Aug 2016


IN THE past few months,

the debate and controv

e r s i e s o n N e w

N a t i o n a l P o l i c y o n

Education formulation have

definitely shifted focus on

national education agenda

in the country so much so

that the ministry of HRD has

yet again extended the date

of submission of public

views/suggestions on the

draft inputs (present on its

website) till September 15.

As a welcome sign, exponents

of education from left to right

are fully watchful of

government moves on the

policy front as they understand

the critical value of

education in shaping children

and youth and therefore

society and nation. Therefore,

the content matter of the

upcoming new policy has

become important for all

i d e o l o g i c a l s h a d e s .

Parliamentarians have also

got interested and on August

11 Rajya Sabha convened a

short discussion on the issue.

CPI (M) leader Sitaram

Yechury while initiating the

short discussion on the New

Education Policy draft inputs

criticized the draft inputs as

unreflective of the education

needs of the country and went

to the extent of trashing the

claims of the ministry that the

draft is a result of widespread

consultations at various levels

across the country. He said the

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Curriculum August 16, 2016

News Updates

MBD Group Plans to Invest Rs 50 cr

in AR & VR education technology


MBD, which has been serving India's education sector for six

decades now, is foraying into virtual reality, targeting K-12 as

well as vocational education. It will produce 3D educational

AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) videos and

simulations. This high quality interactive content will be

compatible with the best VR devices like Samsung Gear,

Oculus Rift etc. Packaged AR & VR based educational

curriculum and content will help in keeping the students

deeply engaged in the classroom, it will offer an immersive

sense of place and time, whether historic or evolving. This will

be a great way of learning, where the students can practically

experience and bring their subjects to life, which traditional

education couldn't offer. For this, the group plans to invest

around 500 million in augmented reality and virtual reality

space in the next three to five years. AR & VR market is

expected to reach $35 billion by 2025. Also, the Group is

planning to enter international markets of US, UK and China.

Monica Malhotra Kandhari, Managing Director, MBD Group

said, “As we complete 60 successful years in education

business by the grace of God and blessings of our founder (Sh

Ashok Kuamr Malhotra) and our chairperson (Ms Satish Bala

Malhotra), we are inspired to set new milestones for the

Group. “We plan to invest 50 crores towards our expansion

and launch AR and VR educational content for students,

which will be an extremely interesting way of learning


MBD Group has transformed from a modest bookshop in

Jalandhar into an Education company and provides 360

degree education solutions; be it a notebook or a pencil, be it

an educational tablet or a latest educational app on app store.

Today the Group works with nearly 70,000 schools worldwide

and caters to 50 million learners with 34 branch offices

across India.

Munjal Univ's new engineering


Thin Films, Vacuum Technology and Surface Engineering are

some of the key enabling technologies facilitating all these

multidisciplinary domains with a possible market opportunity

of over a $100 Billion which would need skilled and trained

professionals for design, development, production, testing and

servicing whereas less than 1% of Indian institutions offer

courses in this area. BMU is the first University in India to take a

lead in doing research and developing this niche industry

oriented course. The Manesar-based university recently

received a grant from Royal Academy of Engineering, UK for

developing a structured industry-oriented multidisciplinary

course in Thin Films, Vaccum Technology and Surface

Engineeringand for facilitating human resource capacity

building starting from Faculty.

A two-day long symposium was a platform to identify the status

of current technology, share experience and expertise, try to

evolve broad contours of the course curriculum that needs to be

framed for delivering the course and experimental facilities for

hands-on skill development. The workshop also focused on

creating affordable indigenous platforms for faculty and

students to engage in research for applications in diverse


The Yoga Institute, Santacruz first

to conduct certified courses

The oldest organized Yoga centre in the world, The Yoga

Institute, Santacruz, has been certified as the first authorized

Yoga School to conduct Government certified courses. In its

attempt to standardise yoga certification all across the globe,

Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India has launched a

Yoga Certification Scheme managed by the Quality Council

of India (QCI). The Yoga Institute has been evaluated and

certified as the first authorised Yoga School to conduct

Government Certified Courses. The certification was

awarded on June 23, 2016.

Speaking about why the QCI certification is essential in any

Yoga course, Hansaji Jayadeva, director of institute said,

“Yoga has definitely come up strong as a life style and its

relevance and benefits are far reaching. The importance of

Yoga has been globally accepted in the form of International

Yoga Day celebrated every year on 21st June. Our Hon'ble

Prime Minister has desired to spread India's traditional

knowledge worldwide with credible systems which shall

provide India the leadership in assuring quality of Yoga

practices across the world. And The Yoga Institute, Santacruz,

which is the oldest Yoga Training Centre in the world, has

adhered to the original and true principles of the Yoga way of


PTE Academic receives recognition


Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) has been

approved by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery

Accreditation Council (ANMAC) for English language

assessment of overseas nurses. This recognition came into

effect from 1 July 2016. PTE Academic is already approved

for applications to the Australian Health Practitioner

Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Vikas Singh, Business Head

and Vice President, Pearson India said, “The latest recognition

received by PTE Academic from ANMAC is testimony of its

highly efficacious testing framework and we are confident of

assisting Indian nurses as well as Australian health employers

through our world-class English skills assessment.



Hobby Master, who have tied up with numerous schools

around Bangalore and Karnataka to train children from the 5th

to 9th grades in Aeromodelling, Robotics, Electronics and Fun

Science, as part of the school curriculum, have recently

announced a corporate name change to 'TinkerMaster'. The

name reflects their broader commitment to DIY learning.

Furthermore, they have announced that their products will

now be available online through Flipkart so that any child can

have access to their kits and products and not just the schools

they have tied up with. Rajeev Koyal, Co-Founder, Tinker

Master said “The new name 'TinkerMaster' allows us to

emphasize on our commitment to DIY learning which

encourages children to follow their interests, test how

materials work, experiment, and eventually combine

materials and ideas together in new and creative ways.”

London College of Business and

Law opens Delhi Campus

London College of Business and Law (LCBL) has opened its

Delhi campus, and will start admitting students this academic

session. The UoL courses offered by LCBL (Delhi) campus fall

under the academic direction of London School of Economics

and Political Science (LSE), ranked no. 4 in QS World

University Rankings by subject in Economics and

Econometrics in year 2015. The undergraduate degree courses

offered have been granted equivalence by a host of majorleague

Indian universities including Delhi University, Mumbai

University, Calcutta University and Punjab University. In

September 2016 intake, LCBL (Delhi) campus stands to offer

admission into a host of undergraduate and graduate diploma

courses in accounting, banking, economics, finance and


The state-of-the-art infrastructure, world class faculty and

delivery capabilities at LCBL (Delhi) campus ensure quality

education of international standard. Apart from intense

classroom teaching the students at LCBL (Delhi) campus will

also have access to UoL's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

facilities whilst undertaking their studies at LCBL (Delhi)

campus in India. Bola Makinde, the CEO of LCBL (UK), said:

'We are very excited about starting our campus in Delhi. We are

focussed on improving the quality of education that is made

available to our students in India. To that extent, no effort has

been spared in ensuring that our learning environment in Delhi

is of international standard and second to none in India amongst

colleges providing tuition for UoL degree courses..’

Sahitya Akademi invites applications

from young writers writing in Indian


For Yuva Puraskar 2017, Sahitya Akademi is inviting books

from publishers and young Indian writers of the age of 35 and

below in all the 24 languages recognized by the Akademi. The

applicant writer should be 35 or below on 1st January 2017. Last

date of submission is 30th September 2016. The books should be

submitted along with the attested copy of date of birth certificate.

These awards are presented at a prestigious ceremony and

comprise an amount of Rs. 50,000/-, a plaque and a

citation.Further information about the submission can be

obtained from

New Courses Launched by ICSI

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), the

premier professional body for the regulation and development

of the profession of Company Secretaries in India, has

announced four new courses-- Certificate course in Valuation,

Diploma in Internal Audit, E- learning Module on Banking

Terminologies, and Course in International Business Taxation

for its students and members for enhancing and further develop

their skill sets. These courses are launched in association with

National Institute of Financial Management, Faridabad and the

duration ranges from 3 months to 15 days.

Speaking on the launch, Mamta Binani, President, ICSI said, “

ICSI has launched these courses for the Company Secretaries in

establishing accountability, transparency and conformity with

applicable rules and regulations. These courses will also help in

enhancing the skill sets of CS in today's globally demanding and

challenging financial environment.”

Wheebox talent assessment tests

close on October 30

In one the largest skill survey of final year graduates, postgraduates

and diploma holders from engineering, polytechnic,

ITIs, state-run colleges & management schools for

benchmarking employability skills, Wheebox Employability

Test (WEST) is underway and closes by the end of October. The

company claims to have a reach in 5000 campuses across 29

states. The employability test measures candidate's abilities in

numerical and problem solving skills along with English, basics

of information technology (IT), and behavioral traits in 70

minutes. The test is available in both Hindi and English and

attempts to make a meaningful matchmaking between talent

demand and supply for the job market. The test can be accessed

through the web link - available at Those

participating will receive free certification and transcript along

with learning content on improvement areas and employer

connect from Wheebox partners. The final report based on the

test results will be published in form of “India Skills Report

2017” in November 2017 during CII's Global Summit on Skill

Development at Hyderabad.

Accenture and LinkedIn Announce

'Hackfest 2016'

LinkedIn and Accenture (NYSE: ACN) are partnering to host

HackFest 2016, a non-stop 20-hour challenge in Bangalore from

Sept. 24-25 during which students from across India will have a

unique opportunity to solve real-world business and human

challenges through innovative approaches and game-changing


All final and pre-final-year students across graduation and postgraduation

courses in India are eligible to take part. Each student

participant is required to register individually prior to the event –

the deadline for entry submission is Monday, Aug. 15 – and

teams of up to four students will be formed on the first day of the

event. Topics and themes for the hackathon will be provided at

the event. Students will need to hack, but not necessarily code, to

conceive new ideas that elevate human performance at work.

Each member of the winning team will receive new products

from Apple, Bose and Motorola worth INR 200,000. Members

of the second- and third-place teams will receive products from

Bose and Amazon worth INR 100,000.

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passionate and well informed

speech, Yechury heavily came

down on the government for

w h a t h e c a l l e d

3 C s — c e n t r a l i z a t i o n ,

commercialization and

communalization reflected in

the draft. “History is

becoming Hindu mythology

and Indian philosophy is

become Hindu theology,” he

added. He was equally lucid at

why the people who are so

found of our ancient heritage

and knowledge tend to ignore

the next 400 years (periods of

Buddhist empires and

Mughals). “Don't go halfback

but imbibe best of all,” he said

adding, “Education defines

the character of nation and its

people. Unless you universalize

education, you can't reap

the potential of country. All

developed countries have

universalized their education.”.

Yechury also questioned

the government intent

when it says that instead of

setting up new institutions, it

would expand capacity of

current institutions while

expenditure is involved in

later as well and there is

marginal difference. He urged

the government to deal with

education policy seriously.

Former HRD minister Kapil

Sibal who controversial

remark, 'throw it into dustbin'

didn't go well said it was

directionless and thoughtless

exercise. “Education is and

must be ideology neutral but

they have saffronized every

post (head of institutions) in

the country,” he said.

According to Sibal the draft

does little to address access,

quality and equity issues.

F o r m e r V C o f P u n e

University and member of

P l a n n i n g C o m m i s s i o n ,

Narender Jadhav said he is

appalled at the omission of

values of social justice,

egalitarianism and socialization.

He also made a mention

of a move at provisions in

draft for tweaking parameters

for RTE Act at local level. Anu

Agha was of the view that

India should not shy away

from international surveys

and should take part in PISA,

which would in a way help us

in knowing where we stand.

R a v i P r a k a s h Ve r m a ,

Samajwadi MP, known for his

passion for the cause of

education and a great

supporter of RTE reminded

the house that the 27 years

(1920-1947) gave rise to a

new India where people really

came together and rallied

against the British and a new

set of values emerged that

defined the generations after

freedom. “For the first time in

the history of India all became

equal and free to dream. That

dream is today under threat.

