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Read the Text Version RNI No. UTTENG/2010/37634 Vol 11 No 4 magazine THE INDIA EDUCATION LANDSCAPE UPDATE February 16 2020 CBSE to increases Below Expectations Kerala competency-based Knowledge questions by 10% UNION BUDGET REDUCES ALLOCATION According to an official Mission notification, CBSE will launchedbeen set aside for a segment increase the number of From Budget Speech competency-based called 'Indian Knowledge questions by 10 percent for Ÿ 15,000 schools will be qualititatively strengthened to the students of classes 10 include all components of the National Education Systems'. This segment will I n o r d e r t o p r o m o t e and 12. With this, the board Policy--’Exempler School in the region’ will also introduce look into elements of innovative ideas, coordinate improvement exams from Ÿ 100 new Sainik schools to come up in partnership with 2021 onwards. NGOs/Private schools/states knowledge from ancient knowledge initiatives and Last year, CBSE introduced the MCQs or application- Ÿ National Processional Standards fo Teachers ..NPST India and its contributions to equip young people with based questions. And, from Ÿ Indigenous toy-based learning-pedagogy by all levels of this year, CBSE has decided modern India and its u p d a t e d s k i l l s , t h e to increase the number of school education MCQs. Further, the board Ÿ A National Digital Education Architecture (NDEAR) successes and challenges. government of Kerala has has also reduced the Ÿ Standardization of Indian Sign language across the syllabus by up to 30 percent Part of NEP 2020, the l a u n c h e d t h e K e r a l a for the 2020-2021 academic country session for classes 9 to 1 This year's Union Budget Ÿ Senior and retired teaches for individual mentoring of expenditure budget said that Knowledge Mission. Chief 2. was in the spirit of “do no this ancient India knowledge Minister Pinarayi Vijayan harm” in terms of any school teaches and educators Nursery admissions adverse policies being Ÿ training of 56 lakh school teachers through Nishtha will be incorporated in an inaugurated the project at an implemented. Broadly, the in Delhi various decisions laid out in portal accurate and scientific event held at Mascot Hotel, this year's budget are more Ÿ Introduction of CBSE Baord exam reforms Nursery admissions in “incremental” rather than manner throughout the Thiruvananthapuram on Feb Delhi for the academic “transformational” in session 2021-22 will begin nature. The education school curriculum wherever 9. from February 18. Schools budget stands at Rs will begin admissions for 93198.81 Cr (School relevant. At the heart of the initiative is students of Nursery, KG and Education- Rs 54873.66 Cr Class 1 next week. The and Higher Education – Rs At the same time , people a comprehensive digital Delhi Directorate of 38325.15 Cr) Education has asked all the The Expectation was : have lauded the proposal for p l a t f o r m f o r e d u c a t e d private schools in the “India has the capacity to national capital to submit leapfrog the so-called c r e a t i n g n e w f o r m a l youngsters which help them details of nursery 'developed' countries over admissions before February the next decade. As we allocate the required amount allocations for BE 2021-22 umbrella structures in 9 upskill, enhance knowledge 15. The first list will be march towards a 5 trillion to undo the impact of the The budget allocated for released by March 20 and dollar economy, we must COVID-19 pandemic. On SamagraShikshaAbhiyan states will also be good for and empower to face the the admission process will make the development the face of it, there was a 6.1 for 2021-22 is only INR end on March 31. inclusive for all by making percent lower allocation over 31,300 Crore, far less than coordination of states and challenges of ever-changing education and skilling a the previous year (Rs 93,224 the budget allocated for national priority.” Cr vs Rs.99300 Cr in 2020- 2019-20 which was INR bringing in synergies. The job market. “This digital Union Budget 2021-22 21). The reduction is in both 36,400 crore and also less comes as a big higher as well as school than the Actual Expenditure proposal to strengthen over platform will create a great disappointment for education. The flagship of 2019-20 which was INR education sector as it fails to National Programme of Mid- 32,376.52 crore. 15,000 schools qualitatively opportunity for those who Day Meal in schools, gets Rs The government made no 11,500 crore as against Rs allocation under the under the new National took a break from work and 12,900 crore in revised Education Scheme for estimate 2020-21. A separate Madrasas and Minorities in Education Policy (NEP) is jobless to connect with global allocation anticipated for the BE 2021-22. In the revised National Education Policy estimate 2020-21, a sum of also the need of the hour employers. They can upskill 2020, did not find a mention. Rs 310.22 crore had been set Operation Digital Board aside for this purpose. A new especially to align with the and earn more knowledge (ODB) saw no increase in allocation of Rs 10 crore has vision of the NEP which talks preferred by the employers. of use of technology and This will create at least three digitization of education. lakh jobs in a year and Kerala These schools will act as government also provide exemplar schools in their benefits such as insurance and regions for mentoring others. loan assistance for the entrepreneurs through this platform,” CM Vijayan said. The first of its kind massive digital platform is expected to create 20 lakh jobs in next five years by connecting trained youth with global job market BITS Pilani launches Study finds huge loss of foundational and leading private sector enterprises. Kerala BITS School of Management learning for children during school closure Development and Innovation Strategic Council (K-DISC), Backed by an investment of more than Rs.1500 Cr, Azim Premji University's classes for language and support, whether in the form a strategic think tank and it will offer a 2-year MBA degree programme Field Study on 'Loss of mathematics, respectively. of bridge courses, extended advisory body set up by the Learning during the Children acquire hours, community-based Government of Kerala, is BITS Pilani - an Institution of Eminence - launched BITS Pandemic' released on Feb foundational abilities in engagements and appropriate spearheading the mission. School of Management (BITSoM) - a new-age global 10 says that prolonged language and mathematics curricular materials, will be The digital platform was business school. The B-school is being set up in the closure of schools during the during primary school that needed to help children gain developed in collaboration Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), the business capital COVID-19 pandemic, for form the basis of further the foundational abilities with the Kerala University of of India, with an investment of more than Rs.1500 Cr over almost an entire year, has had learningin all subjects. Some when they return to school. Digital Sciences, Innovation the next 10 years. BITSoM will offer a futuristic a significant negative impact of these foundational Teacher capacity to ensure and Technology (formerly curriculum in its 2-year residential MBA degree program, on the learning levels of abilities, for example, are student learning in these IIITM-K). The digital with a stellar faculty, handpicked from the top business children. This study, reading a paragraph with unusual circumstances must platform will provide timely schools globally. It aims to redefine the paradigms of undertaken in January 2021, comprehension, expressing be in focus, particularly with and professional training in business education in India through its evolutionary reveals the extent and nature the gist in your own words, respect to pedagogy and diverse and most demanding thinking and relevant knowledge to support learning and of the 'forgetting/regression' adding and subtracting assessment needed to deal areas such as data analytics, leadership, relevant to current business landscape. among 16067 primary numbers. Over 2000 with students at diverse machine learning, artificial The upcoming campus of BITSoM is being developed across school children in 1137 teachers and over 400 learning levels. Teachers intelligence, robotic process 60 acres in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, to be at par with schools in 44 districts across members of the Azim Premji must be given enough time to automation, full stack leading business schools across the world. The endeavour is 5 states. Foundation conducted a compensate for both kinds of development, cyber security, to make it a zero-carbon footprint campus in fullness of time. This loss of learning rigorous assessment of the learning loss – and we must digital content creation, In the interim, BITSoM will operate out of a state-of-the-art comprises both the loss of learning levels of these not rush into promoting media, synthetic biology, campus in Powai, Mumbai. regular curricular learning children as in January 2021 children to the next class. genetic engineering, and Speaking on the launch Kumar Mangalam Birla, Chancellor, that children would have in comparison to their ‘Covid-19 has battered India agricultural consulting. BITS Pilani, said, “The accelerating trends of digitization, acquired if schools remained learning levels on the same and the world. The loss of the Trained and educated youth sustainability, and de-globalization are reshaping the world in open, as also students class appropriate educational year can register to the portal after more ways than one can imagine. In a world marked by 'forgetting' abilities learnt in foundational abilities when compounded by the meeting the criteria. It will uncertainty, it is time to introduce a new way of thinking and the previous class. schools closed in March phenomenon of academic also provide job training to prepare young leaders for this age of disruption. Building on The key findings of the study 2020. regression is one such unemployed educated youth the legacy of BITS Pilani, we have envisioned that BITSoM are that 92% and 82% of The report emphasizes that significant effect. This deep on the basis of their skills and will mould visionary game-changers through a new age MBA children on an average have the extent and nature of cumulative loss has to be demands from companies. degree program, that goes beyond management studies alone. lost at least one specific learning loss is serious confronted,' said Anurag The project is also supported foundational ability from the enough to warrant action at Behar, Vice Chancellor, Azim by Kerala Startup Mission and Contd on P3 previous year across all all levels. Supplemental Premji University. ICT Academy.

2 Curriculum February 16, 2021 News Updates Maharashtra approves STARS The HP's Print Learn Center content will be made available in to 256% in Mar,2020~Oct,2020. The drastic demand of the English and seven Indian languages (Kannada, Tamil, Korean language was seen after National Education Policy of project Telugu, Bengali, Hindi, Gujarati, and Marathi). Hopefully,iIt India adapted Korean language as recommended foreign will enable the development of modern skills in kids like language in 2020. Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for states problem solving, analytical ability, computing and (STARS) project in Maharashtra has been approved by the leadership abilities. Digital Kinderuniversity is now in Hindi, cabinet. The STAR project will emphasise on efforts to Announcing the collaboration to provide scientifically provide proper and integrated education with a focus on designed worksheets and content to support home learning German free online learning platform improving school training and educational quality, and early childhood skill development for students across formulating a comprehensive policy to make the education India,, Dr. Manish Kumar, MD & CEO, NSDC said, “Wider last year had launched English version system transparent. Education minister Gaikwad said, \"We adoption of technology-based skill delivery will enhance have introduced the issue of improving assessment and test learning outcome and experience of the students. The HP- After successful launch of its Kinderuniversity in English and methods under this project. The International Student PLC content and its delivery through eskill India platform are German, the Goethe-Institut, the cultural institute of Germany Assessment Program (ISAP) covers a number of issues, designed to grab the attention of young children and provide on Feb 9 launched the Digital Kinderuniversity in Hindi. This including training teachers to acquire teaching skills.\" them interactive and simplified learning environment.” innovative project shall help students aged eight to 12 satiate The STAR project will be implemented at the state level by Speaking on the occasion, Ketan Patel – Managing Director, their curiosity about science-related questions through the Integrated State Implementation Society (SIS) of the HP India Market said, “Following the pandemic, students exciting educational content and accompany them in learning Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan. An independent Lokpal-like across the country have had to adopt e-learning as a primary the German language during the process. mechanism will be set up for education at the national level. mode of learning. The absence of regular teaching methods The Digital Kinderuniversity, a free online learning platform, Gaikwad said, \"The total cost of the project will be Rs 976 put increased pressure on parents and educators to promote shall contribute significantly towards making education more crore, of which Rs 390 crore will be spent by the state early learning concepts. The HP Print Learn Center is an accessible to the public and ensuring development in children government and Rs 586 crore will be provided by the central effort by HP to help overcome this gap, and through our from an early age. Currently, Kinderuniversity is offered in government.\" collaboration with NSDC, we hope to provide this content to Hindi, English, and German. While no prior knowledge of The project will aim to improve the overall development and millions of students and educators across India and play a German is required to enroll at Kinderuniversity, students can school training of students in Maharashtra. Gaikwad said, part developing essential skills for our country's future familiarise themselves with the language, combined with an \"We will initiate teacher training at different levels. We will generations.” independent and playful pursuit of science. also train teachers to pay special attention to children with The content can be accessed via the NSDC's eSkill India or At Kinderuniversity, children attend lectures and complete special needs, girls and students from disadvantaged HP's Print Learn Center via a free subscription. Registered exercises based on STEM + Arts i.e. STE(A)M subjects. They communities.\" users will get access to 100 learning worksheets every month. learn from 'Humans', 'Nature' and 'Technology' and are Apart from this, vocational education at secondary school The content will be available for multiple categories of exposed to elements of gamification throughout the course. level and empowerment and upliftment of State Council of learners. Students can collect badges that help them advance through Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and District levels ranging from Bachelor, Master, Doctorate to Professor. Institutes of Education and Training (DIETS) have been Adopt Mo Schools: CM to elected To further incentivise students, certificates can be included in the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan program. Gaikwad downloaded anytime and from anywhere. said, \"We aim to implement the STAR project in Maharashtra representatives Commenting on the launch, Thomas Gödel, Director in the course of the next five years.\" Language Programmes South Asia & Deputy Executive A total of six states, including Maharashtra, have been After several top IAS officers adopted government schools in Director, says, “The Digital Kinderuniversity is an selected for the STAR project funded by the World Bank on Odisha to boost the 'Mo School' campaign, Chief Minister outstanding global language project of the Goethe Institut that the basis of performance in the performance grading index. Naveen Patnaik has requested all the judges of the Orissa leverages children's curiosity to impart knowledge and make These include Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, High Court, two Union ministers, all the MPs, and MLAs them learn German in a playful way. By translating it into the Madhya Pradesh and Kerala. from Odisha to do so in a bid to bring major regional languages of India, we aim to increase the transformation in the school atmosphere. project's outreach and ensure that it benefits a large number of AICTE prescribes Indian books In a letter to all the judges of the High Court, Union Ministers children.” Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Sarangi, all MPs and Dr. Berthold Franke, Director Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), in a MLAs, the Chief Minister requested them to be involved in Bhavan New Delhi and Regional Director South Asia, further letter to heads of all technical institutes, has asked to promote the 'Mo School' campaign to develop the overall school elaborates on the initiative, says, “The Covid-19 pandemic books by Indian authors or publishers to contribute towards education system in the State. “We always have an emotional has shown us that digital spaces can be anything – from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of Atmanirbhar link with the school in which we have studied,” he said in the classrooms to playgrounds. Our project Kinderuniversity is Bharat or self-reliant India. The Council had in 2018 released letter. an initiative in the direction of making learning fun, a list of books by Indian authors and publishers for Aperson can adopt a maximum of three government schools. accessible, convenient and holistic, especially in this day and undergraduate, postgraduate, and diploma level engineering The Chief Minister had launched the 'Mo School' Abhiyan on age where going to school means logging in using a device. students. These books, according to AICTE, are in-line with Children's Day in 2017 to bring together the alumni, their With a focus on science and arts subjects, we take 'learning its 'model curricular'. alma mater, and the community for the transformation of from everything around us' rather seriously and believe that In its recent letter, the council wrote, “AICTE believes that government and government-aided schools. our platform will provide answers to the very many questions effective and large-scale use of these Indian Authored books The fund from the 'Mo School' programme comes from the that make young children wonder.” by faculties and students will not only promote many Indian donors and a corpus of Rs 100 crore created by the state authors globally but will also be a strong step towards government. So far, over 30 officers including chief secretary International Post Graduate Certification in fulfilling the mission of self-reliance or self-sufficient India.” Suresh Chandra Mohapatra have adopted government BIM Management for first time in India schools under the 'Mo School' campaign. Govt to set up virtual university TechnoStruct Academy, the educational enterprise of Korean language course seats increased TechnoStruct, LLC launched BIM Ready+ International Post The government intends to establish a virtual university to Graduate certification in BIM Management. India's first BIM boost technology adoption in education, “Government will from 300 seats to 4200 seats in 2021 Management program to examine the practical application of soon take necessary steps to establish Virtual Universities, Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies and which is different from the concept of open universities, will Seeing the increases in demand of Korean language, Korean processes for the development and delivery of construction help in achieving the desired GER (gross enrollment ratio) in Culture Center India has increased the center's capacity for projects. This program is for construction industry higher education as envisaged in NEP (national education its language classes from 300 seats last year to 4200 seats in professionals or Architects/Engineers with a minimum of 2 policy),\" the education ministry said. 2021. 600 seats which was the maximum capacity for this years of relevant work experience. The NEP unveiled last year had envisaged the establishment year's 'Online Korean Language Hobby Classes' got This is an advanced learning course designed for of a National Educational Technology Forum, to work as a occupied just in 2 minutes after the opening of the professionals to become the next big leaders in the field of platform for free exchange of ideas on the use of technology registration. The first session of this year will start from 06th BIM. Under this course, students will develop an in-depth to enhance learning, assessment planning and administration February 2021. understanding of BIM, Parametric Modelling, 4D- for school and higher education. 'Online Korean Language Hobby Class' is a real-time non- simulation, 5D-Cost Estimation of the planned construction He also said that branding of Study in India programme face-to-face Korean language course using ZOOM platform, process, visualization, animation, and more. should be taken up on a wider scale and dedicated task forces first opened by KCCI in August 2020 in the pandemic Commenting on the same Roy Aniruddha, Founder, should “analyse the reasons behind students going abroad for situation. There will be 4 session this year. Each session is TechnoStruct Academy, said “There is a quite a dearth in pursuing studies\". divided in two sections: weekend and weekdays both with Indian construction industry that we at TechnoStruct 300 seats capacity. Academy are trying to fulfil by providing international Free to download, scientifically Hwang, Il-yong, the director of Korean Cultural Centre India standard BIM Management courses. The Indian construction designed worksheets from HP's Print says, 'We are in discussion with CBSE (Central Board of industry is on rise after the pandemic hit. Real estate sector in Learn Centre will be available on eSkill Secondary Education) for the best ways to expand Korean India is expected to reach a market size of US$ 1 trillion by India language education in Indian schools in 2021 as Korean 2030 from US$ 120 billion in 2017 and contribute 13% to the language has been solidified by India's New Education country's GDP by 2025. All the courses that we offer are National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) will host Policy in 2020 as recommended foreign language. Also, curated keeping in mind the need of the sector.” content from HP's Print Learn Center on its digital skilling Korean language education for the general public will A 4 months long course, BIM Management post-certification platform – eSkill India and make it available for millions of accelerate the expansion of the base of Korean language course is packed with well-structured theory sessions, potential users free of cost. Print Learn Center (HP-PLC) is through the integrated operation of face-to-face and non- followed by practical lessons on pre-prepared practice an initiative by HP which provides printable learning face-to-face courses by King Sejong Institutes located in modules, as well as on-project assignments. Students will modules, created by education and skilling experts and major different cities in India including Korean Cultural understand the concept of BIM-based on the application of designed to promote universal learning and will supplement Centre India Institutes in New Delhi' protocols and standards using the Open BIM approach. They regular school curriculum. According to the statistical data of Duolingo, language study will also learn to examine the issues and problems which application, the number of Korean language students has inhibit the widespread application of time-lining and 4D been drastically increased from 11% in Oct,2019~Feb,2020 simulation technologies in the industry. Most importantly, the students will be required to work on

