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AICTE mentoring to improve Higher Education

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has taken various steps to improve technical and higher education in the country. The council’s initiatives are in line with the Central Government’s initiative like Digital India and Skill India, says Prof Anil D Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE, in an interview with Gopi Arora of Elets News Network (ENN). Excerpts:   What new initiatives have been taken by the AICTE to promote technical education in the country? The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) started four new schemes last year—Unnat Bharat Abhiyan, Trainee Teacher Scheme, Adjunct Faculty Scheme, and Margdarshan or Mentorship scheme….

Modi’s HEERA likely to replace UGC, AICTE soon

UGC and AICTE are soon going to be a thing of the past with the government planning to replace them with a single higher education regulator.   The University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) are soon going to be a thing of the past with the government planning to replace them with a single higher education regulator.   The proposed Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency (HEERA) is aimed at eliminating overlaps in jurisdiction and remove irrelevant regulatory provisions.   The HRD ministry is working with Niti Aayog on the plan of bringing technical as…

PM Modi’s HEERA to replace UGC, AICTE: All you need to know about new education regulator

The main objective of HEERA is to motive behind scrapping of UGC and AICTE by a single regulator is to eliminate all overlaps in the jurisdiction and do away with regulatory provisions that may no longer be relevant.   New Delhi : The Narendra Modi government is gearing up to replace the University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) with a single higher education regulator.   The proposed Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency (HEERA) is aimed at eliminating overlaps in jurisdiction and remove irrelevant regulatory provisions.   Earlier in March the Prime Minister had chaired a…

A HEERA of an idea! How Modi plans to reform India’s education

New HEERA of education Promoted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a major disruption is on its way to change India’s education sphere.   As per the proposed legislation, the existing higher education watchdogs like University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE will be replaced by Higher Education Empowerment Regulation Agency (HEERA).   Here is lowdown about Modi’s HEERA project:   The proposal The proposal to inject the radical changes in the education sector was taken after a meeting on education chaired by the prime minister in early March.   New law to come up soon…

NITI Aayog Launches the ‘Grand Innovation Challenge’

NITI Aayog launched today the first phase of the ‘Grand Innovation Challenge’ to seek citizens inputs on the key developmental challenges facing India. The ‘Grand Innovation Challenge’ is being launched on the MyGov portal, to involve citizens at the very first stage in innovating for India’s development. The idea is to work together with the States and every citizen as Team India to ensure progress. leaving no one behind. The focus is on the social sector, the most vulnerable sections and to involve citizens in crowd sourcing ideas to address challenges facing India’s development.   In Phase I of the…

NITI Aayog Grand Innovation Challenge

PHASE I: IDENTIFYING ‘GRAND CHALLENGES’ FACING INDIA’S DEVELOPMENT Prime Minister Narendra Modi has, across forums, reiterated the importance of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for India’s Development. NITI Aayog is leading this key goalfor India by leading the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM). With the launch of AIM, NITI will provide fillip to theswelling Innovation potential in the country. Partnering with the best minds nationally and internationally, we will bring together experts in academics, technology, industry, entrepreneurship and research. This resource bounty will bemade available to innovative minds from across India to tap on.   The‘Grand Innovation Challenge’ is being launched by NITI…

Atal Grand Challenge Awards

The factors holding back rural and semi-urban India are lack of 24/7 electricity, roads that are usable round  the year, clean water, suitable housing, access to basic healthcare, quality education, lack of farm mechanisation and employable skills. While state-of-the-art technology can address a number of these challenges, the existing solutions have been out of reach due to their excessive high costs.   Atal Grand Challenge (AGC) Awards, under the Atal Innovation Mission, has the objective of developing novel disruptive technologies that are ultra-low cost, low maintenance, durable and customised to the local conditions of India. AGC will award grand prizes to…

List of electrical and electronic measuring equipment

Below is the list of measuring instruments used in electrical and electronic work. Name Purpose Ammeter (Ampermeter) Measures current Capacitance meter Measures the capacitance of a component Curve tracer Applies swept signals to a device and allows display of the response Cos Phi Meter Measures the power factor Distortionmeter Measures the distortion added to a circuit Electricity meter Measures the amount of energy dissipated ESR meter Measures the equivalent series resistance of capacitors Frequency counter Measures the frequency of the current Leakage tester Measures leakage across the plates of a capacitor LCR meter Measures the inductance, capacitance and resistance of…

ETH Zurich scientists create load-bearing and predictable 4D printed objects, take ‘4D printing’ a step further

With 3D printing now over three decades old, a growing number of researchers are looking ahead at the next logical step: “4D printing” is the popular science term for 3D printed objects that transform over time. Not just any random transformation, 4D printing is so innovative precisely because of its design parameters. Structures are pre-programmed to respond especially to a stimulus. While 4D printed materials such as shape memory alloy and electroactive polymers have been paving the way for some time, a group of scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) have been pushing the envelope…

India’s National System of Innovation

India’s National Innovation system consists of:   a) Public research system (PRS). This comprises national laboratories under a dozen science and technology agencies including space, atomic energy, agriculture and industrial research, as well as in-house R&D laboratories in large public-sector enterprises in steel, fertilisers, railways, power, transport and aviation, chemicals, petroleum and energy. The other segment of the PRS is the higher educational institutions and university system. With public research accounting for 68% of GERD, the PRS has historically dominated R&D in the country.   b) Higher educational institutions (HEIs). There are over 500 universities with 26 000 affiliated colleges,…

Centres of Excellence as a Tool for Capacity Building

The results from this study suggest that the CoE instrument may be a fruitful path towards realising capacity for human resource development, organisational capacity and the creation of an institutional and legal framework in the research and higher education field, including positive effects on innovation and socio-economic development. In addition the results suggest that the consolidation of resources involved in CoE schemes does not necessarily imply a choice between a purely scientific or socioeconomic agenda, but could instead act to bridge these two type of goals. Moreover, there is a clear indication that these schemes require research organisation (including funders)…

QUALITY EDUCATION IN GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 has been enacted for universalization of elementary education i.e for classes I to VIII across the country. The RTE Act, 2009 in its Schedule lays down pupil teacher ratio (PTR) for both primary and upper primary schools. At primary level the PTR should be 30:1 and at the upper primary level it should be 35:1. The Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) framework stipulates that the PTR at secondary level should be 30:1. As per Unified District Information System For Education (UDISE) 2015-16 (Provisional), the PTR at national level…

ASSESSMENT REPORT OF SCHOOL EDUCATION

The Central Government has developed student assessment system called the National Achievement Survey (NAS), which is independently conducted by National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) across the country. The NAS is conducted for classes III, V, VIII & X. However, a non-governmental organization also conducts annual achievement surveys released in the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). It is a household survey limited to rural areas of the country. As per their report of 2016, there has been improvement in terms of learning outcomes. The Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development was not…

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