Why are we fighting on petty

issues, why as a great and old

civilization aren't we able to

solve our problems. Why

should a graduate, PhD,

engineers rate themselves

poorly and apply for a class 4

job (in reference to 28 lakh

people applying for 400 posts

of peons in UP recently).

There must be a key to this

locked situation. And that is to

take care of our children.

Investment in children has

smart returns for societies,” he


In his speech K Rehman Khan

of Congress warned the

government of tinkering with

Article 29 or 30 of the

constrictions providing for

certain rights for minorities.

He said madrasas are as good

as gurukuls and be given same

importance. He said that first

President of India Rajendra

Prasad was educated in a

madrasa. He mentioned the

first education minister and

freedom stalwart Maulana

Abdul Kalam Azad, again a

product of madrasa and easily

the best education minister of

India till date who rejected

creation of Pakistan and laid

foundation of institutions in

the country in education,

culture and science that have

not only become nation's

pride but become timeless.

Former hockey India star,

Dilip, Tirkey, now a BJD MP

called for having a national

sports education policy and

marks (scores) for those

sports playing students who

play well and bring laurels to

the institutions. JD (U) MP

Ali Anwar said that Doon

culture (privatization) has

spread all over and attempts

are made to impose labels and

rake up emotional issues for

polarization of society.

“Every type of diversity,

religion and region must be

respected more so through

education,” he added. He also

raised the question of shutting

down the library at BHU

during night although in

prospects there are even

claims for providing transport

to girl students during night.

Honesty and integrity should

be the core value of education

but see in name of digital

India our youth have resorted

to stealing to please their girl


Meanwhile RTE Forum,

which convened a meeting of

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parliamentarians in the capital

on RTE and New Education

Policy, expressed its dismay

over the way RTE is discussed

in pieces in the draft inputs.

“So far from this government

no commitment was reiterated

to RTE at any level including

from the PM, which is

worrying. The way discourse

of education is being changed

to undo the gains of the long

years of struggle,” says

Ambarish Rai, national


A few weeks earlier, RSS

affilaite Bharatiya Shikshan

Mandal had also held a

seminar where its leaders

articulated the intrinsic

strengths in education.

According to Mukul Kanitkar,

joint organizing secretory,

Swami Vivekananda had said

about India that if ever India

were to become a superpower,

it will be known for its

knowledge leadership as

Jaggad Guru, so the time has

come to attain that. “We must

give charge to teachers.

Knowledge and happiness

(Ananda) has to go hand in

hand,” he added.

'Right' leaning former

NCERT director Prof J S

Rajput, who after years of

quiet life has became sought

speaker after he was drafted

into the drafting committee

last year. In his view primary

schools especially those in

rural areas need to be

strengthened as in his words it

was basic requirement of

development. And Sanskrit

needs to be revived.

Unlike in the past the debate

over education is really get

enriching reminding of the

good od days when great

education commissions were

born and are still milestones in

nation’s quest for mass

e m p o w e r m e n t t h r o u g h


AICTE HQ in Delhi has a New Office

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has now a new office complex on Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj in

New Delhi. AICTE which was functioning from temporary locations till now, will move to the new complex, an upscale office

with modern architectural design constructed by DRDO. The Office Premise is spread over 5 acres with 37,500

constructed area situated and the office building is G+3 floors with three wings having total of a seating capacity of 300

employees and 17 conference rooms, an 800 capacity auditorium, a 20 room guest house and canteen for staff and officers.

The statutory All India Council for Technical Education was established on May 12, 1988 following the passing of AICTE bill in

1987. Since then it has operated from temporary office place which changed over four times during all these years.

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Changes in Pattern of Staff

Selection Commission Exam

Combined Graduate Level Examination (CGLE)

on August 27.

Staff Selection Commission or SSC is going to be online from

this year and it is not the only change made by the commission.

After a lot of controversies, paper leaks etc. it has finally

decided to make some changes. SSC has reduced the number

of questions from 200 to 100 and kept the marks the same i.e.

200. The time duration has also been reduced to 75 minutes.

The syllabus will remain the same and the topics covered will

be almost similar. Apart from this Tier III is introduced in the

exam which will have the Descriptive Questions and it will be

a Paper-Pen based exam. Elimination of Interviews has been a

big step. As instructed by Prime Minister, the interview

process has been discontinued and the one scoring in written

exam will have the edge. In addition to this, a Gazetted post

has been introduced this year. For that, there will be an

additional paper of Economics that one needs to qualify. Rest

everything will remain as practiced earlier.

Before going to the exam, the student should carry all the

documents which are required to be presented in front of the

invigilator. He /She needs to be well versed with the ONLINE

PANEL Regular practicing of MOCK tests can help.


£ One most important point is that the candidate should check

his/her system properly and make sure that the system is

working properly & if you find any issue with the system,

inform the invigilator at the earliest.

£ The candidate should read all the instructions given in the panel

so that they can understand the panel correctly and this will also

reduce the chances of errors based on Panel.

£ The candidate should check whether his/her photo is appearing

on the screen or not before starting the exam.

£ The exam of SSC TIER is of 75 minutes. For this, the student

should focus on giving more time to Quant & Reasoning

Section in comparison to GS & English Language as both of

these sections require logical skills.

£ One more important thing that the student should focus is that

he/she should not waste time on a particular question. If he/she

sees that the question is lengthy or he/she is not able to solve it,

he/she should leave those questions and do other questions as

the online exam checks your time management skills.

£ During the exam, student should focus mainly on his screen and

should strictly avoid talking to others as this may lead to


£ The candidate needs to maintain a good speed throughout the

exam and this can be only done if he/she practicing on a regular

basis and for this Career Offer offers the SSC test series for

Prelims/Tier 1.

£ During exam, he/she should mark out those questions which is

to be attempted last and this could be done in SSC Portal by

Tagging option.

£ In the end, what matters is number of attempts and accuracy

and a student should avoid guessing in the exam as it may

reduce your marks.

Keep practicing Online Test Series from websites like career

power as it will help you build a strategy and speed which is

required most in online exams.


Certification Program in Real Estate Business Management and

Housing Finance (BMF 201) by Real Estate Management

Institute (REMI) is open for admission. The classes will

commence from September 12, 2016 at their Mahalaxmi Centre.

Application for the 4-month evening classes program can be

made till Sep 11.

Deakin University, Australia has announced admissions for its

November 2016 intake, along with some attractive scholarships

for meritorious students. Last date of applications is September

30. The minimum eligibility criteraia for Undergraduate (UG)

programme - 65% and for Post Graduate (PG) programme -

55%. Applicants must also meet minimum English language

p r o f i c i e n c y l e v e l s . S c h o l a r s h i p s d e t a i l s a t


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MICROSOFT'S hackathon student

winners eligible for internship and full

time position at Microsoft India (R&D)

Microsoft India on August 10 announced the winners of the 24-

hour hackathon held as part of the first Machine Learning &

Data Sciences (ML&DS) Conference in Bangalore. Team

Builders won the grand prize, while Eavesdroppers and NHacks

emerged as the first and second runners up respectively by

creating applications to address challenges in the field of

agriculture, call center management and human behavior. The

top three teams won cash prizes worth Rs. 50,000, Rs. 40,000

and Rs. 30,000 for developing solutions fulfilling parameters on

design, innovation, foreseeable impact and marketability. In

addition to the cash awards, the student participants from the

winning teams will also be offered interviews for internships

and full time positions at Microsoft India (R&D) Pvt. Ltd.

Team Builders created a cognitive model to help farmers to

identify what to grow based on soil, weather and other

parameters while Team Eavesdroppers created a dashboard for

call center management which analyzes audio files and derives

actionable insights for employee assessment and training

related questions. Team NHacks, developed a cognitive system

that detects if individuals are suffering from depression by

conducting a sentiment analysis basis the tweets of the

individual extracted from Twitter. According to the sentiments

extracted, notification is sent to the guardian or doctor of the

individual. Over 800 participants from across India expressed

interest in participating in the hackathon of whom 80

participants were shortlisted. At the event, 18 teams from all

over the country comprising students and developers battled it

out in the intense hackathon to create applications. 15 senior

machine learning and technology experts from Microsoft who

have built intelligent services using Microsoft tools mentored

the teams throughout the competition. A range of ideas

including how to tackle college bullying, accessibility for the

hearing impaired and a travel app were judged by a jury

comprising Microsoft and industry experts. .

The hackathon invited students and early-stage developers to

work in teams to build intelligent, working applications with the

help of Microsoft Cognitive Services, Microsoft Bot

Framework and Microsoft R Services

TCS CodeVita 2015 enters the Limca

Book of Records

Global coding challenge, TCS CodeVita 2015 has been

felicitated by the Limca Book of Records as the largest team

programming contest in India. CodeVita Season IV witnessed

registrations from 198,000 students. More than 45,000 teams

competed against each other in Round 1 of the contest, which is

the highest in a team programming contest in India. The contest

received submissions of over 236,900 codes. Season IV of the

contest was bigger and better as compared to the previous years

with students from 10 regions in India and 16 regions across the

globe participating in the contest. All the finalists won

provisional job offers from TCS. TCS CodeVita is a contest for

engineering and science students to experience the joy of coding

and to sharpen their programming skills through real-life

computing practices.

Ta t a C r u c i b l e C o r p o r a t e Q u i z


Dream for every quizzer to win the Tata Crucible, India's largest

business quiz, the corporate Quiz began this August, to find the

new champion. Tthe next two months are bound to attract the

brightest and the sharpest corporate minds in India.

In its 13th edition, the quiz was launched on August 5th in

Nagpur. Participants from Tata and non-Tata companies across

25 cities in India will compete in the regional rounds. The

winning team from each of the regional rounds will qualify for

the Zonal Finals and the top 2 Zonal teams will take part in the

National Finals scheduled to be held in October 2016 in

Mumbai. This year, the plan is to change the game to focus on

deducing answers, rather than recalling from past trends and

questions. Problem solving will be encouraged in a gaming

environment emulating a decathlon style of events, along with

random sequencing of the rounds during the competition. Giri

Balasubramaniam, popularly known as 'Pickbrain' for his wit

and humour, is conducting the quiz contest.

Science's 'missing link' to career

prospects adding to science

education challenge: Dr Anil Kakodkar


barring physicist Sir C

V Raman, who won

Nobel Prize in 1930, other

Indian Nobel laureates in

sciences won the prize from

outside India? Even the

Raman spectroscope was

invented outside India. There

is something amiss in the

social ecosystem which

includes education system,

which is not encouraging

sciences in general.

According to Dr. Anil

Kakodkar, nuclear scientist

and former chairman, Atomic

Energy Commission of India

whichever way you see it, you

h a v e t o b e s t r o n g i n

technology for national

d e v e l o p m e n t . A n d

technology doesn't come out

of vacuum, it indeed comes

from science. “If India has to

r e a l l y l e v e r a g e t h e

demographic dividend,

children have to get interested

in science,” he adds.

Why youth are not attracted as

much to science because they

are wary of choosing science

because of its limitations to

offer career options and

prospects. That is a challenge

that the country faces.

“Science has to be translated

to some economic value and

r e s e a r c h n e e d t o b e

encouraged at all levels,” Dr

Kakokdar feels. India is a land

of ideas from very ancient

times, people here are

intellectually strong and its

knowledge base if not

necessarily everything is

science, should make interest

in science more acceptable

and engaging.

“We need to empower our

children by exposing them to

hands on experience so that it

sparks curiosity in them and

o p e n s t h e i r m i n d s t o

possibilities, ideas, or even

c h a n g e i n l o o k i n g a t

immediate things” adds

Ramji Raghavan, founder and

chairman of Bangalore-based

A g a s t y a I n t e r n a t i o n a l

Foundation. The school going

age is critical for such an

intervention according to

him. The catalytic effect of

experiential and accessible

s c i e n c e s l a b s a n d

experimentation has the

potential to set off a chain

reaction for popularizing

science. Recalling a phone

conversation with former

President Dr APJ Abdul

Kalam, Raghan narrates an

interesting anecdote. “I had

won some award and around

that time I received a call

from Dr Kalam. I thought he

had called to congratulate me,

but it turned out that he

wanted to fund from his own

money three 'Agastya' mobile

labs and asked us to run them

in a backward area of Bihar.

