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Dr. Hari Krishna Maram

Dr. Hari Krishna Maram
Chairman & Founder CEO
Imperial College, Bangalore

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An education system that values creativity is one that makes a deliberate effort to spark thoughtfulness and independent thinking, teaches students how to learn, instills a lifelong love of learning, pushes students to find their own interpretations, and guides the development of a strong moral compass. Creativity in education has to do with a constructivist approach to education, where learning is an active, contextualized process of knowledge construction that builds on prior knowledge, social interaction and authentic tasks, rather than the passive receiving of information.

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MHRD concurs with UGC recommendations to remove su ...

Following recommendations received from the University Grants Commission for amendments to the UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2010, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has concurred with the recommendations for notification.

The amended regulations are intended to remove subjectivity and bring in more transparency in the processes for establishment and functioning of such institutions. They seek to maintain the quality of education, to provide in more autonomy, and a framework for Government and UGC interface with the institutions.

There have been major changes in the application process, simplifying it and making it more objective. A recurring issue in representations received from industry and educationists has been the length of time taken to process applications, in some cases many years leading to unnecessary pendency, uncertainty.

Timelines have been assigned at different stages including information seeking by UGC (2 months), submission of reports by the Expert committee (3 months) and approval and advice of UGC (1.5 months) and Government decision (2 months).

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Ministry of Human Resource Development launches a ...

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani launching the ‘Vidyanjali’ (School Volunteer Programme), organised by the Department of School and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, in New Delhi on June 16, 2016. The Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Prof. (Dr.) Ram Shankar Katheria, the Secretary, School Education and Literacy, Dr. Subash Chandra Khuntia and other dignitaries are also seen.

Inspired from Honourable Prime Minister’s vision to inculcate reading habits among children and create a reading culture at school and community level, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani dedicated ‘Vidyanjali’- a school volunteer programme to the nation at New Delhi, today.

In her inaugural address Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani said that Vidyanjali is a step forward in creating an ecosystem, wherein education will be attached with imbibing knowledge and improving learning output. The Union Minister added that there is an ingrained sense of participation and willingness within the people of this country to contribute towards nation building. We are hoping to leverage the same through this programme. Numerous researches have reflected that community engagement with schools has led to improvement in the quality of learning and education. This programme will instil fresh enthusiasm in school children to take up reading and will re-energise the teaching-learning process at schools. She also emphasised upon the significance of providing timely remedial support to improve the learning outcomes of school children, thereby reducing the number of school drop outs.

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NITI Aayog holds detailed interaction with Educati ...

NITI Aayog held today detailed interaction with Principal Secretaries / Secretaries of School Education Departments from all States and UTs through video conferencing to disseminate information and ensure successful implementation of Atal Tinkering Laboratories.

Atal Tinkering Laboratories is one of the three major initiatives under the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM). As part of the Mission, NITI Aayog will fund the establishment of 500 Atal Tinkering Laboratories in schools across India. AIM will also support the setting up of 100 Atal Incubation Centres and provide scale-up support to 10 established incubation centres.

The interaction was led by NITI Aayog CEO, Amitabh Kant and Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, MHRD, Dr. S. C. Khuntia. During the hour long discussions, Shri Amitabh Kant explicated the importance of tinkering labs in schools to foster innovative spirit among young minds. “Atal Tinkering Lab will ensure that young minds give shape to their ideas through hands on do-it-yourself mode and learn innovation skills,” said Mr. Kant. “This is the first time India is investing substantially in cultivating the spirit of innovation right from children in schools.”

He highlighted key features of the scheme such as funding support of Rs. 20 lakhs for each Atal Tinkering lab, providing required infrastructure and mentoring support by the private sector. He urged states to disseminate all information pertaining to the labs among all schools in the state, thereby encouraging them to apply.

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Strategic partnership between Ministry of Skill De ...

The Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy addressing the gathering at the Strategic partnership for Skill Development in the Aviation Sector, in New Delhi on June 08, 2016. The Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati is also seen.

