Cabinet nod soon for Rs 75,000 scholarship for bright students: Minister

Cabinet nod soon for Rs 75,000 scholarship for bright students: Minister

The Cabinet will soon give its nod to a Rs. 75,000 monthly scholarship scheme for bright students in higher education institutes to arrest the brain drain and encourage innovation, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar today said. The scholarship, the Minister said, is meant for bright sparks at institutes like IITs and universities where required infrastructure is being provided under the Vishwajeet Project and Uchchatar Avishkar Yojana. “We are also starting a PM Scholarship. I have already signed the Cabinet note. That is under circulation. It will come to the Cabinet very…

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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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HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar: 2,000 online courses to be offered through Swayam in 1 year, says

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar: 2,000 online courses to be offered through Swayam in 1 year, says

In a bid to promote affordable education, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday said the government aims to offer about 2,000 online courses within one year through ‘Swayam’ — an indigenously developed platform. “Currently, 380 courses are offered through this platform and this will be enhanced to 2,000 courses in one year,” he said after the inauguration of a week-long Teachers Workshop at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) here. About 60,000 students have already completed their courses through this affordable platform launched last year. It makes knowledge available…

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Opposition threaten to stall Mamata govt’s plan to recruit 72,000 schoolteachers

Opposition threaten to stall Mamata govt’s plan to recruit 72,000 schoolteachers

Education minister Partha Chatterjee announced in the Assembly on Wednesday that the department has started the process of recruiting 72,000 teachers, only to be followed by threats by prominent lawyers belonging to opposition parties to stall the government’s plan. While speaking to the media at the Assembly, Chatterjee expressed the fear of litigations. “We have started the process of recruiting 72,000 teachers. As many as 42,400 appointment letters are ready. Recruitments will start by March 15, provided people do not drag the matter to the court again,” Chatterjee said and…

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An Activist Who Campaigned Against Cecil Rhodes Just Accepted a $50,000 Rhodes Scholarship

An Activist Who Campaigned Against Cecil Rhodes Just Accepted a $50,000 Rhodes Scholarship

An activist who campaigned against the legacy of British empire builder Cecil John Rhodes is to become a beneficiary of the Victorian mining mogul’s bequest after being made a Rhodes Scholar. South African Joshua Nott, 23, was prominent in a successful 2015 campaign to remove a statue of Rhodes from the University of Cape Town, the BBC reports, arguing that Rhodes was a symbol of colonialism and a racist. During the campaign, Nott compared the presence of Rhodes’ statue at the University of Cape Town to displaying “a swastika in…

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CAT 2016 Results: More than 37,000 applicants skipped examination, say IIMs

CAT 2016 Results: More than 37,000 applicants skipped examination, say IIMs

CAT 2016 Results: Soon after the CAT 2016 results were announced, Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) said that more than 37,400 aspirants skipped the Common Admission Test (CAT) this season. Out of the 232,434 applications that were filed for the admission their flagship management courses, only 195,000 candidates sat for the exam, said IIMs while announcing the results. As per IIM Bangalore that was organising authority for CAT 2016, male and engineer aspirants continued their better performance. The performance in CAT 2016 examination is an important component in the admission…

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Shower of US jobs for IIT-Delhi pupils; over 20 students get offers paying over $100,000 base pay

Shower of US jobs for IIT-Delhi pupils; over 20 students get offers paying over $100,000 base pay

It’s raining international job offers at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi this year, with most of the students choosing USA for their first job, after B.Tech. According to the placement cell of IIT-D, last year only eight international job offers came to the campus, out of which four were rejected, this year the number of offers has gone up to 40 after the completion of the first phase. “Last year there were eight international job offers but out of them four were rejected by students who chose Indian companies over…

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Form 1 selection: 65,000 pupils to join extra-county schools

Form 1 selection: 65,000 pupils to join extra-county schools

Some 24,795 Standard Eight candidates have been selected to join 103 national schools. This is an increase of 1,710 from 2015, when 23,085 pupils secured slots in the top schools. In selection results announced Tuesday by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, another 133,785 candidates will join county schools as 65,331 head to extra-county learning centres. Some 492,576 Standard Eight leavers have also been chosen to be students in sub-county schools. Dr Matiang’i said the transition rate from primary to secondary school had increased to 84 per cent, up from 82…

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3 Indian Origin Teens Win $100,000 Scholarship

3 Indian Origin Teens Win $100,000 Scholarship

Indian origin identical twin sisters and another teen got $100,000 grand prize scholarships in the 17th annual Siemens Math, Science and Technology Competition with their medical projects. Adhya and Shriya Beesam shared the grand prize for teams in the competition finals on Tuesday for their project developing a method for early diagnoses of schizophrenia using both brain scans and psychiatric evaluations. Both of them are 11th grade students in Plano, Texas. ALSO READ: The Iconic Stethoscope Dead, Says Indian Origin Cardiologist Vineet Edupuganti took the individual grand prize with a biodegradable…

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Neighbor Island MBA students at Shidler College of Business benefit from $150,000 in scholarships

Neighbor Island MBA students at Shidler College of Business benefit from $150,000 in scholarships

The UH Mānoa Shidler College of Business has received a gift of $150,000 for scholarships from the Hawaiʻi-based companies of Saltchuk Resources Inc., based in Seattle, Washington. The Hawaiʻi-based companies are Foss Hawaiʻi, Aloha Air Cargo, Hawaiʻi Petroleum, Minit Stop and Young Brothers. Since 2006, Saltchuk and its Hawaiʻi-based companies have donated approximately $680,000 in scholarships to the Shidler College of Business, affirming their commitment to developing future business leaders on the Neighbor Islands and supporting the communities they serve. Said Young Brothers’ President Glenn Hong, “Saltchuk is proud to support Hawai‘i’s future by emphasizing…

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