We did as per his wish though

we did thought at that time,

will this intervention matter at

all. But after some time, we

saw our model followed and

replicated in many parts of the


Both Dr Kakodkar and

Ragavan were speaking at an

event in a Delhi government

school on August 8, where

Honeywell India under its

CSR initiative announced its

s u p p o r t t o A g a s t y a

International Foundation's

mobile hands-on science

e d u c a t i o n p r o g r a m s .

“Honeywell has a long history

of promoting unique science,

technology, engineering and

math (STEM) education

programs around the world.

A g a s t y a I n t e r n a t i o n a l

Foundation and Honeywell

India share a common vision,

and we are pleased to partner

with Agastya to scale up the

impact for experiential

science education in India for

the long term,” said Vikas

Chadha, President, Honeywell

India. Honeywell India will

support 11 science centers, 10

mobile science labs, and 1,100

young instructor leaders,

benefiting more than 48,000

students and 200 teachers in in

Bangalore, Gurgaon and Delhi

from 2016 to 2019.

A g a s t y a I n t e r n a t i o n a l

Foundation (Agastya, esb

1999) is a charitable education

trust that runs mobile handso

n s c i e n c e e d u c a t i o n

programs for economically

disadvantaged children and

teachers. It has more than 1000

employees to administer the

programs in 18 states besides

young volunteers in over 300

villages who run night


Godrej LOUD Season 5 begins at B-schools in India

Godrej Industries Limited and Associate Companies (GILAC)

begin the 5th edition of Godrej LOUD (Live Out Ur Dream)

2016, a campus hiring engagement for young and talented b-

school students to fulfil their personal dreams. Winners of

LOUD get a sponsorship of INR 1.5 lakhs and an offer into

Godrej's internship programme. Godrej LOUD 2016 was

launched at NITIE, Mumbai on July 5, 2016. The Godrej LOUD

team will visit 12 b-school campuses (NITIE, Mumbai; SP Jain,

Mumbai; TISS, Mumbai; SIBM, Pune; SCMHRD, Pune; IIFT,

Delhi; IIM, Kozikhode; FMS, Delhi; XIM, Bhubaneswar; MDI,

Gurgaon; IIM, Ahmedabad; and IRMA, Anand) to find

passionate first year students.

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News Extra

Child Labour Act Amendment passed, child activists up in arms

Inspectors under the original

Act. Stringent penalties are

proposed in the new law by

doubling the period of

imprisonment and fines for


While there was no provision

at all in the original Act for

rehabilitation of children

rescued from prohibited

e m p l o y m e n t , t h e

Amendment Bill specifically

provides for a Rehabilitation

Fund for the benefit of both

the children and adolescents.

Remittances to this fund

w h i c h i n c l u d e s f i n e

collected from violators and

contribution from States at

the rate of Rs.15000/- per

child and adolescent will be

used for their welfare

including education. In

respect of adolescents (14-

1 8 y e a r s o l d ) , t h e

Amendment Bill indicates a

Schedule of 3 broad

categories of hazardous

occupations/ processes

which would be elaborated/

expanded in due course.

However, at the same time

another amendment (to

section 3) which permits

children to work in order to

help their family, or their

"family enterprises" or "as

an artist in an audio-visual

entertainment industry", has

raised many an eye brows

and anger of activists over

the amendments that came

after 20 years of labored

activism by civil society

groups and educationists.

“This amendment is in

contradiction with article 32

of the United Nations

Convention on the Rights of

the Child (CRC) as it would

put children at risk of sexual

exploitation, long hours of

work, and would effectively

deny them a childhood as

p r e s c r i b e d u n d e r t h e

principles of human rights

and children's rights,” says a

letter written by several child

right activists to the

President of India urging him

not to sign the new law and

send it back to Parliament for

a review while adding that

the amendment contravenes

I n t e r n a t i o n a l L a b o u r

Organisation (ILO)

Minimum Age Convention as

while the Bill appears to

increase the minimum age for

employment to 14, in reality it

has no age limit for children in

"families and family-based

enterprises" and "audiovisual


Some activists have termed

t h e a m e n d m e n t s a s

progressive. “Actually we

h a v e b e e n v i g o r o u s l y

demanding a complete ban on

child labour in every form for

the past two decades without

any success and now if the

government has done it, it

should be welcome. Now at

least we can rely on law as

there are several positives that

we can draw from the

amendments,” says Mohd

Slam Khan, Executive

Director of Delhi-based NOG

Bal Sehyog (esb 1954). Khan

who was earlier director with

Bachpan Bachao Andolan

and has field experience feels

that child labor is an

e c o n o m i c i s s u e t h a n

essentially a social issue and

government shouldn't leave

any grey area which will be


According to opponents of

the bill (quoted above) section

22, along with Section 3a, will

lead to serious violations of

the CRC. Section 18 of this

Bill calls for the penalisation

of parents, who are often not

the perpetrators or profiteers

in instances of child labour.

“Criminalising parents who

are already trapped in poverty

is not in the best interest of

their children,” they said. The

Bill seemingly ensures that

child labourers get an

education by saying that

children can work "as long as

this work occurs outside of

school hours or during

vacations". However, it does

not define the hours of work

or the site of work in the socalled

"family enterprises".

This can only increase drop

outs as no child can work after

school hours and keep up with


This Bill instead of protecting

children in need and ensuring

their right to education makes

it harder for poor children to

study. Since the site of work in

"family and family-based

enterprises" is not defined,

this could range from a

construction site, to a plastic

sheet near a garbage dump or

a home-based brothel. As it

s t a n d s t h e B i l l i s i n

contradiction of India's

Constitutional amendment on

the Right to Education as well

as the Juvenile Justice Act,

which promises protection to

children in need.

“The future of our country

lies in the future of our

children. If the Bill intended

to preserve traditional art and

craft of India by enabling

parents with traditional

knowledge and skills to pass

them on to their children, this

should be done through a

reform and investment in

education,” the civil society

groups in their letter told the


As per UNICEF, children

from poorer families are

likely to be most affected and

the legitimization of family

w o r k w i l l f u r t h e r

disadvantage them. The

incidence of child labour was

highest among Scheduled

Tribes (ST) at 6.7 percent and

Scheduled Castes (SC) at 3.9

percent as presented in the

Census 2011. In both groups

the workforce participation of

children is more pronounced

in rural areas as compared to

urban areas, indicating the

extreme economic distress of

these families in rural areas,

forcing children to forego

education and start working.

“Under the new Child Labour

Act, the more invisible forms

o f c h i l d l a b o u r a n d

exploitation may go unseen

and the most vulnerable and

marginalised children may

end up with irregular school

attendance, lower levels of

learning and therefore

subsequent dropping out of

school. Participation at

secondary education is still

lagging behind especially for

the most vulnerable groups

owing partly to premature

involvement of children in

unsanctioned labour”, says

Euphrates Gobina, UNICEF

Chief Education in India.

Most family-based and homebased

work may be hazardous

in nature, e.g. working in

cotton fields, bangle making,

tobacco rolling and bidi

making, home-based leather

units, carpet weaving, metal

ware. In the amended Bill the

list of professions considered

hazardous has reduced

substantially, leading to

potentially more children to

w o r k i n u n r e g u l a t e d

conditions. In order to make

the Bill a strong protective

legal framework for children,

UNICEF India strongly

recommends for the exception

of “children helping in family

enterprises” be removed. This

will protect children from

being exploited in invisible

f o r m s o f w o r k , f r o m

trafficking and from dropping

out of school due to long hours

of work. A robust monitoring

m e c h a n i s m e n s u r i n g

a c c o u n t a b i l i t y o f a l l

stakeholders is essential,

especially since at present

there is no reference to

trafficking of children for


It is also recommended for an

exhaustive list of hazardous

occupations to be included

and a system be developed to

periodically review the same,

and include more occupations

as they emerge. UNICEF

beliefs that with these

additional changes the

amended Child Labour Bill

will provide a stronger

framework to protect children

at risk to be working.

Reacting to such strong

reactions including from

UNICEF India the union

ministry of labour and

employment (MoLE), which

got the bill passed in the

parliament in a strong worded

statement termed such

reactions as ill-informed and


Article 32 (Child labour): The government should protect children from work that is dangerous or might harm their health or their

education. While the Convention protects children from harmful and exploitative work, there is nothing in it that prohibits parents from

expecting their children to help out at home in ways that are safe and appropriate to their age. If children help out in a family farm or

business, the tasks they do be safe and suited to their level of development and comply with national labour laws. Children's work

should not jeopardize any of their other rights, including the right to education, or the right to relaxation and play.

misleading. The MoLe

statement reads, “taking into

consideration the socioe

c o n o m i c c o n d i t i o n s

prevailing in the country and

the prevailing practice in

many parts of the world where

the children help in their

family enterprise, the

Amendment Bill provides

that children can help their

families only in nonhazardous

occupations and

that too only after school

hours or during vacations,

there by restricting engagement

of children in family

enterprises. This clearly

ensures their schooling as per

the provisions of the Right to

Education Act, 2009. Due

care has been taken to ensure

that this help is not at the cost

of the education of the child.”

While debating on the bill in

the Parliament union MoLE

minister Bandaru Dattatreya

had said, “We are linking this

Bill with the RTE Act so if the

minimum age for compulsory

education of 14 years is

raised, it will automatically

rise in this Bill as well. The

purpose of this very act is that

we should be able to practically

implement it. That's why

we are giving some exemptions,"

minister told the


India has 10.2 million

working children. Whilst

there has been an overall

decline in the numbers of

children since the Census in

2001, the numbers of children

working in urban areas has

increased in 2011, where

children migrate or are

trafficked to work in

hazardous small scale

industries or construction

sites. So, the new law has to

take care of new realities. In

any case, the President still

has the final word over the

bill, and one hopes, the

concerns raised by experts

would be addressed before the

bill becomes a law.


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We want to reach out to 25% of India’s children by 2020:

Next Education Co-founder, Beas Dev Ralhan

Beas Dev Ralhan, co-founder and CEO of Hyderabad-based Next Education India Pvt Ltd (esb 2007)

recently was awarded for company's Early Childhood Education solution, Nextplay by a Noida-based

publication at a conference in New Delhi. Autar Nehru in a conversation with him attempted to

understand the success mantra of Next Education from him.

If I may say so, you came

from nowhere literally to

become a major education

company in India. How did

you make this achievement


I know, when we started,

some people thought we are

crazy when the market had

half a dozen players

including some MNCs were

around. I literally retired at

the age of 28 from working

abroad and objective of this

venture was creating more of

a social impact than big

profits in a corporate sense.

Even a marginal profit of

15% is good enough as long

as we stay on course. As a

company we remain focused

on providing value to our

customers be it students,

teachers or schools. Our

declared (on company

website) offering is optimized

solutions not great or

best solutions. And it has

paid off; major portion of our

revenue today is from

renewals. We are present all

over the country even in

places like Ladakh,

Arunachal Pradesh and

Imphal in about 10,000

schools because of this


That sounds incredible?

Our whole focus is on

making the system run. We

work on an integrated

approach where our client

not only sees value but feels

assured that we'll deliver.

Upfront we create the digital

classroom experience,

provide service backup

assurance for five years and

integrate software and

content mapped to the

prescribed curricula. We

keep things simple and you'll

be surprised that all our

content is around 50 GB.

Your penetration or let's

call it presence in every

state in itself is a feat. Was

it easy?

Oh no. It wasn't easy at all.

We encountered problems,

but we didn't shy away from

solving those problems. That

is a big reason we have

grown over the years. I'll

give you an example of

stabilizers. We imported

stabilizers which could

withstand fluctuation from

say 40 volt to maximum 250

volts. But, in some of our

places, the voltage sometimes

shoots over 300 volts

thanks to some indigenous

jugaads to fight voltage

issues. And in the process,

lots of our stabilizers tripped

and got damaged. My

colleague Raveendranath

Kamath (co-founder and

CFO) who is a B Tech in

Instrumentation Engineering

from IIT Kharagpur is very

passionate about his domain

and he worked hard on this

problem and made stabilizers

work. Likewise, we designed

and developed a 'remote' to

operate computers. We are

not deterred by problems and

find a solution.