Airport Authority of India (AAI), National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and National Skill Development Fund (NSDF) here today signed a Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) where AAI has committed to contribute an amount of 5.25 crore of its CSR funds to NSDF along with land and premises for setting up skill development centres in the country for scaling up skill development initiatives in the aviation sector. This pact is the result of the joint efforts made between the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

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First Meeting of Governing Council of National Ski ...

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi chairing the meeting of Governing Council of the National Skill Development Mission, in New Delhi on June 02, 2016.

The first meeting of the Governing Council of the National Skill Development Mission (NSDM) was held under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi on 2 June 2016.

In his remarks at the meeting, the Prime Minister stressed on the need for proper skill mapping and identification of the future requirements for skills, so that school-children and parents are well aware of the emerging trends in the job market. Further, he said a similar exercise should also be done to map the skilled manpower requirements at the global level, so that India can meet the global requirement of skilled workforce.

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Steps Taken to Promote Educational Development and ...

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has implemented a number of Joint Research Programmes between higher education institutions in India and foreign education institutions. Presently, 144 foreign educational institutions are involved in collaborative Joint Research Programmes. The number of foreign institutions involved in research and academic collaboration with Indian institutions (Programme/Country-wise) is as follows:-

Indo-US 21st Century Knowledge Initiative 32

UGC-UKIERI Thematic Partnerships 60

Indo-Norway Joint Research Programme 13

Indo-Newzeland Joint Research Programme 07

Indo-Israel Joint Research Programme 32

Total 144

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Epfo Launches a Special Drive : Mission Consolidat ...

Epfo Launches a Special Drive :Mission Consolidation”One Empployee-One Account” on May Day

Sh. Bandaru Dattatreya, the Union Minister for Labour & Employment (Independent Charge) launched a special Mission consolidation drive “One Employee-One EPF Account” for members of the EPFO. Sh. Bandaru Dattatreya, on the occasion stated that in the recent past, EPFO has taken several IT based initiatives to provide convenient and efficient services to its stakeholders. The initiative of launching the Mission consolidation “One Member One EPF Account” is a step towards encouraging EPF members to access enhanced IT enabled services through UAN accounts that are linked with Aadhaar.

Sh. Dattatreya also informed this drive, would result in EPF members having just one EPF account and multiple conveniences. The Universal Account Number that is Aadhar seeded will consolidate multiple past service accounts, across various spells of employment during working life of an EPF member. Sh. Shankar Aggarwal, Secretary (Labour & Employment) elaborated that the EPF member would be requested to provide all his earlier EPF accounts along with his UAN linked account, Member ID and registered Mobile Number. And EPFO would facilitate the transfer of all these accounts into his present account. Instructions have been issued to establishments that in case any new employee joins an establishment, they may furnish, UAN, if any, allotted to the member earlier, or declare that s/he is becoming a PF member for the first time.

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Winners of 2015 IDA Awards Announced and Felicitat ...

Bengaluru: Winners of 2015 IDA Awards Announced and Felicitated at the Third Awards Ceremony at the Worlddidac India Exhibition.

Bengaluru: Winners of 2015 IDA Awards Announced and Felicitated at the Third Awards Ceremony at the Worlddidac India Exhibition.

Winners and Special Mentions of the 2015 IDA Awards were announced and felicitated at the IDA Awards Ceremony and Dinner night, on the evening of Thursday 10 September 2015 at the Worlddidac India Exhibition, Bengaluru.

The IDA Awards has been established to create industry benchmarks for innovation and quality in the education and training domain. Facilitating Inspiration, Knowledge-Sharing and Experience in Innovative Solutions and Practices, the 3rd edition of IDA Awards celebrate and reward excellence in educational products, resources, and services in and among the education and training fraternity.

'IDA Awards' is a presentation of India Didactics Association, the premier trade association for the Indian education and training fraternity engaged in improving learning and teaching. Every year the award ceremony is held concurrently with Worlddidac India, the largest exhibition in the Asia-Pacific region for educational material, training & technology based solutions for all levels and sectors of the Indian education & training industry.

The 2015 IDA Awards – Winners and Special Mentions are as follows:

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Accelerating the Pace of Automation Through Effect ...

