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JEE Advanced: Gender Gap Keeps Girls On The Back Foot

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It was boys once again. They grabbed the major share of the cream in the recently announced JEE(Advanced) results. Sarvesh Mehtani of Panchkula’s Bhavan Vidyalaya secured the top rank at All India Level. Pune lad, Akshat Chugh (Delhi Public School) stood second at All-India level (with a score of 335), and Delhi’s Ananye Agarwal (Hope Hall Foundation School) was third as per the merit list declared on Sunday.

Ramya Narayanasamy, from Madhapur, Hyderabad, was the topper among girls with an All-India rank of 35, while Shafil Maheen of Talakkad, Kerala, was the south zone topper. Students of IIT-Madras zone were the most successful with 10,240 of a total of 50,455 candidates across the country, having cracked the exam, IIT-Bombay, followed closely with 9,893 qualifiers, amongst the seven zones. Delhi with 9,207 qualifiers, Kanpur (6,809), Kharagpur (6,138), Roorkee (5,050) and Guwahati (3,118), were the other best performers, according to a statement from IIT-Madras, the organising institute for JEE (Advanced) this year.

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The IIT-Roorkee and IIT Delhi zones account for three most talented candidates in the top 10 ranks, followed by IIT-Bombay with two, and Madras & Kanpur with one each. The south zone accounted for 29 ranks in the top 100.

An estimated 2.2 lakh students appeared for JEE (Advanced) this year, with an increase in quote by 20,000 as compared to 2016. The increase in IIT seats saw an increase in the number of students appearing for JEE (Advanced) by 50,000 from 1.5 lakh in 2015 to 2 lakh in 2016. An estimated 1.72 lakh students who registered for the ‘Advanced’ round of the entrance examination, of which 1.59 lakh — appeared for the test as compared to 1.47 lakh in 2016 for the 10,000-plus seats spread across the 23 IITs.

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The gender gap on IIT campuses is prevalent till date. It can be seen from the fact that only 33,358 girls registered for the exam, as compared to 1.38 lakh boys. A total of 43,318 boys accounted for 86% of the successful candidates this year, while the number of qualifying girls stood at 7,137.

Seven candidates qualified under the foreign category. Despite the IITs earmarking 1,000 slots for foreign candidates, only 598 foreign students registered for the Advanced round, of which 109 took the test and seven were successful. This year, the seven centres allotted to the foreign students were in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Singapore, Ethiopia and the UAE.

 

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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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