That brings focus on your

team size and service

backup system. Give us a

sense of how it is done?

Well 600-700 people alone

work on content. And

equally a strong service/technical

team stationed

at various locations. The

response from our side has

been proactive and that's

how we won trust of so

many schools.

Will you remain confined

to K-12 segment or have

plans to foray in other

segments like higher

education, etc?

No we'll remain focused on

K-12 rather. As I said, our

whole focus is on prescribed

curriculum by various

boards, so we have solutions

for various state boards, in

almost 11 languages besides

central boards like CBSE

and ICSCE. We are confined

to text books and won't even

go for things like test prep or

competitions. We will cater

to pre-school to class VIII

exhaustively and syllabus

specific to secondary and

senior secondary classes.

Our stated position is optimized

solutions not great or best solutions.

I think, that kind of honesty

has won us trust of people.

You also published text

books this year?

Yes. We generated $ 10

million business from books

from first year itself. Here

again we provided books

mapped to curriculum and as

per needs felt by stake

holders till class X. And this

has been a good decision and

in tune with our business


What are your ambitions

for the company?

By 2020, about 25% of

children in India must be

using Next Education

solutions and books. Then

only would we make some

big social impact that we

promised ourselves while

setting off on this journey.

And given the way we have

progressed particularly in the

last three years, I am very

hopeful about achieving this

goal mission.

You have developed a kind

of 360 degree approach,

where do teachers fit in?

Oh we conducted over 250

conferences last year and will

cross this number this year. I

must tell you that these

conferences are not about

products or promotion. These

are pure teacher-technology

issue centred. Our experts

and other speakers provide

useful insights, updates and

share first hand experiences

about education technology

and teaching issues. We

understand teacher and don't

want to add to his or her

workload. We want to make

their work easy.

Do you feel digital India

initiative will genuinely

help education in this


It is a great initiative. This

will make people adapt to

technology and once they

accept technology, it will be a

transformation. It will change

set perceptions. And then

education services delivery

can become widely acceptable.

Another aspect could be

if government digital

platforms are able to store

big data on education, it

might help in understanding

what works and what not. So

accordingly interventions at

micro level could be made


You have been engaged

with school education for

some years now in India,

can you identify a few key

challenges that India faces

today in this field?

One is we Indians are mostly

terrible parents. We don't feel

responsible towards

education of our children

beyond paying his school

fees, coaching and may be

his hobbies. No society has

benefited where parent don't

engage education of children.

That has to change.

Second is the government has

to figure out how to run its

schools. There are some

progressive examples like

that of Rajasthan which is

paying RTE money on time.

The mindset has to be open

for possibilities.

And third I must say country

needs connectivity at least

equivalent to a bandwidth

which can support YouTube

access. Addressing these

challenges will be a great

service for education of our


S a m p a r k S m a r t

Class Program in


Sampark Foundation in

collaboration with Sarva

S h i k s h a A b h i y a n ,

Government of Chhattisgarh

flagged off implementation

of Sampark Smart Class

Program across all government

primary schools in

Chhattisgarh recently in

presence of Chief Minister

Raman Singh.

With an investment of INR

60 crores from Sampark

Foundation, the Sampark

Smart Class Program is

being successfully implemented

in more than 33,000

primary government schools

with 23 Lakh children. The

objective of this joint

initiative is to ensure that

80% of children are able to

do basic Maths operations

(addition, subtraction,

multiplication, division) and

use 500 new words to speak

and write in English after a

year of implementation.

Sampark Smart Class

Program for Maths and

English is a first of its kind

intervention that uses three

new innovations – 1) Audio

device to assist the teacher in

teaching English and Maths

2) 240 Audio lessons with

music and songs combined

with stories and games and

3) 3D teaching learning aids

to make learning fun. This

approach not only helps in

creating excitement around

learning but has also found

worldwide acceptance.

“The teachers are excited

and ready to teach along with

this innovative approach

using an audio device. With

this rate, I am sure we will

soon climb the ladder in

National level learning

outcome rankings as well.”

said, Kedar Kashyap,

M i n i s t e r f o r S c h o o l

Education, Chhattisgarh.

Tinker Lab Initiative for Young


NITI Aayog, which, as a part of its flagship Atal Innovation

Mission (AIM) has introduced the Atal Tinkering

Laboratories (ATL) initiative in the country, has signed an

Statement of Intent (SoI) with Intel India. The SoI includes

creation of 10 laboratories, aimed at fostering curiosity,

creativity and imagination in young minds; teaching skills

such as computational thinking, adaptive learning, physical

computing; and developing a design mindset among students.

The key objective of setting-up these ATLs is to build relevant

skill set must among youngsters and to provide access to

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Do MBA Graduates Make the

Best Leaders?

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) has become

the most popular degree among graduate students with

hundreds of thousands of students graduating each year.

The cost for these degrees can be up to $100,000 or more at

top universities and companies pay a premium for those

who have them—on average, about 36 percent more than a

candidate with a bachelor's-level business degree with a

similar level of experience. But there is limited research on

how these degrees translate into leadership skills. The

question remains, do MBA graduates make the best


A research based on 15,000 leaders across 300 companies

and 18 countries who participated in assessment center

evaluations over the last nine years consultancy, examined

how educational degrees translate into leadership skills

found that when it comes to the full range of leadership

skills required in today's complex business environment, an

MBA may not always be the best choice. According to

new High-Resolution Leadership report by Development

Dimensions International's (DDI). “MBA degrees did

indeed make better managers however, unfortunately, the

same couldn't be said for their impact on stronger


DDI's research compared the performance of undergraduate

business degrees and MBA degree holders against eight

leader skills: financial acumen, business savvy, compelling

communication, driving execution, driving for results,

entrepreneurship, influence and inspiring excellence. These

two groups diverged on several key leader skills.

Specifically, though MBA graduates consistently outperformed

business degree undergraduates in financial

acumen, business savvy and strategic decision making,

they fell short comparatively in their coaching, results

orientation and visionary leadership skills. “The research

demonstrates that MBA students need more well-rounded

background and experiences to learn the important

interaction and inspirational skills they will need to truly

excel as leaders.,”

Educational degrees are closely linked to leadership

capabilities and compensation levels for more than a

decade into a professional's career. Moral, once you're in a

job, know your leadership-related strengths and weaknesses

and invest in development opportunities to give you

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RTE and CCE: Instructional Leadership is the KEY

Dr. Himanshu Sharma, Principal (Acadmics), Him Academic Public School, Hamirpur (H.P.)


N INDIAN context,

whereas all governments

have been pledging and

working to strengthen the

education policies for the

terms of their power, there has

been a rare evidence of these

policies being translated into

practice. On the positive

side, over the last six decades,

there has been considerable

expansion in educational

facilities all over the country

at all levels. But on the

negative side, there has been a

conspicuous furor over poor

quality of education and

lower levels of student

learning outcomes as testified

b y, A n n u a l S t a t u s o f

Education Report (ASER),

National Achievement

Survey of the NCERT and the

reports of PISA test of OECD

from time to time. The school

heads and politicians often

cite continuous and comprehensive

evaluation (CCE)

and no detention policy as the

two main reasons behind poor

results. These policies are

being criticized by school

heads, teachers and parents

for promoting lack of

seriousness and competitive

spirit among students.

Governments in some states

are proposing to scrap CCE

and introduce external

examinations in grade 5 and

grade 8 as a way out to

improve the quality of

education. What could be

more ironical than misunderstanding

the ideologies of

education policies by its


The chance of any policy

improving teaching and

student learning is remote

unless the school leaders and

the teachers design, develop

and deliver means to make it


work. The success of CCE

and RTE depends on the

response of its stakeholders

especially the school leaders

who are pivotal in translating

policies into everyday

practice. These policies

advocate the need for

decentralized educational

management. This means

that the school leaders need

to exercise instructional

leadership. It is a leadership

style that puts emphasis on

controlling and managing the

classroom instructional

practices of the teachers so

that the students learn. This

implies that the school

leaders need to involve

themselves in setting clear

academic goals, providing

resources for teaching,

managing the curriculum,

monitoring lesson plans, and

having an appraisal system

for teachers. In other words

as instructional leaders they

need to know and improve

what is happening in the


A number of educational

research studies in the past

decade provide sufficient

evidence to support the belief

that instructional leadership

is crucial for improving the

quality of schools and student

learning. An extensive

review of the literature by

Leithwood et al. (2004) at the

Wallace Foundation, NY

claimed that instructional

leadership is second only to

the classroom instruction

among the school related

factors influencing student

learning. Though the role of

school principal as instructional

leader is widely

advocated a priori, it is

seldom practised. In most

schools in India, principal is

too preoccupied with

administrative and managerial

duties and devotes almost

negligible time for monitoring

classroom instruction.

The responsibility of meeting

the targets of student learning

is left to the ability, expertise

and will of the classroom

Agree that the new HRD minister has the potential as well

as grooming to be one of the finest ministers for education.

He should build consensus around what is good for

education and country and not to satisfy a few ideologues.


In my opinion, the manifestations

of education development

agenda reforms such as

RTE and CCE are extensively

sound and competitive for

developing a world class

education system in India.

The need of the hour is to

work out strategies for their

proper implementation.

Instead of simply blaming

v a r i o u s s t a k e h o l d e r s

(students, parents, teachers

and principals) for their lack

of efforts/ interest shown to

improve learning, school

leaders should be made

responsible and accountable

for the day to day teaching

practices of the teachers.

Another important aspect that

needs to be considered while

implementing education

policies is the variable

learning capability of the

learners. Differentiated or

capability based instructional

strategies need to be planned

so as to enable all students

achieve a basic or minimum

learning level.Failure of

teachers to use teaching

instructions and assessments

formatively reflects the

drawback of our own systems,

rather than an unwillingness

of teachers to improve or

change their teaching.

Similarly, instead of pressing

the need of stressful external

examinations at grade 5 and

grade 8, government should

introduce external assessments

in literacy, numeracy

and other well thought of

cognitive competencies at

grade 3, grade 5, grade 7,

grade 9 and grade 11.

However, the purpose of these

assessments should be to

assess the instructional

effectiveness of teachers and

not to pass or fail the students.

These external assessments

should be conducted in

addition to the routine school

based assessments. The

results of these assessments

should be shared with all

stakeholders as an evidence of

instructional performance of

school leaders and teachers.

This will really help in

making the schools accountable

for student learning.

All the more, there is nothing

wrong in the no detention

policy corroborated by RTE

act. It is also mistakenly

thought that every child needs

to be promoted whether

he/she learns or not. The

implementation of RTE

demands that the teacher

should get clues on student

learning while the teaching is

going on so that she is able to

act upon timely to enhance

learning, especially where

students are facing difficulties

and where they need special

help. In this way, the situation

of the student 'failing' at the

end of a term would not arise.

One way of making teachers

responsible for the students'

results by the government is to

give the threat of holding

increments and other benefits.

A better way could be to make

school leaders accountable

for promoting good classroom

instructional practices

and work culture among the

teachers. In addition to this,

promotional avenues should

be created for teachers based

on their student centered

instructional practices as most

of the teachers in schools

retire as teachers only.

The educational officers such

as director, deputy director,

block education officer,

principals and headmasters

should also function as

instructional leaders and not

only as administrative

officers. These leaders should

ensure that the quality of day

to day instructional practices

of the teachers should not

deteriorate. So, to improve the

quality in education, either the

school leaders should be

trained in the roles of

instructional leaders or a

separate hierarchical cadre of

instructional leaders may be

created in schools. This will

ultimately enable implementation

of RTE and CCE in

their true spirit.

Now that he is listening to people and actively engaging

with education issues, I pray for his success and that of

Indian education.

Mukesh Kumar

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Curriculum August 16, 2016

Innovations/ peolpe

Getting ‘crazy’ about transforming education

A growing number of small Innovative Edupreneurs across India are aiming at a

valued impact on bettering the education in as many ways as their numbers. Some of

the innovations could well prove to be disruptive anytime soon says Autar Nehru

after attending a Meetup of nearly 40 of them in Delhi

EACH OF them got to

speak about three

minutes. But it was

time enough to register their

innovation/idea on the minds

of fellow edupreneurs in the

audience because all of them,

banking on technology use,

sounded passionate and

believers in what they are

doing. And the presence of

senior people from biggies

like edX, Khan Academy, and

their measured talks and

presentations tuned the event

into a mini conference and a

networking event. Precisely

that was the objective of the

group by the name of EDIX -

Educational Innovations

Exchange, an Edtech startup

(Entrepreneurs in educational

innovation) community of

2000 members in India.