The resurgence of manufacturing in India has augmented the expansion of automation industry manifold times. This necessitates for a skilled and competitive task force in multiple disciplines of automation to help build a strong and sustainable industry and contribute towards India’s manufacturing success.

Pneumatic technology promises to revolutionize the automation industry and foresees a huge potential to grow exponentially in coming years with the support of a skilled workforce.

At SMC, we believe that training is an integral component for the growth and development of an organization and a highly trained and skilled workforce plays a pivotal role to help build competitive advantage environment within an organization and the industry.

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Smart Classrooms: A New Window to Growth of Educat ...

Technology has touched not one but every single vertical the world operates in. Education today is not restricted to the four walls of the classrooms of yesterday where the exchange of ideas was restricted to the typically recommended books and hard-coded courses. The 21st century has necessitated utilisation of the largest reservoir of information- The World Wide Web; thus, creating an ecosystem of opinions, beliefs and considerations of what we know as modern education. Since every speck and particle now exists in a huge cloud called the ‘internet’, why not consider an amalgamation of cloud sourcing and technology with our educational system? Why not make classrooms ‘Smarter’. Since the concept of digital is now introduced to us, anyone, anywhere across the globe can now access, gain and share the learnings and experiences across the 3-billion internet users who are also constantly adding their bits to the information pool. Books have now changed to e-books, personal computers to tablets, blackboard to a whiteboard which is connected to a projector, and 2D to 3D learning.

Rich multimedia material for student makes Smart Classroom more co-operative and interesting. Its basic constituents are a personal computer, projector, and interactive white board. With this impression, a class can now virtually elucidate a simple chemical reaction between two compounds via YouTube, the geography of rivers can be understood through Google Maps and lectures presented via Skype, which saves time and avoids hardships of travel. Today, many universities and educational institutions provide global programmes riding on the back of these technologies making it possible for people from different parts of the world, sitting in different time zones be able to access content at the same time. Today, the art of educating in smart classrooms is happening more through screens- be it television, laptop or films. Basis the promise that the industry shows, a wide variety of companies have started investing in this direction- anti glare screens, projectors, interactive white boards, video access, learning capsules- you name it and the industry is getting more and more robust. Companies like BenQ that holds the top position in projectors market, are providing bright solutions to the classroom as well. Educators and administrators are enhancing learning with the help of BenQ projection systems.

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PM Narendra Modi Interacts with School Children on ...

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi interacting with school children through video conferencing, on eve of the Teachers' Day, at Manekshaw Centre, in New Delhi on September 04, 2015.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today interacted with school children from across the country, on the eve of Teachers' Day. In a unique event anchored entirely by school children themselves, the Prime Minister released commemorative coins of denomination Rs. 125, and Rs. 10, to mark the birth anniversary of India's second President, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. The Prime Minister also launched the website for Kala Utsav, an initiative of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to promote arts in education by nurturing and showcasing the artistic talent of school students at the secondary stage in the country.

In his opening remarks on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that there is a special significance of interacting with school children on the eve of Teachers' Day. He said a teacher is known by the accomplishments of his students. He said that while a mother gives birth, it is the teacher who actually provides life.

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Union Human Resource Development Minister Honours ...

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt Smriti Irani felicitated Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) teachers and mentors for their contribution in the field of education as an acknowledgement of the role and impact of the teachers in shaping the future generations, in a function held in New Delhi today. The Union Minister congratulated all the awardees and said that their contribution in nation building and liberating generations is unparalleled. Teachers are truly the pride of a nation, she said.

Smt Smriti Irani suggested the CBSE to introduce some new categories for awarding the teachers. These categories include (a) Teacher who promotes performing arts; (b) One who brings change in rural India and motivates people for nation building; and (c) One who takes teaching beyond the boundaries of syllabus and inspires students for innovation.

She also called upon CBSE to collect feedback from students regarding their suggestions for improvement in the education system and submit the same for consideration by Ministry of Human Resource Development by mid November so that their input may be utilized while framing new education policy. She also directed CBSE to compile important suggestions, views and thoughts during PM’s interaction with students to be held tomorrow and submit the same to the Ministry.

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