the transition as is being expected at these unprecedented times,” Parikh said.

According to Sushant Kalra, founder, Parvarish, an institute of parenting, children who are very high on physical, mental and emotional energy are not getting any outlet to express.

“Being confined to their homes without connecting with their peers, not being able to play, study, enjoy, eat, meet, celebrate, have bottled them up. The charged vibes from the adults in the family is adding to the unhealthy environment.

“A critical aspect of supporting children is to up the level of focus on the mental and emotional health of children and parents. Mental and emotional health has always taken a back seat when it comes to acquiring the necessary skills and even to acknowledge the need for the same. Also, the focus on nurturing life skills and competencies of children needs to be built into the curriculum,” he added.

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has started a mental health helpline for students and live fitness sessions for children to keep them active during the pandemic.



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AP Inter Results 2020 Date and Time: Andhra intermediate results to be declared tomorrow - education


AP Inter Results 2020 Date and Time: The Board of Intermediate Education Andhra Pradesh (BIEAP) will declare the Andhra Pradesh inter exam results 2020 on Friday, June 12. The results will be announced for first and second-year students at 4pm.

Students who have appeared in the AP inter exam will be able to check their results online at bieap.gov.in after it is declared.

Last year, a total of 10,17,600 students appeared in the exams, in which 5,07,302 appeared for the Ist year and 5,10,298 appeared for the IInd year. The pass percentage was 60% for the 1st year and 72% for 2nd year.

AP Intermediate Results 2020: How to check

Step 1: Visit the official website at bie.ap.gov.in

Step 2: Click on the link active for AP Inter Results 2020

Step 3: Key in your roll number and other details and log in

Step 4: The AP Intermediate Result 2020 will appear on the display screen

Step 5: Download the AP Inter Results Marksheet and take its print out for future references.

The announcement of AP 1st year Inter Results and AP 2nd Year Inter Results 2020 has been delayed this year due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Meanwhile, Andhra education minister A Suresh has announced that Class 10 exams will be held as scheduled from July 3. No cancellation, unlike in Telangana.



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NIRF India Rankings 2020: Here’s list of top dental institutes in India - education


NIRF India Rankings 2020: Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, Delhi has topped the list of dental institutes in the county, in the National Institutional Ranking Framework list of 2020, released by the Human Resource Development Minister, Dr. Ramesh Pokriyal on Thursday. This is the first time that dental colleges have been ranked under NIRF.

Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Udupi came at the second place in the list, while Dr. D Y Patil Vidyapith stood at the third place. The fourth, fifth, and sixth spots were secured by Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences Chennai, A. B. S. M. Institute of Dental Sciences Mangaluru, and Manipal College of Dental Sciences Mangalore respectively. Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education And Research Chennai, Nair Hospital Dental College Mumbai, SRM Dental College Chennai, and JSS Dental College and Hospital Mysuru bagged the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth spots respectively.

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has topped the list of higher education institutes. IISc Bengaluru has clinched second and IIT-Delhi has been ranked third in the HRD ministry’s national ranking of higher institutes. 

Miranda House of Delhi University has secured the top rank among colleges in India for the fourth consecutive year in the NIRF Rankings 2020. The institute scored 77.23 out of 100 to emerge as the top college followed by Lady Shri Ram College for Women and Hindu College (Delhi University) in the second and third places respectively.

The AIIMS New Delhi has been named the foremost medical sciences institute in the country. National Law School of India University, Bengaluru has topped the list for ‘Law’ Discipline.

Among the pharmacy institutes, Jamia Hamdard has come out as the leader.



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NIRF Ranking 2020: IIT Roorkee stands 1st in citations per faculty - education


Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee secured first position among the IITs in the Citations per Faculty parameter in the QS World University Rankings published on Wednesday, a statement said.

The Institute secured the first position among IITs in the International Students parameter as well, it said.

The high score (92.7) on citations per faculty puts IIT Roorkee in the league of the top 20 universities worldwide and reflects the high impact research carried out by faculty in their respective research areas, the statement said.

QS Rankings classified IIT Roorkee as a “historic” public institution with “very high” focus in “research intensity” as the strongest indicator for the institute, it said.

Overall, IIT Roorkee has retained its national and global ranking as in the previous year. It is ranked 6th among IITs and 383 globally, the statement said.

“We are glad on securing the 1st position among IITs in the citations per faculty score. It is the result of dedication and the high priority on research placed by faculty members and students of the institute,” Director IIT, Roorkee Ajit Chaturvedi said.



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Uttarakhand Boards 2020: Confusion prevails among students in containment zones - education


As Uttarakhand government released the date sheet for the remaining board exams to be held from June 22-25, confusion still prevails among students who live in containment zones.

RK Kunwar, director for school education department said that the board examination dates were changed from June 20-23 to June 22-25 Tuesday as the state government has decided to keep everything shut on weekends in Dehradun and one of the earlier dates was falling on a weekend.

“With everything being closed in Dehradun, it would be difficult for teachers and students to reach the examination centers so we decided to change the dates. Officials are still discussing on what exactly will be done for students who stay in containment zones so that they do not face any difficulty in reaching the exam center. For now, as per the instructions of the central government, exam centers will not be set up in containment zones,” said Kunwar.

Speaking on arrangements at the examination center, Kunwar said, “Keeping social and physical distancing in mind we have doubled the number of rooms being used in every examination center. Students have also been asked to reach the examination center one hour before the scheduled exam time so that it can be ensured that each and every student has sanitised their hands, their temperatures are checked, are wearing masks and seated properly following physical distancing.”

He further added that if it is found during thermal scanning that the temperature of any student is above normal, then “instead of making them feel scared, special counsellors will talk to the students to make them feel comfortable and they would be made to sit in a separate room for writing the examination.”

“We do not want the student to panic or get scared in such a situation which in turn affects his/her performance in the examination. We will make sure that all students are made to feel comfortable while writing the exam,” added the director for school education.



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NIRF Rankings 2020 released, IIT Madras is the top institute in India - education


The Indian Institute of Technology Madras has topped the list of higher education institutes in the overall category, in the National Institutional Rankings Framework list 2020, released by the Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokhriyal on Thursday.

IISc Bengaluru has bagged the second place in the list while IIT Delhi stood at the third place.

Among the colleges, Delhi University’s Miranda House has topped the national ranking of colleges while LSR has bagged second place and Hindu college has come third.

Among Universities, the top place has gone to IISc Bengaluru, Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University has got the second place while the Banaras Hindu University has bagged the third spot.

Among management institutes, IIM Ahmedabad is on the top of the list , followed by IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta in the second and third place respectively.

In the pharmacy category, the top institute is Jamia Hamdard in Delhi followed by Panjab University, Chandigarh. The National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research, Mohali stood in the third position.

In the Medical colleges category, AIIMS Delhi was the college which rather predictably got the top spot followed by PGI, Chandigarh and CMC, Vellore.

National Law College, Bengaluru was chosen as the best Law college followed by National Law University, Delhi and NALSAR, Hyderabad.

Minister of State Sanjay Dhotre, chairman of AICTE Anil Saharsrabudhe and UGC chairman DP Singh were also present during this occasion. The rankings were released online through webcast on Twitter account of the HRD Minister.

