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Engineers are 50% of those who crack UPSC: Centre 

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Nearly half of those who crack the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil services examination are engineering graduates. And a large number of them do so by opting for subjects like public administration and sociology. This was informed by the union minister Jitendra Singh.

MINISTER’S STATEMENT TO PARLIAMENT

He was replying to the question hour in Rajya Sabha. Jitendra Singh also said that among the 20 toppers this year, 19 were engineers and one was a doctor. Highlighting more, he said not even 10 per cent of the doctors opt for medical science as their option. Doctors and engineers choose optional subjects different than what they have studied, for the civil services exam.

He was replying to supplementaries. This after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Subramanian Swamy asked whether the government had received representations to include Ayurveda as an optional subject for civil services examination.

In his written reply, the minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions said the issue was under examination by the government. He also said that there are 48 optional subjects for the examination. To support his statement Singh further said that Ayurveda not being an optional did not mean that Ayush graduates could not appear for the examination.

MAIN EXAMS’ DETAILS 

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) had declared the result of the civil services preliminary exam in June. The main exam is scheduled to be held on October 2017. The papers will be conducted over a week’s time starting from 28 October to 3 November. Close to 14000 candidates have qualified the civil services preliminary exam.

Candidates must fill the detailed application form (DAF) for the main examination on the UPSC website. Candidates are advised to carefully read the guidelines for filling DAF form, since no changes can be made after final submission

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Will Facebook And Google Be Your New Teachers ??

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In the rapidly growing environment even education has taken on new roles and it is vital to understand its future in India. Today while technology has become core part of every sector, Social media’s importance has gone on to take a completely different role reversal. Education sector has in fact taken on a different facet of social media for itself. Today the role of Facebook and google has shown its importance in education sector too even on the verge of replacing traditional methods.

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FACEBOOK : more than a friends book, it’s a teachbook too now

In this modern technology connected world, Social media and especially Facebook is part of our day to day life. And with new technology coming out each day, A lot of business prospects have shifted their horizons on this network. Digital marketing backing up their future.

A lot of small business find themselves struggling with this. And Facebook as always is ready to be the savior and connect people with the new tech courses. Facebook has collaborated with Community colleges and come up with a new curriculum that focuses on new technological courses. Facebook also announced it’s partnerships with two-year Institutions.

And let’s not forget the previous initiatives by Facebook to teach the world. In 2015, Facebook started it’s online teaching courses namely Blueprint for free which also gives a certification of the course. Recently, Facebook is also testing new reforms and if successful this program will ensure that anyone on the social media platform can start an online teaching course. For this, they are also in talks with Udacity, the worldwide platform known for its varied online teaching courses.

GOOGLE: Are you on this course-era?

If you need any information, the first thing you do is you GOOGLE IT! And just like everything else,Google has a solution to this problem too. Google is here to educate us about the amazing new packed courses it has come with its new partnerships.

At the beginning of 2018, Google with Coursera, an online teaching platform with 2500+ courses and over 30 million users came up with new IT courses. And to take these courses you don’t need a tech-savvy background.

The Courses will be looked by the Google IT course developer team which is made from the experienced IT professionals who will be responsible for making these courses approachable, interactive and have created as well as dynamic content.

Google also launched a new program called “GROW WITH GOOGLE”, an initiative that will help the new services, product, businesses, and people grow while Google assists as always. The IT support Professional certificate is part of the program.

Google recently also announced its partnership with the Udacity and Pluralsight to offer free career and tech-related courses to everyone despite them being a graduate or not or mid-professionals.With the new times, Education and work are merging together. People want jobs as soon as they graduate. And always thrive for better and technology is a key to success in this 21st century.

So are Facebook and Google taking over the Education sectors too? Well, when asked the answer to this question was provided very vaguely. For now, Both Facebook and Google are helping people apply technology to education and help them grow mutually. So what’s stopping you now? Go get your Certificate
Right now!

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Times’ World University Ranking: No Indian institute in top 200

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University of Oxford retains first place

Indian institutes continue to perform poorly in global university rankings. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore slid in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018.

SLIDING RANKS

Though IISc remained at top in India, it was placed in the 251-300 groupings of the best universities. IISc was in 201-250 cohort of the previous edition of the ranking. IISc, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur and IIT Kharagpur were the top five Indian schools in the 2018 rankings.

As per the ranking survey, IISc slid largely due to drops in its research influence score and research income. While the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay continues to be in the 351-400 band, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur have dropped by one grouping—from 401-500 to 501-600.

“It is disappointing that India has declined in world rankings amid increasing global competition,” said Phil Baty, editorial director of global rankings of THE.

WHY INDIA FAILED

Indian universities performed poorly on internationalisation which measures how successful a school is in attracting foreign students and staff. This is a traditional shortcoming of Indian institutions. “Government policy strictly limits the number of students from abroad who can study in India. This prevents international scholars from being hired into long-term faculty positions,” THE said in an email.

TOP GLOBAL RANKS

Globally, the University of Oxford retains first place in the rankings, followed by Cambridge, which overtook California Institute of Technology and Stanford University, who came in at a joint third. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) completes the top five chart.

Overall, 1,000 universities from 77 countries were ranked by the THE. The US continued to be the top country in terms of the number of universities in the top 200.

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World University Rankings 2018: IISc, IIT Slide, No Indian Institute In Top 200

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In a massive setback to all education institutions and their stakeholders in the country, the leading establishments have further downgraded as they fared poorly in the World University Rankings 2018. In the global list of 1000 educational institutions topped by Oxford and Cambridge, the number of higher Indian education institutions has marginally fallen from 31 to 30, according to the new assessment. One of the biggest reasons for the continual abysmal performances is the relative drop in research influence score and research income.    

Director of Global Ranking Adds

Phil Baty, Editorial Director of Global Rankings, Times Higher Education said, ” Amid the increasing global competition It is disappointing to see that India has further declined in the the World University Rankings.” He further added, “As the India’s flagship Indian Institute of Science moves further away from the elite top 200, other Asian territories such as Singapore, China and Hong Kong are consistently rising up the rankings of their leading universities due to the high and sustained levels of funding.” He also pointed out that Indian institutes were lagging behind on the internationalisation front. “Government policy strictly limits the number of students from abroad who can study in India and prevents international scholars from being hired into long-term faculty positions,” THE said in an email sent on Tuesday.

The Indian Scenario

The sole silver lining this year is the The Indian Institute of Science (IISc). It is the highest ranked institute from the country, though even it had slipped from the 201-250 band to the 251-300 one. Furthermore, IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur, which were among the best Indian institutions toppled down to the 501-600 band from their last year’s position of 401- 500 club. IIT Bombay is still in the 351-400 band, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Roorkee also retained their positions in the 501-600 bracket.

 

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