Apple Launches Free Coding Education Program For Students

Apple Launches Free Coding Education Program For Students

Apple said Monday it will offer new resources to open thousands of free “Hour of Code” sessions at its Apple Store facilities across the world to bring coding education to students. The Cupertino, California-based company said customers can register for coding education, made available through the Everyone Can Code programme, at the Apple Store locations from Dec. 1 through Dec 14, Xinhua news agency reported.

For the sixth year, Apple said it will host Hour of Code daily coding sessions through Today at Apple, which will provide opportunities for people at a variety of skill levels to learn coding.

Kids Hour sessions will help children aged six to 12 explore coding with robots, while those aged 12 and above can attend sessions using Swift Playgrounds and iPad to learn coding concepts, Apple said.

The sessions are part of Apple’s several programmes being unveiled to help more people learn coding skills both inside and outside the classroom.

Also on Monday, Apple encouraged teachers to attend its Computer Science Education Week, an educational campaign scheduled for early December to introduce computer science and coding to K-12 students.

Apple created a new Hour of Code Facilitator Guide to help teachers conduct in-classroom education by using Swift Playgrounds and other iPad apps.

For coding education outside of the classroom, Apple’s new Swift Coding Club kit gives teachers, students and club mentors the tools they need to start their own coding clubs.

The kit, designed for students aged eight years or old, will build their ability to collaborate, prototype apps and how to code an app.


Pondicherry University Professor Receives Woman Scientist Award

Pondicherry University Professor Receives Woman Scientist Award

Dr R Rukkumani, a faculty in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Pondicherry University, received the prestigious ‘Woman Scientist Award’ by Biotechnology Research Society of India (BRSI). Vice Chancellor of Pondicherry University, Prof. Gurmeet Singh appreciated Dr Rukkumani for her achievement.

Among several nominations from different Universities, Research Institutes and Industries, she has been chosen for the award. The award includes, certificate, shield, citation and a cash prize of Rs. 25,000/-.

The award was given to her in the recently held 15th BRSI Convention and the International conference on Innovation for Bio Sustainable development held in Hyderabad.

The award was presented to her by the Director General of CSIR, Prof Shekhar C Mande in the presence of Directors of seven CSIR Research institutes.

Dr. Rukkumani has been working in the field of cancer Biology and her Molecular Medicine Research laboratory constantly works to find efficient therapeutics for cancer.

She has identified an efficient anticancer molecule from a natural source and has filed a patent for the same, said a statement from the University.

She is working on drug repurposing and nano targeted therapies for treating metastatic cancer.

She has also received awards like ‘Scientific excellence- Senior award’ by Biozone Research Technologies and ‘Outstanding Women in Science award’ by Centre for Advanced Research and Design, Venus International foundation, Renato Dulbecco Memorial Award by II World Cancer Congress  and ‘Best Teacher award’ from Pondicherry University the year 2018 .

She has published more than 60 International research papers and has obtained five projects from various funding agencies on Cancer.


IIM Ahmedabad Hosts Varun Gandhi

IIM Ahmedabad Hosts Varun Gandhi

On Friday, November 30, 2018, Feroze Varun Gandhi, Member of Parliament, delivered a lecture at IIM Ahmedabad, at an event organised by the Public Policy Students Club of the Institute. The lecture was attended by around 100 people including students from the PGPM, Food and Agribusiness Management (FABM) and Armed Forces Programmes besides staff and some faculty members.

At the session in IIMA, he also released his new book ‘A Rural Manifesto: Realising India’s Future Through her Villages’.

The talk was a peek into Mr Gandhi’s 2.5 years of research that goes behind the book, fondly referred to as ‘the unreadably dense volume’ by the author.

He gave succinct examples from his experiences, both urban and rural, to highlight the inequalities prevalent in the Indian society currently.

He discussed how ‘privilege perpetuates privilege’ and how technology has the potential to act as an equaliser, if used well.

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He spoke in detail about possible political reforms that would help strengthen India’s democratic governance, such as parliamentary addressal of public petitions, need for addressing electoral corruption and strengthening the parliamentary discussion process on passing laws.

Among other things, he also talked about grassroot innovations in the rural economy.