NIRF Rankings 2020: Latest Updates

In 2019 NIRF rankings, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras topped the list of higher education institutes in the overall category. IISc Bengaluru clinched the second place in the list, while IIT Delhi bagged the third place. The fourth, fifth and sixth place was bagged by IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Kanpur. JNU, New Delhi, IIT Roorkee, IIT Guwahati and Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Varanasi bagged the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth spot respectively.

(With inputs from Amandeep Shukla)



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NIRF India Rankings 2020: Full list of top institutes in India, check here - education


Union HRD Minister DR Ramesh Pokhriyal on Thursday released the NIRF Rankings 2020. The Education Minister along with Minister of State Sanjay Dhotre, chairman of AICTE Anil Saharsrabudhe and UGC chairman DP Singh announced the ranking through webcast on his Twitter account.

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has topped the list of higher education institutes in the overall category, in the National Institutional Rankings Framework list 2020.

NIRF Rankings 2020: Latest Updates here

IISc Bengaluru has bagged the second place in the list while IIT Delhi stood at the third place. Among the colleges, Delhi University’s Miranda House has topped the national ranking of colleges while LSR has bagged second place and Hindu college has come third.

The AIIMS New Delhi has been named the foremost medical sciences institute in the country. National Law School of India University, Bengaluru has topped the list for ‘Law’ Discipline. National Law University Delhi has bagged the second rank followed by NLU Hyderabad.

Among the pharmacy institutes, Jamia Hmdard has come out as the leader, with IIM Ahmedabad being ranked the top most among management institutes.

In Dental colleges, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Scinces has bagged the first position. This is the first time that dental colleges have been ranked under NIRF.

Full list here:

Overall Category: IIT Madras, IISc Banglore, IIT Delhi

University category: IISc Bangalore, JNU New Delhi, BHU Varanasi

Engineering Category: IIT Madras, IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay

Management Category: IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta

Pharmacy Discipline: Jamia Hamdard Universitt, Punjab University, National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Mohali

Colleges category: Miranda house DU, LSR for women DU and Hindu college DU.

Medical Discipline: AIIMS, New Delhi, PGIMER Chandigarh, Christian Medical College, Bangalore

Law Discipline: National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, NLU New Delhi, Nalsar University of Law, Hyderabad

Architecture Discipline: IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee, NIT Calicut

Dental College: Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Science, Manipal College of Dental Science, Dr DY Patil Vidyapith Pune



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QS Rankings: 2 IITs, IISc Bengaluru among top 200 in World University Rankings - education


Two Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) — Delhi and Bombay — and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru have maintained their positions in the top 200 in the QS World University Rankings despite losing some points.

In the 2021 QS rankings announced in London on Wednesday, IIT Bombay continues to be the best-ranked Indian institute at 172, notwithstanding a 20-slot dip from the 2020 ranking when it was at 152. IIT Delhi, at 182 last year, is now ranked 193.

IISc fell in the rankings by one spot from 184 to 185. In total, 21 Indian higher education institutions have found place among the world’s top 1,000. Of the 21 universities, 14 have fallen in the rank over the past 12 months, while four have improved their position.

Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, has been ranked 470 globally, an improvement of 21 places from last year when it was at 491.

“Though India’s universities have dropped as a group this year, this is because of other universities across the world making increasingly-intense efforts to enhance their educational offerings,” said Ben Sowter, the Director of Research at QS.

“To regain the lost ground, Indian higher education must find ways of increasing teaching capacity, and of attracting more talented students and faculty from across the world to study in India. There is plenty of potential, and there are pockets of excellence, within the Indian system,” Sowter added.

The QS Rankings is the second consecutive international list where Indian universities have fared poorly compared to 2020. Last week, the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University rankings also showed that Indian institutes have slipped in their standings.

IIT Delhi Director V Ramgopal Rao, however, said the rankings should be viewed in a different context.

“The character of our institutions is different. Also, it is a marathon we are running, not a 100-mt race. This is a very dicey and a non-transparent metric. Also, we are known in India. But international reputation needs an altogether different strategy. We need a global campaign for education like what the country has done with ‘Incredible India’ for tourism,” Rao said.

“Need to hire a brand building agency and aggressively campaign our Study in India initiatives, highlighting the achievements of IITs and our top institutions. Also, perception-based scores by these agencies are open to a lot of fallacies and other considerations. We have all had issues with this,” he added.

The HRD Ministry’s National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) will be announced on Thursday. The rankings are usually announced in April but had to be postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) said it has maintained its position for third consecutive year in the coveted rankings.  It said it has been ranked at 15th among Indian institutions including IISc and IITs and at sixth position among universities in India.



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RBSE 10th, 12th admit card 2020 released, here’s the direct link to download - education


RBSE 10th, 12th admit card 2020: Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) has released the hall tickets or admit card for the remaining RBSE board examinations for class 10th and 12th on Wednesday, June 10.

RBSE will conduct Class 12 examination from June 18 to 30, while the class 10 exams will be held from June 27 to 30.

School Principal will have to login on the website at rajeduboard.rajasthan.gov.in using their school login ID and password to download the admit cards of students and then provide them the hardcopy of it.

According to media reports, the Rajasthan board examination centres have been increased to follow the social distancing guidelines issued by the central government. The remaining examinations will be held across 6201 examination centres. Earlier, the board had 5680 examination centres.

Direct link to download RBSE 10th, 12th admit card 2020

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RBSE 10th Datesheet 2020

29 June Social Science

30 June – Maths

RBSE 12th Datesheet 2020

18 June Maths

19 June Information Technology and Programming

22 June Geography

23 June Home Science

24 June Painting

25 June Hindi, Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi, Rajasthani and other language exams

26 June Sanskrit

27 June English Literature

29 June Dance and other vocational subjects

30 June Psychology



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Wednesday, 10 June 2020

NIRF Ranking 2020 Latest Updates: MHRD to release ranking of Indian universities today - education


Union Human Resource Development minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank will on Thursday release the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Ranking 2020 at 12 noon. HRD minister will be live through webcast on his Twitter page @DrRPNishank to announce the ranking. Every year, MHRD ranks the universities and institutions of India based on the pre-determined parameters. In the year 2019, IIT Madras had topped the list of higher education institutions followed by IISc Bengaluru and IIT Delhi. Here we bring to you full details about NIRF Rankings.

Follow latest updates here for more details:

11:05 am| MHRD had approved NIRF in the year 2015. The NIRF outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country.

11:07 am| The methodology for NIRF Rankings: A core committee set up by MHRD has drawn broad parameters for ranking. The parameters broadly cover “Teaching, Learning and Resources,” “Research and Professional Practices,” “Graduation Outcomes,” “Outreach and Inclusivity,” and “Perception”.