Curriculum February 16, 2021 3 Univ Updates LPU to lead a consortium of 11 FLAME University is one of the few education institutions in partnership has been formed between key stakeholders of India that offers the subject to its students in a comprehensive MSDE, Automotive Skill Development Council (ASDC), universities from India, Europe and the study, with the requisite, qualified faculty. Gateway House Indo-German Programme for Vocational Education and will bring its decade-long experience of pragmatic policy Training (GIZ-IGVET) and Maharashtra State Skill world for research on sports education thought and ideas to the Lab. The creative chemistry of the Development Mission to implement the pilot project. The partnership – the marriage of Pune, the city of knowledge, emphasis is on preparation of TVET trainers with focus on Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar (Punjab) has with Mumbai, the city of finance and trade, to the policy drive domain knowledge, pedagogical skills and industrial bagged a project of INR 9 Crores from the prestigious of Delhi – will work to fulfill those aspirations.” experience. European Commission to lead a consortium of 11 universities Sharing his views on these initiatives, Dr Mahendra Nath to research Sports Education in India, Sri Lanka and Marwadi University inaugurates Pandey, Union Skills Minister said, “With the recent launch Indonesia under the Erasmus plus project. This initiative is of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana 3.0 and today's aimed at capacity building in the field of sports, solar incubation center 'ENERGY academic partnerships with IIMs, IITs, GIZ-IGVET, KILA physiotherapy and physical education through research and under our SANKALP scheme, together we will empower the community development. The other universities which are a SWARAJ ASHRAM' districts ensuring demand-driven skilling. I am confident that part of the consortium led by LPU include International these programs will boost our efforts to bring in a School of Business & Research, Bharati Vidyapeeth Marwadi University (MU) has announced the inauguration transformational change and impact to our Prime Minister University, Edulab educational exchange, Bogor agricultural of 'ENERGY SWARAJ ASHRAM,' a first-of-its-kind solar Shri Narendra Modi's vision of building an 'Aatmanirbhar university, Syiah Kuala University, Indonesia, Universitat incubation center in the Saurashtra region. Aiming to Bharat.” P o l i t e c n i c a D e Va l e n c i a , U n i v e r s i d a d e D e empower entrepreneurs and innovators operating in the Lisboa,Universitas Sumatera Utara,The Sabaragamuwa sustainable, green energy sector, the center was inaugurated IIT Kanpur Development University of Sri Lanka, Universitry Of Peradeniya, Syiah by Dr. Chetan Singh Solanki, popularly known as the 'Solar Kuala University. Man of India'. His team is already responsible for reaching Foundation appoints Kapil Kaul as The European Union's Erasmus+ program is a funding more than 6.5 million families and training more than 9,000 scheme to support activities in the fields of education, women to make solar lamps. CEO training, youth and sport. Erasmus+ funds academic mobility The Energy Swaraj Ashram will enable students to conduct and cooperation projects that involve partners from advanced R&D, prototyping and analytics of the solar energy IIT Kanpur on Feb 4 announced the appointment of Mr Kapil \"Programme Countries\" and \"Partner Countries\" throughout sector at the MU campus, providing a gateway for student's Kaul as the first CEO of the IIT Kanpur Development the world. Erasmus+ supports activities that are closely entry into regional entrepreneurship. The move falls in line Foundation (IITKDF), a Section 8, not for profit, company matched with the EU's priorities for cooperation policy with with MU's vision of becoming a world-class engineering established by IIT Kanpur. Mr Kapil Kaul, a seasoned partner countries and regions. This is the third time in a row college recognized for excellence, innovation, and impact of fundraising professional joins the IITKDF with a record of that LPU has won the Erasmus grant. its pursuits on society, aligned with the government's vision accomplishment in resource development at Save The Under this project, the consortium will research models and of “Make in India for the World''. Interested candidates may Children India, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements strategies followed for imparting sports education at different initiate the process of application by contacting the MUIIR and IIT Bombay. He will lay the vision and strategy of the levels of education (higher, vocational, secondary and Centre at the university. IITKDF and lead the fund raising efforts to meet IIT Kanpur's primary) in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia. It will be Naresh Jadeja, Registrar, Marwadi University, commented, long-term growth aspirations, engaging with external conducted in voluntary convergence with the industry and the “The concept of 'Energy Swaraj' comprises a significant step stakeholders including alumni, corporates and philanthropists learnings from the research will be shared with educational in the direction of reducing our carbon footprint as a society in India and across the globe. He will report to the Board of institutions and policy makers, the European Commission and handing down a healthier world to the next generation.” Directors, IITKDF. and also various government bodies to improve social Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur said, “We are inclusion in sports. MSDE expands MGNF roll out , excited to welcome Mr Kapil Kaul and look forward to his The project will address the challenges that adversely impact leading the IITKDF and ensuring that the foundation develops the delivery of quality education in sports and employability launches Initiatives under long term, sustainable, and profitable relationships with its in the sector. It will support the modernization, innovation stakeholders.At IIT Kanpur, our vision for the IITKDF is for it and accessibility of physiotherapy, sports and physical SANKALP to Strengthen District to reach the global standards of 'development offices' that are education and endorse sports and its diverse applications in present in universities of global repute. This requires a vision these countries. The consortium will also study the dynamics Skill Committees and strategy consistent with the long-term objectives of IIT between sports and social inclusion and will put the learnings Kanpur and the fostering of relationships with donors, into practice. The project is also aimed at merging the With the successful launch of MGNF in the first pilot corporate partners, and IIT Kanpur faculty, staff and students conceptual and practical links between sports and health. (MGNF) which had 69 fellows working across 69 districts, who are all ambassadors for the Institute's fundraising This will enable development for future research and the Ministry is now expanding MGNF to all remaining initiatives. We confident that he would ensure that IITKDF practice. districts in the country. For retaining the standard of helps achieveIIT Kanpur's growth objectives and long term academic excellence and reputation in MGNF, the Ministry aspirations!” FLAME University and Gateway is seeking academic partnership with only the IIMs and have Kapil Kaul is a seasoned professional with over two decades roped in nine IIMs namely - IIM Bangalore, IIM of proven leadership and rich experience of working with House launch 'Public Policy Lab' Ahmedabad, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode, IIM diverse stakeholders and organisations. His professional Visakhapatnam, IIM-Udaipur, IIM Nagpur, IIM Ranchi and journey started with HDFC Bank where he joined as a part of FLAME University, a pioneer of liberal arts education in IIM-Jammu for the national roll out of MGNF. the first batch of management trainees. He went on to work India at Pune, has partnered with Mumbai-based leading Additionally, MSDE has partnered with Kerala Institute of with brands like ABN AMRO, Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of foreign policy think tank – Gateway House: Indian Council Local Administration (KILA) to conduct capacity building Scotland, Save the Children, and IIHS. His last professional on Global Relations – to launch The Gateway House- programmes for District officials from the states of Kerala, assignment was with IIT Bombay where he was leading the FLAME Policy Lab. This is a pioneering effort, the first such Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Lakshadweep. KILA is institute's Development Office. university-think tank partnership in India, bringing the entrusted with designing and delivering the training program Kapil Kaul will be guided by the Board of IITKDF consisting country in line with global intellectual institutions. The on different thematic areas which are aimed at enhancing and of eminent alumni including Dr. BVR Mohan Reddy, IITK Gateway House-FLAME Policy Lab will produce original, building the capacities of the district officials, for effective MT74, Founder and Executive Chairman - Cyient applied, pure and multidisciplinary research and intellectual planning of skill development programs. KILA will organise Corporation, Chairman Board of Governors, IITR and IITH; property that will result in joint peer-publishable research for the training and associated logistics for the training programs Rajeev Ranjan, IITK BT92, President - IITK Foundation FLAME and Gateway House. The output of the Lab will be and also develop or customise content based on local USA, Director – Synopsys; and Rajiv Swarup, IITK BT73, relevant to students, academia, government, and India Inc. requirements and training need assessment in the respective Former President Shiv Nadar University, Former Chief The initiative is aimed at encouraging participation of state/s. Customer Officer and Sr. CVP HCL America. The Board is stakeholders in new ideas for the future. The two-year academic programme comes with an in-built chaired by Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur, with Prof FLAME University students will intern at the Lab and the component of on-ground practical experience with the S Ganesh, Deputy Director, and Prof Jayant Singh, Dean of University's faculty will work with Gateway House scholars district administration. The fellows under MGNF will Resources andAlumni as ex-officio members. on a range of subjects from risk analysis and geopolitical acquire academic expertise and technical competency in simulation to international security, energy, international law, understanding the overall skill ecosystem along with being BITS School of Management space, science and emerging technologies. attached to DSCs and help them manage the skill Speaking about the creation of the lab, Dr. Dishan Kamdar, development planning at district level through the The endeavour is not just to redefine management education, Vice Chancellor, FLAME University, said, “The first ever mechanism of formulating District Skill Development Plans but also help articulate the role of business in society. Public Policy Lab from FLAME University and Gateway (DSDPs). BITSoM will, in its unique way, advance the cumulative House India aspires to create a body of relevant, cutting-edge In a bid to strengthen the district skill administration and wisdom of management thinking in India. It will bring a new and rigorous world-class research to enable effective policy District Skill Committees (DSCs), the Ministry of Skill set of ideas, principles and frameworks and collaborate with making in the country. As an academic institution, our Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) on Feb 13 existing institutions to make India a potential global hub for endeavour is to create knowledge that will be data-driven, announced the national rollout of Mahatma Gandhi National management education. Great institutions, after all, help build independent, and unbiased, which will support the policy Fellowship (MGNF) Programme under World Bank loan nations and advance progress.” makers of our country. A multi-disciplinary approach is core assisted programme SANKALP (Skills Acquisition and BITSoM will provide students a platform to learn from the to the research agenda at FLAME University as we encourage Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion) to further brightest minds across industry and academia globally. This our faculty and students to conduct research across diverse strengthen the district skill administration and the District will include globally renowned professors from top B- areas such as politics, history, economics, healthcare and Skill Committees (DSCs). Schools such as NYU Stern School of Business, Wharton others which are of importance in the global and Indian To further bolster the trainer ecosystem, the SANKALP School of the University of Pennsylvania, Singapore context.'' programme will also support in Training of Trainer (ToT) Management University and Kellogg School of Management, Manjeet Kripalani, Executive Director and co-founder, system in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode that a in addition to leading industry practitioners. The students will Gateway House, said, “The study of international affairs is collaborative approach between industry and the technical also gain access to relevant industry networks and insights gaining importance in India, as the country finds itself a and vocational education and training (TVET) ecosystem. through pioneering leaders who will be a part of the critical player in world affairs, from business and trade to Towards this, a 'Cluster Approach' is adopted to meet the distinguished Governing Council, an elite body led by Mr. strategic positioning. Young Indians increasingly see objectives and GIZ-developed automotive cluster in Kumar Mangalam Birla, responsible for providing strategic themselves as global citizens and want India at the high table. Aurangabad has been selected for the pilot. A strategic

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Curriculum February 16, 2021 5 Lead Topic Union Budget 2021-22: Reactions on Education Sector proposals “During her speech, the Finance Minister didn't even private partnership model.” – Rustom Kerawalla, Chairman, drivers in bringing our education system at par with international Ampersand Group standards.” – Rishabh Khanna, Cognitive Scientist & mention about millions of children were deprived of Founder of Suraasa education as they were unable to access online learning, nor “The implementation of NEP in 15000 schools to create a model did she mention about ensuring low and no-technology is a good move. It will promote coherence among educational “This is a realistic budget and the allocation of budget for health, options, for those deprived. Government's Shrinking institutions and increase the flexibility in education delivery by education, and skill development are really good initiatives. We Responsibility and meagre allocation will lead education using face-to-face, online and hybrid models. Collaboration were expecting digitalization in education but increasing towards adverse situation affecting the future of millions of with countries like Japan for sharing of technology and UAE for expenses of mobile and electronic products will lead to the children. It will encourage privatisation and skill development courses are also welcome moves. These will problem in education and this is a step back in digital India. commercialisation making road to profit–making private increase the chances of employability for our youth. The steps to Though the government made a positive move by increasing the players. set-up a Higher Education Commission and 750 Ekalavya number of universities, amendments in the apprenticeship Rai expressed his disappointment saying that instead of residential schools in the Tribal Areas are also commendable. training scheme and training scheme, this may not be enough for increasing allocations to strengthen an Inclusive Public These steps will allow students from across the country to have the World's largest young population with 600 million people Education System, the government is paving the way for access to quality education.” – Irwin Anand, MD, Udemy under the age of 25 years. Overall the Budget is very progressive privatisation and PPP model in education. This neglect will India and transparent.” P.C. Chhabra- Executive Director, Sanskriti adversely impact children, particularly those from poor, University marginalised communities and also girls, adding to the “The prolonged closure of educational institutions for almost a already increasing number of Out of school children in India. year due to the Covid-19 pandemic has put immense duress with “The 2021-22 Union Budget has provisioned to merge the The Union Budget should have focused onthe exceptional schools feeling the heat of financial stress now.The qualitative supplementary nutrition programme under the Anganwadi challenges arising out of COVID-19 pandemic and made strengthening of more than 15,000 schools under the New Services Scheme with Poshan Abhiyan. It is indeed a welcome necessary allocations to ensure: Education Policy (NEP) shall assist in achieving the ideals of the move by the Government. At a time when we are threatened with (a) ensure safe school operations and re-opening of schools; policy. In addition, the setting up of a 100 Sainik schools is a the massive burden of malnutrition, it's better to have our efforts (b) support measures for recovering all marginalized good step that will further create a ripple effect in terms of aligned under one umbrella. Though the Government has been students' learning loss and socio-emotional impact during impact. The 750 Eklavya model Schools for impoverished making several interventions in the past to improve nutrition, educational disruption; communities is a great move too, and we hope that private allocating additional resources will help broaden the base of (c) ensure (re)enrolment and targeted support for learners schools are also engaged in the setting up of these schools.”- people reached. Considering that during the pandemic, school who are at risk of not returning to school, especially, dalits, Charu Wahi, Principal, Nirmal Bhartia School. going children were deprived of mid-day meals, it is imperative adivasis, girls, those living in poverty and persons with that nutrition deficit is tackled on a war footing. I look forward to disabilities; “The announcements for the education sector in the Union Mission Poshan 2.0 that will create a positive impact on public (d) In view of evidence of the existence of a digital divide, it Budget 2021 spell out a road map towards inclusive education in health & nutrition and rid the nation of hidden classroom hunger. would be critical to ensure that low and no-technology India. From setting up of a central university in Leh to setting up As a foundation we are committed to working with the options are prioritized over the introduction of digital modes 750 Ekalavya Model residential schools in tribal areas to 100 Government in meeting UN's SDG goals of Zero Hunger by of instruction...Ambarish Rai, National Convenor, RTE new Sainik schools to revamping of a post-matric scheme to a 2030.” – Shridhar Venkat, CEO, The Akshaya Patra Forum. proposal to amend the Apprenticeship Act, the announcements Foundation clearly indicate a concerted effort towards making education ” Given the economic crisis that we are in due to Covid and that accessible, available and affordable to all and to the remotest and “It's an encouraging budget overall, however, did not address the there several competing social sectors that demand great farthest of the places in the country.”