Anupam Kaushik, the brain

behind the imitative is an

alumnus of Ajay Kumar Garg

(AKG) Engineering College,

Ghaziabad, who along with

brothers Kuldeep and

Sandeep (Singh Dhaka) in

2 0 1 4 c o - f o u n d e d

MadResister, a startup

harnessing open source

technologies for affordable

devices used in engineering

and science education

experiments. The story of

Anupam's foray into edutech

innovation is very much

similar to that of several

Silicon Valley successes

which 'famously' started from

garages and scratch. And who

knows at a future date

perhaps, he could well be case

study at Harvard?

Soon after graduating in

electrical engineering,

Kaushik got a job in

marketing robotics labs in

schools and colleges with a

c o m p a n y c a l l e d N e o

Robotics. He couldn't sell

much of this stuff but a few

years that he spent into it,

helped him develop insights

into science and engineering

education requirements of

students and institutions.

“The experimentation and

Anupam Kaushik

practical applications which

form the essence of hands on

learning in science and

engineering education comes

through the use of various

tools and device s present in

labs. However, due to their

expensive nature and being

high end, teachers generally

discourage students from

making their use or restrict

experimentation. The result, a

majority of students studying

the science disciplines end up

unskilled and face problems

in working life later,” he says.

Now if the rampant practice

has to be reversed then

education institutions and

students have to be given an

alternative, which will help

them to overcome traditional

i n h i b i t i o n s a n d e n j o y

collecting data or doing

e x p e r i m e n t s . T h i s i s

precisely, what Anupam told

Kuldeep and Sandeep who

got to know him while

learning about robotics.

Kuldeep is a computer

s c i e n c e s e n g i n e e r i n g

graduate and his twin brother

Sandeep an electronics

engineer. So, all the three

joined force, energy, expertise

and domain knowledge to

h a r n e s s o p e n s o u r c e s

technologies to develop a

gadget that revolutionizes

laboratory experience on

mass level. “Students have

restricted access to labs in

schools or colleges. What if

they wanted to do explore,

experiment and learn at home

with CRO (for cathode-ray

oscilloscope) , record

vibrations, temperature or

other data. So we thought of

making a device, which will

make it possible,” he adds.

This was how the idea of Mad

Resister was born. However,

making it work was not easy

as there was no seed money.

Aunpam contributed from his

savings, insurance and

whatever income he had, the

other two designed sites and

did other jobs to fund their

venture. The tensions and

lows at times left him wonder

if they were the only ones

chasing a dream with

umpteen struggles. And he

began to search for people

like them and that's how

EDIX was formed.

Holding steadfast to his idea

has begun to materialize into a

reality. The prototype of credit

card size device they have

designed and devised which

they call as Mad Resister is

ready and is undergoing beta

testing. By October this year,

they will be able to have 50

odd pieces for demonstration

and as samples. And they hope

to receive bulk orders which

will facilitate commercial

manufacture of the device by

next year. “It would be priced

at about Rs 5000 a piece in

India, which is very cheaper,

compared to Rs 60-80,000 for

s i m i l a r s c i e n t i f i c

experimentation devices in

labs. We are aiming for a 'Lab

in the Bag.” From biology to

agriculture, physics and

engineering, this device will

find multiple applications and

be a game change in making

science education more

engaging and interesting,” he


3M-CII 'Young Innovators

3M India & Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) winnersf

the 'Young Innovators Challenge Award 2016' chosen among

three categories: Technical, Non-Technical and Social were

declared on July 28, 2016 in Bangalore.

The winner of the Technical Category was for the project

'Microbutor', electricity free, handy and low cost equipment

which can be easily used to detect microbial contamination of

water. This is a step forward to empowering millions of rural

population. 'Samay-Sancharak, a Braille Enabled Wearable

wrist watch and Cell-phone for Blind People', emerged as the

runners-up. This innovation proposes mobile phones to be

integrated with wearable watch design that can act as an

interface for the blind to manage their calls and texts effectively.

In the Non-Technical Category, 'Saans: A neonatal breathing

support device' was announced the winner; which is an

unpowered, purely mechanical, low-skill, neonatal CPAP

device. The runner up was 'A novel probiotic formulation for

better management of cholesterol levels' developed by

Abhiruchi. Abhiruchi have innovated a probiotic formulation

that exhibit better and faster cholesterol management than


In the Social Category, the winner was 'Saathi', the first fully

biodegradable and ecofriendly sanitary pads made from waste

banana tree fiber for women across India. 'Zariya India' was

announced the runner up which is a unique and secure

technology portal to fight violence against women.

Chennai lad wins Google Community

Impact Award- Asia

Google India on July 19 announced the winner of the Google

Community Impact Award,

14-year old Advay Ramesh

from Chennai, India has

won the prestigious Google

Community Impact Award

from Asia, a theme based

award part of Google

Science Fair 2016. Advay

presented his project on

c r e a t i n g ' F i s h E r m e n

Lifeline Terminal (FELT)' to

enhance the fishermen

safety and productivity

using Global Positioning

Services (GPS) that won him $10,000 in funding and a yearlong

mentorship from Scientific American to further help

develop his winning project. Advay who is currently studying

in Class X in National Public School, Chennai has also been

chosen among the Top 20 finalists shortlisted to compete for a

Grand Prize worth $50,000 in scholarship.

Out of the thousands of projects across the globe, Google

selected Top 100 ideas by the judges, including 14 projects from

students across India. Check out the full list of the 100 Google

Science Fair Regional Finalists. These 100 Regional Finalists

are all in the running to become one of the 16 Global Finalists,

who will join Google in Mountain View on September 27 for

their sixth annual Awards Celebration.

86,000 students compete in TESTimony

More than 86,000 college students across India competed in the

fourth edition of TCS Software Assurance Contest,

TESTimony. Teams from Sri Manakula Vinayagar

Engineering College, Pondicherry, Kalinga Institute of

Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar and Chandubhai S Patel

Institute of Technology, Gujarat won the top three positions

respectively after a fiercely contested grand finale held on July

28, 2016 at TCS Sahyadri Park, Pune. The finalists were

awarded provisional job offers and internships, to begin their

exciting careers in software testing at TCS. Apart from this,

they also won exciting prizes like the iPad Pro, Motorola smart

watch and more.

Launched in 2013 by TCS, TESTimony, a game-based software

testing contest, is held across TCS accredited institutes in India.

TESTimony is an attempt to nurture and lay a strong foundation

for students in this space, helping them jumpstart their career in

Software testing. The contest provides an opportunity for

students to learn and dive into the world of Assurance to

Curriculum August 16, 2016


Awards/Samart Career

SRM University's Next Tech Lab

Wins Hackathon

Four students from SRM University's Kattankulathur campus--

Anshuman Pandey, Aditthya Ramakrishnan, Rohan Pooniwala

and Raghav Gupta have won ITC's major flagship 'iTech 2016'

competition, an annual technology innovation and co-creation

platform aimed at promoting entrepreneurship. The second in

the series by ITC was a 30 hour Hackathon on Augmented

Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) and held in the

company's Bangalore campus on July 16- 17. They also got Rs

3 lakhs in prize money. The Winning team from SRM

University, created a mixed reality smartphone app, 'NOMI', a

short form for 'Know Me!' The app is a clever invention aimed

to re-define shopping experience in stores and online. The team

used Vuforia and Unity to develop the app and powered it with

artificial intelligence and advanced machine learning


It's the first time a student team has won the prestigious

Hackathon beating professional teams from across the country

and the competition was strong with established AR/VR

startups participating. The elimination round saw 45 teams

make it to the finals, from over 1700 teams who applied. The

climb to the top was arduous, but success was not to elude them,

as they made it to the Top 5 with a demo of their work. And after

the dust had settled, the SRM team emerged on top, walking

away with the cash prize from Sushma Rajagopalan, MD and

CEO, ITC Infotech. The team has been approached by VCs and

investors who have been impressed with the market viability of

the winning idea. The fact that a student team won a national

Hackathon beating established professionals has served as an

inspiration to students of SRM University.

Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies team wins

Enactus India National Competition

The winners of this year's competition are students from

Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Delhi. They

will represent the nation at the Enactus World Cup in Toronto,

Canada from the 28th through 30th September, competing with

National Champion teams from 34 other countries across the


A group of business, students and academic leaders came

together from across the country on July 21st and 22nd in

Mumbai for the 2016 Enactus India National Competition. The

competition was a unique showcase of entrepreneurial spirit in

action, applying business innovation for social impact,

demonstrating how Enactus students are improving lives and

enabling a better future.

The 1st runners up position was taken by the team from IIT,

Delhi. The team from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi

secured the 2ndrunners up title. The Enactus India National

Competition provides a platform for business leaders and

student innovators to test and applaud unique social ventures.

This year, the competition witnessed more than 67 student

teams from institutes across the country.

Pune boy wins bronze at the 14th

International Linguistics Olympiad

Aalok Sathe, a student from Pune, won a Bronze medal at the

14th International Linguistics Olympiad (ILO), which

concluded in Mysore on July 29. The top three individual

scorers included Jaeyeong Yang from Republic of Korea,

James Wedgwood from USA and Liam Robert McKnight from

UK. Teams from Sweden, Australia and UK took the top three

positions in the team contest.

Over 170 students representing 30 countries, including India,

USA, Japan, Germany and Singapore among others, gathered

to test their minds against the world's toughest puzzles in

language and linguistics. The event has been facilitating

awareness of, and evoking interest in the scientific study of

language among young change makers from different parts of

the world.

The ILO, which is for secondary school students, has been held

annually since its inception in 2003. It is one of the 12

international science olympiads. Computational thinking,

analytical reasoning and logical deduction were the focus of

this year's global competition, co-organized by Microsoft

Research to encourage computational thinking and the study of

linguistics among students.

65 students chosen to be trained under Cargill's Global

Scholar Program

The Cargill Global Scholars Program will support 65 talented

and high-performing undergraduate students this year. The

selected individuals will be chosen based on their demonstrated

high level of academic performance and leadership potential.

Students who are selected as Cargill Global Scholars will

receive scholarship funds of up to US$2,500 per year for up to

two years and will be invited to take part in a series of leadership

and enrichment activities designed to enhance their critical

thinking skills and equip them with the tools necessary for

becoming leaders and decision makers in their chosen fields.

Institute of International Education is partnering with Cargill on

this scholarship program.

The program is a distinctive scholarship opportunity worth

USD5000 dollars that not only provides financial support, but

offers leadership development opportunities through seminars,

networking events, and a one-on-one mentoring program. These

enrichment activities have been designed to help foster and

enhance leadership potential and critical thinking skills in the

students, and equip them with the tools necessary for becoming

future global leaders and decisions makers.

'Scholastic Writing Awards 2016'

Scholastic, publisher and distributor of children's books,

announced the winners of 'Scholastic Writing Awards”. Pranay

Mathur, Chirec International School, Hyderabad; Vaaruni

Sharma, Smt.Ramdevi Sobhraj Bajaj Arya Vidya Mandir,

Mumbai; Saanvi Venkataraman, Salt Lake School, Kolkata

received award in the grades 4-6 category. Arushi Debi

Narayanan, Aditya Birla World Academy, Mumbai; Sagnik

Anupam, Delhi Public School, Delhi and Soumya A.R., Delhi

Public School, Noida received awards in grades 7-9 category.

10 talented writers were selected by an esteemed panel of judges

and the winning entries got published in the book “For Kids By

Kids”. Scholastic India has launched writing residency

programme for the top ten children who will be groomed by

Scholastic India to enhance the writing skills. Further,

Scholastic India will offer book contracts to some of the

children. Neeraj Jain, Managing Director, Scholastic India said,

“Scholastic Writing Awards is a unique opportunity to showcase

the best emerging literary talent across India. We are always

astonished by the sheer energy and ingenuity of the creative

work that students produce. The award is a collection of

outstanding quality which will continue to spark the passion for

new writing in children.”