11:10 am| Broad Parameters (overall):

Teaching, Learning & Resources (TLR)

Research and Professional Practice (RP)

Graduation Outcomes (GO)

Outreach and Inclusivity (OI)

Peer Perception

11:14 am| Under the ‘Teaching, Learning & Resources (TLR)’ parameter, an institution is ranking based on

Student Strength including Doctoral Students (SS)

Faculty-student ratio with emphasis on permanent faculty (FSR)

Combined metric for Faculty with PhD (or equivalent) and Experience (FQE)

Financial Resources and their Utilisation (FRU)

11:18 am| Under the ‘Research and Professional Practice (RP)’ parameter, institutions are ranked on the basis of:

Combined metric for Publications (PU)

Combined metric for Quality of Publications (QP)

IPR and Patents: Published and Granted (IPR)

Footprint of Projects and Professional Practice (FPPP)

11:20 am| Under the ‘Graduation Outcomes (GO)’ parameter, universities are ranking based on:

Metric for University Examinations (GUE)

Metric for Number of Ph.D. Students Graduated (GPHD)

11:22 am| Under the ‘Outreach and Inclusivity (OI)’ parameter, institutions are ranked on the basis of: 

Percentage of Students from Other States/Countries (Region Diversity RD)

Percentage of Women (Women Diversity WD)

Economically and Socially Challenged Students (ESCS)

Facilities for Physically Challenged Students (PCS)

Perception Ranking (PR)

11:24 am| Under the ‘Peer Perception’ parameter, institutions are ranked on the basis of Academic Peers and Employers (PR). This is to be done through a survey conducted over a large category of Employers, Professionals from Reputed Organizations and a large category of academics to ascertain their preference for graduates of different institutions.

11:28 am| NIRF also has a discipline-wise ranking methodology. The disciplines include engineering, management, architecture, law, medical, pharmacy and colleges.

11:30 am| Under the discipline-wise ranking methodology, NIRF follows the same ‘broad parameters’ that are used for overall ranking.

11:32 am| How the universities/ institutions are marked on basis of parameters:

Teaching, Learning & Resources —100 (marks) — 0.30 (weightage)

Research and Professional Practice—- 100 ——0.30

Graduation Outcomes ——- 100 ——-0.20

Outreach and Inclusivity ——-100 ——– 0.10

Perception ——–100 —–0.10

11:35 am| In the year 2019, IIT Madras had topped the list of higher education institutes. IISc Bengaluru had bagged the second rank while IIT Delhi stood third in this list.



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Tripura professor develops robot to help health workers serving Covid-19 patients - education


In order to help the medical professionals serving COVID-19 patients, a young assistant professor has developed a robot, named ‘COVID-19 WARBOT’ that can serve food, medicines and other essential items to the patients without human intervention. “It’s a four-wheeled robot which I have developed at my home using the waste material. The main motivation behind making this robot is basically ensuring and safeguarding our health workers – doctors and nurses – who are working in COVID related hospitals,” said Harjeet Nath, Assistant Professor at Tripura University’s Chemical and Polymer Engineering Department.

“Some countries have already developed robots which are helping the healthcare workers a lot. This robot can deliver medicines, water bottles and food packets whenever required. There is also a camera if the patient wants to communicate to the doctor,” he added.

Harjeet shared that it took him two weeks to develop the robot by spending around Rs 25,000 and using spare parts like three motors, two rechargeable lead-acid batteries, transmitter and receiver and USB output.

The robot can carry the load of around 10-15 kilograms of materials like medicines, food, water and its operating range is 15-20 metres with a mobile phone or computer. It can work continuously for nearly an hour.

Harjeet said that he intends to handover the robot to the state government so that it can be used in COVID hospitals.



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DU Admissions 2020: Registration likely to open from Jun 20, no trial for sports quota due to Covid-19 - education


The registration process for admission in Delhi University courses is likely to begin from June 20, but there will be no trials for sports and Extra-Curricular activities (ECA) due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said on Wednesday. A meeting of the Standing Committee on Admissions decided on Tuesday that registration will be opened between June 20 and July 4 for all courses, said a member. The second window for registration will be opened for updation of marks after declaration of results by the CBSE. 

The cut-offs are likely to be announced in August, but it will depend also on when the CBSE declares its results. There will be no admission in ECA except for NCC and NSS and that too on the basis of the certificates as no trials will be conducted, the member said, adding this was decided keeping in mind the coronavirus situation. There will no trials for sports quota and the admission will be done on the basis of certificates only, he said. Another professor, who was present in the meeting said, the entire admission process will be online and students will not have to visit colleges. It was also decided that the documents which are bona fide and once submitted online on the basis of which approval is given for the admission by the college, cannot be rejected later on the premise that document is not acceptable, unless it is forged. 

The college can ask for additional information through phone or e-mail, the member said. “Another fact that was agreed to by the committee was that any discrepancy in the spelling of name or missing of surname in the certificates of SC/ST/OBC/EWS/PwD shall be verified from their other certificates rather than rejecting their admission,” he added. It was also agreed upon that the list of approved boards should be published in the undergraduate information bulletin so that the college admission committees know which boards are fake. The committee also decided that caste certificate once made need not to be renewed and only renewal of income certificate will be required. Therefore, latest income certificates would be sufficient and the caste certificate can be older, the member said.

Academic Council member Dr Arun Kumar Attree recommended that no fees, specially cancellation fee of Rs. 1000, should be charged from SC/ST/OBC/EWS and PwD. However, the committee did not agree to his recommendations, Attree said, adding he recorded his dissent.

“It is exorbitant especially in corona times. It is actually done to discourage students from changing their colleges or courses. In this process, rich students are able to get the course and college of their choice but poor and disadvantaged students are denied this opportunity because of high cancellation fees. “Three free movements must be allowed to these disadvantaged students without cancellation,” Attree had suggested.



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Mizoram Board 12th exams 2020 to resume on July 1 - education


The Mizoram government has once again postponed class-12 board examinations suspended midway due to the COVID-19 pandemic and decided to conduct it from July 1, an official said.

The examinations of Higher Secondary School Leaving Certificate (HSSLC) for remaining subjects in arts, science and commerce streams were supposed to be conducted from June 16 as per the revised schedule after these were postponed in April.

The remaining class-12 examinations will now be held between July 1 and 3, according to a notification issued by the Mizoram Board of School Education (MBSE) on Tuesday.

The examinations have been deferred as the government had imposed a complete lockdown till June 22, the official said.

About 4,700 students could not complete their board examinations in Economics, Chemistry, Sociology, Computer Science and Home Science, he said.

The examinations were suspended in March due to the lockdown.

The MBSE had, earlier, announced the resumption of the board examinations from April 22, which triggered stiff opposition from students citing various inconveniences amid the nationwide lockdown.

The authorities postponed it following an appeal by the central government to put on hold the examinations due to the lockdown.

The compartmental examinations for class-10 will also be held on July 1, the notification said.



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UP Assistant Teachers’ Recruitment Exam: Candidate who scored 94% couldn’t name India’s President - education


The ‘success’ of Dharmendra Kumar, a candidate who scored 142 marks out of 150 and emerged as one of the toppers in the examination held for recruiting 69,000 assistant teachers in 2019, was exposed after the Prayagraj police busted a racket involved in enabling undeserving individuals make the cut in lieu of cash.

Kumar was among three candidates arrested. During police interrogation, he failed to answer simple general knowledge questions – the youth from Sarai Mamrej, Prayagraj also could not name the president of the country, when queried by police officials.

Dharmendra’s name was on the list of 20 candidates whose names were in the diary found from the gang members arrested by police. Among 20, 18 got selected with the help of unfair means and the question papers were allegedly provided by gang members.

The racket busted by Soraon police two days back allegedly provided question papers to 69,000 assistant teachers’ recruitment aspirants in return of cash. Eight people, including the kingpin of the gang, were arrested in this connection. Later, the police arrested three aspirants who cleared the examination through the racket.

