The New Indian Express | 07th December 2018 || Kerala floods 2018: UN report blames poor drainage capacity of canals |
Panchayats continue to turn a blind eye on encroachment of canals for road widening and other construction purposes.
KOCHI: Even as the state government continues to blame heavy rainfall for floods that devastated Kerala, the Post Disaster Need Assessment (PDNA) report of the United Nations (UN) has cited low flood storage capacity in reservoirs and poor drainage capacity of canals and sea outlets as the major reasons for severity of floods, apart from heavy rains. While the draft PDNA report, presented earlier to the state, pegged the rebuild cost at over Rs 27,000 crore in the next five years, the 427-page comprehensive report mentioned in detail the reasons that caused floods, in the chapter ‘Flood Diagnostics.’ “The accumulation of several simultaneous and unique phenomena resulted in extreme floods in Kerala. These include extreme rainfall, immediate runoff, low flood storage capacity in reservoirs, poor drainage capacity of canals and sea outlets and high spring tides,” the report said.
The report, referring to the findings of the Central Water Commission, said, “The overall drainage capacity to the sea of Kuttanad water body is far below the original capacity of the structures and the drainage canals/rivers draining towards them. The siltation of these canals, together with the overall poor state of maintenance, has drastically reduced their capacities.” On dam management, the report said, “Of course, protocols should be adhered to and these include operational rules for not only optimising power generation, irrigation supply and safeguarding of the dam but also for downstream flood protection when heavy rains occur.” “It’s a fact that canals failed to properly carry the flood water to the sea. Panchayats continue to turn a blind eye on encroachment of canals for road widening and other construction purposes. We have taken the issue seriously and will soon put in place a mechanism for proper maintenance of canals and spillways,” said Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue and Disaster Management, Environment) P H Kurian. – Courtesy / Click here to view / download the UN PDNA report, 440 pages, pdf – Kerala Post Disaster Needs Assessment – Floods and Landslides – August 2018
The New Indian Express | 06th December 2018 | ENS |
The chairman and the principal should not hold back the original certificates of faculty members working in their colleges, he warned.
COIMBATORE : Taking cognisance of allegations of private colleges withholding original certificates of teaching faculty members, the Anna University has directed all affiliated colleges to return the original certificates immediately after verification. The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has also issued a public notice on Wednesday, warning technical institutions not resort to such illegal and unethical restrictive practices. The direction comes after an assistant professor of a Chennai-based private college committed suicide after the college allegedly refused to return his certificates. “It has been brought to the notice of the university that many faculty members are not getting back their original certificates from the management of affiliated colleges. The chairman and principal should ensure that all the original certificates of the faculty members are returned to them immediately after relevant verification,” Anna University registrar (in charge) J Kumar said.
The chairman and the principal should not hold back the original certificates of faculty members working in their colleges, he warned. He also sought a reply from the affiliated colleges on this issue by December 17.On its party, AICTE stated that such activities were a clear violation of norms and will attract strict punitive action, including withdrawal of approval. Many technical institutions were withholding or retaining the original educational qualification certificates of faculty and non-teaching staff members. In the event of such staff resigning, their request for return of the original documents were not being accepted. Because of such violation, instances of suicide by the dejected employees have come to the notice of AICTE. The AICTE also asked faculty or non-teaching staff to bring any such irregularity to the notice of the council through http://www.aicte-india.org.However, All India Private College Employees Union founder K M Karthik termed both the warning as mere eye wash. – Courtesy
A unique initiative of online professional development of in-service teachers’ of higher education, using MOOCs platform SWAYAM-Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching (ARPIT)
A unique initiative of online professional development of in-service teachers’ of higher education, using MOOCs platform SWAYAM-Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching
(ARPIT) was launched by MHRD on 13’h November, 2018. The ARPIT is 40 hour programme with 20 hours of video content offered in a highly flexible format which can be done at one’s own pace and time. The programme has built-in assessment exercises and activities as part of the academic progression in the course. At the end of the course, there is a provision for terminal assessment which can be either online or written examination.