– Dr. Chandrima Sikdar, GST issue. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while attention, it is high time that the State and Central governments Associate Dean, School of Business Management, SVKM's presenting the Union Budget 2021-22, announced that over invite private capital to invest in education. This would mean NMIMS Deemed-to-be University 15,000 schools are to be qualitatively strengthened to include all higher investments through the private sector and FDI which components of the National Education Policy. This is indeed a could then be regulated by a government body. “The announcement of setting up a National Digital Educational commendable step by the government for the effective As per UNDP estimates, the total financial requirement for India Architecture (NDEAR) is a great initiative to march towards a Implementation of NEP as these schools will mentor and work as to reach SDG 4 by 2030 averages $173 billion per year, far Digital First Mindset which will not only support teaching and a model for the policy implementation across the country.” exceeding the current government budget of $76.4 billion a year learning activities but also educational planning and –Monica Malhotra Kandhari, MD, MBD group. for education. Government schools spend about Rs 24,000- governance. Furthermore, skill enrichment programs to be 30,000 per child per annum, while in private schools, 91% of initiated in collaboration with UAE will open the doors to new “The proposed National Translation Policy will facilitate access students pay lower than Rs 24,000 per annum. In contrast the opportunities for the youth. Despite the steps taken for the to education without any language barriers. The budget could average per student expense in the US is about $13,000 per betterment of the educational ecosystem, we feel the budget have done more in the direction of e-learning and skill annum. Schools will only invest in post-Covid-19 technologies if lacked specific mentions for higher education. Hence it will be development. Nevertheless, it is a significant step towards there is some predictability in regulation and freedom of salaries, interesting to see the implementation of new laws that will lay shaping the trajectory of the education sector in the post- fees, and curriculum. We have been wishing for opening up and more focus on the higher education system. Having said that, we pandemic scenario.” – Rohit Manglik, CEO, EduGorilla. formalising the sector and ensuring long term responsible and do feel that the allocation of 50,000 Cr for research will patient capital, giving the much- needed confidence to potential strengthen the education system in the country.” Kounal Gupta, “National Education Policy which was announced in July 2020, investors to invest in the sector and expect legitimate RoI as Founder & CEO, Henry Harvin Education higher education institutions will have to invest in technology spoken about several times in the past.” ...Manit Jain, and training. But the budget missed out on introducing any Chairman, FICCI ARISE; Co-founder, The Heritage Group “At 600 million, the youth comprise more than half of our measures to support the adoption of NEP. It also missed out on of Schools population, and the budget has included announcements to bringing in methods, to fast track digitization of education, that improve their lives and education, as well as the future of the could have helped the country improve its GER and bring in “Accessibility and affordability of education across the weaker nation. The announcement to strengthen 15,000 schools as part many more aspirants into the fold of higher education. The only economic strata of society has been a perennial challenge in our of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 will be a major silver lining was the proposal to amend theApprenticeshipAct – a country, especially this year with the disparity increasing fillip to the quality of school education. The proposal to start an focus towards degree apprenticeship programs can help create a manifold due to lack of online education infrastructure both at apprenticeship and embedded degree and diploma courses for new form of education that solves the problem of employability, school and student level. This year's budget has indicated a good students in non-science and technology streams in 150 higher higher education financing and skill development. –Shantanu intention of progress in addressing this gap. Government's education institutes by March 2021 will increase the available Rooj, Founder & CEO, Schoolguru Eduserve decision to strengthen over 15,000 schools under NEP, set up 100 opportunities to students for upskilling and employment. It's new Sainik Schools, raise allocation for 'Eklavya' schools in hilly also likely to open up more opportunities for edtech companies It is the quality of primary education that is really hurting human areas etc. will provide a fillip to quality education.”- Rishab to collaborate with the government education sector. Ganesh and economic development. While India has over 15 lakh schools Mehta, CEO & Founder, GrayQuest. Raju, Founder & CEO Ken42 which are reportedly three times that of China's, 40% of them are unviable with less than 50 students and 2 to 3 teachers. “Education sector has been seriously hit post Covid both in terms “The greatest strength of budget 2021, also dubbed as the Considering that we have about 935 districts in the country, the of financial sustainability and also in terms of learning outcomes. “recovery budget” lies in the recognition of its role in rebuilding 15000 schools to be strengthened constitute an average of 16 This budget hasn't had anything specific to expand budgetary sectors deeply affected by the ongoing corona virus pandemic schools per district which is significant. These schools can serve spend to offset covid impact. But it is not surprising as there is not over the last year.The 2021-22 budget outlined some solid steps as model schools and have a spin-off effect on education in the much fiscal cushion this year for the Government. Setting up 100 towards the implementation of the exemplary New Education rest of the district and trigger a revolutionary improvement in sainik schools is a good step but would at best be a small ripple in Policy. The budget has also paved the way for greater primary education. DR. Suresh Mony, Professor Emeritus, terms of impact. But the 750 eklavya model for impoverished collaboration and cooperation among different educational SVKM'S NMIMS Bengaluru Campus communities is a great step but we hope that private operators are institutions and within the larger educational community in a invited to set up model schools. We hoped to see more clarity on region by guiding 'exemplar' schools, with exceptional “We are glad that the Budget has addressed on strengthening setting up institutions to strengthen assessments on critical skills qualitative standards to mentor other schools in the region in digital ecosystem through National Digital Educational enumerated by the NEP and hope that the MHRD provides order to help them develop on similar lines. This will go a long Architecture (NDEAR) and training/upskilling of clarity on this sooner.” – Vishnu Karthik, CEO Xperiential way in cultivating the much needed spirit of working and teachers.Having said that, the Budgetary allocation to Education Learning Systems and Director, The Heritage School growing together within the schooling community. ”- Col. sector remains the same as last year which is Rs99,300 crore. (Retd.) Gopal Karunakaran, CEO, Shiv Nadar School. Increased funding as a percentage of GDP would have ensured “The government's decision to strengthen school education with strategic allocation in the right direction to support online the implementation of the National Education Policy across “The National Education Policy has clearly shown India's vision learning and strengthening digital infrastructure for online 15,000 schools despite the hurdles owing to the COVID-19 and bright future for school education and higher education in learning.” – Sunit Gajbhiye, Chief Business Officer, pandemic shows clear intent. However, the rollout and the country. Its implementation in 15,000 schools is an excellent Financepeer. implementation across all states should be done within a couple start toward a more holistic education approach and a good of years to bring parity for students to access education across the deliverable for the union budget. International partnerships are a “With the promise of introducing more schools following the country. The participation of the private sector and NGOs in must for India to become a global workforce supplier. NEP policy, the focus will be on the training and development of managing and operating schools will be an enabler in providing a Partnerships with countries like UAE, which have been 56 lakh school teachers under the policy which will surely put modern and high-quality framework for education and boost the successful in improving the quality of learning outcomes with forth education in a different & enhanced way. Kiran Dham, sector to engage with many more projects under the public- their national standards and licensing systems, will act as key CEO, Globus Infocom Ltd

6 Curriculum February 16, 2021 Lead Topic “When it comes to education, the budget has announced every Union Budget 2021-22: First edition of 'JuniorSkills needed move to make education reach the last miles of the country be it setting up a higher education institute in Leh or the Reactions Championship' launched establishment of many tribal schools in the far-flung areas. The New Education Policy was noted in the Budget as having been “The budget paves the way for a phased implementation of the Championship open to students from class 6th to 12th from well received. The announcement of introducing the legislation National Education Policy with the first step of bringing 15,000 CBSE affiliated schools . Objective is to integrate skilling this year to implement the setting-up of Higher Education schools across India under the policy's ambit. This will help at an early age and to encourage vocational education at Commission of India will uplift and make the education process minimize any widespread disruption in the pedagogical school-level. The prizes include cash rewards, certificates, in accord with the industry standards, thereby reducing the processes or curriculum, as these schools will serve as models tech-aid tools, and more. Top 21 students will get an rampant unemployment rates,” – Dr. R.L. Raina, Vice- for the other schools to follow. The other schools will draw their opportunity to travel to WorldSkills International Chancellor, JK Lakshmipat University, Jaipur lessons from these model schools for a smoother With an objective to enhance integration of technical and implementation of NEP in the future. I also welcome the move to vocational education (TVET) at the school-level, National “The establishment of Higher Education Commission with four set up Sainik Schools and Eklavya Schools as these will help Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), in collaboration verticals viz Regulation, Accreditation, Standard Setting and bring more equality in education. I strongly endorse the proposal with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), on Funding, each working independently, is a welcoming step, for National Professional Standards for Teachers (NPST), as Feb 3 announced the launch of the first edition of which was long due. The regulation perhaps will now hinge on expressed in annexure 5 of the budget. This proposal will set an JuniorSkills Championship 2021. accreditation which is directly related to the quality of education. important benchmark for teaching standards in Indian The national-level skill championship will be conducted Allocation of 50000 crores to National Research Foundation educational institutes.” – Shishir Jaipuria, Chairman, Seth for ten skills: 1. Web Technologies, Mobile Robotics. IT over a period of 5 years is very forthcoming. Both public and Anandram Jaipuria Group of Educational Institutions Software Solutions for Business, Painting & Decorating, private institutions will be able to take part with equal stakes to Visual Merchandising, Solar Energy, Graphic Design, apply for research funding in thrust areas. The creation of nine “From the education sector it's a budget of hits and misses. The Innovative Business Ideas, Fashion Technology, Digital clusters of academic and research institutions without disturbing hit is the NEP implementation and it's allied spaces. There is a Photography their autonomy will certainly be helpful in optimal usage of hard definite plan for it. It is seen. The major misses are a macro level The championship, to be held virtually this year, will and soft infrastructure, quality knowledge creation and digital infrastructure at the rural school education level and a provide students an opportunity to identify their talent and dissemination, and collaborative learning.” Prof. Manoj K. major support space for indian Ed tech companies. We needed to interests and make informed career choices in a rapidly Arora, Vice Chancellor, BMLMunjal University see major government cover for these and we haven't got changing world. The registration for JuniorSkills will be anything big on it. It's a major letdown in that space.” –Joyanto open until 19th February 2021. Students can register at “The formation of National Research Foundation (NRF), with an Mukherjee, Media Education Expert outlay of Rs. 50,000 crores in 5 years to boost quality and The championship has been envisioned in accordance with quantity of research in India, is a big push towards promoting “The budget has focused on improving accessibility through the latest National Education Policy 2020 wherein the innovation and research in the education sector. We are Eklavya schools for SC, ST, disabled students, tribal and hilly emphasis has been laid upon the integration of vocational optimistic that research funding will be made available to Higher areas. It has further been proposed the establishment of National courses in schools. CBSE will play an important role in Educational institutions. Digital Educational Architecture (NDEAR) which is expected to promoting and setting benchmarks for the skill The Government's initiative to set up a HEC responsible for the further push the adoption of digital education, and the quality of competitions among schools affiliated with it. accreditation and regular funding of the Colleges and teaching and learning in the coming years. Apart from the above, The championship will be conducted at four levels – Universities will go a long way, in creating better synergy the budget has proposed establishment of National Professional Screening, Qualifying, Semi-Final and Final. Amidst between higher education institutions across the country. The Standards for teachers for the holistic development of teachers.- current COVID situation, the first three levels of education sector is hopeful that the research funding both from “ Saakshi Kanwar, Senior Manager – Ratings championship will be organised online, and the finale is HEC and NRF will be made available as a level playing field proposed to be conducted on-ground in Delhi. The between public and private higher educational institutions.” competition levels will further be classified in three Vijay Thadani, VC and MD, NIIT Ltd and Co-founder NIIT groups: Group 1- 6th to 8th ;Group 2 – 9th and 10th University ;Group 3 -11th and 12th Leveraging its experience and expertise of leading India's “The allocation of Rs 50,000 crore in the research & “The strategic and deliberate decision to introduce the New participation at WorldSkills International competitions development sector in the next 5 years is an indication of India Education Policy will further improve the overall state of since 2011, NSDC, through this initiative, aims to create heading in its endeavour towards becoming a global tech students across the country. It is also expected that the Finance wider awareness about the importance of skill infused innovation hub- an important step towards “Atmanirbhar Minister's decision to promote greater autonomy with focus on development amongst the youth of the country at an early Bharat”. The allocation of Rs 8000 crore for National Mission on universalisation of education from pre-school to secondary level age. The championship shares the values and objectives of Quantum Computing and Technology will help in establishing will boost the morale of institutions and encourage them to go the Skill India Mission, emphasizing technical and our strength in this upcoming technology of the future. The thrust above and beyond to deliver a superior result.”- Swoyan vocational skill training and capacity building in the on training and skill will help explore the untapped potential Satyendu, COO, ODM Educational Group interest of creating a productive and self-reliant workforce amongst the Indian youth, boosting their employability quotient. as a part of nation building. Doubling the allocation for MSME sectors will also boost small “ With 15000 schools to be strengthened, we expect the policy of The championship will be promoted through nearly enterprises and startup. Setting up new investment clearance cell whiteboard and digital education in every school just like the 21,000+ CBSE-affiliated schools across India. Targeted at and deferment of Tax on ESOPs will also boost startup Radhakrishnan Commission recommendation of blackboards in students studying in standard 6th to 12th across the ecosystem. Also efforts have been taken to tackle the growing every schools. We could also expect mission tablet- where tablet country, the JuniorSkills Championship 2021 will provide issue of education unemployment with an investment of Rs 3000 to be provided to teachers as well as students within the context a platform for talented children of India to showcase their crore into the existing National Apprenticeship Training Scheme of Digital First Mindset to build Digital architecture to support skills. At the same time, it will create a pipeline for which aims to provide post-education apprenticeship of the teaching and learning activities. forthcoming WorldSkills Competitions and will connect graduates and diploma holders in engineering.” – Prof. Abhay We also appreciate the tax holiday for startups and capital gains education with industry-related skills. Further, the Karandikar, Director IIT Kanpur. exemptions for startups by one more year which is going to be championship will also assimilate international standards proved beneficial for early-stage startups to fund their growth.”- and assessment norms, build capacity of teachers as per “With innovation and R&D being the key differentiator for Kauhsik Sharaf CEO & Founder Cymatic WorldSkills standards, create role models among students determining growth, there was a need to incentivise R&D in the and make skills aspirational for youth. The championship country. While FICCI appreciates the government's decision to “The Government's decision to allocate Rs.50,000 crores over 5 will have myriad activities planned over the course of the set up a National Research Foundation with an allocation of Rs years will serve as a great shot in the arm for the country's next two months including skill competitions for schools, 50,000 crore, we reiterate the request to bring back weighted research ecosystem. Lack of adequate funding has been a career counselling webinars, digital seminars and panel deduction of 200% for investments made by private sector constraint for several higher education institutions and this discussions, online boot camps and roundtable conference towards innovation and R&D.”- Uday Shankar, President, support will enable the institutions and the faculty to produce of academicians and corporates leading up to the final FICCI high quality, rigorous research output. The creation of the national competition to be held inApril 2021. “The proposal for the higher education commission will bring Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) as an umbrella focus on performance and bring clarity to institutions seeking structure having four separate bodies for standard-setting, NSDC partners with CSULB. help from the government. The creation of city-based structures accreditation, regulation, and funding under it will bring in to offer by cataloguing 200+ free to create synergies among higher education institutions located synergies across higher education institutions. In addition, a courses in a city which is also supported by a glue grant is an innovative regulatory mechanism to promote academic collaboration with step. I hope Ahmedabad will be one of the cities selected for the foreign higher educational institutions will help pave the way for NSDC has joined hands with California State University, benefit as it has a large number of old and new educational Indian higher education institutions to become truly global in the Long Beach (CSULB) to address the growing need for a institutions. ” –Dr. Anunaya Chaubey Provost, Anant near future”- Dr.Dishan Kamdar, Vice-Chancellor, FLAME digitally skilled workforce in India. Through this initiative, National University University led by NSDC's digital skilling unit- eSkillIndia, CSULB will be cataloguing 200+ free courses for the skill seekers. The partnership will also witness integration of CSULB's platform - Skills Commons and MERLOT with to drive e-learning amongst the youth in the country. eSkillIndia and California State University Long Beach will initially add courses from sectors such as healthcare, management, information technology, finance, employability skills etc. There will be a special focus on courses for upskilling of trainers. The courses will range from 2 hours to 30 hours, providing the total digital content of 900 hours.