ASP KV Ashok, who led the operation, said three successful candidates, including Dharmendra, Vinod and another youth, were traced and arrested on Saturday. It came to light that Dharmendra got 142 marks out of 150 in the recruitment examination.

Dharmendra had cleared the TET in 2018 and secured 126 rank out of 150 while he scored 57.1% in B.Ed, which he completed in 2012 from Sampurnand Sanskrit University, Varanasi from where also did his graduation in 2007 with 56.77%.

The name of Dharmendra and other two youths were found in the diary seized from the gang members arrested for helping candidates in cracking the teachers recruitment examination through fraudelant means, said SSP Satyarth Anirudh Pankaj.

“The youth’s failure to answer simple questions reveals the means of his success in the teachers’ recruitment examination. More candidates will be questioned after these arrests,” added SSP.

A question mark on recruitment process: Priyanka Gandhi

Congress national general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, in a tweet, said the anomalies in the assistant teachers’ recruitment exam were a big question mark on the entire recruitment process.

“The future of youths in Uttar Pradesh is being trampled. The government should bring out all the facts related to these anomalies in recruitments,” she said.



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Delhi High Court refuses to interfere with DU open book exams for final year students - education


The Delhi High Court has said it would not interfere with Delhi University’s decision to hold open book online exams for final year students, but asked the varsity, UGC and the Centre to work out a solution to also enable disabled students to take the examinations.

The court said it was not going to interfere with DU’s decision as it has also decided to hold offline physical exams, once the present COVID-19 situation improves, for those students who could not participate in the examinations commencing from July 1.

A bench of Justices Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and Asha Menon gave the varsity, University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Centre time till June 11 to work out a solution after meeting representatives of students with various disabilities, including visual impairment, and listed the matter for hearing on June 12.

It also said that meanwhile all the students should prepare for the open book examinations, scheduled to commence from July 1, and not assume that it would be delayed due to these proceedings.

The court, in its order passed on June 9, said it was only looking to iron out problems faced by persons with disabilities in participating in the exams and added that their difficulties would be addressed by the time the examinations commence.

The bench also asked the Centre, UGC and DU to consider having another set of question papers ready to hold exams immediately after the open book examinations for those who could not sit for it. The order came on a plea moved by the National Federation of the Blind challenging the DU’s decision to hold open book examinations on the ground that it violated rights of students with visual impairments and other disabilities.

The Federation wanted DU to assess performance of the disabled students of final year on the basis of their performance in previous semester and internal assessment.

In the alternative, it suggested holding offline exams for such students after colleges reopen.



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IBPS Recruitment 2020: 29 teaching and non-teaching vacancies notified, check details - education


Institute of Banking Personnel Selection, or IBPS, has released an official notification for the recruitment of Professor, Associate Professor, Faculty Research, Hindi Officer, and others in different departments on its official website.

Candidates interested and eligible for the position will be able to apply online for IBPS Recruitment 2020 from June 10 to 30. However, the online registration process has not started yet.

IBPS has tentatively scheduled to conduct the online exam on July 19, 2020.

The recruitment drive is being conducted to fill 29 vacancies of Professor, Associate Professor, Faculty Research, and others. Out of which, 5 vacancies are each for Research Associate, and Faculty Research Associate, 4 for Assistant Professor, 3 each for Hindi Office, and Programming Assistant, 2 each for Professor, Associate Professor, and Analyst Programmer – Windows, and one each for IT Administrator, Analyst Programmer – Linux, and Research Associate – Technical.

Candidates will have to pay the online application fee of Rs 1000 on or before June 30, 2020.

For more details, candidates are advised to read the official notification.



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Maharashtra HSC results 2020: MSBSHSE unlikely to declare Class 12 results today - education


Maharashtra HSC results 2020: The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) is not expected to declare the results of Maharashtra HSC or Class 12 examinations on Wednesday, June 10. Results will not be out because no notification has been released from the board about the declaration of the result yet. The board generally releases a notification about the declaration one day in advance.

It may be recalled that the state high court has in the past directed the Maharashtra government to announce HSC, SSC Results by June 10. Earlier, this year an official from the education department had also said the results of SSC and HSC board exams in the state are likely to be declared by the second week of June.

But this year results and examinations are being delayed throughout the country due to the spread of coronavirus disease.

Maharashtra HSC examinations were conducted before the lockdown began, while the Geography paper of SSC exams could not be held. The Maharashtra board in May cancelled the SSC Geography exam and said that the students will be awarded an average of the marks obtained in the other five subjects for the last paper.



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Telangana TTWREIS Recruitment: Application begins for 160 vacancies of CBSE teaching posts - education


Telangana Tribal Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TTWREIS, Hyderabad) has invited online applications for out sourced CBSE teaching posts in 16 Eklavya Modern Residential School (ERMS). There are a total of 160 vacancies. TTWREIS is funded by ministry of tribal affairs, govt of India.

The online application begins today i.e, June 10 and will end on June 24. Aspirants can apply online at www.tgtwgurukulam.telangana.gov.in. Applicants will have to pay application fee of Rs 50.

Details of Posts: 

Subject teachers for – a) Telugu b) English c) Hindi d) Mathematics e) General Science f)Social studies

Art & Craft

Music

Librarian

Technical Assistant

Pay Scale:

1. For Subject Teachers —- Rs 30,000/- per month.

2. For Art / Craft & Music —- Rs 20, 000/- per month

3. For Librarian / technical Assistant—- Rs. 17,000/- per month

Official website



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NIRF India Rankings 2020 to be announced tomorrow: HRD Minister - education


Minister of Human Resource Development Ramesh Pokriyal on Wednesday announced that the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) Rankings 2020 for Indian varsities and institutions will be released at 12 noon on Thursday, June 11.

Sharing this information, along with a video on his official Twitter account, Pokhriyal wrote, “Announcing NIRF Rankings 2020 tomorrow at 12 noon.”  

The parameters on the basis of which universities and institutions have been ranked by the NIRF are: Teaching, Learning and Resources, Research and Professional Practice, Graduation Outcomes, Outreach and Inclusivity and Peer Perception.

Last year NIRF had announced the India Rankings in the first week of April in which IIT Madras had topped the list of higher education institutes. IISc Bengaluru had come second and IIT Delhi was third in this list.

Among management institutes in the county, IIM Bangalore topped, IIM Ahmedabad came second and IIM Calcutta stood at the third place.

The release of NIRF India Rankings 2020 had to postponed due to the coronavirus disease outbreak in the country.





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Rajasthan Home Guard Recruitment 2020: Apply for 2500 vacancies before July 9 - education


Rajasthan Home Guard Recruitment 2020: The Rajasthan Home Guards Department has opened the online application window for the Home Guards recruitment process on its official website. The online application process for the Rajasthan Home guards recruitment has started from June 10, 2020. Initially, it was supposed to start from April 7 but due to the spread of Coronavirus infection and lockdown, the application process was postponed. A notice regarding this has been uploaded on the department’s official website.

Interested and eligible candidates can apply for the positions online at home.rajasthan.gov.in on or before July 9, 2020, until 12 pm.

The recruitment drive is being conducted to fill 2500 vacancies of home guards. Applicants should be between 18 and 35 years of age.

Candidates will be shortlisted for physical efficiency test (PET) followed by physical standard test and medical examination.

