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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…

Robots replacing workers, cutting cost, raising productivity

Changying Precision Technology Company factory in Dongguan province of China has replaced 90% of its human workers with robots heralding a new form of human-robot co-working environment   Production per person increased from 8,000 pieces to 21,000 pieces, which is a 162.5% increase, and product defect rate fell from 25% to 5%—this sounds like a dream for any organisation. Well, this is a dream come true for Changying Precision Technology Company factory in Dongguan province of China which has replaced 90% of its human workers with robots. The data reflects a new form of human-robot co-working environment that will soon…

Importance of Centre of Excellence in Robotics

We are living in a technology rich world. Science and technology are extremely popular with learners of today; they are also pathways to career opportunities in the future.   It is widely accepted among worldwide educationists that to work and operate in the learning environments of today, our learners need to be technology fluent and develop real life skills such as co-operation , self confidence , teamwork , creativity and innovation. Robotics programs are excellent in fulfilling the Science mandate. Robotics engages students in STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics) fields by providing interactive, hands-on, minds-on, cross-disciplinary learning opportunities.  …

Need education system that enables thought, says Niti Aayog CEO

GURUGRAM: Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant on Friday called for an overhaul of the education system in the country to develop innovation and application skills.   “We must disrupt the education system to include more hands-on experience. We need a school system that will enable you to think and innovate,” he said.   Kant was speaking at the second convocation of BML Munjal University in Gurgaon Under the Atal Innovation Mission, he said, Niti Aayog has established 500 tinkering labs across schools in India that enable students to develop application and innovation skills.   “It is astonishing to see that…

Fostering interest in learning Maths, Science & English

When we grow up, we find that we are interested in many things that we probably were not interested when we were in school. Then we contemplate why wasn’t I interested in this, this is pretty interesting, I must not have been serious about my studies or probably my teacher didn’t teach me well. We don’t go beyond this.   If that was the case then why did you become interested now, after so many years. The true reason is not that you were not a serious student or that your teacher was not teaching you well. It was just…

Frequently Asked Questions for ATL, NITI Aayog

ATL:what is tinkering?? Experimenting with various available raw materials and technology tools; understanding their potential and creating a solution for local/global problems ATL:Is there any prescribed curriculum/syllabus for different classes and set challenges which the students have to attend throughout the year? The idea of the ATL is to ensure that children think out of the box and use the ATLs to learn science hands on, without rote learning. It is meant to encourage students to experiment in any manner that excites them. Therefore, schools have full freedom to encourage and push children in this direction, without forcing children into…

Internship must for engineering graduates to sharpen skill

HYDERABAD: Engineering graduates in the city will have to take up internships from this academic year with the All India Council of Technical Education(AICTE) tying up with the industry to make students employable. The move comes a day after TOI reported findings of a study that revealed that engineering graduates in the city are the least employable.The AICTE recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Internshaala, an online internship and training platform. Now, all AICTE-approved institutes have to register students on the website and encourage them to seek internships.”The internships have been made mandatory so that students are industry-ready before…

‘AICTE plans to revamp technical education’

Poonia said AICTE is planning to amend the syllabus of engineering courses from 1st July with the addition of new subjects to bring the uniformity in the curriculum in the technical Institutions throughout the Country.   To increase the employability after technical courses, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), is planning complete revamption of syllabus of technical courses.   This was disclosed by Dr M.P Poonia, Vice Chairman, AICTE during a meeting with the delegation of All India Federation of Self Financing Colleges Association (AIFSFTI) under the leadership of Chief Patron, R S Munirathinam and President, Dr. Anshu Kataria…

AICTE to revise syllabus, also planning to collaborate with industry, MSME Ministry

New Delhi,( May 9): All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is considering revising the syllabus of technical courses of colleges and universities in the country. This is being done with an aim to equip the students with better skills and abilities that could make them more employable.   AICTE chairman MP Poonia in a press interview informed that the new course will be highly technical and industry oriented. He also said that at present the technical colleges and schools lack uniformity, the new syllabus aims to address this concern by making the curriculum uniform throughout the country.   The…

Startup Success Stories India covers Robolab as “This Pune Based Robotics Startup Redefines the Technology Education Sector”

We are publishing an interview of Mr. Amol Gulhane, Director and CEO, Robolab – A Pune based robotics startup which is redefining the technology education sector.   About the founders: Amol Gulhane – (Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer) A roboticist by himself has deep experience of designing and manufacturing complex and task specific industrial robots. Has a profound knowledge of educational and defense robots and is specialized in digital image processing, embedded programming, design analysis and optimization. With his entrepreneurial, management and technical skills, he plays an important role in shaping a great technology company. Amol Gulhane, Director and CEO, Robolab…

President of India Attends 8th Convocation of Lovely Professional University

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee attended the 8th Convocation of the Lovely Professional University (LPU) today (May 2, 2017) at Phagwara, Punjab.   Speaking on the occasion, the President reiterated his call for enhancing the quality of basic as well as applied research in institutions of higher learning in the country. Stating that good placement records alone do not bear testimony to an institution’s international ranking, he stressed that for quality of higher education in the country to improve, it was necessary that importance be given to nurturing intellectual capital in institutions.   Pointing out that the LPU…

Let girls play with robots to boost their confidence, study says

Researchers at the University of Washington have found that letting young children experiment with programming robots reduces the gender gap in interest and self-confidence relating to programming.   Study after study has revealed the extent to which women are underrepresented in STEM fields. Girls have been shown to start losing confidence in their mathematical, engineering and computing abilities at a very early age, so efforts to encourage more young women to consider STEM careers often target school students.   This promising University of Washington study suggests that fun activities which allow children to do some simple programming themselves could play…

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