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Delhi Government Allocates Over Rs.15,000 Crore To Education, 2 New Universities Proposed

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“The education sector has the highest share of 26 percent of the total budget allocation in 2019-20,” Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said in his Budget speech.

Two new universities, an MBA course in family business and funds for developing students‘ business plans are among the initiatives announced by the Delhi government on Tuesday in its 2019-20 budget for the education sector.

The budget was presented by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in the Delhi Assembly and the government has allocated over Rs. 15,601 crore for the sector.

Mr. Sisodia in his budget speech said the allocation to the education sector is around 26 percent of the total budget.

“In the previous years the allocation for the education (sector) was around 24-25 percent of the total budget,” he said.

“The education sector has the highest share of 26 percent of the total budget allocation in 2019-20. I have mentioned this several times in this House that focusing on human resource development instead of education is a big mistake, because we cannot develop our children as resources,” Mr. Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, said.

The education budget includes “Rs. 13,518 crore under revenue and Rs. 2,083 crore under capital,” he said.

Mr. Sisodia said an amount of Rs. 7,818 crore is earmarked for implementation of various programmes, schemes and projects in the education sector in 2019-20.

The government has allocated Rs. 42 crore as seed money under the upcoming Entrepreneurship Curriculum to students in Class 11 and 12 in state-run schools and those studying in colleges and universities.

The amount will be given to students to start developing their “business plans”. The curriculum will be taught to students studying in classes 9 to 12 in Delhi government schools.

The government has announced it would establish a new university in “applied sciences”, which will offer skill-based courses at different levels– diploma, certificate, graduate and post-graduate, M.Phil and Ph.D.

The national capital will also get another university for teachers’ training, it announced.

From 2019 – 20 academic session, government schools will also be given Rs. 5 to 7 lakh to strength its school management committees (SMCs).

“The SMCs will also be given Rs. 1 to 1.5 lakh additional amount to help teachers who want to take new initiatives to make learning better at their respective schools,” Sisodia, who hold the education portfolio, said.

He has also announced to give tablets to students studying in Class 11 and 12 in its schools of excellence. and Pratibha Vikas Vidhyalaya, and allocated Rs. 9 crores for the purpose.

Government school students scoring 80 percent and above in their Class 10 board examination will be given a tablet as a reward under a “Pratibha fellowship”.

Under the chief minister scholarship scheme, the government has also announced an annual scholarship of Rs. 2,500 to government school students who scored 80 percent and above in classes 7 to 12.

“We want to encourage talented students studying in government schools. We are not going to set any minimum limit for income of parents required to avail this scheme,” Mr. Sisodia said.

The AAP government presented an Rs. 60,000 crore budget for 2019-20 and said it is “two times more” than the one presented in 2014-15.

(Source NDTV)

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IIT Roorkee Signs MoU With ISRO For Space Technology Cell

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IIT Roorkee Director A K Chaturvedi said a memorandum of understanding was signed with the ISRO to launch a space technology cell at the institute.

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee in Uttarakhand on Friday said it tied up with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to set up a Space Technology Cell at its campus.

“The ISRO-IIT Roorkee Space Technology Cell shall pursue advanced research in the areas of relevance to the future technological and programmatic needs of the Indian space programme,” a statement from IIT Roorkee said.

The cell shall ensure to maximize the use of research potential, infrastructure, expertise and experience that exist in ISRO and IIT Roorkee, the statement said.

The institute will be providing the infrastructure and administrative support in setting up the cell.

The research facility will consist of faculty members, visiting scientists, experts, research personnel, technical, administrative and support staff.

Bengaluru-based ISRO has been undertaking several student outreach programmes over the past few months in order to develop scientific temper among the country’s youth.

(Source NDTV)

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IIT Kharagpur To Adopt Amazon Web Services Educate Programme

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As part of AWS Educate, the students will gain access to 12 Cloud Career Pathways covering topics that are in demand by employers, such as machine learning, cybersecurity, and software development, each with over 30 hours of content.

The Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur will adopt Amazon Web Services (AWS) Educate programme to help students gain cloud computing skills including hands-on experience in Artificial Intelligence (AI), a top official of the institute has said. “We are happy to introduce AWS Educate programme to provide AWS Cloud Computing experience and AI-enablement for all our students, irrespective of their branch of study. We look forward to some really innovative solution ideas coming out of this,” Director IIT Kharagpur Professor P P Chakrabarti said on Friday.

The AWS Educate programme is Amazon’s global initiative to provide students and educators with resources needed to accelerate cloud-related learning and to help power the workforce of tomorrow. The programme offers a robust set of no-cost tools, resources and AWS Promotional Credits for students and educators to boost their cloud skills and experience, an official statement said.

“AWS Educate is designed to impart skill to students with the latest advancements in cloud computing technology and provide them with an environment to experiment on AWS Cloud, without making them worried about cost or access challenges,” the statement quoted Amazon Internet Services Private Limited, president, Rahul Sharma as saying.

“We are pleased to work with IIT Kharagpur in their journey of higher learning, and to help them nurture new talent for a cloud-ready workforce,” he was quoted in the statement.

As part of AWS Educate, the students will gain access to 12 Cloud Career Pathways covering topics that are in demand by employers, such as machine learning, cybersecurity, and software development, each with over 30 hours of content.

Upon completion, learners are eligible to receive an AWS Educate Certificate of Completion or an AWS Educate Badge.

(Source NDTV)

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Artificial Intelligence, Yoga Among New Subjects For CBSE Students

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CBSE has approved inclusion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) as an optional sixth subject for class 9 students.

CBSE students will now be introduced to the rapidly rising world of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The central education board has approved inclusion of Artificial Intelligence as an optional sixth subject for class 9 students from the upcoming academic session which starts in April 2019. Apart from Artificial Intelligence (AI), CBSE has also introduced Early Childhood Care Education, and Yoga as new subjects.

Recognizing the ‘geo-strategic’ importance of AI, CBSE has decided to offer AI as a sixth optional subject to students of class 9 onwards. Schools can also start a module on AI learning for class 8 students.

The CBSE circular says, “To enhance the multidisciplinary approach in teaching learning and also to sensitize the new generation, it was decided that School may start AI “Inspire module” of 12 hours at Class VIII itself.”

Yoga and Early Childhood Care Education will be introduced at Senior Secondary Level from this academic session.

CBSE is also offering class 10 students the choice to opt for a sixth Skill paper along with the existing five compulsory papers. If a student fails in any one of the three elective subjects (i.e. Science, Mathematics and Social Science), then it can be replaced by the Skill subject (offered as a 6th subject) and the result of Class X will be computed based on best five subjects. However, if a candidate wishes to reappear in the failed subject, they may appear along with the compartment examination.

CBSE has also asked schools affiliated with the Board to offer at least one Skill subject at Senior Secondary level.

Schools need to send the application for starting Skill subjects from 2019-20 session to CBSE latest by March 31, 2019.

(Source – NDTV)

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