Physical Standards:

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For more details, candidates are advised to read the official notice.

Here’s the direct link to apply online.



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No online classes for children from KG to 5th std: Karnataka government - education


Amid complaints about conduct of virtual classes, the Karnataka government on Wednesday decided to stop online classes for children from Kindergarten (KG) to class 5.

“Two decisions have been taken-online classes for LKG, UKG and primary classes should be stopped immediately. Also, collecting fees in the name of online classes should be stopped immediately,” Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar told reporters here.

He said,several complaints have been received regarding online classes, and he held discussions with experts, a body of private educational institutions and officials in this regard, and every one was of the opinion online classes cannot be an alternative to physical classes.

Discussions were also held on how to engage children during this period, with no clarity over the reopening of schools, he said.

A committee has been constituted under the leadership of Prof M K Sridhar to prepare guidelines on how to engage students and increase their knowledge, the minister said.

There has been pressure on the government to act, as parents have been complaining about online classes conducted by private schools even for kindergarten kids.

Further stating that the government had already issued a circular asking educational institutions not to hike fees on humanitarian grounds considering financial constraints of several people due to the COVID-19 pandemic and induced lockdown, Kumar said, if schools decide to reduce the fees amount, it will be a “very welcome move.” He noted that from June 25 SSLC (Class 10) exams were starting.

Before taking the decision he had consulted people from all walks of life, experts, representatives of political parties, the minister said.

“From June 25 to July 4, the exams will be held and safety of children is our utmost priority and we are taking all necessary steps in this regard.

Preparations for the exams are on in all districts, micro-level planning is being done,” he said, adding that Health, Transport and Home Departments have joined hands with Education department in this regard.



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Madras High Court declines to stay online classes for school students - education


The Madras High Court on Wednesday declined to grant an interim stay on online classes conducted by schools for students.

Observing that continuation of online education without sufficient guidelines is a matter of larger public importance, the court issued notice to the Centre and the state government and posted the matter to June 25 for filing counters.

A division bench of Justices Vineet Kothari and R Suresh Kumar issued the notice while hearing a petition seeking to restrain educational institutions from conducting online classes without framing proper schemes and guidelines.

Government pleader V Jayaprakash Narayan submitted that the state has not yet permitted the conduct of online classes by schools and colleges.

The institutions were also restrained — through a government order — from demanding fee,he submitted.

Senior counsel S Prabhakaran for the petitioner requested the court to pass an interim order restraining educational institutions from conducting such classes.

The court, however,directed the Centre and the state government to file a report on the availability of any guidelines governing such online classes and adjourned the hearing to June 25.



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Vigyan Prasar Recruitment 2020: 21 vacancies for Project Consultant, Project Manager and other posts on offer - education


Vigyan Prasar has invited online applications for the recruitment of Project Consultant, Project Manager and others for its Science channels project viz DD Science on Doordarshan National and India Science – 24×7 internet-based TV channel on its official website.

Interested and eligible candidates can apply for the posts online at vigyanprasar.gov.in on or before June 21, 2020.

The recruitment drive is being conducted to fill 21 vacancies of Project Consultant, Project Manager and others. Out of which, 2 vacancies are each for Project Assistant Manager-Production (Graphic Designer 3 D), Junior Project Associate – (Cameraman), and Project Assistant Manager-Production (Video Editor), and one each for Project Consultant Production, Project Manager Content (English), Project Manager Editorial (English), Project Manager Operations- Content (Engage With Science), Project Assistant Manager Editorial (English), Project Asst Manager Digital Marketing, and various other professionals.

For more details, candidates are advised to read the official notification.

Here’s the direct link to apply online.



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JEE Main 2020: Tips and tricks to ace Physics paper - education


JEE Main 2020: Joint Entrance Examination, or JEE, is an entrance test for admissions in various prestigious engineering colleges in the country. With the exam being postponed this year due to the pandemic, students have got extra time for preparation. Here are some tips and tricks to help you prepare for the physics section of the exam.

General points to be taken into consideration:

JEE Mains, being a competitive exam, it is all about scoring. We have a few smart tactics that can help to optimize your preparation:

1.It is necessary to have a concrete idea about the whole syllabus and to segregate your strong points.

2.Avoid those parts where you lag behind and usually take a lot of time and effort.

3.Always carry small chits of formulae; have a look at them and recollect them in your leisure time to remember formulae in an easy and effective way.

4.Practice previous years’ papers to have an idea of the trends of questions and take mock tests by setting the exact same time that’s allotted for the exam after learning the concepts.

5.While learning, NCERT is the most important book to brush up the concepts and HC Verma and DC Pandey are good for practice.

Also Read: JEE Main 2020: NTA gives one last application opportunity to students

Weightage of important topics:

A large part of the Physics paper in JEE Mains is dominated by questions from: Vector and Simple Mathematics {2-3 questions}, Mechanics [3-4 questions], Electrostatics [2-3 questions], Electricity and Magnetism [3-4 questions], Wave and Optics [2-4 questions], Modern Physics [3-5 questions] and Heat and Thermodynamics [2-3 questions]. These major topics make almost 65-75% of the complete paper.

Allocation of time to each topic [4-6 hrs/day]:

•Vector and simple Mathematics- 3 days

• Mechanics – 10-12 days

• Waves and oscillations- 5 days

•Electrostatics- 4-5 days

•Electricity and magnetism- 7-8 days

Final revision and question answering tactics:

1.No new concepts should be learned during the final revision.

2.During the final revision, only the short notes prepared by students or trusted sources should be revised instead of the whole book.

3.A day before the exam, sleep adequately, and except very important things nothing should be revised.

4.During the exam, one should make sure there is no extra burden of revision on you, let the mind be calm but confident and content.

5.One must focus on easy questions first [ ~ 50-60% of the whole question paper], then moderate [ 25-35%] and at last the tough questions [15-25%]

6.Students should fill the OMR sheet very carefully without any lag as the whole effort is judged on the basis of the sheet.

Quicker calculations and a strong sense of your fundamentals are what help you in the long run.

Solving good mock tests is important as it gives you an idea of your weak and strong areas and the time taken to solve questions from each topic.

Last year, there were over 11.5 lakh applicants in JEE Main. Students should remember that the best strategy to crack this exam is to keep your mind calm and give it your best shot.

(Author Rajshekhar Ratrey is VP, Educational Content, Toppr. Views expressed here are personal.)



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CBSE 12th Exams 2020: Plea in SC seeks quashing of board’s notification to conduct remaining exams - education


A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking quashing of a notification of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) for conducting the remaining examinations of Class XII from July 1 to July 15 amid the increase in number of COVID-19 cases across the country.

The plea, filed by some parents of students who are appearing in class XII examination, has sought a direction to the CBSE to declare the results on the basis of exam already conducted and to calculate it on an average basis with internal assessment marks of the remaining subjects.

Raising concern over the safety of lakhs of students, the plea has said that they might be exposed to COVID-19 infection if they have to appear in the examinations amid the increase in number of cases of virus infection.

It urged the apex court to quash the May 18 notification of the CBSE by which the date sheet for remaining exams of Class XII was declared and also to stay it till the plea is decided by the court.

“The said petition would also demonstrate the extent of discriminatory and arbitrariness conduct of the respondent/CBSE in issuing the notification for holding of the remaining examination and that too in the month of July, 2020 wherein as per the AIIMS data, the said COVID-19 pandemic would be at its peak,” the plea said.

