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Elon Musk didn’t like his kids’ school, so he made his own small, secretive school without grade levels

Elon Musk didn’t like his kids’ school, so he started his own, the inventor and entrepreneur said in an interview on Beijing Television. The school is called Ad Astra – which means “To the stars” – and is small and relatively secretive. It doesn’t have its own website or a social media presence.   Christina Simon, who writes about private elementary schools in Los Angeles , has done some digging around Ad Astra.   She says she’s been in contact with a mother whose child attends Musk’s school. The mother told Simon that the relatively new Ad Astra School is…

Launch your ATL with Tinkering Marathon on July 28, 2017, in your school

We are sure you must be in the midst of completion of setting of the Atal Tinkering Lab (ATL) and we hope the experience would have, been exciting both for the faculty and the school.   As the new session dawns it is time to give wings to the creativity of students and what better way to start off than by way of kicking off the TINKERING Marathon 2017.   Get ready and keep the energy going, because it’s time to celebrate and bring alive the magical ideas.   What: It is a one day marathon packed with fun-filled activities for both students &…

AGENCIES TO WHICH WE CAN APPLY FOR R&D FUNDS

(1) University Grants Commission (UGC) I. Introduction UGC strives to promote teaching and research in emerging areas in Humanities, Social Sciences, Languages, Literature, Pure Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Pharmacy, Medical, Agricultural Sciences etc. II Name of scheme(s) Major and Minor Research Projects Objective(s): To promote excellence in research in higher education by supporting research programmes of University and College teachers in various disciplines.Traditionally, universities have been the centers of research. Although, the Government has a network of science and technology laboratories for research and development, the major base of researchers in science and technology remains with the universities. Therefore, university…

Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between MHRD and Focus States for TEQIP-III

The Union HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar signed MoU for Technical Education Quality Improvement Programme (Phase- III) with 18 States and 1 UT in New Delhi today. The Union HRD Minister expressed his happiness on the occasion as the programme is implemented in assistance with World Bank in a sustainable way to improve over all standard and quality of technical institutes. The Union Minister emphasised that innovation and research can happen only when physical infrastructure and trained manpower is available, and therefore this programme is vital for much needed technical up-gradation in education institutes.   For implementation of the project,…

MIT: Drones that drive

CSAIL team’s system of quadcopters that fly and drive suggest another approach to developing flying cars.     Being able to both walk and take flight is typical in nature — many birds, insects, and other animals can do both. If we could program robots with similar versatility, it would open up many possibilities: Imagine machines that could fly into construction areas or disaster zones that aren’t near roads and then squeeze through tight spaces on the ground to transport objects or rescue people.   The problem is that robots that are good at one mode of transportation are usually…

COEP RSC: BY THE POWER OF DEADSHOT

In August, Japan may fall in love with a new robot from India. And no, it’s not Rajinikanth   Deadshot looks more like a portable table than a highly advanced robot. Its metal frame fitted with wires, motors, and sensors only accentuate its odd appearance. Yet, beneath the haphazard network of cables, lies a champion bot that can toss a frisbeeshaped disc and make it land on designated targets with pinpoint accuracy. In fact, Deadshot is so accomplished at the task, he beat others like him in the national finals of Robocon, a robotics competition organised three months ago in…

NITI Aayog to establish 1,000 new innovation labs this year

The NITI Aayog is all set to open 1,000 new Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL) to facilitate innovation in schools this year all across India. With the setting up of these, the count of total labs will shoot up to about 1,500. The schools which will house these labs will receive a grant of ₹20 lakh each to provide proper facilities and infrastructure. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, in a statement, said,   This year, NITI Aayog calls for applications from all schools, government and private, to fund 1,000 new ATLs.   He added that companies like IBM and Intel are…

Niti to set up 1,000 innovation labs in schools this year

New Delhi, (Jun 16): NITI Aayog will set up 1,000 Atal Tinkering Labs(ATL) in various schools this year under a mission aimed at fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.   The Aayog , last year, had selected 457 schools to set up Atal Tinkering Labs under the Atal Innovation Mission(AIM). It had received more than 13,000 applications from various schools from all states and Union Territories.    ATLs are dedicated work spaces for students (Class 6th and Class 12th) to acquire innovation skills, develop ideas and build prototypes using latest equipment such as 3D printers, robotics…

NITI Aayog to set up 1,000 labs in schools under Atal Innovation Mission

New Delhi: The founders of three start-ups have expressed interest in mentoring students under the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog chief executive officer Amitabh Kant said on Friday.   The three are Paytm’s Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Ola’s Bhavish Aggarwal and Oyo Rooms’ Ritesh Agarwal. Mint couldn’t immediately reach Sharma, Aggarwal and Agarwal for comment.   Also, firms such as Intel Corp., International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), Robert Bosch GmbH and Schneider Electric SE want to partner with schools as part of the Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATL) initiative. These tinkering labs are equipped with “do it yourself” kits and instruments…

AICTE chairman Prof Anil Sahasrabudhe bats for startups

GUWAHATI: Chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE) Anil D Sahasrabudhe , who was here on Tuesday, urged engineering students and technocrats to create startups at the college level which can be moulded into multinational companies in future.   “If you look at America, all the major companies had their origin in some university or the other. In India, too, we need to have a similar culture. Our start-ups should be able to compete with the likes of Microsoft and Google ,” Sahasrabudhe said at a ceremony held at Girijananda Chowdhury Institute of Management and Technology.   He…

‘Need to establish legal infras for India to take lead in artificial intelligence’

Titled ‘Leveraging artificial intelligence and robotics for sustainable growth’, the study highlighted how an early public sector interest could trigger a spurt of activity in the AI field in India, instead of waiting for technology to reach a level where regulatory intervention becomes necessary.   India should take lead in establishing a legal infrastructure on the application of artificial intelligence (AI) to become a front runner, according to a ASSOCHAM-PwC joint study.   Titled ‘Leveraging artificial intelligence and robotics for sustainable growth’, the study highlighted how an early public sector interest could trigger a spurt of activity in the AI…

1.5 million jobs in rural India within one year: AICTE chairman

New Delhi: The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and All India Technical and Management Council (AITMC) launched “Earn While Learn” to educate and develop the skill set of over 1.5 million youth pan-India across industries, and provide them assured livelihood on Thursday.   The initiative will be implemented in collaboration with industries and business owners, said Anil D Sahasrabudhe, chairman, AICTE. The plan is to create 1.5 million jobs in 550 districts of India within one year.   The initiative has been launched jointly by AICTE under MHRD, National Career Service under ministry of labour and employment and…

Innovation Transforming Indian Education System

With India working on transforming its education system, embracing most innovative methodologies and modern technologies appears to have become a significant norm in the country.   As the education segment of the country is in a transition stage, with a large number of schools adopting finest teaching-learning practices from across the world, our latest issue has tried to find out the practices that are improving and enriching educational experience in the Indian schools through the cover story “Rehashing School Education Practices Through Innovation”.   Through our three special stories “Ensuring Holistic Development of Children”, “ICT in Higher Education Taking Learning…

Technical education must be imparted in regional languages

Technical education should be imparted in regional languages to provide a level playing field to the rural youths whose lack of knowledge of English put them at a disadvantage in comparison to their urban counterparts, Union minister Vijay Sampla said today.   “Youths in remote areas who have obtained technical education can’t compete with their counterparts in cities.   Local language plays a vital role in this,” Sampla said.   A student in suburban areas or rural areas cannot understand English, which is same as any other foreign language to him, the Union minister of state for social justice said….

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