Centre to provide monthly fellowship of Rs 70,000 for IIT and IISc Bengaluru PhD researchers

The Centre will provide Rs 70,000 as monthly fellowship to those researchers doing their PhDs in IITs or IISc, Union higher education secretary Kewal Kumar Sharma has said. Presently researcher-students get Rs 25,000 as monthly scholarship at IITs. “As part of the research fellowship scheme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we wish the meritorious students who are being forced to leave the country for purely financial reasons stay within the country.”

“We will provide 2,000 such monthly fellowships across the IIT system and IISc Bengaluru,” Sharma said at the 67th Foundation Day of IIT Kharagpur at its Kharagpur campus in West Midnapore district on Friday. It will be given for a period of five years, he said.

PHd research, PHd researchers, IIT, Indian Institute of Technology, IISc bengaluru, Indian Institute of Science bengaluru, Education news, Indian express newsThis will also enable meritorious researchers, keen to further their research but forced to opt for corporate jobs for higher pay, to pursue their goal, he said. However, the scholarship recipients can’t do any other job, the senior official said.

“The cabinet nod for the proposal should come soon. We are hopeful to start it from the next session,” he said.

IIT-KGP director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti later said, “This is a very good proposal.”

Applications for DU’s journalism course open from Aug 23

Delhi University’s School of Journalism will take in its first set of students this year, with the application process to the five-year course beginning from August 23. Students will be admitted through a national-level entrance test conducted by the university. Those interested can apply between August 23 and September 3. The entrance will be conducted on September 17. The registration fee is Rs 500 for general and OBC candidates and Rs 250 for SC/ST. The entrance in English will be held from 9-11 am, and the one in Hindi will be held from 2-4 pm. Classes will begin on September 26. Sixty candidates each will be admitted to both programmes.

Students who secure 50% in Class XII (irrespective of the stream) will be eligible to apply for the entrance. The test will examine the candidate’s proficiency in general knowledge, current affairs, and analytical and comprehension skills. Being an integrated course— three years of bachelors and two years of masters — students have the option to exit after three years. If there are vacant seats after three years, new students will be allowed to apply to the post graduation course after an entrance test.

Gujarat state board exam papers to give more weightage to subjective

Following repeated incidents of students scoring above 90 per cent in the objective section and zero in the subjective in the Class X examinations, the state education board is planning to change the examination pattern by giving more weightage to the descriptive questions.

A proposal in this regard has already been discussed in the monthly meeting of the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) in July and it would be further debated for feasibility and implementation in the upcoming meeting of the board this month, officials said.

“The change in examination pattern as a solution to such incidents where students are either dictated answers from outside the examination hall by their school teachers or by other means — which go undetected by the CCTV cameras — has been mooted, and recently discussed at the board meeting. Other factors too have been taken into consideration like such cases being more rampant in the Class X mathematics exam, and in the tribal districts,” said GSHSEB Deputy Chairman R R Thakkar.

Sources said that the idea was suggested by the senior education department officials when the GSHSEB failed to check repeated incidents of copying and other unfair means despite taking several measures like installing CCTV cameras, preparing 15 sets of question papers and even penalising the teachers, if found guilty.

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The Class X exam pattern of all subjects was changed to 50:50 objective and subjective in 2011. This was done as per the recommendations of a committee, led by former chief secretary Sudhir Mankad, in a bid to ease stress among students. However, the report had stated that the multiple choice questions should be application-based and have quality to check understanding of concepts among the students.

In 2015 when the GSHSEB set maths paper on this formula, it faced flak for setting lengthy question papers.

Maharashtra Class 12th supplementary examination results announced

The results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) supplementary examination conducted by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) between July 19 and 28, 2017, are declared on Monday (August 21) across all nine divisions in the state. Students can check their subject-wise results after 1pm on the website mahresult.nic.in.

For the last couple of years, the re-examination or supplementary exams for HSC students who failed to clear March examinations were being conducted early. In a press statement, Krishnakumar Patil, secretary of MSBSHSE said the exam marksheet will be distributed to students in their respective junior colleges on August 24, post 3 pm.

 Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE), Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) supplementary examination results, Maharashtra Board HSC Supplementary results, education news, Pune news, Indian Express newsThose students who want to opt for revaluation of marks will have to do so between August 22 and 31 along with the prescribed fees at the divisional board office. For this, the students will have to attach a photocopy of the online marksheet. The students who want to obtain photocopies of their answersheets can apply between August 22 and September 11, along with a copy of the online marksheet and prescribed fees.

The note states that a complete rechecking of the answersheet is available but students wishing to do so have to apply with prescribed fees along with photocopy of their answersheet. Hence, students will have to first apply for photocopy and then apply for re-checking of the paper, within five days of receiving the photocopy. Additional details in this regard can be sought from schools or divisional board office.

Details will be conveyed at a later date for those students who have cleared the examination but want to appear for February-March 2018 exam under Class Improvement Scheme.

