Staff crunch: Teachers say new distance learning rules are impossible to implement

Staff crunch: Teachers say new distance learning rules are impossible to implement

On Friday, the higher education funding and regulating agency, the University Grants Commission, notified new rules for open and distance learning programmes in India. These courses that deliver printed, recorded or online learning material to students so that they can study on their own time and at home have proliferated since the Dr BR Ambedkar Open University, in Telangana, and the Indira Gandhi National Open University in Delhi were founded in the 1980s. They hold classes periodically and do not require students to attend classes regularly in an institution. The…

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Future of natural gas limited, say global institutes

Future of natural gas limited, say global institutes

The future of natural gas is limited and it has to be phased out along with the other fossil fuel coal, says an international report. India and the Middle East are also seeing renewables rising much faster. The report, titled “Foot off the gas: Increased reliance on natural gas in the power sector risks an emissions lock-in”, by the Climate Action Tracker said “increased reliance on natural gas risks an emissions lock-in”. It says continued investments in the natural gas sector create the risk of breaching the Paris Agreement’s long-term…

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Top ten rank holders in AIIMS MBBS entrance test our students, say rival schools

Top ten rank holders in AIIMS MBBS entrance test our students, say rival schools

India’s coaching centres sell dreams to millions of young students, often claiming sureshot formulas to crack the country’s tough medical or engineering exams. Many of them also deliver on their promise. But the cut-throat nature of the business played out in a bizarre manner on Thursday with two institutes laying claim to the top ten rank holders in the MBBS entrance exams conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The results were declared at around 2 am on Thursday. AIIMS does not declare a list of toppers….

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Cancer drug prices must come down, say leading research institutes

Cancer drug prices must come down, say leading research institutes

The high price of new cancer drugs is indefensible and unsustainable, say two of the world’s leading cancer research institutions, who propose a different way to develop them that could sideline big pharma. “There is a clear and urgent necessity to lower cancer drug prices to keep lifesaving drugs available and affordable to patients,” say leading scientists from the Institute of Cancer Research in the UK and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where many important new cancer drugs have been invented, in a paper in the journal…

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JIHADISTS SAY TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN GREAT FOR RECRUITMENT

JIHADISTS SAY TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN GREAT FOR RECRUITMENT

Global groups celebrated US President Donald Trump’s recent ban on travel from seven majority-Muslim nations, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The ban, extremists said, supported their perspective that Islam and the United States are at war. On pro-ISIS social media accounts, jihadists speculated that the ban would convince Muslim Americans to become extremists, hailed Trump as “the best caller to Islam” and predicted that Trump would start a new war in the Middle East. One poster called Trump’s order a “blessed ban,” and compared it to America’s “blessed invasion” of…

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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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Immigrants Must Take English Classes, Say MPs

Immigrants Must Take English Classes, Say MPs

THE ALL PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP (APPG) on Social Integration yesterday launched its first report into how the UK’s immigration system could more effectively promote integration. The cross party group of MPs and peers calls for: ● The Government to look at introducing a regionally-led immigration system with region-specific visas based on the Canadian model; ● Immigrants to be required to learn English before coming to live in the UK, or be enrolled in compulsory classes when they arrive; ● A new national Government strategy for the integration of immigrants that…

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Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say

The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation. Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery — including thousands of botnets, teams of paid human “trolls,” and networks of websites and social-media accounts — echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Clinton as a criminal hiding potentially fatal health…

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Luis Suarez expresses desire to finish career at Barcelona but admits he is open to Ajax return ‘to say thanks for making me famous’

Luis Suarez expresses desire to finish career at Barcelona but admits he is open to Ajax return ‘to say thanks for making me famous’

Luis Suarez wants to stay at Barcelona until the end of his career but would also like to return to Ajax, even if it is just to say thanks. The Uruguayan forward has cemented himself as one of the world’s best strikers since moving to the Nou Camp two years ago and while he signalled his intentions to stay with the Catalan giants until he retires, he knows he ‘will have to keep playing at the highest level’ in order to do so. ‘All my dreams came true at Barcelona…

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forty four percent of Hiring Managers Say Writing Is the tough ability Grads Lack most

forty four percent of Hiring Managers Say Writing Is the tough ability Grads Lack most

need to degree up your career? you may want to comb up on those writing talents. In PayScale’s 2016 workforce-skills Preparedness report, hiring managers said writing was the tough skill most lacking in new grads – beyond facts analysis, industry-specific software program, or coding. typewriter (image credit: JD Hancock/Flickr) these have been the tough capabilities hiring managers said current grads wanted (collectively with the percentage of managers who identified that skill as maximum missing): Writing skillability: 44 percent Public talking: 39 percentage records analysis (Excel, Tableau, Python, R, and so…

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