It has been decided by the UGC that successful completion of the courses offered under the ARPIT programme with 40 hour of instruction material with a proctored examination will be treated as equivalent to one Refresher Course for the purposes of Career Advancement. This is for the information of all universities and colleges. – UGC Circular Published on 03-12-2018, 1 page, pdf – UGC Letter reg.: Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching (ARPIT) / Click here for SWAYAM Course Enrollment for ARPIT
Dutch Ambassador Launches Orange Tulip Scholarships at Bengaluru Tech Summit to Boost Study in Holland Program
Business Standard | Press Trust of India | BENGALURU | December 2, 2018 |
The 400-year-old Indo-Dutch relations is at an all time high. Indo-Dutch bi-lateral trade and cultural relations founded on the bedrock of its talented people will be enhanced with greater student mobility from India to Netherlands. In this context, Dutch Ambassador, Marten van den Berg launched Orange Tulip scholarship (OTS) during the Bengaluru Tech Summit held on 30th November, 2018 at Bangalore Palace. “We are happy to formally launch the 2019-20 Orange Tulip Scholarships for Indian students to study in Holland. OTS was piloted in 2017 under Nuffic Netherlands Education Support Office (NESO) India. This year, 19 Dutch universities are offering around 55 scholarships in bachelors and master courses totaling a value of 4,57,290 INR 3.65 cr* approx,” Ambassador Marten van den Berg said. “India will be home to the world’s youngest workforce by 2027, according to Bloomberg. Netherlands is the second most innovative country and the fourth most competitive economy in the world as per World Economic Forum rankings of 2018,” he added. “Harnessing the young talent, and innovative energy from both our nations, we look forward to create intersections for innovative solutions to global problems through industry-academia collaboration,” he said.
Many universities are offering waiver of tuition fees for various courses, interesting pedagogy eg. Museology (study of museums), Medical and Pharma Drug Innovation, International Leisure etc. to attract Indian students. OTS puts Karnataka on the talent map for attracting highly qualified Indian students to study in Holland. Around 2,021 Indian students went to Netherlands for higher education in 2017 clocking 30% increase over 2016 in enrollments. “The Netherlands has a deficit of thousands of engineers. With 5,00,000 engineering pass outs from India and many from Bengaluru, there is immense opportunity to bridge the engineering talent gap in Holland,” says Gert Heijkoop, Consul General of the Kingdom Of the Netherlands in Bengaluru. OTS was launched in China in 2008 and in successive years in Mexico, Korea, Brazil, Indonesia and Russia. It piloted in 2017 in India with Indian students availing 24 scholarships worth 541191 or INR 4.1 CR approx* Since 2010-11, the relative importance of German and Chinese students has been decreasing and countries such as UK, India, Indonesia and USA is steadily increasing.
Applications for OTS are now open. Students can visit Nuffic Neso to know the deadlines for various university applications.
Nuffic Neso co-curates peer learning workshop with IIIT Bangalore on Cybersecurity – Increasing incidents of cyber attacks and data protection efforts are underway globally. According to NASSCOM, an IT industry trade body report, this is expected to create $35 billion revenue and employment opportunities for about 1 million Indian professionals by 2025. Considering the exponential magnitude of the issue, the Government of Karnataka along with partners from industry and academia formed partnership with The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies to further strengthen industry-academia partnership this year. The Prime Ministers of India and The Netherlands formally announced this collaboration during the High Level Trade Mission held in India in May 2018. Under the Indo-Dutch collaboration, Govt. of Karnataka Dept. IT & BT dept. and The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies organized the first-ever Indo-Dutch Summer School on Cyber Security in The Hague in July 2018. Five brightest minds from IIIT Bangalore were sponsored by the Govt. of Karnataka to attend the summer school in The Hague. The students presented key learnings on Cyber-security and fake news in a workshop co-curated by Nuffic Neso and the IIIT students at BTS.
Other highlights of Study in Holland program
STEM courses are amongst the most popular for Indian students aspiring to study in Netherlands. Per 2016-17 Nuffic Neso stats, over 1283 Indian students applied for Engineering followed by Economics, Business Administration (242) and Sciences (144) Amongst the non-technical streams, Agriculture and Environment ranks highest with 120 applications followed by Social Studies (71) and Arts and Culture (60) About Nuffic Neso Nuffic has set up Netherlands Education Support Offices in 11 countries. These offices are located in countries that are strategically important for Dutch higher education: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam. They were set up with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The main task of a Nuffic Neso is to promote Dutch higher education and to support students who want to study in Holland. They also facilitate institutional cooperation. They also support the Holland Alumni programme by maintaining local alumni networks and organising events and training sessions for alumni and alumni officers at Dutch higher education institutions. In addition, the Nuffic Nesos offer tailor-made services for Dutch education institutions as well as others interested in international education marketing. – Courtesy / Click here to read more …. Orange Tulip Scholarship
Smart India Hackathon 2019 is a nationwide initiative to provide students a platform to solve some of pressing problems we face in our daily lives, and thus inculcate a culture of product innovation and a mindset of problem solving. The last edition of the hackathon saw over 5 million+ students from various engineering colleges compete for the top prize at 35+ locations. In SIH 2019, the students would also have the opportunity to work on challenges faced within the private sector organisations and create world class solutions for some of the top companies in the world, thus helping the Private sector hire the best minds from across the nation.
