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Uniform Fee Structure For Private Medical Colleges In Kerala

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In the past students did not have access to private medical colleges in Kerala due to their non existence. From 2002-03 onwards a number of private medical colleges came up with 50% low fee slab for poor students. But this could be carried for long. A two decade old constructive action has come to an end. There will be no subsidy for admission in private medical colleges of Kerala. This means economically weaker or poor students would have to cough up more for admission in medical colleges here, shattering their dreams of becoming a doctor.

This year onwards, the government has decided to have a uniform fee structure in all private medical colleges. A provisional ordinance has been already brought out which is supposed to be cleared in the assembly session, making it a law.

The uniform fee in private colleges will be Rs.5 lakh, as per the ordinance; except in 15% seats of the total seats allocated for Non-Resident Indians (NRI), where the fee will be capped at Rs.20 lakh. The fee for post graduate studies in medicine has also been increased from Rs. 6.5 lakh to 14 lakh. This will force the poor students to pay four times more fees as compared to last year. The annum fee was fixed at Rs.25,000 or Rs.2.5 lakh—depending upon where the student stood in the merit list and certain reservation criterions—under the 50% seats reserved for affirmative action. On the other side, the move has slashed fees for the well to do category. If last year the private managements were charging Rs.11 lakh in the rest of the seats they can fill up on their own, and Rs.15 Lakh in the NRI quota, they can only charge Rs.5 lakh and Rs.20 lakh now.

This contradicts the Marxist’s government’s move in Kerala, who had resorted to violent street protests violent street agitations, mainly by the student outfits like Student Federation of India (SFI) for subsidies in medical colleges of Kerala. This has led private managements to give in to government overseeing in the 50% of the seats, even though they had a free hand in deciding the fee and allotment process in the rest of the seats.

It’ll Bring To End The Provision Of Subsidized Medical Seats

Health minister K.K. Shylaja was unavailable to comment on this new development who had earlier vented het anger on the disruptions caused due to the recent Supreme Court order, making NEET (National Eligibility Entrance Exam) the necessary route to traverse for admission to medical seats.

The NEET order gave the state government-appointed committee the power to take charge of the admission process and fee structure which was not in favor of private colleges in which they were unwilling to give a respite in fee to low-income students. K.K. Shylaja said her department was asked to discontinue the four-tier fee structure post the NEET order, as it could lead to legal trouble.

But this government argument does not any value when we look at the active process of admission in states like Karnataka similar to that of Kerala and is moving ahead even after the NEET order. In the present academic year, 40% of the total seats in Karnataka have been earmarked for the poorest students at Rs.77,000 per annum as fees. Still the management has a free hand in charging for the rest of the seats, and they are at a higher price than Kerala—ranging from Rs.22 lakh to Rs.41.98 lakh per annum depending on the college—as per the website. Yet, no legal battles have come to fore in Karnataka.

KSSP say the fee regulatory committee which was appointed by the present government, suggested for Rs.5 lakh/annum fee by taking an average of previous year’s total fees, which is not a good way to decide for such an amount. According to an analysis done by KSSP president K.P. Aravindan, the total expenditure of a private college with 100 students might be well below Rs.1.5 lakh/student/annum. This goes to suggest that the present fees can be much below the Rs.5 lakh mark, since education institutions have no right to profit according to Indian law.

Looking at the political angle of this situation, marginal increase in fees led to week-long street protests in the previous year, which is calm this year—although the main opposition party Congress, and SFI, have both raised objections.

 

 

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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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