IIT JEE entrance exam to be conducted online from next year

The IIT entrance exam will go completely online from next year, according to a member of the IIT Joint Admission Board. The JAB, which is the policy-making body on IIT admissions, took the decision at a meeting in Chennai.

In a statement, Director, IIT-Madras, and Chairman JAB 2017, Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi said, “It has been decided that the JEE (Advanced) will be conducted in online mode from 2018 onwards. Further information regarding the examination will be provided by the JAB in due course.”

The HRD Ministry had earlier introduced the option of taking the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE)- Mains online.

The JEE-Mains is the entrance examination for admission to engineering courses offered across the country and a qualifying exam for JEE-Advanced which is required for admission to the prestigious IITs and NITs.

“In order to make logistics and evaluations easier it was decided today that the JEE-Advanced should be made online,” a JAB member said. “The concept was being discussed for many years, but it was necessary to have adequate infrastructure to conduct the exam online,” the member added.

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For admission engineering in 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), students have to appear for the Joint Entrance Examination – Advanced (JEE – Advanced). It is the sole admission test for the IITs.

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Human Resource Development notified two major changes in the JEE pattern for 2017. Firstly, there shall be no weightage for the 12th class marks in calculating the ranks in the JEE (Main) examination. Secondly, for the candidates to qualify for the admission in the IITs/NITs/IIITs and such other CFTIs whose admissions are based on the JEE (Advanced)/JEE(Main) ranks, they should have secured at least 75% marks in the 12th class examination, or be in the top 20 percentile in the 12th class examination conducted by the respective Boards.

For SC/ST students the qualifying marks would be 65% in the 12th class examination.

Udaipur’s Kalpit Veerwal in Limca book of records for 100 per cent in JEE-Mains

The first-ever student to have scored 100 pc in the prestigious Joint Entrance Examination-Mains, Udaipur boy Kalpit Veerwal has made it to the Limca Book of Records for his feat. Veerwal scored 360 out of 360 in the JEE-Mains this year and is now studying Computer Science at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

His record of the perfect score will feature under the “Education Achievements” category of the 2018 edition, an official from the Limca Book of Records said. “I was confident of cracking the examination but didn’t expect a perfect score. Similarly, making it to the Limca Book of Records was not something I ever dreamt of,” Veerwal told PTI over phone from Mumbai.

Veerwal’s home city of Udaipur is not more than 300 km from Kota, which is referred to as country’s “coaching hub” because of large number of medical and engineering aspirants who go there for their preparations. “I did not study for 15 hours a day, I did not go down the usual ‘Kota route’ for IIT preparations but consistent studies helped me a lot,” he said.

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“Everybody suggested that we should send him to Kota or Hyderabad for coaching but we decided not to put him under any extra pressure and enrol him in an institute here. But him making a record is not something we ever expected,” his father told PTI. Veerwal scored 109th rank in the JEE-Advanced. Out of the over 11.8 lakh students, who appeared for the examination for admission to various IITs and engineering colleges, around 2.2 lakh have qualified for the second and final round — the JEE (Advanced).

Veerwal had also topped the Indian Junior Science Olympiad in class 9 and bagged the top spot in the National Talent Search Examination in Class 10. A student of MDS Senior Secondary School in Udaipur, Veerwal took coaching from Resonance institute there.

Mumbai University law papers to be assessed by August 24

LAW STUDENTS of the University of Mumbai may heave a sigh of relief as the university has said it is confident of assessing their answer sheets by Thursday. “A very small portion of the law papers are yet to be assessed. We will be able to finish the assessment by Wednesday, or latest by Thursday,” said Vinayak Dalvi, a government-appointed officer on special duty responsible for the results. With assessments complete, results could be expected by the weekend.

Dalvi said that certain new strategies have been employed with the help of Rashmi Oza, university dean for Law, and N M Rajadhyaksha, principal of New Law College, Matunga. While Dalvi refused to divulge details of the strategies, university officials told The Indian Express that many teachers had not been tagged for assessment in the new system. They were, therefore, exempt from assessment duty. However, eligible teachers have now been identified and tagged.

Mumbai University, Mumbai University Law Papers, MU Law Papers, Law Papers MU, Law Papers Mumbai University, Education News, Latest Education News, Indian Express, Indian Express NewsAround one lakh law students took their final year exams in April and May and are awaiting results. Some have not been able to apply for Masters or have lost their chance to join foreign universities or jobs this year. Three such students have filed a writ petition in the High Court against the university, over negligence and failure to perform duties. They have sought the declaration of results at the earliest or a monetary compensation of Rs 10 lakh. The university, is however, positive that results will be declared within a week.

The status of Commerce results remains unclear. Of the around 1.4 lakh answersheets that are yet to be corrected, a majority is from the Commerce stream. The problem for commerce, according to officials, is that the ratio of assessors and number of students is skewed. Moreover, several teachers were not tagged and some professional chartered accountants could not turn up for assessment duties. Devanand Shinde, acting Vice Chancellor of MU, said taxation papers were not assessed as CAs were busy with taxation work. “This has been ironed out. We are moving ahead now,” he said.