It alleged that considering the gravity of COVID-19 pandemic, the CBSE has cancelled the examinations of Class X and XII for its around 250 schools which are situated abroad and has adopted the criteria of awarding marks on the basis of either practical exams conducted or the internal assessment marks.

“It is highly regretful that the respondents (CBSE and Ministry of Human Resource Development) herein have no genuine concern about putting the lives at peril of all the students pan India and have no explanation whatsoever in insisting upon holding the said examination in India,” the plea claimed. It said that in April this year, the CBSE had directed the schools to promote students of classes IX and XI to the respective next grades on the basis of school based assessments.

It said that on May 25, the Ministry of Human Resource and Development had announced about conducting of exams for classes X and XII class students in almost 15,000 exam centres as against 3,000 centres which were used earlier.

“Ensuring proper cleanliness and safety standards as prescribed by the concerned government in COVID-19 situation in those 15,000 exam centres spreading over length and breadth of the country including rural sectors would not only be risking health and life of children but also would be an exercise in futility and an eyewash,” the plea said. It said even if it is to be assumed that 50 per cent of coronavirus cases are asymptomatic then the students, who will appear in the exams, could be potential careers posing a great risk to themselves and also their family members. The plea said that several premier educational institutes, like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), has also cancelled its exams including those of final year students because of the pandemic situation. The plea has also raised concern over the issue where an examination centre might fall within the COVID-19 containment zone.



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UPSC ISS Notification 2020 released, check important dates, eligibility, exam pattern here - education


UPSC ISS Notification 2020: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the official notification for Indian Statistical Services (ISS) Exam 2020. With release of the official notification, the online application process has also begun today. Aspirants can apply for UPSC ISS 2020 exam between June 10 and 30 till 6 pm at upsconline.nic.in. The approximate number of vacancies to be filling through ISS exam is 47. The exam will be conducted on October 16.

UPSC will let the applicants withdraw their applications from July 7 to 13, till 6 pm if they drop the idea of appearing in the exam and hence saving an attempt.

Eligibility: Applicants should have a bachelor’s or master’s degree with statistics/mathematical statistics/ applied statistics as one of the subject from a recognised university.

Applicants can pay application fee of Rs 200 till June 29 only. All female candidates and candidates belonging to scheduled caste/ tribe and persons with benchmark disability do not have to pay any fee.

Scheme of Examination: UPSC ISS 2020 exam will be conducted in two parts. The first part will be a written exam carrying a maximum of 1000 marks while the second part will be viva-voce of such candidates as may be called by UPSC. The viva-voce carries a maximum of 200 marks.

Exam Pattern:

General English — 100 marks

General Studies –100 marks

Statistics-I (Objective) — 200 marks

Statistics-II (Objective) — 200 marks

Statistics-III (Descriptive) — 200 marks

Statistics-IV (Descriptive) — 200 marks

Statistics I and II will be of Objective Type Questions (80 questions with maximum marks of 200 in each paper) to be attempted in 120 minutes.

Statistics III and IV will be of Descriptive Type having Short Answer/ Small Problems Questions (50%) and Long Answer and Comprehension problem questions (50%). At least one Short Answer and One Long Answer Question from each section is compulsory.

In Statistics-IV, equal number of questions i.e. 50% weightage from all the sub-sections below and candidates have to choose any two sub-sections and answer.

The papers on General English and General Studies will be of subjective type.

Check official notification here

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UPSC Indian Economic Services Exam 2020 won’t be conducted, no vacancy reported - education


UPSC IES 2020: Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will not conduct Indian Economic Services Exam this year as the department of Economic Affairs, ministry of finance has not reported any vacancy. The UPSC was expected to release the IES notification 2020 on June 10.

The vacancies are reported by the concerned department after which the commission issues a recruitment notification/ advertisement in order to invite applications to fill the vacant posts.

UPSC on Wednesday released a short notice on its official website that reads, “Indian Economic Service Examination, 2020 will not be held due to NIL vacancy reported for the Indian Economic Service by the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs).”

UPSC has on June 5 released a revised calendar. According to the calendar, the UPSC IES exam was scheduled to be held on October 16.Moreover, the UPSC civil services prelims exam will be held on October 4 while the main exam will be held on January 8, 2021.

Check notice here.

Check other Important Dates of UPSC exams:

NDA, NDA Exam (I) 2020- September 6

ISS 2020 Exam – October 16

Indian Engineering Services Main Exam- August 9.

Combined Medical Services Examination, 2020 — October 22

Central Armed Police Forces (ACs) Examination, 2020 – December 20

Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2020 — February 28, 2021

Combined Geo-Scientist (Main) Examination 2020- August 2020



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Bar Council of India tells varsities to promote all law students, barring those in final year - education


The Bar Council of India (BCI)—a statutory body of the country that regulates legal practice and education in India—has asked universities to promote all law students, except those in the final year, on the basis of their previous year’s marks and performance in the internal examination of the current year, inform officials.

In a missive sent to vice-chancellors and registrars of all law varsities as well as the principals, deans, and head of departments of all centres of legal education of the country including Allahabad University (AU), BCI secretary Srimanto Sen has sent fresh guidelines as decided by BCI for promotion of law students to the next year and the criteria for law exams amid the Covid-19 crisis, said Dean (Law) of AU Prof RK Chaubey.

He said that AU will now have to take the necessary action as per the directives issued by BCI.

AU PRO Shailendra Mishra said that the university was committed to adhering to BCI guidelines and that BCI letter would now be put before the appropriate bodies of the central university for necessary action.

The missive, a copy of which is with HT, says that the general council of BCI in its meeting held on May 24 has resolved to pass these resolutions and guidelines, in the light of detailed guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission on April 27.

BCI has held that final year students of 3 years and 5 years of law courses may be allowed to appear in online examinations. However, the Universities must adopt an alternative strategy for conducting examinations for those students who are unable to avail the online examinations for any reason, it adds.

For intermediate semester students, the BCI has asked institutions to promote them on the basis of performance of previous years and marks obtained in internal examination of the current year. The Universities are directed to conduct the end semester examination within a month of reopening of the colleges, the letter directs.

BCI has made plain that universities must adhere to Covid-19 protocol and ensure that the norms of social distancing are adhered to on the campus and all classrooms and examination halls are sanitized from time to time. The safety and health of the students should not be compromised at any cost, it makes clear.

The Universities have also been instructed to maintain the highest academic standards and integrity in conducting the examinations.



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QS Rankings 2020: IIT Bombay’s position dips, University of Mumbai out of the list - education


The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay is among the only three institutes in the top 200 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2021. However, its performance has dipped as the premier institute dropped 20 ranks in the list – from 152nd position in 2020 to 172 in the 2021 list.

The QS World Rankings are announced a year in advance. Though overall rankings have been announced, other lists based on employability, subject-wise rankings will be released over the next few months. This year, QS revealed that their work was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The only two other institutes making into top 200 are Bengaluru’s Indian Institute of Science (IISc) at the 154th position from 184th rank last year and Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi on the 193rd position, down from the 182nd rank it held in the 2020 list.