Curriculum February 16, 2021 7 Lead Topic Budget looks briefly at education but misses the bus to improve skilling in India Focus on Apprenticeship Training showcases the government's intent to leverage apprenticeship opportunities for the youth across industries, and nudge skill development to a demand-driven ecosystem: Skills Min Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Skills. The introduction of the New Education Policy (NEP) has also Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey welcomed the General Buget served us a propellant for the age old educational proposals saying, it lays the foundation for building an “The proposal to amend the Apprentice Act to further infrastructure in India and we are hopeful that the 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat'. Dr Pandey emphasized that the focus enhance apprenticeship opportunities for our youth is Government will keep on bringing necessary amendments in on Apprenticeship Training showcases the government's forward looking and will help this sector. At the same time, the future as well”. Chef Niklesh Sharma, FounderAPCA. intent to leverage apprenticeship opportunities for the youth the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme of 2016 will across industries, and nudge skill development to a demand- be enhanced to provide apprenticeship opportunities for ” The Finance Minister's announcement to incentivize start- driven ecosystem. students. The proposal to realign the NationalApprenticeship ups funding and propel single entrepreneurship in the country By focusing on partnerships at the global level, Union Budget Training Scheme (NATS) will provide post-education will enable the development of cutting-edge and indigenous 2021 has given an impetus to collaborative training apprenticeship, training to graduates and diploma holders in technological solutions, create high-tech jobs in India, up- programmes that have facilitated the exchange of vocational engineering. This will further the government's initiative for skill Indian professionals, and enable us to tap the ripening skills and knowledge with other countries, all towards an Atma Nirbhar Bharat.”- Aditya Malik, CEO & MD, global market” – Pavan Allena, Founder & CEO making India the Skill Capital of the World. Talentedge MetamorphosisEdu According to experts, given the change we have seen since Covid'19, it was expected that budget would focus on up- “We are pleased to see the vocational & skill based courses ” I feel this is a very good budget as Employment will rise as skilling & reskilling of workforce across sectors such as coming to forefront in our Finance Minister's speech today. MSME's get incentives. Thankful to the government for Manufacturing, Ecommerce, Logistics, Healthcare, They have for way too long served in the sidelines of the allocating huge funds on Education but I feel the government Pharmaceuticals etc., however these aspects were neglected Indian education regime and with this push we are hopeful should maintain a proper server for Job Applications as well.” in the announcement. While the budget has spoken about that we will be able to produce better professionals and – Suraj Punjabi. Founder of Edviseme Tech Venture LLP increasing skilled workforce for new technology overall an impactful educational culture in the country.” – competencies like AI, Big Data, Robotics etc.; it has not Chef Niklesh Sharma, Founder of Academy of Pastry & “Many students drop out after 10th and 12th – a huge waste of looked at any impetus or reforms to augment the skilling CulinaryArts (APCA) human capital. The newly announced Higher Education ecosystem. Commission can deploy resources and funds into hybridizing “The Union Budget 2021 has given due importance to vocational and professional skills training for this youth with Some of the key aspects that have been skilling and education which is a welcome move in today's a mixture of e-learning and skills building in vocational overlooked are: skill-driven industry. The government's focus on supporting centres. The initiative to strengthen our human capital and local manufacturing, skill development, and a heightened train our youth by providing INR 3000 crores towards the 1.Developing a robust physical and digital infrastructure for emphasis on job creation will lead to greater opportunities for National Apprenticeship Scheme is a hugely welcome step.”- skilling the youth of the country. In addition to that, the partnership Rohan Krishna, CEO, Co-Founder, Elite 2.Enabling technology adoption for blended learning/skilling with the United Arab Emirates and Japan to promote 3.Fast track policy implementation (like NEP) industrial & vocational skills, techniques, and knowledge is a “We feel Budget 2021 comes up with various opportunities 4.Creating structured avenues for using the unutilized funds major boost for the sector. Also, since automotive is the for students to enhance their skills and this right intent of the which were announced under Skills Development budget for biggest organized employer in the country, hence the government can truly be attained if we also have long-term FY20-21 realignment of the existing scheme of national strategy and organisational structure in place and we also look 5.Introducing tax relief on the CSR funds: Exempting GST apprenticeship training scheme for providing post-education forward to it. “ – Som Sharma, Founder of Edu Brain and other tax liabilities on the CSR funds which would have apprenticeship training of graduates and diploma holders in Group helped reduce the cost burden and enable more corporates to engineering over 3000 crores is also a positive sign for effectively use CSR budgets for initiatives such as skill automotive skilling. Nikunj Sanghi, ChairmanASDC “The proposed amendment of the Apprenticeship Act in the. training and rural workforce development Budget has the potential to reboot and revitalize our education “ The emphasis on skill development in partnership with the and training systems with a view to further enhance Reactions United Arab Emirates and Japan to promote industrial & apprenticeship opportunities for our youth. Apprenticeship “The focus to strengthen NAPS and NATS is a positive move. vocational skills, techniques, and knowledge is a major boost could be the best model to skill India's blue-collar workforce Allowing more Universities to offer degree apprenticeships for the sector. The realignment of the existing scheme of as it will transform the student into a fully-trained industry (from 100 universities in last year's budget to 150 universities national apprenticeship training scheme for providing post- executive with real-time exposure to shop-floor dynamics. It this year) is a supportive gesture, however there is still no education apprenticeship training of graduates and diploma will not just enhance employability and reduce joblessness, clarity on the criteria basis which universities will be allowed holders in engineering over 3000 crores will pave way for but from an employer perspective, it will lead to improved to initiate these programs. This is one of the key aspect that better employability in National and international markets. skills, productivity and professionalism.”- Sunil Dahiya, the budget should have considered, said Neeti Sharma, With the proposed Higher Education Commission, primed to Executive Vice President, Wadhwani Opportunity at Senior Vice President, TeamLease Services. More Voices: transform the higher education system it will definitely boost Wadhwani Foundation the quality of higher education and will also serve as a “The 2021-22 Union Budget has been a letdown for edtech stepping stone to establishing India “a hub of higher “An allocation of 3,002.21 crores to skill development firms which performed extremely well during the pandemic education” across the globe.” Keshav Maheshwari, Whole- ministry and its various programmes is a welcome step but not and were revenue drivers. Platforms promoting hybrid and Time executive ofAllen Career Institute sure whether that's enough given the current pandemic and blended learning will play a pivotal role in accelerating reach need to create a digital infrastructure for education. Higher in tier 2/3 towns and the government should have taken “The budget strengthens the Skill India mandate of India Education Commission, an Umbrella body to regulate cognizance of this and provided special incentives. Home- being the human capital provider for the world including an education, is a welcome step and hopefully would provide grown edtech firms such as ours make a tremendous avenue for livelihoods of the underserved – economically clarity and ease for educational institutions to introduce contribution to the tech industry in terms of providing job weaker sections, SC, ST. The Nursing bill is welcome and the multiple academic programs. However, there is a ready talent for future technologies. As an NSE group current draft needs amendments for creating a credit disappointment due to no relief from the burdensome 18% company, we welcome the allocation of Rs 1500 crore fund continuum from ANM (Auxiliary Nursing & Midwifery) to GST on Edtech industry which is doing a massive job of for digital payments as this will drive the need for more all the way MSc nursing for upward mobility.” T.Kalyan educating our next generation”. Nitin Potdar, Partner J. skilled talent in the fintech sector, and drive employment Chakravarthy, Executive Director, PanIIT Alumni Sagar Associates opportunities. Foundation However, we welcome the announcement of collaborative “This Budget doesn't mention the distress in education and training and inter-training programmes between India and “The Union Budget 2021 has introduced useful propositions skilling space. Hopefully the fine print of Union Budget 2021- Japan to facilitate the transfer of Japanese vocational and in line with enabling a technically skilled future workforce. 22 will give clarity on the outlay in higher education and industrial skills, and the partnership with UAE to benchmark The government's investment towards a robust framework skilling space. The FM has allocated over INR 3000 crore skilled qualifications. We expect such initiatives will be a which includes the skilling and upskilling of engineering funds with a forward looking training plan towards the game changer for industries. Building and collaborating on graduates, diploma holders, and an enhanced focus towards success of Atmanirbhar Bharat. However, the funds skill initiatives with other countries will bring new avenues technical skilling of non-science students will aid in paving announced are similar the Union Budget 2020-21 for skill for India's youth who want to reboot their career.” Dr the path in creating a job-ready workforce in the “New development, which was also insufficient..”Vikram Kumar, Santanu Paul, CEO and Managing Director, Normal”. However, it would have been advantageous if the CEO, Lrnable Group TalentSprint. Government introduced amendments with regards to the GST cut from 18% to 5% for edtech products, benefitting “The budget emphasized the recent trend of tinkering at the “The special focus on skilling is the stepping stone for both learners and edtech companies.” – Prateek Shukla, edges of the problems that confront Indian Education System. becoming Aatmanirbhar. With over eight million graduates CEO and Co-founder of Masai School The budget consists of the apt strategies which will help in across streams entering the job market this financial year, the speedy implementation of National Education Policy announcement of amending the Apprenticeship Act is a huge “We are pleased to see the vocational & skill-based courses (NEP).”-Prof (Dr.) Sanjiv Marwah, Director, JK Business move. The collaboration with the United Arab Emirates for coming to the forefront in our Finance Minister's speech School skill qualification and accreditation will make our youth today. They have for way too long served in the sidelines of more skilled as per the international skilling standards. Even the Indian education regime and with this push, we are the collaboration with Japan for transferring Japanese hopeful that we will be able to produce better professionals vocational models will surely bridge the prevalent skilling and overall an impactful educational culture in the country. gap in our country.” – Ankit Shyamsukha, CEO, ICA Edu

8 Curriculum February 16, 2021 Opinion/Perspective Huge cut, 'wrong priorities' in the National Education Youth shouldn't be muzzled, Budget raises questions on Govt's ideological intentions do so amounts to depreciating promise of tomorrow By Autar Nehru Youth of every era necessarily have a streak of The political economy of In India an estimated 20 Muchkund Dubey, former of umbrella Integrated Child evolutionary rebellion and that is perfectly natural. education is undergoing a million children were not foreign sectary and president Development Service Breaking old values to establish newer ones is an paradigm shift to benefit a able to join online education of Council for Social (ICDS) — Anganwadi endeavor in human advancement and contributed to certain kind of alliance. and most of them belong to Development, New Delhi Services, Poshan Abhiyan, progress of societies. The collision between old and That is at least what some vulnerable sections and are there is a long history of such Scheme for Adolescent Girls new is always unpleasant but this dynamics is a seasoned observers have on risk of dropping out for initiatives. Citing the and the National Crèche reason for new ideas to flourish. started to believe after good. The other 40 million announcement of 6000 model Scheme. This too has seen a Youth energy is one of the precious resources in every analyzing the though had some kind of schools including 2500 under massive cut in budget society—a link between past and future. Be it Swami announcements by the online learning engagement PPP mode by UPA allocation. Vivekananda or Shaheed Bhagat Singh, India's Finance Minister on still need remedial government under Dr “Unfortunately a narrower national youth icons of consequence and relevance, education sector in the union education and mentoring. Manmohan Singh, Prof vision has taken root in the were essentially change agents. And, youth have a budget 2021-22. So, everybody was looking Dubey referred to failed Government. The ministry of natural affinity to associate with ideals and idealism. The massive 6% reduction forward to a kind of 'covid negotiations as the private education appears to be just a They often take causes to heart and fight for it with all in the budgetary allocation rehab' package in the players were keen on transfer post office and at best passion and exuberance. Blessed are those societies over the previous year which budget, but ironically the of funds and that too to the ministry for 20K CBSE where this energy is put to constructive use. At the the education ministry budget made it sound tune of 50 times the schools. The schemes are not same time, its destructive power is also on display in termed as 'rationalization' on oblivious as if nothing has government estimates. properly planned or several parts of the world. account of the Covid happened. Instead, the The national education discussed, we hear them only Unlike in the past, when the youth groupings would exigencies is in fact seen as a budget announced setting up budget is almost entirely from the finance ministry,” come into being in colleges, institutions, through pattern of according a low of 100 new Sainik schools funded (97%) by education said Prof R Govinda, former associations and political parties etc, the present priority to public education. (34 schools already exist) cess since it was levied in VC NUEPA currently youth is empowered thanks to technology even on his The arithmetic of education and 750 new Eklavya 2006 as a supplement to the distinguished professor at own or her own. The rise of youth influencers is a budgets in India is not that (model residential) schools budgetary allocation. And CSD. case of rising soft power of youth, which is more simple. Spending on when the already sanctioned therefore, whatever has been Observers see the potent than a huge sales workforce of yesteryears. education, which has been schools of the past have not allocated is subject to developments in the larger Activism is not generic now. It has become stagnating at 2.8% of GDP taken off (only 285 Eklavya economic recovery and tax context of a massive push specialized and become younger. Now we have likes for past several years, has schools out of 566 collections. “The flows are towards privatization and of Ridhima Pandey and Greta Thungberg as teenager marginally gone up to 3.3- sanctioned are functional in extremely uncertain. The harnessing a political climate activists. Like them, there are thousands of 5% in last two years (2019- some form in tribal areas.) mobilization of revenue had economy (corporate + youth, who have joined campaigns of better world. 21). The union government The undoing of the impact of been falling before the covid hindutva alliance) where Several experts are of the view that as this present share is just 0.49 % and this covid on school and in the pandemic that fall mass education will shift to generation grows up and spreads to workplaces and year it has come down to infrastructure ranges from has double to about Rs 4 lakh skill development for youth governance, lots of evil from the society and 0.42%. The bulk spending repairs to sprucing, teacher crore. This is a difficult to fit into various layers of government will become lesser and lesser. Because on education comes from recruitment, strengthening situation and demand needs economy. Prof Muchkund these are not just digital natives but are imbibing real state budgets. However, of special training program to be factored in,” said Prof Dubey for instance feels that values of change and importantly they don't need to here is a catch. Samagra (STP), WASH & hygiene, Praveeen Jha, Professor of part of the blame rests with be motivated for several things as they are a change Shiksha Abhiyan, the enrolment and remedial Economics at JNU who the mainstream economists themselves. flagship centrally sponsored education and even specializes in education who have weaved a wrong The events of the farmer protests and before that Integrated scheme for provision of devices and IT economy. According to him narrative by terming student protests have given rise to questions in minds school education, which is infra. The plight of girls in the challenges is further allocations for social sectors of several people and surely a large section of youth the major support scheme covid has been reported by aggregated by the fact that as give always and not on how participating in a protest is made scary with for functioning of schools in several surveys from losing 80% of population has seen recognized social sector invoking of inappropriate law clauses. Some the country is being shared study time to household loss in income over the last 5- investment in its commentators even felt sad that no parent will allow between centre and states in chores to marriages and 6 years and covid has impact developmental and their children to become activists or take part in social the ratio of 55: 45 (90:10 for even trafficking and yet livelihood of 70-80% economic role. and public welfare activities. The advent of police NE states). The funds for the National Scheme for although some have started Education budgets and plans state may have short term gains but in the long run, it scheme in the budget have Incentive to Girl Child for recovering. Citing All India must reflect the reality and will hurt deeply and even erase traditions of youth been slashed from Rs Secondary Education was MSME Association claims, tame the challenges and not empowerment and learning. 38,751Cr in 2020-21 to Rs buried in this budget. Prof Jha said that already amplify them further. One Fierce debates, dissent and discussions are hallmarks 31,300 Cr this year. Most of So, absorbing covid impact 1/3rd of MSMEs might have hopes that economic of evolved democracies and like sports, these end up the states, which have to should have been vanished and another 1/3rd is recovery which has just making people more tolerant, more understanding and match the allocation, are in prioritized. But what struggling hard. “I am begun provides more participatory. When social media and things like that dire conditions as their attracted FM's temptation deeply distressed as I feel revenue to the Government have made every one opinioned because he can revenue position has was announcing 15000 there may a generation loss and with it wisdom returns to express it as well, it is incumbent upon all policy worsened after pandemic 'exemplar schools' to from education system and its the establishment and we see makers, administrators, institutions and legislatures to and non-receipt of tax include all components of impact on our social undoing of the reduction in approach the emerging youth profile in such a manner shares. There are more than the NEP 2020. It is like geography could be on its the revised estimates during that youth don't feel stifled while understanding the half a dozen special category nothing when you talk of 15 fault lines,” he added. midyear review. limitations. states, where education lakh schools. Ashok India has ranked 94th out of (The quotes and background spending is anyway lesser. Agarwal, education activist the 107 assessed countries on of the aritcle is based on the So, naturally spending on and president of theAll India the 2020 Global Hunger inputs from RTE Forum's education will face a further Parents' Association Index (GHI), with a level of webinar on budget hosted on cut. slammed the idea of hunger that is categorised as Feb 5, 2021) You can view The impact of school exclusivity with creation of 'serious'. In the previous the entire webinar here. closures due to Covid19 a new school category while budget Under the Saksham pandemic has changed the discriminating with the rest Anganwadi and Mission education landscape of children through these Poshan 2.0, the government everywhere. Almost an 15000 schools. subsumed four existing academic year has been lost. According to Prof centrally sponsored schemes IMPORTANT COMMUNICATION We are going to start publication of webinar summaries . 