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“The talk was highly insightful and displayed various facets of the problem in the agriculture sector in India. Encompassing a mix of academic as well as practical knowledge, Mr Gandhi focused on the growing inequality in the country leading to an increase in inequity in the society as well,” said second year PGP student and coordinator of the Public Policy Club, Aditya Govil.

“The premises that a change in the country’s systems and institutions is related to the way politics is run in this country was well brought out through a series of examples in modern day India. Mr. Gandhi stressed upon the fact that the future of the country is in the hands of young, bright minds and narrated incidents from all across India that suggested this,” Govil added.


GATE 2019: List Of Rejected Candidates Released, Check Here

GATE 2019: List Of Rejected Candidates Released, Check Here

The details of candidates whose GATE 2019 applications rejected by the IIT Madras have been released on the official website of the competitive exam. The rejected list have been published the website include two types of candidates; those who are found to be duplicate and those who are not meeting eligibility requirements. The official lists said, as already announced in the GATE 2019 brochure, no admit card will be generated and no application fee will be refunded for these candidates.

However , in case, if any of these candidates whose registrations have been rejected, would like to submit the required documents, they may contact the exam conducting agency.

IIT Madras has also released the list of enrollment IDs of candidates whose applications are provisionally only accepted. About these candidates, the notification said the examination results of these applicants will be withheld unless the defects are rectified by February 15, 2019.

“If a candidate makes more than one application for the same paper, he/she will be allowed to appear in any one session ONLY. One of the duplicate/triplicate applications will be considered and the remaining applications will be rejected without any refund of application fee,” said the official brochure of GATE 2019.

The rejected and ‘provisionally only accepted’ list can be accessed from the official website,

IIT Madras will conduct the exam next year in February, 2019 in forenoon and afternoon session. The exam will be held in selected cities and towns in the country as well as at Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Colombo (Sri Lanka), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Dubai (UAE), Kathmandu (Nepal) and Singapore. GATE is conducted every year, for granting admission to M.Tech. and PhD programs offered at IITs and IISc. In addition to this GATE scores are also used by several PSUs for recruitment purpose.

GATE is conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and the seven Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) at Bombay, Delhi, Guwahati, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee.

Qualifying in GATE is a mandatory requirement for seeking admission and or financial assistance to Master’s programs and direct Doctoral programs in Engineering/Technology/Architecture and Doctoral programs in relevant branches of Science, in the institutions supported by the MHRD and other Government agencies.

Even in some colleges and institutions, which admit students without MHRD scholarship/assistantship, the GATE qualification is mandatory.

Apart from educational institutes, many Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) have been using the GATE score in their recruitment process.


Nutrition Programmes, Education May Help Lower Anaemia In India

Nutrition Programmes, Education May Help Lower Anaemia In India

According to a study published in the BMJ Global Health Journal, improved public health and nutrition programmes for children under five years of age, and higher education and wealth among expectant mothers substantially contributed to lowering anaemia among these two groups between the years 2006 and 2016. As per the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Anaemia reduction among teenage girls and women under 50 years of age, however, showed minimal progress. More than half of the population of women and children in India is anaemic and is, therefore, currently experiencing reduced quality of life in various respects, which includes work capacity, fatigue, cognitive function, birth outcomes and child development.

According to the researchers, in addition to describing the problem, showing slow improvements, and showing high variability between different states, their paper identifies drivers of anaemia from a broad set of potential drivers at various levels. Among various drivers, positive changes in mothers’ education, coverage of nutrition and health interventions, socioeconomic status, sanitation and meat and fish consumption contributed to improvement in the haemoglobin count – low haemoglobin count indicates anaemia – among both children and pregnant women during 2006-16.

Better education alone accounted for nearly one-fourth of the improvement seen in the haemoglobin count among expectant mothers, and one-tenth in children. The researchers said that further improvements in these common drivers can substantially impact maternal and child anaemia, simultaneously bringing down anaemia prevalence across the country in these two groups.

Haemoglobin and anaemia improved significantly among children less than five years; and pregnant women 15-49 years old, but not in the non-pregnant women in the same age group between 2006 and 2016. Anaemia declined by 11 percentage points among children (70 per cent in 2006 to 59 per cent in 2016), 7.6 percentage points among expectant mothers (58 per cent to 50.4 per cent), and a mere 2.1 percentage points in teenage girls and women under 50 (55 per cent to 52.9 per cent).