“While IIT-Bombay is pleased to have retained number one position in India, the drop in global rankings is something we are concerned about. It appears to be linked to the Academic Reputation (AR) portion of the rankings which constitute 40% of the total score. Our AR score remained close to last year’s so we will take this up with QS,” said Subhasis Chaudhuri, director, IIT-Bombay. He added that the institute’s student-faculty ratio has also dropped due to the introduction of the category for economically weaker section, which is likely to have affected the overall score.

Surprisingly, University of Mumbai has no mention in the list this year. Last year, the varsity was placed between 801-850 ranking, but the university does not reflect anywhere on the list this year.

The performance of universities is measured on various parameters such as academic reputation, employer reputation, citation per faculty, faculty student ratio, international faculty and international students.

Other institutes making it into the QS Rankings list this year include IIT-Madras and IIT-Kharagpur, both institutes witnessing a drop in their rankings. While IIT Madras has dropped four spots and stands on the 275th rank this year, IIT Kharagpur has dropped 33 spots from 281 to the 314 rank this year.



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IIT Roorkee PhD Admissions under PMRF: Application process ends on June 14 - education


Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee began the registration process for the Ph.D. programme under Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) on June 5, 2020, on its official website.

Interested and eligible candidates can apply for the Ph.D. admission in a prescribed format on or before June 14, 2020, until 5 pm.

“Selected candidates will be awarded fellowship of Rs.70,000-80,000 per month, along with a research grant of Rs.2 Lakhs per year for pursuing Ph.D. at IIT Roorkee. The objective of the PMRF programme is to attract the best talent into research thereby realizing the vision of development through innovation,” reads the statement issued by the institute.

There is no fee for the application process.

Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria can send their application along with relevant academic certificates and a statement of purpose (SOP) to pmrfadmission@iitr.ac.in.

For further information, candidates are advised to read the official notification.



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HPBOSE 10th Result 2020 out at hpbose.org: Website opening now, here’s direct link to check result - education


HPBOSE 10th Result 2020: Himachal Pradesh Board on Tuesday declared the HPBOSE 10th result 2020. A total of 70,571 students passed the examination making a total pass percentage of 68.11. The website hpbose.org was not opening since yesterday after the result was declared at 5 pm. Students were anxious to check their result but the website did not open. However, the official website is now opening and students can check their results online.

The direct link to check HPBOSE 10th result 2020 has been provided below. Students can also visit the official website and check their results. Here, we will tell you the steps to follow to check your HPBOSE 10th Result 2020.

Direct Link to HPBOSE 10th Result

Himachal Pradesh Matric Result 2020: Highlights

Steps to check Himachal Pradesh matric result 2020:

Visit the official website at hpbose.org

On the top of the homepage, click on the ‘Student Corner’ tab, Click on ‘Results’

You will get a link that reads ‘10th (Regular/Compartment/Additional/Improvement) Examination, March-2020 ‘

Click on the result link

A login page will open

Key in your roll number and click on Search

Your Result will be displayed on screen

Download and take its print out.



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Private schools in Jharkhand allowed to charge tuition fee, other charges waived - education


The state human resource development (HRD) department on Tuesday allowed private schools which carried out online classes during lockdown period to charge only tuition fee for the months of April and May.

The decision on rest of the months of lockdown will be taken later, HRD Minister Jagarnath Mahto said after holding separate meetings with the parents’ body and the private school managements.

“An order in this regard will be issued soon. Schools will not charge any other fees, barring tuition fees of these two months. The transport fee has also been waived for three months. The schools will also not increase any fee,” the minister said.

The minister, while talking to the media, said, “We talked to both the parties- school authorities and parents’ body- separately and reached to a consensus that schools will charge only tuition fee for April and May. However, this is not the final order. A case regarding school fees is pending with the Supreme Court. We will take final decision after the verdict comes.”

Tuition fees would be realized only by those schools that conducted online classes during the lockdown period, he said.

Earlier, school authorities, who came from different districts of the state, placed their points before the minister. “There was a discussion on many issues, including tuition fee. We had requested the minister to allow the schools to take tuition fees, as teachers get their salaries from it,” said Ram Singh, chairman Sahodaya School Complex, a group of CBSE schools in Jharkhand.

The parents’ body -All School Parent’s Association (ASPA), however, has protested the minister’s decision of allowing schools to realize tuition fees.

ASPA president Ajay Rai said, “The minister himself had said that schools should waive all kinds of fees during three month of lockdown period. Today, he allowed schools to take tuition fees. Parents are feeling cheated on with the decision.”



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West Bengal launches recruitment portals for returning IT professionals in the state - education


In a bid to help the Information Technology (IT) professionals who have returned home during the COVID-19 crisis, the West Bengal government has launched a web portal for providing them jobs in the state’s IT companies.

Information about the portal, karmabhumi.nltr.org, was shared by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee through her official Twitter handle on Tuesday.

Banerjee urged all professionals from the state who are seeking a job to visit the portal.

The COVID-19 crisis, and the lockdown imposed to prevent its further spread, had led to thousands of workers, students, professionals returning to their hometowns due to lack of jobs, health concerns, or to be with their family in these testing times.

West Bengal, along with Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, is one of the states which has witnessed a mass influx of people.



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UP Assistant Teacher Recruitment: Allahabad High Court reserves order on plea challenging stay on appointment - education


The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court on Monday reserved its order on three special pleas of the UP government challenging the stay on the appointment of 69,000 assistant basic teachers in the state.

The matter was heard by a division bench of Justices P K Jaiswal and D K Singh.

Earlier, the matter was listed for hearing on June 9 but on a request of the state, the court heard the issue on Monday.

On Sunday, the UP Examination Regulatory Authority (ERA) had filed the appeal on behalf of the state government against a single-bench interim order, terming it ‘unwarranted and illegal’. Justice Alok Mathur of the Lucknow bench on June 3 had stayed the selection process, prima facie finding that certain questions and answers were ‘ambiguous and wrong’ and, hence, required fresh scrutiny by the UGC.

The HC bench had held that there has been an ‘error’ in the evaluation of question paper. In its appeals, the ERA pleaded that the single-bench order was not sustainable as it did not consider the preliminary objection of maintainability in the right perspective as the writ petitions were not maintainable because the petitioners had not arrayed all candidates who had stood successful in the result declared on May 8.

For the state government, Advocate General Raghvendra Singh argued that the ERA had the final say in case of any dispute regarding questions and answers and once it took a decision on the basis of opinion of experts, the same cannot be questioned.

Opposing the pleas, senior lawyers L P Mishra, HGS Parihar, Asit Chaturvedi, JN Mathur and Sudeep Seth stressed that the single-bench interim order was just and proper and there was no illegality in it.

“The single-bench order is detailed and exhaustive and once it finds from records that certain questions and answers were false and ambiguous, it could not shut its eyes,” argued the senior lawyers. Taking up the written submission of Mishra, the division bench directed other senior lawyers to submit their submissions on behalf of their clients by 10 am on Tuesday.

The bench said it was reserving its order to be pronounced later.

The recruitment examination was held on January 6, 2019 and its result was declared on May 12 this year.

Earlier, the Supreme Court on May 21 had asked the state government to explain the process adopted for the appointment through a chart, posting the matter for further hearing on July 6. It asked the Uttar Pradesh government to explain why it changed the earlier criteria of 45 per cent cut-off marks for the general category and 40 per cent for the reserved category.



