Audi offers diesel emissions upgrade for 850,000 cars

Audi offers diesel emissions upgrade for 850,000 cars

German carmaker Audi is offering a free software upgrade for 850,000 diesel cars in order to improve emissions. Audi said the upgrade would “improve emissions behaviour in real driving conditions further beyond existing legal requirements”. The carmaker added it was convinced the programme would counteract possible bans on diesel cars. In recent days, rival German carmakers Mercedes and Daimler issued recalls involving three million vehicles. The Audi recall affects cars fitted with six- and eight-cylinder diesel motors meeting the Euro 5 and Euro 6 emissions criteria, including some models made…

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New distance learning rules: Universities need fresh approvals from UGC for programmes

New distance learning rules: Universities need fresh approvals from UGC for programmes

Universities offering programmes through distance mode will now be regulated under the University Grants Commission (UGC) (Open and Distance Learning) Regulations, 2017, notified by the commission on Friday. The commission, through the regulations, has laid down the minimum standards of instruction for the grant of degree at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels through open and distance learning mode. According to officials, under the new regulations, students will also be allowed to take up to 20% of the total courses being offered in a particular programme in a semester through the…

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Morkel may put Test cricket first as career winds down

Morkel may put Test cricket first as career winds down

Morne Morkel could consider playing only one format of international cricket, and it may well be Tests, as he reaches the twilight of his career. At 32, Morkel considers his career “nearly finished” and will meet with CSA at the end of the ongoing tour to England to discuss his future. Unlike some of his senior team-mates such as AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis, Morkel does not appear to be eyeing the 2019 World Cup as a swansong, despite recent reappearances in the one-day team. Asked how long he…

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Number of children expelled from English schools hits 35 a day

Number of children expelled from English schools hits 35 a day

 Eight in 10 exclusions were from secondary schools. Photograph: Vesa Moilanen/Rex Features Sally Weale and Pamela Duncan Thursday 20 July 2017 19.30 BSTFirst published on Thursday 20 July 2017 11.20 BST The number of permanent exclusions from schools in England has gone up, with the equivalent of 35 children being expelled every school day, according to government figures. Almost, 6,700 children were permanently excluded from all primary, secondary and special schools in 2015/16, meaning the rate of expulsions has risen every year since 2012/13. Of those, 1,185 were primary age children, including 475 children who were…

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Get your degrees online: UGC issues draft rules, Aadhaar likely to be made mandatory for courses

Get your degrees online: UGC issues draft rules, Aadhaar likely to be made mandatory for courses

The examinations for the courses may be conducted on campus of higher educational institutions, with Aadhaar biometric authentication of each student.(Representative image)   In what might pave way for obtaining degrees online, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has drafted UGC (Online Education) regulations, 2017 and has sought public feedback till August 18. Once the regulations are in place, students and working professionals will be able to obtain a degree online, recognised by the UGC. Institutes will be able to offer online degrees in all fields, except engineering, medicine, dental, pharmacy,…

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The burden of education loan

The burden of education loan

With the cost of education rising, more students seem to prefer education loans. But, many are finding themselves without jobs, even after paying for expensive education. According to recent reports, the total education loan dues in the banking system had risen from Rs 48,382 crore to Rs 72,336 crore, a rise of 49.5 per cent, between March 2013 and December 2016. In comparison, non-performing assets in this segment was up 142 per cent, from Rs 2,615 crore to Rs 6,336 crore in the same period. Clearly, more and more students…

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Together, technology and teachers can revamp schools

Together, technology and teachers can revamp schools

IN 1953 B.F. Skinner visited his daughter’s maths class. The Harvard psychologist found every pupil learning the same topic in the same way at the same speed. A few days later he built his first “teaching machine”, which let children tackle questions at their own pace. By the mid-1960s similar gizmos were being flogged by door-to-door salesmen. Within a few years, though, enthusiasm for them had fizzled out. Since then education technology (edtech) has repeated the cycle of hype and flop, even as computers have reshaped almost every other part…

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Weigh Noncredit, For-Credit Online University Courses

Weigh Noncredit, For-Credit Online University Courses

After Tiffany Williams-Rice decided to pursue a career in health care administration, she spoke with employers and conducted research online. Ultimately, she discovered that a master’s degree would help her move into a hospital setting. The recent graduate, now 33, enrolled in an online graduate program at Colorado State University—Global Campus. But when Florida resident Alexandra Faugeras decided to transition from a career in business operations to one in project management, she believed a noncredit online course allowing her to earn a certificate in the field was sufficient. She already had a bachelor’s…

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Thirteen Nationals Receive 2017 Taiwan Scholarship Award

Thirteen Nationals Receive 2017 Taiwan Scholarship Award

(SKNIS): Another 13 nationals will be added to the already 55 studying in the Republic of China (Taiwan), as they were named the recipients of the 2017 Taiwan Scholarship Awards, at a ceremony held at the Ocean Terrace Inn (OTI) on Wednesday, July 19. Eight individuals, namely, Javoni Isaac; Anesha Gonsalves; Bridgette Morton; Jonelle Irish; Peter Douglas; Saidah Smithen; Kyra Seaton; and Davielle France, received the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) scholarship, while five in the persons of Danielle Weekes; Francisco Novas; Gracelyn Hanley; Jazel Roland; and Javeim Blanchette…

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