What is SIH2019? * An initiative by Ministry of HRD, AICTE, Persistent Systems, i4c and Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini * Involves 1 Lakh+ technical students, 3000+ technical institutions, 200+ organizations from across India * World’s biggest Software and Hardware hackathon * 3rd edition of highly successful Smart India Hackathon initiative * Technology Students across India compete to creatively solve problems and offer technical solutions * Harness expertise of students from IISc, IITs, NITs and AICTE/UGC approved institutions Why join SIH 2019? * Get innovative solutions to your problems in cost effective ways * Opportunity to brand your organization nationally * Recognition and visibility for your organization across all technical institutions in India * Young techies from all over the country offer out-of-the-box solutions to your problems * Be part of World’s biggest Open Innovation Movement * Opportunity to work with some of the best talent in the country Invitation to Private & Public Sector industries and NGOs to join Smart India Hackthon (SIH) 2019 Share your problems and get them solved by students across India
Smart Communication Designing devices which would help in easing communication chennels between various communication devices and points.
Healthcare & Biomedical devices Designing devices that would help in managing healthcare better.
Agriculture & Rural Development Designing devices keeping in mind the need to enhance the primary sector of India – Agriculture and the lives of our Rural Population.
Smart Vehicles Creating intelligent devices to improve commutation facilities, quality of travel experience and overall travel safety features hardware.
Food Technology Creating state of art solutions to manage and process our agriculture produce.
Robotics and Drones There is a need design drones and robots that can solve some of the pressing challenges of India such as handling medical emergencies, search and rescue operations, etc.
Waste management Solutions could be in the form of waste segregation, disposal, and improved transportation system. Clean water Creating state-of-the-art devices to improve distribution, management and purification of water. Renewable Energy Innovative ideas that help manage and generate renewable sources more efficiently. Security & Surveillance Creating state-of-the-art safety and security technologies for India.
UGC has constituted an Anomaly Redressal Committee for Regulations on Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic staff in Universities and Colleges and other Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education, 2018
New Delhi | UGC Notice | 27 November 2018 |
The UGC on 18″ July, 2018 had notified UGC Regulations on (Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic staff in Universities and Colleges and other Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education), 2018. To look into various issues pertaining to implementation of these Regulations, the UGC has constituted an Anomaly Redressal Committee. The response is invited from the State Governments, Universities, Colleges and faculty and other stakeholders regarding the issues involved in implementing these Regulations for consideration of the above said Committee. The responses may be sent to the UGC on firstname.lastname@example.org latest by 15th December, 2018 to enable UGC to place them before the Committee for consideration. Click here to download the UGC Notice – 1 page, pdf – Published on 27-11-2018 – UGC Public Notice reg.: Responses are invited from The State Governments, Universities, Colleges, Faculty and other Stake Holders regarding issues pertaining to implementation of “Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Staff in Universities and Colleges and other Measures for or the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education), 2018
DECCAN CHRONICLE. | A.RAGU RAMAN | Nov 30, 2018 |
The existing UGC approved a list of journals will only remain valid until CARE reference list of quality journals is released.
Chennai: In a bid to control the menace of substandard academic journals, the University Grants Commission (UGC) will establish Consortium for Academic and Research Ethics (CARE) that will compile a list of credible quality journals. The existing UGC approved a list of journals will only remain valid until CARE reference list of quality journals is released. The exiting UGC approved a list of journals is consisting of 40,000 journals across the globe. Though the list is being updated from time to time by removing predatory journals, the percentage of research articles published in poor quality journals is still high in our country. “A problem of dubious journals has become a serious concern all over the world. The percentage of research articles published in poor quality journals is reported to be high in India, adversely affecting its image,” the UGC said in its announcement on Wednesday. It further said that research journals in the field of science, engineering, technology and agriculture which are accepted in the scientific database like SCOPUS and Web of Science (WOS), may be considered for all academic purposes and CARE list of journals. The primary task for the consortium is to prepare a list of journals for social sciences, humanities, language, arts, culture and Indian knowledge system. There are complaints from researchers from various streams including social sciences and humanities that their research articles are not being published by the western journals which dominate UGC’s approved journals’ list.
“Journals published by the government, councils, national academies, scholarly societies of long standing in India and abroad may also be considered for inclusion in the ‘Care Reference List of Quality Journals’ provided they meet the required quality criteria,” the UGC said in the notification. The Consortium of Academic Research and Ethics will also create a process for the submission of proposals by the academic institutions for the inclusion of new journals in the reference list in different disciplines. All such proposals will be critically analysed using validated protocol by the special cell at the entrusted institution and the list will be regularly updated. A senior academician said the main issue with the social sciences and humanities is that the number of faculties is more and the research journals are less. Some professors opined that the problem is more serious than creating a newer and newer list making tougher for publication. “Without providing adequate support for research and data collection, the UGC is just keeping raising the bar. It would adversely impact the research output,” they warned. “The UGC’s current list of approved journals is also too westernised and researches focusing on local issues are not getting published in those journals. The regional language journals also need to be approved in the new list for quality local researches,” they argued. – Courtesy / UGC Notice – Published on 28-11-2018 – UGC Notice reg.: The Commission’s recommendation on the UGC Journals List, 4 page, pdf