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Virtual classrooms not feasible for rural students, says Puducherry CM - education


Chief Minister of Puducherry V Narayanasamy on Monday said holding of virtual classes for students appearing for the class X public examinations in the Union Territory is not feasible as most of students in rural areas do not have smart phone.

He told newsmen that he would write to the Union HRD Ministry in this regard and ensure that the rural students’ interests are taken care of and convenient steps be adopted to hold classes for such students.

The chief minister urged the Vice-Chancellor of Pondicherry University, a centrally sponsored higher education institution, Gurmeet Singh to wait for the directives from the Union HRD Ministry on the modalities of holding the university examinations.

He said he has asked the university to reconsider its decision to hold the examinations in July after he received representations from parents.

Pointing a finger at vegetable vendors, Narayanasamy said the retail shops, having now brought back to the old locations, would be again forced to move if there was no improvement in adherence to the norms of the virus-induced lockdown such as wearing of masks, maintaining social distancing and other conditions to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

“I will visit the shops shortly and make an on-the-spot assessment and if there is no improvement in adhering to the curbs all the retail vegetable stalls would be shifted to some other places,” he said.

He said this while referring to the Koyambedu market in Chennai as an eye-opener as the market turned out to be a hotspot for COVID-19 cases.

Faulting the manner in which a virus victim’s body was buried, he said two of the workers of the municipality and one health workers have been suspended.

A full-fledged enquiry would be held to find out whether there was any lapse on the part of the workers in handling the body during the burial.



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Bihar 94000 Primary Teachers Recruitment: Apply from June 15, revised schedule for DElEd candidates out - education


Following the validity granted to the D.El.Ed (open distance learning) programme through the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) in keeping with the Patna High Court order, Bihar government has issued directive to give such candidates a chance to apply for the post of primary teachers.

The department of education on Monday issued a notification to this effect. The candidates having successfully completed the 18-month D.El.Ed programme and cleared teachers’ eligibity test (TET) or central teachers’ eligibity test (CTET) can now apply from June 15 to July 14, 2020.

The first merit list will be published by July 23 and the recruitment process completed by August 31 upon verification of documents.

Bihar government had last year in August issued advertisement for the recruitment of 94000 elementary teachers in the state and the process had reached an advance stage, but the primary education directorate letter denying eligibility to candidates having 18-month D.El.Ed programme citing NCTE norms was challenged in the HC.

In 2019, the NCTE had stated that the 18-month D.El.Ed) course from NIOS was meant only for the in-service teachers and it could not be extended for future appointments in keeping with its regulations that mandate two-year course.

In light of the NCTE stand, the directorate had clearly stated “that certificates of the teachers/candidates working in government/ govt-aided / private unaided schools, who have completed D.El.Ed. training through NIOS during their service, will not be valid/ considered for selection of primary teachers in the government of Bihar”.

In January, the HC bench of Justice Prabhat Kumar Jha, however, ruled in favour of the candidates, setting aside the directorate’s letter in January this year, terming it “illegal, unsustainable and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution”.

“The NCTE recognized one-time the course in D.El.Ed. conducted by NIOS. The relaxation of some period was only granted to the in-service teachers who had not obtained the required degree training course such as B.Ed./D.El.Ed. which is made minimum requisite qualification for appointment on the post of teachers in elementary and primary schools, but it is nowhere mentioned that the said course cannot be treated at par with the two years training course,” the court had observed.

It directed the state government to give the petitioners one-month time to apply. Later, additional chief secretary, department of education, RK Mahajan wrote to the NCTE for its response. NCTE replied that it would abide by the HC order.

Nearly three-lakh teachers were enrolled with the abridged 18-month DLEd programme of NIOS. It is not known as to how many of them also possess TET/CTET qualification.



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TS POLYCET 2020: Last date to apply for Telangana Polytechnic Entrance Test today, here’s how to apply - education


TS POLYCET 2020: Today is the last date to apply for Telangana State Polytechnic Common Entrance Test or TS POLYCET 2020. Aspirants who have not yet applied can do it now. Visit the official website at polycetts.nic.in and submit the application form before June 9. Here we will tell you about the steps you should follow to submit your application form online.

State Board of Technical Education and Training (SBTET), Telangana will conduct the TS POLYCET exam on July 1, 2020, from 11 am to 1:30 pm. Initially, TS POLYCET 2020 exam was scheduled to be held on March 17, 2020, but was postponed due to the coronavirus lockdown.

TS POLYCET 2020: Steps to apply

Visit the official website at polycetts.nic.in

Click on the ‘Fill Application’ tab given on the top of homepage.

Fill in the application form

Upload your photo and signature

Pay Application fee and submit the application.

Direct link to fill online application form

Who Should Apply: Candidates seeking admission in to all Diploma Courses in Engineering /Non Engineering/Technology offered at Polytechnics /Institutions (including Aided and Unaided Private Polytechnics /Institutions running as 2nd shift in Private Engineering Colleges) in Telangana State

Candidates seeking admission for Diploma in Agriculture, Agriculture Engineering, Seed Technology & Organic Agriculture for the academic year 2020-21.



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Assam Police Recruitment 2020: 451 constable vacancies notified, check details - education


State Level Police Recruitment Board (SLPRB), Assam Police has released an official notification for the recruitment of Constable/Guardsman (Grade III) under Directorate of Civil Defence and Home Guards.

The online registration process will begin from Wednesday on June 10, 2020. Interested and eligible candidates can apply for the posts online at slrbpassam.in on or before June 30, 2020. However, candidates will not have to pay any application fee for the registration.

The recruitment drive is being conducted to fill 451 vacancies of constables. Out of which, 316 vacancies are for male, and 135 for female candidates.

Candidates should be between 18 to 36 years old as on January 1, 2020.

Educational qualification:

i) H.S.L.C or Class X passed from a recognized Board or Council.

ii) Other Qualification: Home Guards Training Certificate or NCC ‘A’ Certificate

For more details, candidates are advised to read the official notification.



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Aligarh Muslim University to conduct online open book exams for final semester - education


The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has decided to conduct online open book exams for all final semester papers of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, according to a spokesman of the university.  However, a section of the teaching staff has voiced concern over the idea of online exams, contending that the method is “discriminatory and flawed”.

The AMU’s decision follows the Delhi University’s move to hold open book exams.

An AMU spokesman said, “Final semester examinations for UG and PG classes will be held after July 10 and the schedule will be announced shortly. It has also been decided that those papers of the first semester which had not been held earlier will also be conducted through the same manner between July 5 and 10”.

Following the decision, a section of teachers have written a letter to the Vice Chancellor.

In the letter, teachers’ elected representative to the university’s executive committee, Prof Aftab Alam, said the decision to hold online exams violates the statutes of the institution and any decision to hold online exams has to be preceded by certain mandated procedures.  The letter points out that all students may not have proper access to Internet facilities in the present scenario.

Meanwhile, all university offices, which reopened on Monday, reported full attendance. Employees, who are senior citizens or those who reside in coronavirus containment areas, have been exempted from attending office.



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Bihar Polytechnic Lecturer Recruitment Online Form 2020 How to apply Online Form for Teaching Jobs

Name Of The Sarkari Job : Bihar Polytechnic Lecturer Recruitment Online Form 2020 Sarkari Latest Job  Informtion: Bihar Public Service ...