Byndr raises $700,000 in its seed

round of funding

Hyderabad-based mobile learning management platform

Byndr has raised $700,000 in seed funding from the Education

Design Studio (premier Ed-tech accelerator at the University

of Pennsylvania), Ben Franklin Technology Partners, and a

group of angel investors. The firm will utilize these funds to

expand its sales and development team and grow the product

scope in terms of giving more access to educational content for

students and providing more administrative features for

colleges. Joseph Freed, Co-founder & CEO said, “In 2017 it is

projected that 80% of the internet users in India will be mobile.

So the only way to truly create a single point of access for

students in mobile-dependent markets like India is with a

mobile-first product. With Byndr, students stay engaged and

connected to educational resources outside the classroom,

enabling the concept of anytime and anywhere learning with a

fast and light platform. This round of funding will allow us to

accelerate expansion and continue providing easy-to- use, and

mobile-first products for all stakeholders in higher education.”



Events/ Conferences/


Business Interiors as Career

Tushar Mittal, Founder &. MD, Studiokon Ventures

Home to a rising majority of

middle class population, with

accelerating disposable

incomes, India has shown

tremendous opportunity in the

interior designing market,

which has seen consistent

growth in the past decade. A

recent exciting trend has been a

shift in focus from only

household projects to big

corporate offices, catering

specially to business needs.

Keeping up an appearance is

often as essential as the internal

operations of a company. This

makes way for an escalating

demand for business interior

gurus in the corporate world.

From impressing clients with

an elegant and classy set up in

the office area to boosting the

morale of the employees with

bright, fun and vibrant interior

d e s i g n s a t w o r k p l a c e ,

businesses can hugely benefit

from stressing on interior

design. Corporations like

Google and Zomato, both

served by SKV Studios, are

known for creating a brilliant

and conducive environment

for employees and displaying

the creative side of their brands

through innovative office


As more and more companies

hire business interior experts to

enhance their brand image and

productivity level, the market

opens up quite a few exciting

career opportunities for design

management professionals.

Interior Designer : In this field,

an interior designer is a basic

necessity and perhaps, the

starting point. Business

interior designing includes

working hand-in-hand with the

architects of an office building

to build and design the internal

structure and placement. This

involves attention to both style

and work management while

constructing the basic layout

for any business. People

possessing good knowledge

about architecture and building

measurements are well suited

f o r s u c h p o s i t i o n s . A

background in engineering as

well as one in fashion, with

specialization in interior

designing, can be an added


Interior and Art Decorator:

Many often confuse the work

of an interior designer and that

of an interior decorator. There

is major distinction between

the two. While interior

designing is more about

structuring and making a

difference in the internal

architectural design, interior

and art decoration focuses on

customizing and filling in the

inner space instead. This

includes selection of furniture,

tiles, paintings and many other

show pieces to adorn the walls

and the floor. Spacing and

placement of these items,

especially furniture and

integral components like

computers and operating

systems, is part of the job


Creative people with an eye

for detail are the ideal

candidates for such jobs. An

education in fashion with

specialization in interior

decoration and some form of

experience in art direction is


Refurbishment Expert: It

could be a recommendation by

a Feng Shui expert or even a

design psychologist. Or the

business management might

simply desire a change. The

fact is that refurbishment is an

important function of any

business interior designing

firm. Even though the job

description may be similar to

interior and art decorators, the

thinking process tends to

differentiate the two.

Construction Coordinator :

Now, one of the major factors

differentiating an interior

designing house project to a

business interior project is the

vastness of the operations, in

terms of size, quantity and

budget allocation. At this

point, the role of a consultant

during construction becomes

exceedingly important.

Resolution of contractor

i s s u e s , m e d i a t i n g a n d

coordinating between various

parties involved in the

completion of a project, and an

overall supervisory role is

what constitutes the work of a

construction coordinator.

B a s i c s o f e n g i n e e r i n g

expertise and a financial

management background are


Entrepreneur: If you are better

off leading the way than

following orders and have

sufficient experience in

interior designing, then a

business interior entrepreneur

is a more worthy job title.

Find a sincere team of

architects, designers and


Curriculum August 16, 2016

Campus Buzz

AIMS National Management Week

Hyderbad-based Association of Indian Management Schools

(AIMS) this year August first week celebrated its first

national management week across colleges imparting

management education in the country. The event started from

August 1 to encourage the spirit of corporate social

responsibility among the students and faculty members of the

management institutes. “ As a part of the week-long

celebrations we organized specific activities to sensitise the

students as well as faculty members about the social causes,”

said Prof Mohammad Masood Ahmed, president of AIMS.

In Gurgain, Management Development Institute a member of

AIMS organised events such as Dental check-up camps,

collection drives to donate clothes & books for the needy,

blood donation camps, Old Age home visits, book exhibitions

etc. Furthermore, enthusiastic MDI students who wanted to

contribute socially got a chance to interact with social workers

from the Akshay Patra Foundation, who shared their

experiences and motivated students to contribute towards the

various causes they support. One of the most interesting event

conducted by the Samaritans was called Mandevian Miles, a

midnight marathon attended by more than 230 MDI students

who ran for causes such as “For a Pollution Free World”, “For

AIDS Awareness”, “Helping the specially-abled Kids”,

“Against Female Foeticide” etc. A large sum of money has

been collected through this effort which shall be donated by

the participants towards the respective causes.

Programme on 'Logistics and

Supply Chain Management' at


GD Goenka University, Gurgaon in collaboration with

Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transportation (CILT)

organized its third Management Development Programme

(MDP) on 'Logistics and Supply Chain Management' on July

29 and 30, 2016. GDGU is a Center of Excellence for Supply

Chain Management. The programme was attended by Senior

Level Executives with diverse background from Navratna

Companies and Miniratna companies like Indian Ports

Association, Pipavav Railway Corporation, GATI-KWE,

CWC, RITES, Container Corporation of India. The resource

persons for conducting different modules of MDP were

Prof.(Dr.) Pradeep Kumar Goel, Dean, Prof.(Dr.)Tanuja

Kaushik, HoD, Dr. Gyanesh Kumar Sinha, Mr. Rajneesh Kler

and Ms. Sadhna Shukla from School of Management. At the

end of the sessions, the participants were conferred with a

memento and certificate of participation. The MDP was highly

appreciated by the participants for its diverse content,

contemporary topics like green supply chain and new practices

of sourcing, excellent delivery and practical application.

MS Dhoni Scholarship for cricket

Lovely Professional University (LPU), India's largest private

university, has instituted a cricket scholarship on the name star

cricketer and former captain Mahender Singh Dhoni as part of

its endeavor provide access to quality education to those with

outstanding talent in the sport. Dhoni himself launched the

scholarship during his recent visit to the LPU campus. The

duration of these five prestigious MS Dhoni-LPU scholarships

is for three years. The scholarshipis meant for international

level cricket players, Ranji Trophy medalists and interuniversity

finalists who can pursue undergraduate or postgraduate

studies at the university. The scholarship includes

tuition fee, residential accommodation and food charges. In

effect, a student with exceptional cricket can take up a subject

of his choice and study at this prestigious private university

free of charge and avail all the facilities there is on its state of

the arts campus.

Speaking to a large gathering of cheering students, exhilarated

by skipper presence in their midst, Dhoni said, “There is no

dearth of sport talent in the country, the need is to give them

this sort of support and encouragement and help them


UPES team wins first position in

Europe and Asia at CanSat 2016

Team Astral of UPES (University of Petroleum and Energy

Studies), grabbed first position in Europe and Asia at the

recently concluded CanSat Competition 2016, an annual

design-build-fly competition with space related themes

organized by American Astronautical Society (AAS) and

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

73 teams from across the world participated in the competition

this year, held at Burkett, Texas, USA.

CanSat 2016 mission was to simulate a sensor payload

traveling through a planetary atmosphere sampling the

atmospheric composition during flight. The overall CanSat

system is composed of two primary components, a glider and a

re-entry container that protects the glider during ascent. Team

Astral comprising of students from Aerospace Engineering,

Mechatronics Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Material

Science Engineering, Computer Science Engineering and

Design Studies perfectly demonstrated the working of their

CanSat system as per stated guidelines and were appreciated

by officials of AAS, AIAA and NASA. NASA Jet Propulsion

Laboratory (NASA JPL) is an annual sponsor to the

competition and is involved in evaluation process as well.

Student satisfaction at Newcastle

Univ among the highest in the UK

Newcastle University is ranked among the best in the UK for

student satisfaction, according to latest survey results. The

National Student Survey (NSS), published on 10 August

shows that 90% of students are happy with their time in

Newcastle – placing it joint 12th in the UK when compared

against comparator institutions. Newcastle University scored

highly in the teaching and academic support categories with

94% agreeing that staff are good at explaining things and 92%

saying that they were able to contact staff when they needed to.

The results come a week before A-level results. With the

University looking forward to welcoming next year's students,

Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for

Learning and Teaching, said the results reinforced the

excellent experience students gain at Newcastle University.

“We are delighted that our students continue to rank their

experience at the University so highly. The results are a

testament to everyone who works so hard to deliver the best

possible teaching and learning experience to our students”,

Professor Cholerton said.

Book on 'live events' by WWI

Stalwarts from the events industry came together on August 3

at Whistling Woods International (WWI) to launch a unique

book titled, STAGED!, co-authored by Deepak Choudhary

and Sapna Gupta Navneeth. The book offers exciting stories

live from backstage and important insights on the size of the

industry and the scope of its engagement from these event

gurus who have shaped the business of live events in India,

from its inception to the current form, over the two decades.

The release saw the presence of event gurus like Sabbas

Joseph, President - EEMA and Director - Wizcraft

International Entertainment; Manish Gandhi, COO &

Executive Director - Asian Business Exhibitions &

Conferences Ltd.; Martin Da Costa, CEO - Seventy Event

Media Group; MohomedMorani, Director - Cineyug Group of

Companies, Vinit Karnik, Business Head - ESP Properties and

Ajay Mago, Publisher, Om Books International. The book

launch was followed by a masterclass on event management at


Rahul Puri, Head of Academics, WWI said: “The masterclass

on event management held today at WWI has given the

students an insights and overview of the events industry and

benefits of a professional career in this field. We at WWI,

encourage learning of students in different off-beat careers as

a part of their curriculum, which gives them a better exposure

when they step in the industry as professionals. Event

management is now well-recognised as a career option and

there has been an incredible growth in the number of students

opting for this career path. We are glad, that through WWI we

give our students enough exposure, which ensures them a

successful career.”

IMI-New Delh Conventus 2016

Conventus 2016, te annual event of International

Management Institute (IMI), New Delhi which brings

together academicians, industry leaders and students for

discussions on the prevalent economic situation of the country

and the rest of the world is s cheduled to be held between 19th

and 21st of August this year. This year, the focus of Conventus

will be to devise strategies that focus on sustenance in

business rather than the oft-repeated buzzword of innovation

in start-ups.

DSC Conducts 22nd Orientation


The formal inauguration of the XXII Postgraduate Diploma

Program in Communication was held recently wherein

Shubho Sengupta - Executive Vice President, JWT, Delhi and

Samil Malhotra, Vice President- Sales, Getit Infomedia

( were invited . The day witnessed a formal

induction program, followed by an ice-breaking session

organised by PGDPC XXI. Welcoming the students to the

world of Advertising, Sengupta pointed out that, we are at the

crossroads of a communication revolution. He said that “the

present is challenging – with fleeting interests, fickle

consumers, fragmented media, multiple screens and a disdain

for brand messages”. There are no rules, the future will be

more chaotic, prepare yourself adequately,

Chinese engineering students and

faculty to study at MGAIT

Manipal Global Education Services (MaGE) of Bangalore

joins hand with Jian Qiao University and Nanchang

University from China for a global internship program in

Android app development. A batch of engineering students

and a professor are travelling from China for a one-month

internship. The students have recently completed their third

year of engineering.