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Curriculum February 16, 2021 9 Spotlight Here's Why it'sImportant toInvest in the NextGenEducational Technology Akhand Swaroop IN today's unprecedent intelligence platform. The modernisation in even year question papers on the although may not necessarily Pandit, CEO and times, technology has undeniable growth in the government schools and internet that can be used to be considered as innovative become a part and parcel of space will only further colleges and this trend will improve their knowledge as artificial intelligence or Although we our lives. From smart TVs, leverage the Indian continue even if physical base.The use of audio and chatbots, 98% of educators may not be in washing machines, laptops education industry as a classes resume. Learning visual materials make it easy view it as a vital component the era of to smartphones, we are whole and how. Management System (LMS) for the student to grab in personalized learning iTeachers just encompassed bya variety of Education, which is often integration, digital exams, theoretical concepts along experiences. Most yet, the gadgets powered by seen as the most important faster results will become with understanding the institutions report benefits of technology. In fact, newer solution by families to the norm, paving the way for practical aspects. Apart from incorporating video into their technology as technologies keep rolling out alleviate poverty has indigenous technology this, new technology has curriculums in some way, but teaching aids in the market regularly and become more important companies to develop and made it easier for disabled even higher demand for are undeniable make our lives better with than ever.India,a large maintain these systems in students to gain knowledge. video-based learning may each passing day. These English speaking population institutions across the They can use computers, come from students in the technologies have its with technology country and the world. visual material and many near future.This is due to the applications in every field architecture and means, can Many parents who were technological tools to learn fact that video learning and especially in the allow its citizensto become previously guarded about despite their disability. There increases student satisfaction education sector. It is being global tutors not just for digital tools and e-learning, are arrays of effective and by 91%, and student exploited in classrooms to Indian students but also for experienced them and this robust learning tools for achievements by 82%, which make learning fun by making counties like the US, UK, has boosted both penetration differently-abled could be why educators are the classrooms interactive. Australia, etc. This can be and demand for such students.This student-centric increasingly using video for Advanced technologies akin to the IT industry offerings. approach would allow tasks like: make education easier, outsourcing for doubt- children to choose their own joyful and accessible. solving and low-cost course Turning out to Classrooms pace and learning objectives Creating First-Class delivery for the global based on individual interests- Humans EdTech: the next big thing population. 2.0 all of which could be guided To sum up, with the advent of The Government is by artificial intelligence, technology, there has been a Due to the implementation of gradually allowing schools Although some might view chatbots, and video-based paradigm shift in the strict social distancing rules to be reopened for students learning. education sector. The and subsequent slowdown in of classes 9-12 to help with technology as pervasive, for Artificial intelligence in traditional blackboard has the economy,various doubt clearing and education typically focuses been replaced by an industries were hit to the interaction on rotational younger generations, it is on identifying what a student interactive whiteboard.By point of pay cuts and layoffs. basis. But since full-scale does or doesn't know, and exploiting technology, However, the education return to schools doesn't ever-present.For the current then subsequently students can now connect sector continued to be look plausible in this developing a personalized with different people across growing. As one of the big academic year, it will generation of hyper active curriculam for each the globe to receive better bets for investors, education, continue to push online as a student.AI-driven career opportunities beyond especially EdTech, has primary medium of and digitally savvy children, applications in education are boundaries.Although we recorded investments worth instruction especially for still in their infancy, but there may not be in the era of $1.1 billion in 2020, its primary and secondary the new technologies are is a huge scope of growth iTeachers just yet, the highest-ever annual tally and levels. potential in the sector. In fact, benefits of technology as four times compared to last EdTech may also leapfrog expected to the nascent market for AI in teaching aids are undeniable. year. from chalkboard to education is expected to reach However, what is more whiteboard directly, convertclassrooms of the $6 billion by the year 2025. important is that these aids According to the latest especially for professional Chatbots are also quickly are used in tandem with reports, the global education courses and higher future around self-paced and becoming a fundamental tool developmental and technology market size is education. With parents in next generation education. educational anticipated to reach USD working from home and personalized learning.The Designed to simplify the psychology—ultimately 404 billion by 2025, growing constraints on travel and interaction between student keeping students rather than at a CAGR of 16.3% from other expenses, their future technologies are the and computer, chatbots technology at the core of 2020 to 2025. Even at this involvement in student provide a wide range of education. level, EdTech and digital education will increase. best way to understand the benefits, including spaced expenditure will only make Thus, home-schooling as a interval learning, self-paced up 5.2% of the $7.3T global concept also has potential diversity in learning styles learning and by providing education market in 2025 for growth. necessary feedback according to Holon IQ, the The traditional education as it encourages immediately. education market system is on a fast track to Video-based learning, which collaboration and enables classmates to interact more with each other.Additionally, adopting newer technologies help teachers to prepare their students to face the real world.It enables students to access up-to-date information in a quicker and easier way.Classroom technology has transformed teachers into encouragers, advisers and coaches. Students can now easily find e-books, revision material, sample papers and previous SRI-Bangalore completes 25 Years of R&D in India Samsung R&D Institute, Bangalore (SRI-B), which is cutting edge technology areas. Samsung smartphones in the Indian market, and these celebrating 25 successful years in India, has reiterated its SRI-B engineers have filed over 3,200 patents so far and innovations have been loved by consumers. commitment to #PoweringDigitalIndia with a refreshed R&D over the last three years there has been a 4X increase in the SRI-B conducts consumer research every year to understand strategy by engaging in cutting edge research that will number of patents being filed annually. the growing needs of consumers in India, based on which transform communities and make people's lives better, while “It has been an incredible journey since 1996 as SRI-B has engineers develop innovations that become part of also promoting a strong ecosystem of startups and academia. been Samsung's pillar of strength. As we complete yet smartphone products for the country. A recent innovation that SRI-B, Samsung's largest R&D facility outside Korea, was set another milestone, we will focus on breakthrough the centre developed is an On Device Search engine that helps up in 1996. Over the years, it has grown into an advanced innovations with our refreshed R&D strategy that will lead to people find their pictures and other content on the R&D centre for Samsung globally, with excellence in wireless shaping of new global lifestyles inspired from India. We will smartphones easily using natural language search. communications, multimedia and image processing, artificial grow sustainably as we will do our part to uplift the skill base Open Innovation & Building a Strong Patents Culture intelligence in vision, voice and text technologies and Internet of students especially in the Karnataka region through our SRI-B will scale up the Samsung PRISM program to add of Things (IoT). unique CSR programs,” said Dipesh Shah, Managing more colleges from across the country, to help stimulate the Over the next five years, SRI-B is to explore Multi-Device Director, SRI-B. Indian innovation ecosystem, and build capabilities among Intelligence, beyond 5G, Blockchain and Data Science areas Focus on Next Gen Technologies students that meet industry needs. even as it continues to create strong differentiation for Going forward, the R&D centre will explore Multi-Device These students get to work on projects in cutting edge Samsung through innovations in camera technologies, Intelligence, beyond 5G, Blockchain and Data Science areas technology areas such as Artificial Intelligence (including artificial intelligence and 5G. while on the digital infrastructure side, Virtualization and vision tech), Machine Learning, Internet of Things & SRI-B will also expand Open Innovation with startups, Containerization will be the key technology focus areas. Connected Devices and 5G networks, to solve real world students and universities to help strengthen the innovation and SRI-B will also focus on intensifying community building problems. Each project is taken up by a team of three students startup ecosystem in the country. It will drive this effort by programs with services like Samsung Find that enables users and one professor, with a mentor from SRI-B who will guide scaling up its industry-academia program PRISM under to help each other in tracing devices. and train them, and conduct regular reviews. Students are which it has been working with engineering students and Local India-Specific Innovations encouraged to publish papers and file patents jointly with faculty on real-world research and development projects in SRI-B has been at the centre of developing local India- SRI-B. specific innovations, which has created a differentiation for

10 Curriculum February 16, 2021 Counseling/Excel LPU student recognized as 'Most Aspiring Youth Activist' by the United Learning Skills for Effective Time Management Nations' global initiative This after he secures first position at 'Unite 2030 Youth Dr. Nitesh Dhawan, Public Servant, Author and Educator Action for Better World' Sm Sammam Sakti Shahdat, connections with peers from In a modern day world, the How it works! a Mechanical Engineering almost every industry, sector emergence of aspirational B.Tech student of Lovely and country, and engage society has led to high The good thing is that we can learn to manage our time Professional University who with global leaders and expectations among people effectively. Firstly, one has to develop positive perception hails from Bangladesh, won talent who actively works who are competing to about the outcomes of effective time management through the prestigious 'Unite 2030 toward the SDGs. achieve their goals against varied life experiences and observing achievers which could Youth Action for Better the fast paced life. Time is a actually reinforce attitudinal shift and generate new World' campaign organized Sammam said, “It's a huge critical factor which behavioural patterns. As in physics, the rate of energy by Unite 2030, a United honor to be recognized by differentiates between transfer produces power, similarly in life, right and optimal Nations' initiative. He was the United Nations for my successful people who use of time and energy can make us powerful and honored as the 'Most work. This award has manage their time to productive. Aspiring Youth Activist' at instilled confidence in me to optimum use and the others The key steps for time management include- the campaign. Sammam is continue my efforts for the who fail to succeed due to mismanagement of time. Life is Ÿ Develop attitude of commitment towards your work one of the 1200+ young welfare of the society and to a journey of time which needs to be lived sensibly by leaders from over 33 inspire other youngsters as balancing personal, professional and social duties. responsibilities. Even if you don't like your job, try to countries who participated well. I strongly believe that In a scenario which has become demanding than ever, we find something good that stimulates you. Make in this campaign. He would together we can create a are supposed to perform multifarious tasks with equal positive affirmations towards your work. also receive a full better world which is free commitment and competency. The multi-tasking efficiency Ÿ Train your mind to listen to your directions and not the scholarship to join 'Camp from poverty, hunger and is required to take an edge over others in this highly vice versa. Try to do the work that demands immediate inequality.” competitive environment. The most critical of all the skills attention. is time management which determines the outcomes of our Ÿ Prioritize your tasks and set realistic timelines. Jot Ashok Mittal, Chancellor, diversified roles and responsibilities. Candidates appearing down those in your daily planner. Keep reviewing your Lovely Professional in competitive exams are very well aware of managing progress. University congratulated time to take an edge over others. People at higher positions Ÿ Strictly follow the schedule. But don't get upset with Sammam on his who are supposed to fulfil their targets and meet deadlines unforeseen demands. Be flexible to acknowledge it achievement and said, understand the worth of time management. But all are not and work on it. “Sammam is an equally good at multi-tasking. Ÿ Divide the big goals into smaller tasks and then focus extraordinary student. We In order to improve our time management skills, we must on those specific targets to accomplish. have found him to be overcome human weaknesses which pertain to - Ÿ Enjoy the diversified nature of work and don't get extremely passionate Ÿ Laid back attitude bogged down with extra workload. towards all kinds of Ÿ Undervaluing time Ÿ Sincerity is the key attribute that includes discipline humanitarian efforts and are Ÿ Not owning own self responsibility and commitment. So be sincere. immensely proud of his Ÿ Lack of commitment and self discipline Ÿ Don't spend time on criticising people and situations. It achievement at UNITE Ÿ Lack of clarity about priorities will dissipate your energy level. 2030. While he was always Ÿ Blaming others or circumstances Ÿ Reward and appreciate yourself while accomplishing a role model for the students Ÿ Believing in fatalism your tasks. Don't depend on others for your sense of at the university, he has now satisfaction and happiness. 2030', a global event at raised the bar higher with Developing Attitudinal Ÿ Value your time and time will do the same. Echo Park, New York, USA students from across the positive shift towards organized by Unite 2030. globe looking towards him perception value of time Thus time is a precious element in our lives as it brings Sammam will now be to show them the way.” about and owning more organized approach towards life and increase our joining 'Camp 2030', a outcomes of responsibility productivity and efficiency. Our personal growth, global event at Echo Park, time Behavioural adaptability to new roles, satisfaction in social obligations New York, USA, organized change by and accomplishments all depend upon how we use our most by Unite 2030 in September taking action valuable resource of time, available equally to us without 2021. At the event, 250+ and learning any discrimination. It becomes our foremost duty to strive youth activists from 33 new skills for human excellence through optimisation of time that we countries will formulate have. solutions to global challenges, make lasting 5 EdTech startups beyond mainstream education With the evolution of technology in the education system, have also received international attention from countries like Kyt- started by Tripti Ahuja and husband Bhavish Rathod in students are offered interactive courses and learning methods. Japan, Canada and Korea is Bhagwad Gita. More than one 2019, offers courses beyond academics for children to explore The sector has seen the need for changes and development lac students have enrolled themselves on the platform till their interests. Kyt is designed to support children's interest more than ever before. The covid-19 pandemic has only date and continue to add. It is a multi-category digital beyond traditional school subjects and make learning a fun fueled this transformation by bridging the confidence within academy for extracurricular learning with a vision to make experience. Kyt offers co-curricular courses for children the society that learning is not confined within classrooms. children future-ready and help them to explore their true between 5-15, encouraging fun learning. Earlier the choices of students were restricted to maths, potential. Ashish, the founder and CEO of Bambinos English, science, etc but with these startups that are offering believes that every child is unique and should be nurtured in Qshala- is another similar Bangalore based edtech startup creative and skill-based courses with innovative learning, the same direction after identifying the right interests. that operates with quiz as a learning tool to foster life-skills students will have a wider horizon in terms of future and inculcate curiosity in children. Sachin Ravi and Raghav opportunities. By providing real-time learning and SP Robotics- is an online edutainment company which Chakravarthy co-founders of Qshala believe in the holistic understanding, futuristic goals can be obtained with the help provides experiential learning to students between the age of development of children. Qshala was first established in 2014 of these platforms. This shift in the sector has also paved the 7 and 17 in latest technologies like Robotics, Coding, Drone, as an offline platform for students and was converted into way for a flow of innovative and practical learning. These AI, VR, IoT and everything that promotes STEM education online during the pandemic as a Sunday family quiz. learning trends will continue to grow post-pandemic as through AI-powered online learning platform. In addition to parents and children now understand the importance of this its online courses, SPRW has marked its presence Frontrow- this learning platform offers courses from technologically driven education that is only nourished internationally in 14 countries with 35 awards with 83 celebrities, where people can learn from the best. IshaanPreet towards more holistic development of children. Here are the 5 branches across 27 cities in India, making it India's largest Singh who is the founder of the company claims that more Edtech startups that have helped the youth/children groom network of Maker Labs. SPRW focuses on real-time than 26 million people have already enrolled themselves in their skills and apply intelligence in everyday life with active concepts and progress and every student with an AI-enabled the classes. Due to the scarcity of resources in the country, the brain development. Platform which guides every student individually. With the co-curricular sector is unorganized and needs to be organised idea of transforming the Engineering and STEM education, now more than ever before. The platform makes the masters Bambinos- Established in 2020 based in Bangalore, it is one Sneha Priya founded SPRW in 2012 and has more than two of their category accessible to common people to polish their of its kind learning platforms for 4-15 years of children where lakh students trained. skills. they offer 40+ co-curricular courses like creative writing, Bharatnatyam and more. One of the most popular courses that

