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Prestigious Einstein Prize for Indian American professor Abhay Ashtekar



Abhay Ashtekar to be honored by the American Physical Society on October 23 for his commendable work.

The American Professor with the Indian origin, Abhay Ashtekar is going to be honored with the illustrious Einstein Prize along with $10,000 as an award on October 23, 2018, by American Physical Society, APS. After nearly four decades of outstanding accomplishment in his scientific engagement with gravitational science and owing to his commendable work, Abhay Ashtekar is all set to receive the Einstein Prize.

Speaking about his achievement, Abhay Ashtekar told IANS, “The prize is special because it is the highest honor bestowed by APS in the broad area of gravitational science. The first Einstein prize was awarded jointly to Peter Bergmann and John Wheeler, who introduced general relativity to the American universities by creating research groups. Perhaps because the first award often sets the tone, subsequent prizes have come to recognize ‘lifetime achievements. So the news was deeply satisfying.”

Ashtekar pursued his higher studies in India when his passion for physics began. He said, “At first I knew only Marathi literature –that is my mother tongue and was the medium of instruction until I was 11. Then was exposed to Hindi and English literature and realized how deeply literature is tied to specific cultures. What is considered great in one language or context could well be mediocre in another. At the same time, I learned Newton’s laws and universality of gravity — what makes the apple fall on earth also makes the planets go around the sun. This was stunning by itself.

The most remarkable thing what he found was that, unlike art and literature, which are totally tied to human conditions, Newton’s laws transcend both. It was striking to him that the same Newton’s laws were taught and adored in India as in China, Japan, and the West.

Thereafter, in college fundamental physics seemed to him to be the deepest and purest way to pursue an understanding of Nature (the external world). In graduate school, he chose to work in general relativity, cosmology and quantum physics because he thought that is where the most fundamental questions about space, time and the nature of the physical universe were discussed.

When Ashtekar was asked if physicists in India are producing world-class research, he proudly answered that there are extremely talented physicists in India who are making first-rate contributions to pure physics in areas he has had first-hand acquaintance with. He even said that he is particularly pleased by the ‘LIGO-India’ project that is now placing India firmly in the front ranks of international efforts.

According to Ashtekar, between 5 and 10 years from now; the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune, in particular, will play an important role in the major discoveries that will be made with the international network of gravitational wave observatories. He says India is ahead of China in this area, as for an instance he said that at times, his colleagues in other areas of physics, tell him that this is not the case in their field; that there is a lot of good research but not enough ‘great’ research that gets published in most of the visible journals.

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MHRD To Implement 10% Quota Law College Seats Set To Increase



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“Adequate additional seats will be created in these colleges and universities to implement the quota for EWS. The UGC and AICTE will be provided the operational mandate within a week to implement the quota,” Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

The quota for the economically weak, which allows them 10% reservation benefit, will be implemented in all educational institutions from 2019. “10% EWS quota will be implemented in the AY 2019-20 itself, without impacting the existing quotas for SCs,STs & OBCs and general seats,” said Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar today in a meeting with the UGC and the AICTE. “Adequate additional seats will be created in these colleges and universities to implement the quota for EWS. The UGC and AICTE will be provided the operational mandate within a week to implement the quota,” he added. 

Read Also: Gujarat To Adopt 10% Quota In Jobs For Economically Weak With One Condition

“The modalities are being worked out and within a week’s time we will have the exact number of seats that will be added. The operation manuals about how to implement the quota will be issued soon. The colleges and universities will also be asked to mention the quota in their prospectus as well and make infrastructural arrangements accordingly,” Mr Javadekar said.

The decision comes after President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday cleared the landmark bill passed by parliament which will provide 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and college seats for people outside high income brackets.

Upon its implementation, in 40,000 colleges and 900 Universities, 10 per cent of college seats will now be reserved for students belonging to families that earn less than Rs. 8 lakh a year and have not more than five acres of land. The 10 per cent quota is in addition to the 22.5 per cent reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and 27 per cent reservation for castes identified as the Other Backward Classes (OBC).

Saying it to be “unwanted”, former Chief Economic Adviser to the Union Finance Ministry, Kaushik Basu on Monday said,” by most calculations, somewhere between 96-99 per cent of Indian households fall into that category.”


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Delhi Will Soon Get 6 World Class Skill Centres, Admissions To Begin Shortly




Six world class skill centres are coming up in Delhi in March, announced Manish Sisodia. The admission process for these skill centres will be starting soon.

March 2019 will see six world-class skill centres (WCSC) open in Delhi, Education Minister Manish Sisodia announced. The skill centres being opened by the Delhi government will have a total capacity of 720 seats and will prepare students to acquire different professional skills. Sisodia said that a total of 25 such skill centres will be set up in Delhi, 19 of which will be made functional in August.