The Chinese engineering students will go through a rigorous

training module which will throw light on various facets of

android app development. Apart from the training, the

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India Skills/Entrepreunership

Best ITIs awarded, revamp

plans announced

In the quest to revamp and reinvigorate India's ITI ecosystem, a

new entity has been given to the ITIs, in line with plans of

modernisation and up-gradation of these institutes. This was

announced at the recently held India Skills Competition 2016 in

New Delhi by the Skills minister, Rajiv Pratap Rudy.

This is the next big step of the Ministry of Skill Development

after it received a funding of 1612.5 crore ($268.5 million) from

the World Bank to revamp government-run vocational

education schools and industrial institutes (ITIs) and address

quality concerns by implementing ISO 29990 certification,

audits and ratings. The total outlay of the project amounts to

3225 crore ($ 537 million).

“India will see a paradigm shift in the way ITIs have been

functioning in the country till now. For the first time in 67 years,

we have designed and unveiled a logo for the ITIs. There was no

logo so far. We are ensuring that our industrial institutes turn

into world class centre of excellence for skill training with

global best practices,” he added.

“We are adding new ITIs, up-grading the existing ones,

standardising them; and at the same we are empowering them

with the best of technology solutions so that they become state

of the art institutes for skill training, for our youth. Over the next

one year, the capacity of ITIs will further enhanced from 18.5

lakhs to 25 lakhs and over 5000 new ITIs will be opened." he

said. Industrial Training Institutes play a vital role in in

upscaling the economy of the country especially in terms of

providing skilled manpower and have been in service to the

nation in terms of providing training since 1956.

An MoU has been signed between MSDE and Indian Space

Research Organisation on a national-wide space-based

distance-learning program. This partnership is will cover 2300

ITIs and 31 Advance Training Institutes across the country in

the first phase of implementation and will help scale up skill

training initiatives at a rapid rate.

MSDE also signed an MoU with National Institute of Open

Schooling under the Ministry of Human Resource and

Development. This partnership will create vertical and

horizontal mobility pathways between the formal and

vocational education streams, giving ITI graduates the

opportunity to pursue formal education, if they choose to do so.

The anniversary of Skill India also witnessed “Respect for

Skills” in the true sense of the word when for the first time in the

history of India, a felicitation ceremony was held recognising

the best ITI and also underscoring the contribution of the best

principal and the best Instructor from different States.

Industrial Training Institutes of 19 States were awarded on basis

of best placements given to their students.

“This is to bring in a healthy competitive spirit across the ITIs in

the country so that they compete to become the best. This would

be an annual ceremony and we hope both government and

private ITIs participate in it to showcase their best practices and

the quality education they impart. We will soon be doing a

convocation ceremony of the ITI students once this batch gets

completed and finished exams,” Rudy added.

RAGC students win Bronze

medal at the national level

India Skills 2016

Students of Construction and Hospitality from Rustomjee

Academy for Global Careers (RAGC) once again emerged as

winners and won Bronze medals in the Bricklaying and

Restaurant Services respectively, at the national finals of India

Skills Competition 2016. Nagma Sheikh, the only 16 year old

girl participant out of 192, from RAGC won a Bronze medal in

Bricklaying. She competed against 89 participants from across

India in Construction (bricklaying) category. Along with her,

Nishad Joshi also won a Bronze in hospitality, who will further

chase his dream to successfully advance in his career. These

students were felicitated by Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Minister of Skill

Development and Entrepreneurship who encouraged and

congratulated the participants on bringing laurels to the Nation.

Wadhwani Foundation appoints

managing director for India

Wadhwani Foundation on August 22 yannounced the appointment

of Suman Sasmal, Managing Director -India and Asia,

Javier Campos, Managing Director - Latin America and Varsy

Wanjau, Managing Director- East Africa. This strategic hiring

aligns with the Wadhwani Foundation's mission of accelerating

economic development in emerging economies. The

Foundation is present in India, Indonesia, Malaysia,

Philippines, Bangladesh in Asia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and

Ethiopia in East Africa and soon in Mexico, Chile, Columbia

and Peru in Latin America. In each of these countries the

Foundation is forging partnerships with governments,

educational institutes, corporates, mentors/investors

networks,associations, to createentrepreneurial and skilling

eco-systems by sharing IP, resources and experiences from its

journey in India. It has plans to expand to 15-20 more countries

in Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America, by 2020. Dr. Ajay

Kela, President and CEO, Wadhwani Foundation said, “The

Foundation has developed a tried and tested model for job

creation and job fulfillment in India, and is now rapidly scaling

operations in multiple emerging economies. Leveraging

technology, building capacity networks and establishing

government partnerships form the cornerstone of this

expansion strategy. Having tested this expansion model in

Malaysia and Indonesia earlier, the Foundation is now

launching its initiatives in multiple countries in East Africa,

Latin America and Asia”.

DST, Intel India and SINE-IIT

Bombay collaborate to incubate

hardware and systems start-ups

Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of

India, Intel Technology India Pvt. Ltd (“Intel India”), and

Society for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT

Bombay have collaborated to launch the Collaborative

Incubation Program for Hardware and Systems Startups

(“Program”). The announcement was made on August 9 in the

presence of Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of

Science and Technology. The Program will address gaps in the

hardware and systems start-up ecosystem that companies face

in product design, development, commercialization, and

creating scale for their solutions

Gurukul skilling by PReJha

Foundation in Jharkhand

Department of Welfare, Government of Jharkhand and PanIIT

Alumni Reach for India Foundation have partnered to launch

PanIIT Alumni Reach for Jharkhand Foundation (PReJha

Foundation) a non-profit joint enterprise to implement and

scale sustainable welfare initiatives. This initiative will

replicate the Gurukul model of learning for skill development

across all the districts of the state and thus provide a network of

sub-ITI institutions accessible to schools drop-outs, underprivileged

and those who are from the lower strata of the socio

economic background.

The PReJHA Foundation was launched by Raghubar Das,

Chief Minister of Jharkhand. On display was use of 'Immersive

technologies for learning' showcasing latest simulation, virtual

reality and augmented reality technologies for learning and

skill development.

Gurukul is already present in Jharkhand across various

locations including Gumla, Jamshedpur, Bundu, East &West

Singhbum, Simdega, Koderma, Saraikela, Dumka, Palamu and

Hazaribagh, working towards skilling and providing sustainable

employment to the unskilled and unemployed. Apart from

partnering with NSDC, PanIIT in addition has joined hands

with industry and government bodies such as CII and

NABARD. NABARD provides 100% financing to the students

of the Gurukul through Nabard financial Services, its NBFC

subsidiary. HPCL, Godrej Industries and Thriveni Earthmovers

are CSR Gurukul patrons.

Google to train Goenka University

students in Android App development

The GD Goenka University (GDGU) has joined hands with

Google to provide world-class Android Developer education to

its students. The partnership, which is part of Google's

ambitious Android Skilling Programme in India, will help the

University's computer science students build apps and acquire

skills needed to get entry-level jobs as Android developers. The

course will also make the students eligible to appear in Google's

Associate Android Developer Certification exam. Expressing

happiness on the development, the Vice Chancellor of G.D.

Goenka University, Prof (Dr) Deependra Kumar Jha, said:

“Mobile technology is the future, and this agreement will give

our students the skills that they need to go out and compete with

the world's best.”

As part of this initiative, Google will train the University's

Faculty first. It will also share reference materials and provide

guidelines for lab exercises (including developer tools), The

main aim of Google's Android Skilling Program is to train 2

million developers in India. As per data shared by Google VP,

MrCaesar Sengupta, only 4% of the top 1,000 Android apps on

Play Store come from India, but the country is on its way to

becoming one of the largest developer hubs in the world by


Annual Convocation of IMS DIA

IMS Design and Innovation Academy (IMS DIA), on August

11 organised its 11th Annual Convocation at their campus in

Noida. 55 students received their Bachelor's diploma. The

graduating students were of 2012-2016 batch. Piyush Gupta,

Owner, PP Jewellers was the Chief Guest of the ceremony.

Two students of each of the four departments (Fashion,

Jewellery, Interior, Animation ) were awarded Medals of

Honour for Academic and Creative Excellence.



The Government will be launching the SWAYAM portal for

providing online learning courses offered by the best

teachers to anyone desirous of learning, at anytime of his

choice and to be accessed anywhere in the Country.

Through this, it would be possible for any student or any

school drop-out to join virtual classes offered by the best

teachers in the Country, interact with the teacher, take tests,

earn academic credits and transfer them on their academic

record. The courses offered in this portal will cover 9th

Class to Post Graduation levels. These courses would be

available throughout the country including in Arunachal

Pradesh. In order to benefit the areas without internet

access, the content provided under SWAYAM would also

be telecast through the free-to-air Direct-To-Home TV

channels that are going to be launched.


Curriculum August 16, 2016

School Buzz

Suncity School Gurgaon bags

'Best School Award' at MSQCC

convention in Mauritius

The Suncity School, Gurgaon has bagged the prestigious

'Overall Best School Trophy' at 19th International Convention

on Students Quality Circles organized by the Mauritian

Society for Quality Control Circles (MSQCC) and held in

Mauritius between July 17 and July 23 this year. A team of 15

students from the Suncity School participated at the event and

won in almost every competition. This gala international event

– comprised of several activities including Public Speaking

Contest, Debate Competition, Poster and Slogan Making

Competition, Cultural Programme and Kavi Samelan,

Ranvijay and Manikaran Khurana impressed all with their

debating skills and the latter also won the Best Speaker Prize

for his convincing argument for the motion. In the Junior Case

Study group, with their outstanding presentation on their

statistical research and problem solving on the topic 'Low

Educator-Educatee Equation' the school team secured first

position. In the Senior Case Study Group with a topic,

'Attitude determines Altitude', the Suncitizens didn't even

provide any space for the judges, to cross-question and bagged

the second place.

Arnauv Gilhotra and Riya Gupta made an indelible

impression with their perfect poetry recitation and recited a

beautiful poem on 'Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikaas' and bagged

Second place. While the enthralling dance performance of the

Team Suncity mesmerized the capacity crowd, its participants

bagged the fourth position out of altogether 30 participating

schools. Abdul Wahid Mir, Principal of Modernage Public

School, Pakistan remarked: “I do not know how much

learning Suncity students are taking from here, but the other

participants definitely have a lot of learning to do from Suncity


School Principal Rupa Chakravarty, presented her research

paper on 'Are schools teaching the right skills and

competencies for employability' as a resource person. The

session was attended by advisors and director generals of

World Council for Total Quality and Excellence in Education

and Principals of International Schools.

The students had the unique privilege of visiting the Mauritian

Parliament and were addressed by the Speaker of the National

Assembly of Mauritius, Ms. Maya Hanoomanjee, a dynamic

lady, who shared an overview of the functioning of the

Parliament. They also enjoyed the rare experience of visiting

the State House at the invite of the Vice-President of


Cambridge English workshop “Creative ways to

use Technology in Classrooms”

Cambridge English Language Assessment (Part of the

University of Cambridge) conducted a workshop on creative

ways to use technology in English classrooms in New Delhi

and Mumbai early this month . This one-day workshops were

organised as part of the Cambridge English Annual

Coordinators' Conference 2016, which is being held in 11

cities across India for language teachers and trainers of the

various Cambridge English preparation centres and lending

them tips to engage classes with activities and fun-based


The workshop titled,“The battle of the chalk and the mouse:

Creative ways to use technology in your English classroom”

aimed at creating awareness for language teachers on different

ways to use technology in the English classroom. Many

teachers from well-known city schools and colleges, language

trainers from Cambridge English preparation centres and other

language experts participated in the workshops.

TK Arunachalam, Regional Director - South Asia, Cambridge

English Language Assessment said “This is for creating

awareness for teachers and language trainers to teach our

children using all the technological advancements and keeping

the classrooms more engaging”.

DPS Panipat City hosted an

International Girls' Swimming


DPS Panipat City, in an attempt to carry forward the 'Beti

Bachao Beti Padhao' campaign, started by the Prime Minister

Narender Modi, hosted an International Girls' Swimming

Meet from 29th to 31st July 2016 in the school premises. This

upbeat event was to re-establish that girls are an integral part of

the society. 30 schools from across India and abroad

including DPS Sharjah sent their girl students for the event.