The researchers claimed that no progress has been made in reducing anaemia among non-pregnant adult women in India in the last decade. Most programmes have not focused on this group but, instead, have focused on pregnant women and young children.

India’s recently launched Anaemia Mukt Bharat initiative puts the focus on women of reproductive age (20-49 years), who will start receiving weekly iron-folic acid supplementation, which supports the finding on the need to attend to this population segment. In addition, the Centre has mandated the fortification of salt with iodine and iron, and wheat flour with iron, folic acid and Vitamin B-12.


Teacher Education Programme For Class 12 Pass Students

Teacher Education Programme For Class 12 Pass Students 

National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has announced Integrated Teacher Education Programme or ITEP with a view to enhance the teacher education system in the country. The programme which will nurture class 12 pass students for a committed and a responsible profession. The course will be of four years. Enrolled under this programme, students shall have to complete it within eight semesters or in other case can complete the programme within a maximum period of 6 years.

Those with minimum 50 per cent marks in the class 12 exam are eligible to apply. The admission will be on merit basis. As per the policy of the University or State Government or Union Territory Administration there can also be an entrance exam for granting admission to this course.

The classes for students enrolled in the ITEP course will begin in 2019.

As of now, NCTE is yet to decide the composite institutions for the course. Institutions that wish to offer the course, for the first academic year 2019-2023 of ITEP course, can go through the eligibility norms set by the Council and submit their applications from December 3 to 31 for the grant of permission or recognition.

Initially, the programme will only be offered in Science and Arts streams.


Board Exam 2019: A Two-Month Preparation Strategy

Board Exam 2019: A Two-Month Preparation Strategy

The Board exams, including of prominent boards like CBSE, CISCE and various state boards, will begin from next February. As we enter December, the students who are getting ready to appear for both Class 10 and Class 12 annual exams, they are left with two months preparation time. As we do in every major step we take in our life, preparation strategies are pivotal for career-deciding examinations like Class 10 and Class 12. “Some strategies can help you maximise your preparation. Cardinal among that, is better time management – an important skill to have for every student but is essential for board students, especially those preparing for competitive exams,” says Prateek Bhargava, Founder and CEO of Mindler.

“Without this, most effort gets wasted. Here is a primer on how to organise yourself for a better preparation for the last two months before exams,” he adds.

To ensure that there are no last-minute hassles and you score well, you need to make a separate timetable to study every day in last 2 months before board exam.

Here are some tips that could help you manage your time better as suggested by Mr Bhargava:

Plan your day well: 

It is important to identify subjects/ concepts you struggle with. Revisiting them shall give you more significant insights, and more clarity, and help you fare better.

However, you should also keep your stronger areas in check, through regular practice. Revisit the basics – they’re essential and make sure you go through examples, and illustrations.

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Clear all your doubts

Make sure you get your doubts cleared by your teachers or your friends in advance of any revisional schedule. You must have a regular interaction with your teachers to do the same.

Write mock exams

Solving mock papers and previous years’ sample papers will not only help in providing much-needed practice but will also acquaint you with different questions that can be asked in the real exam.

There are two key aspects, to practising mocks:

Replicate the exam-like environment: It’s essential that you attempt your mocks like you would attempt the real exam. Take no/minimal breaks and keep yourself away from distractions while writing a mock exam. Also attempt your mock between 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM (the board exam time), so that you get used to the timing and can focus more during those hours.

Don’t overdo them: Writing mock exams enables one to do systematic practice and identify concepts/areas that need a little more revision. However, it is not recommended for you to go overboard with mock papers. If you’ve done your syllabus, and are just looking to revise, attempt 2 mocks a day. If you’re still preparing, attempting one mock a day is enough.

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Pomodoro Technique

Set a timer to twenty-five minutes when you focus on your studies and when the timer rings take a five minutes break and then set the timer again. The small breaks in the middle help in relaxing and motivating you.

Revise what you’re not confident about

The concepts that you have just read through need to be prioritized during revision. Learn those topics and strengthen your understanding of it. Visual aids can be helpful while revising. With two months left for the exam, condense revision noted into one-page diagrams. This will help you recall everything you need to know during the exam.

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Take care of yourself

You can only perform if you’re mentally and physically healthy. Don’t let the exam pressure get to you. Get at least 6 hours of sleep every day, and have healthy, balanced meals. It is recommended that you take regular breaks between your studies and keep yourself happy.