IIT-Bombay helps 160 colleges set up their own entrepreneurship cell

THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP Cell (E-Cell) of the Indian Institute of Technology, Powai, has spread its wings beyond the campus and helped set up similar student-run organisations in 160 colleges across the country. IIT-Bombay’s E-Cell is a student-run organisation that introduces students to the startup ecosystem and eggs them on to realise their latent entrepreneurial instincts through workshops, seminars and investor interactions.

IIT-B boasts of a thriving startup ecosystem, especially because of active support groups such as E-Cell and the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE) — a model that many educational institutes and the All India Council for Technical Education are trying to emulate. While the E-Cell works to spread awareness through workshops and speaker sessions, the SINE is an incubator that mentors startups. “It is a synergy of the two groups that has worked best,” said Hardik Patil, a spokesperson for the E-Cell.

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At the heart of this campaign is a National Entrepreneurship Challenge (NEC), which is now in its fifth edition. The annual challenge calls for participation from colleges for prizes worth Rs 6 lakh and mentorship from IIT-B. Each college has to first set up an E-Cell with at least five students. The students are then assigned tasks to complete over a period of five months. Tasks include workshops and seminars to initiate dialogue about entrepreneurship among the student community.

The fifth edition of the NEC will be launched on August 31, when the first set of assignments will be rolled out. Participants will be judged based on three milestones over the next five months. Last year’s challenge saw participation from 601 colleges from across the country.

School heads must teach too: Punjab Education department

TO DEAL with staff crunch and to bring a semblance of orderliness and discipline in its ranks, the state education department has issued orders instructing school heads, including principals/headmasters, to take classes of the subject in which they have got the promotions and also asked the lecturers, who takes classes for only Class XI and XII, to take the classes from high to middle classes if the number of periods are lesser than prescribed by government for a lecturer.

In the orders from the office of the Director of State Council Educational Research and Training (SCERT), which are also signed by secretary (education), it is mentioned that it has come to light that school heads (principals and headmasters) have not been taking up any classes while as per the rule it is compulsory for them to teach their respective subject.

Punjab Education department, Punjab Schools, Punjab School Teacher, Education News, Indian Express, Indian Express NewsThey are rather asked to take up ‘Board classes’ and mentioned the results of classes they teach in their Annual Confidential Reports (ACRs). While principals have been asked to take six to 12 periods per week, headmasters have to take six to 15 periods depending upon the number of the students in their respective subjects. If the number of students are up to 200, 12 periods are must for the principals and 15 periods for headmaster and if the the number of students is more than 1,500, six periods are to be taken up by them.

Similarly, lecturers who are supposed to take senior secondary classes – Class XI and XII – have been directed to take up the classes from VI to X also if they have been assigned lesser than prescribed periods by the government. The lecturers would also mention the result of such classes in their ACRs. The orders also asked school heads to mark their attendance on the register as well, apart from mentioning the time of their arrival and leaving the schools.

JEE (Advanced) test only online from next year

The Joint Entrance Examination (Advanced), for undergraduate admissions to IITs, will only be conducted online from next year. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the Joint Admission Board (JAB) of IITs in Chennai on Sunday, said a statement from IIT Madras.

The move, the IIT fraternity feels, will ensure quicker evaluation and reduce chances of paper leaks. This year, IITs had to award seven marks each to all candidates because of printing errors in the question paper. The decision to go digital, IIT Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurthi said, will also prevent such errors. Sources said the meeting also discussed changes in the marking scheme for JEE (Advanced).

The JAB will set up a committee in a week to work out the roadmap for transition from the pen-and-paper format for the annual entrance test, to online. While it will be implemented by IIT Kanpur in 2018, IIT Roorkee will conduct the entrance test in 2019.

Another committee set up earlier to propose ways to reduce errors in the question paper presented its recommendations at the Sunday meeting, including a suggestion that marks be awarded to a candidate for attempting a question, even if the answer is not right. Currently, candidates get marks only if they give the right answers. The panel suggested that the online JEE Advanced allow the test takers to enter their calculations too, based on which marks could be partially awarded.

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Currently, in the pen-and-paper test for JEE (Advanced), candidates mark the correct answer in multiple choice questions by colouring appropriate bubbles in the Optical Mark Recognition or OMR sheet. The OMR sheet is then scanned by a software to tabulate results.

To take the JEE (Advanced), a candidate first has to clear JEE (Main). This year, 1,59,540 took the JEE (Advanced), out of which 50,455 qualified for admissions to IITs.

“We are trying to change with the times. Today many entrance examinations are already being conducted online. JEE (Advanced) is probably among the last few national-level tests that is still a pen-and paper test,” said a member of the JAB who attended Sunday’s meeting.