The captivating three day swimming Meet at DPS Panipat City

culminated on 31st July 2016.. Mohit Aggarwal, the Chief

Judicial Magistrate, District Legal Services Authority, Panipat

was the Chief Guest at the closing cum medal distributing

ceremony .. DPS Noida took the honours followed by DPS

Bengalaru and the third spot went to DPS Greater Noida. Roar

of loud applause rose from the winning teams. Alia Singh from

DPS Greater Noida was indeed head and shoulders above the

rest and declared the best swimmer.

In his address to the students, Mr Agarwal said that such events

are a necessity to break the monotony and give requisite

exposure. He congratulated the winners and the participants

both, as Sports events showcase the collective talent of all. The

thrill of life is in holding up both. The Patron M.S. Rana

thanked the competitors and their coaches for a wonderful and

coordinated display and promised to hold many more such

events in future.

The International Award for Young

People ceremony held

The Annual Gold Award Ceremony of 'The Duke of

Edinburgh's International Award' (running as 'The

International Award for Young People, India') was held

recently in New Delhi. 51 Award Leaders across India were

felicitated by the chief guest Abbas Ali Baig, former member

of the Indian cricket team. The ceremony was also attended by

the principals and directors of various educational and other


The Programme is a non-competitive youth development

programme that caters to young people aged between 14 and

24 years, regardless of their background, abilities or

circumstances. Anyone, including gthe differently-abled, can

enroll for the Award. The Award Programme aims to bring

together practical experiences and life skills to create

committed global citizens and equip young people for life. It

encourages the participants to plan their leisure time in an

exciting way, while addressing holistic development and


The ceremony provided a platform for Gold Award Holders

and Award Leaders from different parts of the country to share

their stories of achievements under one roof. They talked

about how their Award Journey has challenged them to

achieve their objectives in life and further take leadership

roles in society.

Kapil Bhalla, National Director, The International Award for

Young People (IAYP), India said, “We are glad that we are

here to celebrate the achievements of young people who have

successfully concluded their Award Journey by completing

the Gold level. Doing the Award has taken these people out of

their comfort zone – getting out and about and doing

something different.”

JUMPSTART turned 8 this edition and went to


JUMPSTART, the annual congress of children's content

creators and a flagship project led by the German Book Office

New Delhi was organized on August 3-4 in New Delhi. On

August 6, it will also held in Bangalore. The event brought

together a wide variety of stakeholders from the children's

content space to ideate about the future of education,

development and design of content to match the new learning

styles and mechanisms.

'JUMPSTART Goes to School' provided a 360 degree view of

education in theory and in practice. The content creators and

educationists talked about the role of technology, design

thinking, empathy and humour in children's educational

materials. The major talk points of JUMPSTART 2016 were

the evolution of pedagogy, Technology and the teachinglearning

transaction, and Future of innovation in education.

An important point raised by Ken Spillman, the Australian

author at JUMPSTART was about social learning and

resilience that can be taught to children of today through

stories. He pointed out that the transitional times of today need

tremendous amounts of unlearning for the real learning in

tandem with the time to happen. Adding to the technology vs

print debate, Vineet Gupta Pro VC Ashoka University shared

that technology is just an enabler and Content is King,

therefore he urged the educationists and authors/ publishers in

the audience to exchange, interact and discuss how they could

benefit from each other's leanings. Speakers at JUMPSTART

2016 also included Dr.Florian Sochatzy, CEO of the Institute

for Digital Learning, Munich, Germany, Sabina Jain, an

entrepreneur in the field of game based learning, Ratnesh

Kumar Jha, Managing Director, South Asia, of the Cambridge

University Press, India, Harish Doraiswamy, Vice president

(direct delivery) schools vertical, Pearson India and Israeli

illustrator-writer, Orit Bergman. Three master classes--

Digital Learning Design Masterclass, Writers' Masterclass

and Illustrators' Masterclass were part of the program at Delhi.

Pratham Books storyWeaver was one of the partners of the


Curriculum Supplement 13

Featured Schools/Special

Billabong High International School, Noida

International level


ŸBHIS, Noida is sited on a seven acre sprawling

campus at the heart of the city in Sector

34, Noida with modern amenities and facilities.

ŸIt also houses Kangaroo Kids and

SANCHETNA Centre. All three wings have

well-lit, air conditioned and specially

designed happy learning spaces for the young

learners. All classrooms from playgroup to

grade XII are spacious and exposed to natural


ŸThe school also has an excellent co-curricular

setup for performing arts ranging from

auditorium to an amphi theatre. dance, music,

arts studious.

One of the first Day-schools to open in Noida, Billabong High International

School, Noida (BHIS, Noida) is part of the Kangaroo Kids Education Ltd (KKEL)

chain of franchise schools by well-known pre-schooling exponent turned

edupreneur, Lina Ashar. Replete with world-class infrastructure, facilities, and cocurricualr

calender BHIS, Noida with emphasis on learner centric academic

approach, is fast emerging as a school of choice in Noida and surrounding areas.

Bi l l a b o n g H i g h

International Noida

(BHIS, Noida), set up

in 2007 under the aegis of the

GD Education Society was

recently awarded as one of the

best school brands in India by

E c o n o m i c Ti m e s . T h e

recognition is for the high

standards and benchmarks

kept for itself by the school to

achieve excellence in holistic

learning of its students. As a

matter of fact, the first batch

of class X students passed

from the school this year in

top grades. The senior

secondary school is affiliated

to CBSE and Cambridge

International Examinations


The school's journey began in

2005 when the GD Education

Society under the leadership

of visionary business leader

Mr. M. S. Gandhi first set up a

Kangaroo Kids pre-school in

the campus. Two years later in

2007, the school was

extended to accommodate

senior classes. After an

enriching and satisfying

experience with KKEL's preschool

franchise, the society

decided to take company's

senior franchise as well. Now

BHIS, Noida is part of the

KKEL (esb 1993) chain of

franchise schools which are

operational in 38 cities across

three countries besides India.

Ms. Lina Ashar, the founder

of KKEL after a long

international exposure to

various education systems in

the world, devised a unique

learning system on pattern of

Primary School [Grade 1-4],

Middle School [Grade 5-8]

and High School [Grade 9-12]

under the brand name of

Billabong High International


Therefore, at BHIS, Noida the

aim is to create an educational

system of 'individualized

learning' that brings out the

human excellence in every

child. The effort is to equip

children with the skills

necessary to live happily and

successfully in a changing

world; nurture to learn to

think critically and become

independent thinkers; to help

develop a strong positive

sense of self and develop the

innate talent in each child.

School's quest is to create an

educational system of useful

individualized learning that

stimulates passion and

brilliance in every child. “We

aim at education that

produces well grounded,

resilient and successful

human beings. We strive to

w h o l e h e a r t e d l y s e r v e

children make every learning

moment a joyful, effective

and meaningful one,” adds

Ms Jasmine Gandhi, director

of the school.

BHIS, Noida also prides itself

in being a sensitive school

and has a distinct centre for

children with special needs

named SANCHETNA (the

special wing) started in 2009.

“It is our endeavour to reach

out to the children who have

specific learning or multiple

disabilities by providing them

with inclusive education with

support of specialized

therapists,” adds Ms Gandhi.


Billabong High International School, Noida

Curriculum Supplement

Special Feature

Academic program

and Curriculum

Research-based curriculum has always been at the core of BHIS teaching.

Fundamental to this is the purpose to ensure that students gain highest

benefit from a shared understanding of the rationale.

We at BHIS value a stimulating and dynamic curriculum developed by

KKEL for the preschool and the primary school. This brilliant learning

program is based on intensive brain research which shows that children are

motivated to learn better in an environment where information is brought

alive, lessons become interactive.

During early childhood, children develop many more synapses / connections

than they do as adults. Therefore the more ways something is learned, the

more pathways are made. That is the reason for teaching important material

through multiple learning pathways such as several senses (hearing, seeing,

touching) as well as through several subjects (cross-curricular topics) at

Billabong High International schools.

While the curriculum is designed in association with Billanook College,

Melbourne, adequate attention has been given to incorporate Indian knowledge

base and value system. Billabong High International Noida (BHIS,

Noida), a CBSE & Cambridge International Examinations affiliated school.

Effective teaching at Billabong High international School uses strategies to

help students recognize patterns and then make the connections required to

process the new working memories so they can travel into the brain's longterm

storage areas.


School has state-of-the -art and well-equipped science labs for Physics, Chemistry,

Biology. It has an, Art Gallery, ICT Lab, Mathematics Lab, Robotics Lab, Reading

Corner for KK, well-stocked Library, Language Lab,.

“ Our school follows open Entry and open door policy with excellent student teacher ratio ”


Can you tell us, what the

recent recognition (best

school brand award)

means to the school and

how hard have you and

your colleagues worked to

get awards like this?

It is a moment of pride for

me when I see my school

receiving any award for its

contribution in the field of

education. It is hard work of

all our teachers who

complete their role as a

felicitator by guiding,

motivating the children

encouraging them to be

inquisitive and strive to

know WHY.

Each achievement of our

learners makes us feel

proud. Speaking in valuebased


performing in in-house or

inter school events, annual

days, various academic and

sports competitions

showcase the hard work of the

students and the commitment

of the teachers shows.

How KKEL curriculum or

philosophy of

teaching/learning is vastly

different from others?

Firstly, our school follows

child centric curriculum with

Inter disciplinary approach.

The complete curriculum form

Pre-primary to Grade VIII is

based on Multiple Intelligence

and Blooms Taxonomy. Two,

we want our student to strive

for PCCE - Passionate,

Creative, confident and

Ethical- Passion or love for

learning, Talent for thinking,

love for hard work. Then

learning becomes interesting

when students are provided

with opportunities to explore,

investigate, research in stress

free, supportive environment.

All this makes our learners

ongoing and lifelong learners

So if a parent comes to

admit his child in your

school, what would you tell

him or her?

a. The school provides a safe,

stress free environment, it

has the perception to create

leaning exciting and


b. The School follows open

Entry and open door policy

with excellent student

teacher ratio.

c. Our Philosophy clearly

explains, we believe in

Knowledge over Wisdom,

Spirituality over religion,

Aspiration over Ambitions

and A united world over

divide one.

d. We promote inclusive

education i.e. our curriculum

is for all gifted, talented

students as it is based on

Multiple Intelligence and

brain theory. e. The

curriculum is progressive and

caters to International


Can you briefly tell us

some upcoming events at

your school?

The school has a wellplanned

event calendar that

includes all in-house

competitions in sports and

academics like Inter school

events- Chronicles of

Discourse, Litspree, Inter

School Football, Inter

School Basket Ball, Inter

School Yoga competition,

CBSE Clusters, Olympiads,

In House Festival

Celebrations and many more.

The activities mentioned

promote public speaking and

confidence gaining. Some

culminating activities are

also conducted after the

competition of certain

portion of curriculum


Curriculum Supplement

Special Feature

Billabong High International School, Noida

Sports and extra-curricular activities


BHIS, Noida has state-ofart

sports infrastructure

facilitated with a huge

cricket ground, basketball

court, lawn tennis court,

swimming pool, skating

rink, etc, BHIS, Noida is

the pioneer in introducing

the Golf Simulator and the

golf putting green in


The school also runs

external academy in

cricket, tennis and basketball

under the guidance of

senior players & coaches of

national & international



The facilities at the school include a lush green outdoor play area, Yoga room, Four

Synthetic turf tennis courts for juniors & seniors, Basketball courts, Football courts,

Cricket field with practice nets, 8 Lane Swimming pool, Lawn Tennis Courts,

Skating Arena,Tere is also an indoor play area for various kinds of indoor sports..

Golf Simulator & Golf Putting Greens is one best attraction in this play area.

Then there are studios that includes a Music room (Indian & Western), Dance Studio,

Regular Yoga Sessions

School has a dedicated Yoga room

Hot Cooked Meals Served

The school serves warm, hygienic, well-cooked breakfast and lunch

under the supervision of a professional nutritionist to all its students.

“We strive to wholeheartedly serve children at our campus

and make every learning moment a joyful, effective and

meaningful one for all of them,” Ms Jasmine Gandhi, Director


Curriculum August May 16, 2016

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