Curriculum February 16, 2021 11 Careerwise MBA in International Business Development is your ticket to global career Prof. B.N. Mishra, Global companies In the course curriculum of for the same to provide etc. hold a bachelor's degree Chancellor developing businesses the MBA in International appropriate growth to the minimum of 3 years duration Bir Tikendrajit across countries have created Business Development, the business. They manage all Career and Scope in any of the disciplines & University, Manipur a need for a diverse and students are taught about the development processes and According to Professor B.N. score at least 50% marks in (www.birtikendrajituniv competitive workforce that International Business Law ensure compliance with Mishra, Chancellor, Bir the qualifying examination. can run businesses & Ethics, Strategic government policies and Tikendrajit University, MBA You can join this course after internationally. Most of this Marketing & Branding, regulations. Assist in International Business completing your UG degree International workforce focused on taking Intercultural Management businesses to identify Development graduates have in B.Tech/B.Arch, Medical, business degree businesses global requires & International Negotiation, opportunities and develop an immense opportunity in Arts, Humanities and holders are often the acumen to compete Management of Innovation, strategic plans to enhance the current market. Career Science. For this course of required due to internationally. In India, to International Partnerships the same. Manage all options after this course are study, you have to clear the increasing be a part of such a workforce and Mergers & Acquisition, customer/client increasing rapidly. entrance exam+ GD (Group globalization and has given rise to the Advanced Business communication and International business degree Discussion) + PI (Personal the growing popularity of MBA in Planning, Business Plan maintain an effective holders are often required due Interview). There is no age number of International Business Jury Presentations, relationship with all. to increasing globalization limit to apply for this course. businesses Development. Graduation International Economics & Prepare and implement and the growing number of Candidates appearing for a currently from an international Micro Markets etc. to various capture methods for businesses currently qualifying examination can competing on the business development MBA develop your skills in business development. competing on the also apply only if they submit international program is a career-changing international business Review competitor plans international stage. After the proof of required stage. event that can drastically creation. and the effect of products completing this degree, you qualification before the increase your chance for and services in can join various enterprises or commencement of the promotions on the global Roles and Responsibilities management. Maintain all firms anywhere. Some of the session. front. Today, every business International Business communication with top recruiting companies that Salary : This field has a good is going to expand itself in Development Managers are Director. Evaluate market hire MBA in international opportunity to get handsome the International market. It is expansion wizards who craft trends and provide business professionals salaries. It has more the age of competition and successful strategies for appropriate support to include HDFC Bank, Citi opportunity to get a career in everyone is trying to adopt taking companies into new product development. Bank, Amazon, ICICI Bank, abroad and get a salary in the money-making avenues to maximize the HSBC, Google, Axis Bank, foreign currency. A technique. Companies that ROA. They are responsible Skills Required IBM, Accenture, Cognizant, postgraduate in international are aiming to expand and to monitor the effective There are certain skills that and WIPRO. Apart from business development from a establish their business in a implementation of many international business global companies that reputed institution can get foreign country require international business development managers have contend on international the initial salary offered candidates that are trained to development activities. in order to accomplish their markets, for example, airlines range from 5 lakh to 8 lakh deal with international Develop individual business responsibilities like and chain restaurants, per annum and the scenarios and are also plans for each country. They analytical skills, leadership graduates of international designation will be as a knowledgeable with the Administer and develop skills, creativity, Business business MBA programme business development concepts and theories that initiatives to increase sales Development, Market frequently find careers within manager. can be helpful for business' and market development Research, Logistics, New non-profit organisations, establishment. activities. Help to analyze Customers, Sales Goals, government agencies, and business strategies and expansion planning, banking. Course Curriculum develop improvement plans Intercultural competence Eligibility: The Student must STEM Mindsets and STEM skills emerge as key requirements across sectors: Study STEM mindsets and STEM skills emerge as key skills, creativity, communication, and collaboration recent UNCTAD report on the subject. There is an requirements across sectors in the Indian workplace, emerged as core STEM skills and mindsets essential at the insatiable demand for talented people from the creative arts according to a study conducted by Quest Alliance, a not-for- workplace. Attitudes such as self-learning, risk-taking, to fill this demand. profit trust focused on building 21st Century skills among patience, perseverance and the ability to withstand failure learners and facilitators. The study, conducted as part of the remain key. Big data analysis, artificial intelligence, The study captures the lived experiences of women in STEM For Girls India program, brings in fresh evidence machine learning, and deep learning are also going to play STEM spaces and notes that over academic excellence, from the workplace on cross-penetration of STEM skills ever greater roles across diverse fields.” skills such as networking and building a marathon mindset and mindsets across sectors, nuanced understanding of the are key for women, along with concentrated efforts by skill sets required in the workplace and implications, Careers abroad services in the governments, educational institutions and companies to therefore, for STEM education. The study further explores develop creative solutions to equip women for the changing themes like technology, gender diversity, and the future of fields of media and arts company workplace. Considering that women form only 28.8% of the education. global average of STEM workers, women are at a higher An initial-probe online survey, based on which the study launched risk of exclusion in STEM spaces. The cross penetration of was conducted, captured perceptions on STEM mindsets STEM skills and mindsets across sectors then makes it and skills that inform work, the role of technology, choice Creative Aspirations, an educational consultancy firm, imperative for educational institutions to develop a STEM of careers, issues concerning gender, sustainability, and catering exclusively to the needs of students who want to capable workforce. work. A subset of respondents was selected for in-depth go abroad to pursue their careers in the fields of media and The study further notes that the reasons for poor interviews. The interviews provided a deeper understanding arts including film direction, acting, cinematography, participation of women in different fields were stated as of STEM careers based on STEM mindset, as well as sound designing, animation, graphic designing, game societal stereotypes, family pressure, lack of organisational convergences between STEM careers and what is designing, fashion technology, interior designing and more support and the difference in abilities. Individual traditionally seen as non-STEM career options. In a neat has started from Hyderabad. The company launched its respondents cited various other reasons. complementarity, the study also uncovered the importance operations on Feb.14th 2021 and is backed by Sheldon E. Neha Parti, Associate Director of Secondary Schools of non-STEM skills such as empathy and collaboration in Wallbrown, Pratima Jaidev and Mahender Reddy. They program at Quest Alliance observed, “It is interesting to careers across sectors. have a wide breadth of experience in the education sector note that when we talk to young girls in schools, they all The respondents of the survey spanned a variety of careers as well as the creative media and arts industry. have high aspirations and many of them do want to get into such as information technology, research, healthcare, media, “The focus is not only on helping students prepare for and STEM careers like doctors, engineering, agriculture. arts, engineering and education. The survey asked people to apply to the best international universities but also to help However, when it comes to converting aspirations into list the STEM mindset and skills that were important in them build their profile and gain the experience which actual career pathways there is a big gap, given all the their area of work and generated a list of 104 attitudes and selective universities look for,” the statement from the reasons mentioned in the report. That is something that we 88 skills, which were coalesced into broader categories and company said. The company provides experienced need to address right from the school to the workspace. This sorted by frequency of occurrence. mentors to help the students build an artistic portfolio. requires creating an enabling ecosystem around young girls Priyanka Krishna, Researcher at Quest's Knowledge Hub, They also provide opportunities to learn from internships and women involving families, industry and government to comments “The study highlights the necessity for an with their partners from various industry verticals. influence mindsets, policies, and organisational processes interdisciplinary approach to STEM, and a strong focus on The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and systems.” math, data and computing skills. More importantly, we estimates that 5.5% of the world's total economic output is noticed that mathematical mindset, problem-solving, found in copyrights and the creative economy is booming analytical and logical thinking, critical thinking, technology for having doubled from 2002 to 2015 according to a

12 Curriculum February 16, 2021 Schools First Virtual PASCH Principals' across the nation from Gujarat to West Bengal, from Jammu with digital ready aids and self-learning materials through to Karnataka. WhatsApp. Conference South Asia North 2021 A simple ceremony was organized with stunningly visually appealing dance performance by Aditi Sarkar of Class X to DPS RNE Ghaziabad gets IDS held by Goethe-Institut commemorate the occasion of Republic Day. The ceremony was graced by Guest of Honour, renowned educationist and certificate The conference themed “THE GERMAN WAYS philanthropist Mrs. Anita Brooks who cheered and motivated AND THE WAYS WITH GERMAN” aimed to bring the awardees and Chief Guest popular actor and social Delhi Public School, RNE, Ghaziabad has recently been together Principals of PASCH Schools of the activist Mr. Bobby Chakraborty, who shared his mission of felicitated with the International Dimension in Schools (IDS) Northern South Asian region Addiction-Free Youth Community with the Educators and Certificate for the period 2020-23. The certificate has been Principals. accredited by the British Council for school's efforts to embed PASCH which stands for “Schools: Partners for the Future” is DIAL Awards 2021 was also accompanied by a Panel international aspect in their curriculum. The award was an initiative of the Federal Foreign Office in cooperation with Discussion on the very relevant and burning issue of NEP formerly known as the International SchoolAwards. the Central Agency for Schools Abroad (ZfA), the Goethe- 2020 – focussing on the aspect of Role of Teacher's Training. The efforts of DPS RNE, Ghaziabad in conducting activities Institut, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Renowned Principals like Dr. Anuradha Govind of JM throughout the year on 7 different projects under the action and the Educational Exchange Service (PAD) of the International School, Delhi; Dr. Vedavathi Dinesh of Green plan approved by British Council resulted in developing deep Secretariat of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Eden Public School, Karnataka; Dr. Snigdha Kadam of Seva learning skills such as research, collaboration and decision Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Sadan Society's English Medium School, Maharastra, Dr. making skills of the students. The activities planned were Republic of Germany, recently held a three-day conference. Yogesh Maheshwari of Mount Litera Zee School, West multi-dimensional and were connected to the school PASCH-Initiative and its goals were discussed in detail and Bengal participated in the enriching discussion with Ms. curriculum. the resulting perspectives for students in South Asia were Pratibha Mishra, Principal of Panbai International School The seven projects- Between the Covers (literary event), explored together with by more than 40 Principals from Maharashtra as the Moderator enlightening the educators and Sound of Music (musical event), Symphony of Rocks and PASCH Schools Northern SouthAsia. audiences present. Rubbles (historical event), Hind-e-Deutsch (exchange Speaking on the occasion, Veronika Taranzinskaja, PASCH The evening unfurled gradually on a happy note as the program), Dead as a Dodo (about endangered and extinct Head of South Asia said, \"The conference brought discourse awardees shared their ecstatic feelings on receiving the animals) Disaster Management, Ancient Games and Sports in and reflection on interconnecting educational issues. The honour. At a time when teachers are under tremendous stress, Modern Times (sports) were planned in collaboration with digital format of the conference did not allow for real such effort to recognise their selfless and untiring efforts is countries like Vietnam, Palestine, Germany, Lebanon etc. The encounters, but we were able to create an intimate exchange truly praiseworthy. Principal of Krishnagar Public School, activities comprised research on international authors, paper between principals and their representatives across the Dr. Sankar Prasad Dutta who is also one of our mentor presentation, learning games, workshops, drills, comparative borders of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Iran.\" remarked, \"We are proud to be associated with such an analysis, skits, debate workshops, and dramas for students The main objectives of PASCH Initiative were introduced initiative. In future too we will be in the lookout for such from Classes 1 to 11. The most highlighted activities were, such as awakening interest and enthusiasm for Germany, platforms where we could make some meaningful students interacting with Palestinian students via virtual motivating young people to learn German, to create contribution in appreciation the contributions of the teaching meetings and conducting a cooking workshop together, intercultural understanding, by creating spaces for fraternity.” interacting with Lebanese students and conducting a fitness transcultural interaction between students. session with Yoga and Gymnastics display. Inter School Band A presentation of the PASCH projects in 2020/2021 was DPS RNE Ghaziabad hosts Debate competition, paper craft competition on Dinosaurs, first aid given by Veronika Taranzinskaja. The school principals also and safety drill by expert team of doctors. Visit to Science received information from the DAAD on living, studying and Competition on National Girl Child Museum was also planned for students for experiential working in Germany. The representatives of the AHK with learning. the Pro Recognition project showed which professional Day perspectives, graduates from South Asia can expect, Delhi's iconic preschool 'The Magic especially with regard to apprenticeships and what support Delhi Public School, Raj Nagar Extension, Ghaziabad hosted for the recognition of qualifications from Pro Recognition an online English debate competition for classes 6th-8th on Years' becomes 'the magic years, a Shiv looks like in concrete terms. the occasion of National Girl Child Day. The theme was of A model was also presented on how professional orientation 3E's-Education, Equality and Empowerment. Nadar School' at PASCH schools could take place. Numerous school The competition was organized in order to make the students principals showed interest in the same. During the Barcamp aware about the relevance of this day. National Girl Child Shiv Nadar Foundation, a philanthropic venture of Mr Shiv on the second day of the conference; the school principals Day has been celebrated in India since 2008, started by Nadar, Founder, HCL – a US$ 10 billion leading global brought up current educational topics from everyday school Ministry of Women and Child Development, a branch of the conglomerate, is joining hands with the Magic Years life. Motivating contributions were made on the topics of Government of India. Educational Society to create a synergistic learning “building the alumni network”, “learning in the new world” The day is celebrated to spread awareness among people environment with the Foundation's K-12 initiative, the Shiv and “classroom management in online learning”, which led to about all the inequalities girls face in the Indian society. The Nadar School. With this partnership, Shiv Nadar Foundation constructive discussions. participants were thoroughly prepared and expressed their will set foot in the pre-school education space, that forms the Dr Steinmetz, a Specialist STEM vocabulary in GFL lessons views on the theme 3E's- Education, Equality and critical foundation for the future academic, emotional, and and co-author of \"German for Engineers\", 2018, explained Empowerment. The competition became rather enlightening social success of students. The Founder-Principal of the how the promotion of technical language in STEM clubs at for teachers, and all the listeners as views expressed were School, Mrs Shirley Madhavan Kutty and her team of PASCH schools could be done. This topic holds a lot of researched in detail and based on facts. educators will continue to lead the school which is now being importance for the South Asian high school graduates, as Pallavi Upadhyaya, Principal, DPS RNE, Ghaziabad, said, rechristened as 'the magic years, a Shiv Nadar School'. most of them choose Germany as their place of study and opt “It was a delight to witness the confidence and flair in public Founded in 1978, the magic years has consistently been rated for STEM-relevant subjects. speaking that students showcased in the debate competition. as the top playschool in Delhi and follows a Montessori A lot of variety and hilarity were brought by the workshop We will continue to host such events that give students a method of teaching. Offering a vibrant, multicultural learning \"These Strange German Ways\", conducted by Puneet Kaur, chance to gain some extra knowledge apart from their regular environment, the school houses close to 200 students, 18 Head German in 1000 Schools. Principals also approached academic classes.” The top three winners of the competition months to 5 years olds, from over 15 countries. the German language in a \"Learn German 1\" course. were Ojasvi from Yamuna House, Soumya Shivendr from Mrs Shirley Madhavan Kutty, Founder- Principal, the magic Jhelum, Rewa Bhardwaj from Chenab House and Sajal years, said: “Over the last four decades, at the magic years has Doric Institute of Advanced Saxena from Yamuna House respectively. emerged as the torchbearer of pre-school education, inculcating in children the joy of learning while helping them Learning and Krishnagar Public One lakh teachers helped to improve develop critical social and emotional skills. The Shiv Nadar School, which has emerged as one of the most coveted schools School felicitate Teachers English skills in Madhya Pradesh by in the National Capital Region in a short span of time, is built around the same principles of nurturing lifelong learners. I am Apart from the health practitioners another group of Marico Limited truly happy to partner with them and work towards ensuring professionals who had to face the biggest setback due to covid that together we continue to provide an engaging, caring and pandemic was the teachers. The teachers fought during the Nihar Shanti Pathshala Funwala, on the occasion of fun learning environment for the pre-schoolers.” lockdown and even during the unlock phase and is still International Day of Education announced, that they have Col Gopal Karunakaran, CEO, Shiv Nadar School said, “Our continuing to do so as most sectors have come back to successfully empowered one lakh teachers in Madhya aim at the Shiv Nadar School is to provide our students with normalcy, education sector is still under similar shutdown Pradesh, through its digital first initiative to help improve engaging, varied and holistic learning experiences that help mode. The teaching fraternity has come together with English literacy levels in the government schools.. The them grow up to be well-rounded individuals. The pre-k years determination and courage to ensure unhindered access to teacher empowerment programme which helps teachers present a critical opportunity to lay the groundwork for education for young students across the nation and it is only improve English proficiency of their students aims to proficiency in key skills including social-emotional learning natural that such great efforts are identified and recognized. ultimately uplift lives of many students, making them literate and are proven to impact academic performance in the Doric Institute of Advanced Learning (DIAL), an ISO in the language of opportunities leading to better higher- primary grades and beyond. Our partnership with the magic 2005:9001 certified social welfare society registered under education opportunities, improved life-long earning years is a natural step for us towards integrating learning the West Bengal Societies Registration Act, 1961 in potential, and access to a wider world. pedagogy in a way that the overall development of a child association with Krishnagar Public School, a CBSE The outbreak of global COVID-19 has disrupted education begins from an early age. Mrs Kutty and her team have been Affilated, Senior Secondary School in West Bengal organised infrastructure in our country. Nihar Shanti Pathshala doing excellent work over the last four decades and we are DIAL AWARDS 2021 as a mark of respect towards the hard Funwala partnered with Government of Madhya Pradesh thrilled to welcome them to the Shiv Nadar School family as work and perseverance shown by teachers during these and, in association with NGO partner LeapForWord, has we join hands to help preschoolers build a solid and broad difficult times. The virtual award ceremony was organized on been working towards upskilling teachers in English with the foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing.” the evening of India's 72nd Republic Day and conferred help of technology. The programme uses apps including recognition to Teachers, Educators and Principals from all YouTube and WhatsApp to provide content in a highly structured form to teachers in the state. Considering it has been a challenge for most of the teachers to impart education online, this helps them to get trained but also teach effectively.As part of the training, teachers are also provided