As soon as the admission process is over, they will be started formally,” Sisodia told reporters.

Importance of skill development

“The central government has also been taking about skills but what they did was that they made Sachin Tendulkar stand with a plumber in an advertisement. Plumbing is a skill but hospitality, banking also have opportunities for skills. Having a skill means a youth is standing on his feet with a professional approach,” said the education minister of Delhi.

He said skill is the future of education and it is important to impart skill education. He also said that entrepreneurship be also included as a skill so that the skill centres can give rise to job givers rather than job seekers.

The recruitment process for the hiring of Chief Operating Officers, Master Trainers, Office Executives and Support Staff has already been initiated for the WCSCs and will be completed by February, Sisodia said.

Where will the six world-class skill centres be located?

All the new WCSC will open in the existing ITIs, polytechnics, engineering colleges and universities of the Department of Training and Technical Education.

“Availability of unutilised space in the existing buildings of ITIs, polytechnics, degree colleges and universities was explored by the Department. Accordingly, 25 institutes were identified where the opening of WCSCs was found feasible,” the government said in a statement.

Here are the locations:

  • Institute of Basic Business Studies (Pusa)
  • IIT, Dwarka
  • Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University
  • Society for Self Employment (SSE), Wazirpur
  • SSE, Jhandewalan
  • RIT Rajokari

In which areas will courses be offered at these new skill centres in Delhi?

As per the minister, these are the sectors wherein skill development courses will be offered:

  • Health and Wellness
  • IT and IT-enabled Services
  • Retail Management
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Accounts
  • Banking and Finance
  • Automobile
  • Electronics
  • Media and Event Management
  • Production and Manufacturing
  • Apparel
  • Food Production

More details on which centre will host which course:

  • The Institute of Basic Business Studies will be beginning admissions to courses in retail services, hospitality operations and finance executive
  • The Integrated Institute Of Technology, Dwarka will be beginning admissions for the courses of beauty and wellness consultant, computer system operator and hospitality operations
  • The Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University will be beginning admissions to courses of beauty and wellness consultant, sports fitness and yoga application and sports digitisation and performance management
  • The skill institute in Wazirpur will be beginning admissions to courses on food production and finance executive
  • The centre in Jhandewalan will offer admission on courses in retail services and food production
  • The RIT Rajokri will be offering a course to train computer system operators

When will the admission process begin in these WCSCs?

The admission process for the March 2019 batch in the six WCSCs will start soon, with the advertisement likely to be published next week.

Announcement for these skill centres made back in 2017

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had in 2017 announced setting up of 25 WCSC in Delhi, after the success of the first WCSC at ITI, Vivek Vihar, started in 2013.

25 world class skill centres coming up in two phases

The government plans to start the proposed 25 WCSC in two phases — six WCSC in Phase I and remaining 19 WCSC in Phase II.

“Under Phase I, six WCSCs are being set up with all facilities and will be launched with intake capacity of 720 in March 2019, and 720 as the second intake in the month of August 2019,” he said.

The remaining 19 WCSCs at Ambedkar Institute of Technology, Shakarpur, Aryabhatt Institute Of Technology, Ashok Vihar, Bhai Parmanand Institute, Shakarpur, ITI Narela, Netaji Subhash University of Technology, Dwarka will also be made functional by August this year. Renovation and construction work at these WCSC is currently underway.

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Gujarat To Adopt 10% Quota In Jobs For Economically Weak With One Condition



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Gujarat has decided to implement 10 % reservation in government jobs for people from economically weaker sections in the general category from January 14, 2019.
The state of Gujarat has decided to implement 10% reservation in government jobs for people from economically weaker sections in the general category from January 14, 2019, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said‏ after the new law was introduced by the centre this week. However, the decision will apply only to ongoing recruitment processes in which only advertisements have been published but the first stage of examination is yet to held.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday cleared the landmark bill passed by parliament this week which will provide 10% reservation in government jobs and college seats for people outside high income brackets.

Those who earn less than Rs. 8 lakh a year and have less than five-acre land from the section of people who do not qualify any affirmative action are eligible for the quota.

Read Also: HRD To Workout Modalities To Implement 10 Per Cent Reservation Order; 10 Lakh More Seats To Be Added

Jobs are already reserved for underprivileged and disadvantaged lower castes. The criteria for economic quota will be the same as that for Other Backward Castes or OBCs.

The bill was introduced by the government amid criticism by the opposition which said the move was a pre-election gimmick amid high unemployment.

Earlier in 2016, the High Court in Gujarat rejected a state government ordinance providing members of the economically weaker sections from unreserved category 10 % reservation in government jobs and educational institutions.

The court was hearing petitions challenging the ordinance that allowed 10% reservation to candidates belonging to the unreserved category with family income cap of Rs. 6 lakh per year.

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