A good score in board exams helps you to take your preferred course in the next stages and proceed to your dream career. All the preparation tips mentioned above are sure to help you prepare well for the Board Exam in 2019.


Expenditure Incurred On Books, Uniforms Of Children With Disabilities Will Be Reimbursed: HRD

Expenditure Incurred On Books, Uniforms Of Children With Disabilities Will Be Reimbursed: HRD

The HRD Ministry has given directions to all the schools in the country that expenditure incurred on books, uniforms and transport of children with disabilities would be reimbursed, Minister of State for HRD Satyapal Singh said.

Speaking at an award ceremony organised by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People and Mindtree, Mr. Singh said there are about 12 million people with disability and just one per cent go to schools.

“Specially challenged people just do not need courtesy and compassion, but real empowerment which would come through education. How to ensure it is a big challenge,” he said at the Helen Keller Awards 2018.

Mr.Singh said the directions have been issued to “all the schools in the country that all the expenditure incurred on books, uniform and transport will be reimbursed by the government”.

He also said that the girl child will be given Rs. 200 per month.

The government from this academic session has also issued directions that there will minimum 5 per cent admission in all educational bodies, he added.

“It is one of the top most priority for this government to make sure that the rights of specially challenged people are ensured,” he said.



IISc Bangalore In Top 100, IIT Delhi In Top 200 Of Times Engineering, Technology Subject Rankings

IISc Bangalore In Top 100, IIT Delhi In Top 200 Of Times Engineering, Technology Subject Rankings

IISc Bangalore, IIT Delhi In Top 200 Of Engineering, Technology Times Ranking

New Delhi: 

IISc Bangalore is ranked in top 100 of the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings table for engineering and technology subjects. In the recently released subject rankings, IIT Bombay found its place in the band of 151-175 for the same category. IIT Roorkee and IIT Delhi have been ranked 3rd nationally after IISc Bangalore and IIT Bombay, and placed in the band of 201-250. IIT Roorkee has improved its position from 251-300 to 201-250 rank worldwide. The Computer Science and Chemical Engineering Departments of IIT Roorkee have been ranked 1st for citations.

IISc is ranked at =95 position of the ranking.

In September this, when THE released the World University Rankings, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore had made it to the 251-300 rank band and was the highest ranked Indian University in the list.

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee departments of Computer Science, Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering have been individually ranked 3rd nationally as well.

“The Engineering ranking underscores IIT Roorkee’s engineering legacy. Our excellent performance in all the main streams of Engineering is a testament to our focus on the future. The Institute has taken several initiatives to attract research scholars and exceptional faculty from around the world,” said Prof Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director – IIT Roorkee, sharing his delight on this significant improvement in the Institute’s global ranking.

“We hope to build on this performance by existing faculty and students to attract more outstanding talent from across the globe. We will continue to focus on our research output and further upgrade our research facilities to match the best in the world,” he added.


Maharashtra Approves 16 Per Cent Quota For Marathas In Education, Jobs

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Maharashtra Assembly today unanimously passed a bill proposing 16 per cent reservation for Marathas under socially and educationally backward category.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who tabled the Bill, thanked Opposition members for helping in passage of the Bill unanimously.

The Bill provides for reservation of seats for admission in educational institutions and posts in public services to Marathas who have been declared as socially and educationally backward class of citizens.

Earlier, Mr Fadnavis also tabled the action taken report (ATR) on the State Backward Class Commission’s (SBCC) recommendations for reservation to the Maratha community in government jobs and education.

He also tabled the recommendations of the SBCC’s report on social, educational and financial status of the Maratha community.

Marathas have been declared as socially and educationally backward class of citizens (SEBC) and have inadequate representation in services under the state, the panel report said.

They are entitled to reservation benefits and advantages enshrined in the Articles 15(4) and 16(4) of the Constitution, it said.

The panel had suggested that looking at exceptional circumstances and extra-ordinary situations generated on declaring Marathas as socially and educationally backward and their consequential entitlement to reservation benefits, the government may take appropriate decision within constitutional provision to address the emerging scenario in the state.

The Bill to provide for reservation of seats for admission in educational institutions and posts in public services in the state was tabled thereafter.