Curriculum February 16, 2021 13 Schools Aarav Solutions Launches Sanvid Sanvid will offer an educational framework with life skills essential for career in 73 Gujarat rural schools Sanvid, an initiative to information technology and today. The Sanvid initiative International is stepping foot international best practice. provide equal learning computer engineering. is a much needed and cost- in the retail space directly. Abigail Barnett, Deputy opportunities in digital The penetration of digital efficient step towards The Makers Magic learning technology, life skills and education into rural India is connecting young students program in a box will be Director, Curriculum personality development for fast evolving. In the rural in rural and semi-urban available in multi Programmes, Cambridge school students in rural India schools, the quality of regions of India to the wide engagement level formats for International said: “We have Jadishwar Charitable Trust, teaching as well as learning world of information the age group between 3 to 6 designed the new Cambridge Supported by Aarav is not competent with the technology and digital years. It is created with Early Years programme Solutions, a pioneer in the evolving changes. There is through customised activities and practices for thinking about overall global product engineering zero or very basic level of computer education. I am children to develop keen development of the child. We and IT consulting services computer education or happy to launch the same in observation, engage in deep have focused not just on space, has launched 'Sanvid', knowledge of information my home state of Gujarat. thinking routines and find developing literacy and an EdTech initiative that technology across all these This will also enable schools opportunities to apply the numeracy, but also creativity, aims to provide equal schools. There is also a dire to become Smart Schools in learned skills and abilities all social emotional learning opportunities in need to train the teachers. the truest sense. Already the from their home's comfort development and physical computer education, digital Infrastructure and the way of learning and and safety. development. The program technology, life skills, Internet are other two key education is moving digital The Makers Magic program helps children to act language skills and needs in these schools. and online, and Sanvid will is based on the Maker- independently and develop personality development for Sanvid offers the students a use this transition further to Centered learning pedagogy as individuals by giving them school students in rural unique opportunity to get make rural students embrace from Agency by Design. The the freedom and opportunity India. The program will access to devices and and understand IT education program offers daily to fire their imagination, kickstart from the Maharana experience technology better.'' engagement modules with spark their interest, and PJ High School, Jangral, firsthand. On account of He added, “we would like to clearly defined ignite their curiosity about Dist. Patan Gujarat the first COVID-19 situation, the make a commitment of developmental milestones the world.” Sanvid Champion School in students will be given access taking the Sanvid program and assessment guidelines The programme is in-line Gujarat. With intent to bridge to the devices and internet to at least 72 rural schools that empower parents to with the New Education the gap between the youth services. across Gujarat in the next access their child's learning Policy (NEP) 2020 and and the mainstream digital Sanvid will offer an seven years. Sanvid achievements and track their offers a rounded approach world, the program's educational framework with Champions are our partner intellectual progress. Each that focuses on physical, ambition is to empower life skills essential for career schools, who are truly Makers Magic program – The cognitive, language and students by equipping them such as spoken English, upholding the movement of Beginner for 3 to 4 years and communication and social with computer based humanities, growth mindset, Sanvid. A certification School Readiness for 4 to 6 and emotional development. education. financial management and course for teachers will be years' age group, has 4 Teaching and learning is career counselling for provided for effective Levels. Every Level offers a play-based and child-centred Sanvid, a Sanskrit name personal growth at its core. transition.” 30-day learning plan with 60 and builds learners' skills and depicting knowledge, is an Experts like technocrats, lessons and 100 new confidence in key initiative curated with the academicians and a project EuroKids introduces activities woven together and developmental areas. The aim of developing an edtech manager will be involved in Makers Magic presented in an activity and programme provides a solid program which is deeply training young minds to program learning kit. The program foundation that young rooted in our education excel in information promises small experiences students can build on as they system and focuses on technology and prepare for a EuroKids International, one that transform how your child progress in their education. It nurturing young talent. better future. It will start of India's leading early thinks, processes information prepares children for The logo is influenced by the from Maharana PJ High childhood education & K12 and retains it in a hassle-free transition to primary school Saraswati Yantra, a medium School in Jangral, Patan and Education Company, has manner. across educational boards, through which Saraswati, the expand to other champion launched India's first helping them move from Goddess of wisdom and schools in Patan. Sanvid is a Maker-Centered Learning Cambridge Early Years play-based learning to more knowledge, bestows step towards building a Program for young learners formal learning. education. The program is community of learners and – Makers Magic. The programme launched In addition to this, designed for beginner, teachers solely with the burden Covid-19 pandemic Cambridge Early Years intermediate and advanced purpose of sharing brought upon early Cambridge International & centres have access to a levels irrespective of the knowledge wherein anyone education was the impetus Cambridge University Press range of fun resources that grade in which the students from parents to students can that drove the team at have launched a new provide engaging activities start. It will also be extended seek help for learning. EuroKids International, 'Cambridge Early Years' and are aligned with the to teachers who wish to teach Raj Darji, Founder & CEO, which champions a Child programme in India. curriculum. Teachers have and learn the computer Aarav Solutions and First philosophy, to develop Cambridge Early Years gives the flexibility to select programs. The modules and Founder Trustee of Sanvid, an at-home learning children aged 3 to 6 a solid resources to suit their courses being planned will said, “We are making an program for young kids so foundation as they start their learners and context. all be certified and there is a active choice to be the learning never stops. It's also educational journey. It is Anyone interested in finding scope for outstanding catalyst of change to more the first time, EuroKids designed specially to meet the out more about the new students to avail scholarships than a million lives starting needs of young learners in Cambridge Early Years for further education in India and is based on programme can do so by visiting Cambridge Early Years. Class X Student Designs Machine established before birth through an ultrasound scan, the TCS IT Wiz Championship title and was awarded a trophy which is unaffordable for over 90% of Indian parents. along with a gold medal, winner's certificate and a gift Learning Project to Identify Down “Machine Learning models, based on something as simple as voucher worth Rs 30,000. The runner up of the National a photograph of the baby, can help in detecting Down Finals, Rithin Nagaraj from Little Flower Public School, Syndrome through Photographs Syndrome with remarkable accuracy. Every single child with Bengaluru, received an e-voucher worth Rs 20,000 along Down Syndrome in the sample was correctly identified” with a silver medal and trophy. 15-year old, Saanvi Mehra, a student of The Shriram says Saanvi. “Given the penetration of smartphones in The quizmaster Giri Balasubramaniam aka Pickbrain, Millennium School, Noida, has designed a project to India, almost every parent has the ability to click a presented the quiz with exuberance and vibrancy throughout identify children afflicted with Down Syndrome, a genetic photograph of their child and use this free tool. The result of the 5 rounds namely, Digital Readiness, Borderless Learning, disorder, through their photographs. Designed as part of a early detection is not just a reduction in deaths of these Analytics and Insights, Multi Experience and @TCS. This project submitted to Google India Code to Learn contest children but also a better lifestyle due to timely year, TCS IT Wiz saw some engaging questions that created 2020, this tool has the potential of saving more than 20,000 treatment. I look forward to working closely with the perfect edutainment ambiance, and kept participants and children's lives annually in India alone. This landmark hospitals and paediatricians after my board exams so that the audience at the edge of their seats. The questions ranged innovation not only secured Saanvi a victory in the contest in we can save as many children as possible” from what the internet craze 'Twipping' is, the 'mistake' that the Class 9-10 category, but will also be a boon for the was Ctrl-Alt-Del by Bill Gates, to naming the inventor, who children suffering from Down Syndrome. G D Goenka Public School, Siliguri wins apologized for his invention of the internet's original sin – pop Down Syndrome's prevalence in India is estimated at TCS IT Wiz 2020 up ads – Ethan Zuckerman. roughly one out of every thousand children (1:1000), The 22nd edition of TCS IT Wiz witnessed participation from leading to over 30,000 children being born every year with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Feb 8 announced the over 9,900 students of class 8-12 from across the country. Of this genetic disorder. In India, the survival rate is barely 44%. winners of the National Finals of TCS IT Wiz 2020, India's these, 128 participants qualified for the Pre-Quarters, and 64 The main reason for this high mortality in India is non- biggest interschool IT quiz competition. Abishek Agarwal for the Quarter Finals and 16 reached the Semi Finals to diagnosis/ late-diagnosis due to a lack of access to, and in- from GD Goenka Public School, Siliguri, walked away with compete for the top 4 National Final slots. Students from tier affordability of medical diagnostic facilities. The primary II and tier III cities continued to dominate in terms of markers of a Down Syndrome (DS) baby can be

14 Curriculum February 16, 2021 Higher Edu NMIMS to set up a joint AI Center TechnoStruct, LLC, headquartered in California USA, has The expectation is that the center will unleash a new line of signed a MoU with J.C. Bose University of Science & fundamental research on privacy and security aspects of of Excellence & Research Technology, YMCA Faridabad. This MoU is to provide machine learning – a timely and critical effort given the training and hands-on experience to the students on Building proliferation of artificial intelligence across all aspects of SVKM's NMIMS, a deemed to be university in Mumbai, has Information Modeling (BIM) Technology which is one of the society from education to finance, transportation, healthcare, signed an MoU with LivNSense Technologies, to jointly most recent developments in the Architecture, Engineering, and many others. create the AI Center of Excellence & Research, that will help and Construction Industry. The MoU intends to offer Each year, the center will provide support for research develop AI-driven manufacturing solutions and foster a 'TechnoStruct Training and Development Programme' to the projects focused on the development of new methodologies culture of innovation and collaboration. students of the university which include free internship, for secure and privacy-preserving machine learning solutions The centre of excellence will be the first of its kind in India hands-on exposure to international projects and placement that can scale to support billions of users. In addition, the and will help to boost the country's manufacturing sector by assistance for three years. center will provide annual fellowships to talented doctoral making it more tech-driven (under make in India initiative) Speaking on this occasion, Arun Kochar, North India Head of students working in this research area, enabling them to and less dependent on imported technology. According to a TechnoStruct said that there is quite a dearth in the Indian advance research frontiers. Fellowship recipients will be recent PwC report, the adoption of artificial intelligence was construction industry that TechnoStruct Academy is trying to named as Amazon ML Fellows in recognition of their promise the highest in India during the COVID-19 pandemic, as fulfill by providing international standard BIM Management and achievements. These fellowships will give students compared to major economies, with over 70 per cent of courses. The Indian construction industry is on rise after the greater understanding of industry and solution-driven Indian organisations having implemented AI in some form or pandemic hit. Real estate sector in India is expected to reach a research. the other. With the pandemic also having permanently altered market size of US $1 trillion by 2030 and to contribute 13 The new center is expected to leverage talent and scholarship the way businesses function in the future, adoption of percent to the country's GDP by 2025. Thus, BIM across Amazon and USC Viterbi, particularly the Ming Hsieh technologies, including AI, will continue to increase, and will Technology would help students to gain opportunities by Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the consequently drive demand for professionals skilled in the acquiring job oriented skills, he added. Department of Computer Science, and the school's leading domain. The joint AI Center of Excellence & Research built BIM (Building Information Modeling) is an emerging research institutes, such as the Information Sciences Institute. by NMIMS in collaboration with LivNSense, will aid in technology in the construction industry which helps to India's push to develop AI-oriented solutions for the digitally construct an accurate virtual model of a building. Megatrends 2021 underscores how manufacturing industry, as well as facilitate the creation of a This model can be used for planning, design, construction, knowledgeable, skilled workforce. and operation of the facility and helps architects, engineers, projects will counterbalance the rising Speaking about this collaboration, Dr. Sharad Mhaiskar, Pro and constructors visualize what is to be built in a simulated Vice Chancellor said, “Keeping this emerging field in mind, environment to identify any potential design, construction, or forces of disruption we at NMIMS, could foresee and start programs in these operational issues. Thus, the collaboration would help the futuristic areas, more than some 6 to 7 years back and became students gain practical knowledge on cutting-edge Project Management Institute (PMI) has released its latest one of the academic leaders in India in these areas. The technology in the construction industry. report on long-term business, geopolitical, and technological creation of this centre of excellence and research with Prof. Dinesh Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, J.C. Bose University trends that are reshaping our world and the types of projects LivNSense is particularly thrilling, as it will allow our said, \"The Construction Industry has undergone that will be most prevalent and critical in the years to come in students to sharpen their skills by working on live projects revolutionising changes in the last decade by embracing the face of these disruptions. Megatrends 2021 helps to ensure and attain real-world experience, which will, in turn, help technological advancements. New-age construction methods that project leaders can better understand the world's rapid them add value and thrive in the cutting-edge field of have become highly efficient to ensure faster delivery time transformation and the global context in which they are cognitive manufacturing.” and cost-effectiveness\". The Vice-Chancellor hoped that the working today. The primary objectives of this MoU are to help students gain collaboration would help in addressing the need of the “We know the world changed significantly in 2020, but our valuable internship experience through LivNSense's projects construction industry to have skilled people. research confirmed the long-term impact of how these trends and industry expertise, create disruptive innovations, and are changing how the world does business,” said Sunil develop tangible projects having exposure to real-world upGrad partners with Loyola Institute Prashara, President and CEO of Project Management applications, solving industry problems in the AI and Institute. “There is virtually no industry and no geography that manufacturing space. of Business Administration is untouched by the five megatrends outlined in this report. From COVID-19 to the climate crisis to the mainstream use of ABEA collaborates with Johns upGrad, higher edtech expands its online program portfolio AI, these forces are driving change across sectors, requiring and announces four new postgraduate programs with India's leaders to embrace new ways of thinking and working. As Hopkins Center for Online leading B-School - Loyola Institute of Business change-makers in their organizations and communities, Administration (LIBA) to train and prepare professionals for project leaders are in a unique position to tackle these Programs a future-ready global workforce. The partnership also marks challenges and embrace new possibilities.” upGrad's foray into two new disciplines of Human Resource The report, which draws on trend data, secondary research, Aditya Birla Education Academy (ABEA), India's and Healthcare, along with two other executive programs and interviews with project professionals, news reports, and professional development institute in Mumbai, has into the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Machine industry data, elaborates on a range of cross-cutting and collaborated with the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Learning. urgent themes: Youth (CTY) to offer scholarships for CTY's Online With the aim to target the corporate managers who are ·The impact of COVID-19 revealed deep vulnerabilities in Programs for advanced learners in India. looking to get specialisation, the four new 11-month our technology preparedness capabilities and deep-seated BothABEAand CTY aim to identify and support the needs of postgraduate programs will offer subject knowledge across inequities in our health, education, and economic systems. bright young learners in India through these online programs the areas of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, at reduced rates up to August 2021. Through this cooperation Business Analytics, Healthcare Management, and Human ·The climate crisis is compelling leaders in every sector to with CTY, Aditya Birla Education Academy is providing a Resource Management. The first cohort is scheduled to collaborate and marshal resources on a global scale to alter the 5% scholarship on tuition fees and reduction in the commence on 31st March, 2021. broad trajectory of climate change and mitigate its many near- application fees up to August 2021. This scholarship can be Talking about the partnership, Phalgun Kompalli, Co- term consequences. availed by only first 50 advanced learners who apply to founder, upGrad said, “While we aim to accelerate our ABEA. Students in grades 2 through 12 can qualify through growth by onboarding 3x university partners in the next 2 ·The global wave of protests spanning the past decade has participation in the CTY Talent Search and demonstrating years, our alliance with LIBA is another milestone achieved. revealed that change is not a question of if, but rather when, high ability in either quantitative or spatial reasoning (for This will further strengthen our program catalogue and and has sparked a growing corporate commitment to racial, math and science courses) or verbal reasoning (for enable our learners with added capabilities in terms of gender, and ethnic diversity. humanities and writing courses). faculties and facilities that will not only empower them with CTY offers more than 200 challenging, engaging, and fun deep subject knowledge across new-age disciplines but also ·Emerging markets hold the promise of addressing long- virtual courses, which are conducted by expert instructors help them attain desired career outcomes.” festering challenges like global poverty, as well as the who specialize in teaching advanced concepts to bright Fr. Joe Arun SJ, Director, Loyola Institute of Business potential to reap the demographic dividend, but still require students. Courses are available in real-time, independent, and Administration, says, “This world-class online executive significant global investments in infrastructure and education. student-driven, collaborative formats. One can understand in program will foster teaching and research to provide a ·The growth of artificial intelligence (AI) has rewired the detail about CTY courses in computer science, critical thorough knowledge of Artificial Intelligence, Machine possibilities for technology and continued learning, but reading, engineering, history, mathematics, science, social Learning and Analytics to meet the challenges of the global leaders must grapple with the ethical implications of AI on the science, world languages, and writing by attending a virtual economy, and to familiarize learners with the practice and complex issues of bias and inequality. information session or by visiting CTY's website. procedures of the AI world. Through the Online executive · Neerja Birla, Founder, and Chairperson, Aditya Birla program, LIBA, in association with upGrad, will help Education Trust, said, “We, at Aditya Birla Education learners gain a 360-degree perspective of the AI, ML Qlik Announces Inaugural Academy, are dedicated to offer unique, rigorous and relevant Analytics, and Health care Management system in India and courses to learners in the country who are looking to upskill beyond.” Professor Ambassador Class themselves in this dynamic environment. In this endeavour, we are happy to extend our cooperation with the Johns USC and Amazon Establish Center for Qlik® has announced its first-ever Academic Program Hopkins Center for Talented Youth with a special scholarship Professor Ambassador Class, a select network of academics to fulfil the learning needs of bright young minds in India to Secure and Trusted Machine Learning from the Qlik Academic Program, that have demonstrated enrol in CTY's Online Programs for advanced learners. I am dedication and excellence in leveraging Qlik to drive data confident that students will find tremendous value in these University of Southern California and Amazon on Jan 29 literacy with analytics in the classroom and preparing students enriching courses.” announced they are creating a joint research center focused for the data-driven economy. The Professor Ambassador on development of new approaches to machine learning Program is an extension of the Qlik Academic Program, TechnoStruct Academy Signs MoU (ML) privacy, security, and trustworthiness. The Center for which helps universities improve the value of their offerings Secure and Trusted Machine Learning, which will be housed by teaching marketable data skills, while helping students with JC Bose University at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of advance their analytical and data literacy proficiency within Engineering, will support USC and Amazon researchers in every academic discipline with Qlik. Professors selected for TechnoStruct Academy, an educational enterprise of the development of novel approaches to privacy-preserving ambassador status join a unique network of like-minded peers renowned US Engineering and Technology BIM Firm – ML solutions. from across the world, gaining exclusive access to additional Qlik resources, and raising their profiles as a champion of data literacy in education.

Curriculum February 16, 2021 15 Higher Edu Eduvanz raises $10Million in debt fortune institutions of the likes Arthur Andersen, Wipro, of IMT Hyderabad. Microsoft, Accenture, Air Works Group, Tata Singapore Initiating and inspiring many young passionate students, funding Airlines and so on. Sashi Cheliah- the winner of Masterchef Australia 2018 spoke about his south-Indian roots and how he is strongly connected Eduvanz, fintech Non-banking Finance Company (NBFC) Rishihood University appoints Professor for to the culture. \"Till date, I keep experimenting, and that enables students to Study Now, Pay Later at 0% interest ingredients do surprise me in different climatic conditions; I rates has raised $10 million in debt funding from multiple Leadership, Innovation and Design call my food Asian-inspired.” The unique connection he financial institutions including InCred Financial Services, shares speaks for his sense of identity, taking the fusion saga Vivriti Capital, and Northern Arc Capital. Eduvanz aims at Rishihood University (RU), has appointed Ravinder (Ravi) further ahead. changing the way India pays for education by enabling Pal Singh as its Professor of Practice for Leadership, \"Art is my passion, and I would have become nothing in life if learners to apply for low-cost loans via its digital platform. It Innovation and Design. Ravi will also be University's Chief not an artist.\" - Sri Priyatham. An art illustrator and creative has already enabled more than 25,000 learners and has Innovation and Strategy Officer and will closely work with artist, Sri Priyatham gained popularity for his caricatures, disbursed loans worth Rs 300 crore. its Founding Vice Chancellor and Founding CEO to incubate which continue to retain their true original essence. The way Says Varun Chopra, CEO, and Co-Founder of Eduvanz, a culture of innovation and incubate future entrepreneurs. he sees it, there is a three-part series to his sense of “During the pandemic, we have found that learners in India This is a first of its kind appointment as Chief Innovation and perspective-the how's, the what's, the why's. He spoke about A focused on learning and upskilling themselves. We are Strategy Officer for any university in India. frame of perspectives:An artist's journey moving towards becoming a leader in the financing-lending Ravi is an award winning technologist and angel investor, The third speaker was Mr. Magandeep Singh, India's first market for education. The debt we have raised further with several hundred global recognitions and patents. He has certified sommelier spoke at length about connecting with the strengthens our position and will help us reach out to many been acknowledged as world's top 10 Robotics Designer, #1 crowd during public speaking and effective communication. more who are looking to fund their education”. Artificial Intelligence Leader in Asia and world's top 25 CIO. He quoted, \"Two ears, one mouth, the ratio says it all\" to He will play a vital role in helping students develop an emphasize the power of listening in enhancing your quality of JNU professor, Ravikesh, conferred interdisciplinary approach to entrepreneurship, innovation content in communicating. In his topic the art of wit and and social impact. conversation he mentioned twenty tips to make a speaker with Korean Award more comfortable with a crowd and impactfully engage with 3rd Amitava Bose Memorial Lecture them, this included using pauses resourcefully, speaking Prof. Ravikesh, Centre for Korean Studies, School of sharp, straight point instead of lengthy addresses, and Language, Literature & Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru goes online, delivered by Nobel avoiding deviation from the subject matter. University (JNU) has been awarded with the prestigious From unknown career choices to discovering inner potential Citation of the Deputy Prime Minister and Education Laureate Prof Abhijit Banerjee and living life to the fullest, Raina Raonta, a social media Minister of Republic of Korea in recognition of his manager and video producer at SheThePeopleTV began her achievement and contribution to the successful execution of The Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta organized speech by motivating the audience to change the existing research activities and promotion of academic excellence in virtually the third edition of the Professor Amitava Bose stereotypes by experimenting and taking risks in life. She the field of Korean Studies in India. Memorial Lecture on 9th February. The lecture was delivered highlighted the importance of feminism and how it changed Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar, the Vice Chancellor of JNU by Nobel laureate ProfessorAbhijit Banerjee. her by embracing empathy in life in her talk “I wasn't always a congratulated Prof. Ravikesh for his achievements and Late Professor Amitava Bose joined IIM-C in 1974 as an feminist”. hoped that the Academic as well as cultural relation between Assistant Professora nd was a Professor at the institute since From humble beginnings to India's top-ranked automobile the two countries will witness new heights and JNU, as a hub 1980. An expert at macro Economics, he never took his influencer and owner of Motorbeam, Faisal Khan inspired the of Korean Studies, will further excel in disseminating quality erudition seriously. He went on to become the director of IIM audience with his journey in life, discovering his love and education in the field of Korean Studies in India. Calcutta and was known as a renaissance individual and passion for cars. He highlighted the significance of following Prof. Ravikesh has been one of the pioneers of Korean possessed a huge sense of sartorial elegance. Prof Bose your true passion, constant self-improvement, consistency, language program at JNU. He studied Korean as the first continues to be an inspiration to legions of students and the determination, never give up attitude, and resilience as critical batch when B.A. (Hons.) was introduced for the first time in memorial lecture is a tribute to admiration everyone at IIM-C factors in accomplishing success in life. His talk The Off-beat India at JNU in 1995 which was subsequently elevated to has towards him. trial: Going Unconventional took people in a memory lane of M.A. in 1998. His area of interest and study include Korean Amidst a virtual audience of over 500people from across the their days of struggle. language teaching, modern Korean literature, aesthetics, globe with a mix of students, professors and economists, Prof An author, global shaper at World Economic Forum, these are literary translation and E-Learning. Anju Seth, Director, IIM Calcutta welcomed the some accolades which the next speaker, Shreyas Bajoria, has Apart from vast teaching and research experience (about 20 distinguished speaker Nobel Laureate Prof. Banerjee to to his credit. He talked about design thinking, which he years) in the area of Korean language, literature and culture, speak on the perceptive subject of the 'Poverty trap'. reiterated is thinking about the box and questioning the box's he has also been entrusted with many academic and Honouring Prof Amitava Bose's legacy, Prof Seth shared that very existence. He also highlighted the importance of design administrative positions. He is currently the Chairperson of she herself was his student at IIM-C and reminisced engaging thinking to derive solutions for the future, which may not be Centre for Korean Studies, School of Language, Literature conversations with him both inside and outside the pertinent initially but is sustainable for the future. and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), classroom. Speaking next was Amit Khatri, co-founder, Noise India, who New Delhi. He is also the Chairperson of the “Special Centre Abhijit Banerjee is a Ford Foundation International started his entrepreneurial journey in 2018 and made Noise for E-Learning” and “AlumniAffairs Office” at JNU. Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of one of the most recognizable technology-driven brands. He He has published a number of research papers and books in Technology. In 2003, he co-founded the Abdul Latif Jameel talked about the several P's which he had encountered through English and Korean. Some of his selected publications Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) with Esther Duflo his journey in his talk “the journey of an idea”. include: “India and Korea: Perspectives on Language, andMullainathan, and he remains one of the Lab's Directors. Last but not least, Kanishk Priyadarshi, who is known for his Literature and Culture” (ed.) supported by the Korea Banerjee is the past president of the Bureau for Research and fun-loving acting and anchoring skills an OkTested - The Foundation (2008), “A textbook on Korean Culture (Raju in Economic Analysis of Development, a Research Associate of sister company of Scoopwhoop shared his thoughts on doing Korea)” (co-authored) published in 2008, “Korea: Ek the NBER, a CEPR research fellow, International Research something even if one does not feel confident about it until Parichay (trans. & ed.) supported by The Ministry of Cultural Fellow of the Kiel Institute, a fellow of the American one decides the best possible path. He talked about passion- and Tourism, Republic of Korea in 2013, “Modern Korean Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Econometric Society. something which one wants to pursue and profession- Literature for Foreigners” (Korean) (co-authored) in 2014 He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow something which one gets themselves into. He also and “Towards Asian Poetics (Inter-Cultural Space of India, and a winner of the Infosys Prize. emphasized the importance of work ethics as one of the most Korea, China and Japan) (co-authored)” in 2016, “Korean Prof Banerjee spoke of his long association with Prof imperative traits for any profession. Studies in Indian & South Asia” Vol-III in 2016 and Amitava Bose who was his father's- the legendary Prof Dipak The event came to a closure with the vote of thanks by the “Dimensions of India-Korea Relations” in 2019. Banerjee- student. Amitava da was a great inspiration to a members of the Organising Committee. The ever-enthusiastic He has undertaken 2 major research project namely AKS young Abhijit who had intellectual aspirations. The subject audience that the event experienced made it the kind of Korean Studies Incubation Project titled “Towards an Asian of Prof Banerjee's session was about 'Temporary success that it came out to be. Just as all good things come to a Poetics: A Study in Inter-Cultural Space with Special Interventions and its impact on Poverty Traps'. He explained definite end, the event was officially closed. It did leave its Reference to the Works of Han Yong-un and Rabindranath the theoretical framework of capital accumulation model and audiences with food for thought while promising a new Tagore” (2010-2013) and AKS Core University project titled showed how one- time temporary boost in capital stock can chapter for its next edition. \"Emerging Korea and Korean Studies in India and South lead to breaking away from the poverty trap to virtuous cycle Asia: Comparative and Inter-disciplinary Approaches\" (2016 leading to huge social returns on investment. He then Xebia hosts XGRAD 2021 on the to present). discussed various reasons why poverty traps exist including This comprehensive five-year project aims to critically his work on credit constraints and risk appetite constraints of online platform examine cultural, social, historical and literary aspects of the very poor which leads to the poverty trap. Prof Banerjee Korean society in modern times. This project consists of 6 elaborated with imperial evidence by showing results from Xebia, a specialized IT consultancy and service organization, Core faculty members along with 19 participating members multiple Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) conducted in recently hosted the XGRAD 2021 Higher Education Summit from several different academic departments/schools Ghana, Honduras, India and Bangladesh etc to hint that short on the online platform. representing social sciences, humanities and other disciplines term interventions can have a huge impact to overcome 'Industry and Academic partnerships – A key to innovation from within India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and poverty traps. He concluded that this has key implications in and Growth' was chosen as the theme of the conference, where Myanmar. terms of policy design and social sciences. many dignitaries from Industry and Academy, including Dr The project undertaken to promote awareness and knowledge The lecture was followed with an interactive Q&A session Anil Sahsrabudhe, Chairman, AICTE, were a part. The goal about Korea amongst those involved in Korean Studies as with the participants. was to dive deeper into the connection between the industry well as students, instructors and researcher from other and academy, identifying the weak areas and coming up with disciplines who may desire to complement courses that IMT Hyderabad hosts 4th edition solutions to benefit both the parties. already exist thereby making it interdisciplinary. Demand for The colloquium was initiated to conduct discussions in the Korean Studies in India is growing at a phenomenal rate but of TEDxIMTHyderabad following areas: How industry and academic partnership there is a need of experts as well as nativised material on affects the students; how technological advancement can Korean Studies for generating interest as well as bridging the Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Hyderabad ensure efficiency among students; how real-world gap between demand and supply. organized its Fourth edition of the TEDx last month in a experiences and classroom learning can marry to produce In the past Ravi has been changemaker C-level leader, unique digital mode. The event had a line-up of speakers students with excellent skill-set. Various perspectives put inventive Innovator and creative Engineer with global covering myriads of life. This year's theme EDIT- Explore, forth by renowned academicians and professionals helped Discover, Imbibe, Transform - brought stories of bring efficient solutions into limelight. Dr Anil Sahsrabudhe's transformation from the ones who have made through the past's rubbles to create the reality they imagined. The speakers gave fresh insights and experiences to the students

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